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2018 World Series of Poker Europe

Event #10: €10,350 No-Limit Hold'em Main Event
Jours 3
Event Info

2018 World Series of Poker Europe

Main Gagnante
Event Info
Prize Pool
Info Niveau
150,000 / 300,000

Event #10: €10,350 No-Limit Hold'em Main Event

Jour 3 terminé

Beastmode! Riess Rises to Monster Lead on Day 3 of the 2018 WSOPE Main Event

Niveau 19 : 8,000/16,000, 16,000 ante
Ryan Riess
Ryan Riess

The halfway mark of the 2018 World Series of Poker Europe Main Event has been reached, and an all-too-familiar name sits lonely at the top: Ryan Riess. The 2013 WSOP Main Event champion is towering above the 50 remaining players with 4,233,000 in chips, miles ahead of his nearest challenger Ivan Gabrieli (2,412,000). Riess could become the second player in history to win both the WSOP and WSOPE Main Event after Phil Hellmuth (1989 and 2012).

"Today was great," Riess unsurprisingly said shortly after bagging up for the night. "It started really badly; I had 150,000 at 3,000/6,000, and then this guy moved to my right with just a ton of chips, and I got really lucky against him. I doubled through him a lot, and it was just a good day."

On a day that saw former WSOPE Main Event champion Adrian Mateos bust, Riess is the last former WSOP Main Event standing – either in Vegas or in Europe.

"The WSOP is a little bit different here than it is in Vegas. It’s actually a lot different than Vegas. But it’s still the same tournament, it’s still the same old Main Event. The buzz is different around it here in Rozvadov, but it’s still a very prestigious tournament," Riess explained.

Any €10,000 tournament in Europe is going to be packed full of top players, and the WSOPE Main Event is no exception, with Riess coming up against some of Europe’s top players including two Brits which he felt warranted special mentions.

“I thought Ben Heath played amazing; he always plays great. I’m really impressed by him. Jack Salter is also always really hard to play against because he limps a lot; there’s just been a lot of really tough players."

And how does the prospect of dual – WSOP and WSOPE – Main Event champion sound to Riess?

“I want to win - I hope so! I’m going to try my best!"

Viktor Taranenko
Almost there: qualifier Viktor Taranenko bubbles the Main Event

Viktor Taranenko: From €0,01 to Bubble Boy

While Riess was making waves on the flip side, a heartbreaking story popped up among those that were trying to scramble their way into the money. Viktor Taranenko was living the ultimate recreational poker player's dream: the Russian had qualified online on partypoker by spinning a €0,01 (!) satellite all the way up to a WSOPE Main Event seat worth €10,350.

The Cinderella-story lasted nearly three days, but on the stone-cold bubble, Taranenko was forced all in from the big blind with ten-four and had to outrun Gary Hasson's ace-king. Poker can be a cruel mistress at times, and for Taranenko, there was no miracle waiting in the in the cards.

Visibly upset, Taranenko made his exit from the tournament area while all remaining players were guaranteed at least €15,074 for their efforts. The Russian was only left with a fireplace-story about that one time when he almost turned one cent into 15k.

Viktor Taranenko & Gary Hasson
Watching his fate unfold: Gary Hasson ends Viktor Taranenko's one-cent dream on the bubble.

Day 3 at a glance

165 players returned for another six levels of 90 minutes with a clear goal in mind: reaching the money. Maria Lampropulos, Tobias Ziegler, Ludovic Geilich, Viktor Blom, Alex Foxen, and former WSOPE champion Adrian Mateos all received nothing to show for their efforts despite reaching Day 3.

After Taranenko's bubble bustout, mincashes were awarded to the likes of Ben Heath (80th - €15,074), Mustapha Kanit (78th - €15,074), Will Givens (76th - €15,074), Jan-Eric Schwippert (67th - €15,700), Dietrich Fast (59th - €16,723), Tobias Peters (53rd - €18,210), and Rainer Kempe (52nd - €18,210).

