2013 PokerStars.com EPT Barcelona

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

2013 PokerStars.com EPT Barcelona

Final Results
Winner
Winning Hand
a5
Prize
€771,300
Event Info
Buy-in
€48,500
Entries
51
Level Info
Level
24
Blinds
100,000 / 200,000
Ante
30,000

€50,000 Super High Roller

Day 1 Completed

Demjan Leads Day 1 as 39 Unique Players Account for 10 Re-Entries

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

Season 10 of the European Poker Tour kicked off today with the €50,000 Super High Roller. Registration for the event is open until the start of Day 2, so official numbers are yet to be determined. That said, 39 unique players accounted for 10 re-entries on the first day of play, bringing the total number of entries up to 49. That is down slightly from last year's 55 entries, but that could change given that registration is still open.

After eight one-hour levels of play, the man leading the advancing 37 players is Sandor Demjan who bagged 1,037,000. Others who thrived on Day 1 were Fabian Quoss (813,000), Team PokerStars Pro Daniel Negreanu (619,000) and November Niner David Benefield (552,000).

Denjam got off to a bad start and ended up being one of the first to bust; however, he opted to re-enter and things turned around in a big way when he was relocated to the feature table. It was there that he won a decent pot against Negreanu, but it wasn't until the last hand of the day that he solidified his chip lead. It happened when action erupted on a board reading {3-Clubs}{10-Spades}{7-Diamonds}{q-Diamonds} and Igor Kurganov ended up all in for 236,500 with the {10-Clubs}{10-Hearts} for a flopped set. Unfortunately for him, Demjan had turned a bigger one with the {q-Spades}{q-Clubs}. The {8-Hearts} river wasn't the case ten Kurganov needed, and he was sent to the rail on the last hand of the evening.

It took awhile for the first elimination of the day to occur, but it finally happened in Level 4 (1,000/2,000/300) when a preflop raising war saw Philip Sternheimer shove all in from the button and Max Lehmanski call from the big blind.

Lehmanski: {a-Diamonds}{q-Spades}
Sternheimer: {8-Hearts}{7-Clubs}

Sternheimer knew he'd been caught even before the cards were tabled, but even so he was drawing to two live cards. Unfortunately for him, the {q-Diamonds}{a-Clubs}{9-Diamonds} flop gave Lehmanski two pair. Sternheimer needed running cards to stay alive, and he found one when the {5-Diamonds} turn gave him a gutshot straight draw to a non-diamond six. The dealer burned one last time and put out the {2-Diamonds}. Lehmanski made a flush to win the pot while Sternheimer rapped the table and quickly exited the tournament floor. He later re-entered the tournament.

Others who busted and re-entered were Richard Yong, Tobias Reinkemeier, Jeff Rossiter, Timothy Adams, Paul Newey, Marc-Andre Ladouceur, Martin Finger and Philipp Gruissem. Rumor has it that Kurganov, who if you recall busted in the last hand of the night, will re-enter at the start of Day 2.

The field will return at 12:00 local time on Saturday. At that time registration will be closed and official numbers, including the number of entries and the prize pool, will be released. Join the PokerNews Live Reporting Team then as they bring you all the action and eliminations straight from the floor of the Casino Barcelona.

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Official End-of-Day Chip Counts

Level 8 : 2,500/5,000, 500 ante
Player Chips Progress
Sandor Demjan
Sandor Demjan
1,037,000
37,000
37,000
Fabian Quoss de
Fabian Quoss
813,000
23,000
23,000
Daniel Negreanu ca
Daniel Negreanu
619,000
-9,500
-9,500
David Benefield us
David Benefield
552,000
167,000
167,000
Philip Sternheimer gb
Philip Sternheimer
540,000
160,000
160,000
$25K Fantasy
Steve O'Dwyer ie
Steve O'Dwyer
528,000
-52,000
-52,000
EPT 1X Winner
Salman Behbehani us
Salman Behbehani
514,000
209,000
209,000
Erik Seidel us
Erik Seidel
445,000
169,000
169,000
$25K Fantasy
Poker Hall of Famer
Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier fr
Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier
441,000
207,800
207,800
Daniel Alaei us
Daniel Alaei
428,000
58,000
58,000
Ignat Liviu ro
Ignat Liviu
417,000
198,000
198,000
Philipp Gruissem de
Philipp Gruissem
354,000
354,000
354,000
Juha Helppi fi
Juha Helppi
342,000
-23,000
-23,000
Ole Schemion de
Ole Schemion
322,000
-22,500
-22,500
Frederik Jensen dk
Frederik Jensen
311,000
-69,000
-69,000
EPT 1X Winner
Jean-Noel Thorel fr
Jean-Noel Thorel
310,000
-225,000
-225,000
Jason Mercier us
Jason Mercier
309,000
89,000
89,000
Mike McDonald ca
Mike McDonald
301,000
-74,000
-74,000
EPT 1X Winner
Jeff Rossiter au
Jeff Rossiter
292,000
42,000
42,000
Martin Jacobson se
Martin Jacobson
288,000
63,000
63,000
Vitaly Lunkin ru
Vitaly Lunkin
275,000
-45,000
-45,000
Mike Watson ca
Mike Watson
273,000
-47,000
-47,000
EPT 2X Winner
Vladimir Troyanovskiy ru
Vladimir Troyanovskiy
266,000
-184,000
-184,000
Jani Sointula fi
Jani Sointula
252,000
52,000
52,000
Andrew Lichtenberger us
Andrew Lichtenberger
248,000
-110,000
-110,000
$25K Fantasy

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Set Over Set in the Last Hand of the Night Sends Kurganov to the Rail

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

A huge hand between Igor Kurganov and Sandor Denjam just went down on the last hand of the night on the feature table. One of those men fell while one became the Day 1 chip leader.

