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Anthony Chimkovitch bags the chip lead at the end of Day 3

With the last hand complete and the chips going into the bags Anthony Chimkovitch knew exactly what it was a like to have a great day on the EPT. If it wasn't clear enough from the stack of 1,825,000 that he bagged up tonight, the grin on his face for much of the day pretty much clinched it.

The Belgian started the day with 144,000 and turned that into the benchmark today. Still only 23, he showed the experience of a veteran to become the first player past the million chip mark, knocking out the likes of Chance Kornuth along the way.

anthony_edouard_chimkovitch_v2.jpgAnthony Chimkovitch takes the lead into Day 4 of the EPT Barcelona Main Event

If quality of a performance is judged by the level of opposition, Chimkovitch's performance was even more notable. His name is at the top of the counts tonight but the chasing pack is a formidable one.

Anthony Chimkovitch - 1,825,000
Marco Caza - 1,521,000
Nuno Capucho - 1,375,000
Simon Lofberg - 1,200,000
Uri Reichenstein - 1,187,000
Alejandro Belluccia 1,148,000
Harcharan Dogra Dogra - 1,100,000
Ramon Miguel - 1,082,000
Aku Joentausta - 1,063,000
Marc Trijaud - 1,039,000
Jose Quintas - 1,031,000
Thomas De Rooij - 1,010,000
Jason Mercier - 1,006,000
Bryn Kenney - 728,000
Michael Eiler - 679,000
Sam Grafton - 635,000
Morten Mortensen - 608,000
Nicolas Chouity - 603,000
Keith Johnson - 443,000
Byron Kaverman - 442,000
Jason Koon - 424,000
Kent Lundmark - 387,000
Erik Friberg - 365,000
Rumen Nanev - 332,000
Brian Tae-Hyun Yoon - 328,000
Mikhail Shalamov - 304,000
Eugene Katchalov - 215,000

That line up means things are shaping up nicely to become another memorable Barcelona Main Event final. What's more there are still double-winner possibilities.

Victoria Coren was the first (admittedly this makes it more memorable) and so far only champion to win a second, but there are now only two more EPT for someone to join her in poker's most exclusive club. Will anyone do it before the EPT steps up to become the PokerStars Championship? Five players could still do it this weekend, some better placed than others: Nicolas Chouity, Jason Mercier, Michael Eiler, Kent Lundmark, and Ronny Kaiser.

ramos_mercier_bar13_d3.jpgFelipe Ramos and Jason Mercier began the day on the feature table. Ramos would bust early but Mercier will be back for Day 4

We'll track their progress when the Main Event continues tomorrow, with play expected to reduce the field to a last 16. Will it be the players above, or someone else, who becomes a title contender?

The list of those it won't be is a long one. When play began today there were 294 players in seats. That figure is now 98.
Along the way we lost the likes of Felipe Ramos, Steven Watts, Ilari Sahmies, Mike McDonald, Ognyan Dimov, Sam Greenwood, Davidi Kitai, Vladimir Troyanovskiy, Dimitar Danchev, Connor Drinan, Govert Metaal, Kitty Kuo, Leo Margets, Harrison Gimbel and Philipp Gruissem.

leo_margets_v3.jpgLeo Margets was among the long list of players eliminated today

Some of those names will feature again tomorrow, albeit in an entirely different event.

That's when the EPT €10K High Roller begins. Our Live updates from what is the last major event of the Barcelona festival begin at 12.30pm local time. Expect big names, a big field, and big money. By now you'll notice everything is big in Barcelona.

For now you can get the detailed picture of what took place today by scrolling through the live updates below. And if you want more details check out the payout page for the scores so far, and the chip count page, which will be updated as soon as we have official counts, for the counts going into tomorrow. Lastly, scores from every event played so far in Barcelona can be found on our side event results page.

Until tomorrow then it's good night from Barcelona.

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