It’s been quite a year so far for Dominik Panka. He won the PCA Main Event to kick off the year, and by the time the month of February had started Panka added another title in the EPT Deauville High Roller. Somehow, his best may be yet to come.
Panka is on another run in Barcelona, one of 25 players to advance to Day 5 of the EPT100 Barcelona Main Event. Just one day separates Panka from his third major EPT final table in eight months, but he’ll have some battling to do from the middle of the pack.
He and 23 others are looking up at Bram Haenraets going into Tuesday’s action. The 30-year-old Dutch player, who bagged 4,395,000 and enjoys a razor thin edge over Piotr Sowinski (4,335,000), has a chance to enjoy quite a return on his investment. Haenraets satellited into the Barcelona Main Event – his first ever live tournament – for just $80, and there’s more than 20,000 times that amount awaiting the champion after two more days of poker.
Italian Andrea Dato, who won the WPT Venice title back in March, is also among the top 10 stacks after Day 4. Just three Americans are still in contention in Barcelona, and Samuel Phillips (1,045,000) John Andress (710,000) and Nick Rampone (520,000) will have some work to do to fight their way from the ranks of the short stacks.
Day 4 was unkind to many of the players who started off Monday’s action as the chipleaders. Davidi Kitai (49th), Vojtech Ruzicka (45th), Martin Finger (44th), Jan Heitman (39th) and even chipleader Andrei Konopelko (33rd) succumbed on Day 4.
The final 25 will play down to a final table of eight on Tuesday, starting at 12 pm CEST (6 am EST). The entire day’s action will be broadcast on PokerStars.tv.
There was some other serious action going on at Casino Barcelona on Monday afternoon. The €10,000 High Roller absolutely demolished field size records, reaching 378 entries with registration remaining open through the start of Day 2. The previous record for a buy-in of this size on the EPT happened one year ago at this event, with this year’s field already doubling the previous record with time to spare.
2014 EPT Barcelona Main Event – End of Day 4 Chip Counts
- Bram Haenraets – 4,395,000
- Piotr Sowinski – 4,335,000
- Mikkel Nielsen – 3,135,0000
- Hossein Ensan – 3,075,000
- Slaven Popov – 2,695,000
- Andrea Dato – 2,290,000
- Ji Zhang – 2,285,000
- Pawel Brzeski – 1,980,000
- Kiryl Radzivonau – 1,860,000
- Mikhail Rudoy – 1,815,000
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