We caught the action after action erupted on a board reading {3-Clubs}{10-Spades}{7-Diamonds}{q-Diamonds}. Kurganov ended up all in for 236,500 with the {10-Clubs}{10-Hearts} for a flopped set, but much to the astonishment of the railbirds Demjan had turned a bigger one with the {q-Spades}{q-Clubs}. The {8-Hearts} river wasn't the case ten Kurganov needed, and he was sent to the rail on the last hand of the evening.

We expect Kurganov will exercise his option to re-enter at the start of Day 2.

Player Chips Progress
Sandor Demjan
Sandor Demjan
1,000,000
259,500
259,500
Igor Kurganov ru
Igor Kurganov
Busted

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A Faller at the Last

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

Joni Joukimainen fell in the last few hands of the night. He pushed all in on the river of a board reading {k-Clubs}{7-Diamonds}{k-Diamonds}{a-Diamonds}{2-Clubs} and was snap called by Philipp Gruissem who had {k-Spades}{q-Diamonds}. Joukimainen held {A-} with the dealer turning over the losing hand quickly. Perhaps to save his blushes.

Negreanu Takes a Hit

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

We didn't catch the hand, but we do know that Daniel Negreanu just took a hit over at the feature table. It happened when he had {q-}{10-} on a {q-}{10-}{j-}{x-}{x-} board only to run into the {a-}{k-} of Sandor Demjan. With that, Demjan, who is on his second bullet, has taken over the chip lead at the feature table.

Player Chips Progress
Sandor Demjan
Sandor Demjan
740,500
184,000
184,000
Daniel Negreanu ca
Daniel Negreanu
628,500
-198,000
-198,000

Tags: Daniel NegreanuSandor Demjan

Six More Hands

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

The tournament staff has just announced that each table will play six more hands before calling it a night. We're headed out to the field to catch any last-minute hands and get official chip counts. Stay tuned for those as well as a full recap of the Day 1 action.

Seidel Applies Pressure

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

With less than half an hour of play to go today, Erik Seidel is stepping on the gas. Frederik Jensen opened for 12,000 from the button and was raised by Seidel from the small blind to 30,000. The big blind folded, Jensen made the call and the dealer gave them {k-Hearts}{3-Clubs}{8-Clubs}. Seidel maintained the initiative and led for 35,000. Jensen called him and they saw a turn card of {10-Spades}. Seidel cut out a stack of blue chips in to three neat piles. The bet was 75,000. Jensen had a look at how much Seidel had behind. If he wanted to continue in this hand it looked like they were playing for stacks. Jensen folded.

The next hand Daniel Alaei opened for 12,000 and this time from the button, Seidel was at it again. A three bet to 30,000. Everyone believed and the chips were once again slid over to his stack. Could he be gathering momentum?

Full House Over Full House Gives O'Dwyer the Double

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

"All in and call!" was he dealer's cry. As our reporter turned around from grabbing the end of the Fabian Quoss and Philip Sternheimer hand, Max Lehmanski was seen with {2-}{2-} on a final board of {8-Hearts}{8-Spades}{5-Diamonds}{2-Spades}{Q-Diamonds} against Steve O'Dwyer. Although Lehmanski had a full house, O'Dwyer had a better full house with the {Q-Clubs}{8-Clubs}.

O'Dwyer was all in for 202,500 on the river, and he doubled to around 580,000. Lehmanski was left with the starting stack of 250,000.

Player Chips Progress
Steve O'Dwyer ie
Steve O'Dwyer
580,000
235,000
235,000
EPT 1X Winner
Max Lehmanski de
Max Lehmanski
250,000
-29,000
-29,000

Tags: Max LehmanskiSteve O'Dwyer

Quoss Nearing 800K

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

Martin Finger raised to 10,000 from the cutoff seat, and Philip Sternheimer reraised to 23,000 on the button. In the big blind was Fabian Quoss, and he reraised to 55,000 with a cold four-bet. Finger folded, but Sternheimer upped the ante with a reraise to 123,000. Quoss moved all in, having Sternheimer covered. After a bit of tanking, Sternheimer folded, and Quoss scooped in the pot.

Player Chips Progress
Fabian Quoss de
Fabian Quoss
790,000
185,000
185,000
Philip Sternheimer gb
Philip Sternheimer
380,000
-130,000
-130,000
$25K Fantasy
Martin Finger de
Martin Finger
155,000
-95,000
-95,000
EPT 1X Winner

Tags: Fabian QuossMartin FingerPhilip Sternheimer