Golden Prague Poker - EPT Prague Day 3: Dutch Patrick Renkers Seizes A Massive Chip Lead
Image Dutch PokerStars player Patrick Renkers has a massive chip lead going into Day 4 of EPT Prague - with 31 players left...

He has 2,423,000 while German PokerStars qualifier Martin Finger in second place has about half that: 1,289,000. Team PokerStars Pros Jude Ainsworth and Juan Manuel Pastor are also still in contention for the €775,000 first prize.

Prague seems to be the destination of choice for many poker tournament circuits as well as professional poker players. Just days after its last big buy in tournament for the World Poker Tour, the European Poker Tour pulled into the Golden Prague Poker Room in the famous Hilton Prague Hotel in the Czech Republic and the outpouring of support has been outstanding.

136 players returned to the felt on Thursday to do battle for this latest championship on the EPT circuit, with Garry Tevosov at the head of the field. Such players as Liv Boeree, Chris Moorman, Mike McDonald and Nicolas Levi also were alive for battle. There would be a group of players that wouldn’t be happy just after the start of the day, however. Once the money bubble burst, the floodgates opened up and several notable names dropped from the event. Nicolas Chouity, Max Silver, Mike Watson, Rupert Elder, Marty Smyth, Mike Watson Vitaly Lunkin, Liv Boeree and Anton Wigg all left the tournament.

Wigg's elimination means that only Mike "Timex" McDonald is the only former EPT champion left in the hunt for a repeat. The tour has never had a double winner, and McDonald is well on his way with 740,000 chips in his bag. It's also worth mentioning that two of our Team PokerStars Pros are still alive as well. Jude Ainsworth finished up with 929,000, while Spain's Juan Manuel Pastor bagged up 742,000.

By the time Day Three action was complete, Renkers would still be the only player over the two million mark and held almost twice the number of chips as his second place competitor:

1. Patrick Renkers, 2.423 million
2. Martin Finger, 1.289 million
3. Denys Drobyna, 1.218 million
4. Vojtech Ruzicka, 1.128 million
5. Mads Wissing, 1.059 million
6. Ari Engel, 1.053 million
7. Nicolas Levi, 948,000
8. Jude Ainsworth, 929,000
9. Ramil Boyazitov, 892,000
10. Yann Brosolo, 828,000

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