Andy Black kicked off Day 3 of the PokerStars European Poker Tour championship as the chip leader, followed closely by Annette ‘Annette_15' Obrestad, who continued to prove that not only is she an online superstar, but a terror on the brick and mortar felt as well. Team PokerStars players Noak Boeke and Luca Pagano also made the final 24, and Pagano was involved in the action from the very first hand on Day 3.
As play kicked off, Pagano and Black wasted no time jamming chips in the pot, as they ended up in a three-way all in with Kristian Kjondal. Kjondal and Pagano were drawing thin with and respectively, as Andy Black tabled for the lead. His lead in the hand, and chip lead in the tournament, held up and Pagano and Kjondal were eliminated on the first hand of Day 3.
Black's run through his opponents continued after the first break when he called Simon Munoz's preflop all in with . Munoz's was dominated, and the local favorite sent Munoz to the rail when the board ran out .
Annette Obrestad was quiet early, but when she kicked her game into high gear, it was bad news for her opponents. She first tangled with Johnny Lodden when Lodden got it all in preflop with against Obrestad's . No help came for Lodden, and a Queen on the flop sent him packing in 17th place. Before the reseating for two tables could finish, Obrestad had thinned the field even more, catching a on the turn with to bust Arshad Hussain's pocket fives.
When the final two tables were set, the seating assignments looked like this -
1. Kenny Hicks Jr.
2. Daan Ruiter
3. Tronde Eidsvig
4. Casper Hansen
5. Ludovic Lacay
6. Ziad Kaady
7. Reuben Peters
8. Michael Durrer
1. Annette Obrestad
2. Thierry van den Berg
3. Martin Green
4. Reijo Manninen
5. Andy Black
6. *Obrestad busted Hussain before reseating took place*
7. Noah Boeken
8. Anders Pettersson
After a relatively quiet period, Andy Black once again became the scalp hunter when he and Noah Boeken got all the money in preflop. Black was in a dominant position with to Boeken's , but Boeken felt confident in his luck, remarking "It's OK, a ten is coming." Boeken's prognosticator role didn't work out so well, as the board came down , and he was busted in 14th place.
Black's fate shifted as the day drew longer, and he began an arduous journey from penthouse to outhouse after a big hand with Annette Obrestad. Obrestad fired on a flop of , and Black called. He called the turn and river bets as well, only to muck his hand when Obrestad tabled pocket Jacks for the flopped boat.
"Nicely played," said Black after the hand.
"Two pair, Andy?" Thierry van den Berg asked. "No, I made a straight," replied Black.
Not long after, Black called Tronde Eidsvig's all in with pocket fours on a flop of 2s-Kd-3d. Eidsvig's was slightly behind, but had plenty of outs, and the that fell on the turn was one of them. After Eidsvig doubled through him, Black's meltdown continued when he was out kicked by Reijo Manninen with K-Q versus Black's K-5 on a board of , doubling Manninen up.
As Day 3 drew to a close, so did Black's run at the EPT Dublin title. In the final hand of Day 3, Black got all his chips in the middle with pocket threes, only to run into Annette Obrestad's pocket Jacks. No two-outer for Black, and the WSOP Europe Champion sent the local favorite to the rail in 10th place (E30,630).
The nine remaining players redrew for seats, and the final table chip stacks and seating assignments looked like this as play ended for Day 3 -
1. Thierry van den Berg - 274,000
2. Daan Ruiter - 646,000
3. Reuben Peters - 176,000
4. Annette Obrestad - 788,000
5. Anders Pettersson - 166,000
6. Casper Hansen - 360,000
7. Tronde Eidsvig - 184,000
8. Michael Durrer - 247,000
9. Reijo Manninen - 480,000