2019 PokerStars.es EPT Barcelona

€5,300 EPT Main Event
Day: 1a
Event Info

2019 PokerStars.es EPT Barcelona

Final Results
Winning Hand
Event Info
Prize Pool
Level Info
200,000 / 400,000
Players Info - Day 1a
Players Left

€5,300 EPT Main Event

Day 1a Completed

Simon "C. Darwin2" Mattsson Among Chip Leaders in Strong Field in Day 1a of the Main Event

Level 10 : 600/1,200, 1,200 ante
Simon Mattsson
Simon Mattsson

The 2019 PokerStars.es EPT Barcelona €5,300 Main Event kicked off today at Barcelona Casino. In the first of two starting flights, the flagship event attracted 726 runners, of which 259 have secured themselves a place in Day 2. One year ago when a new record was set with 1,931 entries in total, the first starting flight attracted 598 entries and a new record may very well set once again.

Many big names gathered around the Salon Gaudi but when it was time to bag at the end, it was Simon Mattsson who emerged near the top of the counts. The online superstar from Sweden, who has cashed for more than $7.5 million under his moniker "C. Darwin2" on PokerStars, chipped up to an impressive 292,000 during the 10 hours on today’s schedule and trails only chip leader Benjamin Chalot (300,000).

Mattsson won the € 2,200 No-Limit Hold'em in the 2017 PokerStars Championship here in Barcelona for € 286,200, his biggest live score so far. His run was even more difficult considering the table he was on during the last couple of levels. Featuring tournament regulars that included Pete Chen and Alex Rocha.

Of the PokerStars Ambassadors in contention today, Kalidou Sow (160,000) took the biggest stack forward. Former professional hockey player Fatima Moreira de Melo claimed 83,700 for Day 2 and Leo Fernandez follows with 63,800. Chris Moneymaker bagged up 31,200 and Maria Konnikova also advanced but dropped to 18,300 after a promising start.

Kalidou Sow
Kalidou Sow

Many of the well-known names who took their chance will return for Day 2 on Wednesday. They include Alex Keating (218,800), Govert Metaal (207,500), 2010 EPT Copenhagen Main Event championAnton Wigg (205,000), Steve O'Dwyer (191,700), Georgios Vrakas (147,000), Triple Crown champion Davidi Kitai (142,800), Orpen Kisacikoglu (128,000), Luc Greenwood (94,300), David "ODB" Baker (87,200), Isaac Haxton (74,800), Kristen Bicknell (54,800), Gaelle Baumann (41,300), and Faraz Jaka (25,200).

The well-known brothers Jack Salter and Louis Salter managed to both find a bag at the end of day with 29,800 and 74,700 respectively. Defending champion Piotr Nurzynski took a seat today but ran out of chips in his first attempt to go back-to-back in the biggest EPT Main Event of the year.

Another EPT Barcelona Main Event Champion, Jan Boubli, made a nice come back in the Barcelona Casino and bagged 31,500. Boubli won the coveted trophy in 2005 for € 426,000. His last cash in an EPT Event was exactly 10 years ago, during the Main Event in Barcelona where he finished at the 71st place.

Throughout the course of the day, players such as Alan Lau, Pete Linton, Mike Del Vecchio, Paul-Francois Tedeschi, Natalie Teh, Sam Greenwood, David Peters, Dominik Panka, Thomas Muehloecker, Griffin Benger, Timothy Adams, Ema Zajmovic, Romain Lewis, Julien Martini and Max Silver were all eliminated, just to name a few.

For those who haven’t used their single re-entry, there is always Day 1b on Tuesday, August 27, which - in terms of the structure - will be pretty much an exact replica of today, starting at 12 pm and with 10 one-hour levels on the clock. There will be a 20-minute break after every two hours, except for the 75-minute dinner break at the end of Level 8.

The field will join together Wednesday, August 28th at noon and blinds will resume in level 11 at 800/1,600 and a big blind ante of 1,600.

Keep following along with PokerNews live coverage of the 2019 EPT Barcelona as the Main Event moves one day closer towards crowning a new champion.

Tags: Alan LauAlex KeatingAlex RochaAnton WiggChris MoneymakerDavid PetersDavidi KitaiDominik PankaEma ZajmovicFaraz JakaGaelle BaumannGeorgios VrakasGovert MetaalGriffin BengerJack SalterJulien MartiniKalidou SowKristen BicknellLouis SalterLucas GreenwoodMaria KonnikovaOrpen KisacikogluPiotr NurzynskiRomain LewisSam GreenwoodSimon MattssonSteve O'DwyerThomas MuehloeckerTimothy Adams

End of Day Chip Counts (full)

Level 10 : 600/1,200, 1,200 ante

A total of 259 players remain as the bagging and tagging is complete, and the chipcounts and a recap of today's action is to follow.

