€10,200 Mystery Bounty
€10,200 Mystery Bounty
Day 1 Completed

Igor Pihela Sr. Bags Big on Day 1 of EPT Barcelona €10,200 Mystery Bounty

BrandonBloom • Level 8: Blinds 1,000-2,500, 2,500 ante
Igor Pihela
Igor Pihela

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

1Igor PihelaEstonia519,500
2Igor YaroshevskyyUkraine272,000
3Daewoong SongSouth Korea258,500
4Orpen KisacikogluEngland256,500
5Marcelo Bonanata ManfrediniUruguay245,500
6Paulo Roberto Brombim FilhoBrazil242,500
7Ashkan FattahiIran225,000
8Sam GraftonEngland221,000
9Steve Fouad SavioFrance218,000
10Dimitar DanchevBulgaria202,500

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).

PokerStars Ambassador Sam Grafton
PokerStars Ambassador Sam Grafton

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.

Tags: Daewoong SongErik SeidelIgor PihelaIgor YaroshevskyyMustapha KanitSam GraftonSam GreenwoodStephen ChidwickSteve O’Dwyer

Day 2 Seat Draw

poolshir • Level 8: Blinds 1,000-2,500, 2,500 ante
TableSeatplayerCountryChip CountBig Blinds
11Teun MulderNetherlands183,00061
12Paul NeweyUnited Kingdom94,00031
13Sirzat HissouGermany117,00039
14Gab Yong KimSouth Korea131,50044
15Erik SeidelUnited States45,00015
16Felipe RamosBrazil109,50037
18Marcelo BonanataUruguay245,50082
21Emil BiseSwitzerland83,50028
22Andres CarilloColombia168,00056
23Andras NemethHungary48,50016
24Steve O'DwyerIreland179,50060
25Ramiro PetroneUruguay199,50067
26Mike WatsonCanada168,00056
27Luc GreenwoodCanada36,00012
31Sam GraftonUnited Kingdom221,00074
33Daniyar AubakirovKazakhstan56,00019
34Stephen ChidwickUnited Kingdom94,50032
35Steve SavioFrance218,00073
36Paulo BrombimBrazil242,50081
37Pedro MarquesPortugal104,00035
38Aliaksei BoikaBelarus55,50019
41Ameer WakilCanada80,50027
42Jorryt van HoofNetherlands153,50051
43Timothy AdamsCanada12,5004
45Francisco BenitezUruguay185,00062
46Levan RcheulishviliGermany78,50026
47Anton SazonauBelarus183,00061
51Sam GreenwoodCanada128,50043
52Alberto MejiaColombia57,00019
53Igor Pihela Sr.Estonia519,500173
54Daewoong SongSouth Korea258,50086
56Bejjani KamalLebanon65,00022
58Motoyoshi OkamuraJapan89,00030
61Jean-Noel ThorelFrance165,00055
62Arthur ConanUnited Kingdom96,00032
64Ashkan FattahiIran225,00075
65Orpen KisacikogluTurkey256,50086
67Mustapha KanitItaly125,50042
68Tom VogelsangNetherlands140,00047
71Juan NavarroSpain127,00042
72Fabiano KovalskiBrazil167,00056
73Igor YaroshevskyyUkraine272,00091
74Gabriel MouraBrazil103,00034
76Bernd GleissnerGermany119,50040
77Dimitar DanchevBulgaria202,50068

End-Of-Day Chip Counts (full)

