2020 888poker LIVE Festival Madrid

€888 Main Event
Day: 1a
Event Info

2020 888poker LIVE Festival Madrid

Final Results
Winning Hand
Event Info
Prize Pool
Level Info
800,000 / 1,600,000
Players Info - Day 1a
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€888 Main Event

Day 1a Completed

Jose Carlos Garcia Tops Day 1a of Inaugural 888poker LIVE Madrid Main Event

Level 11 : 1,000/2,000, 2,000 ante
Jose Carlos Garcia
Jose Carlos Garcia

The first 888poker LIVE Main Event in Madrid has attracted a field of 180 entries for the first of four starting days and around 100 players bagged up their chips in the early morning hours at the stunning Casino Gran Via Madrid. While most of the participants hailed from Spanish-speaking countries, it was a player from Poland that topped the counts at the end of 11 levels of 50 minutes each.

Jose Carlos Garcia may indeed sound very Spanish but the former online and live poker prodigy is in fact from Poland. He had not been spotted on the live circuit for some time and just played his first four-figure buy-in in three years. Garcia still sits in 9th place on the all-time money list of Poland with more than $1.1 million and steam-rolled through the day to claim 505,200 to his name.

Others that came close to the bragging rights for Day 1a include his countryman Rafal Nikiel (330,100), Francois Robert (320,400), Marjan Mitrovski (305,900), and Yimin Yang (302,600). Mitrovski had to crack aces with kings in the second level to avoid a re-entry, then had the better and of a set-over-set battle with Marcin Jaworski to become the first player above half a million. After running extremely hot in the first half of the day but slipped towards the end, still bagging up an above-average stack.

The rise to the top of the leaderboard of Garcia kicked off in the fourth level when he four-bet ace-jack suited and flopped two pair, his opponent called down all the way to the river with ace-king and hit the rail. From there on, it was a grind and Garcia never left the top five stacks anymore.

But not just locals and online qualifiers battled back and forth at the tables, team 888poker was also well represented after bowing out before the money in the €2,200 High Roller. Among the ambassadors, Martin Jacobson made the most of it after his late entry and bagged up 194,000, narrowly ahead of Vivian Saliba (190,700), Chris Moorman (170,400), and Ana Marquez (167,800). Dominik Nitsche also joined the mix and missed out on a trademark stack for his sponsor by two chips as he advanced with 78,800.

Other notables that have already secured a bag for Day 2 include Fernando Pons (247,800), Ori Hasson (239,600), Francis Foord-Brown (228,000), Carl-Fredrik Tingvall (205,300), Jorge Ufano (121,300), and popular vlogger Brad Owen (28,000). All those that busted or are unhappy with their stack thus far can participate in as many of the three remaining starting days as the best stack will go forward to Day 2.

Familiar faces that are very likely expected back at the tables are Nikolay Ponomarev, Tom-Aksel Bedell, Andrey Demidov, Paul Lozano, and Antonio Smeraglia.

103 Entries in €2,200 High Roller, Nine Remain

Day 1b will kick off at 5 p.m. local time with the same structure as the first heat. One hour prior than that, the final table of the €2,200 High Roller recommences. Only nine players out of 103 entries remain and bagged up for the night once the final table was reached close to 4 a.m. local time, resulting in the need for an additional unscheduled third day of the event.

The current average with 18 minutes left in level 23 at blinds of 15,000/30,000 and a big blind ante is nearly 40 big blinds and 888poker ambassador Sofia Lovgren is among the finalists. Ignacio Molina, who headed into the second day as one of the big stacks, has retained his top spot and will be the man to beat. The current guaranteed payout is €5,700 and the winner will take home €52,000 for the efforts.

€2,200 High Roller Final Table Line-Up

SeatPlayerCountryChip CountBig Blinds
1Ignacio MolinaSpain1,895,00063
2Dmytro YevseienkoUkraine1,450,00048
3Leonardo MancusoItaly1,000,00033
4Arie ZilbermanIsrael695,00023
5Sofia LovgrenSweden1,690,00056
6Valeriano ToledanoSpain905,00030
7Daniel TafurSpain1,470,00049
8Jose Manuel PlanellsSpain130,0004
9Andrey GolubevKazakhstan1,025,00034
Sofia Lovgren
888poker ambassador Sofia Lovgren

Stay tuned for all the action here in Madrid as the PokerNews team will be there from start to finish in the days to come.

