Live Events 1
€5,300 Main Event
Days:

Event Info

Buy-in €5,000
Prize Pool €8,215,900
Players 1,694

Level Info

Level 38
Blinds 300,000 / 600,000
Ante 100,000

Highlights

Highlights

Hand 39: Victor Bogdanov Eliminated in 9th Place (€104,000)

Webjoker • Level 32: 80,000-160,000, 20,000 ante
Victor Bogdanov
Victor Bogdanov

Hand 39 is the first hand of the day, as we started the count when 9-handed play was reached last night. There are three more 90-minute levels left on the schedule. After that the next two levels will be 75-minutes long, followed by two 60-minute levels and two 45-minute levels.

Hand #39: Frederik Jensen made it 325,000 under the gun holding {A-Spades}{K-Diamonds}. Victor Bogdanov, one of the shortest stacks, shoved from the button with {A-Diamonds}{7-Diamonds} for 1,395,000. Jensen instantly called after both blinds folded.

The flop came {6-Diamonds}{9-Hearts}{K-Clubs}, leaving Bogdanov just some back door outs. The {J-Diamonds} on the turn was a good card to hit, but the {A-Hearts} on the river wasn't one of the cards he was looking for.

And with that, the tournament was down to its official final table of eight. A 10-minute break was implemented into the structure to accommodate the making of the official final table photo.

Denys Shafikov ua
Denys Shafikov
ua 17,570,000 55,000
Frederik Jensen dk
Frederik Jensen
dk 7,375,000 1,795,000
Steve Warburton gb
Steve Warburton
gb 7,215,000 35,000
Andreas Samuelsson SE
Andreas Samuelsson
SE 6,985,000 -20,000
John Juanda id
John Juanda
id 3,940,000 -100,000
Rainer Kempe de
Rainer Kempe
de 3,600,000 -175,000
Mario Sanchez ES
Mario Sanchez
ES 2,675,000 -210,000
Amir Touma lb
Amir Touma
lb 1,160,000 -20,000
Victor Bogdanov RU
Victor Bogdanov
RU Busted

Tags: Frederik JensenVictor Bogdanov

Level:
32
Blinds:
80,000/160,000
Ante:
20,000

Barcelona Is Ready for a New Champion

Webjoker
Casino Barcelona
Casino Barcelona

Minutes ago the 12th edition of the PokerStars.com European Poker Tour Barcelona Main Event started with its final nine players. Live coverage starts in an hour though, as we'll supply you with spoiler free updates right from the live stream. So if you can't watch the live stream, or want to read up on a hand you weren't really paying attention to, check back here regularly and you won't miss a thing.

Despite the plan being to play down to six, play was halted late last night with still nine players in contention. There's one runaway chip leader; Denys Shafikov, (36 from the Ukraine) brings 17,515,000 (109 big blinds) in chips, more than twice the amount his nearest competitor Steve Warburton (7,180,000) gets to start with.

Shortest stack in the room is Amir Touma (41, Lebanon) in seat 2 starts with 1,180,000 in chips (just 7 big blinds) and has his work cut out for him. There's a former EPT champion (Frederik Jensen), a local player (Mario Sanchez), an aggressive player from Scandiavia (Andreas Samuelsson), and an EPT regular ready to chat it up (Steve Warburton). Rainer Kempe was down to just a few big blinds but managed some miraculeus double ups to get back to 21 big blinds, 12 more than Victor Bogdanov who lost lots of chips with a failed big bluff late last night. And then there's John Juanda, the seasoned pro who already finished runner up in an EPT, and now is eyeing his first big prize on European soil since the WSOPE back in 2008.

SeatPlayerCountryChipsBig Blinds
1Denys ShafikovUkraine17,515,000109
2Amir ToumaLebanon1,180,0007
3Rainer KempeGermany3,775,00021
4Steven WarburtonUnited Kingdom7,180,00045
5Victor BogdanovRussia1,415,0009
6John JuandaIndonesia4,040,00025
7Mario SanchezSpain2,885,00018
8Frederik JensenDenmark5,580,00035
9Andreas SamuelssonSweden7,005,00039

It's going to be an exciting day of poker and we'll be here all day; from the first flop till the last river. Check back in an hour to see who takes down the biggest Main Event in EPT history and goes home with the €1,420,500 first place prize. While you wait, here's a look at all the previous stops of the EPT Barcelona.

