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🇮🇹Matteo Spozio flies on Day 3

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There are four Swiss, three Italians, one Romanian, one Moldavian, and it's not a joke.

These are the home nations of the nine finalists at the 500,000CHF guaranteed IPO Main Event who starting at 1 p.m. will play for a first prize of 100,000CHF plus a ticket to the WPT World Championship Main Event to be held in December in Las Vegas.

The final table is just a formality, since after the first elimination the action will move to the spotlight so that you can enjoy the full show of the most exciting stage of Italy's (and not only Italy's) most important tournament.

The tournament

It started in 32 this day, with "Emmella" (photo below) leading the way after last night's splendid performance hammering from the first bars. A strategy, undoubtedly supported by a favorable run, that allowed him to significantly increase his lead over his opponents already at the first break of the day.

Taking a quick tour among the tables after the first two levels, in fact, the Italian could already boast a 4.5 million stack (compared to 3.2 at the start): about 4 times the tournament average. Some of the main protagonists of the previous days, such as the Swiss Robin Roth (17th) or the Italian "Giorgio73" (16th), both in the Top 5 at the beginning of the Day, did not hold up.

Nothing to do for "O.H" (4th in the initial grid), as well as Davide Ferrone (chip leader at Day 1 C) who despite his patience failed to double his stack and reach the final table.

La Top 5

The real surprise of the day, however, comes from Italy's Matteo Spozio (photo below), who started quietly from 13th position in the count and was able to climb his way back up to the top: at the end of the day there will be 8,250,000 chips bagged, just one darker than the Romanian Ciprian Bucatariu, second at the beginning of the Day and second also at the close of play.

Third place belongs to the Swiss Nadir Dfaili with 4,965,000, while in fourth position we find the aforementioned "Emmella," who just like yesterday does the dirty work at the beginning and then waits for the others at the photo finish, strong with his stack of about 35BB which, at this stage of the tournament, is really a lot.

The fifth position is occupied by the second Italian, "Ferrari" (photo below), at 3,775,000. He could have been the chip leader of the day if not for some borderline spots, including a 3-bet/call against Nadir Dfaili that ended (for him) in the worst way.

The action goes like this: opening by the Swiss with 26BB effective (Ferrari plays with 69BB) from BTN, 3-bet by "Ferrari" with A-10 off-suited, all-in by BTN (with 10-10), and snap-call. On the board not even the shadow of an Ace and a good portion of the stack flying away.

For the record, the two collide two hands later and the Swiss managed to gnaw a little more off the Italian, who makes up an opening with J-6 off-suited only to c-bet on board A High (finding Dfaili's call defending A-8o), check turn and call the stopping-bet (or value-bet) from a blind of his opponent.

Without these two blunders, it would not have been unthinkable to find 2 out of 3 Italians on the virtual podium. And now let's take a look at the full ranking with the relative stacks of the nine finalists.

Unofficial Chipcount

  1. 🇮🇹Matteo Spozio 8'250'000

  2. 🇷🇴Ciprian Bucatariu 8'130'000

  3. 🇨🇭Nadir Dfaili 4'965'000

  4. 🇮🇹Emmella 4'045'000

  5. 🇮🇹FERRARi 3'775'000

  6. 🇨🇭Christian Niederer 3'670'000

  7. 🇨🇭Gala09 2'320'000

  8. 🇨🇭space G 2'300'000

  9. 🇲🇩Noizzi 1'740'000


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