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Cate Hall in Charge on Day 2 of 888Live Barcelona Main Event

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Cate Hall in dominant mood on Day 2. The Arizona  powerhouse ended the day with the chip lead
Cate Hall in dominant mood on Day 2. The Arizona powerhouse ended the day with the chip lead

After a gruelling 10 hour-long levels on Day 2, just 25 players remain in the inaugural 888Live Barcelona Main Event. The chip leader at the end of play was the American professional Cate Hall with 2,467,000, but she was followed closely by Marco Regonaschi in a sprint for the chip lead throughout the day and the Italian bagged up an impressive 2,130,000.

Day 2 got underway with those who would end in charge very active from the start. Regonaschi busted two players when he spiked a six on the river to eliminate Ange Besnainou who held the dominating hand of Ace-Nine against Ace-Six when the chips went in. There were other unlucky players who busted early, with late entry Ramon Miquel Munoz and Dominique Terzian both departing before the first level up. Kimmy Kurko, Simen Gulbrandsen and Gregory Torrents all followed those players out of the door, but others were more successful.

Kelly Kellner brought a particular brand of optimism and sparkle to the tournament and would finish in the money with ease after an odd misclick from Lucia Martinez led to him getting all of his chips into the middle with pocket aces against her pocket fives and surviving. He was one of the first to crack a quarter-million, but would end the day with the roundest number of all.

Two players who had a whole lot of history in the WSOP Main Event of 2016 avoided each other but could not steer clear of drama. Stacy Matuson once again rode a rollercoaster of premium hands, all-in confrontations and suck-outs as she rocketed her into the money but would be denied a final day spot when she flopped top two-pair against a low set that held when the chips were committed.

William Kassouf, Matuson’s conqueror in Nevada, entered play with enough chips to battle and that he did, as a series of confrontations saw him reach for the chip lead before dropping dramatically before the bubble. Kassouf would ride out that particular period of Day 2, after bouncing back from each successive setback with a lower pair by holding the bigger pair in his next all-in, holding each time. A play with pocket threes on the river of a board containing the rest of a wheel straight gave Kassouf a massive hand and control over his fellow feature table players just when he needed it most. Kassouf bagged up 902,000, well clear of the 730,800 average at close of play.

The bubble boy took just one hand to arrive, when David Murillo Parda, who hadn’t played a hand in an hour went all-in with King-Queen and was called by Jose Manuel Planells Castillo’s pocket sevens. Those held to send Parda to the rail, and he was followed by a flurry of players while a handful profited.

With just a few levels to go, it the American Cate Hall who went into overdrive, and perhaps taking advantage of the post-bubble euphoria put players to the test time and time again. Hall got several key calls correct to give her the kind of stack she could attack with and there was no holding her back. In three hands, she took apart Jaime Puig’s tournament hopes, before moving into a lead she would not relinquish.

The last levels saw Cate Hall maintain her lead even when Marco Recognaschi moved to her table, and it is Hall who will be the player to beat on the final day. Should she win, then Hall's live tournament results would go over the million-dollar mark...but only a win will do for that inevitable landmark to be reached tomorrow evening.

We’ll be back in action from 2.00pm tomorrow as we play down to a winner at Casino Barcelona and find out who will win €110,000 and the title of 888Live Main Event champion!

888Live Barcelona €1,100 Main Event Day 3 Seat Draw

TableSeatPlayerCountryChip Count
11Luigi ShehadehItaly964,000
12Marco RegonaschiItaly2,150,000
13William KassoufUK902,000
14Carlos Garcia RodriguezSpain810,000
15Hamza MiriGermany392,000
16Chuc KhuuUK320,000
17Alessio SardoneItaly975,000
18Besmir HodajItaly690,000
19Stefan ErikssonSweden958,000
21Jaime Rueda SampedroSpain611,000
22Jaakko WilskaFinland1,069,000
23Jose Alberto Lopez GonzalezSpain254,000
24Fernando Campomar ConchaSpain600,000
25Jose Manuel CesepimpsSpain359,000
26Do Chung TranGermany1,237,000
27Giovanni di CeglieCroatia138,000
28Francesc Mateu Munoz BietoSpain258,000
31Filippo LazzarettoItaly465,000
32Jonas KannostoFinland925,000
33Cate HallUSA2,467,000
34Francisco Jose Garcia MartinSpain677,000
35Javier de Vicente MiquelSpain515,000
36Marco HakliSpain267,000
37David Xarau NavarroSpain200,000
38Marwan SalamounUSA116,000

Tags: 888LiveAnge BesnainouCate HallDavid Murillo PardaRamon Miquel MunozStacy MatusonWilliam Kassouf

End-of-Day Chip Counts (full)

