3.05pm: End of level heralded by broken internet
The Spaniards seems to be great at many things. They are European and World football champions and have some wonderful food. Unfortunately all of this appears to be at the expense of any ITskills. For the fourth time in three days the Internet has broken. 3/10 – must do better. — RD
3pm: Gomes going for gold
Alex Gomes has nearly doubled-up again and eliminated Alfonso Morales Mendez in the process. Mendez moved all-in from second position and Gomes quickly followed suit from the next seat along. All the other players folded to leave it heads-up.
The boards ran 7♦K♠8♦4♦4♠. After a count down Gomes was found to have more chips and is now up to 70,000. The current average stack sits at 63,000 so he’s right back in this tournament. — MC
2.50pm: Nitsche not a nit
LAPT winner Dominic Nitsche has chipped up to 160,000 and that doesn’t seem to be good news for Team PokerStars Pro Andre Akkari. The Brazilian is loitering on just 27,000 and will need to double up soon. — RD
2.45pm: Pro on pro action
Team PokerStars Pro Ruben Visser and Max Lykov are just a few seats apart at table 29 and seem to be careful when tussling. Lykov raised to 3,500 and Visser three-bet to 9,800. Lykov had started the hand with around 50,000 and eventually decided that passing was the best option. He turned over pocket sevens face up. Visser partly returned the favour by showing the K♥.
‘Is that with a deuce?’ asked Lykov.
‘With a deuce? No, not with a deuce,’ chuckled Visser in response. ‘We would have been flipping.’
Lykov smiled and nodded. Lykov is down to 47,000 and Visser up to 75,000.
The title of this post may have be a little misleading and for that I apologise if I raised any hopes. — RD
2.40pm: Matias needs no Helppi on this flop
Antonio Matias has taken another scalp – Finnish powerhouse Juha Helppi. Matias made a small pre-flop raise and Helppi called to see the 4♥5♥6♥ flop before all the chips went in. Helppi tabled pocket sixes for top set but Matias had a flush with 8♥9♥. Not a bad flop to get paid on. – MC
2..33pm: Stani stopped
EPT Tallin champion Kevin Stani is out after losing with aces into the kings of Vicent Bosca Ramon. Stani raised to 4,000 before moving all-in for around 40,000 when Ramon three-bet to 8,900. Ramon snap-called with K♠K♥, way behind Stani’s A♠A♥. Way behind isn’t drawing dead though as the J♦4♥6♠3♦K♣ board proved. “What can you do?” said Stani to us before leaving. — MC
2.30pm: The clock ticks down
More eliminations, with empty seats being snapped up by reinforcements from other broken tables. Gianni Di Renzo is out. He moved in with K♦9♦, called by George Tsolakos of Greece, with A♠Q♠. The flop was sort of nice, landing as it did 2♣K♥J♠, but the 10♦ soon put an end to any happy thoughts.
Not long afterward the same table would lose another player, this time Alexander Lohmann departing gracefully after his 4♥4♣ shove was trumped by the 8♦8♠ of Oleksandr Lysenko, from Ukraine. The board ran 3♦10♥6♥10♦8♣ to send Lohmann to the rail, not before he shook hands with his vanquisher.
Elsewhere it was the same fate for Magnus Gjosund from Norway, eliminated by EPT Grand Final winner Nicolas Chouity. It was pocket tens against J♠8♠ with a rivered flush for Chouity.
But it’s not all about shoving and busting. Maria Maceiras doubled up to nearly 50,000 with A♥10♠ on a board of 5♣6♠8♥7♥10♦, the ten keeping her in place as level 11 ticks on. – SB
2.25pm: Nuno no more
ElkY just accounted for fellow Team PokerStars Pro Nuno Coelho. ElkY had opened with a raise from the button and Coelho moved all-in from the small blind for around 25,000 (this was being played out on the feature table, so details are a little sketchy). Call.
