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€50,000 Super High Roller
€50,000 Super High Roller
Day 1 Completed

Julian Stuer Leads the Final 57 After Day 1 of the EPT Barcelona Super High Roller

will_shill • Level 8: 2,500-5,000, 500 ante
Julian Stuer
Julian Stuer

The EPT Barcelona €50,000 Super High Roller got under way today, attracting a field of 89 players (73 unique players and 16 re-entries), with many notables among the entrants who played eight 60-minute levels on Day 1. Last year 99 entries were made into the event, but registration remains open till start of play on Day 2, so that record might still get broken.

Before the day’s play got underway, it was announced that the proposed payout changes, from 15 percent to 20 percent, were to be reversed for this tournament, as well as the upcoming €25,000 Single-Day High Roller. This was due to feedback from players, and as an additional step, players were asked to fill out a questionnaire regarding payout structures as they took their seats in the Super High Roller.

There was no slow start to this tournament, with upwards of 20 players taking their seats for the first hand of the day. The field was packed full of some of the world’s best High Roller players, including two-time €50,000 High Roller Champion Steve O’Dwyer, Mike McDonald, Rainer Kempe, Fedor Holz, and Anthony Zinno.

As the day went on, they were joined by other notables, including defending champion Sylvain Loosli, 2016 November Niner Vojtech Ruzicka, and PokerStars Team Pro and 2016 WSOP Player of the Year Jason Mercier. All of them got a crisp 250,000 starting stack to work with.

Leading the way at the end of today’s play is Julian Stuer with 1,350,000. The German worked his way steadily up the chip counts before winning a huge pot against Bryn Kenney. After Stuer opened, Kenney three-bet to 38,000 and Stuer four-bet enough to put Kenney all in. The American called for his tournament life, but was ahead holding {a-Hearts}{k-Spades} against Stuer’s {a-Diamonds}{4-Diamonds}. However, the board ran out {5-Spades}{4-Spades}{3-Diamonds}{10-Diamonds}{10-Spades}, and Kenney was eliminated, sending his chips across to the grateful German.

Also among the chip leaders is Fedor Holz (1,150,000). After busting on his first bullet, he bought back in and grinded through the day, only to scoop a huge pot against EPT Malta winner Niall Farrell in one of the last hands of the day. After check-calling a bet from his opponent on {j-Clubs}{6-Clubs}{4-Hearts}, Holz check-raised the turn of the {10-Diamonds}, and Farrell called. With the pot already up to almost 400,000, the {7-Spades} came on the river. Holz checked and Farrell thought before moving all in, covering Holz. He sighed and sank back in his chair before eventually calling.

"Good hand," nodded Farrell, who showed {k-Diamonds}{q-Clubs} for king high. Holz showed {j-Hearts}{6-Diamonds} for two pair, scooping the monstrous pot in the final minutes of the day.

Timothy Adams is also among the leaders and has been up among the top three chip counts for most of the day. He eliminated Akin Tuna, Vojtech Ruzicka and Jannis Brauer on his way to bagging up 877,000. Jean-Noel Thorel (1,075,000) is also among the big stacks.

Other names remaining in the field include Erik Seidel (552,000), Nick Petrangelo (496,000), who already won the €10,000 opening event here in Barcelona, Sylvain Loosli (460,000), Rainer Kempe (429,000), Anthony Zinno (325,000), Mustapha Kanit (250,000), Max Silver (226,000), and Mike McDonald (195,000).

Play resumes tomorrow at 12.30pm local time, and PokerNews live updates will be there to capture all the key action as it happens. Players are able to sign up right till start of play on Day 2, so a seat draw and prize pool information will be released as soon as play is back underway. A full list of chip counts can be found in the live reporting section. Daniel Negreanu might well be one of the players entering before Day 2 starts, as he wasn't feeling too good on Day 1 and decided not to play. He tweeted he intends on entering tomorrow morning.

Tags: akin tunaAnthony ZinnoBryn KenneyErik SeidelJason MercierJean-Noel ThorelJulian StuerMax SilverMike McDonaldMustapha KanitNiall FarrellNick PetrangeloRainer KempeSteve O'DwyerSylvain LoosliTimothy AdamsVojtech Ruzicka

End of Day Chip Counts (full)

Webjoker • Level 8: 2,500-5,000, 500 ante
Julian Stuer at 1,350,000 200,000
Fedor Holz de 1,150,000 -50,000
Jean-Noel Thorel fr 1,075,000 15,000
Timothy Adams ca 877,000 -123,000
Stanley Choi hk 581,000
Adrian Mateos es 566,000 -34,000
Andreas Goeller it 565,000
Juha Helppi fi 565,000 275,000
Erik Seidel us 552,000 -8,000
Moritz Dietrich de 507,000 14,500
Nick Petrangelo us 496,000 346,000
Diego Ventura pe 478,000 120,300
Christopher Kruk ca 472,000 -13,000
Julian Thomas de 455,000 -285,000
Aidyn Auyezkanov KZ 446,000 96,000
Martin Kozlov au 445,000 -25,000
Mikita Badziakouski by 445,000 -95,000
Connor Drinan us 436,000 13,500
Daniel Dvoress ca 434,000 234,500
Sam Greenwood ca 433,000 158,000
Rainer Kempe de 429,000 129,000
Francisco Benitez uy 426,000 -94,000
Sylvain Loosli fr 404,000 -56,000
Ali Reza Fatehi ir 385,000 -265,000
Rafael Moraes br 371,000 155,500

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The Deuce Seven of Choi

zedmaster84 • Level 8: 2,500-5,000, 500 ante

Andreas Goeller raised and picked up two callers including Stanley Choi in the big blind. Choi bet the {J-Hearts}{7-Hearts}{4-Clubs} flop and just initial raiser Goeller called. The {Q-Diamonds} turn was checked through before the {7-Spades} then fell on the river.

