Day 2 Completed
Day 2 Completed
After another ten levels of exciting play here at the Casino Barcelona the PokerStars European Poker Tour National is through to Day 3, with just 49 players remaining.
From a total of 4,348 just 650 started the day and when the day ended at just after midnight local time it was Valentin Cristea who stood atop the chip counts.
Cristea came into the day with just 257,000, and managed to stay under the radar for most of the day until a late surge saw him reach five million just before dinner. He would extend that towards the end of the day, and would almost reach seven million before eventually bagging 6,830,000.
Other big stacks include Luis Rodriguez Cruz (6,765,000), Ludovic Geilich (5,365,000), Luis Faria (5,320,000), Yunsheng Sun (5,180,000) and Johann Zeitoun. These five players plus Cristea were the only ones to exceed five million when they bagged up for the end of the night.
Joining these players in Day 3 is defending champion Pedro Cairat who bagged 3,240,000. The Argentinian took home €432,178 last year for victory in this event, and today he was boosted by the late elimination of Aurelijus Stonys. Cairat held deuces against the Lithuanian's ace-ten. The flop had a ten, but the deuce on the turn flipped things around and Cairat held to eliminate his opponent.
Earlier in the day Day 1a chip leader Maksim Bura, Day 1c chip leader Youcef Benzerfa and Day 1d chip leader Faruk Tach all failed to make it through the day, with Tach describing himself as "card dead" all day before getting it in with eights against tens to bust the EPT National.
Day 1b chip leader Rui Nogueira Da Silva however will be heading through to Day 3 with a stack of 2,710,000, or just over average stack.
The payouts were also confirmed today, with the winner taking home €547,000. Every player who made it through to Day 2 was guaranteed €1,650 and some of the notables taking home at least that included. Felix Stephensen, former EPT champion Dominik Panka, both Jack and Louis Salter, Jason Wheeler, Walter Treccarichi, Jerome Sgorrano, Jonathan Abdellatif, Federico Butteroni, Joey Weissman, Heidi May and Ari Engel.
The 49 players are all guaranteed €9,500. Here are the remaining payouts.
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Day 2 of the EPT National has finished with 49 players after Denise Pratt busted in the final hand of the night. On the turn, the board was reading and Pratt raised all in for 750,000, Upeshka De Silva tank-folded, while Luis Faria immediately called.
Pratt was drawing to the remaining queens but neither appeared on the river, sealing her fate. She went off to the payout desk to collect her €9,500 in winnings while the other 49 players bagged for the night.
Santiago Soriano Ramos opened to 125,000 from middle position, Arni Gunnarsson three-bet to 255,000 on the button and Soriano called. On the flop, Sores Ramos checked, Gunnarsson shoved, and Sariano called all in for 730,000.
Santiago Soriano Ramos:
Soriano was one of the chipleaders just mere levels ago but now found himself all but drawing dead against the Icelander's top set. The turn and river completed the board and Soriano just missed out on the third day.
It folded to Rui Neves Ferreira in the small blind who moved all in for around 700,000 and Michael Wang called in the big blind.
Rui Neves Ferreira:
The board ran out with Wang's pair beating Ferreira's and sending the Portuguese player to the rail.
Luis Faria opened to 135,000 and Alexandru Anghel three-bet all in for around 800,000. Faria called.
The board ran out with the king on the turn securing Anghel the double up.
Julien Sitbon shoved all in for 650,000 on the button and Marco Silva Valente called from the big blind.
Marco Silva Valente:
Sitbon was racing for his tournament life but after Silva Valente connected on a it was over for the French pro.
The clock has been paused; five more hands will be played until chips are bagged and tagged for the night.
With 15 minutes to go in the day, Davide Della Longa raised to 200,000 from early position, Peter Turmezey three-bet shoved 455,000 in middle position and Della Longa snap-called.
Davide Della Longa:
The board ran out and Della Longa was left with 550,000 in chips.
In the hand afterwards, the Italian open-shoved from under the gun, Lior Shabtay three-bet shoved in late position, covering Della Longa, and the hands were tabled.
Davide Della Longa:
Della Longa was once again behind and failed to find help again on . He finished in 54th place, the first player to bust since Ari Engel, and became the first to collect the payjump to €9,500.