Ryan Riess was seated at the feature table after the bubble had burst and played a key hand that propelled him to his massive end-of-day lead. Holding ace-jack of spades, Riess flopped the nut flush and saw Piotr Nurzynski already commit his final chips on the flop. On a blank turn, the rest of Riess' stack went in against Robert Skopalik, who had flopped a lower flush. Nurzynski had two pair and the river brought another blank to ship the nearly 4M pot to Riess.

Notables that bagged include Igor Kurganov (2,000,000), Day 2 chipleader Dario Sammartino (1,503,000), Niall Farrell (1,350,000), Andy Black (1,214,000), Jack Sinclair (1,202,000), Jack Salter (445,000), and Julian Thomas (221,000).

There was also good news for all fans of "The Chainsaw", Allen Kessler. Despite already having a storied poker career with over $3,5M in lifetime winnings, there was one achievement that was surprisingly missing on his poker resumé: cashing in a World Series of Poker Main Event. The monkey is finally off his back as Kessler, after 15 failed attempts in Las Vegas and 4 in Europe, bagged 628,000 to make it to Day 4.

On Wednesday, cards will be back in the air at noon local time in King's Casino in Rozvadov, where the 50 players will play another scheduled six levels of 90 minutes each. Blinds will resume in level 20 with a small blind of 10,000, a big blind of 20,000 and a big blind ante also of 20,000. PokerNews will be right back on the floor to capture all the excitement as the 2018 World Series of Poker Main Event rolls on.

Allen Kessler
The one that always got away: Allen Kessler has finally cashed in a World Series of Poker Main Event

Day 4 Seating and Chip Counts

TableSeatPlayerCountryChip CountBig Blinds
1481Igor TregoubovCanada478,00024
1482Teun MulderNetherlands962,00048
1483Robert SkopalikCzech Republic380,00019
1484Gary HassonBelgium2,198,000110
1485Markus DurneggerAustria1,048,00052
1486Steven WarburtonUnited Kingdom1,400,00070
1488Danilo VelasevicSerbia691,00035
1491Andy BlackIreland1,214,00061
1492Sylvain LoosliFrance1,927,00096
1493Yunsheng SunChina751,00038
1494Vincent RobertFrance346,00017
1495Joel EttedgiUnited Kingdom1,500,00075
1497Armin RezaeiAustria874,00044
1498Eder Takashi MurataBrazil540,00027
1501Tobias AnttilaFinland391,00020
1502Michal SchuhCzech Republic2,056,000103
1504James MorganCanada732,00037
1505Niall FarrellUnited Kingdom1,350,00068
1506Lukasz GrossmannPoland840,00042
1507Koray AldemirGermany592,00030
1508Norbert SzecsiHungary1,025,00051
1511Dario SammartinoItaly1,503,00075
1512Jona WilmsmannGermany804,00040
1513Aymon HataUnited Kingdom411,00021
1514Milos SkrbicSerbia652,00033
1515Ivan GabrieliItaly2,412,000121
1516Jack SinclairUnited Kingdom1,202,00060
1518Jaroslav PeterCzech Republic461,00023
1642Ming XiChina1,300,00065
1643Sergio AidoSpain1,006,00050
1644Vladimir TroyanovskiyRussian Federation427,00021
1645Marco SlacanacGermany677,00034
1646Liwei SunChina1,656,00083
1647Julian ThomasGermany221,00011
1648Ognjen SekularacSerbia1,174,00059
1651Ihor YerofieievUkraine1,134,00057
1652Ryan RiessUnited States4,233,000212
1653Bahram ChobinehDominica1,560,00078
1654Stoyan ObreshkovBulgaria651,00033
1655Laszlo BujtasHungary1,263,00063
1656Michael SklenickaCzech Republic387,00019
1657Allen KesslerUnited States628,00031
1658Oleksandr LagodaUkraine1,013,00051
1661Leonard MaueGermany910,00046
1663Igor KurganovGermany2,000,000100
1664Jack SalterUnited Kingdom445,00022
1665Bulcsu LukacsRomania1,148,00057
1666Krasimir YankovBulgaria700,00035
1667Dominik MatejkaCzech Republic420,00021
1668Sean McNultyCanada1,454,00073

