Day 1b completed
Day 1b completed
Records are made to be broken, and the players who entered Day 1b of European Poker Tour Barcelona Main Event were knee-deep in shattered vinyl. Over 1,000 players entered the final starting day of this event, the 100th EPT event ever held, and not a table in the tournament area was spared with an empty seat for much of the day.
Adding the 1,010 runners to the 475 who played yesterday, meant the field grew to 1,485 at the completion of play last night. With registration open until the start of play on Day 2, things could get even larger. The tournament already contains a bigger field than any EPT event on European soil and overall is currently only eclipsed by the PokerStars Carribean Adventure main events in Season 6 and Season 7, which drew 1,529 and 1,560 runners, respectively. Even if the final number fails to beat these, it'll still be the third biggest tournament in the EPT's 10-year history.
Of course, the question you should be asking is who is currently leading this mammoth field? Well, after eight 75-minute levels, it is Jose Lamarca Capa who is top of the pile at this point in time. Capa, who qualified through a live satellite, finished the day delighted with 193,300 in chips, which put him as the chip leader not just of Day 1b, but overall as well, pushing Michael "The Grinder" Mizrachi into second.
With a field of this size, there were numerous Team PokerStars Pros who made it through the day with sizeable stacks and they were led by Theo Jorgensen, who finished up with 116,500 thanks in part to a huge pot where he made a full house at the same time another player made trips. Others to make it through included Jake Cody (57,900), Ivan Demidov (52,900), Marcin Horecki (47,300) Joao Nunes (34,900), Liv Boeree (27,400), Andre Akkari (20,100), and Daniel Negreanu (18,600).
Some of the other Team PokerStars didn't fair so well and were eliminated today. Those included Jason Mercier, Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier, Fatima Moreira de Melo, Luca Pagano, George Danzer, and Friend of PokerStars Natalie Hof. Danzer, currently looking to secure the World Series of Poker Player of the Year title, suffered from a mistimed squeeze play when he pushed all in with the but ran into the and the — running into the "top of their ranges."
Other players to make it through included Timur Margolin (166,175), Timo Pfutzenreuter (163,600), Vojech Ruzicka (155,300), Davidi Kitai (93,200), Mike McDonald (76,800), David Peters (75,800), Dan Smith (45,600), Pius Heinz (21,500), and Sofia Lovgren (16,200).
The long list of casualties included November Niners, WSOP Europe champions, and former EPT winners, as Jorryt van Hoof, Annette Obrestad, Michael Tureniec, Zimnan Ziyard, Pieter de Korver, and Steve O'Dwyer were all felled during the day.
Tomorrow we believe there will be around a thousand players returning for Day 2, how the EPT plans to accommodate such a large remaining field is open to debate, but no doubt they'll be pulling out all the stops to make sure everyone is able to fit in for what should be an incredibly fast and hectic day.
The PokerNews Live Reporting Team will be back from 12 p.m. local time tomorrow as this huge tournament continues, so be sure to tune back in then for more coverage.
While you wait, check out the following video of Negreanu discussing the recent debate he's been involved in as to whether or not he'd be able to win playing $25/$50 no-limit hold'em cash games online:
It's time for the last four hands of the day.
Dutch EPT regular Rens Feenstra has been eliminated from the tournament. A, what he called, "shitty day" came to an end in a queens versus kings situation.
Feenstra was down to 20,000 and he three bet an early position open with . The player on the button cold four bet, and Feenstra eventually got his chips in the middle against him. Feenstra couldn't beat the kings of his opponent, and with just about twenty minutes left on the clock for the day, made his exit.
Liv Boeree has been grinding a stack of just under 15,000 since getting caught in a river bluff several hours ago. The headphones are on but there has been little sign of concentration dropping or any lack of patience. The Team PokerStars Pro showed no frustration and simply bided her time.
Yaki Hevron opened for 1,200 and was raised to 2,800 by Karol Radomski. Boeree was on the button and after a short pause she cold-four-bet to 5,700. Hevron quickly mucked but it took a little longer before Radomski reluctantly released his cards. The valuable pot was slid to Boeree without the need to see a flop.
It was an event about skill, about luck, about intrigue, even sabotage (maybe, probably not). Whatever it was, this was competition at its fiercest, and with a few laughs thrown in along the way. Using a unique combination of elements we saw poker skills combined with imagination, and even nautical know-how. This could only be the EPT100 Takedown. Check it out on the PokerStars Blog.
And we're not talking about Dan Smith himself in this case, he just won a small pot.
We saw him open the button and got some resistance from the big blind who defended.
The big blind check called a 1,500 bet on , and both players checked the on the turn. The river came the and the big blind checked again. Smith bet out 4,000, and his opponent quickly folded.
With the entire board of board already out on the green felt, a player in early position checked to Jake Cody two positions down. The British Team PokerStars Pro bet 3,700, and his opponent called after some thinking.
Cody somewhat confident showed his , but that hand ended up in the muck mili seconds later as his opponent tabled for flopped trips.