€1,100 Estrellas Poker Tour Main Event
Days:
€1,100 Estrellas Poker Tour Main Event
Day 1c Completed

Chino Rheem Among The Notables To Bag In Day 1c; Matias Ruzzi The Chip Leader

AndrewK47 • Level 19: Blinds 5,000-10,000, 10,000 ante
Chino Rheem
Chino Rheem

A massive field was expected for the third of six starting flights of the €1,100 Estrellas Poker Tour Main Event and the entire main tournament area along with the outer tables were filled as poker enthusiasts from near and far headed to their seats at the 2022 PokerStars and Barcelona©Casino European Poker Tour. Ultimately, a field of 1,596 entries emerged for Day 1c and the top 239 ended up reaching Day 2.

It took just over 19 levels of 40 minutes each to whittle down the field to the top 15% and a close race for the chip lead saw Matias Ruzzi take the top spot with 737,000. Ruzzi won this event back in 2014 and will look to repeat that journey again this year. Other players with big stacks included Eliran Argelazi (726,000), Ailyran De Souza (666,000), Stefan Fabian (666,000), and Jari Mahonen (634,000).

€1,100 Estrellas Poker Tour Main Event Day 1c Top Ten Chip Counts

RankPlayerCountryChips
1Matias RuzziArgentina737,000
2Eliran ArgelaziIsrael726,000
3Ailyran de Souza LisboaBrazil666,000
4Stefan FabianRomania666,000
5Jari MahonenFinland634,000
6Jonathan BittonFrance573,000
7Fernando Rodriguez RisuenoSpain543,000
8Gabriel ChivaRomania510,000
9Rick HuttingNetherlands506,000
10Vera BogdanovaRussia502,000

One player to watch out for near the top of the Day 1c leaderboard is Andrew Wilson, who claimed 326,000 to his name and will have almost two times the average at his disposal when the action for Day 2 resumes on Friday. Other notables that made the cut on Day 1c include Chino Rheem (301,000), Peter Jorgne (170,000) and Marle Spragg (122,000).

Many others who were not as fortunate to find a bag included Pokerstars Team Pros Ben Spragg and Parker Talbot, Alejandro Lococo, Sam Grafton, and Robert Mizrachi.

The money bubble for Day 1c burst after over an hour and a half of grueling hand-for-hand play with many short stacks finding luck to stay alive. Luka Cencelj saw his hopes vanish when he ran ace-queen into ace-king and was the unfortunate bubble spot as he was one elimination shy of making Day 2.

Players who have yet to qualify have two more flights to do so, with Day 1e kicking off at noon local time on Thursday and Day 1f following at 6 p.m. Thursday evening with a 30-minute turbo format. One reentry is allowed per flight as players look to battle their way into Friday's Day 2, where all qualified players are guaranteed to be in the money. Players will then have to navigate through Day 2 and Saturday's Day 3 in order to take a shot at winning the ESPT Main Event title on Sunday.

Stay tuned to find out who gets one step closer to victory in Barcelona as the PokerNews team will be on the floor from start-to-finish until a champion is crowned.

Tags: Ailyran De SouzaAlejandro LococoAndrew WilsonBen SpraggChino RheemEliran ArgelaziGabriel ChivaJari MahonenLuka CenceljMarle SpraggMatias RuzziParker TalbotPeter JorgneRick HuttingRobert MizrachiSam GraftonStefan FabianVera Bogdanova

End-of-Day 1c Chip Counts (full)

