Maisto Leads EPT Snowfest After Day 3

Giacomo MaistoDay 3 of the European Poker Tour Snowfest saw the remaining 81 survivors from Day 2 reduced down to just 24. With 72 players making the money in this event, it didn’t take very long before the money-bubble burst.

Philip Meulyzer from Belgium was the commanding chip leader at the start of play. However, by the end of the day, Maisto took over the chip lead with 1,548,000 in chips.

EPT Copenhagen winner Tureniec started the day strong, eliminating Tim Finne in sixth place. But he did find himself with a short stack after a bad timed all-in shove with J-8 against Vladimir Geshkenbein’s A-K. Tureniec was eliminated in 65th place walking away with €5,250 for his efforts.

Interestingly, the bubble boy was not the unluckiest player in the field. Pontus Khosravi’s A-J didn’t hold up against Kevin Vandersmissen’s 5-4 after there was a five in the door. Although he didn’t make any money, he couldn’t be too displeased with getting knocked out of the tournament, as the co-owner of the Alpine Palace offered him a consolation prize and Khosravi had a helicopter ride around the Austrian Alps surrounding Saalbach-Hinterglemm to look forward to.

Another player to exit the tournament on Day 3 was EPT finalist Luca Pagano. His pocket nines failed to hold up against Pieter Druif’s A-9, which left him short-stacked and unable to fully recover at that point, eventually exiting the tournament in 51st place.

Giacomo Maisto is sitting at the top of the chip leaderboard largely due to a hand when he made a runner-runner flush against his opponent. Maisto doubled through Denis Murphy and then proceeded to add more chips to his stack when he hit another flush against Domantas Klimciauskas. Maisto finished the day with over 1.5 million in chips. The closest other stack at the top of the leaderboard is Iulian Ruxandescu, who finished the day with 1,281,000 in chips.

Some of the other players who are sitting with comfortable stacks heading into Day 4 include Cristian Dragomir with 895,000, APPT Macau High Roller champ Vladimir Geshkenbein with 889,000, Kevin Vandersmissen with 803,000, Koen de Visscher with 768,000 and Philip Meulyzer with 762,000. Team PokerStars Pro Alex Kravchenko finished Day 3 with an average-sized stack with 379,000.