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.
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.