2022 888poker LIVE Barcelona

€1,000 Main Event
Day: 1b
Event Info

2022 888poker LIVE Barcelona

Final Results
Winning Hand
Event Info
Prize Pool
Level Info
150,000 / 300,000
Players Info - Day 1b
Players Left

€1,000 Main Event

Day 1b Completed

Podovei Storms Into Overall Lead on Day 1b of the 2022 888poker LIVE Barcelona €1,100 Main Event

Level 10 : 500/1,000, 1,000 ante
Gabriel Podovei
Gabriel Podovei

The second starting day of the 2022 888poker LIVE Barcelona €1,100 Main Event has concluded. Albeit competing in a smaller field than Day 1a, a new overall chip leader has been crowned as Gabriel Podovei stormed to a massive stack in the final stages. The marquee tournament on the scheduled attracted another 72 entries on Day 1b of which 24 players punched their tickets for Day 2.

Romanian-born and Spain-based Podovei has been regularly participating in live poker events in his new home country including the previous stops of the 888poker LIVE tour at Casino Barcelona. Once the final hand had wrapped up, he bagged and tagged a massive 327,500, which is more than three starting stacks ahead of the Day 1a chip leader Alex Baena (213,300).

Jose Manuel Gonzalez bagged the second-biggest stack of 190,900 and Adria Colomina Guitart advanced with 167,700 despite seeing his stack reduced to just 1,500 at the end of level two. Other big stacks at the end of play included Ewen Trevidy, Mariona Canela Riba, Gyeong Byeong Lee, and Jordi Corominas.

Day 1b Top 10 Chip Counts

PlacePlayerCountryChip CountBig Blinds for Day 2
1Gabriel PodoveiRomania327,500273
2Jose Manuel GonzalezSpain190,900159
3Adria Colomina GuitartSpain167,700140
4Ewen TrevidyFrance141,500118
5Pablo BattistaSpain127,300106
6Mariona Canela RibaSpain122,500102
7Sandro HauserItaly121,700101
8Gyeong Byeong LeeSouth Korea119,900100
9Kevin NaderLebanon105,00088
10Jordi CorominasSpain101,20084

The day started with more than 40 players registered but never gained much traction thereafter while the live poker action at Casino Barcelona was buzzing with plenty of cash tables running. On top of that, the Friday evening schedule also included the €165 Mega Knockout Side Event which drew 294 entries for a €44,100 prize pool.

Among the surviving players was also a former 888poker LIVE Main Event champion as Adrian-Eugen Constantin advanced to Day 2, albeit with a stack of just 27,700. He will join Bhavin Khatri and attempt to become the first two-time winner of the popular mid-stakes live poker tour.

Adan Soler Fernandez was in the spotlight in the opening stages after he first scored a knockout with aces versus queens and then sent two players to the rail when his eight-deuce out of the big blind turned a straight. The Spaniard stayed near the top of the leaderboard for an extended period until Jose Manuel Gonzalez arrived with his super aggressive play to take over the reigns.

Shah Athar was one of the casualties of Soler Fernandez' rise to the top and re-entered to run up a stack himself. Among others, he prevailed with an overpair against the straight draw of Lucia Martinez Ibanez. However, the Brit didn't make it all the way as the second bullet came to an end when Mariona Canela Riba turned the nut flush.

Just when a tight race for the Day 1b lead was to be expected, the biggest pot of the tournament unfolded between Podovei and Ricard Gonzalez Cabau. It was Podovei who was trailing with queens versus kings when the chips trickled in throughout the streets but a fourth spade arrived on the river. After showing some tells and moving all-in, Gonzalez Cabau was caught with a move holding naked kings.

"I would have never called if he didn't tank so long there and act this way," the Romanian said after the end of the hand. His queens had improved to a flush and that secured the far largest pot in the entire event so far, vaulting Podovei into a commanding lead for Day 2.

Another two chances remain for poker enthusiasts from near and far to join the action at Casino Barcelona. What can certainly be expected is a far bigger field for the third starting day, which will be the last one with a 45-minute level duration on Saturday, May 22, 2022, as of 5pm local time. There will also be a turbo heat with 20-minute levels ahead of the restart on the following day and the late registration will remain open for the first two 60-minute levels and break on Day 2.

The PokerNews live reporting team will be back on the floor for what promises a busy day at one of the hottest destinations for live poker in Europe.

Tags: Adan Soler FernandezAdria Colomina GuitartAlex BaenaBhavin KhatriEwen TrevidyGabriel PodoveiGyeong Byeong LeeJordi CorominasJose Manuel GonzalezKevin NaderLucia Martinez IbanezMariona Canela RibaRicard Gonzalez CabauSandro HauserShah Athar

End-of-Day 1b Counts (full)

