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Soulier, Seidel Head Final 23 in Epic Main Event
French pro Fabrice Soulier has the chip lead but veteran rounder Erik Seidel is on his heels as they hit Day 3 at the Epic Poker League Main Event in Las Vegas.
Soulier, who has over $3.2 million in live tournament earnings and won his first bracelet at the 2011 WSOP in the $10k HORSE event, holds the outright chip lead with 453,500.
The biggest help to Soulier's cause was stacking high-stakes regular Andrew Robl in a big pot late in the day.
Sitting in third in chips at 353,500 but equally well-positioned for a run at the title is veteran Erik Seidel.
While it may have faded into the background a little, Seidel began the year on one of the hottest runs in tournament poker history and is still sitting on over $6 million in earnings in 2011 alone.
Seidel also took second-place for $604,330 in the first EPL Main Event last month.
Sandwiched in between Soulier and Seidel and second in chips is David Steicke (436,000), more known for his exploits on the APPT but still a threat to make a deep run as well.
Steicke had a massive double-up of his own late in the day to drop Dan O'Brien from the chip lead when he flopped a set of threes to O'Brien's flopped two-pair with AK.
Rounding out the top five in chips are Nam Le with 306,000 and former PokerListings.com blogger Matt "adz124" Marafioti with 302,000.
Also still in contention heading into Day 3 are Dutch Boyd (262,000), Adam Levy (253,500), Isaac Baron (217,500) and O'Brien (201,000).
Big names eliminated on Day 2 included Phill Hellmuth, Tom Dwan, Huck Seed, Mike Matusow and Justin Bonomo.
Just 12 players will make the money in this event with a min-cash worth $46,020. The winner will take home $782,410 and the runner-up $506,260.
Action resumes again at 12 pm at the Palms Casino in Las Vegas. Catch the live updates .
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