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€1,100 EPT National
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€1,100 EPT National
Day 1c Completed

€1,100 EPT National Draws Over 4,000 Runners; Benzerfa Claims Day 1c Lead

KaleGozer • Level 17: 3,000-6,000, 6,000 ante
Youcef Benzerfa
Youcef Benzerfa

After a fifteen-hour day in a densely packed Casino Barcelona, all Day 1's of the €1,100 EPT National at the PokerStars European Poker Tour Barcelona have come to an end. On Day 1c, a whopping 1,864 players showed up to take a shot at the already gigantic prize pool of over four million euro. Together with the 844 players that registered for the late night Day 1d turbo, a total of more than 4,300 entries were made in this event, just shy of last year's record-setting number of 4,557 entrants. The official number of players and payout will be confirmed at the start of Day 2.

Like all other starting days, Day 1c played down towards the final 15% before play would be suspended for the night. 280 players would eventually survive and will all start Day 2 directly in the money. It took over 17 full levels of 40 minutes each before that number was reached, which featured an instantly classic bubble hand with [Removed:328] and Foeke Deinum claiming the lead roles. Holding pocket kings, [Removed:329] was looking great to double through Deinum's queens. A queen on the turn all but ended it, but a king on the river gave [Removed:329] the winner, which was met by a thunderous roar from the crowd. David Hearn would proceed to bubble in the following hand, which paved the way for the other 280 towards the cash.

Bubble
Eldarat [Removed:329] and Foeke Deinum watch a crazy bubble hand unfold.

Youcef Benzerfa was top dog after the 17 levels and bagged 710,000 total to claim the overnight chip lead. Cesar Plaza (645,000), Jean Fontaine (622,000), Simeon Spasov (504,000), Zlatin Penev (481,000) and Michal Kolano (480,000) also bagged far more than the average stack of slightly under 200k.

A field of 1,864 logically sported many a familiar face and among the notables, it was Ludovic Geilich who had a strong showing throughout Day 1c. Geilich never appeared to be under average at any point and bagged 405,000 at the end of the night. Jerome Sgorrano (363,000), Joris Ruys (288,000), Marti Roca de Torres (168,000) and Tobias Peters (162,000) also added a Spanish flag to their respective Hendon Mobs. Defending champion Pedro Cairat saw his quest for an unprecedented back-to-back continue as he found a bag with 223,000 in chips.

The Red Spade had a terrible starting day, with none of their pros making it through in the penultimate flight. Fatima Moreira de Melo, Randy Lew, Celina Lin, Jeff Gross, Andre Akkari, and Maria Konnikova all ran out of chips during the fifteen-hour day. They were accompanied on the rail by Bart Lybaert, Adam Owen, Leo Margets, Jussi Nevanlinna, Will Kassouf, Benny Glaser, Chris Moorman, and Richard Milne. All of them either moved on to Day 1d or gave up altogether on trying to make it through in this event.

Randy Lew
Team PokerStars Online's Randy Lew busted ten spots before the money.

There's no rest for the wicked and certainly not much for those that made their respective ways through Day 1c and Day 1d. At noon local time, cards will already be back in the air as the 650 remaining players will return for another long day at the tables. PokerStars will provide a shot in the arm right off the bat, as one of the coveted $30,000 Platinum Passes will be up for grabs directly at the start of the day. A Crazy Pineapple Flip Out Hand on each table will eventually decide who will walk away with the chance of a lifetime: playing the $25K PokerStars Players NL Hold'em Championship on the Bahama's in January 2019.

Blinds will recommence in Level 18 with the small blind at 4,000, the big blind at 8,000 and the big blind ante also at 8,000. Levels will be 60 minutes for the remainder of the tournament. The total prize pool and payouts will be announced at the start of Day 2, although all survivors know they at least will receive a monetary reward for their accomplishment.

PokerNews will be back after the short night as well so come back on Friday at 12 p.m. for continued coverage of the €1,100 EPT National at the EPT in Barcelona!

Tags: David HearnFoeke DeinumLudovic GeilichMarti Roca de TorresPedro CairatSimeon SpasovTobias PetersYoucef Benzerfa

End of Day 1c Chip Counts (full)

KaleGozer • Level 17: 3,000-6,000, 6,000 ante

Full counts to follow.

Jeffrey van Leeuwen NL
Jeffrey van Leeuwen
NL 804,000
Youcef Benzerfa fr
Youcef Benzerfa
fr 708,000 88,000
Gabriel Chiva ro
Gabriel Chiva
ro 705,000
Bruno Ayleke Galiano Pereira PT
Bruno Ayleke Galiano Pereira
PT 676,000 376,000
Cesar Plaza CA
Cesar Plaza
CA 645,000 260,000
Joseph Nassar us
Joseph Nassar
us 634,000
Jean-René Fontaine fr
Jean-René Fontaine
fr 622,000 622,000
Ran Ilani il
Ran Ilani
il 608,000
Marius Gicovanu ro
Marius Gicovanu
ro 574,000 -26,000
Julien Martini fr
Julien Martini
fr 565,000
Said Haho ma
Said Haho
ma 561,000
Yannick Autaa fr
Yannick Autaa
fr 529,000 529,000
Francesc Pallares Folch ES
Francesc Pallares Folch
ES 529,000 159,000
Arni Gunnarsson is
Arni Gunnarsson
is 525,000 115,000
Simeon Spasov bg
Simeon Spasov
bg 504,000 -66,000
Alessandro Giannelli it
Alessandro Giannelli
it 492,000
Ariel Celestino br
Ariel Celestino
br 485,000
Leonardo De Souza Alcantara BR
Leonardo De Souza Alcantara
BR 484,000
Zlatin Penev bg
Zlatin Penev
bg 481,000 -64,000
Michal Kolano PL
Michal Kolano
PL 480,000 20,000
David Martin Alejandre ES
David Martin Alejandre
ES 480,000
Stieven Razab-Sekh nl
Stieven Razab-Sekh
nl 475,000 230,000
Roger Taieb fr
Roger Taieb
fr 475,000 475,000
Michele Rinaldi it
Michele Rinaldi
it 473,000 473,000
Simon Mattsson se
Simon Mattsson
se 445,000

