PokerStars EPT Prague EPT Barcelona Main Event Day 1b: Niall Farrell Leads the British Contingent

Florian-Dimitrie Duta

It’s official, the 2013 European Poker Tour Barcelona Main Event is the largest-ever EPT in the tour’s 10 season history. Monday saw 708 players teem into the Casino Barcelona, which when added to the 518 Day 1a entrants takes the total attendance to 1,226. This figure could be set to rise, however, as under new rules for Season 10, players can buy into any EPT Main Event before play begins on Day 2.

The second starting flight was full of players from the shores of the United Kingdom and Ireland and although plenty fell by the wayside over the course of the scheduled eight levels of play, there are lots of our boys and girl to look out for during Day 2’s action.

Niall “firaldo87” Farrell bagged up 114,000 chips at the end of Day 1b to be the highest placed UK & Ireland player. Farrell had a great summer in Las Vegas where he almost returned home with a World Series of Poker bracelet, falling at the final hurdle in Event #44 to finish second for $366,815. That result has obviously boosted Farrell’s confidence and he is set for another deep run in a major tournament.

Other Brits and Irishmen who managed to navigate their way through to Tuesday’s Day 2 include recent Macau Poker Cup Red Dragon champion Tom Alner (73,700), Dermot Blain (66,500), former footballer Steve Watts (66,100), Dominic Morley (65,700), Team PokerStars Pro Liv Boeree (59,100), Ben Warrington (49,600), Ben Jones (49,300), Stephen Chidwick (42,100) and Jake Cody (27,700). Be sure to check out the table below for a full list of British and Irish Day 1b surviving players.

Niall Farrell114,000
Tom Alner73,700
Robert Bull71,400
Dermot Blain66,500
Steve Watts66,100
Dominic Morley65,700
Liv Boeree59,100
Daniel Bass57,900
Paul Rimmer57,200
Ben Warrington49,600
Ben Jones49,300
Stephen Chidwick42,100
Stephen Woodhead41,600
Christopher Wood38,000
Paul Newey32,900
Alex Goulder31,000
Eli Heath28,800
Jake Cody27,700
Andrew Sweeney23,000
Paul Frost23,100
Mudasser Hussain20,900
Eoghan Lyons18,300
Charlie Combes14,000
Fraser MacIntyre11,300

The overall chip leader from Day 1b was Floria-Dimitrie Duta of Romania who turned his 30,000 chip starting stack into 215,000 by the end of play. Duta now leads the entire tournament going into Day 2.

Other notable Day 1b survivors include the German superstars Ole Schemion (140,600), Shannon Shorr (121,500), Philipp Gruissem (119,700), 2013 WSOP Main Event final table member David Benefield (87,800), Max Greenwood (77,700), Marc-Andre Ladouceur (64,200), Juha Helppi (60,300), Jonathan Little (53,500), Tobias Reinkemeier (50,600), Benny Spindler (49,700), EPT Barcelona Super High Roller champion Vitaly Lunkin (41,900), Martin Finger(40,500) and many more.

The Team PokerStars Pros stable was well represented on Day 1b, with 14 of them making it through to Day 2. They are Ville Wahlbeck (128,600), Christophe De Meulder (111,500), Victor Ramdin (107,000), the aforementioned Liv Boeree (59,100), Angel Guillen (54,000), Luca Pagano (51,800), Martin Hruby (50,200), Ivan Demidov (45,500), Nacho Barbero (44,900), Jake Cody (27,700), Toni Judet (22,700), Fatima Moreira De Melo (16,700), Leo Fernandez (13,300), and Maxim Lykov (11,800).

Day 2 started at 12:00 CET and you can follow PokerNews’ coverage of the EPT Barcelona Main Event over at our Live Reporting pages.

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