Tags: 888poker LIVEAna MarquezAndrey DemidovAntonio SmeragliaBrad OwenCasino Gran ViaChris MoormanDominik NitscheFernando PonsFrancois RobertIgnacio MolinaJorge UfanoJose Carlos GarciaMarcin JaworskiMarjan MitrovskiMartin JacobsonNikolay PonomarevOri HassonPaul LozanoSofia LovgrenVivian SalibaYimin Yang

End-of-Day 1a Counts (full)

Level 11 : 1,000/2,000, 2,000 ante

The full chip counts will be published when PokerNews receives them and a recap of today‘s action is to follow.

Player Chips Progress
Jose Carlos Garcia pl
Jose Carlos Garcia
505,200 115,200
Day 1A Chip Leader
Rafal Nikiel pl
Rafal Nikiel
330,100 -4,900
Francois Robert fr
Francois Robert
320,400 145,400
Corneliu Cretu ro
Corneliu Cretu
307,000 307,000
Pablo Villamediana es
Pablo Villamediana
305,900 305,900
Marjan Mitrovski mk
Marjan Mitrovski
305,900 -14,100
Yimin Yang gb
Yimin Yang
302,600 32,600
Manuel Clement fr
Manuel Clement
300,000 300,000
Alessandro Borsa it
Alessandro Borsa
290,000 40,000
Raul Martinez Martinez es
Raul Martinez Martinez
Eduards Rakuss lv
Eduards Rakuss
Jorge Peñalba es
Jorge Peñalba
Rodrigo Corzo es
Rodrigo Corzo
273,200 -26,800
Ion Tabacaru ro
Ion Tabacaru
269,800 59,800
Juan Ares es
Juan Ares
267,000 -3,000
Avraham Baskon il
Avraham Baskon
261,400 261,400
Nuno Duarte pt
Nuno Duarte
257,400 167,400
Fernando Pons es
Fernando Pons
247,800 127,800
Igor D'Ursel mt
Igor D'Ursel
Ori Hasson il
Ori Hasson
239,600 162,600
WSOP 1X Winner
Florin Sirb ro
Florin Sirb
Francis Foord-Brown gb
Francis Foord-Brown
228,000 -32,000
Michael Uguccioni it
Michael Uguccioni
Marcos Lopez Armesto es
Marcos Lopez Armesto
222,100 32,100
Adrian Marin Constantin ro
Adrian Marin Constantin
220,000 115,000

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Scanlon a Late Casualty

Level 11 : 1,000/2,000, 2,000 ante

John Scanlon was eliminated just before the end. The tournament director of the Aspers Casino was stuck around 80,000 to 100,000 all day long and eventually got it in preflop with {6-Diamonds}{6-Clubs} against the {4-Hearts}{4-Spades} of Juan Ares.

The board came {k-Hearts}{3-Hearts}{2-Hearts}{10-Hearts}{4-Diamonds} to send Scanlon from woes to woes.

Player Chips Progress
Juan Ares es
Juan Ares
270,000 270,000
John Scanlon gb
John Scanlon

Tags: John ScanlonJuan Ares

Final Four Hands

Level 11 : 1,000/2,000, 2,000 ante

Former big stacks Marjan Mitrovski and Ivaylo Panev took a major hit to their stacks and no longer compete for the overnight lead on Day 1a. Kfir Ivgi departed, as did Nikolay Ponomarev for a second time.

Another four hands will be played for today.

