€1,100 EPT National
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€1,100 EPT National
Day 1b Completed

Salter Claims Day 1b Chip Lead and is Followed Closely by Franco

poolshir • Level 17: 3,000-6,000, 6,000 ante
Louis Salter
Louis Salter

Day 1b of the 2019 PokerStars EPT Barcelona €1,100 EPT National which was the second of four starting flights came to an end when there were 91 players left out of the 606 entries it attracted in total. Just like on Day 1a, the players were allowed to bag up their chips during the 17th level of the day as only 15% of the field would make it through to Day 2.

Claiming the Day 1b chip lead is Louis Salter with 553,000 in chips. Salter collected a bunch of those chips when he first got Yves Sanchez to give up on his hand with a three-bet. Fadhil Farag who did make the call, also made the check-call on Salter’s continuation-bet but opted to fold when Salter shoved on him. Salter’s brother Jack might be the more familiar name in the family but Louis is no stranger to the poker felt either. With almost $1.4 million in cashes to his own name, he will be looking to add even more to his bankroll.

Salter is followed by another well-known player, France’s Sonny Franco who bagged 546,000. Almost half of those chips used to belong to Nenad Svetomirovic who five-bet shoved his pocket kings into the aces of Franco. Franco’s best-ever result came to him when he finished in second place in the EPT National High Roller in Prague in 2018 for €206,540. Franco is currently sitting in 1,000th place in the all-time money list according to The Hendon Mob and will be trying to climb into the triple digits.

Ramon Colillas
Ramon Colillas bagged 258,000 in chips for Day 2

PokerStars Pro Ramon Colillas also made it to through to Day 2 with 258,000 which unfortunately wasn’t the case for his colleagues, Andre Akkari and Steve Enriquez. The defending champion Jean-René Fontaine was eliminated by Manuel Fritz when he failed to win his final all-in with ace-jack. Fritz’s pocket fives held up to send the friendly Fontaine to the rail who will have to try again on Day 1c or 1d. Fritz himself then found his Waterloo when Barak Wisbrod got lucky to hit the river to send Fritz to the rail before being able to bag for Day 2.

In the end, it would be Gianluca Speranza, who you might know from making history by winning back-to-back SCOOP Main Events, who would burst the so-called bubble to take the field down to 91 players. Olof Olofsson held pocket eights while Speranza had ace-jack. Olofsson couldn’t hold and that signaled the end of the day for the rest of the field.

Other notable players making it through include Dario Marinelli, Natalie Teh, Josep Galindo, Alexander Lakhov, and Artur Rudziankov. Less lucky were players like Jean-Noel Thorel, Petar Kalev, Paul Lozano, Javier Zarco, Espen Uhlen Jorstad, Bart Lybaert, Sander van Wesemael, Joao Simao, Carlos Branco, Renato Kaneoya, and many more.

With players falling at the many hurdles the first starting day brought them, the majority of them are expected to return to the felt during Day 1c which starts at noon local time on Thursday, August 22 with 40-minute levels or in the turbo-version of the starting flight which is Day 1d which commences at 7 p.m. local time and features 20-minute blind levels.

No matter what happens, the PokerNews live reporting team will be there to bring you all the action.

Tags: Andre AkkariBarak WisbrodFadhil FaragGianluca SperanzaJean-René FontaineLouis SalterManuel FritzNenad SvetomirovicOlof OlofssonRamon ColillasSonny FrancoSteve EnriquezYves Sanchez

End-of-Day Chip Counts (full)

poolshir • Level 17: 3,000-6,000, 6,000 ante

The full chip counts and a recap of today's action are to follow.

Louis Salter gb
Louis Salter
gb 553,000 138,000
Sonny Franco fr
Sonny Franco
fr 546,000 1,000
Petru Papuc ro
Petru Papuc
ro 500,000 190,000
Gorka Berloso ES
Gorka Berloso
ES 480,000 4,000
Andrea Salamone it
Andrea Salamone
it 472,000 472,000
Barak Wisbrod il
Barak Wisbrod
il 467,000 30,000
Oren Rosen il
Oren Rosen
il 420,000
Davor Lanini it
Davor Lanini
it 406,000 341,000
Terence Jordon GB
Terence Jordon
GB 405,000
Abraham Benitez es
Abraham Benitez
es 362,000
Vytenis Salickas LT
Vytenis Salickas
LT 354,000 39,000
Hans Holst se
Hans Holst
se 352,000
Matthias Nachtigal de
Matthias Nachtigal
de 347,000
Ioannis Zachmanidis GR
Ioannis Zachmanidis
GR 346,000 319,000
Olivier Ferrero fr
Olivier Ferrero
fr 340,000
Marc Dominguez ES
Marc Dominguez
ES 333,000 -2,000
Angel Martinez ES
Angel Martinez
ES 328,000
Serhii Holodiuk ua
Serhii Holodiuk
ua 326,000
Mario Colavita it
Mario Colavita
it 324,000
Mario Lopez us
Mario Lopez
us 321,000
Carlos Garcia co
Carlos Garcia
co 303,000
Istvan Birizdo hu
Istvan Birizdo
hu 301,000
Daniil Kiselev ru
Daniil Kiselev
ru 294,000
Wim Verhaegen be
Wim Verhaegen
be 293,000
Yves Sanchez fr
Yves Sanchez
fr 289,000 24,000

