After an extended day of eleven 60-minute levels, there will be 36 players heading to Day 3 with their eyes fixed on taking down the PokerStars.es EPT 13 Barcelona €10,300 High Roller. There were 263 players who made it through Day 1, and with the addition of Piotr Franczak, Wei Zhao, Gleb Tremzin, Markus Durnegger and Diego Zeiter entering at the start of Day 2, the overall field size reached a record 591 which comprised of 472 players and 119 re-entries.
The early stages started out with a flurry of bust outs, whittling the field size down slowly but surely. Team PokerStars Pros Leo Fernandez and Jason Mercier were eliminated at the hands of Pratyush Buddiga and Vlado Banicevic respectively before the likes of Fedor Holz, Faraz Jaka, Ludovic Geilich, Luca Pagano, Philipp Gruissem, Daniel Negreanu and Chris Moorman joined them on the rail.
The money was reached today, with tournament staff announcing that 119 players would be paid, with a min-cash worth €11,695. The unfortunate bubble boy was Shyam Srinivasan. He moved all in with top pair on a jack-high board, only to run into the bottom set of Ilkin Amirov.
A flurry of bust outs followed, with the likes of Max Silver, Koray Aldemir, Anton Wigg, Eugene Katchalov, Andrey Shatilov, David Benefield and Pratyush Buddiga all in this first band of payouts. Other big names to bust later in the money include Paul Newey and Martin Finger (€18,110), Dominik Nitsche, Adrian Mateos and Sergey Lebedev (€19,200), as well as Igor Yaroshevskyy, Rainer Kempe, Senh Ung and PokerStars Team Pro Felipe Ramos (€20,920).
Leading the way into Day 3 is Julian Stuer with 1,900,000 in chips. Behind Amirov is Ari Engel (1,645,000), Ilikin Amirov (1,700,000), Connor Drinan (1,463,000), Joseph Cheong (1,412,000) and Christopher Frank (1,355,000).
They are joined by Natasha Barbour (910,000), Patrick Leonard (756,000) and Ivan Luca (656,000), with a full list of chip counts below.
This time last year there were 30 players remaining, which forced tournament officials to reduce the levels to 50 minutes in length. It remains to be seen whether or not the same will be done tomorrow, but stay tuned to PokerNews for all the information.
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