Day 3 of the European Poker Tour Campione Main Event saw the field of 99 players play down to the last 24 contenders, breaking the money bubble in the process. In the end, it was Danish professional Jannick Wrang who grabbed the chip lead, taking a stack of more than 1.7 million chips into the fourth day of play.Heading into Day 3, one of the big storylines was the presence of eight former EPT champions in the field. No player has ever won two EPT championships, but the large number of former winners remaining in the field gave hope that this would be the week that the streak of first time winners would end.But one by one, the former EPT winners started to fall. Although all eight pervious champions made the money by finishing in the top 88, six of them were eliminated on Day 3. That included Bertrand Grospellier, Liv Boeree, Rupert Elder, Martin Finger, Nicolas Chouity and Roberto Romanello. However, that did leave David Vampley and Ronny Kaiser in contention for their second EPT titles – though neither is among the leaders.On the other hand, there are a couple of big names near the chip lead that are looking for their first EPT titles. None is closer than Fabrice Soulier, who currently sits in second place with just over 1.2 million chips. Fellow French pro Olivier Busquet is also in contention, as his stack of 973,000 is enough to put him in 7th place overall.As for the leader himself, Wrang has a long history of moderate success in major tournaments, having cashed in three EPT events and two World Series of Poker tournaments. With the biggest win of his career coming at the 2009 Scandinavian Open, though, any high finish in Campione would certainly become the biggest real money poker cash of his career.On Friday, the last 24 players will play down to a final table of eight. Saturday will see a champion crowned, with the winner taking home the grand prize of €640,000.
Jannick Wrang Tops Final 24 at EPT
Jannick Wrang Tops Final 24 at EPT March 30, 2012