Day 3 of EPT Vienna

April 9, 2014

The PokerStars European Poker Tour is a renowned series of poker tournements played across Europe, and are hosted in the continent’s legendary cities. The event began in 2004 and is now into its tenth season. The March 23-29 leg of the tournament was hosted in Vienna. The following are the earlier tourneys held in Season 10 and the players who won them. The figure in the brackets indicates the prize money for each leg of the season.

  • EPT Barcelona: Tom Middleton (€942,000)

  • EPT London: Robin Ylitalo (£560,980)

  • EPT Prague: Julian Track (€725,700)

  • 2014 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure at Paradise Island: Dominik Panka ($1,423,096)

  • EPT Deauville: Sotirios Koutoupas (€614,000)

The next two events after Vienna will be held at Sanremo and Monte Carlo, which will host the grand finale.

As on Day Three of the EPT Vienna, Pablo Gordillo Caballero was the chip leader with 2,111,000 worth of chips. The others who were hanging by a thread on Day Three were Stephen Chidwick, Jude Ainsworth, Johnny Lodden and Marcel Luske. By the end of the day, 50 players stayed on course to compete for the first place which will earn the player a prize money of €816,000. The other players who gathered a good collection of chips on the day were Miltiadis Kyriakides (1,034,000), Simeon Naydenov (1,040,000) and Timo Pfutzenreuter (1,065,000).

Hansen, Blom bust on day 3

Viktor Blom is the youngest of the pros at Full Tilt Poker and is one of the most promising players in the world of poker. He has dominated several games in the past under the name ‘Isildur1’ and the 20-year-old player revealed his identity only in early 2011. He won the 100K Super High event as part of the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure event in 2012. He is known for his innovations and dynamism. During his avatar as Isildur1, he was known as an extremely dangerous foe and tested his opponents rather too much.

Gus Hansen came into Vienna not very confident because things have not been working very well for this Danish player on the cash games and Full Tilt front. EPT Monaco and the World Poker Series to be held in Las Vegas were very much on his horizon as he came into Vienna.

The 40-year-old Danish was the first player to win three WPT open tourneys between 2002 and 2003, and was also part of the Walk of Fame (World Poker Tour). Hansen, who is also into backgammon, racquetball and even tennis, is one of the most well-liked of poker professionals.

However, both the players, Blom and Hansen were booted out of the EPT Vienna on Day Three. Blom finished in the 77th position, while Full Tilt pro Hansen was placed at 71.

The other notable players to bite dust on the day were Sam Trickett, Alexey Makariv, Jeff Rossiter, Marc-Andre Ladouceur, Bertrand Grospellier, Henrique Pinho, Alexander Kravchenko and Jasper Wetemans.

Pablo Gordillo’s success on the third day

On the third day, the man who was in the best position to stake a claim to the grand prize was Pablo Gordillo, who won the lead at Level 18. This was when Portuguese player Michel Dattani tried a trick that dented his prospects at the tournament. Gordillo ended up making a good call and Dattani had to lose out.

On day three, a list of 910 players was pruned down to 56 players, with the Spanish Gordillo calling the shots. This PokerStars qualifying player had a little over $3k as part of his tournament winnings till date, and was all set to lead the 53 players into the fourth day’s proceedings.

Gordillo remains a bit of an enigma, with little information about his techniques and his personality. His past winnings include the third place in a side event that was held as part of the Estrellas Poker Tour in Madrid early last year, where he collected a prize money of €2,421. This 20-year-old is known to be an aggressive player, and this EPT is his very first. He qualified by way of PokerStars.es, the Spanish version of PokerStars.com

Among the most promising players to come from Spain are Aido or Mateos Diaz, both known to be among the world’s very best. If Gordillo managed to make a mark on day three by leading the listings, he could be among the very best. Spain’s hopes of producing its first EPT winner lie on the shoulders of these three men.