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Day 1b Completed

Florian-Dimitrie Duta Leads Day 1b Field; Shorr Near The Top

Josh_Cahlik • Level 8: 300-600, 75 ante
Shannon Shorr Finishes Toward The Top
Shannon Shorr Finishes Toward The Top

In what seemed like just the blink of an eye, the second of two starting flights for the European Poker Tour Season 10 Barcelona Main Event has come to an end! After eight full levels of play, the player sitting on the largest stack of the approximately 440 remaining runners was Florian-Dimitrie Duta who bagged up an impressive 187,000.

Day 1b attracted an astounding 708 entrants which, combined with the 518 that entered during the first flight, brings the total number of entrants to 1,226. This number could increase before the final tally is counted, though, as registration remains open until the start of Day 2. The Day 1b flight attracted so many players that the tables played ten-handed for most of the day.

The day saw a slew of familiar names hit the felt with the goal of becoming the first Main Event champion of the EPT's tenth season. Players like Max Lehmanski, Chino Rheem, Griffin Benger, Timothy Adams, Steve O'Dwyer, Ludovic Lacay, and Andrey Zaichenko were just a handful of those to hit the felt and find elimination by the day's end. Our Live Reporting Team also caught a hand during the first level of play that showcased just how brutal tournament poker can be. The hand in particular spelled disaster for American Michael Brady and occurred not even halfway through the first level of play. After a series of bets and raises on a flop of {10-Hearts}{5-Spades}{4-Hearts}, Brady found himself all in and at risk against Zsolt Vasvenszki. Vasvenszki held {5-Hearts}{5-Diamonds} for middle set but was still bested by Brady's {10-Spades}{10-Diamonds} for top set. There was no kindness to Brady from the deck, however, as the case five - the {5-Clubs} - drilled the turn and gave Vasvenszki quads. Brady did not improve on the river and was forced to see a remarkably early exit from the tournament.

Despite his recent success of winning the inaugural Alpha8 High Roller Tournament in Florida for $891,660, Steven Silverman was unable to gain any traction here on Day 1b. The online wizard was among those to fall before the last hand of the day was dealt.

While those players faltered, others managed to navigate the large field and build a healthy enough stack to bring into Day 2. Maksim Bura (160,600), Simon Mattsson (111,000), Andrew Moreno (91,800), David Benefield (87,800), Aku Joentausta (85,100), Konstantin Puchkov (66,000), Richard Yong (58,400), Jonathan Little (53,500) and Vladimir Troyanovskiy (48,600) are a small sample size of those returning for the second day of play.

Shannon Shorr also managed to build up a large stack throughout the first day of play and will return for Day 2 with 121,500. The day was kicked off to a stellar start for Shorr when he was involved in a massive pot with Martin Bolecek. After committing 5,475 each preflop, the two took in a flop of {9-Clubs}{Q-Spades}{10-Hearts}. Dolecek bet 5,475 and Shorr flat called. Both players checked the {8-Spades} turn and the {A-Hearts} finished the board. Shorr fired 4,600 which was followed by a call from Bolecek. Bolecek eventually mucked, however, after viewing Shorr's {A-Clubs}{A-Diamonds} for a set of aces. From there Shorr continued to trend upward throughout the day.

With this being the first stop on EPT Season 10 it was no surprise that Team PokerStars was out in full force. Some members of the prestigious team of professionals fell by the end of the day while others thrived and will be taking stacks into Day 2. Daniel Negreanu was one of the runners who was unable to get anything going on the first day of play and eventually fell in Level 6. Joining him at the rail were the likes of Lex Veldhuis, and Matthias De Meulder. While those players fell, others survived and will be returning for Day 2 with stacks. Expect more action on the felt from the likes of Christophe De Meulder (111,500), Victor Ramdin (107,000), Leo Fernandez (73,300), Liv Boeree (59,100), Ivan Demidov (45,500), and Jake Cody (27,700).

Play is scheduled to resume on Tuesday at 12 p.m. CET at the Casino Barcelona. Be sure to stay tuned to our coverage as we dive deeper into the event and watch fireworks fly when the two starting flights combine.

