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Haoxiang Wang Leads the EPT Barcelona Main Event Final Six

AaronMcBride • Level 31: 80,000-160,000, 160,000 ante
Haoxiang Wang
Haoxiang Wang

The final six of the 2018 PokerStars European Poker Tour Barcelona €5,300 Main Event is set after Day 5 saw seven players eliminated from the proceedings.

Haoxiang Wang (16,200,000) will return as the chip leader after he saw his stack rise early in the day and continued his momentum into the final table. Piotr Nurzynski is close behind on 15,425,000 with Ognyan Dimov in third place on 10,125,000. Matthias Tikerpe will return with 7,100,000, and the line-up is completed by the Portuguese duo of Pedro Marques (6,925,000) and Rodrigo Carmo (2,000,000).

Dimov is still in with a shot of becoming only the second-ever player in EPT history to win two Main Events after Vicky Coren-Mitchell.

Ognyan Dimov
Ognyan Dimov

Seat Assignments for the Final Day

SeatPlayerCountryChip CountBig Blinds
1Matthias TikerpeEstonia7,100,00035
2Piotr NurzynskiPoland15,425,00077
3Rodrigo CarmoPortugal2,000,00010
4Haoxiang WangChina16,200,00081
5Pedro MarquesPortugal6,950,00035
6Ognyan DimovBulgaria10,125,00050

Remaining Payouts

PlacePrize (in EUR)Prize (in USD)
1€1,611,500$1,870,178
2€859,050$996,945
3€590,000$684,707
4€424,250$492,353
5€354,200$411,056
6€287,050$333,127

Results of Day 5 at a Glance

PlaceWinnerCountryPrize (in EUR)Prize (in USD)
7Mark BuckleyIreland€220,000$255,314
8Patrick ClarkeIreland€155,000$179,881
9John JuandaIndonesia€118,265$137,249
10Georges HannaLebanon€98,900$114,775
11Fabiano KovalskiBrazil€98,900$114,775
12Ben HeathUnited Kingdom€88,250$102,416
13Danny TangHong Kong€88,250$102,416

Action of the day
Danny Tang was the first player to exit on Day 5 when Pedro Marques hit a full house against him. Tang held ace-nine on the three-three-deuce-ten-nine board, but Marques had ten-three. Tang was put to the ultimate test on the river when Marques put him all in. Tang threw all of his time bank cards into the middle, ultimately made the call and saw the bad news before he departed in 13th place for €88,250.

Ben Heath (12th place - €88,250), Fabiano Kovalski (11th - €98,900) and Georges Hanna (10th - €98,900) also missed out on a spot at the unofficial final table.

In a pivotal hand that set the tone for the day, Kovalski lost a 10m chip pot against Haoxiang Wang, when he called an all in with pocket jacks only to see Wang reveal pocket kings. Wang held to take the chip lead at the time with Kovalski left short and the latter departed shortly afterward.

Haoxiang Wang
Haoxiang Wang

When the final nine sat down to battle, there was not one, but two former EPT champions remaining in the form of Dimov and John Juanda. Both were looking to become only the second person to win two EPT Main Events, but Juanda's dream was not alive for long, and it was Dimov that ended it.

In a classic coinflip situation, Juanda needed to hold with pocket tens against Dimov's ace-queen. The queen-three-three flop saw Dimov take the lead and by the river he had hit two pair to eliminated Juanda in 9th place for €118,265.

John Juanda
John Juanda

At this point, Dimov and Wang had full control of the table, and the other players were all just trying to outlast each other to attain a vital pay jump.

In the line-up for final eight was the Irish duo of Patrick Clarke and Mark Buckley, but by the end of the day, both had exited.

Clarke was first to depart when he made a move from the small blind with pocket nines. Piotr Nurzynski had raised from under the gun and saw both Haoxiang Wang and Pedro Marques call. With the action on Clarke, he moved all in for close to 30 big blinds. Nurzynski asked for a count before he reshoved, which got Wang and Marques, who held pocket tens, to fold.

