€1,000 Main Event
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€1,000 Main Event
Day 1a Completed

Baena Tops Day 1a in Barcelona; Razavi and Abernathy Advance With Bigger Stacks

zedmaster84 • Level 10: 500-1,000, 1,000 ante
Alex Baena I Carrasco
Alex Baena I Carrasco

The 2022 888poker LIVE Barcelona €1,100 Main Event created a field of 94 entries on the first of four starting days. Once ten levels at Casino Barcelona had wrapped up in the early morning hours, only 39 players bagged their chips for the night. Among them were several 888poker ambassadors but it was a local Catalan player who eventually topped the leaderboard.

Alex Baena I Carrasco made the most of a late rush in which he dominated with a big stack and bagged up 213,300. He is followed by WSOP bracelet winner Melika Razavi, who was one of several participants to take advantage of the re-entry option. The decision to jump back in led to two quick double ups and she eventually secured a very healthy stack of 176,500, putting her in second place on the leaderboard.

Big stacks also belong to Gerard Rubiralta (150,600), Max Avela (128,500), Danny Pyke (120,200), and Tobias Revenas (112,000), all of which can be found in the overnight top ten. The same feat was achieved by 888poker ambassador Samantha Abernathy (106,800), and 2022 888poker LIVE London champion Bhavin Khatri (95,400).

2022 888poker LIVE Barcelona €1,100 Main Event Day 1a Top 10 Counts

PlacePlayerCountryChip CountBig Blinds Day 2
1Alex Baena I CarrascoSpain213,300178
2Melika RazaviIran176,500147
3Gerard RubiraltaSpain150,600126
4Max AvelaFinland128,500107
5Xavier Sandoval RibaSpain121,500101
6Jordi Mataix ManautaSpain120,200100
7Danny PykeUnited Kingdom120,200100
8Tobias RevenasSweden112,00093
9Sam AbernathyUnited States106,80089
10Bhavin KhatriUnited Kingdom95,40080
Melika Razavi
Melika Razavi

Other notables through after the first starting day include Harcharan Dogra Dogra, €2,200 High Roller winner James Crawley-Boevey, Ian Simpson, Sergio Alonso Camunas, Mitchell Hynam, Kami Hudson, Alin Grasu, and Tomasz Brzezinski.

Abernathy wasn't the only 888poker ambassador to advance on Day 1a, as Alexandre Mantovani (62,100), Stream Team Member Rene Majed (33,200), and Vivian Saliba (23,700) will certainly be back for Day 2 on Sunday, May 22, 2022. Not as fortunate were Joshua Manley and Jordan Banfield as both 888poker sponsored streamers were among the casualties throughout the ten 45-minute levels.

Maria Ho bubbled the €5,300 Super High Roller and her spell in the €1,100 Main Event was short-lived as well. After losing a coin flip to Abernathy, she lost the remaining chips shortly after but promised to be back for the following starting day. The most expensive tournament of the schedule at Casino Barcelona brought nine entries and Dan "Jungleman" Cates earned the top prize of €33,000 after defeating Ivan Stokes (€10,200) in heads-up.

Online streamer Majed tussled with the 888poker ambassadors Mantovani and Saliba throughout the first half of the day and his stack went on a roller coaster ride. Eventually, the German was knocked out and he opted to re-enter late while racking up just a small profit thereafter. Abernathy followed the same path after she joined mid-way through the day but after winning the aforementioned flip against Ho, she scored another double with aces versus kings.

Samantha Abernathy
Samantha Abernathy

All those that didn't make it through just yet have another three starting days from May 20 to 22 with the final flight boasting a reduced level duration of 20 minutes ahead of the restart for Day 2. The late registration will remain open for another two levels on May 22 for all those seeking to enter the fray.

Day 1b will get underway at 6pm local time on May 20. Stay tuned for more live poker action from Barcelona, as the PokerNews team will provide updates throughout the entire €1,100 Main Event.

