It was another action-packed day at the 2022 PokerStars and Barcelona©Casino European Poker Tour as the field on Day 2 of the €5,300 EPT Main Event was whittled down to only 210 remaining contenders by the end of the night.
The record-breaking EPT Main Event starting field of 2,294 players created a €11,125,900 prize pool, and the eventual winner will receive €1,714,000, while the runner-up will also take home a seven-figure payout of €1,027,470.
Kayhan Mokri leads the remaining 210 players by a good margin, finishing the day with a solid stack of 1,303,000 chips, good for 217 big blinds when play resumes.
Brazil’s Marcelo Simoes (1,068,000) recently won the EPT Main Event in Monte Carlo for €939,840, and he was the only other player to bag over a million chips today. He was seen winning a huge pot with boat over boat near the end of the day as he attempts to continue what would be a highly-improbable run in the culmination of another EPT Main Event victory.
€5,300 EPT Main Event Day 2 Top Ten Counts
|3||Scott Margereson||United Kingdom||993,000||166|
|6||Sebastian Toro Henao||Colombia||824,000||137|
|8||Usman Ulhaq||United Kingdom||800,000||133|
Others who bagged a stack by day’s end include Ramiro Petrone (561,000), Maria Lampropulos (517,000), Seth Davies (480,000), defending EPT Barcelona Main Event champ Simon Brandstrom (473,000), Gaelle Baumann (408,000), Timothy Adams (387,000), Chino Rheem, Michael Wang (322,000), Julien Martini (217,000), Stephen Chidwick (148,000), PokerStars Ambassador Benjamin Spragg (144,000), Johan Guilbert (127,000), and David Peters (36,000).
In the penultimate level of the day, the bubble burst to send all of the remaining players into the money. The payouts were planned to pay the top 327 finishers, but Emmanuel Rouvet, Daan Mulders, and Oliver Bosch were all eliminated on the money bubble, and the trio split the 326th and 327th place prizes to receive €5,907 each.
Those who found themselves without any chips at the end of the day include PokerStars Ambassadors Alejandro Lococo, Sam Grafton, Jen Shahade, Ramon Colillas, and Andre Akkari. Among others who fell were Adrian Mateos, Erik Seidel, Maria Ho, Patrik Antonius, Mikita Badziakouski, Benny Glaser, Kitty Kuo, Sam Greenwood, Sergio Aido, Jason Wheeler, Sofia Lovgren, Uri Reichenstein, Francisco Benitez, and John Juanda.
The action is slated to resume at 12 p.m. noon on Thursday, August 18. When players return, they will resume play in Level 17 with blinds at 3,000/6,000 with a 6,000 big blind ante.
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.