Nurzynski had Clarke crushed with pocket aces, and the board confirmed Clarke's elimination in 8th place for €155,000.

After seeing his compatriot depart the table, Buckley was looking for better luck, but he ultimately had the same fate as Clarke, with Nurzynski scoring another knockout.

Buckley had called a raise from Nurzynski in the big blind with jack-ten, and the jack-deuce-deuce flop gave him two pair. Buckley opted to check-shove on Nurzynski and was called. Nurzynski held ace-king suited for the nut flush draw and hit on the queen of clubs turn to take the lead. Buckley needed to hit a full house on the river but it was not to be, and he walked away in 7th place for €220,000.

With the field down to six, they played out the remaining 25 minutes of the level before they bagged their chips and will return on Sunday, September, 2 at noon local time.

PokerNews will be back with all the coverage of the final day as the PokerStars European Tour Barcelona Main Event champion is crowned.

Matthias Tikerpe and Estonian Rail
Matthias Tikerpe and Estonian Rail

Tags: Ben HeathDanny TangFabiano KovalskiGeorges HannaHaoxiang WangJohn JuandaMark BuckleyMatthias TikerpeOgnyan DimovPatrick ClarkePedro MarquesPiotr NurzynskiRodrigo CarmoVicky Coren

Ace High Win for Marques

AaronMcBride • Level 31: 80,000-160,000, 160,000 ante

The action folded around to Haoxiang Wang on the button, and he raised to 350,000 with {10-Hearts}{6-Hearts}. Pedro Marques was in the big blind with {a-Spades}{10-Spades} and opted to call.

Both players checked on the {5-Diamonds}{2-Spades}{8-Diamonds} flop before Marques check-called a delayed continuation bet from Wang on the {3-Clubs} turn.

The action was checked to a showdown on the {q-Hearts} river, and Marques took one of the last pots of the day with ace high.

Haoxiang Wang cn 15,400,000 320,000
Pedro Marques pt 7,100,000 -210,000

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Marques Chips Up

zedmaster84 • Level 31: 80,000-160,000, 160,000 ante

Haoxiang Wang raised to 350,000 in the small blind with the {A-Clubs}{10-Diamonds} and Pedro Marques called in the big blind with {J-Spades}{2-Spades}. The two players headed to a flop of {9-Spades}{6-Hearts}{5-Diamonds} and a bet of 355,000 by Wang did the trick.

One hand later, Wang raised on the button to 350,000 with the {10-Hearts}{6-Hearts} and Marques called in the small blind with {A-Spades}{10-Spades}. The flop brought {8-Diamonds}{5-Diamonds}{2-Spades} and Marques checked, Wang checked behind. After the {3-Clubs} turn, Wang checked and called a delayed continuation bet worth 400,000 to pick up a call from Marques. There was no further action on the {Q-Hearts} river and Marques scooped the pot.

Haoxiang Wang cn 15,080,000 195,000
Pedro Marques pt 7,310,000 560,000

Tags: Haoxiang WangPedro Marques

Carmo Hits Two Pair

AaronMcBride • Level 31: 80,000-160,000, 160,000 ante

Rodrigo Carmo raised to 320,000 from under the gun and saw Matthias Tikerpe call in the small blind {9-Spades}{9-Diamonds}, and Piotr Nurzynski call in the big blind with {3-Spades}{3-Hearts}.

The flop came down {7-Spades}{a-Hearts}{q-Clubs}, and the players in the blinds checked to Rodrigo Carmo whose continuation bet was enough to win the pot after both players folded.

Tags: Matthias TikerpePiotr NurzynskiRodrigo Carmo

Carmo Picks Up Some Chips

zedmaster84 • Level 31: 80,000-160,000, 160,000 ante

Rodrigo Carmo raised to 350,000 with the {A-Diamonds}{Q-Diamonds} and Matthias Tikerpe called in the small blind with {9-Spades}{9-Diamonds}, as did Piotr Nurzynski in the big blind with {3-Spades}{3-Hearts}. The flop of {A-Hearts}{Q-Clubs}{7-Spades} gave Carmo top two pair and his small bet of 350,000 got rid of both opponents.

