Jour 3 a débuté
Jour 3 a débuté
Thirteen players remain. Only one of them will walk away victorious tonight. At 12 p.m. local time, the third and final day of the Unibet Open London Main Event at The Poker Room in the legendary "Vic" in London will kick off. The players have locked up £5,470 already, but all eyes are on the first place prize of £71,950 and the prestige that comes with being an Unibet Open champion.
Francis Foord-Brown claimed pole position on Day 2 and will be leading the pack with 1,980,000 in chips. Russia's Anton Kuznetsov is in second with 1,600,000. WSOPE Bracelet winner Pavlos Xanthopoulos, one of the biggest names left, sits in fourth with 1,175,000. They will be joined by Belgium's [Removed:158] (1,010,000), who'll be looking to make his third Unibet Open final table.
It a very international affair, with no less than 10 countries represented in the final stages of this tournament. One of the international players is Rauno Tahvonen, affectionally known as "Ben" to his friends, who will be flying under the Estonian flag. Tahvonen (26), who lived in Australia for years, runs a non-profit organisation teaching people how to skateboard. Tahvonen qualified online for this event starting at just €10 and starts with 520,000
Another interesting player to watch is Tamer Kamel. The 32-year old Brit already amassed over $1,1 million in lifetime winnings and is one of the most experienced players left. Kamel sits at 405,000 and will be looking for a big comeback.
But perhaps the biggest story is the one of Bhavin Khatri. Khatri finished second to Dave Shallow in last year's Unibet Open London, cashing £42,500. Khatri barely has time to play poker due to work obligations but took time off to compete here. The 32-year old Brit is looking to one-up his run from last year and will start the day with 1,150,000 in chips.
The 13 remaining players will be returning at noon local time in the following seating order:
Main Event Day 3 Seating and Chip Counts
|1||2||Francis Foord-Brown||United Kingdom||1,980,000|
|1||5||Martin Gallagher||United Kingdom||1,370,000|
|2||3||Tamer Kamel||United Kingdom||405,000|
|2||4||Bhavin Khatri||United Kingdom||1,150,000|
Players will return in level 22 with blinds of 15,000-30,000 and a running ante of 5,000. The live stream will be shown with hole cards and will be on a delay. The PokerNews live reporting team will provide live action from the floor as it happens. Don't miss any of the action on Sunday as we crown our new champion here in London!
With the stream on security delay due to showing hole cards, we will delay our coverage of the Main Event as well and start reporting at 1 p.m. local time.
Twelve out of thirteen players have taken their seats, but Martin Gallagher is nowhere to be found. His stack will be blinded off at the feature table until he sits down.
Portuguese poker semi-pro Fabio Miranda, who lives here in London, started the day as the absolute short stack. With just a few big blinds left, Miranda pushed all in.
Francis Foord-Brown called to create the first showdown of the day.
No help for Miranda on and he walked to the payout desk to claim his prize.
Photos by Elena Vareiko/Unibet Open.
With 335,000 in chips left, Tamer Kamel shoved from early position. Pavlos Xanthopoulos called in the small blind, leaving himself with 650,000 behind.
In the big blind, Anton Kuznetsov moved all in for 1,800,000 total, putting the decision back on Xanthopoulos. The Greek thought long and hard before surrendering his hand, which turned out to be a wise decision.
Kamel was in a deep hole from the start and couldn't dig his way out of it on . He finished 12th and added £5,470 to his already massive lifetime winnings. Kuznetsov is now the new chipleader.
Martin Gallagher has taken his seat as well, completing the field. A mildly shocked Gallagher noticed just 11 players being left on the leaderboard, and sat down with a wryly smile.
Gallagher's first hand of the day quickly evaporated said smile, as Francis Foord-Brown decimated his stack. In position, Gallagher bet 110,000 on a flop and 170,000 on the turn.
On the river, Foord-Brown led out 275,000 and Gallagher called. Foord-Brown showed for the rivered two pair and Gallagher mucked his hand.
Dejan Govedic opened to 65,000 from the cutoff. On the button, Xanthopoulos shipped his remaining 430,000 in and Govedic called.
The Greek WSOPE bracelet winner blanked out on and headed to the rail in 11th place.