Tags: Christophe de MeulderFlorian-Dimitrie DutaShannon ShorrSteven Silverman

End-of-the-Day Chip Counts (full)

Chad_Holloway • Level 8: 300-600, 75 ante
Florian-Dimitrie Duta ro
Florian-Dimitrie Duta
ro 187,000 -13,000
Markus Kivipuro
Markus Kivipuro
161,100
Maksim Bura ru
Maksim Bura
ru 160,600 160,600
Andrey Chesnokov ru
Andrey Chesnokov
ru 158,000 32,000
Ivan Kotov
Ivan Kotov
156,400
Miklos Zsuffa hu
Miklos Zsuffa
hu 146,100 -26,900
Alejandro Perez us
Alejandro Perez
us 144,800
Daniel Reijmer nl
Daniel Reijmer
nl 142,100 142,100
Ole Schemion de
Ole Schemion
de 140,600 30,600
Robin Ylitalo se
Robin Ylitalo
se 135,900
Andre Andrade
Andre Andrade
134,600 134,600
Simeon Naydenov bg
Simeon Naydenov
bg 130,000 130,000
Ville Wahlbeck fi
Ville Wahlbeck
fi 128,600 60,600
Gaetano Dell`Aera
Gaetano Dell`Aera
128,000
Alain Debackere
Alain Debackere
125,000 3,000
Shannon Shorr us
Shannon Shorr
us 121,500 46,500
David Crúas León
David Crúas León
121,400 121,400
Sergii Lytovchenko
Sergii Lytovchenko
121,200
Philipp Gruissem de
Philipp Gruissem
de 119,700
Oleg Poluzhnikov
Oleg Poluzhnikov
119,000
Jamila Von Perger de
Jamila Von Perger
de 118,900 15,900
Andres Artiñano Muñoz
Andres Artiñano Muñoz
117,800
Milan Polke
Milan Polke
114,600
Jonas Lauck de
Jonas Lauck
de 114,300
Niall Farrell gb
Niall Farrell
gb 114,000

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Four More!

Josh_Cahlik • Level 8: 300-600, 75 ante

Tournament staff has announced four more hands before bagging and tagging for the night. We're headed out to the field to grab any last-minute action and to compile a list of notable chip counts. Stay tuned for those as well as a full recap of the Day 1b action.

Another Round of Chip Counts

Chad_Holloway • Level 8: 300-600, 75 ante
Florian-Dimitrie Duta ro
Florian-Dimitrie Duta
ro 200,000
Jake Balsiger us
Jake Balsiger
us 85,000 33,000
David Benefield us
David Benefield
us 83,000 48,000
Angel Guillen mx
Angel Guillen
mx 60,000 14,500
Ismael Bojang at
Ismael Bojang
at 50,000
Jonathan Little us
Jonathan Little
us 40,000 10,000
Ola Amundsgard no
Ola Amundsgard
no 40,000 23,000
Stephen Chidwick gb
Stephen Chidwick
gb 35,000 -20,000
Liv Boeree gb
Liv Boeree
gb 29,000 11,500
Winfred Yu hk
Winfred Yu
hk 29,000
Paul Newey gb
Paul Newey
gb 22,000
Lauri Pesonen
Lauri Pesonen
Busted
Simon Ravnsbaek dk
Simon Ravnsbaek
dk Busted
Stephane Benadiba fr
Stephane Benadiba
fr Busted
Jeff Rossiter au
Jeff Rossiter
au Busted
Edwin Tournier nl
Edwin Tournier
nl Busted
Ruben Merino
Ruben Merino
Busted
Michael Flanagan
Michael Flanagan
Busted
Christian Salbrechter
Christian Salbrechter
Busted
Jari Mike Juhani Mahonen
Jari Mike Juhani Mahonen
Busted
Aleksandr Gofman ru
Aleksandr Gofman
ru Busted
Joe Mouawad lb
Joe Mouawad
lb Busted
Lukas Benkovic
Lukas Benkovic
Busted
Shakib Hamdam
Shakib Hamdam
Busted
Karin Bruteig
Karin Bruteig
Busted

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Silverman Exits

Chad_Holloway • Level 8: 300-600, 75 ante

At the end of August, Steven Silverman won the inaugural Alpha8 High Roller Tournament in Florida for $891,660. The next day he hopped a plane to Spain in order to play the EPT Barcelona. Unfortunately for Silverman, his hopes of an EPT Main Event title just went out the window.

We're not sure of all the details, but we do know Silverman got his chips in on a {6-Clubs}{8-Diamonds}{10-Diamonds} flop holding the {q-Hearts}{q-Spades}, which was well out in front of Dainius Ulke's {a-Clubs}{8-Clubs}. Silverman was primed to double through the Lithuanian, but then the {A-Hearts} spiked on the turn. Ulke made two pair and Silverman went from a big favorite to drawing to two outs. The {4-Spades} river wasn't the lady he sought and Silverman's tournament came to an end in the last level of the night.

