The EPT100 Barcelona Main Event was a record-breaker before cards even went into the air on Day 2, and all that was left to be determined was how big it would get. With 11 more players showing up to throw their hats into the ring, the final field size was set at 1,496 players.
Whomever is fortunate enough to claim the championship will receive a first place prize of €1,261,000 ($1.66 million) in the largest Europe-based EPT Main Event and third-largest ever, behind two PCA Main Events. In a tournament with no re-entries, the prizepool for this €5,300 event reached over $9.5 million, spread out to 239 in-the-money finishers.
Six levels of poker trimmed 900 players down to just 292 by the close of Day 2 and Vojtech Ruzicka is looking down on the other 899. After finishing Day 1B with a top 10 stack, Ruzicka continued to build his stacks higher and higher – ending Saturday’s action with 621,000. Nima Ahrary (519,600) is second, followed closely by Martin Finger (502,300). Finger has accomplished a lot in just a few years of live tournament poker; he won the EPT Prague Main Event in 2011, earned his first WSOP bracelet in June of 2013 and took down the EPT London High Roller last October.
Oliver Price, who finished third in the EPT Deauville Main Event in February and fifth in a $5,000 No Limit Hold’em Event at the 2014 WSOP, also finished Day 2 in the top 10. Max Pescatori, Randall Flowers, Dimitar Danchev, Sylvain Loosli, Scott Seiver, David Peters and Jan Heitmann each bagged up over 200,000 to continue their runs towards the final table.
Only two of the top 10 in the 2014 BLUFF Player of the Year race have advanced to Day 3. Ole Schemion and Mike McDonald are both below average, but a big run in the next few days could help either of them to quickly close the gap with Daniel Colman, following Colman’s runner-up finish in the Super High Roller. Dominik Panka, who led this race for some time after winning the PCA Main Event and now sits 13, is also sitting on a slightly below-average stack after Day 2.
While first place payday is a life-changing sum for both these top-tier players and the many amateurs who have satellited in, it’s not the only significant money on the line. All eight players who make the final table will earn a significant sum.
Day 3 action begins at 12 pm local time in Barcelona (6 am EST) with a full day of coverage on PokerStars.tv.
EPT100 Barcelona Main Event – End of Day 2 Chip Counts
- Vojtech Ruzicka – 621,000
- Nima Ahrary – 519,600
- Martin Finger – 502,300
- Andrei Konopelko – 446,500
- Berthold Winz – 443,000
- Tobias Rohe – 434,500
- Andres Federico Jeckeln – 359,000
- Oliver Price – 352,400
- Ramin Hajiyev – 351,700
- Andre Leauttau – 338,000
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