connorrichards • Level 8: Blinds 1,000-2,500, 2,500 ante
Igor Pihela ee
Igor Pihela
ee 519,500 169,500
Igor Yaroshevskyy ua
Igor Yaroshevskyy
ua 272,000 74,000
Daewoong Song kr
Daewoong Song
kr 258,500 58,500
Orpen Kisacikoglu tr
Orpen Kisacikoglu
tr 256,500 -13,500
Marcelo Bonanata ar
Marcelo Bonanata
ar 245,500
Paulo Brombim br
Paulo Brombim
br 242,500
Ashkan Fattahi ir
Ashkan Fattahi
ir 225,000 160,000
Sam Grafton gb
Sam Grafton
gb 221,000 -9,000
Steve Savio fr
Steve Savio
fr 218,000 43,000
Dimitar Danchev bg
Dimitar Danchev
bg 202,500 133,500
Ramiro Petrone ar
Ramiro Petrone
ar 199,500 64,500
Francisco Benitez uy
Francisco Benitez
uy 185,000
Anton Sazonau by
Anton Sazonau
by 183,000 78,000
Teun Mulder nl
Teun Mulder
nl 183,000 -7,000
Steve O'Dwyer ie
Steve O'Dwyer
ie 179,500 29,500
Mike Watson ca
Mike Watson
ca 168,000 132,000
Andres Carrillo co
Andres Carrillo
co 168,000
Fabiano Kovalski br
Fabiano Kovalski
br 167,000 -6,000
Jean-Noel Thorel fr
Jean-Noel Thorel
fr 165,000 45,000
Jorryt Van Hoof nl
Jorryt Van Hoof
nl 153,500 55,000
Tom Vogelsang nl
Tom Vogelsang
nl 140,000 44,000
Gab Yong Kim kr
Gab Yong Kim
kr 131,500 37,500
Sam Greenwood ca
Sam Greenwood
ca 128,500 -66,500
Juan Navarro es
Juan Navarro
es 127,000 127,000
Mustapha Kanit it
Mustapha Kanit
it 125,500 25,500

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Bag and Tag

BrandonBloom • Level 8: Blinds 1,000-2,500, 2,500 ante

The remaining players are bagging and tagging and will return tomorrow at 12:30 p.m. local time.

Conan Almost Doubles

danielw • Level 8: Blinds 1,000-2,500, 2,500 ante
Arthur Conan
Arthur Conan

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 {3-Diamonds}{7-Clubs}{8-Clubs}{k-Clubs} Arthur Conan led 5,500 and was called by Aliaksei Boika.

The river was the {q-Hearts} 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 {q-Spades}{7-Spades} could not beat the flopped set {8-Hearts}{8-Diamonds} and Conan scoops the pot late in the day.

Arthur Conan fr
Arthur Conan
fr 77,000 23,000
Aliaksei Boika by
Aliaksei Boika
by 55,000 -55,000

Tags: Arthur ConanAliaksei Boika

Grafton Dominates and Eliminates Andersson

connorrichards • Level 8: Blinds 1,000-2,500, 2,500 ante
Sam Grafton
Sam Grafton

Sven Andersson was all in for about 60,000 against Sam Grafton, who had him covered.

Sven Andersson: {k-Hearts}{10-Hearts}
Sam Grafton: {k-Clubs}{q-Spades}

Grafton had his opponent dominated and the runout of {7-Diamonds}{a-Diamonds}{j-Clubs}{5-Hearts}{7-Spades} didn't change things for Andersson to be eliminated in one of the final hands of the day.

Sam Grafton gb
Sam Grafton
gb 230,000 145,000
Sven Andersson se
Sven Andersson
se Busted

Tags: Sam GraftonSven Andersson

Four More Hands

BrandonBloom • Level 8: Blinds 1,000-2,500, 2,500 ante

The floor has announced that players will play four more hands before bagging for the day to return for tomorrow.

Big Stacks Tangle

connorrichards • Level 8: Blinds 1,000-2,500, 2,500 ante

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 {9-Diamonds}{5-Spades}{6-Hearts} and Pihela bet 7,000. Nemeth called. Nemeth checked again on the {10-Clubs} turn and Pihela checked back.

The river brought the {8-Clubs} and Nemeth led out with a bet of 23,000. Pihela called, only to muck when Nemeth showed {a-Hearts}{7-Clubs} for a rivered straight.

Igor Pihela ee
Igor Pihela
ee 350,000 -30,000
Andras Nemeth hu
Andras Nemeth
hu 290,000 5,000

Tags: Andras NemethIgor Pihela Sr

Pihela Picks Up Another One

danielw • Level 8: 1,000-2,500, 2,500 ante
Igor Pihela
Igor Pihela

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 {k-Clubs}{8-Clubs} on {a-Clubs}{10-Clubs}{6-Clubs}{q-Diamonds}{10-Diamonds}.

Gleissner is still comfortable with 210,000 chips, two times the starting stack of the tournament.

Igor Pihela ee
Igor Pihela
ee 380,000 253,000
Bernd Gleissner de
Bernd Gleissner
de 210,000 49,000

Tags: Igor PihelaBernd Gleissner