Just 20 players remain at WPT Baden with Serbian Vladimir Bozinovic leading and pros Martin Staszko, Marvin Rettenmaier and Bodo Sbrzesny still alive.
The unheralded Bozinovic, whose career cashes prior have been exclusively in Belgrade and total just $46k, outpaced the field to bag up 975,000 and end the night in first overall.
He’ll lead Dutchman Paul "padjes" Berende, a $2m+ winner online, with 895,000 when play resumes at Casino Baden tomorrow for the playdown to the final six.
Rounding out the top five after Day 3 are Fedor Holz (642,000), Rien de Vries (583,000) and Adrian Apmann (502,000.
Staszko, Rettenmaier and Sbrzesny Still Alive
Sitting just off the lead pack is a trio of recognizable pros all looking to make a much bigger splash than just the $10,760 they’re now guaranteed.
2011 World Series of Poker Main Event runner-up Martin Staszko - $5m richer than he used to be but still not far removed from working in an auto plant in his native Czech Republic – is in the best shape, sitting in sixth overall with 421,000.
Mad Marvin: Still kicking.
Back-to-back WPT champ Marvin Rettenmaier, last year’s GPI European Player of the Year, lies in wait with 261,000 while Day 2 chip leader Bodo Sbrzesny managed to hold on to 242,000.
Day 1a chip leader Kimmo Kurko also still lurks in the field with 371,000.
The top 10 in chips after Day 3:
- 1. Vladimir Bozinovic - 975,000
- 2. Paul Berende - 895,000
- 3. Fedor Holz 642,000
- 4. Rien de Vries - 583,000
- 5. Adrian Apmann - 502,000
- 6. Martin Staszko - 421,000
- 7. Kimmo Kurko - 371,000
- 8. Arpad Kovecses - 349,000
- 9. Michael Csango - 336,000
- 10. Grzegorz Wyraz - 300,000
Action resumes in Baden at 2 pm local tomorrow and won't stop until a final six is reached; tune in for live updates at WPT.com.