The final starting session of any major poker tournament is often far larger than any of the others, for any number of reasons. While the staff at Casino Barcelona certainly expecting a major turnout for Day 1B of the EPT100 Barcelona Main Event, few could have predicted just how many would show up Friday afternoon.
By the time eight levels of poker were complete an astounding 1,010 players had registered on Day 1B, making this Main Event a record-breaker in a couple of ways. Along with the 475 who came out on Day 1A, they’re at 1,485 and counting – already a record for any EPT Main Event ever held on European soil – with registration still open through the start of Day 2. The previous record, set in San Remo back in Season 6, was 1,240; the previous best for an EPT Barcelona Main Event was 1,234, which happened one year ago.
Casino Barcelona was packed past capacity throughout the day, with 230 players having to wait their turn for a seat to open up throughout the day. A few had to wait until late into the night, but everyone who paid for a seat sat down in one by the time the bags came out. Just under 70 percent of the Day 1B competitors made it through, and those 728 join the 270 Day 1A survivors for a remaining group just shy of 1,000 for the start of Day 2. At the top of the pile stands Jose Lamarca Capa, whose 193,300 eclipses Day 1A leader Michael Mizrachi’s to make Capa the top dog once Saturday’s action begins.
Three other players ended Day 1B with over 150,000 – Marcelo Ramos Da Fonseca (176,000), Timur Margolin (166,175) and Timo Pfutzenreuter (163,600). 2013 EPT Deauville champ Vojtech Ruzicka, PokerStars Team Pro Theo Jorgensen and the long-quiet Dominik Panka are each among the big stacks, with dozens of big names filling out the rest of the chip counts.
It wasn’t as kind a day to BLUFF POY contender George Danzer, Jason Mercier, Annette Obrestad, Bertrand Grospellier or Steve O’Dwyer, who each saw hopes of a run at what’s sure to be a massive first place prize sputter out on the first day.
Play will resume at 12 pm local time Saturday in Barcelona (6 am EST), with live coverage throughout the day on PokerStars.tv. Prizepool information will be available shortly after the start of play on Day 2, once registration is officially closed.
2014 EPT100 Barcelona Main Event – End of Day 1 Chip Counts
- Jose Lamarca Capa – 193,300
- Michael Mizrachi – 186,600
- Marcelo Ramos Da Fonseca – 176,000
- Charlie Combes – 172,400
- Timur Margolin – 166,175
- Dmitry Yurasov – 163,700
- Timo Pfutzenreuter – 163,300
- Vojtech Ruzicka – 155,300
- Maksim Semishenko – 153,500
- Jose Goncalves Pinheiro – 147,300
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