Tags: Alex FoxenAllen KesslerAndy BlackDario SammartinoIgor KurganovJack SalterJack SinclairNiall FarrellRyan RiessViktor BlomViktor TaranenkoWill Givens

End-of-Day Chip Counts (complet)

Niveau 19 : 8,000/16,000, 16,000 ante
Joueur Jetons Progression
Ryan Riess us
Ryan Riess
4,233,000 -30,000
WSOP Main Event Champion
WSOP 1X Winner
WPT 1X Winner
Ivan Gabrieli it
Ivan Gabrieli
2,412,000 29,000
Gary Hasson be
Gary Hasson
2,198,000 598,000
Michal Schuh cz
Michal Schuh
2,056,000 156,000
Igor Kurganov ru
Igor Kurganov
WSOP 1X Winner
Sylvain Loosli fr
Sylvain Loosli
1,927,000 165,000
Liwei Sun it
Liwei Sun
1,656,000 -224,000
Bahram Chobineh ir
Bahram Chobineh
1,560,000 310,000
Dario Sammartino it
Dario Sammartino
1,503,000 -1,007,000
Day 2 Chip Leader
Joel Ettedgi gb
Joel Ettedgi
1,500,000 100,000
Sean McNulty ca
Sean McNulty
1,454,000 124,000
Steven Warburton gb
Steven Warburton
1,400,000 75,000
Niall Farrell gb
Niall Farrell
1,350,000 -95,000
WSOP 1X Winner
WPT 1X Winner
EPT 1X Winner
Ming Xi cn
Ming Xi
1,300,000 300,000
Laszlo Bujtas hu
Laszlo Bujtas
1,263,000 463,000
Andy Black ie
Andy Black
1,214,000 124,000
Jack Sinclair gb
Jack Sinclair
1,202,000 209,000
WSOP 1X Winner
Ognjen Sekularac rs
Ognjen Sekularac
1,174,000 -126,000
Bulcsu Lukacs ro
Bulcsu Lukacs
1,148,000 -252,000
Ihor Yerofieiev ua
Ihor Yerofieiev
1,134,000 -1,000
Markus Durnegger at
Markus Durnegger
1,048,000 318,000
Norbert Szecsi hu
Norbert Szecsi
1,025,000 315,000
WSOP 3X Winner
Oleksandr Lagoda ua
Oleksandr Lagoda
1,013,000 463,000
Sergio Aido es
Sergio Aido
1,006,000 586,000
Teun Mulder nl
Teun Mulder
962,000 -38,000

Lire Plus

Day 3 is Done

Niveau 19 : 8,000/16,000, 16,000 ante

Day 3 of the 2018 World Series of Poker Europe Main Event is done. 50 out of 534 players will advance to Day 4. All chip counts and an end of day recap follow later.

No Bag for Van Der Marel

Niveau 19 : 8,000/16,000, 16,000 ante
Nick van der Marel
Nick van der Marel

In the penultimate hand of the day, Nick van der Marel got it all in preflop from a middle position against Igor Kurganov (hijack). It was a pot for nearly 2 million in chips. Kurganov had the vast majority of his stack in the middle as well and barely covered Van der Marel.

Van der Marel had {A-}{K-} and was up against Kurganov's {Q-}{Q-}. The board didn't bring any help for the Dutchman, who bowed out in 51st (€18,210).

Joueur Jetons Progression
Igor Kurganov ru
Igor Kurganov
2,000,000 866,000
WSOP 1X Winner
Nick van der Marel nl
Nick van der Marel

Tags: Igor KurganovNick van der Marel

Kempe Cooked During Home Stretch

Niveau 19 : 8,000/16,000, 16,000 ante
Rainer Kempe
Rainer Kempe

After an early position raise, Rainer Kempe shoved his last 314,000 in the middle. Steve Warburton called and all other players folded.