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Speranza Bursts Bubble

poolshir • Level 17: 3,000-6,000, 6,000 ante
Gianluca Speranza
Gianluca Speranza

While all action was being completed on the tables before hand-for-hand play could commence, a "seat open" was announced on one of the tables. Olof Olofsson made his way out of the tournament area as his {8-}{8-} couldn't beat the {a-}{j-} of Gianluca Speranza.

In the meanwhile, no all-ins were called on the other tables, and with 91 players remaining, they have all bagged up for Day 2 on Friday, August 23.

Gianluca Speranza it
Gianluca Speranza
it 245,000 185,000
Olof Olofsson SE
Olof Olofsson
SE Busted

Tags: Gianluca SperanzaOlof Olofsson

Stop Dealing

poolshir • Level 17: 3,000-6,000, 6,000 ante

The dealers have been instructed to stop dealing as there are 92 players left. Not all action on all tables has been completed yet though.

Fontaine Busts to Fritz; Fritz Busts to Wisbrod

poolshir • Level 17: 3,000-6,000, 6,000 ante
Jean-René Fontaine
Jean-René Fontaine

Jean-René Fontaine has just been eliminated by Manuel Fritz when he ran his {a-}{j-} into the {5-}{5-} of Fritz.

Shortly after, Fritz shoved his whole stack in from the button after Barak Wisbrod had raised from under the gun. The blinds quickly folded and Wisbrod called.

Barak Wisbrod: {a-Spades}{j-Spades}
Manuel Fritz; {a-Hearts}{q-Diamonds}

The board ran out {5-Spades}{2-Diamonds}{3-}{6-Diamonds}{j-Diamonds} for Wisbrod to hit the jack on the river to eliminate Fritz as he held the bigger stack.

Gorka Berloso ES
Gorka Berloso
ES 476,000 76,000
Barak Wisbrod il
Barak Wisbrod
il 437,000 152,000
Samir Akhoullou be
Samir Akhoullou
be 140,000 80,000
Jean-René Fontaine fr
Jean-René Fontaine
fr Busted
Manuel Fritz at
Manuel Fritz
at Busted

Tags: Barak WisbrodManuel Fritzjean-René Fontaine

Gujral Busts Leknes

poolshir • Level 17: 3,000-6,000, 6,000 ante

Tobias Leknes shoved from the button and so did Ramandeep Gujral in the small blind with the bigger stack while Barak Wisbrod quickly folded his big blind.

Tobias Leknes: {7-Diamonds}{5-Diamonds}
Ramandeep Gujral: {a-Diamonds}{k-Spades}

The board ran out {4-Hearts}{k-Clubs}{j-Hearts}{6-Clubs}{5-Clubs} for Leknes to hit top pair on the flop to eliminate Leknes.

Petar Kalev was also eliminated over on one of the other tables to bring the field down to 103 players.

Barak Wisbrod il
Barak Wisbrod
il 285,000 285,000
Ramandeep Gujral in
Ramandeep Gujral
in 220,000 220,000
Jean-René Fontaine fr
Jean-René Fontaine
fr 70,000
Tobias Leknes no
Tobias Leknes
no Busted
Petar Kalev bg
Petar Kalev
bg Busted

Tags: Barak WisbrodPetar KalevRamandeep GujralTobias Leknes

Covrig Busts Sargsyan

poolshir • Level 17: 3,000-6,000, 6,000 ante

Aram Sargsyan raised from the late position and Sergiu Covrig three-bet in the hijack. Action folded back to Sargsyan who shoved and Covrig snap-called with the bigger stack.

Aram Sargsyan: {a-Spades}{q-Clubs}
Sergiu Covrig: {a-Hearts}{k-Diamonds}

The board ran out {7-Spades}{7-Diamonds}{j-Hearts}{6-Hearts}{3-Hearts} for Covrig to hold with the higher kicker to eliminate Sargsyan.

Sergiu Covrig ro
Sergiu Covrig
ro 335,000 135,000
Aram Sargsyan am
Aram Sargsyan
am Busted

Tags: Aram SargsyanSergiu Covrig

Level:
17
Blinds:
3,000/6,000
Ante:
6,000

Fourth Break of the Day

poolshir • Level 16: 2,000-5,000, 5,000 ante

With 117 remaining players showing on the clock, they have all been sent for another 20-minute break while the 5,000-value chips will be taken out of play.