Day 1a Completed
Day 1a Completed
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
|Place||Player||Country||Chip Count||Big Blinds Day 2|
|1||Alex Baena I Carrasco||Spain||213,300||178|
|5||Xavier Sandoval Riba||Spain||121,500||101|
|6||Jordi Mataix Manauta||Spain||120,200||100|
|7||Danny Pyke||United Kingdom||120,200||100|
|9||Sam Abernathy||United States||106,800||89|
|10||Bhavin Khatri||United Kingdom||95,400||80|
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.
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.
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.
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 flop was checked to Razavi and she bet 3,700 for the win, flashing the 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 versus to extend his lead.
During the final hands of the night, Vivian Saliba was all-in with the . She was up against the of Jordi Mataix Manauta and got there right away on the flop. The turn and river were no threat as Saliba doubled for 11,600.
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.
Gabriel Podovei was all-in for 29,700 with the and he found his pair dominated by Marc Gonzalez Valls, who tabled the .
The board delivered no help for Podovei and he was sent to the rail in the last level of the night.
Three ways to the 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.
German Zafra Manas got his shorter stack into the middle with the and he received a call by Rene Majed. The latter had just re-entered a few hands prior and was way ahead with the . Nothing changed on the Ks5c4c6d8h] runout and Zafra Manas waved his goodbyes.