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Former EPT Champs Juanda and Dimov Make Final 13 at PokerStars EPT Barcelona

John Juanda
  • Can Juanda win the PokerStars European Poker Tour Barcelona Main Event for a second time?

The 2018 PokerStars European Poker Tour €5,300 Main Event is one step closer to crowning a champion. The record-breaking 1931-entry strong field is down to just 13 hopefuls.

Portugal's Pedro Marques leads the field, but he faces some tough competition for the coveted trophy and first-place payout of €1,611,500.

Marques bagged up 9,150,000, closely followed by Brazil's Fabiano Kovalski (8,745,000). There is a bigger gap between the duo atop as Rodrigo Carmo (5,330,000), Matthias Tikerpe (5,200,000), and Haoxiang Wang (4,655,000) complete the top five overnight.

Two former champions are in contention to join the only two-time champion Vicky Coren in lifting the trophy for the second time. Ognyan Dimov (3,100,000) won the title in Deauville in 2015 and John Juanda (1,980,000) emerged victorious in the same year right here at Casino Barcelona.

Mark Buckley advanced with a stack of 4,400,000 and his fellow countryman Patrick Clarke, who finished 4th on home soil at the 2016 EPT Dublin Main Event, will return with 3,550,000.

Among those to bust throughout the day were such notables as Anthony Chimkovitch, Stefan Jedlicka, Kalidou Sow, Michael Chi Zhang, Rifat Palevic, Benjamin Pollak, Victor Chong, Tom Alner, and Upeshka De Silva.

The remaining 13 players will return to the tables on Saturday, September 1st, 2018, as of 12.00 p.m. local time. The action resumes with blinds of 40,000/80,000 and a big blind ante of 80,000.

Pedro Marques and John Juanda
Pedro Marques and John Juanda

PokerStars EPT Barcelona Day 5 Seat Assignments

TableSeatNameCountryChip CountBig Blinds
11Ben HeathUK2,030,00025
12Georges HannaLebanon3,770,00047
13Danny TangUK2,435,00030
14Ognyan DimovBulgaria3,100,00039
15John JuandaIndonesia1,988,00025
17Pedro MarquesPortugal9,150,000114
18Piotr NurzynskiPoland3,570,00045
22Rodrigo CarmoPortugal5,330,00067
23Matthias TikerpeEstonia5,200,00065
24Haoxiang WangChina4,655,00058
25Patrick ClarkeIreland3,550,00044
26Fabiano KovalskiBrazil8,745,000109
28Mark BuckleyIreland4,400,00055

PokerStars EPT Barcelona Day 4 Action

A total of 56 players returned to their seats, and the eliminations came at a quick pace. Among those to bust early were Day 1b chip leader Anthony Chimkovitch, Simon Mattsson, Raul Martinez, Jack Wu, and Luke Haward. Alexandre Reard saw his ace-king suited cracked by ace-queen and Kalidou Sow failed to hold up with ace-queen against the ace-nine of Mark Buckley.

Kalidou Sow
Kalidou Sow and Benjamin Pollak both fell on Day 4

Rifat Palevic lost a flip with pocket queens against the ace-king of Enrico De Rosa and Oliver Weis bowed out from the feature table in a set-under-set scenario. The French misery continued when Julien Sitbon ran kings into aces, and Brazil's Renato Kaneoya lost a flip with pocket nines against the ace-jack of Rodrigo Carmo.

The remaining 26 players had just returned to their seats after the second break of the day when the redraw to the final three tables was required after the eliminations of Joel Isla and Jiri Horak. Jamie O'Connor saw his hopes vanish when he got it in with pocket kings against ace-queen and an ace hit on the flop to improve Georges Hanna. World Series of Poker bracelet winner Andres Korn made a pay jump but eventually bowed out in 20th place.

Johan Storaker was among the next casualties after his move with ace-trey in a battle of the blinds was quickly called by Upeshka De Silva with the dominating ace-jack. The kicker problem turned out to be crucial for the Swede.

Only a few minutes later, Denys Shafikov ran pocket eights into the pocket queens of Pedro Marques, and the field was reduced to the final 17. The biggest pot of the tournament followed; it was Enrico De Rosa who ended up second-best with king-queen for top pair as Fabiano Kovalski had flopped a set of sevens in a three-way pot.

Down to the last two tables, Kovalski was in the lead, but Pedro Marques took over the top spot with the elimination of Marius Conan. The last Frenchman in the field three-bet all in with pocket nines and Marques moved all in over the top behind him with pocket kings. There was no help on a queen-high board, and Conan exited in 16th place.

Upeshka De Silva
Painful end of the day for Upeshka De Silva

Two further players busted in the final level of the night, and those happened to be Tom Alner and Upeshka De Silva.

Alner lost a flip with ace-jack against the pocket eights of Patrick Clarke, who regained the lead with a straight on the river.

For De Silva, it was a disappointing end to the day after he went from second in chips to out in 13th after a series of unfortunate hands. First, he lost a big pot without showdown against Fabiano Kovalski. Then he paid off the second nut flush of Rodrigo Carmo, and his pocket kings were cracked by the ace-queen of Mark Buckley. In the final hand of the night, De Silva got it in with pocket nines and Kovalski sigh-called with ace-seven only to hit an ace in the window.

The penultimate day of the PokerStars EPT Barcelona €5,300 Main Event will play down to the final six for the big showdown on Sunday. The PokerNews live reporting team will be back to provide all the action.

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