Season 10 of the ever-popular European Poker Tour continued yesterday in the historic Spanish city of Barcelona where 518 players took to the felt of the Casino Barcelona on Day 1a. Among the crowd of hopefuls were plenty of players flying the British and Irish flags, each having made the short flight to Barcelona sharing the same common goal – to return home as an EPT champion.
There were plenty of mixed fortunes for our players, some managed to build themselves a decent stack and progressed to Tuesday’s Day 2, while others had to knuckle down and grind out the 10 hour-long levels. At least that last group of players will also be present on Day 2, unlike players such as Mathew Frankland, Christopher Brammer, Barny Boatman, Roberto Romanello and Zimnan Ziyard.
Frankland, who UK & Ireland PokerNews earmarked as one to watch during the upcoming World Championship Of Online Poker (WCOOP), had a torrid start to the new season, busting out during the second level.
Brammer also fared badly, so badly that he didn’t stick around for the plethora of side events, choosing to fly home to Southampton. Our excellent live reporting team didn’t catch the bust out, but the fact he wished fellow Brit Sam Grafton a happy birthday – Happy Birthday, Sam – by saying “Happy birthday Sammy! I flew home yesterday on tilt sorry lol. Have a good one!” speaks volumes.
Toby Lewis, a good friend of Brammer, had to endure a roller coaster of a day that saw him end Day 1a with 8,800 chips at his disposal. The former EPT Vilamoura champion’s short stack leaves him fourth from the bottom of the chips counts, which means he will have to make some moves early on Day 2.
British and Irish Players EPT Barcelona Day 1a Chip Counts
Ireland’s Rory Tinlin is the best placed of the Irish and British contingent after Day 1, ending the day with an impressive stack of 105,000 chips. According to the Hendon Mob Database, Tinlin has one live tournament cash to his name, an outright win in a €200 side event at the recent UKIPT Galway festival. That result banked Tinlin €9,100 and one cannot help but think he has parlayed that prize money into an EPT Barcelona seat.
Jack Salter (103,100), Tom Middleton (92,700) and Sky Poker Pro Ryan Spittles (78,800) each bagged up decent stacks, while Joseph Nelson (46,500), Jude Ainsworth (34,600) and Christopher Day ended Day 1a with more than their starting stack. Former EPT London champion David Vamplew, (28,900), John Eames (27,200), Triple Crown chasing James Dempsey (22,400), Tom Gallagher (21,700) and Adam Forsyth (15,600) battle hard throughout Day 1a’s proceedings and secured their place on Day 2.
Day 1a’s chip leader was Dragan Kostic who multiplied his 30,000-starting stack by seven to end the night with 215,000 chips. Kostic finished second in the 2011 edition of EPT Barcelona and will be looking to go one place better by the time the 2013 instalment concludes.
Eleven Team PokerStars Pros navigated their way through the minefield that is Day 1, Jan Heitmann (77,400) being the best placed of them all. Other team Pros to look out for on Tuesday’s Day 2 are Vanessa Selbst (75,800), Marcel Luske (43,500), Jonathan Duhamel (24,200), Marcin Horecki (22,000), Leo Margets (19,200), Jason Mercier (18,000), Richard Toth (18,000), Julien Brecard (13,300), Eugene katchalov (11,600) and Rino Mathis (9,200). Of course, plenty more Team PokerStars Pros are expected to take to the felt on Day 1b.
Other notables who made it through to Day 2 include Bryn Kenney (115,000), Kevin Vandersmissen (86,800), Scott Seiver (84,800), Igor Kurganov (79,700), Jeffrey Hakim (67,700), Dani Stern (65,500), Fabrice Soulier (59,500), Fabian Quoss (48,600), Mickey Petersen (30,600), Dominik Nitsche (28,500), Ana Marquez (23,900), Dimitar Danchev (20,800) and Jonathan Roy (15,900).
Day 1b began at 12:00 CET and you can follow PokerNews’ coverage over at our dedicated Live Reporting pages. Do not forget to tune in on Tuesday morning as we recap the action from Day 1b of the EPT Barcelona Main Event.
EPT Barcelona Day 1a Top 10 Chip Counts
|7th||Carlos Mora Alvarez||125,200|
|9th||Miguel Gurrea Monton||120,000|