MSPT Showdown Series
€5,300 EPT Main Event

Mattsson Tops 191 Remaining Players on Day 2; Shorr and Cai Bag Big

zedmaster84 • Level 16: 2,500-5,000, 5,000 ante
Simon Mattsson

All Day 1 survivors of the record-breaking 2019 PokerStars EPT Barcelona €5,300 EPT Main Event combined to one field for the first time in the Salon Gaudi at Casino Barcelona and a new attendance record was already secured before the cards went back in the air.

However, the late registration for the flagship tournament of the festival remained open until the start of the day and another 28 entries boosted the field size to 1,988 entries to create a prize pool of €9,641,800.

With more than 700 players returning to their seats, tournament staff added an additional sixth level of 90 minutes to the schedule and not only did the money bubble burst, but the field was cut down all the way to just 191 survivors.

When it came to bagging and tagging, just two players boasted a stack of more than 1 million in chips and it was Simon "C. Darwin2" Mattsson that claimed the lead with 1,191,000 ahead of Alexis Ibarrola (1,069,000).

Other big stacks at the conclusion of Day 2 belong to Andres Korn (974,000), Jean Ferreira (910,000), Stefan Fabian (810,000), Marian Mik (792,000), Ben Farrell (760,000), Shannon Shorr (734,000), and Diego Falcone (698,000). Zhen Cai, who finished 6th in the 2019 WSOP Main Event, also made it through with a very healthy stack of 648,000 along with Martins Adeniya (536,000) and French rapper and TV personality Bruno "Kool Shen" Lopes (508,000).

Fatima Moreira de Melo
Fatima Moreira de Melo sole remaining PokerStars ambassador after Day 2

Among the PokerStars ambassadors, only Fatima Moreira de Melo bagged up chips for Day 3. The former hockey professional from the Netherlands claimed 236,000 to her name. Fellow ambassadors Leo Fernandez, Kalidou Sow, and Maria Konnikova were eliminated before the money while Steve Enriquez hit the rail in 224th place for €9,160.

Many other big names had to leave without anything to show for such as back-to-back Single-Day High Rolle champion Juan Pardo, Michael Addamo, Freddy Deeb, Ben Heath, Mustapha Kanit, Bryn Kenney, defending champion Piotr Nurzynski, Anthony Zinno, Kristen Bicknell and Mike Watson were just some of them that ran out of chips without anything to show for.

The money bubble itself was a brief affair as hand-for-hand never kicked in. Two players away from the money the clocks were stopped to verify the number of remaining hopefuls and in the first hand after that, two eliminations on different tables let the bubble burst. Kent Røed got it in with top pair and a gutshot only to run into a flopped straight and it was Carlos Branco that ended up as the bubble boy when he lost a flip with ace-king against the jacks of Alexis Urli.

Carlos Branco
Carlos Branco bubbles the 2019 EPT Barcelona Main Event

More than 100 players would head to the payout desk after the bubble to collect their winnings. Among them were Anton Wigg, Day 1a chip leader Benjamin Chalot, Sergio Aido, Dario Sammartino, Morten Mortensen, Leo Margets, Brian Green, Tony Dunst, and Mark Teltscher.

Patrik Antonius limp-shoved with pocket fives in a battle of the blinds and was called by Joao Monte Studart with ace-ten suited to see a ten appear on the river. Pedro Marques ran with ace-queen into ace-king and Martin Jacobson ended up second-best with pocket fives against the king-queen of Keisuke Hikosaka in the final level of the night.

All remaining 191 hopefuls will return to their seats at 12 p.m. noon local time, the blinds will recommence at 3,000-6,000 and a big blind ante of 6,000. A 30-second shot clock will be in play as of Day 3 and for the remainder of the tournament. Another six levels of 90 minutes are scheduled with a 75-minute dinner break upon completion of the fourth level.

The minimum payout locked up so far is €10,030, but all contenders in the biggest EPT Main Event in Barcelona have their hopes set on the massive top prize of €1,659,000. Stay tuned who makes it one step closer to writing history at Casino Barcelona, the PokerNews team will provide all the action from start-to-finish.

