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Day 1a Completed

Former EPT Champion Wilinofsky Tops EPT Barcelona Main Event After Day 1a

KaleGozer • Level 10: 600-1,200, 1,200 ante
Ben Wilinofsky
Ben Wilinofsky

On the first of two starting days of the European Poker Tour Barcelona €5,300 EPT Main Event, a total of 554 unique players showed up to try and become the next EPT champion. 44 of them opted for the single reentry this tournament allows, setting the total amount of entries to 598. At the end of the day, 202 players made it through with a familiar name on top: Ben Wilinofsky.

The EPT7 Berlin champion went on a tear during the first ten levels and amassed 330,000 in chips, nearly 100k more than his nearest competitor Hoaxiang Wang (239,200). Wilinofsky had the rocket strapped to him from the start when he knocked out Max Silver with aces versus queens in the first level of the day. It was no looking back after that for the Canadian pro and he eventually ended the day with the substantial lead.

The French had a strong showing at the tables as well, with Kalidou Sow (220,000), Benjamin Pollak (215,000) and Antoine Labat (210,000) all bagging a top ten stack. Pollak put his name in contention for "who loves it more" as he jumped right in the Main Event after finishing fifth in the €100,000 Super High Roller earlier in the day for nearly half a million. Other top stacks on Day 1a were amassed by Miguel Use (229,900), Lawrence Bayley (224,200) and Upeshka De Silva (218,000).

The red spade saw their Olympic champion Fatima Moreira de Melo make it with 64,500 in chips. Randy Lew (queens into aces) and Celina Lin were among those that failed to find a bag and were joined on the rail by David Peters, Adrian Mateos and Dan Shak, who all busted twice, Anton Wigg, Daniel Dvoress, Alexandre Reard, Antoine Saout, Bart Lybaert and Joris Ruijs. Those that failed to advance can opt for a single reentry, which is allowed on either starting day. Two total entries is the maximum allowed, regardless of the day.

On Tuesday, cards will be back in the air for Day 1b of the EPT Main Event, where an even larger field is expected. The survivors of that day will join those that made it today on Wednesday, August 29, when Day 2 kicks off at noon. PokerNews covers the Main Event start to finish, so make sure to check back regularly as we crown the latest EPT champion here in Casino Barcelona!

Tags: Adrian MateosAlexandre ReardAntoine LabatAntoine SaoutAnton WiggBart LybaertBen WilinofskyBenjamin PollakCelina LinDan ShakDaniel DvoressDavid PetersFatima Moreira De MeloJoris RuijsKalidou SowLawrence BayleyMax SilverMiguel UseRandy LewUpeshka De Silva

End of Day 1a Chip Counts (full)

KaleGozer • Level 10: 600-1,200, 1,200 ante 2
Ben Wilinofsky ca 330,000 280,000
Haoxiang Wang cn 239,300 61,300
Miguel Use be 228,900 228,900
Lawrence Bayley gb 224,200 172,200
Kalidou Sow fr 220,000 58,000
Benjamin Pollak fr 219,800 174,800
Upeshka De Silva us 218,100 98,100
Antoine Labat fr 210,800 210,800
Adrian State gb 186,200
Luis Rodriguez Cruz es 182,400 17,400
Emmanuel Lopez Lasuen ar 175,000
Philippe Le Touche FR 173,600 108,600
Timothy Adams ca 173,000 140,000
Jason Lavallee ca 170,400 400
Felipe Costa br 170,000 -50,000
Emin Babayev az 169,800 39,800
Manuel Ruivo pt 169,800
Nan Hong cn 169,000
Marti Roca de Torres es 164,000 32,000
Harpreet Gill ca 163,200
Guntis Aleskins lv 161,500 -63,500
Enrico Camosci it 160,000
Joel Isla es 160,000 49,000
Shaun Deeb us 159,500 64,500
Elvis Petcu ro 158,500 63,500

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Day 1a is Done

KaleGozer • Level 10: 600-1,200, 1,200 ante

Day 1a has wrapped up. All chip counts and an end of day recap will follow.