The board ran 8♥9♦J♠J♣4♦, and ElkY took the loot and moved up to just under 130,000 in the process. — SY
2.20pm: Gomes doubles
After losing the big pot described at 2.10pm below, Alex Gomes got a much-need double up, moving in with K♥Q♥ against Ben Warrington’s pocket eights. The board ran Q♠5♣A♠J♠9♠ and that was enough to send the man from Brazil back to 38,000. — SY
2.16pm: Controversial Reinkemeier
Tobias Reinkemeier has just four-bet Federico Cipollini off a hand pre-flop. Reinkemeier had opened the pot and been three-bet to 8,700 before coming back over the top for 22,600. The German was at the centre of a storm of controversy here in Barcelona last year with that hand against Roland de Wolfe. Reinkemeier is up to 70,000. — RD
2.10pm: Gomes loses El Clásico race
Team PokerStars Pro Alex Gomes is down to just 15,000 after losing a 215k chip pot to Ben Warrington. All the chips went in pre-flop with Gomes holding A♦K♣ to Warrinton’s Q♦Q♥. The board ran 4♦J♠7♦2♣7♥.
These marginal situations are so crucial in tournament poker. Gomes is now on life support whereas Warringtom has a great chance of making the money. A few percent the other way and it would’ve been a whole different story. — MC
2.02pm: TV table
The TV table is a dangerous place, and I’m not just talking about the fact that ElkY is there and getting chipped up. Cables galore, a swinging boom crane that might be able to knock your head off and a vicious floor manager that definitely could. For all these reasons and more the area around the TV table is pretty difficult for us to access. But we do have chip counts from the break:
Seat 1: ElkY, Team PokerStars Pro – 92,000
Seat 1: Nuno Coelho, Team PokerStars Pro – 26,100
Seat 3: Noah Boeken, Team PokerStars Pro – 23,700
Seat 4: Massimo di Cicco – 32,800
Seat 5: Allan Sice – 68,800
Seat 6: empty
Seat 7: Phillippe Belley – 76,000
Seat 8: Thomas Froeslev – 84,400
Seat 9: Kimmo Puusa – 197,900
Breaking news. It looks like Nuno is on his way out. More to come. — RD
1.55pm: ‘Clever bluff’
Martin Wendt is down to 13,500 after folding to what he described as a “Clever bluff”. He was head-up to the river where 23,000 had made it into the middle and the board read K♦2♠J♠7♥8♥. Wendt led out for 8,600 but folded, after a long tank, to a raise to 22,000. The Dane flashed the K♠ only to be shown A♥Q♥ by his opponent. — MC
1.45pm: Before the break
‘I could feel it coming,’ laughed Nick Newport as play stopped for the break. Newport had just backed into a runner-runner straight betting all three streets into Melanie Weisner.
Newport had opened the action from middle position with Q♥10♥ and had c-bet the low paired 8♥2♠2♦ flop. Weisner, who is looking a little groggy today, made the call. The J♠ turn gave Newport an open-ended draw and he pushed another 5,900 into the pot. Weisner made the call.
The 9♣ river didn’t slow Newport down and he bet another 9,000. Weisner sat at the far end of the table slowly twiddling her hair around her finger, around four revolutions I’d hazard a guess at. She then picked up two yellow 5,000 chips and tossed them into the middle only to be shown the backdoor straight.
‘I’m not sure what I would have done if she shipped it in,’ Newport said to me, ‘I’d probably pass. That’s what I’m saying to protect my tight image,’ he smiled. Newport is Weisner is down to 59,000 and Newport up to 90,000. — RD
1.41pm: That’s the break
Players are taking the first 15 minute break of the day. There are currently 333 players remaining, meaning we’ve on average about a player per minute
1.40pm: Bang on Binger
Michael Binger, one of the game’s natural talents, with tournament wins around the world, not to mention near-misses in big events like the North American Poker Tour last week, is slowly working his stack into fighting shape, all while reading the news on his iPad.