Player Chips Progress
Rafal Nikiel pl
Rafal Nikiel
335,000 335,000
Marjan Mitrovski mk
Marjan Mitrovski
320,000 -230,000
Vikrum Mehta gb
Vikrum Mehta
110,000 78,000
Adrian Govea es
Adrian Govea
90,000 -120,000
Ivaylo Panev bg
Ivaylo Panev
40,000 -305,000
Andrei Nodea ro
Andrei Nodea
40,000 -55,000
Nikolay Ponomarev gb
Nikolay Ponomarev
Kfir Ivgi gb
Kfir Ivgi
Day 1B Chip Leader

Tags: Ivaylo PanevKfir IvgiMarjan MitrovskiNikolay Ponomarev

Monton Departs In Last Level

Level 11 : 1,000/2,000, 2,000 ante

Miguel Monton quickly left the tournament area as he ran out of chips.

Francois Robert doubled through him when a flush draw got there against top pair. Monton doubled once, then got the rest of it in with the {10-Spades}{9-Clubs} and faced Robert with {8-Diamonds}{8-Clubs}. A nine and an eight appeared on the flop, leaving the Spaniard drawing dead on the turn.

Player Chips Progress
Francois Robert fr
Francois Robert
175,000 175,000
Miguel Monton es
Miguel Monton

Tags: Francois RobertMiguel Monton

Game Over for Da Rocha

Level 11 : 1,000/2,000, 2,000 ante

Francis Foord-Brown has completed a magnificent comeback after he was down to 40,000 not that long ago. He doubled twice, the second time against Frederico Da Rocha, who was left with a chip and a chair to bust shortly after.

According to the Brit, he opened with {7-Spades}{5-Spades} and received two callers including Da Rocha on the button. On a flop of {8-Spades}{6-Spades}{5-Clubs}, Foord-Brown check-raised from 10,000 to 50,000 and called the shove of Da Rocha with his pair and huge draw. Da Rocha had the {k-Spades}{j-Spades}, the {a-Diamonds} turn and {x-Hearts} river bricked off.

Player Chips Progress
Francis Foord-Brown gb
Francis Foord-Brown
260,000 135,000
Frederico Da Rocha pt
Frederico Da Rocha

Tags: Francis Foord-BrownFrederico Da Rocha

The High Roller Bubble Has Burst

Level 11 : 1,000/2,000, 2,000 ante

There are 10 players remaining in the €2,000 High Roller as the bubble burst not long ago. Sonny Franco was then left with a chip and a chair after losing a flip with ace-queen versus jacks, a queen on the flop and river was not enough as his opponent flopped a set of jacks.

Franco jammed the button for the rest of it with {9-Spades}{9-Clubs} and the very same player called in the big blind with {a-Clubs}{3-Clubs}. The {10-Clubs}{7-Clubs}{4-Hearts}{8-Clubs}{9-Hearts} board left the Frenchman second-best once more and he min-cashed for €4,500.

Tags: Sonny Franco

Even More Counts on Day 1a

Level 11 : 1,000/2,000, 2,000 ante

Jose Luis Rodrigues Garrido has been eliminated and Chris Moorman has taken his place after entering late in the penultimate level of the night.

Player Chips Progress
Marjan Mitrovski mk
Marjan Mitrovski
550,000 50,000
Jose Carlos Garcia pl
Jose Carlos Garcia
390,000 45,000
Day 1A Chip Leader
Yimin Yang gb
Yimin Yang
270,000 90,000
Thien Doan fr
Thien Doan
Ana Marquez es
Ana Marquez
170,000 5,000
Ruben De Pedro es
Ruben De Pedro
150,000 -190,000
Ion Tabacaru ro
Ion Tabacaru
150,000 -10,000
Luca Sebastiani it
Luca Sebastiani
125,000 -5,000
Morgane Portier fr
Morgane Portier
90,000 15,000
Chris Moorman gb
Chris Moorman
WSOP 1X Winner
WPT 1X Winner
Elena Litvinyuk ru
Elena Litvinyuk
80,000 80,000
Martin Jacobson se
Martin Jacobson
75,000 -13,000
Fernando Pons es
Fernando Pons
65,000 -5,000
Pasquale Grimaldi it
Pasquale Grimaldi
58,000 23,000
Najib Tahiri ma
Najib Tahiri
42,000 -23,000
Jose Luis Rodrigues Garrido pt
Jose Luis Rodrigues Garrido

Tags: Chris MoormanJose Luis Rodrigues