Out of a field of 78 entries, the last 59 players have been sent on a scheduled 60-minute dinner break. Another four levels are scheduled for Day 1a.
Having defended out of the big blind, Gerard Rubiralta check-raised the flop to 5,100 and was called only by the table big stack Xavier Sandoval Riba in the cutoff. Rubiralta bet the turn for 6,500 to earn a call and then made it 11,600 to go on the river, keeping just 1,000 behind.
Sandoval Riba called and mucked when he was shown the for the flopped ten-high straight.
Alexandre Mantovani raised to 1,200 and Kian Khaleghian then got the last 4,700 in from two seats over. Rene Majed in the blinds asked for a count and called while Mantovani folded.
The dominating pair remained ahead throughout the board and Khaleghian doubled, then predicted he would turn it into a six-figure stack eventually. On the same table, Alexandre Ventura Bolet emerged as the current chip leader with more than three times the starting stack.
The cards of Manuel Chico Lopez were just mucked when Ernst Soderkvist raked in the large pot. His had flopped the top set and turned queens full on the board.
When asked when the holdings of the Spaniard were, James Crawley-Boevey on the same table replied "three four of diamonds, this hand was a very good advertisement for this tournament."
Chico Lopez is expected to be back shortly.
The board was already mucked according to the Spanish live reporters from Poker Red and Sam Abernathy was spotted on her way out. Her last 6,200 had gone in preflop with the and Joan Capel Gallardo got involved with the . However, it was the of Max Avela that won it all with no paint cards making an appearance.
The empty seat of Abernathy was filled by Gabriel Podovei, who sported more than the starting stack all of a sudden only minutes after he was very short.
Three players headed to the flop on which Jordi Mataix Manauta checked out of the big blind. Marc Gonzalez Valls bet 4,100 into a pot of 5,100 and was called by the player from one seat over. Mataix Manauta then opted to check-shove for around 33,000 and Gonzalez went into the tank without asking for an exact count.
He used one time bank and folded, as did the third player in the hand.
Patrick Kallas was left with his head shaking after he paid off the double to Manuel Chico Lopez. The latter was on his second bullet and the chips had not gone in preflop but on a later street. On a board of , the of Chico Lopez were good enough as Kallas only had the .
Ariel Faskowicz Becker and Yogev Ohayon were among the casualties before the dinner break while former big stack Gabriel Povodei was reduced to just a third of the starting stack.