SeasonYearChampionBuy-inPlayersFirst Place Prize
12004Alexander Stevic€1,000229€80,000
22005Jan Boubli€4,000327€416,000
32006Bjørn-Erik Glenne€5,000480€691,000
42007Sander Lyloff€8,000543€1,170,700
52008Sebastian Ruthenberg€8,000619€1,361,000
62009Carter Phillips€8,000478€850,000
72010Kent Lundmark€5,000758€825,000
82011Martin Schleich€5,000811€850,000
92012Mikalai Pobal€5,0001,082€1,007,550
102013Tom Middleton€5,0001,234€942,000
112014Andre Lettau€5,0001,496€794,058
122015--TBD--€5,0001,694€1,420,500

The player profiles you can read underneath, courtesy of PokerStars.

Denys Shafikov ua
Denys Shafikov
ua 17,515,000
Steve Warburton gb
Steve Warburton
gb 7,180,000
Andreas Samuelsson SE
Andreas Samuelsson
SE 7,005,000
Frederik Jensen dk
Frederik Jensen
dk 5,580,000
John Juanda id
John Juanda
id 4,040,000
Rainer Kempe de
Rainer Kempe
de 3,775,000
Mario Sanchez ES
Mario Sanchez
ES 2,885,000
Victor Bogdanov RU
Victor Bogdanov
RU 1,415,000
Amir Touma lb
Amir Touma
lb 1,180,000

Seat 1: Denys Shafikov, 36, Ukraine - 17,515,000 (109 Big Blinds)

Webjoker
Denys Shafikov
Denys Shafikov

Shafikov is principally a cash game player and has played relatively few EPT's. However, Barcelona is clearly becoming a favourite stop – he was here last season as well.

He’s already notched up one result during this season’s festival, finishing 128th in the €1,100 Estrellas Main Event for €3,385. That was his best ever cash and brought his lifetime live tournament winnings up to the grand total of $23,826; he’ll be getting at least ten times that amount if he makes the final six in the EPT Main Event. Aside from Estrellas, all Shafikov’s other recorded results have come in the Ukraine capital of Kyiv.

Denys Shafikov ua
Denys Shafikov
ua 17,515,000

Seat 2: Amir Touma, 41, Lebanon - 1,180,000 (7 Big Blinds)

Webjoker
Amir Touma
Amir Touma

Touma’s biggest result to date was just $23,251 for making the final of the Merit Middle East Poker Championship in Cyprus back in 2011.

This is only his second EPT – he also played the PokerStars and Monte-Carlo®Casino EPT Grand Final back in May and has also cashed in a few side events. Nearly all his recorded results come from events in Kyrenia, Cyprus however. His live tournament winnings amount to $71,596 so far – a sum totally dwarfed by the life-changing €104,000 he’s guaranteed for making the nine.

If Touma takes it down, he will be our third EPT champion from Lebanon after EPT London winner Joseph Mouawad and EPT Grand Final champ Nicolas Chouity.

Amir Touma lb
Amir Touma
lb 1,180,000

Tags: Amir Touma

Seat 3: Rainer Kempe, 26, Berlin, Germany, now UK – PokerStars qualifier - 3,775,000 (21 Big Blinds)

Webjoker
Rainer Kempe
Rainer Kempe

Kempe is one of numerous German players who have moved to the UK to play online. Most settle in London but Kempe has headed down to the lovely seaside resort of Brighton on the South Coast, a city which is also home to EPT Berlin runner up Robert Haigh and British pro James Dempsey.

Kempe, who hails from Berlin but studied at the University of Potsdam, already has a string of good live results including seventh in the $1.111 Little One for One Drop in Vegas this summer for a lifetime best cash of $90,189.

