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hohensyburg.jpgThe European Poker Tour’s Dortmund event is now only several hours of play away from its conclusion, as Day 3 oversaw the elimination of 24 players, narrowing the field from the 32 remaining players to the 8 players who will battle it out at the final table on Day 4.

Canadian Michael McDonald, who plays online under the screenname “Timex”, started the day second in the chip count, but thanks to a superb day on his part, he is the owner of the chip lead as the tournament heads to the final table. McDonald is an eighteen-year old, brace-wearing Canadian who has been remarkable at the poker table in the last several weeks, cashing four times in the 5 weeks prior to EPT Dortmund. McDonald took the chip lead early in the day, lost it for a short time, and then recaptured it to set him up in great position for the final table. McDonald acquired his screenname when he had trouble choosing a name and happened to glance down at his watch, which was a Timex.

Manfred Bass of Germany, who started the day in fifteenth place, was the first player to be eliminated on Day 3, his chip stack seeming to disappear as soon as play began. Another early exit was Brandon Schaefer, who after a huge run to finish Day 2, was in seventh place with 202,000 in chips. However, after five hands, all of which Schaefer was in the lead to begin the hand, Schaefer was eliminated. The most painful of the five hands occurred when his pocket aces were destroyed by an opponent holding [4d][3d] and made his open-ended straight draw on the turn.

Marcel Luske, the famous “Flying Dutchman”, who began the day in thirteenth place, and was perhaps the most popular player remaining in the tournament, would also hit the rail on Day 3. Johannes Strassmann raised preflop holding [Ad][10c]. Luske, hoping to steal the raise, pushed all-on with [Ks][5s]. Strassmann called and both players flopped a pair, Luske flopping a pair of fives and Strassmann flopping a pair of aces. The turn and the river were blanks, and the Flying Dutchman disappeared from the tournament.

The last elimination of Day 3 was Alexander Milanov of Bulgaria, who exited in ninth place. Milanov started the day in nineteenth place and would not live to see the final table. After Milanov’s elimination, the remaining players redrew to determine their seats for the final table.

The eight remaining players, with their chip stacks, seat numbers, and countries or origin, are listed below.

Michael McDonald, Canada – 862,000- Seat 1

Johannes Strassmann, Germany – 827,000 – Seat 4

Marco Diego Perez, Spain – 744,000 – Seat 2

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