Main Event Day 3 Seat Draw

TableSeatPlayerCountryChip CountBig Blinds
11Joshua JonesUnited Kingdom236,00039
12Matheus Cunha GuimaraesBrazil133,00022
13Rodrigo Marques CarmoPortugal160,00027
14Ema ZajmovicCanada260,00043
15Joao Monte StudartBrazil512,00085
16Ajay GnanasambanthanUnited States70,00012
17Simon MattssonSweden1,191,000199
18Leandro BustilloArgentina602,000100
21Alexander IvarssonSweden176,00029
22Fabiano KovalskiBrazil184,00031
23Louis NybergSweden555,00093
24Niklas AstedtSweden220,00037
25Kaspars KalnozolsLatvia450,00075
26Kunal Manohar PunjwaniIndia242,00040
27Paul Van OortNetherlands11,0002
28Manuel FritzAustria150,00025
31Rodrigo De Barros SemeghiniBrazil516,00086
32Balakrishna Reddy PaturUnited States381,00064
33Markku KoplimaaEstonia246,00041
34Ermo KoskEstonia75,00013
35Marian MikUkraine792,000132
36Adrian LazarRomania286,00048
37Ignacio Moron ChaveroSpain398,00066
38Sergio CoutinhoPortugal559,00093
41Yunye LuChina294,00049
42Dragos TrofimovMoldova218,00036
43Ut Tam VoFrance633,000106
44Norberto LopezSpain432,00072
45Denys ChufarinUkraine290,00048
46Andreas VlachosGreece195,00033
47Silvio CostaPortugal384,00064
48Andrew LeathemUnited Kingdom282,00047
51Timur MargolinIsrael72,00012
52Stefan FabianRomania810,000135
53Dengdong HuangChina220,00037
54Jussi HakkanenFinland143,00024
55Gaelle BaumannFrance386,00064
56Molly MosseyUnited States309,00052
57Benjamin SaadaFrance151,00025
58Ramandeep Singh GujralIndia173,00029
61Rui SousaPortugal561,00094
62Maksim ShornikauBelarus197,00033
63Heinz SchlueterGermany232,00039
64Viktor KatzenbergerHungary219,00037
65Sahil ChuttaniIndia483,00081
66Jean FerreiraCanada910,000152
67Harry LodgeUnited Kingdom455,00076
68Gheorghe PodoveiRomania67,00011
71Roberto MachadoPortugal229,00038
72Cyril Monbrun-MassotFrance268,00045
73Alex FoxenUnited States228,00038
74Oleg NikolaenkoRussia98,00016
75Zhen CaiUnited States648,000108
76Jussi HietalahtiFinland235,00039
77Daniel TangUnited Kingdom51,0009
78Ryhor KarapanauBelarus486,00081
81Jack O'NeillUnited Kingdom110,00018
82Simon BrandstromSweden509,00085
83Nicola GriecoItaly336,00056
84Jeremy PalviniFrance98,00016
85Andre MarquesPortugal55,0009
86Lukas ZaskodnyCzech Republic290,00048
87Thiago Signorelli VianaBrazil546,00091
88Silviu BaltateanuRomania385,00064
92Quan ZhouChina82,00014
93Isaac HaxtonUnited States190,00032
94Istvan BirizdoHungary230,00038
95Robert HeidornGermany370,00062
96Gonzalo PelaezArgentina490,00082
97Lander LijoSpain116,00019
98Giovani TorrePortugal436,00073
101Ori Shay MendiIsrael267,00045
102Aymon HataUnited Kingdom179,00030
103Nikolay PonomarevUnited Kingdom193,00032
104Artur MartirosianRussia649,000108
105Jorge AbreuPortugal69,00012
106Nicola BordignonItaly111,00019
107Ben FarrellUnited Kingdom760,000127
108Cassio KilesBrazil126,00021
111Mustafa BizTurkey288,00048
112Lucas ReevesUnited Kingdom352,00059
113Miguel LopesPortugal513,00086
114Timothy AdamsCanada360,00060
115Griffin BengerCanada160,00027
116Steve BerdahFrance378,00063
117Jiayuan LiuChina321,00054
118Yilong WangChina237,00040
121Daniel DvoressCanada65,00011
122Raul MartinezSpain403,00067
123Andres KornArgentina974,000162
124Luuk GielesNetherlands103,00017
125Michal SchuhCzech Republic112,00019
126Josef HuberSwitzerland133,00022
127Luiz Duarte Ferreira FilhoBrazil296,00049
128Dejan KaladurdevicMontenegro312,00052
131Bart LybaertBelgium212,00035
132Sergi ReixachSpain282,00047
133Ajay ChabraUnited States123,00021
134Fabien MotteFrance553,00092