Level 10 : 500/1,000, 1,000 ante
Player Chips Progress
Gabriel Podovei ro
Gabriel Podovei
327,500 7,500
Day 1B Chip Leader
Jose Manuel Gonzalez es
Jose Manuel Gonzalez
190,900 16,900
Adria Colomina Guitart es
Adria Colomina Guitart
167,700 11,700
Ewen Trevidy fr
Ewen Trevidy
141,500 15,500
Pablo Battista es
Pablo Battista
127,300 32,300
Mariona Canals Riba es
Mariona Canals Riba
122,500 -11,500
Sandro Hauser it
Sandro Hauser
121,700 6,700
Gyeong Byeong Lee kr
Gyeong Byeong Lee
119,900 34,900
Kevin Nader lb
Kevin Nader
105,000 50,000
Jordi Corominas es
Jordi Corominas
101,200 6,200
Adan Soler Fernandez es
Adan Soler Fernandez
98,200 -6,800
Julia Pujals Descarrega es
Julia Pujals Descarrega
72,300 5,300
Jean-Christophe Antoine fr
Jean-Christophe Antoine
66,200 22,200
Jangsoo Kim kr
Jangsoo Kim
65,000 -10,000
Jose Maria Marquez Boluda es
Jose Maria Marquez Boluda
63,900 -8,100
Albert Grane Bosch es
Albert Grane Bosch
56,600 11,600
Alessandro Crisafulli it
Alessandro Crisafulli
53,000 -37,000
Arnau Succarats Vila es
Arnau Succarats Vila
47,300 19,300
Matteo Ferrara it
Matteo Ferrara
35,700 35,700
Alin Grasu ro
Alin Grasu
32,400 400
Adrian Constantin ro
Adrian Constantin
27,700 -8,300
Juan Bastida Perez es
Juan Bastida Perez
21,100 -10,900
Enric Marti Nadal es
Enric Marti Nadal
20,300 -54,700
Salvador Ros Caballero es
Salvador Ros Caballero
19,000 19,000

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Podovei Skyrockets to Massive Lead

Level 10 : 500/1,000, 1,000 ante
Ricard Gonzalez Cabau
Ricard Gonzalez Cabau

The biggest pot of the tournament so far unfolded just before the clock was stopped and Ricard Gonzalez Cabau was spotted on his way out of the tournament area. In a three-bet pot against Gabriel Podovei in which chips trickled in on every street, he pulled the trigger with a river jam when facing a bet by Podovei on the {j-Spades}{5-Spades}{5-Diamonds}{4-Spades}{9-Spades} board.

Podovei snap-called after his opponent had made somewhat of a show before the all-in move and was shown pocket kings without a spade, which he had beat with the {q-Spades}{q-Clubs} for a flush with the queen!

Player Chips Progress
Gabriel Podovei ro
Gabriel Podovei
320,000 145,000
Day 1B Chip Leader
Ricard Gonzalez Cabau es
Ricard Gonzalez Cabau

Tags: Gabriel PodoveiRicard Gonzalez Cabau

Athar Eliminated by Canela Riba

Level 10 : 500/1,000, 1,000 ante
Shah Athar
Shah Athar

The cards of Shah Athar were already in the muck and the pot was pushed to Mariona Canela Riba, who made a late surge for the top ten on the leaderboard. Her {a-Diamonds}{6-Diamonds} had flopped a pair and flush draw, then turned the nuts on the {q-Diamonds}{6-Spades}{2-Diamonds}{5-Diamonds}{9-Spades} board to leave Athar second-best no matter what his holdings were.

Player Chips Progress
Mariona Canals Riba es
Mariona Canals Riba
134,000 61,000
Shah Athar gb
Shah Athar

Tags: Mariona Canela RibaShay Athar

Song Sends the Chips Back to Colomina Guitart

Level 10 : 500/1,000, 1,000 ante
Adria Colomina Guitart
Adria Colomina Guitart

Adria Colomina Guitart raised to 2,200 and was called by Jangsoo Kim. What followed was a squeeze to 12,200 by In Ho Song on the button and Colomina Guitart jammed for Kim to fold. Song called it off for more than 60,000 and the cards were turned over.

In Ho Song: {a-Hearts}{9-Diamonds}
Adria Colomina Guitart: {a-Spades}{j-Spades}

The kicker played on the {7-Spades}{6-Clubs}{4-Diamonds}{2-Spades}{7-Hearts} board to knock out Song late on Day 1b.

Player Chips Progress
Adria Colomina Guitart es
Adria Colomina Guitart
156,000 87,000
In Ho Song kr
In Ho Song

Tags: Adria Colomina GuitartIn Ho SongJangsoo Kim

Song Doubles Through Colomina Guitart

Level 10 : 500/1,000, 1,000 ante

Adria Colomina Guitart raised to 2,000 and Jordi Corominas called in the small blind. In Ho Song then pushed for 35,700 in the big blind and Colomina Guitart reshoved to force out Corominas, who flashed the {k-Spades}{10-Spades}.

In Ho Song: {q-Spades}{7-Spades}
Adria Colomina Guitart: {a-Clubs}{4-Clubs}

The suited ace was ahead but Song got there on the {9-Hearts}{7-Diamonds}{5-Clubs}{6-Spades}{6-Diamonds} board for the double.

Player Chips Progress
Jordi Corominas es
Jordi Corominas
95,000 30,000
In Ho Song kr
In Ho Song
75,000 52,000
Adria Colomina Guitart es
Adria Colomina Guitart
69,000 -61,000

Tags: Adria Colomina GuitartIn Ho SongJordi Corominas