He just moved up to around 50,000 after taking chips from Shahriar Soltaninassab of Belgium. Soltaninassab opened for 3,100 which Binger called on the button. The flop came Q♥A♠[a3d]. Soltaninassab bet 4,200 which Binger called for a 10♦ turn.
Soltaninassab checked and, sensing weakness, Binger fired out 7,000. Soltaninassab’s response? Remain calm, keep riffling, act natural, and fold. — SB
1.37pm: Oh Danny boy
Danny Ryan has been eliminated over on the feature table by none other than Team PokerStars Pro ElkY. We don’t have all the details due to the lack of access but here’s what we do know:
Ryan, ElkY and Kimmo Puusa all went to a [j][x] flop before Ryan and ElkY were all-in. Ryan tabled jack-queen but was behind to the Frenchman’s jack-ten. It got worse for Ryan as ElkY’s hand improved to a full house when another ten came on the turn.
Two hands later, from the same table, Puusa eliminated Fernando Brito who is currently in first place on this season’s EPT leader board. — MC
1.35pm: Out, but not forgotten
There’s tragic reality being eliminated in the early stages of day two and it’s this. We won’t miss you because we never really knew you. So many faces disappear before anyone actually recognised them that the only mark of progress is the number on the tournament screen, slowly ticking down.
One of those we’ll never really know is Alain Dery.
To some he’s the winner of the Moroccan Mazagan Poker Million held in El Jadida, earlier this year. To others though he’s the guy in the pink sweater who just got knocked out by Team PokerStars Pro Ruben Visser.
He opened for 3,600, leaving himself a handful of chips behind. Dren Ukella called in the cut off while Visser raised to 11,300 on the button. At this point Dery turned to a loved one on the rail (you don’t talk to strangers in this way) and smiled. He called the all-in, Ukella passed, leaving Visser to turn over 10♣10♠ to Dery’s A♣6♦.
The board ran 9♦4♦K♣J♣2♣
Dery out. Visser up to 60,000. — SB
1.30pm: Welcome break for Manole
Table breaks can be incredibly frustrating. You’ve got position on the passive big stack, a bunch of tight medium-sized stacks to your left and have good read on everyone’s playing style at the table. Well, this wasn’t the case for Mihai Manole who had Max Lykov directly on his right and Andrea Benelli – who had proved himself a handful yesterday – on his left. In fact, the table break must have been quite welcome.
On the last hand Manole had three-bet a late position raise from the small blind to 6,600 only for Benelli to cold four-bet to 17,900. Manole was either pulling a major Hollywood or looked genuinely a little lost in the hand. He passed and looked quite relieved to be handed a rack for the ensuing table move. — RD
1.20pm: Fernandez wishes he was still in bed
After quite the finish to his day late last night, which saw him rocket up the leadboard with 164,400, Leo Fernandez could be excused for taking things a little easy today. So it was that the Team PokerStars Pro overslept a little, and arrived 30 minutes late at his table.
He’d lost only a little in missed blinds and antes, but the real problem began when he sat down and played his first real hand of note. Per Linde from Sweden opened the pot with a bet of 2,500 and it was folded around to Fernandez in the big blind. He looked down at pocket kings, and re-raised to 7,700. Lovely! But then Linde bumped it up again to 17,200. Great! Fernandez was more than happy to move all-in, and Linde called in a flash for 91,000 total. Excellent!
Except Linde had pocket aces.
The board ran 9♦6♠2♠8♣9♠ and Fernandez dropped 91,000 just like that. If only he’d slept on for another five minutes. — SY
1.17pm: Romanello shows Jelassi straight road to the door
Roberto Romanello and Ramizi Jelassi battled in two all-in pots but it took the second one to sort it out as the first ended up in a chop. Jelassi was lucky in the first as he was dominated with pocket sevens to the Brit’s pocket tens but the board ran out with a queen, three twos and another queen on the river.