Ognyan Dimov raised to 350,000 with {A-Clubs}{6-Spades} and Nurzynski flat-called with {A-Spades}{Q-Hearts} in the small blind. Carmo also called with {Q-Clubs}{9-Clubs} in the big blind and the three players checked the {K-Spades}{9-Spades}{2-Clubs} flop. On the {7-Spades} turn, Nurzynski bet 700,000 and two folds followed.

Piotr Nurzynski pl 16,060,000 380,000
Ognyan Dimov bg 10,800,000 -350,000
Matthias Tikerpe ee 6,320,000 -320,000
Rodrigo Carmo PT 3,060,000 300,000

Tags: Matthias TikerpeOgnyan DimovPiotr NurzynskiRodrigo Carmo

Tikerpe Doubles Through Dimov Part Two

zedmaster84 • Level 31: 80,000-160,000, 160,000 ante
Matthias Tikerpe and Estonian Rail
Matthias Tikerpe and Estonian Rail

Ognyan Dimov limped the button with the {A-Clubs}{8-Spades} and Matthias Tikerpe moved all in from the big blind for 3.24 million with the {A-Diamonds}{9-Clubs}. Dimov asked for a count and used one time bank before calling.

Both players hit a pair on the {9-Diamonds}{8-Clubs}{7-Diamonds} flop, and the {3-Spades} turn and the {5-Hearts} river secured the second double up for Tikerpe in quick succession.

Matthias Tikerpe
Matthias Tikerpe
Ognyan Dimov bg 11,150,000 -3,235,000
Matthias Tikerpe ee 6,640,000 3,240,000

Tags: Matthias TikerpeOgnyan Dimov

Mark Buckley Eliminated in 7th Place (€220,000)

AaronMcBride • Level 31: 80,000-160,000, 160,000 ante
Mark Buckley
Mark Buckley

Piotr Nurzynski raised to 350,000 from early position with {a-Clubs}{k-Clubs} and saw Mark Buckley call in the big blind with {j-Hearts}{10-Diamonds}.

Buckley checked with two pair on the {j-Clubs}{2-Diamonds}{2-Clubs}, and Nurzynski bet 300,000 with the nut flush draw. Buckley opted to move all in for 2.5m and was snap-called.

Nurzynski was looking to hit his flush or pair his over cards, and when the {q-Clubs} hit the turn, he did exactly that to take the lead with the nut flush.

Buckley needed to hit a full house on the river to survive, but the {6-Diamonds} was no help to him, and the Irishman exited in 7th place for €220,000.

With six players remaining the final 25 minutes of the level will be played before play is concluded on Day 5.

Piotr Nurzynski pl 15,680,000 2,760,000
Haoxiang Wang cn 14,885,000 395,000
Ognyan Dimov bg 14,385,000 745,000
Pedro Marques pt 6,750,000 -80,000
Matthias Tikerpe ee 3,400,000 -80,000
Rodrigo Carmo PT 2,760,000
Mark Buckley ie Busted

Tags: Mark BuckleyPiotr Nurzynski

Marques Takes One Off Wang

zedmaster84 • Level 31: 80,000-160,000, 160,000 ante

Haoxiang Wang raised to 350,000 in the small blind with the {10-Spades}{6-Clubs} and Pedro Marques called in the big blind with {K-Hearts}{Q-Hearts}. On the {Q-Clubs}{10-Hearts}{8-Clubs} flop, Wang checked and Marques made it 375,000 to go, which Wang called.

After the {4-Spades} turn, Wang checked once again and Marques bet 1.1 million. Wang cut out calling chips, played with them and stared over at the stack of his opponent before making the call. The {A-Spades} fell on the river and both players quickly checked to see Marques scoop the pot.

Haoxiang Wang cn 14,490,000 -2,290,000
Pedro Marques pt 6,830,000 1,625,000

Tags: Haoxiang WangPedro Marques