Live Events 2
Main Event
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Highlights

Main Event
Day 1a completed

Chip Counts (full)

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Aku Joentausta fi
Aku Joentausta
fi 236,200
Guy Thomas
Guy Thomas
211,000 -100
Emanoil Savin
Emanoil Savin
190,600
Mauro Canavese
Mauro Canavese
155,400 18,400
Lex Veldhuis nl
Lex Veldhuis
nl 148,800
Antonin Duda cz
Antonin Duda
cz 140,600 15,600
Dimitar Danchev bg
Dimitar Danchev
bg 138,100
Zimnan Ziyard gb
Zimnan Ziyard
gb 137,900
Alexander Debus de
Alexander Debus
de 132,900
Samuel Rodriguez
Samuel Rodriguez
123,200
Aliaksei Boika by
Aliaksei Boika
by 116,400
Achille Voltolina it
Achille Voltolina
it 115,000
Anders Hansen
Anders Hansen
111,900
Dzmitry Shorakh
Dzmitry Shorakh
111,500
Vojtech Ruzicka cz
Vojtech Ruzicka
cz 109,400 -600
Konstantin Uspenskiy
Konstantin Uspenskiy
108,600
Marcos Fernandez
Marcos Fernandez
105,500
Morten Christensen dk
Morten Christensen
dk 104,000 -26,000
Vasil Panev
Vasil Panev
104,000
Andres Artinano Munoz
Andres Artinano Munoz
103,500 3,500
Daniel Reijmer nl
Daniel Reijmer
nl 102,900
Ugnius Simelionis lt
Ugnius Simelionis
lt 102,900
Damien Langlois
Damien Langlois
96,500
Regis Burlot
Regis Burlot
95,800
Sebastian Ruthenberg de
Sebastian Ruthenberg
de 95,700

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Joentausta Leads the Pack After EPT Barcelona Day 1a

[user76079] • Level 8: 300-600, 75 ante
Aku Joentausta
Aku Joentausta

It’s hard to believe the beginning of another PokerStars.com European Poker Tour is upon us. The reduced season schedule, the pairing with sub tours, and the increased number of events has meant that every EPT cannot be missed by any of the top players from around the globe. The Estrellas Poker Tour Grand Final obliterated expectations and records by attracting more than a thousand players.

The EPT main event Day 1a kicked off today and a total of 403 players entered, and with around 600 more expected tomorrow; meaning this event could well pass the magic four-figure mark as well. Top of the pile at the end of the day with around 226 players remaining was Aku Joentausta. The Finn quietly amassed an impressive 236,200 chips. He’s followed by Guy Thomas (211,100) and Emanoil Savin (190,600).

Team PokerStars Pro had a ten-pronged attack coming in to today and three of them fell by the wayside. Liv Boeree and Martin Hruby both slipped up with big-slick, with the former running into aces and the latter failing to hit against pocket queens. Arnaud Mattern busted way back in level one when his triple barrel bluff failed to dislodge an opponent with an over-pair.

Lex Velduis (148,800) was the first player that we saw break the 100k-mark and although he slipped back somewhat he steadied the ship and sailed through to day 2. Marcin Horecki’s (14,200) stack was yo-yoing all day and he’ll be happy just to survive the draining battle he faced. Juan Manuel Pastor (72,400) was as steady as ever, Pius Hienz (72,400) got up 60,000 early on but spent most of the day hovering between 35-45k, before he finished strong. Matthias De Meulder (29,900), Sebastian Ruthenberg (95,700), and Henrique Pinho (77,800) will also be back for day 2.

In with a shout of not only being the first double EPT champion but also the first double EPT Barcelona champion are Martin Schleich and Kent Lunmark. The two previous champions were sat with each other for a time today and made it through with 81,000 and 76,300 respectively.

Those who came with high hopes only to see them dashed included: Chris Brammer, Scott Seiver, Jannick Wrang, Ben Wilinofsky, Vladimir Geshkenbein, Sorel Mizzi, Anton Wigg, Nicolas Chouity, Benny Spindler and Michael Tureniec.

We do this all over again tomorrow, you know? We’ll have new faces in a field that is expected to be stacked with stars. Apart from that everything else is the same as today. Play will do its best to start at 12:00 PM CET, and eight 75-minute levels will be played out. The PokerNews reporting team will be there as ever to capture as much as we can for you reading pleasure.

A Few End of Day Chip Counts

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Aku Joentausta fi
Aku Joentausta
fi 236,200 41,200
Guy Thomas
Guy Thomas
211,100 89,100
Emanoil Savin
Emanoil Savin
190,600 -4,400
Lex Veldhuis nl
Lex Veldhuis
nl 148,800 63,800
Zimnan Ziyard gb
Zimnan Ziyard
gb 137,900 -10,100
Sebastian Ruthenberg de
Sebastian Ruthenberg
de 95,700 64,700
Martin Schleich de
Martin Schleich
de 81,800 37,800
Pius Heinz de
Pius Heinz
de 78,400 28,400
Henrique Pinho pt
Henrique Pinho
pt 77,800 52,800
Kent Lundmark se
Kent Lundmark
se 76,300 40,300
Juan Manuel Pastor es
Juan Manuel Pastor
es 72,400 13,400
John Eames gb
John Eames
gb 48,000 -500
Mattias De Meulder
Mattias De Meulder
29,900 16,900
Leo Margets es
Leo Margets
es 27,500 -15,500
Marcin Horecki pl
Marcin Horecki
pl 14,200 -4,800

Last Five Hands

[user72235] • Level 8: 300-600, 75 ante

With just less than 15 minutes left until the end of the last level of the day, the clock has been stopped and the tournament director announced that Day 1a of the PokerStars.com European Poker Tour Barcelona Main Event will be done as soon as all of the tables play five last hands.

Corner of Doom Gets Smaller

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It was a tough looking corner earlier with Anton Wigg, Michael Tureniec, Daniel Stern and Sami Kelopuro all sitting in a row, but now only Stern remains. All busted except Kelopuro who was moved tables.

Meanwhile there's about 234 remaining in total, we're expecting that to be closer to 210 by the end of the day's play.

Michael Tureniec se
Michael Tureniec
se Busted

Tags: Daniel SternSami Kelopuro

Finn Gets Fatter

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Finnish player Aku Joentausta looks to be vying with Emanoil Savin for the chip lead. He's been running pretty hot according to his tablemates, even being told he should be playing on the roulette tables instead of the poker ones.

He just had a 7,000 bet paid off on the turn of a {10-Spades}{9-Clubs}{Q-Clubs}{J-Clubs} board before both he and his opponent checked the {10-Clubs} river.

Joentausta's {A-Spades}{K-Diamonds} was still good as he races with Savin to be the first place to break the 200,000 mark.

Aku Joentausta fi
Aku Joentausta
fi 195,000

Tags: Aku Joentausta

Heinz Splits Pot

[user72235] • Level 8: 300-600, 75 ante
Pius Heinz
Pius Heinz

The 2011 WSOP Main Event winner and Team PokerStars Pro Pius Heinz raised from the small blind to 1,300 and was called by the player in the middle position.

The rest of the table folded and the two saw the flop bring {Q-Clubs} {J-Hearts} {10-Spades}. Heinz checked and so did his opponent. Heinz checked the {A-Spades} turn as well, but his opponent had other plans and bet 1,800. Heinz called.

The river brought {5-Diamonds} and the player in the mid position lead again for 4,500. Heinz made the call and showed {K-Clubs} {10-Clubs} for a straight and his opponent flipped {K-Spades} {Q-Hearts} for the very same hand and the two split the pot.

Tags: Pius Heinz