While our attention today was focused predominantly on Day 1A of the Estrellas Main Event, we couldn’t help but notice the swarms of big name high rollers that were gathering together in the opposite corner of the room. Congregated swarms usually mean a plague; but here at EPT13 Barcelona, it means Day 1 of the €10,300 NLHE Single Re-entry tournament.
A total of 186 players invested in this one, with 37 using their re-entry option, bringing it to 223 entries total. It’s worth noting though that many of those players who busted today – including Chance Kornuth, Max Silver, and the legendary Eric Seidel who made a late exit – can still re-enter tomorrow when blinds will start at 1,000/2,000 with a 3,000 ante.
Who turned out for this one? Well, just about everyone you could name. But the player who held the most chips at the end of the night was Canada’s Patrick Serda, a relative newcomer to these events compared to many names in the field who won his entry through a live satellite. He ended the day with 355,000 – the only player who finished above the 300K mark.
Team PokerStars Pro Liv Boeree was the sole representative of the red spade here on Day 1, ultimately finishing with 115,600.
The UK’s Patrick Leonard was chipleader around midway through today’s play holding roughly 200,000. By the end, he’d improved a little more to finish with 235,100.
Let’s rattle off a few more names who played, survived, and will be returning tomorrow for Day 2: Mustapha Kanit (66,700), Steve O’Dwyer (39,800), Charlie Carrel (25,600 – re-entered), Timothy Adams (39,100), Daniel Dvoress (102,900), Sam Chartier (145,400), Martin Jacobson (38,900), Adrian Mateos (50,900), Sergio Aido (62,600), Ivan Luca (127,000), Mike McDonald (42,400), and Dzmitry Urbanovich (112,100) are just a few of the names you’ll hear from in tomorrow’s live coverage.
Before we leave you, here are the five biggest overnight stacks:
Patrick Serda – 355,000
Marcin Chmielewski – 289,200
Dietrich Fast – 286,600
Roman Korenev – 268,800
Ali Reza Fatehi – 258,800
We’ll be following this one closely tomorrow with live updates, so make sure you come back and follow the action. Play starts at 12:30pm local time.
¡Buenas noches! –JS
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