2012 PokerStars.com EPT Barcelona

€50,000 Super High Roller
Day: 1
Event Info

2012 PokerStars.com EPT Barcelona

Final Results
Winning Hand
Event Info
Prize Pool
Level Info
60,000 / 120,000

€50,000 Super High Roller

Day 1 Completed

O'Dwyer Closes Out Day 1 with Big Chip Lead

Level 8 : 2,500/5,000, 500 ante
Steve O'Dwyer
Steve O'Dwyer

Season 9 of the European Poker Tour kicked off on Friday with Day 1 of the 2012 PokerStars.com EPT Barcelona €50,000 Super High Roller. The tournament attracted 54 players including an eclectic mix of Europeans, North Americans and online pros. After eight levels of play, Steve O’Dwyer was best positioned to make a run at the title with a massive chip stack of 1.249 million, almost twice as much as his next closest competitor.

It was a polarizing day for O’Dwyer, who busted early and became the first player to rebuy. It proved a wise decision as things went much smoother the second time around.

His choice to rebuy seems like a similar situation that's beginning to occur as to when O'Dwyer's good friend Justin Bonomo had to reload in the PokerStars and Monte-Carlo® Casino European Poker Tour Super High Roller. In case you don't know, Bonomo's reload was the wise decision as he went on to win the event and €1.64 million.

O’Dwyer’s Twitter tells the tale,

Another man who thrived on Day 1 was Poker Hall of Famer Erik Seidel. Early on action folded to Seidel in the hijack and he raised. John Juanda flatted from the cutoff, and Kyle Julius, who finished runner-up in the 2012 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Main Event, three-bet to 14,200 in the big blind. Seidel responded with a four-bet to 34,000, Julius five-bet to 62,800, and then Seidel six-bet 100,000. Julius wasted little time in seven-betting all in for around 190,000, and Seidel made the call.



Julius was in a rough spot and in need of some help, most notably an ace. The {9-Clubs}{Q-Spades}{J-Hearts} flop didn't contain an ace, but it did give Julius Broadway outs to a Broadway straight. The {7-Spades} turn wasn't what he was looking for, and neither was the {J-Spades} river. After the stacks were verified, Julius made a hasty exit from the tournament floor. Seidel used that momentum to finish second in chips at the end of Day 1 with 738,000.

Some Day 1 eliminations such as Daniel Negreanu, Phil Ivey, Jonathan Duhamel and Philipp Gruissem are expected to give it another go on Day 2 (Duhamel already used one rebuy and busted a second time). Other players who fell were Dani Stern, Alec Torelli, Sorel Mizzi, Bryn Kenney, Marc-Andre Ladouceur, Michael Tureniec, Jani Sointula, Johan Van Til, Dan Shak, Juan Luis Casanas, Salman Behbehani, Ilya Bulychev and Luke Schwartz.

Of those who managed to ride their initial buy-in to the end of the night were Team PokerStars Pros Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier, Eugene Katchalov and Jason Mercier. The sole woman in the field, Cheung Yin Sun, 2010 €10,000 EPT Vilamoura High Roller champ [Removed:283], online sensations Ilari Sahamies, Sami Kelopuro, Mike McDonald and Terje Augdal along with consummate pros Sam Chartier, Scott Seiver, Andrew Lichtenberger, Peter Jetten, Justin Bonomo, Timothy Adams and Andy Moseley all advanced through as well.

Here’s a look at the top 10 chip counts at the end of Day 1:

Top 10 Chip Counts

1stSteve O’Dwyer1,249,000
2ndErik Seidel738,000
3rdJC Alvarado713,000
4thIgnat “0Human0” Liviu656,000
5thSimon Ravnsbaek640,000
6thMike Watson639,000
7thJohn Juanda638,500
8thDan Smith585,000
9thSteven Silverman580,000
10thTobias Reinkemeier565,000

Day 2 is set to kick off at 1200 CET (0600 EST), which is when the official number of entrants and the prize pool will be determined. Join us then as the PokerNews Live Reporting Team brings you all the hands and eliminations from the PokerStars.com EPT Barcelona €50,000 Super High Roller.

While you wait for tomorrow's action, check out some tips our very own Kristy Arnett has for you from beautiful Barcelona.

Tags: Steve O'Dwyer

Official End-of-Day Chip Counts (full)

Player Chips Progress
Steve O'Dwyer ie
Steve O'Dwyer
1,249,000 859,000
EPT 1X Winner
Erik Seidel us
Erik Seidel
738,000 185,000
Poker Hall of Famer
JC Alvarado mx
JC Alvarado
713,000 33,000
Ignat Liviu ro
Ignat Liviu
656,000 176,000
Simon Ravnsbaek dk
Simon Ravnsbaek
640,000 -140,000
Mike Watson ca
Mike Watson
639,000 69,000
EPT 2X Winner
John Juanda id
John Juanda
638,500 -31,500
Poker Hall of Famer
EPT 1X Winner
Dan Smith us
Dan Smith
585,000 190,000
Steven Silverman us
Steven Silverman
580,000 45,000
Tobias Reinkemeier de
Tobias Reinkemeier
565,000 345,000
530,000 -295,000
Jason Mercier us
Jason Mercier
503,000 54,500
Ilari Sahamies fi
Ilari Sahamies
487,000 157,000
Vadzim Kursevich by
Vadzim Kursevich
477,000 67,000
Timothy Adams ca
Timothy Adams
442,000 172,000
Talal Shakerchi gb
Talal Shakerchi
417,000 -3,000
Juha Helppi fi
Juha Helppi
407,000 7,000
Cheung Yin Sun
Cheung Yin Sun
360,000 30,000
Justin Bonomo us
Justin Bonomo
332,000 66,000
Masa Kagawa
Masa Kagawa
303,000 -12,000
Anatoly Gurtovoy
Anatoly Gurtovoy
281,000 76,000
Bertrand Grospellier fr
Bertrand Grospellier
276,000 113,000
Sami Kelopuro fi
Sami Kelopuro
269,000 -126,000
Ziv Bachar il
Ziv Bachar
Peter Jetten ca
Peter Jetten
224,000 -8,000

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One Last One for Mercier

Level 8 : 2,500/5,000, 500 ante

Vadzim Kursevich raised from early position to 12,000 and Masa Kagawa called from the hijack seat. Team PokerStars Pro Jason Mercier reraised from the cutoff seat and [Removed:283] called from the small blind. Kursevich folded and Kagawa called.

The flop came down {7-Clubs}{3-Diamonds}{2-Clubs} and action checked to Mercier. He bet 52,000 and only Kagawa called.

The turn was the {9-Diamonds} and Kagawa checked. Mercier fired 91,000 and Kagawa gave it up.

Tags: Jason MercierMasa KagawaVadzim Kursevich

[Removed:288] Over 800K

Level 8 : 2,500/5,000, 500 ante

After Philipp Gruissem bet 58,000 on the {J-Clubs}{6-Hearts}{5-Spades}{3-Diamonds}{7-Diamonds} board, [Removed:283] raised to put him all in. Gruissem only had 80,000 behind and tanked for a bit before finally folding. [Removed:288] was kind enough to show him the {4-Clubs}{3-Clubs} for a straight as he moved to over 800,000 in chips.

Player Chips Progress
825,000 659,000
Philipp Gruissem de
Philipp Gruissem
80,000 -170,000

Tags: Philipp Gruissem