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Day 1a Completed

Lucia Martinez Leads Day 1a of 888Live Barcelona Main Event

MrPaulSeaton • Level 11: 800-1,600, 200 ante
Lucia Martinez leads after Day 1a
Lucia Martinez leads after Day 1a

After a mammoth 12 levels of play on Day 1a, and with 34 players remaining, Lucia Martinez has the chip lead with 268,000 chips in the 888Live Barcelona €1,100 Main Event.

Day 1a welcomed 104 entries (including re-entries) across the day, with the early pace-setter the entertaining Canadian player Kelly Kellner. He won some big pots early to run up a stack of over 100,000 chips at one point, but just like in yesterday's High Roller, he couldn't hang onto them and this time in unfortunate fashion. He was ahead of Alessandro Predaroli all-in pre-flop but couldn't hold on. Instead of 100,000, Kellner suddenly had half that stack, which all went to Lucia Martinez when her kicker was enough to topple Kellner's when both players hit top pair in the next hand.

Elsewhere, others were running into trouble. Sally Stephens couldn't win a flip with pocket jacks when she saw an ace on turn and river end her first bullet, but she later re-entered. Hacharan Dogra Dogra ran short then ran it up, but couldn't survive the final cut-throat levels. Others were more successful, with Hristian Panchev (222,900) Alejandro Vazquez Gomez (184,400), Gabriel Podovei (180,700) and Vitaly Tevis (179,700) all harbouring hopes of taking over the chip lead when Day commences.

Ema Zajmovic made just 600 chips profit on her starting stack, bagging up 30,600, but she survived when needing to hit with two cards to come, so can count herself lucky rather than the opposite to have gone through on her first bullet.

Day 1b will start at 6pm local time later today, with another 12 levels to see if more entries can get closer to breaking through the incredible €500,000 guarantee.

Tags: 888LiveEma ZajmovicHristian PanchevLucia Martinez

End-of-Day Chip Counts (full)

zedmaster84 • Level 11: 800-1,600, 200 ante
Lucia Martinez ES
Lucia Martinez
ES 268,800 168,800
Hristian Panchev bg
Hristian Panchev
bg 229,900 111,900
Alejandro Vazquez Gomez ES
Alejandro Vazquez Gomez
ES 184,400 -20,600
Gabriel Podovei RO
Gabriel Podovei
RO 180,700 5,700
Vitaly Tevis us
Vitaly Tevis
us 179,700 179,700
Evgenii Cherniak ru
Evgenii Cherniak
ru 137,600 137,600
Javier Sanchez Miguel ES
Javier Sanchez Miguel
ES 136,000 136,000
Yannick Pernot fr
Yannick Pernot
fr 128,100 -31,900
Marwan Salamoun us
Marwan Salamoun
us 120,300 90,300
Simen Gulbrandsen NO
Simen Gulbrandsen
NO 112,600 91,600
Balazs Somodi hu
Balazs Somodi
hu 99,900 7,900
Jose Antonio Bordas Neriz ES
Jose Antonio Bordas Neriz
ES 95,000 95,000
Alessandro Surini IT
Alessandro Surini
IT 91,400 26,400
Nikolaos Paparis GR
Nikolaos Paparis
GR 90,300 90,300
Javier Martinez Perez ES
Javier Martinez Perez
ES 86,200 86,200
Brian Rockvam CA
Brian Rockvam
CA 84,400 84,400
Frank Blumlein de
Frank Blumlein
de 80,600 80,600
Jordi Ribatallada Ruiz ES
Jordi Ribatallada Ruiz
ES 75,700 75,700
David Murillo Parda ES
David Murillo Parda
ES 74,300 74,300
[Removed:99] ES
ES 64,600 64,600
Alexey Dubrovkin RU
Alexey Dubrovkin
RU 60,900 7,900
Basem Davas UA
Basem Davas
UA 57,000 -34,500
Jordi Corominas Puig ES
Jordi Corominas Puig
ES 52,000 52,000
Hector Mendoza de Sojo ES
Hector Mendoza de Sojo
ES 46,500 46,500
Cyrille Dupessey FR
Cyrille Dupessey
FR 44,000 44,000

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Day 1a Finished

zedmaster84 • Level 11: 800-1,600, 200 ante

According to the screens, there are 38 players out of a 104-entry strong field remaining and they are currently bagging up. A selection of chip counts and a recap of today's action are to follow.

Somodi Doubles Through Ortega

MrPaulSeaton • Level 11: 800-1,600, 200 ante
Balazs Somodi
Balazs Somodi

Pre-flop, Carlos Avila Ortega, one of the chip leaders in the room made it 5,000 from the cut-off. Balazs Somodi raised to 13,000 and Ortega made it 25,000. Somodi called.