Choi bet 43,000 and Goeller called to see the former turn over {7-Clubs}{2-Clubs} for trips sevens and the latter mucked.

Stanley Choi hk 581,000 331,000
Andreas Goeller it 565,000 115,000

Tags: Andreas GoellerStanley Choi

Farrell Runs Huge Bluff Versus Holz

KaleGozer • Level 8: 2,500-5,000, 500 ante
Fedor Holz
Fedor Holz

EPT Malta winner Niall Farrell opened to 12,000 from middle position and Fedor Holz defended his big blind. The flop came {J-Clubs}{6-Clubs}{4-Hearts} and Holz check-called a 15,000 bet from Farrell.

Holz checked the {10-Diamonds} turn to Farrell, who fired a second barrel of 45,000. Holz thought for two minutes, then announced a check-raise to 158,500. The Scotsman took a while before coming along with the call.

With the pot already up to almost 400,000, the dealer fanned out the {7-Spades} on the river. Again, Holz took a while before coming to a decision, this time electing to check. Farrell took his time as well, and finally shoved all in, which was for Holz' remaining stack.

Holz, who nearly had 380,000 behind, sighed and sank back in his chair to come to a decision. He took around a minute before sliding in two blue 5,000 chips, indicating a call.

"Good hand," nodded Farrell, who showed {K-Diamonds}{Q-Clubs} for king high. Holz showed {J-Hearts}{6-Diamonds} for two pair, scooping the monstrous pot in the final minutes of the day.

Fedor Holz de 1,200,000 635,000
Niall Farrell gb 230,000 -540,000

Tags: Fedor HolzNiall Farrell

Five Hands to Go

zedmaster84 • Level 8: 2,500-5,000, 500 ante

The clock has been stopped and five more hands will be dealt for tonight.

Astapau Runs Bad; Doesn't Double Nor Bust

zedmaster84 • Level 8: 2,500-5,000, 500 ante

Anton Astapau moved all in for his last 47,000 from early position and Tobias Reinkemeier, who recently entered, called from one seat over. The action folded to Christopher Kruk and he reraised all in from the button. Reinkemeier eventually folded and the pair tabled their cards.

Astapau: {A-Hearts}{9-Diamonds}
Kruk: {A-Clubs}{K-Clubs}

The board ran out {5-Spades}{3-Diamonds}{2-Hearts}{9-Spades}{4-Spades} and both chopped it up with a straight. "So sick, how bad do I run?" asked once it was all done and dusted.

Christopher Kruk ca 485,000 -155,000
Tobias Reinkemeier de 155,000
Anton Astapau BY 70,000 -21,500

Tags: Anton AstapauChristopher KrukTobias Reinkemeier

Thorel Busts Mercier

Webjoker • Level 8: 2,500-5,000, 500 ante
Jason Mercier
Jason Mercier

On a flop of {6-Diamonds}{J-Clubs}{10-Diamonds} Jason Mercier check-raised Jean-Noel Thorel's 20,000 continuation bet to 77,000. Thorel called, and called Mercier's 100,000 shove on the {Q-Clubs} turn as well.

Mercier turned over {J-Hearts}{6-Hearts} for a flopped two pair from the big blind, but he needed to improve as Thorel tabled {A-Diamonds}{K-Diamonds} for the nuts with a redraw.

The river {8-Hearts} was a blank and Mercier, the sole PokerStars Team Pro playing today, made his exit with under half an hour of play left for the day. Thorel meanwhile, is the owner of one of the biggest stacks in the room.

Jean-Noel Thorel fr 1,060,000 437,000
Jason Mercier us Busted

Tags: Jason MercierJean-Noel Thorel

Kurganov Gets Aces Cracked; Busts to Benitez

zedmaster84 • Level 8: 2,500-5,000, 500 ante

Igor Kurganov raised and received one caller in Francisco Benitez. On the {8-Diamonds}{7-Clubs}{3-Spades} flop, both players checked.

Kurganov also checked the {2-Hearts} turn, Benitez bet 21,000 into a pot of around 30,000, and Kurganov called.

The {J-Spades} river completed the board and Kurganov checked. Benitez bet 41,000 and Kurganov check-raised all in for around 120,000. Benitez quickly called with {2-Clubs}{2-Spades} for a set of deuces, while Kurganov briefly showed his {A-Clubs}{A-Spades} and headed to the rail.

Francisco Benitez uy 520,000 190,000
Igor Kurganov ru Busted

Tags: Francisco BenitezIgor Kurganov

Holz Doubles Through Mateos

zedmaster84 • Level 8: 2,500-5,000, 500 ante

Adrian Mateos raised and Fedor Holz from one seat over as well as Niall Farrell in the big blind called.

On the {9-Diamonds}{6-Spades}{2-Clubs} flop, Farrell checked, Mateos bet 18,000 and Holz called in the cutoff while Farrell folded.

After the {5-Hearts} turn, Mateos bet 70,000 and Holz called before the {3-Hearts} river completed the board. Mateos pushed forward his stack of big chips, for more than 350,000, and that had Holz easily covered. The German wunderkind counted his stack, amounting to 174,500, and eventually called after a few minutes in the think tank.

Mateos flashed {A-Spades}{8-Hearts} for a bluff and Holz doubled with the {Q-Clubs}{9-Clubs} for just top pair.

Niall Farrell gb 770,000
Adrian Mateos es 600,000 53,000
Fedor Holz de 565,000 471,500

Tags: Adrian MateosFedor HolzNiall Farrell