Tags: Alex BaenaAlexandre MantovaniBhavin KhatriDanny PykeHarcharan Dogra DograIan SimpsonIvan StokesJames Crawley-BoeveyJordan BanfieldJoshua ManleyMaria HoMax AvelaMelika RazaviRene MajedSam AbernathySergio Alonso CamunasVivian Saliba

End-of-Day 1a Counts (full)

zedmaster84 • Level 10: 500-1,000, 1,000 ante
Alex Baena ES
Alex Baena
ES 213,300 3,300
Melika Razavi ir
Melika Razavi
ir 176,500 1,500
Gerard Rubiralta es
Gerard Rubiralta
es 150,600 107,600
Max Avela fi
Max Avela
fi 128,500 -21,500
Xavier Sandoval Sala ES
Xavier Sandoval Sala
ES 121,500 1,500
Jordi Mataix Manauta ES
Jordi Mataix Manauta
ES 120,200 38,200
Danny Pyke gb
Danny Pyke
gb 120,200 -4,800
Tobias Revenas se
Tobias Revenas
se 112,000
Samantha Abernathy us
Samantha Abernathy
us 106,800 24,800
Bhavin Khatri gb
Bhavin Khatri
gb 95,400 -11,600
Alexandre Guasch ES
Alexandre Guasch
ES 94,000
Harcharan Dogra Dogra es
Harcharan Dogra Dogra
es 93,700 -36,300
Adam Edri IL
Adam Edri
IL 89,000 7,000
Kristaps Zarans LV
Kristaps Zarans
LV 86,200 11,200
James Crawley-Boevey GB
James Crawley-Boevey
GB 81,500 35,500
Omer Smidt lv
Omer Smidt
lv 80,000
Alberto Blasi Llado ES
Alberto Blasi Llado
ES 74,700 -5,300
Alexandre Ventura Bolet ES
Alexandre Ventura Bolet
ES 73,300 21,300
Daniel Rueda Merino es
Daniel Rueda Merino
es 71,800 39,800
Victor Shuchleib Cukiert ES
Victor Shuchleib Cukiert
ES 65,900 35,900
Ian Simpson gb
Ian Simpson
gb 64,500 32,500
Alexandre Mantovani br
Alexandre Mantovani
br 62,100 50,100
Marc Gonzalez Valls ES
Marc Gonzalez Valls
ES 58,500 -16,500
Alexander Delgado ES
Alexander Delgado
ES 58,500
Guillem Garriga Gairaud AD
Guillem Garriga Gairaud
AD 49,800 1,800

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Day 1a Completed

zedmaster84 • Level 10: 500-1,000, 1,000 ante

Only 39 players made it through to Day 2 so far and their chip counts as well as a recap of today's action are to follow.

Razavi Adds More Chips in the End

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Melika Razavi
Melika Razavi

Melika Razavi opened to 2,200 from under the gun and was called by Daniel Rueda Merino on the button, Daniel Rueda Merino on the button and Tomasz Brzezinski in the big blind. The {q-Spades}{9-Clubs}{2-Clubs} flop was checked to Razavi and she bet 3,700 for the win, flashing the {q-Clubs} with the words "and a flush draw".

Rueda Merino remarked he had an inferior pair with back door spades.

While Razavi pulled further ahead she will likely come up short of the top spot as Alex Baena I Carrasco knocked out a shorter stack with {10-Hearts}{10-Diamonds} versus {a-Clubs}{j-Spades} to extend his lead.

Alex Baena ES
Alex Baena
ES 210,000 40,000
Melika Razavi ir
Melika Razavi
ir 175,000 25,000

Tags: Daniel Rueda MerinoMelika RazaviTomasz Brzezinski

Last Four Hands on Day 1a

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With just 41 players out of 94 entries remaining, the clock has been stopped at 15 minutes left in the level. Another four hands will be played on Day 1a before all those with chips at their disposal bag and tag for the night.

Itzhak Bechor IL
Itzhak Bechor
IL Busted
Manuel Torrents Avalos ES
Manuel Torrents Avalos
ES Busted

Baena I Carrasco Still in the Lead

zedmaster84 • Level 10: 500-1,000, 1,000 ante
Alex Baena I Carrasco
Alex Baena I Carrasco

Three ways to the {9-Hearts}{8-Clubs}{2-Spades} flop, Vivian Saliba and Francisco Pulido Castillo both invested 3,100 in chips. However, when Alex Baena I Carrasco raised it up to more than 11,000, both tossed their cards into the muck. It seems all but guaranteed that Baena I Carrasco will end Day 1a near the top of the leadaerboard.

Alex Baena ES
Alex Baena
ES 170,000 15,000
Francisco Pulido Castillo ES
Francisco Pulido Castillo
ES 85,000 -10,000
Vivian Saliba br
Vivian Saliba
br 12,000 -8,000

Tags: Alex Baena I CarrascoFrancisco Pulido CastilloVivian Saliba