EPT Barcelona: Lights, camera, action

August 31, 2007

Welcome back to the Gran Casino Barcelona for day three of the PokerStars.com European Poker Tour.

There’s one thing on everyone’s minds today: money. And while it’s fair to say that the subject hasn’t exactly been too far from most minds for the preceding three days, this time it’s not a case of “what if” but rather “how much?”

The cash bubble burst late last night, meaning all 56 players who return today are already guaranteed a return on their investment, somewhere between €10,500 (for the first eight out), up to €1,170,700 for the last man, or woman, standing.

Ryan Jones, from the United States, is likely to be happy with anything. He’s bottom of the chip pile going into today. Meanwhile, Mohamad Kowssarie, from Sweden, is eyeing millionaire status. He starts today with 332,200 and the chip lead.

Everyone and anyone in the middle also has a significant chance to become a star. The television feature table has been assembled overnight and one table of players, of the remaining eight, will have their every move scrutinised by the millions in their living rooms.

There’s also a live webcast of the feature table, which can be viewed by clicking here.

Starting under the studio lights when play gets under way in the coming moments, is table seven, which features three PokerStars qualifiers — Phil Starrs, from Scotland, Adity Agarwal, from India, and Andriy Zaichenko, from Russia — as well as Patrick Bruel, the French actor/singer/poker player, and Bjorn Erik Glenne, who won this event last year.

Check back here for your words and watch the broadcast over there. Then scatter some sand around your feet and turn the central heating up and it’ll be practically as though you’re here.


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