AndrewK47 • Level 19: Blinds 5,000-10,000, 10,000 ante
Matias Ruzzi ar
Matias Ruzzi
ar 737,000 737,000
Eliran Argelazi il
Eliran Argelazi
il 726,000 726,000
Ailyran de Souza Lisboa BR
Ailyran de Souza Lisboa
BR 666,000 666,000
Stefan Fabian ro
Stefan Fabian
ro 666,000 601,000
Jari Mahonen fi
Jari Mahonen
fi 634,000 634,000
Jonathan Bitton FR
Jonathan Bitton
FR 573,000 263,000
Fernando Rodriguez Risueno ES
Fernando Rodriguez Risueno
ES 543,000 543,000
Gabriel Chiva ro
Gabriel Chiva
ro 510,000 288,000
Rick Hutting NL
Rick Hutting
NL 506,000 506,000
Vera Bogdanova RU
Vera Bogdanova
RU 502,000 502,000
Inaki Aguirre es
Inaki Aguirre
es 501,000 501,000
Franz Ditz de
Franz Ditz
de 478,000 478,000
Michele Nizzardelli IT
Michele Nizzardelli
IT 459,000 459,000
Noah Novick us
Noah Novick
us 445,000 445,000
Peep Kivistik EE
Peep Kivistik
EE 436,000 186,000
Hamed Sedini fr
Hamed Sedini
fr 430,000 430,000
Marcin Godyn PL
Marcin Godyn
PL 423,000 423,000
Massimiliano Forti it
Massimiliano Forti
it 420,000 420,000
Avraham Atias IL
Avraham Atias
IL 418,000 418,000
Tom Channir DE
Tom Channir
DE 410,000 410,000
Alexander Goulder gb
Alexander Goulder
gb 401,000 401,000
Michel Dattani pt
Michel Dattani
pt 400,000 110,000
Matias Meran do
Matias Meran
do 396,000 396,000
Danilo Velasevic rs
Danilo Velasevic
rs 385,000 385,000
Sihao Zhang lu
Sihao Zhang
lu 385,000 385,000

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The Money Bubble Has Burst to End Day 1c

Kirk.brown • Level 19: Blinds 5,000-10,000, 10,000 ante

Luka Cencelj moved all in for 126,000 and was called by Michel Dattani, putting Cencelj at risk.

Luka Cencelj: {a-Clubs}{q-Clubs}
Michel Dattani: {a-Spades}{k-Spades}

The board ran out {10-Clubs}{8-Spades}{4-Hearts}{5-Spades}{2-Hearts} which meant Dattani's king-kicker was good to eliminate Cencelj and burst the money bubble, much to the excitement of the rest of the room as they all cheered and began the bagging process.

Michel Dattani pt
Michel Dattani
pt 290,000 290,000
Luka Cencelj si
Luka Cencelj
si Busted

Tags: Luka CenceljMichel Dattani

Level:
19
Blinds:
5,000/10,000
Ante:
10,000

On the Bubble

Kirk.brown • Level 17: Blinds 3,000-6,000, 6,000 ante

Hand-for-hand play is still in effect as players fight to make the money.

Bubble Soon Approaching

AndrewK47 • Level 17: Blinds 3,000-6,000, 6,000 ante

Play has slowed down as only four players remain before the money bubble and end of day 1c.

Sheils Takes From James

AndrewK47 • Level 17: Blinds 3,000-6,000, 6,000 ante

Action folded to Joshua Frazer James on the button who opened for 15,000. Brandon Sheils elected to three-bet from the big blind to 45,000 and James made the call.

The flop came {k-Hearts}{q-Clubs}{10-Diamonds} and both players checked their options. On the {q-Hearts} turn both players checked again. The {2-Hearts} completed the board and Sheils chose a bet of 35,000. Without much thought, James flicked in a chip for the call and Sheils rolled over {a-Diamonds}{a-Spades}. James mucked his cards and the pot was sent to Sheils with less than 20 remaining on the day.

Brandon Sheils gb
Brandon Sheils
gb 220,000
Joshua Frazer James ca
Joshua Frazer James
ca 75,000 -99,000

Tags: Brandon SheilsJoshua Frazer James

Spragg Spins it Up

Kirk.brown • Level 17: Blinds 3,000-6,000, 6,000 ante
Marle Cordeiro
Marle Cordeiro

On a flop of {a-Hearts}{10-Diamonds}{8-Hearts}, Marle Spragg moved all in and was called by Yuliyan Kolev. The two players tabled their cards, with Spragg at risk.

Marle Spragg: {a-Spades}{k-Clubs}
Yuliyan Kolev: {7-Hearts}{9-Hearts}

"Oh, I'm going to win this one!" Kolev announced, as even though he was currently behind, he had a ton of outs to hit with his combo draw.

The turn {9-Spades} gave Kolev even more outs as now any nine or seven would also give him the win, but the river {4-Clubs} was a complete brick and Spragg scooped the pot for a huge double-up.

Marle Spragg us
Marle Spragg
us 330,000 282,000
Yuliyan Kolev bg
Yuliyan Kolev
bg 140,000 140,000

Tags: Marle SpraggYuliyan Kolev