Rainer Kempe: {A-Diamonds}{J-Spades}
Steve Warburton: {J-Diamonds}{J-Hearts}

The window card was the {A-Hearts}, which would give Kempe a monster lead, but the second was the {J-Spades} to swing the pendulum back to Warburton. The board ran out {8-Clubs}{10-Spades}{8-Clubs} and Kempe was gone in 52nd (€18,210)

Joueur Jetons Progression
Steven Warburton gb
Steven Warburton
1,325,000 345,000
Rainer Kempe de
Rainer Kempe

Tags: Rainer KempeSteve Warburton

Peters Loses Race to Bust to Schuh

Niveau 19 : 8,000/16,000, 16,000 ante
Tobias Peters
Tobias Peters

Bulcsu Lukacs opened to 35,000 and Ognjen Sekularac called. Tobias Peters also called before Michal Schuh three-bet to 152,000. Lukacs and Sekularac folded and Peters four-bet all in for 739,000.

Schuh thought about it before calling.

Michal Schuh: {a-Spades}{q-Spades}
Tobias Peters: {10-Spades}{10-Diamonds}

There was an ace in the window of an {a-Diamonds}{8-Spades}{j-Clubs} flop. The turn was the {4-Hearts} and the river was the {7-Clubs} sending Peters to the rail.

Joueur Jetons Progression
Michal Schuh cz
Michal Schuh
1,900,000 1,100,000
Tobias Peters nl
Tobias Peters
WSOP 1X Winner
Antonio Turrisi it
Antonio Turrisi

Tags: Bulcsu LukacsMichal SchuhOgnjen SekularacTobias Peters

Vieira Felted by Riess

Niveau 19 : 8,000/16,000, 16,000 ante
Joao Vieira
Joao Vieira

Feature Table

Joao Vieira raised to 35,000 from under the gun and Ryan Riess defended his big blind.

The flop came {8-Diamonds}{7-Diamonds}{k-Diamonds} and they both checked to see the {2-Hearts} come on the turn. Riess bet 75,000 and Vieira called

The river completed the board with the {a-Spades}, Riess put Vieira all-in and Vieira got up from his chair, sat back down, and then decided to call after considering his options for almost five minutes.

Joao Vieira: {q-Clubs}{q-Diamonds}
Ryan Riess: {8-Hearts}{7-Clubs}

Riess had flopped two pair and Vieira was eliminated in 57th place for €16,723.

Joueur Jetons Progression
Ryan Riess us
Ryan Riess
4,263,000 275,000
WSOP Main Event Champion
WSOP 1X Winner
WPT 1X Winner
Ivan Gabrieli it
Ivan Gabrieli
2,383,000 -27,000
Sylvain Loosli fr
Sylvain Loosli
1,762,000 -38,000
Jack Sinclair gb
Jack Sinclair
993,000 -75,000
WSOP 1X Winner
Leonard Maue de
Leonard Maue
830,000 -65,000
Robert Skopalik cz
Robert Skopalik
748,000 379,000
Jaroslav Peter cz
Jaroslav Peter
501,000 -115,000
Jack Salter gb
Jack Salter
496,000 -143,000
Joao Vieira pt
Joao Vieira
Winamax Team Pro
WSOP 3X Winner

Tags: Joao VieiraRyan Riess

Xi Doubles Through Aldemir

Niveau 19 : 8,000/16,000, 16,000 ante

Igor Kurganov opened to 35,000 and Ming Xi three-bet to 125,000. Koray Aldemir four-bet to 275,000 from the small blind and Kurganov folded. Xi called and the flop came {7-Hearts}{2-Hearts}{7-Clubs}.

Aldemir moved all in and Xi called.

Koray Aldemir: {a-Diamonds}{k-Clubs}
Ming Xi: {q-Clubs}{q-Spades}

The turn {4-Hearts} and river {7-Diamonds} improved Xi to a full house and he doubled through Aldemir.

Joueur Jetons Progression
Ming Xi cn
Ming Xi
1,000,000 400,000
Koray Aldemir de
Koray Aldemir
750,000 -450,000
WSOP Main Event Champion
WSOP 1X Winner

Tags: Igor KurganovKoray AldemirMing Xi