His best EPT result was fifth in a €2k NL Turbo side event at the EPT Grand Final in May, cashing for €15,820. Kempe won his seat in to EPT Barcelona in a €320 Deep Hyper-Turbo back in June.

Rainer Kempe de
Rainer Kempe
de 3,775,000

Tags: Rainer Kempe

Seat 4: Steve Warburton, 28, UK - 7,180,000 (45 Big Blinds)

Webjoker
Steve Warburton
Steve Warburton

Warburton is a 28-year-old pro from Manchester in the UK. He travels the world playing live poker events and became such good friends with Team PokerStars Pro Matthias de Meulder at the WSOP this summer that the pair decided to share an apartment for EPT Barcelona (Scott Margereson and Eric Lescot are also in the flat which they have dubbed “The Orphanage”).

Warburton has played EPT's in London, Prague, Deauville and Malta but this is his first in Barcelona. His best result before now was runner-up in the WPT Amsterdam Main Event in May for €150,000. He also had a deep run at EPT London in Season 10 finishing 22nd for £19,920 and made the final of the UKIPT Nottingham High Roller last year for £11,200.

Warburton is also something of a pundit and has appeared on Sky Sports talking about poker.

Steve Warburton gb
Steve Warburton
gb 7,180,000

Tags: Steve Warburton

Seat 5: Victor Bogdanov, 42, Russia - 1,415,000 (9 Big Blinds)

Webjoker
Victor Bogdanov
Victor Bogdanov

Victor Bogdanov has been a recreational poker player for the last five years, but is now coming straight in to the spotlight at EPT Barcelona. The 42-year-old Russian businessman has won a few small tournaments, but this is his first EPT cash.

This could almost be considered a “home soil” appearance as Victor and his family moved to Barcelona just two weeks ago. His wife and two sons are supporting him right here in the casino. Bogdanov only speaks a little English, but his younger son willingly helped translate for our interview. Both his sons are enrolled to study at Barcelona University but the family plan to split living 50/50 between here and Moscow.

Bogdanov says if he wins the Main Event, the celebrations will be back in Russia where a ton of friends are following his progress via the live coverage. When asked what would he do with the first prize, he answered simply – “I would buy some champagne!”

Victor Bogdanov RU
Victor Bogdanov
RU 1,415,000

Tags: Victor Bogdanov

Seat 6: John Juanda, 44, Indonesia - 4,040,000 (25 Big Blinds)

Webjoker
John Juanda
John Juanda

John Juanda is by far the highest-earning player to make the final six at EPT Barcelona, with more than $16m to his name already in live tournament winnings. The 44-year-old is almost certainly the most experienced as well with recorded cashes going back nearly 20 years.

His biggest win on the European Poker Tour came when was runner-up to David Vamplew in the EPT7 London Main Event. London was also the scene for another celebrated event when he was runner-up to Team PokerStars Pro Jason Mercier in the £20k High Roller in 2008. His other big EPT cash was fourth place in the EPT Grand Final €25k High Roller for €426,800 last season and 11th in the Main Event in Monaco in Season 10.

John Juanda id
John Juanda
id 4,040,000

Tags: John Juanda

Seat 7: Mario “LostToRiver” Sanchez, 27, Spain - 2,885,000 (18 Big Blinds)

Webjoker
Mario Sanchez
Mario Sanchez

Like so many Spanish internet pros, Mario Sanchez has moved to London to carry on playing online.

The 27-year-old is an EPT and Estrellas regular but also competes in the States, especially at the World Series of Poker. His best live result prior to now came in Marbella however – close to his home city of Malaga - when he took down a GSOP event in 2013 for €74,150.

He usually plays cash in PokerStars and he is Supernova Elite. This isn't his first EPT, he was ITM in EPT10 montecarlo (76th, €8.434). He’s had good results online playing as 'LostToTiver'.

Mario Sanchez ES
Mario Sanchez
ES 2,885,000

Tags: Mario Sanchez