2022 888poker XL Winter Series
€2,200 EPT National High Roller
€2,200 EPT National High Roller
Day 1b Completed

Mustapha Kanit Bags Big after Day 1b

gaellej • Level 19: 5,000-10,000, 10,000 ante
Mustapha Kanit
Mustapha Kanit

After a long day of poker that saw both Day 1a and Day 1b flight's come to their conclusion, the remaining 224 players will join together at noon tomorrow to play down to a winner.

Among the top stacks of day 1b is no one else than the Italian pro Mustapha Kanit who turned his 30,000 into 662,000 after 19 levels of 20 minutes. The tournament superstar has already racked up $11,486,708 in live winnings, including the victory of the 2015 EPT Grand Final €50,000 super high roller for €936,500 and a second place in the 2016 EPT Grand Final €100,000 No Limit Hold'em - Super High Roller for €1,462,000.

Kanit is followed by Roberto Silvani, who won the € 1,100 No Limit Hold'em - Super Hyper-Turbo event of the PokerStars Championship in 2017 here in Barcelona for € 20,300, his biggest live score, will try to continue his run tomorrow and improve his previous result.

Others in the top counts were Lars Tungel (513,000), who made the money earlier this week in the € 1,100 No Limit Hold'em Seniors 50+ (Event #10) and Almedin Imsirovic (454,000). The Belgium Bart Lybaert also emerged among the big stacks in the middle of the day and bagged a hefty 450,000

A total of 72 players bagged at the end of that night to join the remaining 152 players of Day 1a tomorrow. Many pros and familiar faces took a seat tonight and managed to survive to the turbo structure, such as the 45th World Series of Poker Main Event Champion Martin Jacobson (158,000), super high rollers regular Jean-Noel Thorel (248,00), Xia Lin (444,000), Michel Molenaar (408,000), Anthony Zinno (156,000), Erwann Pecheux (117,000), Jimmy Kebe (108,000) and the American player Jake Schwartz with a short stack of 89,000.

Kenny Hallaert, Andrea Buonocore, Johan Guilbert, Kristen Bicknell, Alex Foxen, Mihai Niste, Davidi Kitai, Benny Glaser and Chino Rheem also took their shots, but failed to make it through Monday’s restart.

PokerStars Team Pro Maria Konnikova busted one hour before the end of the day, losing her last eight big blinds with ace-ten while her opponent held a pair of fours and found a full house on the flop.

The tournament gathered a total field of 1,491 entries to create a nice prizepool of €2,892,540.

Come back to PokerNews then for more coverage of the huge €2,200 EPT National High Roller here in Barcelona.

Tags: Alex FoxenAlmedin ImsirovicAndrea BuonocoreAnthony ZinnoBart LybaertBenny GlaserChino RheemDavidi KitaiErwann PecheuxJake SchwartzJimmy KebeJohan GuilbertKenny HallaertKristen BicknellLars TungelMaria KonnikovaMartin JacobsonMichel MolenaarMihai NisteMustapha KanitRoberto Silvani

End of the Day Chip Counts (full)

gaellej • Level 19: 5,000-10,000, 10,000 ante
Mustapha Kanit it
Mustapha Kanit
it 662,000 377,000
Roberto Silvani it
Roberto Silvani
it 651,000 446,000
Lars Tungel dk
Lars Tungel
dk 513,000 53,000
Matthew Russell us
Matthew Russell
us 493,000 493,000
Ali Imsirovic ba
Ali Imsirovic
ba 454,000 454,000
Bart Lybaert be
Bart Lybaert
be 450,000 90,000
Xia Lin cn
Xia Lin
cn 440,000 395,000
Romain Dours fr
Romain Dours
fr 437,000 437,000
Michel Molenaar nl
Michel Molenaar
nl 408,000 206,000
Samir Akhoullou be
Samir Akhoullou
be 378,000
Govert Metaal nl
Govert Metaal
nl 370,000
Miguel Faria Lopes pt
Miguel Faria Lopes
pt 363,000 -92,000
Pavel Veksler ua
Pavel Veksler
ua 360,000 360,000
Oleksii Khoroshenin ua
Oleksii Khoroshenin
ua 358,000 358,000
Leonardo Patacconi it
Leonardo Patacconi
it 334,000 204,000
James Cormac King IE
James Cormac King
IE 285,000 -95,000
Wei Lik Graeme Siow
Wei Lik Graeme Siow
282,000 282,000
Steven Tool mc
Steven Tool
mc 260,000 260,000
Rui Sousa pt
Rui Sousa
pt 253,000 253,000
Jean-Noel Thorel fr
Jean-Noel Thorel
fr 248,000 83,000
Rodrigo Peceli Presutti UY
Rodrigo Peceli Presutti
UY 236,000 236,000
Xixiang Luo cn
Xixiang Luo
cn 228,000 228,000
Michele Di Lauro it
Michele Di Lauro
it 210,000 -135,000
Ami Barer ca
Ami Barer
ca 205,000 205,000
Wim Verhaegen be
Wim Verhaegen
be 200,000 200,000

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Akhoullou Eliminates Birizdo at the Bubble

gaellej • Level 19: 5,000-10,000, 10,000 ante
Istvan Birizdo
Istvan Birizdo

The flop read {3-Hearts}{9-Clubs}{8-Clubs} in a head's up situation when Istvan Birizdo moved all in for his last 49,000 from the big blind position. Samir Akhoullou quickly called and the cards were turned over:

Istvan Birizdo: {j-Clubs}{j-Hearts}
Samir Akhoullou: {4-Clubs}{3-Clubs}

Birizdo had the top pair while Akhoullou held a pair of trees and the flush draw, which he hit when the {q-Clubs} showed up on the turn. Birizdo was still hoping for another club to hit a higher flush but the river fell a {9-Hearts} and Birizdo busted at the bubble position with a smile.

The 72 remaining players are now bagging their chips before returning to Day 2 at noon tomorrow.

Samir Akhoullou be
Samir Akhoullou
be 378,000 223,000
Istvan Birizdo hu
Istvan Birizdo
hu Busted

Tags: Istvan BirizdoSamir Akhoullou

Hand for Hand

gaellej • Level 19: 5,000-10,000, 10,000 ante

With 73 players remaining and 72 players being in the money tonight, the tournament's director just announced the hand for hand will be played.


Last Break of the Day

gaellej • Level 18: 4,000-8,000, 8,000 ante

The remaining 78 players are now heading for a new 20-minute break before action resumes at blinds 5,000/ 10,000 ante 10,000.

Glaser Gives One to King

gaellej • Level 18: 4,000-8,000, 8,000 ante

The flop showed {8-Hearts}{8-Spades}{9-Hearts} in a three-way pot when Leonardo Patacconi checked in the blinds, followed by Benny Glaser under the gun and James Cormac KIng in the cutoff.

The turn fell a {q-Spades} and this time Glaser bet 32,000 after another check from Patacconi. Only King made the call and the river brought the {5-Diamonds}. Both checked and Glaser sent his cards into the muck when King showed {k-Hearts}{q-Hearts} for two pair.

James Cormac King IE
James Cormac King
IE 380,000
Benny Glaser gb
Benny Glaser
gb 90,000 35,000

Tags: Leonardo PatacconiBenny Glaser