Sahamies Still Stacked as EPT Barcelona Wraps Day 3

Ilari Sahamies.

Ilari Sahamies is proving he's more than just a high-stakes cash-game king this week in Barcelona.

Not exactly known for his tournament prowess, Sahamies already has a fourth-place finish in the 50k Super High Roller and is in position for a very deep run in the main event after Day 3 wrapped today.

Sitting with 1,269,000 in chips Sahamies will start Day 4 tomorrow third overall, just behind chip leader Antonin Duda (1,470,000) and Samuel Rodriguez (1,416,000).

With just 61 players remaining, Sahamies is virtually assured of another solid cash -- although an A-list field of players still lurks behind him.

Juanda, De Melo, Cailly All in Top 10

With the money bubble bursting at 160 players, all of the remaining 61 are assured at least 14,000.

Most have their eye on a much bigger payout befitting their credentials though.

Barry Greenstein
Not so easy for Barry.

Chief among them is former Full Tilt pro John Juanda, well stacked and sitting in fourth behind Sahamies with 968,000.

EPT Loutraki winner Zimnan Ziyard is in fifth with 960,000 while two prominent female players, PokerStars pro Fatima Moreira de Melo (955,000) and Lucille Cailly (902,000), are also in the top 10.

Also still alive in the final 61 players are Jonathan Karamalikis, Roberto Romanello, Ben Jackson and Leo Margets.

Negreanu, Liu Head Bustees

Notables busting today in the money included Matt Frankland, Elisabeth Hille, Xuan Liu, Angel Guillen, Daniel Negreanu, Mohsin Charania and EasyGame subject Barry Greenstein.

Day 4 play picks up tomorrow at 12 noon from the Gran Casino in Barcelona. 1,007,550 awaits the winner.

Follow the action live on the PokerStars blog.

The top 10 and chip counts heading into Day 4:

  • 1. Antonin Duda 1,470,000
  • 2. Samuel Rodriguez 1,417,000
  • 3. Ilari Sahamies 1,269,000
  • 4. John Juanda 968,000
  • 5. Zimnan Ziyard 960,000
  • 6. Fatima Moreira de Melo 955,000
  • 7. Marcos Fernandez 926,000
  • 8. Lucille Cailly 902,000
  • 9. Felix Kretchmann 867,000
  • 10. Aku Joentausta 862,000
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