Player Chips Progress
Benjamin Chalot fr
Benjamin Chalot
300,000 300,000
Day 1A Chip Leader
Simon Mattsson se
Simon Mattsson
292,000 52,000
Day 2 Chip Leader
Andre Marques pt
Andre Marques
269,700 64,700
Jimmy Pham us
Jimmy Pham
250,000 250,000
Florian Jouvenet fr
Florian Jouvenet
245,200 98,200
Peter Patricio br
Peter Patricio
230,600 230,600
Louis Nyberg se
Louis Nyberg
223,000 193,000
Hussein Hassan au
Hussein Hassan
220,600 130,600
Alex Keating us
Alex Keating
218,800 68,800
Jean-René Fontaine fr
Jean-René Fontaine
217,000 217,000
Chris Hunichen us
Chris Hunichen
215,000 10,000
Mounir Tajiou se
Mounir Tajiou
211,300 211,300
Pasquale Braco it
Pasquale Braco
210,900 60,900
Day 3 Chip Leader
Rui Sousa pt
Rui Sousa
210,700 210,700
Govert Metaal nl
Govert Metaal
Anton Wigg se
Anton Wigg
205,000 10,000
EPT 1X Winner
Jingwei Zhang cn
Jingwei Zhang
189,000 19,000
Carlos Branco pt
Carlos Branco
188,700 48,700
Oleg Vasylchenko ua
Oleg Vasylchenko
183,200 183,200
Johan Storaakers se
Johan Storaakers
177,200 177,200
Miguel Lopes pt
Miguel Lopes
175,500 175,500
Zhewen Hu cn
Zhewen Hu
174,100 174,100
Jiayuan Liu cn
Jiayuan Liu
172,400 172,400
Agostino Ascone it
Agostino Ascone
171,500 69,900
Kaspars Kalnozols lv
Kaspars Kalnozols
166,200 166,200

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Reskallah Chipping Up on Vrakas

Level 10 : 600/1,200, 1,200 ante
Aladin Reskallah
Aladin Reskallah

Aladin Reskallah raised to 2,500 and Georgios Vrakas three-bet one seat over to 7,500. It came back to Reskallah who called.

The flop brought {4-Clubs}{7-Spades}{3-Hearts} and Reskallah check-called for 5,100. Both checked the {k-Spades} turn.

The river was the {8-Spades} and Reskallah fired 21,000. Vrakas ended up folding its cards.

Player Chips Progress
Georgios Vrakas gr
Georgios Vrakas
155,000 38,000
Aladin Reskallah fr
Aladin Reskallah
130,000 74,000

Tags: Aladin ReskallahGeorgios Vrakas

Machado Doubles Through Santi

Level 10 : 600/1,200, 1,200 ante

On a flop reading {j-Clubs}{7-Spades}{2-Clubs}, Roberto Machado was all in for about 25,000 against Eduardo Santi who was on the cutoff.

Roberto Machado: {j-Hearts}{7-Hearts}
Eduardo Santi: {k-Diamonds}{k-Clubs}

Santi had a pair of kings but Machado had the lead with jacks and sevens. The {8-Hearts} turn and {4-Diamonds} river filled up the board and Machado got his double up.

Player Chips Progress
Roberto Machado pt
Roberto Machado
72,000 72,000
Eduardo Santi ar
Eduardo Santi
50,000 50,000

Tags: Eduardo SantiRoberto Machado

Camosci Eliminated by Chalot

Level 10 : 600/1,200, 1,200 ante

According to the chatter at the table, Enrico Camosci raised from the cutoff and Benjamin Chalot three-bet from the button. Action folded back to Camosci who four-bet and Chalot called.

A flop reading {6-Spades}{5-Clubs}{10-Clubs} was dealt and Camosci threw in a continuation bet that Chalot called. The turn was the {7-Clubs} and this time, Camosci check-called a bet from Chalot. The {4-Spades} river completed the board and Camosci checked again. Chalot moved all in for about 85,000 and Camosci, with 70,000 behind, went deep into the tank for a few minutes then threw in chips in the middle, signifying a call. Camosci tabled {a-Clubs}{10-Hearts} for a pair of tens but that wasn't good enough as Chalot revealed {9-Diamonds}{8-Diamonds} to win the pot with a straight.

Player Chips Progress
Benjmain Chalot fr
Benjmain Chalot
220,000 220,000
Enrico Camosci it
Enrico Camosci

Tags: Benjamin ChalotEnrico Camosci

Mina Chipping Up

Level 10 : 600/1,200, 1,200 ante

Bryan Piccioli raised to 2,800 from middle position and Florian Jouvenet called from the hijack along with Timothy Mina in the big blind.

The dealer fanned a flop of {j-Clubs}{5-Spades}{2-Hearts} and Mina checked. Piccioli bet 4,000 and Jouvenet called. Mina check-called as well. The turn was the {7-Clubs} and was checked around to the {5-Diamonds} river. Again, the three players opted to check. Mina tabled {j-Diamonds}{9-Diamonds} for jacks and fives and Piccioli and Jouvenet mucked.

Player Chips Progress
Florian Jouvenet fr
Florian Jouvenet
147,000 -60,000
Timothy Mina us
Timothy Mina
Bryan Piccioli us
Bryan Piccioli
95,000 65,000

Tags: Bryan PiccioliFlorian JouvenetTimothy Mina