2015 PokerStars.com EPT Season 12 Barcelona

€5,300 Main Event
Day: 1a
Event Info

2015 PokerStars.com EPT Season 12 Barcelona

Final Results
Winning Hand
Event Info
Prize Pool
Level Info
300,000 / 600,000

€5,300 Main Event

Day 1a Completed

Imad Derwiche Bags Day 1a Chip Lead

Level 8 : 300/600, 75 ante
Imad Derwiche
Imad Derwiche

On Monday, Day 1a of the 2015 European Poker Tour Barcelona Main Event kicked off from the lavish Casino Barcelona. A grand total of 459 runners came out for the first of two starting flights. After eight 75-minute levels, the clock read that just 286 players remained. In the end it was Imad Derwiche who bagged up the chip lead with 170,000 in chips.

Derwiche is no stranger to success, holding over $1.16 million in career live tournament earnings. A majority of those winnings came mere months ago during the EPT Grand Final when Derwiche finished runner-up to Charlie Carrel in the €25,500 High Roller. Derwiche pocketed €750,000 for his impressive finish, but was denied the prestige of earning an EPT title. Derwiche's stellar performance on Day 1a puts him in solid position for a deep run and a chance at redemption.

While Derwiche bagged the top stack, others are hot on his heels heading into Day 2. Denmark's Martin Vallo put 163,300 in the bag, which is good for second place on the leaderboard. Rounding out the top three was Finland's Jesse Liljegren, who bagged up 153,100.

While the aforementioned players hold the most chips in the room, they are among tough competition returning for Day 2. Some of the notable players advancing include Vladimir Troyanovskiy (115,600), Patrik Antonius (103,800), Andoni Larrabe (100,400), John Juanda (89,300), Mustapha Kanit (83,200), Sebastian Pauli (78,400), David Vamplew (75,300), Benjamin Pollak (68,000), and Dong Kim (66,000).

Team PokerStars had a stellar showing, with five members advancing to the second day of action. Those to move on include Matthias Brandner (108,700), Isaac Haxton (79,200), Leo Fernandez (74,700), Naoya Kihara (69,400), and Leo Margets (55,300). Unfortunately, members of the PokerStars family such as Grzegorz Mikielewicz, George Danzer, and Jason Mercier were unable to gain momentum and were eliminated by the time the final hand of the day was dealt.

In Mercier's case, he flopped top two pair with the {q-Diamonds}{10-Spades} against Luca Falco. After all of the money went in on the turn, Mercier found out that Falco had also flopped a monster by making a set of deuces. Mercier was unable to improve on the river and he was sent packing in Level 4.

Other familiar faces to hit the rail throughout the day include Max Silver, Adrian Mateos, Martin Staszko, Paul Newey, Erik Seidel, Martin Finger, Nicholas Palma, and Jonathan Little.

This exciting event will continue on Tuesday where players will once again flock to the felt for Day 1b. Play will begin at 12 p.m. local time when another eight 75-minute levels will take place. As always, PokerNews will be on hand with all of the latest updates, so be sure to stay tuned for more coverage.

While you wait for tomorrow's Day 1b action to commence, check out the following Meet the Rising Star video with Charlie Carrel:

Tags: Imad Derwiche

End-of-Day Chip Counts (full)

Level 8 : 300/600, 75 ante
Player Chips Progress
Imad Derwiche fr
Imad Derwiche
170,000 102,000
Martin Vallo dk
Martin Vallo
163,300 -3,700
Jesse Liljegren fi
Jesse Liljegren
153,100 153,100
Victor Bogdanov ru
Victor Bogdanov
Lauri Varonen fi
Lauri Varonen
132,600 27,600
Hossein Ensan de
Hossein Ensan
132,500 44,500
EPT 1X Winner
Mohamed Mamouni fr
Mohamed Mamouni
Nandor Solyom hu
Nandor Solyom
123,300 123,300
Daniel Dvoress ca
Daniel Dvoress
120,900 9,900
Vladimir Troyanovskiy ru
Vladimir Troyanovskiy
115,600 19,600
Amir Touma lb
Amir Touma
112,900 5,900
Matthias Brandner at
Matthias Brandner
108,700 108,700
Sebastian Tejada us
Sebastian Tejada
108,600 108,600
Ofir Bakalo il
Ofir Bakalo
Haresh Thaker gb
Haresh Thaker
104,200 104,200
Patrik Antonius fi
Patrik Antonius
103,800 103,800
EPT 1X Winner
Pasquale Braco it
Pasquale Braco
102,400 26,400
Enrico Etienne Rudelitz de
Enrico Etienne Rudelitz
Sergey Rybachenko ru
Sergey Rybachenko
102,200 31,200
Hamed Sedini fr
Hamed Sedini
Andoni Larrabe es
Andoni Larrabe
100,400 4,400
Martin Kabrhel cz
Martin Kabrhel
100,200 -800
Martin Lategui Lourido uy
Martin Lategui Lourido
98,100 41,100
[Removed:17] nz
95,100 47,100
Sergio Aido es
Sergio Aido
94,400 7,400