The second hand saw Jelassi get it in dominated again with 8♣9♣ to Romanello’s A♠9♠. Romanello raised and called Jellassi’s shove before surviving the 3♠10♦5♠2♥J♥ board. — MC
1.10pm: Double for Reinkemeier
Tobias Reinkemeier is a man who has danger written all over him*. With nearly $2million in tournament winnings, he’s not someone you really want to give chips to unnecessarily. Nobody told the unfortunate Georgios Zisimopoulos, however.
It had been folded around to the man from Greece in the small blind, and he made it 2,600. Reinkemeier, sitting patiently in the big blind, re-raised to 6,400. Zisimopoulos had the German covered, and put in a tower of yellow chips worth around 50,000. Reinkemeier called all-in for 39,000 total.
Whoops! But the flop was a teasing 8♣J♠5♣, meaning now another jack or king would swing it Zisimopoulos’ way. The turn, however, was 10♠ and the river 4♦, giving Reinkemeier the double up to 80,000. And that’s a man you don’t want with chips.
*He does not have danger written all over him. That would be childish. — SY
1.08pm: Boeree busts
EPT6 Vilamoura winner, Antonio Matias, has eliminated one of the newest members of Team PokerStars Pro – Liv Boeree. Boeree came back with just under starting stack but those chips now belong to Matias who moves up to around 70,000.
The action folded to him in the cut-off and he raised to 3,000 and then shoved when Boeree three-bet to 8,000 from the button. Boeree called all-in with ace-king but was behind to Matias’ pocket aces. Boeree flopped a gutshot but it never came to save her. — MC
1.03pm: A tale of two players
Paul Berende and Luca Cainelli illustrate all too well how different styles can do well on the EPT circuit. Berende is a young aggressive Dutchman while Cainelli has largely proved himself to be a tight somewhat trappy Italian. Both have had success this year with Cainelli final tabling EPT Vienna and Berende cashing in both the EPT Grand Final and its High Roller event. So who would come out on top when the two clashed here?
Cainelli opened for 3,100 under-the-gun and was called by Leandro Balotin in middle position before Berende bumped it up to 11,000 from the big blind. Cainelli called as did Balotin creating a 34,500 pot. The 5♦A♣9♠ flop caused Berende to pause and count his chips before betting 14,100 of his 44,100 stack. Cainelli wasted no time in calling. Balotin passed.
Was Berende prepared to move all-in on the 7♦ turn? Yes. Would Cainelli call? It seemed inevitable that he would. He did. Both players turned big slick to chop the pot and gain 5,500 apiece courtesy of Balotin and the antes. — RD
12.58pm: Luck of the draw
I know what you’re thinking. What kind of a sick table draw puts Henri Kasper and Felipe Dias Lima Monteiro next to each other on the same table? Well they are, or were, as one of them has just departed at the hand of the other.
It was Monteiro to go. On a flop of 2♦Q♠9♦ Monteiro, only his silver beard poking through from beneath a hood pulled tight around his head, got his chips in with J♥J♦ only for Kasper to call with K♦Q♥. Monteiro pulled back his hood, like he’d just come in from the cold, to admit defeat. The 4♠ turn and 9♠ river cards doing nothing to help him. – SB
12.52pm: The opposition
On table 17 a piece of paper is being passed around featuring the table draw. Jordi Vaider in seat one examined it, then passed it to the player in seat four who he now knew to be Orazio Milazzo. He took the paper and, looking down at the paper then at each of his opponents, examined what he was up against. Do any of them seem threatening? – SB
12.47pm: Martin Wendt went nowhere
Needless to say the eliminations are coming fast, the most unkindest cut of all. Gone is the camaraderie of the day one shared, and in its place the cruel reality of an unloved short stack.
Amid the fallen though are those still playing what remember standard hands, ones that don’t require an all-on or the attention of a television camera.
Martin Wendt, one of the few players in today’s field who can boast experience in all seven seasons of the EPT, opened for 2,700 in late position, then called when the small blind, Oskar Lind, raised to 7,500.