Five More Hands

KaleGozer • Level 10: 600-1,200, 1,200 ante

The clock has been paused. Five more hands will be played until chips are bagged and tagged for the night.

Easy Knockouts for Costa and Cimbolas

KaleGozer • Level 10: 600-1,200, 1,200 ante

Felipe Costa is making a strong bid to become the overnight chipleader after knocking a player out. It was Eric Vallee who was all in for his last 17,500 with {K-Diamonds}{Q-Diamonds} and Costa called with {A-Diamonds}{10-Diamonds}. The {A-Clubs}{A-Spades}{10-Hearts} flop instantly ended it for Costa and Vallee let out a hearty chuckle.

Matas Cimbolas also added a scalp to his arsenal. The colorful Lithuanian called a 16,500 shove from the small blind in the big blind. Cimbolas was holding {K-Clubs}{Q-Hearts} and leagues ahead of his opponent's {Q-Diamonds}{8-Clubs}. The {A-Clubs}{10-Hearts}{2-Hearts}{A-Diamonds}{2-Spades} gave Cimbolas the win with his king kicker to move up to over 150k.

Felipe Costa br 220,000 43,000
Matas Cimbolas lt 155,000 23,000

Tags: Eric ValleeFelipe CostaMatas Cimbolas

"nanonoko" Eliminated

KaleGozer • Level 10: 600-1,200, 1,200 ante
Randy "nanonoko" Lew
Randy "nanonoko" Lew

After Randy Lew had raised, Jonathan Proudfoot three-bet to 7,000, Vladyslav Shalimov cold four-bet to 18,400 from the small blind, Lew five-bet shoved for 50,000, Proudfoot folded and Shalimov called.

Randy Lew: {Q-}{Q-}
Vladyslav Shalimov: {A-}{A-}

The board brought nothing but blanks for the Team PokerStars Online pro and he'll be back on Day 1b for his second attempt.

Randy Lew us Busted

Tags: Randy LewJonathan Proudfoot

Aleskins Over 200k

KaleGozer • Level 10: 600-1,200, 1,200 ante

Matas Cimbolas raised to 2,600 in middle position and Guntis Aleskins three-bet to 9,000 to his direct left. A recently moved player on the button cold four-bet shoved 32,800, which paused Cimbolas.

He slowly mucked after a minute of thought, while Aleskins splashed in the extra chips.

All-in player: {A-Clubs}{10-Hearts}
Guntis Aleskins: {K-Diamonds}{J-Diamonds}

"I'm not happy," Cimbolas grumbled.

The board ran out {K-Hearts}{9-Hearts}{4-Diamonds}{K-Clubs}{6-Diamonds} and Aleskins knocked out his opponent to soar over 200k.

Guntis Aleskins lv 225,000 65,000
Matas Cimbolas lt 132,000 -18,000

Tags: Guntis AleskinsMatas Cimbolas

Updated Counts

KaleGozer • Level 10: 600-1,200, 1,200 ante
Marco Regonaschi it 190,000 55,000
Felipe Costa br 177,000 177,000
Ali Tariq gb 170,000 170,000
Jason Lavallee ca 170,000 170,000
Luis Rodriguez Cruz es 165,000 122,000
Kalidou Sow fr 162,000 100,000
Jack Sinclair gb 146,000 6,000
Julien Pieffet fr 132,000 -15,000
Ben Heath gb 130,000 22,000
Tony Broekhof NL 117,000 32,000
Manuel Bardon es 112,000
Joel Isla es 111,000
Rocco Palumbo it 106,000 76,000
Noah Boeken nl 90,000 32,000
Ali Reza Fatehi ir 87,000 52,000
Miguel Gurrea Monton es 86,000 44,000
David Tovar gb 78,000
Juan Pardo es 75,000
Javier Gomez Zapatero es 74,000 -25,000
Daniel Gallardo ES 62,000
Jonathan Concepcion es 55,000 10,000
Fraser Macintyre gb 28,500 13,000
Stephen Chidwick gb 24,000 -4,000
Andras Nemeth hu 9,000 -16,000
David Peters us 2,000 2,000