Day 1a completed
Day 1a completed
One conclusion can be drawn right away at the PokerStars European Poker Tour Barcelona: the stop is as popular as ever. While not surprising in the very least, players once again showed up in droves to the popular Catalonian city to try their luck in the €1,100 EPT National. The first of four starting days started at noon local time and lasted a whopping fourteen hours. 189 out of 1,264 players, or 15% of the original field, were able to make it through the day.
Leading the way after seventeen full levels is Maksim Bura, who build his stack from 30,000 to 736,000 on the first day. Other players that are in prime contention after Day 1a are Camilo Hernandez Henao (698,000) and the Portuguese Miguel Silva (565,000) and Andre Moreira (564,000). Biggest notable in the top of the counts is two-time WSOP bracelet winner Upeshka De Silva, who bagged 548,000 on top of taking out the bubble boy. Holding queen-jack, De Silva had flopped two jacks and received a call from Leonid Timonin with pocket tens, ending the latter's run in the dreaded spot.
Other notables that will return in the money include Joey Weissman (404,000), Ari Engel (393,000), Matthias De Meulder (222,000), Heidi May (217,000), Michael Tureniec (128,000), Thomas Boivin (58,000) and Erwann Pecheux (52,000).
Those that failed to make Day 2 on their first attempt include Jasper Meijer van Putten, Dominik Panka, Maria Lampropulos, Sander van Wesemael and Adam Owen. They, as well as many others, will have up to three more shots as one reentry per starting flight is allowed.
The turbo Day 1b will conclude shortly after Day 1a is done. Day 1c will be a regular starting day again and commence at noon on Thursday. The Day 1d turbo to wrap the starting days off commences at 7 p.m. on the same day. PokerNews covers the event wire-to-wire so make sure to check back regularly as to not miss anything of the EPT Barcelona National!
Full chip counts follow later.
The bubble has burst on Day 1a of the €1,100 EPT National and play has been suspended as a result. 189 players have made their way to Day 2 after two players busted in the final hand of the night.
First one at risk was Suleyman Ertop, who had reshoved for 67,000 from the blinds after a raise in late position. Ertop was up with against and despite flopping and turning a world of outs, he didn't get there on a board.
At another table, Leonid Timonin had called all in with on a board. His opponent, Upeshka De Silva, showed for trip jacks and Timonin would also end up empty-handed.
A recap of today's action is to follow.
The bubble hand-for-hand play has just seen two players double up with one of them being Ari Engel.
The board was down , and Engel's all in on the river was called. Engel held pocket aces for two pair, and his opponent couldn't beat it, and the former took down the 400,000 chip pot.
Over on another table, the player at risk was all in on the turn with a straight and needed to avoid his opponent hitting a diamond flush of the river. The final card flipped over by the dealer was the , and it secured a second double up on the bubble.
One of the largest stacks in the room belongs to Camilo Hernandez Henao, who just won another pot off to soar even further to 780,000. After a player raised to 12,000 and Feras Abid called, Hernandez three-bet to 43,000 from the small blind.
Abid was the only caller but folded to a 45,000 continuation bet on the flop.
The clock shows 197 players left on Day 1a. Seven more players need to go before the first of four starting days in the EPT National is done.
Sergio Lopez Ferrer open-shoved 59,000 from early position, Paul Kristoffersson reshoved 112,000 from late position and the blinds got out of the way.
Sergio Lopez Ferrer:
Lopez spiked the nine he needed on the flop to double up: . He let out a big fist-pump while Kristoffersson looked aghast.
Ramon Miquel Muñoz has become one of the first players to hit the half a million mark in this tournament. Miquel stuck around with on a board and called a turn bet from an unknown opponent. Both players checked the on the river.
His opponent briefly flashed what appeared to be a busted nine-high flush draw and Miquel dragged it with ace-high.