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Cate Hall us
Cate Hall
us 2,467,000
Marco Regonaschi it
Marco Regonaschi
it 2,150,000 20,000
Do Chung Tran de
Do Chung Tran
de 1,237,000 237,000
Jaakko Wilska FI
Jaakko Wilska
FI 1,069,000 -171,000
Alessio Sardone it
Alessio Sardone
it 975,000 275,000
Luigi Shehadeh it
Luigi Shehadeh
it 964,000 144,000
Stefan Eriksson SE
Stefan Eriksson
SE 958,000 -17,000
Jonas Kannosto FI
Jonas Kannosto
FI 925,000 50,000
William Kassouf gb
William Kassouf
gb 902,000 497,000
Carlos Garcia Rodriguez ES
Carlos Garcia Rodriguez
ES 810,000 10,000
Besmir Hodaj it
Besmir Hodaj
it 690,000 -47,000
Francisco Jose Garcia Martin ES
Francisco Jose Garcia Martin
ES 677,000 317,000
Jaime Rueda Sampedro es
Jaime Rueda Sampedro
es 611,000 611,000
Fernando Campomar Concha ES
Fernando Campomar Concha
ES 600,000 70,000
Javier de Vicente Miquel ES
Javier de Vicente Miquel
ES 515,000 13,000
Filippo Lazzaretto si
Filippo Lazzaretto
si 465,000 135,000
Hamza Miri DE
Hamza Miri
DE 392,000 -48,000
Jose Manuel Cesepimps ES
Jose Manuel Cesepimps
ES 359,000 -541,000
Chuc Khuu gb
Chuc Khuu
gb 320,000 160,000
Marco Hakli ES
Marco Hakli
ES 267,000 -123,000
Francesc Mateu Munoz Bieto ES
Francesc Mateu Munoz Bieto
ES 258,000 158,000
Jose Alberto Lopez Gonzalez es
Jose Alberto Lopez Gonzalez
es 254,000 -44,000
David Xarau Navarro ES
David Xarau Navarro
ES 200,000 -95,000
Giovanni Di Ceglie hr
Giovanni Di Ceglie
hr 138,000 13,000
Marwan Salamoun us
Marwan Salamoun
us 116,000 -284,000

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Day 2 Ends with 25 Players

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The full chip counts and the redraw for Day 3 along with a recap of today's action are to follow.

Exposito Busts on Feature Table

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The 27th place finisher is Joaquin Exposito. Down to his last 145,000, he shoved from the small blind and Javier de Vicente Miquel in the big blind called after very brief consideration.

Javier de Vicente Miquel: {Q-Clubs}{10-Spades}
Joaquin Exposito: {8-Diamonds}{7-Clubs}

The board came {A-Diamonds}{Q-Spades}{6-Spades}{9-Spades}{6-Hearts}, and despite picking up a draw on the turn, Exposito found no help to join the rail.

Javier de Vicente Miquel ES
Javier de Vicente Miquel
ES 502,000 152,000
Joaquin Exposito ES
Joaquin Exposito
ES Busted

Tags: Javier de Vicente MiquelJoaquin Exposito

Soler Busts to Eriksson

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Daniel Soler
Daniel Soler

Daniel Soler open-shoved for his last 240,000 and Stefan Eriksson in the cutoff reshoved for more than twice of that to get everyone out of the way.

Daniel Soler: {K-Hearts}{Q-Diamonds}
Stefan Eriksson: {A-Spades}{A-Hearts}

The board came {A-Clubs}{8-Spades}{6-Spades}{J-Clubs}{6-Hearts} and that was it for Soler, who bowed out in 26th place.

Stefan Eriksson SE
Stefan Eriksson
SE 975,000 300,000
Daniel Soler ES
Daniel Soler
ES Busted

Tags: Daniel SolerStefan Eriksson

Five More Hands

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We'll have five more hands on Day 2 of the 888Live Barcelona Main Event, with 25 players remaining.

Following the final five hands, we'll bring you the full chip counts, a write-up of the day and then of course, how the players will line up for the final day.

Seat Open on the Feature Table

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The field has been reduced to 26 players and the clocks will soon be stopped. More details about the elimination are to follow when the live stream has caught up on the 30-minute delay.

Khuu the Double

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Chuck Khuuu moved all-in for around 50,000 with {Q-Clubs}{Q-Diamonds} and was called only by a re-shove from the small blind player with {A-Hearts}{5-Hearts}. The board came {10-Diamonds}{8-Clubs}{6-Diamonds}{J-Diamonds}{8-Diamonds} to give Khuu the flush, but he'll still need a lot of help to get back into contention, sitting on just eight big blinds after the double-up.

Chuc Khuu gb
Chuc Khuu
gb 160,000 -175,000

Hamza Gets Back In

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Miri Hamza folded for most of the last few hours and saw Chuc Khuu raise to 55,000. Hamza shoved for 195,000 from the hijack and the action folded back to Khuu, who quickly called.

Miri Hamza: {9-Hearts}{9-Clubs}
Chuc Khuu: {A-Diamonds}{J-Hearts}

The board ran out {K-Hearts}{8-Diamonds}{4-Hearts}{2-Diamonds}{6-Diamonds} and Hamza doubled.

Hamza Miri DE
Hamza Miri
DE 440,000 298,000
Chuc Khuu gb
Chuc Khuu
gb 45,000 -290,000

Tags: Chuc KhuuMiri Hamza