135Jonathan Ben SoussanFrance307,00051
136Daniil KiselevRussia172,00029
137Ivan StokesUnited Kingdom246,00041
138Emmanuel RapinierFrance237,00040
141Angel GuillenMexico3,0001
142Guillaume DiazFrance111,00019
143Mykhailo GutyiUkraine523,00087
144Ryan TosocUnited States168,00028
145Adam JonssonSweden733,000122
146Rodrigo Borges MendesBrazil94,00016
147Florian JouvenetFrance180,00030
148Klemens RoiterAustria591,00099
151Hassan KamelNew Zealand386,00064
152Stefan JedlickaAustria319,00053
153Boris VelevBulgaria184,00031
154Robert MizrachiUnited States62,00010
155Alen AlencarBrazil466,00078
156Fatima Moreira De MeloNetherlands236,00039
157Alexis IbarrolaFrance1,069,000178
158John HanaphyIreland183,00031
161Michael SchmitzGermany372,00062
162Anton YakubaRussia173,00029
163Mauro FrancoliniItaly277,00046
164Ivan RaichArgentina255,00043
165Thiago CremaBrazil297,00050
166Alexis UrliCanada320,00053
167Viktor UstimovRussia547,00091
168Johnny NedvedBelgium587,00098
171Sergey KonovalovRussia160,00027
172Bruno DesimoniBrazil175,00029
173Corbin WhiteUnited States95,00016
174Kimmo KurkoFinland186,00031
176Bartlomiej MachonPoland533,00089
177Audrius NavickasLithuania160,00027
178Gianluca SperanzaItaly629,000105
181Nilo RodriguezArgentina49,0008
182Ben LaiHong Kong400,00067
183Bruno LopesFrance508,00085
184Florian DutaRomania81,00014
185Diego FalconeSpain698,000116
186Jonas Ten CateNetherlands71,00012
187Louis SalterUnited Kingdom384,00064
188Tomas PaivaPortugal228,00038
191Jovan JojicSerbia100,00017
192Philippe D'AuteuilCanada60,00010
193Muhamet PeratiItaly171,00029
194Fikret KovacBosnia and Herzegovina233,00039
195Matthew LambrechtUnited States54,0009
196Shannon ShorrUnited States734,000122
197Navot GolanIsrael313,00052
198Eduardo Moreno CardigoPortugal112,00019
201Pete ChenTaiwan295,00049
202Ramiro PetroneArgentina722,000120
203Martins AdeniyaUnited Kingdom536,00089
204Naor SlobodskoyIsrael472,00079
205Kully SidhuUnited Kingdom650,000108
206Johan StoraakersSweden156,00026
207Ioannis ZachmanidisGreece331,00055
208Kelvin KerberBrazil166,00028
211Keisuke HikosakaJapan508,00085
212Andrii DerzhypilskiyUkraine195,00033
213Marton CzuczorHungary391,00065
214Paul Pires TrigoFrance390,00065
215Yuri MartinsBrazil367,00061
216Eduardo Cappellaro RodriguesBrazil347,00058
217Luc GreenwoodCanada65,00011
218Andrew WilsonUnited Kingdom249,00042
221Arsenii KarmatckiiRussia150,00025
222Gianfranco IaculliItaly151,00025
223Sabo CeylanSweden582,00097
224Michael HooperCanada371,00062
225Luis Duarte FerreiraBrazil311,00052
226Anton SidenSweden160,00027
227Enrique Rodriguez CabanillasSpain317,00053
228Peter ChienCanada91,00015
231Francois BillardCanada228,00038
232Ramin HajiyevAzerbaijan113,00019
233Felipe SalgadoBrazil710,000118
234Padraig O'NeillIreland210,00035
235Jerry OdeenSweden483,00081
236Barak WisbrodIsrael625,000104
237Pasquale BracoItaly618,000103
238Joe MouawadLebanon105,00018
241Mihai ManoleRomania341,00057
242Jorge Ramella PirizUruguay292,00049
243Bardh ShalaNorway190,00032
244Leonardo PatacconiItaly344,00057
245Jan KesanenFinland142,00024
246Xia LinChina480,00080
247Goran MandicCroatia148,00025
248Luis RodriguezSpain132,00022

Tags: Alexis IbarrolaAlexis UrliAndres KornAnton WiggBryn KenneyCarlos BrancoFatima Moreira De MeloJean FerreiraKeisuke HikosakaLeo FernandezMaria KonnikovaMarian MikMartin JacobsonMartins AdeniyaMustapha KanitPatrik AntoniusPedro MarquesPiotr NurzynskiShannon ShorrStefan FabianSteve EnriquezTony DunstZhen Cai