The flop of {K-Hearts}{2-Diamonds}{3-Spades} saw Ortega bet 20,000 and Somodi shipped it all-in for around double that. Ortega called.

Avril Ortega: {A-Spades}{A-Diamonds}
Balazs Somodi: {J-Clubs}{3-Clubs}

The turn was a blank, but Avila Ortega was shell-shock when the {3-Diamonds} appeared on the river to give Somodi trips threes for a huge upset.

Balazs Somodi hu
Balazs Somodi
hu 92,000 59,000
Carlos Avila Ortega ES
Carlos Avila Ortega
ES 40,000 40,000

Tags: Balazs SomodiCarlos Avila Ortega

Panchev Crushes Kurko

MrPaulSeaton • Level 11: 800-1,600, 200 ante

Kimmo Kurko moved all-in on the button for 21,100 (10 big blinds) and Hristian Panchev re-shoved in the small blind for at least four times that amount. Marwan Salamoun considered calling in the big blind, but let it go.

Kimmo Kurko: {K-Spades}{J-Diamonds}
Hristian Panchev: {A-Diamonds}{10-Diamonds}

The flop of {2-Clubs}{10-Hearts}{A-Clubs} gave Panchev a big lead, but opened up the Broadway draw to a queen for Kurko. Sadly for him and his rail, the {K-Diamonds} turn and {7-Diamonds} river didn't fulfill those hopes and he was busted. Panchev is one of the larger stacks in the room now.

Hristian Panchev bg
Hristian Panchev
bg 118,000
Kimmo Kurko fi
Kimmo Kurko
fi Busted

Tags: Kimmo KurkoHristian Panchev

Zajmovic Up and Down But Survives

MrPaulSeaton • Level 11: 800-1,600, 200 ante
Ema Zajmovic in action on Day 1a of the 888Live Barcelona Main Event
Ema Zajmovic in action on Day 1a of the 888Live Barcelona Main Event

Ema Zajmovic moved all-in from the hijack position with {Q-Clubs}{10-Clubs} and was called only by her opponent in the cut-off with {A-Clubs}{8-Spades}

The flop of {5-Hearts}{Q-Hearts}{A-Hearts} got Zajmovic out of her seat and ready to depart, with the immediate effect of the the {Q-Diamonds} landing on the turn. the inconsequential {8-Hearts} river saw Zajmovic double-up to over starting stack for the first time in hours and she knew the magical properties of her stand on the turn.

"You just need to stand up, just start to squat and it comes!" she laughed. The rest of the table did likewise, but deep down maybe they're not quite so happy as they appear about such a dangerously talented player riding with the for the last rollercoaster 20 minutes of play.

Ema Zajmovic ba
Ema Zajmovic
ba 40,000 27,500

Tags: Ema Zajmovic

Davas Gets Lucky

MrPaulSeaton • Level 11: 800-1,600, 200 ante
Max Rotko
Max Rotko

Basem Davas eliminated an unfortunate Max Rotko on the cusp of Level 12 when Rotko's shove over Davas's opening bet of 3,800 for a total of 34,800 was called by the original aggressor.

Basem Davas: {A-Hearts}{J-Hearts}
Max Rotko: {A-Spades}{K-Diamonds}

The board of {A-Clubs}{7-Clubs}{J-Clubs}{6-Diamonds}{9-Hearts} saw Rotko openly invite intimacy on the flop and by the river, he exalted "Casinos are rigged" as he made his way from the room. Awful timing for Rotko to run out of luck, but Davas jumps to 91,500 and looks in cruise control to reach Day 2 with 30 minutes to play.

Basem Davas UA
Basem Davas
UA 91,500 36,500
Max Rotko FI
Max Rotko
FI Busted

Tags: Basem DavasMax Rotko

Martinez Ruling the Table

MrPaulSeaton • Level 11: 800-1,600, 200 ante

Lucia Martinez has taken some from Alessandro Predaronli after the latest hand at what is a very action table.

Predaroli made it 2,500 pre-flop, but Martinez raised in late position to 6,500. Predaroli called, but on the flop of {8-Hearts}{4-Diamonds}{7-Clubs}, he folded to Martinez' bet of 9,000. That tips her over the 100,000 mark, but Predaroli still has way more than the 67,000 average in the room.

Lucia Martinez ES
Lucia Martinez
ES 100,000 10,000
Alessandro Predaroli IT
Alessandro Predaroli
IT 95,000 45,200