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Brammer, Adeniya Chase Lead at EPT Deauville
Brits Chris “NigDawG” Brammer and Martins Adeniya are chasing the lead after Day 3 at EPT Deauville today, holding on to top 5 spots as the day came to a close.
Brammer, known online as NigDawG and one of the top ranked players in the world, had a huge day at the felt aided by rivering an ace against Winamax pro Ludovic Lacay and finished up in third with just over 1 million in chips.
Adeniya, the Day 2 chip leader, continued to build his stack over the course of the day and bagged up 893,000 to sit fifth heading to tomorrow.
Both, however, are chasing Frenchman Samphane Phomveha, who scooped a huge pot near the end of the night to take the chip lead into Day 4 with just under 1.5 million.
France’s Olivier Rogez (1,098,500) and Yorane Kerignard (979,000) round out the top 5.
Few Big Names Manage to Survive
With just 54 players still alive from the 170 or so that started the day and a very local-heavy field, big names are scarce with only a few managing to hold on through the day.
EPT Berlin final-tablist Marc Inizan is perhaps the most threatening, with just under $1 million in career earnings and 514,000 in chips to end the day.
PokerStars pro Luca Pagano also held on to some chips to secure his record 20th EPT cash and give him a shot at a bigger payday tomorrow.
Pagano finished with 344,000 in chips.
Making Money But Making Their Exit
Several notable players looked in position to make a big move on Day 3 but ended up crashing right out of the tournament instead, chief among them Lacay.
Bringing in a top five chip stack from Day 2, Lacay soared to the chip lead early on but fizzled out soon after Brammer hit the river ace against his jacks and busted in 58th place for €13,000.
Joining Lacay on the rail were Brits Toby Lewis and James Dempsey plus French rap icon Bruno "Kool Shen" Lopes.
Play is scheduled to resume tomorrow at noon in France with 24 the target number for players remaining by the end of the day.
Remaining players have assured themselves of at least €15,000 with €23,000 guaranteed for hitting the top 24.
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