€25,000 No-Limit Hold'em I
Days:
12
€25,000 No-Limit Hold'em I
Day 1 Completed

Poker Hall of Famer Erik Seidel Leads Final Table in EPT Barcelona €25,000 No-Limit Hold'em

connorrichards • Level 18: Blinds 4,000-8,000, 8,000 ante
Erik Seidel
Erik Seidel

Day 1 of €25,000 No-Limit Hold'em at the 2022 PokerStars and Barcelona©Casino European Poker Tour wrapped up early Thursday morning with nine players remaining and Poker Hall of Famer Erik Seidel bagging the chip lead after doubling up in the last hand of the day.

Seidel, who will enter Day 2 with a stack of 522,000 good for 52 big blinds, will be joined by fellow big stacks Paul Phua (438,000), Francisco Benitez (324,000) and Pedro Garagnani (297,000). Close behind are Russia's Artur Martirosian (242,000) and Spain's Adrian Mateos (144,000), who is looking to nab his latest high roller title as he holds the home-court advantage.

The nine-time World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelet winner Seidel was close to busting at the end of Day 1 when he raised all in with a flush draw and was called by Jean-Noel Thorel with a set. Seidel made his flush to take the eleventh-hour chip lead and leave the Frenchman as the shortest stack (127,000).

Adrian Mateos
Adrian Mateos

€25,000 No-Limit Hold'em Final Table Chip Counts

TABLESEATPLAYERCOUNTRYCHIPSBIG BLINDS
11Jean-Noel ThorelFrance127,00013
12Francisco BenitezUruguay324,00032
13Timothy AdamsCanada178,00018
14Artur MartirosianRussia242,00024
15Adrian MateosSpain144,00014
16Paul PhuaMalaysia438,00044
17Ramiro PetroneUruguay229,00023
18Erik SeidelUnited States522,00052
19Pedro GaragnaniBrazil297,00030

The high roller event attracted 50 unique entrants and generated a prize pool of €1,200,500 with only seven spots getting paid, meaning the money bubble has yet to burst.

Many of poker's best and most decorated were in the Day 1 field, including Britain's Stephen Chidwick, who bowed out on the final table bubble when he couldn't win a flip with pocket deuces against the jack-nine of Martirosian.

Chidwick had the chip lead earlier in the day when fellow high stakes titan Michael Addamo ran a king-high bluff at the wrong time as Chidwick had picked up aces. The Australian survived the dinner break with a single chip after the hand and was eliminated on his third and final bullet upon returning.

Stephen Chidwick
Stephen Chidwick

Chidwick put a beat on another Aussie, Kahle Burns, earlier in the day when he flopped two pair against Burns' Cowboys.

Other players who failed to survive the day include Patrik Antonius, Steve O'Dwyer, Mike Watson, Daniel Dvoress, Mikita Badziakouski, Ben Heath and 2020 WSOP Main Event Champion Damian Salas.

Day 2 of €25,000 No-Limit Hold'em will kick off on Thursday, Aug. 11 at 12:30 p.m. local time on Level 19 with blinds of 5,000/10,000/10,000. Day 2 will play down to a winner, who will take home the trophy and the top prize of €390,160.

All eyes will be on Seidel tomorrow as he looks to continue his hot run. Stay tuned as the PokerNews live reporting team will be back on site tomorrow to finish out coverage of €25,000 No-Limit Hold'em.

Tags: Artur MartirosianBen HeathDamian SalasDaniel DvoressErik SeidelFrancisco BenitezJean-Noel ThorelKahle BurnsMichael AddamoMike WatsonMikita BadziakouskiPatrik AntoniusPaul PhuaPedro GaragnaniStephen ChidwickSteve O'Dwyer

Final Table Seat Draw

BrandonBloom • Level 18: Blinds 4,000-8,000, 8,000 ante
TABLESEATPLAYERCOUNTRYCHIPSBIG BLINDS
11Jean-Noel ThorelFrance127,00013
12Francisco BenitezUruguay324,00032
13Timothy AdamsCanada178,00018
14Artur MartirosianRussia242,00024
15Adrian MateosSpain144,00014
16Paul PhuaMalaysia438,00044
17Ramiro PetroneUruguay229,00023
18Erik SeidelUnited States522,00052
19Pedro GaragnaniBrazil297,00030

Seidel Doubles to Take Chip Lead in Final Hand of Day

connorrichards • Level 18: Blinds 4,000-8,000, 8,000 ante
Erik Seidel
Erik Seidel

In one of the final hands of the day, Francisco Benitez doubled up through Artur Martirosian after shoving the river on a board of {j-Hearts}{3-Diamonds}{8-Spades}{9-Diamonds}{7-Clubs}. Martirosian called with {j-Clubs}{8-Clubs} for two pair to beat by the flush of Benitez with {a-Spades}{10-Clubs}.

The next hand, Erik Seidel was in a heads-up pot against Jean-Noel Thorel on a flop of {10-Clubs}{2-Diamonds}{3-Clubs}. Thorel bet and Seidel jammed as the effective stack, and Thorel called after a moment's thought.

Jean-Noel Thorel: {2-Spades}{2-Clubs}
Erik Seidel: {a-Clubs}{q-Clubs}

"Oh man," Seidel said when he saw he was up against a set.

But Seidel's mood surely changed when the {4-Clubs} on the turn gave him a flush and the {8-Spades} on the river didn't change things for the Poker Hall of Famer to double to take the chip lead in the final hand of the day.

Stay tuned for a full recap of the day's events.

