Day 1f Completed
Day 1f Completed
From a starting field of 6,313 entries, only 938 players will return on Friday for Day 2 of the €1,100 Estrellas Poker Tour Main Event, which is a part of the PokerStars and Barcelona©Casino European Poker Tour.
The sixth and final flight was played on Thursday evening, with 162 players advancing from the 20-minute hyper-turbo format, which drew 1,087 total entries.
Play was completed with 11 seconds left in Level 19, when Alejandro Lococo was one of two players who burst the bubble.
Of those that advanced from the tournament's final flight, it was Mateusz Moolhuizen who reigned supreme, bagging a whopping 644,000 chips.
Frenchmen Alexandre Joa Pinto (643,000), Samir Benabdelaziz (616,000), and Ghamri Kheir (607,000) also cracked the top five, along with Dan Stavila of the United States.
€1,100 Estrellas Poker Tour Main Event Day 1f Top Ten Chip Counts
Some notables who qualified for Day 2 in the final flight and will come back with a nice stack to play with include: Sergiu Covrig (385,000), Rafael Moraes (315,000), Pedro Marques (290,000), Xuan Liu (196,000), and Sefora-Emanuela Pop (175,000).
Despite their best efforts and, for some, firing a handful of bullets, players like Alejandro Lococo, Alexander Kobbeltvedt, Robert Cowen, Joey Weissman, and Benny Glaser will not be a part Day 2 having failed to bag over the previous three days.
All remaining players that come back at noon for Friday's Day 2 are guaranteed at least a min-cash. They will announce the details of the impressive, record-breaking €6,060,480 prize pool at the start of the day. Players will play 60-minute levels after playing the final five minutes of Level 17, where the blinds will start at 3,000/6,000 with a 6,000 big blind ante.
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With an enormous pot up for grabs, Alejandro Lococo found himself all in for his tournament life during the third hand of hand-for-hand play.
After saving a 100 chip for the flop, which came , Papo MC needed a whole lot of help in order to survive.
A glimmer of hope did arrive with the coming on the turn, which got a chuckle and an eyebrow raise from the Argentinian.
However, the completed the board and Lococo was eliminated despite firing in the Main Event eight times over the past three days.
There were four other all ins on the stone bubble, with Frederic Moutoussamy also eliminated on the bubble as his pocket aces fell to king-six suited, which made a flush on the river.
Despite the magic number being 163 players for the day, only 162 will make the money as the rules state players must make Day 2 to cash.
Players are one elimination from the bubble after the first hand of hand-for-hand play saw two players eliminated.
Pedro Marques opened to 12,000 from middle position and Samuel Benitah, from the button, three-bet to 26,000. Marques called.
The flop came and Marques checked over to Benitah, who continued for 20,000. Marques called.
On the turn, Benitah put his entire stack of blues in the middle, forcing Marques to make a decision over his remaining 119,000 chips.
Marques would need more than three minutes to make the decision, even apologizing to the table about two minutes in. Eventually, he made the call for his tournament life.
Marques' pocket jacks were far ahead of Benitah, who needed a lot of help on the river.
However, the river brought the and Marques earned a full double, knocking Benitah down to 89,000 in the process.
Romain Hamouche open-jammed for about 70,000 from the cutoff and Nazar Buhaiov went over the top from the button. The blinds folded and the two put their cards on their backs.
The flop came and even though Hamouche was ahead with a pair of jacks, Buhaiov was still a 54% favorite to win the hand.
The arrived on the turn, making Hamouche a two-to-one favorite to double up.
However, the came on the river, eliminating Hamouche and taking the Ukrainian over the 200,000-chip mark.