Gavin O’Rourke Flying High After Day 3 of PokerStars Championship Prague
17 December 2017
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Ireland’s Gavin O’Rourke finished in 10th place in the 2015 European Poker Tour Prague Main Event and now is on course for at least a repeat of that deep run after finishing in the top 10 chip counts after the completion of Day 3 of the 2017 PokerStars Championship Prague Main Event.

O’Rourke ended Day 3 with a healthy stack of 803,000, enough to place him seventh of the 49 surviving players. The grinder from Portlaoise already has one cash from this current stop courtesy of finishing 27th in the €1,100 No-Limit Hold’em Win The Button Event, a result that netted him €1,800.

The money bubble burst on Day 3. Some 140 players returned to their seats at the start of play and only 128 of these returnees received any prize money. It was Romania’s Mihai Manole who burst the money bubble, his ace-four proving to be no match for the dominating ace-jack of Thomas Mercier.

Busting on the same hand but on a different table was Andrzej Siemieniak. As both Manole and Siemieniak fell during the same hand, they split 127th place money so received €4,350 each.

In addition to splitting the money, both bubbling players received a $30,000 Platinum Package for the new PokerStars Players Championship.

Several British and Irish players crashed out inside the money places including Jonathan Proudfoot (109th for €9,100), Cathal Shine (105th for €9,100), James Akenhead (67th for €12,200), and Team PokerStars Pro Jake Cody (54th for €14,100).

PokerStars Championship Prague Main Event Day 3 Top 10 Chip Counts

Place Player Country Prize
1 Paul Michaelis Germany 1,270,000
2 Michal Mrakes Czech Republic 1,032,000
3 Jason Wheeler USA 931,000
4 Navot Golan Israel 888,000
5 Anatolii Zyrin Russia 825,000
6 Serhii Popovych Ukraine 812,000
7 Gavin O’Rourke Ireland 803,000
8 Assaf Ben Yosef Israel 793,000
9 Alex Foxen USA 761,000
10 Dario Barriocanal Spain 740,000

Only 49 players had chips that required bagging when the tournament director called time on Day 3 proceedings. Sat with the most chips was Germany’s Paul Michaelis with 1,270,000. Already a World Series of Poker bracelet winner, Michaelis is now in contention to add a PokerStars Championship title to his already impressive poker CV.

Local star Michal Mrakes was the only other player to bag up a seven-figure stack, cramming 1,032,000 chips into the overnight bag.

A handful of British and Irish players join O’Rourke and co. on Day 4 of the Prague Main Event, namely John Mooney (120,000), Harry Lodge (220,000), Mathew Frankland (230,000), Jack Sinclair (259,000), Dermot Blain (275,000), Lawrence Bayley (453,000), James Mitchell (477,000) and Louis Salter (575,000).

Day 4 commences at noon on Dec. 16 and play will continue until the player count has been reduced to only 16. Will any Irish and British players still be in the hunt for the €775,000 first-place prize by then? Tune into UK & Ireland PokerNews to find out.