The wait is finally over. After playing through five grueling days and fighting past almost 1,500 other players in the 2014 EPT Barcelona Main Event, just eight remain in the hunt for the title and $1.6 million.
It took a little bit longer than a typical EPT Main Event playdown day, with the final elimination of Day 5 coming just after 1 am in Barcelona. The 99th Main Event winner in the tour’s history will be crowned Wednesday afternoon, with a life-changing payday just hours away for a few fortunate players and already achieved by others just by making the final table.
Seven of the eight who remain in contention for the EPT Barcelona Main Event title have already locked up the largest cash of their careers. The lone exception is Andrey Shatilov, who finished sixth in the 2013 PCA Main Event and starts in the same position at this final table. Andrea Dato already has a WPT title to his credit in 2014, and while he’ll start as the shortest stack he has the most impressive resume of the bunch.
Hossein Ensan has the chiplead with 10,300,000, but he has Samuel Phillips right on his heels in second. Phillips is originally from the United States, but he qualified for this tournament online in Mexico. The other two Americans in the field, John Andress and Nick Rampone, made early exits Tuesday.
It looked for much of the day as if Dominik Panka would avoid that fate on Day 5, but he’d be the first to go after the dinner break – albeit more than an hour after they returned. The 2014 PCA champion just missed out on a chance to become only the second repeat champion in EPT history (making it two repeats in three events on the tour), with Panka forced to settle for an 11th place finish.
Play will resume at 1 pm CEST (7 am EST) Wednesday, but the coverage for both the live stream and live updates will be delayed by 1 hour to allow the use of hole card technology at the final table.
2014 EPT Barcelona Main Event – Final Table Chip Counts
- Hossein Ensan – 10,300,000
- Samuel Phillips – 9,035,000
- Ji Zhang – 6,480,000
- Andre Lettau – 5,515,000
- Slaven Popov – 3,720,000
- Andrey Shatilov – 3,635,000
- Kiryl Radzivonau – 3,420,000
- Andrea Dato – 2,830,000
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