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Mark Buckley Leads Final 56 in PokerStars EPT Barcelona Main Event

will_shill • Level 21: 8,000-16,000, 16,000 ante
Mark Buckley
Mark Buckley

With just 56 players left in the PokerStars European Poker Tour Barcelona Main Event, it is Irishman Mark Buckley who is chip leader.

The chip lead jumped between half a dozen players in the final few levels of the day before Buckley bagged 2,650,000 to top the pile heading into Day 4.

Close behind him is Brazilian Fabiano Kovalski (2,530,000) and Matthias Tikerpe (2,325,000), the latter of which eliminated Shaun Deeb (61st - €19,760) in the last level of the night to move to around the two million mark.

There are plenty of big names also still in contention including EPT champion Ognyan Dimov (1,730,000) and 2015 EPT Barcelona champion John Juanda (1,210,000). PokerStars Championship Prague winner Kalidou Sow started the day with just five big blinds, but ended up bagging a comfortable 1,450,000. But today saw the last remaining PokerStars Team Pro bust in brutal fashion. Jaime Staples (60th - €19,760) flopped a set of fours against the set of sixes of Ben Heath and when the board paired on the turn, the pair proceeded to get it in on the river and Staples was eliminated.

Unfortunately, former EPT Champions Benny Spindler (204th - €9,740), Patrik Antonius (196th - €9,740), Niall Farrell (149th - €10,770), Jens Kyllonen (137th - €12,080), Michael Tureniec (76th - €16,670) and Dominik Panka (64th - €19,760) won’t be adding another title to their poker resumes.

Short-stacked at the beginning of the day, Viktor Blom was among the early casualties collecting a Day 2 min-cash of €8,900, with last year’s PokerStars Championship Barcelona winner Sebastian Sorensson not far behind them (197th - €9,740), with Sorensson losing out to Frenchman Julien Sitbon in the early stages of the day.

Eric Lenoir
Eric Lenoir Wins a Platinum Pass at the Start of Day 2 in the Main Event

Other notables include former professional footballer [Removed:30] (174th - €10,770), Anatoly Filatov (162nd - €10,770), Pedro Cairat (120th - €12,080), Leo Margets (€14,330), Day 2 Pineapple Flip Out Platinum Pass winner Eric Lenoir (117th - €14,330), Fernando Pons (100th - €14,330), Mustapha Kanit (92nd - €16,670), former EPT San Remo runner-up Jason Lavallee (77th - €16,670) and Mark Radoja (58th - €19,760).

Other eliminations today included Day 2 chip leader Ben Wilinofsky, who was eliminated in 123rd place (€12,080)when both he and Renato Kaneoya flopped trips, with Kaneoya emerging as the first major contender for overall chip leader.

Victor Chong and Ognyan Dimov were both among the big stacks in the room before Buckley’s first big break came when he eliminated Tony Broekhof in Level 19. Broekhof held top pair and called the shove from Buckley, but the Irishman showed an overpair in kings to send his opponent to the rail.

He chipped up further with pocket aces against Simon Mattsson, before a set of twos eliminated Yi Ang Lin from the Main Event.
There was a late surge from Fabiano Kovalski, and Buckley was not infallible in the latter stages, but he held on and will take a healthy stack of 132 big blinds through to Day 4.

You can catch all the updates live on PokerNews.com from the Casino Barcelona as we get closer to crowning the latest EPT Champion.

Tags: Anatoly FilatovBen HeathBen WilinofskyBenny SpindlerDominik PankaEric LenoirFabiano KovalskiFernandoFernando PonsJaime StaplesJens KyllonenJohn JuandaJulien SitbonKalidou SowLeo MargetsMark BuckleyMatthias TikerpeMichael TureniecMustapha KanitNiall FarrellOgnyan DimovPatrik AntoniusPedroPedro CairatRenato KaneoyaSebastian SorenssonShaun DeebSimon MattssonTony BroekhofVictor ChongViktor Blom

Day 4 Seating and Chip Counts

KaleGozer • Level 21: 8,000-16,000, 16,000 ante
TableSeatPlayerCountryChip CountBig Blinds
11Rifat PalevicSweden1,050,00053
12Mykhailo GutyiUkraine1,330,00067
13Enrico De RosaItaly1,925,00096
14Anthony ChimkovitchBelgium540,00027
15Nariman YaghmaiIran635,00032
16Ben HeathUK1,400,00070
17Patrick ClarkeIreland1,150,00058
18Georges HannaLebanon375,00019
      
21Ali TariqUK850,00043
22Piotr NurzynskiPoland1,390,00070
23Martin AlfonsinArgentina215,00011
24Jiri HorakCzech Republic435,00022
25Jamie O'ConnorUK1,840,00092
26Salem CherratiFrance465,00023
27Mark BuckleyIreland2,650,000133
28Ognyan DimovBulgaria1,720,00086
      
31Andres KornArgentina1,445,00072
32Luke HawardUK610,00031
33Klas LofbergSweden425,00021
34Nan HongChina295,00015
35David PetrzelkaCzech Republic1,105,00055
36Raul MartinezSpain125,0006
37Rodrigo Marques CarmoPortugal2,175,000109
38Renato KaneoyaBrazil1,710,00086
      