The flop came 8♥10♣5♠. Lind bet another 9,000 which sent Wendt, who has his shoes removed to reveal pink and blue stripy socks, into thought mode. He re-arranged his 45,000 chips for a while, to see if they’d add up to anything more if positioned differently. But no. He passed. – SB
12.44pm: A dignified exit
Joao Barbosa just suffered a two-outer on the river to be eliminated but dealt with the situation by smiling and shaking his opponent’s hand (Leandro Balotin), before making his exit without saying a word. All the chips went in pre-flop with Barbosa the at risk player with a smaller 40,400 stack.
The board ran out Q♦K♥4♣2♥Q♥ to make trips on the river for Balotin. — MC
12.40pm: De double for De Meulder
Team PokerStars Pro Matthias de Meulder has made the perfect start by doubling up to 107k through Eric Haik. Haik opened the pot with a raise before calling De Meulder’s three-bet from the button. The flop came 8♦7♠5♣ and Haik check-raised De Meulder’s 11,300 bet all-in to which the Belgina called all-in for 45,000.
Haik tabled J♦J♠ but was behind to the Belgian’s A♦A♥. The K♥Q♦ turn and river changed not a thing, handing the pot to De Meulder. — MC
12.35pm: Introductions, moving images style
The introduction to Day 2 courtesy of the video blog team, featuring the Team Pro The Lady would endorse, Liv Boeree, and the EPT commentator your mother would endorse, James Hartigan…
12.32pm: Just like Lykov
If you’re ever running a last longer sweepstake on players then EPT winner Max Lykov would be a good choice having had some deep runs in a relatively short poker career.
He didn’t start the day in great shape (39,900) but has already chipped up to over 45,000 using position and aggression just as you’d expect Lykov to do so. The Russian opened the pot for 2,600 from the cut-off and picked up calls from Marciano Rodriguez Cortes on the button and Andrea Benelli in the small blind. A single bet of 4,200 on the A♥K♦10♦ flop was enough to scoop the pot. Onwards and upwards for the young Russian. — RD
12.25pm: Chip leader pushing the tempo
Luis Rufas started the day with 232,100 and he looks set to grow that stack aggressively. On the first hand I caught him playing he was tossing 8,700 into a J♥Q♦6♣ flop from out of the small blind forcing the button to fold A♦K♣ face up. — RD
12.15pm: A slight delay
Okay, well this much is certain, we’re not going to be starting on time. We’re ready in our starched collars and knife-edged trousers creases, but the players are still taking their seats for the start of what will seven 75 minute levels with a one hour dinner break tucked in their somewhere. We’re minutes from the start. — SB
12.01pm: Not long
It has gone high noon, but the tournament room is still empty. Looks like it won’t be too long before the players are allowed in. Hope it’s soon, because Team PokerStars SportStar Fatima Moreira de Melo is currently singing to camera outside our media room, and that’s too much for my ears at this time of day. — SY
11.15am: The seven-year itch
For those curious about these things, this is the largest incarnation of EPT Barcelona in all the seven years that the European Poker Tour has been to Spain. Back in season one, Alexander Stevic topped a field of 229 players, collecting a first prize of €80,000. The prize pool then, €229,000, is only slightly more than what the fourth place finisher on Saturday will receive. — SB
10.30am: And on to Day 2
Welcome back to Day 2 of EPT Barcelona, where 400 players return to take another step close to a share of the €3,790,000 prize pool.
As you’ll have seen from our coverage yesterday, Spaniard Luis Rufas leads the combined field with 232,100 chips, ahead of Day 1A leader Frenchman Loic Sa with 217.700. Those two are the only players with more than 200,000, but behind them is a pack ready to take them on.
We’re set to start at 12 noon, give or take some translated formalities. — SB
PokerStars Blog reporting team in Barcelona (in order of The Four Yorkshireman): Simon Young (Glad for the price of a cup of tea), Rick Dacey (A cold cup of tea), Marc Convey (Without milk or sugar) and Stephen Bartley (Or tea).