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
|1||4||Carlos Garcia Rodriguez||Spain||810,000|
|2||1||Jaime Rueda Sampedro||Spain||611,000|
|2||3||Jose Alberto Lopez Gonzalez||Spain||254,000|
|2||4||Fernando Campomar Concha||Spain||600,000|
|2||5||Jose Manuel Cesepimps||Spain||359,000|
|2||6||Do Chung Tran||Germany||1,237,000|
|2||7||Giovanni di Ceglie||Croatia||138,000|
|2||8||Francesc Mateu Munoz Bieto||Spain||258,000|
|3||4||Francisco Jose Garcia Martin||Spain||677,000|
|3||5||Javier de Vicente Miquel||Spain||515,000|
|3||7||David Xarau Navarro||Spain||200,000|