Day 1b completed
Day 1b completed
The second starting day of the 2022 888poker LIVE Barcelona €1,100 Main Event has concluded. Albeit competing in a smaller field than Day 1a, a new overall chip leader has been crowned as Gabriel Podovei stormed to a massive stack in the final stages. The marquee tournament on the scheduled attracted another 72 entries on Day 1b of which 24 players punched their tickets for Day 2.
Romanian-born and Spain-based Podovei has been regularly participating in live poker events in his new home country including the previous stops of the 888poker LIVE tour at Casino Barcelona. Once the final hand had wrapped up, he bagged and tagged a massive 327,500, which is more than three starting stacks ahead of the Day 1a chip leader Alex Baena (213,300).
Jose Manuel Gonzalez bagged the second-biggest stack of 190,900 and Adria Colomina Guitart advanced with 167,700 despite seeing his stack reduced to just 1,500 at the end of level two. Other big stacks at the end of play included Ewen Trevidy, Mariona Canela Riba, Gyeong Byeong Lee, and Jordi Corominas.
Day 1b Top 10 Chip Counts
|Place||Player||Country||Chip Count||Big Blinds for Day 2|
|2||Jose Manuel Gonzalez||Spain||190,900||159|
|3||Adria Colomina Guitart||Spain||167,700||140|
|6||Mariona Canela Riba||Spain||122,500||102|
|8||Gyeong Byeong Lee||South Korea||119,900||100|
The day started with more than 40 players registered but never gained much traction thereafter while the live poker action at Casino Barcelona was buzzing with plenty of cash tables running. On top of that, the Friday evening schedule also included the €165 Mega Knockout Side Event which drew 294 entries for a €44,100 prize pool.
Among the surviving players was also a former 888poker LIVE Main Event champion as Adrian-Eugen Constantin advanced to Day 2, albeit with a stack of just 27,700. He will join Bhavin Khatri and attempt to become the first two-time winner of the popular mid-stakes live poker tour.
Adan Soler Fernandez was in the spotlight in the opening stages after he first scored a knockout with aces versus queens and then sent two players to the rail when his eight-deuce out of the big blind turned a straight. The Spaniard stayed near the top of the leaderboard for an extended period until Jose Manuel Gonzalez arrived with his super aggressive play to take over the reigns.
Shah Athar was one of the casualties of Soler Fernandez' rise to the top and re-entered to run up a stack himself. Among others, he prevailed with an overpair against the straight draw of Lucia Martinez Ibanez. However, the Brit didn't make it all the way as the second bullet came to an end when Mariona Canela Riba turned the nut flush.
Just when a tight race for the Day 1b lead was to be expected, the biggest pot of the tournament unfolded between Podovei and Ricard Gonzalez Cabau. It was Podovei who was trailing with queens versus kings when the chips trickled in throughout the streets but a fourth spade arrived on the river. After showing some tells and moving all-in, Gonzalez Cabau was caught with a move holding naked kings.
"I would have never called if he didn't tank so long there and act this way," the Romanian said after the end of the hand. His queens had improved to a flush and that secured the far largest pot in the entire event so far, vaulting Podovei into a commanding lead for Day 2.
Another two chances remain for poker enthusiasts from near and far to join the action at Casino Barcelona. What can certainly be expected is a far bigger field for the third starting day, which will be the last one with a 45-minute level duration on Saturday, May 22, 2022, as of 5pm local time. There will also be a turbo heat with 20-minute levels ahead of the restart on the following day and the late registration will remain open for the first two 60-minute levels and break on Day 2.
The PokerNews live reporting team will be back on the floor for what promises a busy day at one of the hottest destinations for live poker in Europe.
In the last hands of the night, Nicolas Beguer was eliminated and that reduced the field to the last 24 players.
Full chip counts and a recap of today's action are to follow.
The biggest pot of the tournament so far unfolded just before the clock was stopped and Ricard Gonzalez Cabau was spotted on his way out of the tournament area. In a three-bet pot against Gabriel Podovei in which chips trickled in on every street, he pulled the trigger with a river jam when facing a bet by Podovei on the board.
Podovei snap-called after his opponent had made somewhat of a show before the all-in move and was shown pocket kings without a spade, which he had beat with the for a flush with the queen!
With just 25 players remaining, the clock was stopped and another four hands will be played.
The cards of Shah Athar were already in the muck and the pot was pushed to Mariona Canela Riba, who made a late surge for the top ten on the leaderboard. Her had flopped a pair and flush draw, then turned the nuts on the board to leave Athar second-best no matter what his holdings were.
Adria Colomina Guitart raised to 2,200 and was called by Jangsoo Kim. What followed was a squeeze to 12,200 by In Ho Song on the button and Colomina Guitart jammed for Kim to fold. Song called it off for more than 60,000 and the cards were turned over.
In Ho Song:
Adria Colomina Guitart:
The kicker played on the board to knock out Song late on Day 1b.
Jaime Sanchez was unable to survive with his short stack and took a chance to get it in with the . Remigiusz Hajduk not only had the superior kicker with the but got there with the nut flush on the board to eliminate Sanchez.
Adria Colomina Guitart raised to 2,000 and Jordi Corominas called in the small blind. In Ho Song then pushed for 35,700 in the big blind and Colomina Guitart reshoved to force out Corominas, who flashed the .
In Ho Song:
Adria Colomina Guitart:
The suited ace was ahead but Song got there on the board for the double.