Day 1a Completed
Day 1a Completed
The first flight of the €1,100 EPT National of the 2019 PokerStars European Poker Tour Barcelona has wrapped up with 15:10 seconds remaining at Level 17. This first flight attracted a massive field of 1,240 poker enthusiasts but only 185 of them were able to find a bag at the end of the night.
Leading the Day 1a pack is Dejan Jakovljevic, from Netherlands, with an impressive stack of 915,000 . Other top stacks include Alen Alencar (830,000), Diego Falcone (676,000), Jai Saha (596,000), Alexis Urli (558,000), Junzhong Loo (554,000), and Raffaele Sorrentino (517,000).
Sorrentino has over $2,139,000 in total live earnings on his poker resume. He has won multiple tournaments including the €5,300 Main Event of the 2017 PokerStars Championship Monte-Carlo. He also got third in the €5,300 Main Event of the 2017 PokerStars Championship Barcelona.
Other big names who will return for Day 2 include Rafi Elharar (342,000), Matias Ruzzi (181,000), Pedro Cairat (102,000) and Remi Castaignon (95,000). Ruzzi won this same tournament in 2014 and Cairat took it down in 2017. They will both be looking to claim the title a second time.
Some of the players who took a shot at the flight but couldn’t make it to the money were PokerStars Ambassadors Felix Schneiders, Maria Konnikova, and Andre Akkari as well as Joao Simao, Katie Lindsay, Alexandre Reard, Florian Duta, Ari Engel, Kitty Kuo, Russell Thomas, Ivo Donev, Cathal Shine, and Matthias Tikerpe.
They. as well as many others, will have the option to try their luck in any of the remaining flights. Day 1b will conclude shortly and the other two starting days will take place on Thursday August 22. Day 1c will start at noon, and Day 1d turbo will get underway at 7 p.m.
The survivors of all four starting flights will combine for Day 2 on Friday August 23rd at 12 p.m.
Stay tuned to PokerNews throughout this event as the PokerNews Live Reporting Team provides you with all the action from the felt.
The full chip counts of all 185 Day 1a survivors will be published when PokerNews receives them and a recap of today's action are to follow.
The remaining 185 players have bagged and tagged for the night. End-of-day chip counts and a recap will follow shortly.
There were two all in and call at the same time when the dealers were instructed to halt the action. The hand-for-hand on the money bubble didn't kick off though, as two players were all in.
First up it was Virgil Grecu in a battle of the blinds for 51,000 and he faced Adrian Echave Samu.
Adrian Echave Samu:
The flop changed nothing as Pinter had the diamonds covered. The turn brought some chop outs but the river improved Echave Samu.
Gergo Pinter ended up all in for 129,000 as he called the push of Joao Lopes De Oliveira and had the best of it heading into the showdown.
Joao Lopes De Oliveira:
The flop spelled trouble for Pinter and he suddenly needed a deuce or king as soon as the turn improved Lopes De Oliveira to a flush. A blank came on the river and Pinter also missed out on the money. Since the players have to make Day 2 to receive a portion of the prize pool, both Grecu and Pinter came up short and will have to try again.
Walter Coan is experiencing a roller coaster ride to his stack late on Day 1a as he lost half of it only to send Aberivaldo Leite Da Rocha to the rail to get back to where he was.
It all went in after the flop and both tabled a flush draw.
Aberivaldo Leite Da Rocha:
The turn and river bricked off and ace-high won the pot for Coan.
Not Long ago, Balazs Biri had a decent stack but the Hungarian has since vanished. Peter Kamaras headed over to the table to inquire what happened and was told that Biri had gotten it in preflop for a lot of big blinds with ace-ten and ran into the pocket aces of Alen Alencar.
With a stack of more than 700,000, Alencar is among the biggest stacks right now.
Aurelie Reard moved all in for 83,000 from middle position and Peter Kamaras reshoved for about 160,000 from the button.
The board ran and Reard doubled up with her set of kings.
"It's always exciting when I go all-in , I'm always drawing dead on the flop," commeted Kamaras jokingly.