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Remko Report Episode #21: Stories of Moneymaker and the Binion Family with Nolan Dalla

Level 8 : 300/600, 75 ante

Nolan Dalla joins Remko Rinkema to talk about his introduction to poker and Las Vegas; offer some stories about Chris Moneymaker and the legendary Binion family; and emphasize the importance of writing, blogging, and podcasting to continue poker's story.

NOTE: There was a brief audio mishap in the middle of this interview. Apologies for the less-than-desired quality from that point forward.

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Tags: Chris MoneymakerRemko RinkemaNolan DallaRemko Report

Updated Chip Counts

Level 8 : 300/600, 75 ante
Player Chips Progress
Sam Chartier ca
Sam Chartier
114,000 49,000
Daniel Dvoress ca
Daniel Dvoress
Andoni Larrabe es
Andoni Larrabe
Liviu Ignat ro
Liviu Ignat
83,000 25,000
Dong Kim us
Dong Kim
76,000 4,500
Konstantinos Nanos gr
Konstantinos Nanos
Joao Barbosa pt
Joao Barbosa
48,000 14,000
EPT 1X Winner
Ruben Visser nl
Ruben Visser
48,000 32,000
EPT 1X Winner
Jeff Rossiter au
Jeff Rossiter
Mike McDonald ca
Mike McDonald
35,000 5,600
EPT 1X Winner
Mike Watson ca
Mike Watson
EPT 2X Winner
Roberto Romanello gb
Roberto Romanello
26,000 -16,000
EPT 1X Winner
Jeremy Ausmus us
Jeremy Ausmus
26,000 -16,000
Jack Salter gb
Jack Salter
17,000 -17,500
Dominik Nitsche de
Dominik Nitsche
11,500 1,200
Ivan Luca ar
Ivan Luca
7,000 -23,000

Kaverman Over Haxton

Level 8 : 300/600, 75 ante

We arrived in time to see both Isaac Haxton and Byron Kaverman committing 7,500 before the flop from the small blind and big blind respectively. The flop came out {j-Hearts}{10-Hearts}{k-Hearts} and Haxton checked. Kaverman did the same and the {8-Diamonds} fell on fourth street. Haxton checked once again and Kaverman followed suit.

The {2-Diamonds} finished off the board on the river and Haxton tapped the table for a third and final time. Kaverman bet 4,500, Haxton folded his cards, and Kaverman was awarded the pot.

Player Chips Progress
Isaac Haxton us
Isaac Haxton
67,000 -9,000
Byron Kaverman us
Byron Kaverman
33,500 12,500

Tags: Byron KavermanIsaac Haxton

Updated Chip Counts

Level 8 : 300/600, 75 ante
Player Chips Progress
Martin Vallo dk
Martin Vallo
167,000 53,000
Martin Kabrhel cz
Martin Kabrhel
101,000 24,200
Vladimir Troyanovskiy ru
Vladimir Troyanovskiy
96,000 28,500
Sergio Aido es
Sergio Aido
87,000 57,000
Denys Shafikov ua
Denys Shafikov
84,000 -4,500
Isaac Haxton us
Isaac Haxton
76,000 -3,500
Paul Berende nl
Paul Berende
71,000 7,500
Imad Derwiche fr
Imad Derwiche
68,000 -9,000
Leo Margets es
Leo Margets
60,000 17,000
Simon Deadman gb
Simon Deadman
56,000 26,000
Pratyush Buddiga us
Pratyush Buddiga
31,000 7,800
Mikita Badziakouski by
Mikita Badziakouski
30,000 6,000
Sam Greenwood ca
Sam Greenwood
30,000 -5,400
Federico Butteroni it
Federico Butteroni
29,000 9,000
Brian Roberts us
Brian Roberts
26,000 -4,000
Byron Kaverman us
Byron Kaverman
21,000 -6,500
Natasha Barbour ca
Natasha Barbour
15,000 4,800
Anatolii Ozhenilok ru
Anatolii Ozhenilok