Forgive us for becoming overexcited here at UK & Ireland PokerNews but we have a feeling that there could be a British winner of the PokerStars.com European Poker Tour (EPT) Barcelona Main Event — and that gets us all giddy.
Not since Zimnan Ziyard took down EPT Loutraki in Season 8 have we had a British EPT champion, which is far too long in our opinion. Although there are still 235 players remaining in the EPT Barcelona Main Event, we have the man currently second in chips in addition to a handful of talented and champion-worthy players to root for.
Argentina’s Pablo Alexander Tavitian holds the title of overnight chip leader, his 465,000 chips enough to earn him that coveted title. Hot on Tavitian’s heels is our very own Niall “Firaldo87” Farrell on an almost equally impressive 444,000 chips, giving him a realistic chance of EPT glory.
Farrell has over $2,000,000 in tournament cashes, $1,340,000 of those winnings coming from online tournaments. Should Farrell continue his sparkling form and progress to Day 4, he would have to be one of the favourites to scoop the mammoth €1,067,000 first place prize and become the first British EPT champion in 16 EPT Main Events.
The Glasgow-based pro should be pleased with his table draw for the start of Day 3, with only Dani Stern – who he has position on – being a stellar name. Walid Bou-Habib is a seasoned EPT regular with some great results, but we would expect Farrell and the shorter stacked Stern to boss that table when play gets underway at 12:00 CET.
Keeping Farrell company and helping to fly the British and Irish flags are a number of stars who are more than capable of going all the way and winning this record-breaking EPT. Tom “hitthehole” Middleton finds himself in 21st place going into Day 3 having accumulated 305,700 chips so far. A deep stacked Middleton spells bad news for anyone who has to face him today. Middleton starts Table 27 where six of the nine players are short stacked. Hopefully, Middleton can pick off some of the shorties’ shoves and add to his already significant stack early into proceedings.
UK & Irish Players Through to EPT Barcelona Day 3
Day 3 of the EPT Barcelona Main Event starts with 235 player, of which only 183 will leave the Casino Barcelona with prize money to show for their efforts. A min-cash rewards players with €8,680 while reaching the final table increases the payout to €102,430. The eventual champion, as we already know, walks away with a cool €1,067,000.
Follow all of the action from the EPT Barcelona Main Event over at UK & Ireland PokerNews’ Live Reporting pages now and until this tournament concludes. Will we have another British EPT champion? By the end of Day 3 we may be ever closer to crowning one.
Good luck to all of the British and Irish players competing on Day 3.