Season 12 of the European Poker Tour Barcelona Main Event commenced on Monday and saw 459 players exchange €5,300 for the chance to become an EPT champion. After eight 75-minute levels, the dream was put on hold for all but 286 of those starters.
More than 30 players who call the UK or Ireland home chose Day 1a to begin their quest for EPT glory and 21 managed to stamp their tickets for Day 2, including some of our biggest stars.
Haresh Thaker was the British grinder who enjoyed the most fruitful opening session, finishing Day 1a of the Main Event with 104,200 chips, the only one of our players to bag up a six-figure stack. Thaker is a regular on the London poker scene and has live tournament winnings of almost $80,000.
Also safely through is Charlie Carrel and his 79,500 stack. Carrel needs no introduction to UK & Ireland PokerNews readers as we’re constantly singing his praises on these pages and rightly so because he is one of the best players this country has produced. Carrel, of course, took down the €25,500 High Roller at EPT Malta during Season 11 for €1,114,000.
Carrel spoke to PokerNews during one of the breaks in play.
Day 2 also sees David Vamplew (75,300), Dara O’Kearney (60,000), Oliver Price (57,600), Simon Deadman (50,500), Roberto Romanello (21,000), Stephen Chidwick (20,500) and Jack Salter (9,500) return to the PokerStars-branded felt.
2015 EPT Barcelona Main Event Day 1a Top 10 Chip Counts
Imad Derwiche, the man who Carrel defeated heads-up in the EPT Malta High Roller is the man who leads the Day 1a field, although Martin Vallo of Denmark ended the night with only 7,700 fewer chips.
Some of poker’s big guns are joining the Day 2 field including Vladimir Troyanovskiy (115,600), Patrik Antonius (103,800), former November Nine member Andoni Larrabe (100,400), David Yan (95,100), John Juanda (89,300), Dario Sammartino (86,500), Mustapha Kanit (83,200), Isaac Haxton (79,200), Team PokerStars Pros Leo Fernandez (74,400) and Leo Margets (55,300), Mike Watson (49,100), Kevin MacPhee (48,700), Byron Kaverman (41,000) and many more.
Day 1b opens its door at noon local time and should see a crowd in excess of 1,000 players descend on the Casino Barcelona, making it one of the busiest starting flights in EPT history. You can follow all of the action from the Main Event via our live reporting pages and we’ll have a UK & Ireland focussed recap of the action after play ends.