2015 PokerStars.com EPT Season 12 Barcelona

€5,300 Main Event
Day: 1b
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2015 PokerStars.com EPT Season 12 Barcelona

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300,000 / 600,000

€5,300 Main Event

Day 1b Completed

Bernabeu Bags Overall Lead in Record-Breaking Main Event; Piqué Can't Survive

Level 8 : 300/600, 75 ante
Gerard Piqué among the Day 1b casualties
Gerard Piqué among the Day 1b casualties

On Tuesday, Season 12 of the European Poker Tour continued with Day 1b of the EPT Barcelona €5,300 Main Event. After eight 75-minute levels of play, it was Spain's Samuel Bernabeu who bagged the overall chip lead with 203,000.

The second starting flight drew a staggering 1,214 entries, bringing the total runners to 1,673. This number is likely to increase by a few digits as well, as registration will remain open until the start of Day 2. This impressive turn out was enough to break the record for largest-ever EPT main event, besting the previous record from Season 7's PokerStars Caribbean Adventure (1,560 entries).

Bernabeu's stellar showing on Day 1b moved him into the overall chip lead heading into the second day of play. Bernabeu bested Day 1a chip leader Imad Derwiche who finished the opening flight with 170,000.

The day began with an electric excitement about the tournament room, as staff and players alike anticipated a record-setting day. While the Main Event was cause for much of the excitement, the €25,000 Single-Day High Roller was also taking place in the main tournament room. This prestigious and unique format tournament drew the likes of professional footballers Neymar Jr. and Gerard Piqué. While both players were eliminated from that event, Piqué opted to try his luck in the Main Event.

Unfortunately for the FC Barcelona centre-back, his life in the Main Event was relatively short-lived. After becoming short-stacked, he moved all in before the flop for his last 2,200 and was called by two players. Piqué flopped bottom pair, but was ultimately unable to best Robert Zipf's middle pair. He was eliminated during the seventh level of the day.

Piqué was not the only familiar face to fall, as many of poker's elite were also denied the opportunity to win the largest EPT main event in history. Some of those to hit the rail throughout the day include Benny Spindler, Tom Middleton, Sam Grafton, Vanessa Selbst, Ari Engel, Barny Boatman, Yann Dion, Artur Koren, and Jannick Wrang.

On the flip side, several notable poker were able to thrive throughout the first eight levels and build sizable stacks heading into Day 2. The likes of Jude Ainsworth (155,800), Gaelle Baumann (107,700), Ryan Riess (103,500), Jan Heitmann (67,400), Fatima Moreira de Melo (65,400), and Johnny Lodden (48,200) will all return for the second day of action.

Speaking of that second day, it will all kick off on Wednesday at 12 p.m. local time inside the illustrious Casino Barcelona. As always, be sure to tune into PokerNews for all of the latest updates from the tournament floor.

End-of-Day Chip Counts (full)

Level 8 : 300/600, 75 ante
Player Chips Progress
Samuel Bernabeu es
Samuel Bernabeu
203,000 203,000
Krzysztof Dulowski pl
Krzysztof Dulowski
Jonathan Concepcion es
Jonathan Concepcion
187,300 187,300
Denis Timofeev ru
Denis Timofeev
Adrian Vincent Daniel Schuh de
Adrian Vincent Daniel Schuh
Aslan Daurov ru
Aslan Daurov
Carlos Vallve Arias es
Carlos Vallve Arias
Irimia Marius ro
Irimia Marius
164,700 164,700
Milan Tomasz Rabsz pl
Milan Tomasz Rabsz
163,900 10,900
Simeon Naydenov bg
Simeon Naydenov
157,000 157,000
Sin Melin gb
Sin Melin
Jude Ainsworth ie
Jude Ainsworth
155,800 18,800
Kornelis Van Alphen nl
Kornelis Van Alphen
Jose Vicente Besalduch Traigueros es
Jose Vicente Besalduch Traigueros
153,500 39,500
Andras Nemeth hu
Andras Nemeth
148,800 -5,200
Erwann Pecheux fr
Erwann Pecheux
Samuli Sipila fi
Samuli Sipila
147,000 147,000
Kiryl Radzivonau by
Kiryl Radzivonau
146,700 146,700
Emmanuel Lopez Lasuen ar
Emmanuel Lopez Lasuen
Kacper Pyzara pl
Kacper Pyzara
Jaime Rueda Sampedro es
Jaime Rueda Sampedro
Jakub Mroczek pl
Jakub Mroczek
138,000 138,000
Neil Van Der Merwe gb
Neil Van Der Merwe
Przemyslaw Piotrowski pl
Przemyslaw Piotrowski
Florian-Dimitrie Duta ro
Florian-Dimitrie Duta

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Bernardini Triples; Mitic Falls

Level 8 : 300/600, 75 ante

We arrived at the table in time to see the hands turned over in a huge confrontation between Andrey Shatilov, Gianluca Bernardini, and Zoran Mitic. A flop of {7-Spades}{6-Spades}{9-Diamonds} was displayed on the felt. Bernardini was all in for his last roughly 16,900 and Mitic moved all in over the top for approximately 32,000. Shatilov had both players covered and re-shoved, forcing out the final player to act in the hand.

Shatilov: {6-Hearts}{6-Diamonds}
Bernardini: {10-Clubs}{9-Clubs}
Mitic: {8-Spades}{3-Spades}

Shatilov was in the lead with his flopped set of sixes against Bernardini's top pair and gutshot combo and Mitic's open-ended straight draw. The {8-Diamonds} drilled the turn, however, giving Bernardini a straight to the ten. Shatilov failed to fill up with the {k-Hearts} on the river and Bernardini scored the triple. Shatilov's set bested Mitic's pair of eights for the side pot, eliminating the Swede from play.

Player Chips Progress
Andrey Shatilov ru
Andrey Shatilov
88,000 41,500
Gianluca Bernardini it
Gianluca Bernardini
55,000 55,000
Zoran Mitic se
Zoran Mitic

Tags: Andrey Shatilov

Yeskov Sends Engel and Ferrero Packing in Massive Confrontation

Level 8 : 300/600, 75 ante

We picked up with the action to see four players looking down at a flop of {7-Hearts}{9-Spades}{j-Diamonds}. Olivier Ferrero was first to act and he checked from the big blind. The next player to act followed suit, prompting Vladyslav Yeskov to bet 1,850. Ari Engel was on the button and he came over the top for a raise to what looked to be 5,050. Ferrero responded with a check-raise all in from the big blind and the next player quickly folded. Yeskov moved all in over the top, putting Engel to a decision for all of his chips.

In the end, Engel opted to call all in for approximately 45,500 total. The three hands were turned over to reveal that each player hit a significant portion of the flop.

Yeskov: {j-Hearts}{j-Spades}
Engel: {7-Diamonds}{7-Spades}
Ferrero: {9-Diamonds}{7-Clubs}

Yeskov had both of his opponents covered and held the best hand with top set of jacks. Engel's middle set and Ferrero's two pair were unable to catch up on the turn and river and they were both sent to the rail late in the night. Yeskov scooped the massive pot and now sits on about 132,000 in chips.

Player Chips Progress
Vladyslav Yeskov ua
Vladyslav Yeskov
Olivier Ferrero fr
Olivier Ferrero
Ari Engel ca
Ari Engel

Tags: Ari EngelVladyslav Yeskov

Level: 8

Blinds: 300/600

Ante: 75