41Julien SitbonFrance1,450,00073
42Victor ChongMalaysia1,060,00053
43David Pedro LejaSpain1,325,00066
44Hongbin GuoAustralia35,0002
45Upeshka De SilvaUSA615,00031
46Dimitrios MichailidisGreece1,135,00057
47Tom AlnerUK1,530,00077
48Haoxiang WangChina1,850,00093
      
51Rui FerreiraPortugal1,160,00058
52Johan StorakersSweden930,00047
53Simon MattssonSweden895,00045
54Shakhabiddin MuradovLatvia730,00037
55Leonardo ParmiggianiItaly745,00037
56Pedro MarquesPortugal1,090,00055
57Renjun YangChina250,00013
58John JuandaIndonesia1,210,00061
      
61Serhii HolodiukUkraine810,00041
62Michael Chi ZhangUK180,0009
63Aleksei GortikovRussia545,00027
64Danny TangUK1,155,00058
65Fabiano KovalskiBrazil2,530,000127
66Alexandre ReardFrance260,00013
67Oliver WeisGermany1,485,00074
68Joel Isla GonzaloSpain485,00024
      
71Jack WuTaiwan325,00016
72Siarhei ChudapalBelarus665,00033
73Matthias TikerpeEstonia2,350,000118
74Stefan JedlickaAustria650,00033
75Kalidou SowFrance1,450,00073
76Benjamin PollakFrance795,00040
77Marius ConanFrance1,370,00069
78Denys ShafikovUkraine960,00048

End of Day Chip Counts (full)

will_shill • Level 21: 8,000-16,000, 16,000 ante
Mark Buckley ie 2,650,000 -50,000
Fabiano Kovalski br 2,530,000 -220,000
Matthias Tikerpe ee 2,350,000 400,000
Rodrigo Carmo PT 2,175,000 115,000
Enrico De Rosa IT 1,925,000 -175,000
Haoxiang Wang cn 1,850,000 1,160,000
Jamie O'Connor gb 1,840,000 890,000
Ognyan Dimov bg 1,720,000 70,000
Renato Kaneoya br 1,710,000 210,000
Tom Alner gb 1,530,000 280,000
Oliver Weis de 1,485,000 335,000
Julien Sitbon fr 1,450,000 270,000
Kalidou Sow fr 1,450,000 980,000
Andres Korn ar 1,445,000 595,000
Ben Heath gb 1,400,000 593,000
Piotr Nurzynski pl 1,390,000 -710,000
Marius Conan fr 1,370,000 570,000
Mykhailo Gutyi ua 1,330,000 755,000
David Pedro Leja MX 1,325,000 610,000
John Juanda id 1,210,000 430,000
Rui Neves Ferreira PT 1,160,000 -182,000
Danny Tang hk 1,155,000 405,000
Patrick Clarke ie 1,150,000 -100,000
Dimitrios Michailidis gr 1,135,000 252,000
David Petrzelka cz 1,105,000 104,000

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Three More Hands

will_shill • Level 21: 8,000-16,000, 16,000 ante

Players in the PokerStars EPT Barcelona Main Event will play three more hands before they bag at the end of Day 3.

Last Team PokerStars Pro Jaime Staples Eliminated

will_shill • Level 21: 8,000-16,000, 16,000 ante
Jamie Staples
Jamie Staples

Jaime Staples raised to 35,000 and Ben Heath called on the button. The flop came {4-Spades}{6-Diamonds}{k-Hearts} and Staples check-called 33,000.

The turn was the {k-Spades} and Staples again check-called 94,000.

The river was the {10-Diamonds}. Staples checked for a third time and Heath moved all in. Staples rechecked his cards before calling with {4-Hearts}{4-Diamonds} for his last 399,000. Unfortunately for him, Heath held {6-Hearts}{6-Clubs} for a bigger full house and the last Team PokerStars Pro in the EPT Barcelona Main Event was eliminated.

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Team PokerStars Online Jaime Staples got eliminated late on Day 3
Jaime Staples ca Busted

Tags: Ben HeathJaime Staples

Juanda Doubles Through Horak

will_shill • Level 21: 8,000-16,000, 16,000 ante

John Juanda opened and Jiri Horak three-bet from the blinds. Juanda called and the flop came {10-Spades}{4-Hearts}{10-Clubs}. Horak put out a continuation bet and Juanda called.

Horak bet again on the {2-Spades} turn and Juanda moved all in for just over 350,000. Horak called.

John Juanda: {q-Diamonds}{10-Diamonds}
Jiri Horak: {j-}{j-}

The river was the {a-Diamonds} and Juanda doubled up with 15 minutes left in the day.

John Juanda id 780,000 150,000
Jiri Horak cz 440,000 -450,000

Tags: Jiri HorakJohn Juanda

Tang Doubles Through Chong

will_shill • Level 21: 8,000-16,000, 16,000 ante
Danny Tang
Danny Tang

Danny Tang opened to 34,000 and Victor Chong three-bet to 110,000 from the small blind. Tang called.

Chong check-called a bet from Tang on the {9-Clubs}{8-Diamonds}{8-Hearts} flop and the turn was the {q-Diamonds}. Both players checked.

The river was the {5-Spades}. Chong moved all in and Tang eventually called for his last 309,000.

"Good call Danny," said Chong turning over {a-Clubs}{j-Hearts} as Tang showed {q-Spades}{k-Clubs} to win the pot.

Victor Chong my 980,000 -570,000
Danny Tang hk 750,000 175,000

Tags: Danny TangVictor Chong