Day 1 Completed
Day 1 Completed
Igor Pihela Sr. Bags Big on Day 1 of EPT Barcelona €10,200 Mystery Bounty
The 2022 PokerStars and Barcelona©Casino European Poker Tour kicked off today, and the €10,200 Mystery Bounty was among the events that saw players flock to the felt at Casino Barcelona.
Estonia’s Igor Pihela Sr. bagged the top stack by a fairly large margin with 519,500 chips. The next biggest stack was bagged by another Igor, as Ukraine’s Igor Yaroshevskyy ended the day with 272,000, and South Korea’s Daewoong Song rounded out the top three on the leaderboard with 258,500.
€10,200 Mystery Bounty Day 1 Top Ten Chip Counts
|3||Daewoong Song||South Korea||258,500|
|5||Marcelo Bonanata Manfredini||Uruguay||245,500|
|6||Paulo Roberto Brombim Filho||Brazil||242,500|
|9||Steve Fouad Savio||France||218,000|
There were 45 players who bagged a stack out of the 66 total entries today, although late registration remains open through the first two levels of Day 2. Only eight levels were played today, and the bounty component of the tournament will take effect tomorrow at the start of Level 13 when all remaining players will receive a "Mystery Bounty Token”.
Chipleader Pihela went on a run near the end of the day and never let up, securing the top spot in the standings by a sizeable amount. His son also plays poker, and they each have over $200,000 in live tournament earnings according to The Hendon Mob. The senior Pihela recently scored his biggest cash less than two weeks ago for a runner-up finish in his native Estonia which earned him €42,300, and he will soon be looking to top that result.
Other players to bag a stack include PokerStars Ambassador Sam Grafton (221,000), Steve O’Dwyer (179,500), Sam Greenwood (128,000), Mustapha Kanit (125,500), Stephen Chidwick (94,000), and Erik Seidel (45,000).
Day 2 will restart at 12:30 p.m. local time on Tuesday, August 9.
Stay tuned as the PokerNews team continues to provide updates until a winner is crowned, along with coverage of other events from the coast of Catalonia at Casino Barcelona.
Day 2 Seat Draw
|Table||Seat||player||Country||Chip Count||Big Blinds|
|1||2||Paul Newey||United Kingdom||94,000||31|
|1||4||Gab Yong Kim||South Korea||131,500||44|
|1||5||Erik Seidel||United States||45,000||15|
|3||1||Sam Grafton||United Kingdom||221,000||74|
|3||4||Stephen Chidwick||United Kingdom||94,500||32|
|4||2||Jorryt van Hoof||Netherlands||153,500||51|
|5||3||Igor Pihela Sr.||Estonia||519,500||173|
|5||4||Daewoong Song||South Korea||258,500||86|
|6||2||Arthur Conan||United Kingdom||96,000||32|
End-Of-Day Chip Counts (full)
Bag and Tag
The remaining players are bagging and tagging and will return tomorrow at 12:30 p.m. local time.
Conan Almost Doubles
In one of the last hands of the night there was a blind vs. blind battle on Table 7.
On the turn with the board reading Arthur Conan led 5,500 and was called by Aliaksei Boika.
The river was the and Conan fired another bet of 24,000 into a pot of 28,000, leaving himself a few big blinds behind and Boika went into the tank before eventually finding the call. Boika and his two pair could not beat the flopped set and Conan scoops the pot late in the day.
Grafton Dominates and Eliminates Andersson
Sven Andersson was all in for about 60,000 against Sam Grafton, who had him covered.
Grafton had his opponent dominated and the runout of didn't change things for Andersson to be eliminated in one of the final hands of the day.
Four More Hands
The floor has announced that players will play four more hands before bagging for the day to return for tomorrow.
Big Stacks Tangle
Igor Pihela Sr. opened to 7,500 from middle position and Andras Nemeth defended from the big blind to see two of the biggest stacks in the tournament going at it.
Nemeth checked on the flop of and Pihela bet 7,000. Nemeth called. Nemeth checked again on the turn and Pihela checked back.
The river brought the and Nemeth led out with a bet of 23,000. Pihela called, only to muck when Nemeth showed for a rivered straight.
Pihela Picks Up Another One
Igor Pihela Snr, not be confused with his poker playing son Igor Pihela Jnr, has been accumulating chips the last few levels. The Estonian native, with just shy of $300,000 in Hendon Mob earnings, recently took down a large pot against Bernd Gleissner holding on .
Gleissner is still comfortable with 210,000 chips, two times the starting stack of the tournament.