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David Hearn Bubbles Day 1c of the EPT National

KaleGozer • Level 17: 3,000-6,000, 6,000 ante
David Hearn (standing) bubbles
David Hearn (standing) bubbles

With the action already closed on a {5-Diamonds}{A-Spades}{9-Clubs}{6-Diamonds}{8-Diamonds} board, it as David Hearn who was all in for his final chips and called in two places. Hearn showed {A-Hearts}{Q-Spades} on showdown, but one of his adversaries tabled {J-Diamonds}{7-Diamonds} for a flush, making Hearn the last one to go home empty-handed.

The end of day chip counts and a recap follow.

David Hearn US
David Hearn
US Busted

Tags: David Hearn

[Removed:329] Survives Instant Classic All-in

KaleGozer • Level 17: 3,000-6,000, 6,000 ante
Marius Gicovanu vs. [Removed:328] vs. Foeke Deinum
Marius Gicovanu vs. [Removed:328] vs. Foeke Deinum

With hand-for-hand in play, Marius Gicovanu raised it up from the big stack. Behind him, [Removed:328] shoved all in for 41,500. Foeke Deinum was seated to his direct left and reshoved all in for 88,000. Gicovanu, with more than 600,000 in front of him, called as well to put two players at risk.

[Removed:328]: {K-Spades}{K-Clubs}
Foeke Deinum: {Q-Spades}{Q-Hearts}
Marius Gicovanu: {9-Diamonds}{6-Diamonds}

Seemingly half the room stormed towards the table to watch the action unfold, resulting in multiple rows of spectators around the table. Slowly, the dealer fanned out {A-Diamonds}{A-Hearts}{5-Diamonds}, which prompted a lot of "ooohs" from the crowd.

The turn brought the {Q-Diamonds} and the spectators jumped on their feet as Deinum took the lead with queens full. [Removed:329] was left drawing to the two remaining kings if he was to survive the EPT National bubble.

The dealer burned and turned the {K-Hearts} on the river, resulting in a massive roar from the crowd as soon as the king hit the felt. The flock of railbirds then erupted in a spontaneous round of applause in delight of the roller coaster they just witnessed. [Removed:329] veered up in delight and scooped the main pot, Deinum took the side pot and 281 players still remain.

[Removed:328] and Foeke Deinum
[Removed:328] (right, with cap) and Foeke Deinum (bottom right)
Marius Gicovanu ro
Marius Gicovanu
ro 600,000 600,000
[Removed:328] LT
[Removed:328]
LT 140,000 140,000
Foeke Deinum nl
Foeke Deinum
nl 46,500 46,500

Tags: Foeke DeinumMarius Gicovanu

Abribat Doubles Through 'The Weasel'

KaleGozer • Level 17: 3,000-6,000, 6,000 ante

Left short, Gauthler Abribat was down to 14,500 after posting the big blind ante and called all in after Sander van Wesemael had shoved in middle position.

Gauthler Abribat: {10-Spades}{6-Clubs}
Sander van Wesemael: {A-Spades}{K-Hearts}

The board ran out {J-Clubs}{10-Clubs}{J-Diamonds}{7-Diamonds}{4-Hearts} and Abribat spiked a ten to survive.

At another table, Adrian Garcia Galipienso was all in with {A-Hearts}{A-Spades} against {A-Clubs}{J-Hearts} and held up as well to keep the field at 282.

Adrian Garcia Galipienso ES
Adrian Garcia Galipienso
ES 190,000
Sander van Wesemael nl
Sander van Wesemael
nl 50,500 15,500
Gauthler Abribat FR
Gauthler Abribat
FR 37,000 13,500

Tags: Gauthler AbribatSander van WesemaelAdrian Garcia Galipienso

First All-ins Stay In

KaleGozer • Level 17: 3,000-6,000, 6,000 ante

Brou Stephane Laurent was the first all-in player at risk. Gauthler Abribat had shoved for 110,000 from under the gun and Laurent called all in for 86,500 from the big blind.

Gauthler Abribat: {10-Clubs}{10-Diamonds}
Brou Stephane Laurent: {K-Spades}{K-Diamonds}

The board ran out {A-Clubs}{6-Diamonds}{2-Clubs}{4-Diamonds}{9-Spades} and Laurent survived. At another table, a short-stacked player was all in for 41,500 with {K-Clubs}{K-Hearts} and chopped against {A-Spades}{Q-Clubs} after a straight came on board.

Brou Stephane Laurent FR
Brou Stephane Laurent
FR 180,000
Gauthler Abribat FR
Gauthler Abribat
FR 23,500

Tags: Gauthler AbribatBrou Stephane Laurent

Hand-for-Hand in Play

KaleGozer • Level 17: 3,000-6,000, 6,000 ante

The field quickly dropped to its final 282 players with Youcef Benzerfa seemingly in the lead with over 600,000 in chips. Hand-for-hand will be installed until the bubble has burst.

Youcef Benzerfa fr
Youcef Benzerfa
fr 620,000 200,000

Below 300

KaleGozer • Level 17: 3,000-6,000, 6,000 ante

294 players are left in Day 1c and 280 of them will find a bag to advance to Day 2.

Level:
17
Blinds:
3,000/6,000
Ante:
6,000