Dainius Ulke
Dainius Ulke
107,000
Steven Silverman us
Steven Silverman
us Busted

Tags: Dainius UlkeSteven Silverman

Where Are They Now: Season 4 EPT Barcelona Champ Sander Lylloff

Chad_Holloway • Level 8: 300-600, 75 ante
Season 4 EPT Barcelona champ Sander Lylloff
Season 4 EPT Barcelona champ Sander Lylloff

The EPT Barcelona continued to grow in Season 4 as 543 players took to the felt to compete for a €1,170,700 first-place prize. Among those in contention were Johnny Chan, Daniel Negreanu, Katja Thater and Greg Raymer, though none of them managed to make it to the last day of play; in fact just 13 players managed to do that. Among them was Copenhagen’s Sander Lylloff, who began that day third in chips.

Lylloff used his chip advantage to make it all the way to three-handed play, which is where he played against the UK’s Mark Teltscher and USA’s Greg Dyer for nearly four hours! Eventually Dyer fell when he shoved with the {k-Clubs}{8-Diamonds} only to run into Lylloff’s {a-}{a-}, which left the Dane with a 2:1 heads-up chip lead against Teltscher, who happened to be one of his close friends. It took just six hands to clinch victory.

In the final hand, Lylloff shoved after Teltscher had three-bet. Teltscher called off with the {k-Hearts}{k-Diamonds} and was in great shape against Lylloff’s {j-Spades}{10-Hearts}. The {q-Hearts}{j-Hearts}{7-Hearts} gave Lylloff a pair of jacks, but he was still well behind the overpair and better flush draw of Teltscher. Incredibly, the {J-Diamonds} turned to give Lylloff trips! The {4-Clubs} river failed to help Teltscher and he had to settle for second place and €673,000.

Lylloff, born April 7, 1982, is considered one of the best backgammon players in the world, and it wasn’t until 2001 that a friend introduced him to poker. Interestingly, Lylloff and Teltscher were partners in the 2005 Pro AM Backgammon Event in Las Vegas where they finished in second place. Lylloff went on to serve as a Victory Poker Pro until that site folded after Black Friday.

In the six years since his EPT Barcelona win, Lylloff has managed just five cashes totaling $94,557. The most notable of those was a 349th-place finish in the 2009 World Series of Poker Main Event for $29,911, while the most recent was a 377th-place finish in the ISPT Wembley Main Event for $701.

Tags: Sander Lylloff

Busted

Chad_Holloway • Level 8: 300-600, 75 ante

We apologize for the influx, but based on a pile of tournament tickets we just received, we can tell you that the following players have been eliminated on Day 1b.

Luca Moschitta it
Luca Moschitta
it Busted
Ben Warrington gb
Ben Warrington
gb Busted
Davidi Kitai be
Davidi Kitai
be Busted
Martin Stausholm dk
Martin Stausholm
dk Busted
Brian England us
Brian England
us Busted
Alejandro Sanchez
Alejandro Sanchez
Busted
[Removed:284]
[Removed:284]
Busted
Tcharli Freiha
Tcharli Freiha
Busted
Mark Roovers nl
Mark Roovers
nl Busted
Fiona Gaelle Acerbis
Fiona Gaelle Acerbis
Busted
Igor Devkin ru
Igor Devkin
ru Busted
Alexander Isenberg
Alexander Isenberg
Busted
Iian Boujenah
Iian Boujenah
Busted
Kyriakos Mitsopoulos
Kyriakos Mitsopoulos
Busted
Gordon Huntly gb
Gordon Huntly
gb Busted
Markus Grewe
Markus Grewe
Busted
Britt Petersen
Britt Petersen
Busted
Paulo Figueiredo Ribeiro
Paulo Figueiredo Ribeiro
Busted
Ahmed Abd El Fathah
Ahmed Abd El Fathah
Busted
Benjamin Nicault
Benjamin Nicault
Busted
Christophe Malaurie
Christophe Malaurie
Busted
Dawid Paczka
Dawid Paczka
Busted
Einar Lindestad
Einar Lindestad
Busted
Nuno Pereira Ascensao
Nuno Pereira Ascensao
Busted
Senol Karahasan tr
Senol Karahasan
tr Busted

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No Guts No Glory

Yardley • Level 8: 300-600, 75 ante
Marvin Rettenmaier
Marvin Rettenmaier

Three players saw a flop of {8-Diamonds}{6-Hearts}{10-Spades}. Jaco Verloop checked from the big blind, Francesco Paolo Conte checked and Marvin Rettenmaier bet 2,125. Verloop checked and Conte folded. The turn was {3-Clubs} and Verloop led out for 4,100. Rettenmaier thought for a moment and moved all in for nearly 15,000. That was enough to persuade Verloop he couldn’t continue.