Erik Seidel us
Erik Seidel
us 522,000 242,000
Francisco Benitez uy
Francisco Benitez
uy 324,000 194,000
Artur Martirosian ru
Artur Martirosian
ru 242,000 -148,000
Jean-Noel Thorel fr
Jean-Noel Thorel
fr 127,000 -144,000

Tags: Artur MartirosianErik SeidelFrancisco BenitezJean-Noel Thorel

Mateos Spikes River to Survive

BrandonBloom • Level 18: Blinds 4,000-8,000, 8,000 ante
Adrian Mateos
Adrian Mateos

Artur Martirosian opened to 16,000 from under the gun and Adrian Mateos jammed for 70,000 from one seat over. Action folded back to Martirosian who thought about it and called.

Adrian Mateos: {a-Hearts}{j-Hearts}
Artur Martirosian: {k-Hearts}{8-Hearts}

The {k-Clubs}{6-Hearts}{5-Diamonds} flop and {9-Clubs} turn meant Mateos needed only an ace to stay alive, and the {a-Clubs} spiked the river to give him the three-outer needed to secure the double.

Artur Martirosian ru
Artur Martirosian
ru 390,000 -70,000
Adrian Mateos es
Adrian Mateos
es 160,000 90,000

Tags: Adrian MateosArtur Martirosian

Chidwick Eliminated by Martirosian on Final Table Bubble

connorrichards • Level 18: Blinds 4,000-8,000, 8,000 ante
Stephen Chidwick
Stephen Chidwick

Artur Martirosian open-jammed on the button and Stephen Chidwick contemplated a decision in the big blind without a small blind in the hand. Chidwick made the call with his effective stack of 123,000.

Stephen Chidwick: {2-Hearts}{2-Clubs}
Artur Martirosian: {j-Diamonds}{9-Spades}

A nine in the window on the flop of {3-Diamonds}{a-Hearts}{9-Hearts} gave Martirosian a big lead and Chidwick couldn't improve as the board finished out {q-Spades}{8-Clubs} for the Brit to be eliminated ahead of the final table redraw in one of the last hands of the day.

"Nice hand," Chidwick told Martirosian as he left his seat.

Artur Martirosian ru
Artur Martirosian
ru 460,000 97,000
Stephen Chidwick gb
Stephen Chidwick
gb Busted

Tags: Artur MartirosianStephen Chidwick

Salas Knocked Out by Martirosian

BrandonBloom • Level 18: Blinds 4,000-8,000, 8,000 ante
Damian Salas
Damian Salas

Artur Martirosian moved all in from the small blind and Damian Salas called in the big blind for his approximately 110,000 chips.

Damian Salas: {a-Clubs}{8-Clubs}
Artur Martirosian: {k-Diamonds}{9-Hearts}

Salas was a small favorite, until the dealer spread the {k-Clubs}{10-Hearts}{4-Diamonds} flop. The {q-Diamonds} turn left him needing an ace or a jack to survive, but the {2-Hearts} completed the board to end the run of the 2020 World Series of Poker (WSOP) Main Event champion.

Artur Martirosian ru
Artur Martirosian
ru 363,000 153,000
Damian Salas ar
Damian Salas
ar Busted

Tags: Artur MartirosianDamian Salas

Salas Doubles Through Martirosian Before Doubling Up Benitez

connorrichards • Level 18: Blinds 4,000-8,000, 8,000 ante

Artur Martirosian open-jammed in the small blind and Damian Salas called in the big blind with a stack of 86,000.

Damian Salas: {a-Spades}{k-Clubs}
Artur Martirosian: {j-Hearts}{9-Diamonds}

The flop of {7-Diamonds}{8-Hearts}{5-Hearts} kept Salas ahead but gave Martirosian a gutshot. The board then finished out {a-Diamonds}{3-Diamonds} and Salas improved to a pair of aces to double up.

The next hand, Francisco Benitez open-jammed a stack of 62,000 from early position and Salas called from the small blind.

Francisco Benitez: {a-Clubs}{8-Clubs}
Damian Salas: {k-Spades}{k-Hearts}

Salas had a monster but the flop landed {8-Diamonds}{a-Spades}{5-Spades} to give Benitez the lead with two pair before the rest of the board ran out {2-Clubs}{q-Diamonds} to earn Benitez a double through the visibly frustrated Main Event champion.

Artur Martirosian ru
Artur Martirosian
ru 210,000 -110,000
Francisco Benitez uy
Francisco Benitez
uy 130,000 65,000
Damian Salas ar
Damian Salas
ar 110,000 10,000

Tags: Artur MartirosianDamian SalasFrancisco Benitez

Bedell Eliminated as Phua Finds Help

BrandonBloom • Level 18: Blinds 4,000-8,000, 8,000 ante
Tom-Aksel Bedell
Tom-Aksel Bedell

Tom-Aksel Bedell moved in his 25,000 remaining chips in the cutoff and Paul Phua called in the big blind.

Tom-Aksel Bedell: {k-Spades}{8-Hearts}
Paul Phua: {k-Clubs}{3-Diamonds}

Bedell was in good shape for a double with his superior kicker, but the {j-Hearts}{5-Hearts}{3-Clubs} flop paired Phua's trey to put Bedell behind. The {j-Diamonds} turn provided chop outs, but the {a-Diamonds} river completed the board to eliminate the Norwegian from the tournament.

Paul Phua my
Paul Phua
my 475,000 195,000
Artur Martirosian ru
Artur Martirosian
ru 320,000 -2,000
Erik Seidel us
Erik Seidel
us 280,000 79,000
Damian Salas ar
Damian Salas
ar 100,000 -3,000
Francisco Benitez uy
Francisco Benitez
uy 65,000 -185,000
Tom-Aksel Bedell no
Tom-Aksel Bedell
no Busted

Tags: Paul PhuaTom-Aksel Bedell