€1,100 Estrellas Poker Tour Main Event
€1,100 Estrellas Poker Tour Main Event
Day 1f Completed

Mateusz Moolhuizen Earns Day 1f Chip Lead, 938 Players to Return for Friday's Day 2

blaisebourgeois • Level 19: Blinds 5,000-10,000, 10,000 ante
Mateusz Moolhuizen
Mateusz Moolhuizen

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

1Mateusz MoolhuizenNetherlands644,000
2Alexandre PintoFrance643,000
3Samir BenabdelazizFrance616,000
4Ghamri KheirFrance607,000
5Dan StavilaUSA589,000
6Jack SinclairAustria575,000
7Nadi NasserLuxembourg536,000
8Kyle HoCanada523,000
9Andrea CortellazziItaly510,000
10Danielle NojaAustralia482,000

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.

Follow all the updates right here on PokerNews to find out who wins this event on August 14th and to check out all of the coverage here at EPT Barcelona.

Tags: Alejandro LococoAlexander KobbeltvedtAlexandre Joa PintoAlexandre PintoAndrea CortellazziBenny GlaserDan StavilaDanielle NojaJack SinclairJoey WeissmanKyle HoMateusz MoolhuizenNadi NasserPedro MarquesRafael MoraesRobert CowenSergiu CovrigXuan Liu

End of Day Chip Counts (full)

blaisebourgeois • Level 19: Blinds 5,000-10,000, 10,000 ante
Mateusz Moolhuizen nl
Mateusz Moolhuizen
nl 644,000 644,000
Alexandre Pinto fr
Alexandre Pinto
fr 643,000
Samir Benabdelaziz FR
Samir Benabdelaziz
FR 616,000
Ghamri Kheir FR
Ghamri Kheir
FR 607,000 329,000
Dan Stavila us
Dan Stavila
us 589,000 589,000
Jack Sinclair gb
Jack Sinclair
gb 575,000 575,000
Nadi Nasser lu
Nadi Nasser
lu 536,000
Kyle Ho ca
Kyle Ho
ca 523,000 523,000
Andrea Cortellazzi it
Andrea Cortellazzi
it 510,000
Danielle Noja au
Danielle Noja
au 482,000 482,000
Peter Da no
Peter Da
no 468,000 468,000
Rubeno Magarinos Moreno ES
Rubeno Magarinos Moreno
ES 464,000
Petar Kalev bg
Petar Kalev
bg 458,000
Arya Tasbihi GB
Arya Tasbihi
GB 448,000 251,000
Mirko Mirovic RS
Mirko Mirovic
RS 440,000 198,000
Rui Querido Martins PT
Rui Querido Martins
PT 435,000
Jason McConnon gb
Jason McConnon
gb 422,000
Denison Klein Barreiros BR
Denison Klein Barreiros
BR 417,000 417,000
Giovanni Gaiulli it
Giovanni Gaiulli
it 395,000
Tommy Ben Alaya FR
Tommy Ben Alaya
FR 391,000
Sergiu Covrig ro
Sergiu Covrig
ro 385,000 203,000
Andrei Konopelko by
Andrei Konopelko
by 377,000 377,000
Charles Caris au
Charles Caris
au 362,000
Arseniy Meshcheryakov RU
Arseniy Meshcheryakov
RU 351,000
Alexandru Rusu RO
Alexandru Rusu
RO 330,000

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Lococo One of Two Players Eliminated on the Stone Bubble

blaisebourgeois • Level 19: Blinds 5,000-10,000, 10,000 ante
Alejandro Lococo
Alejandro Lococo

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 {a-Clubs}{3-Diamonds}{5-Hearts}, Papo MC needed a whole lot of help in order to survive.

Alejandro Lococo: {j-Diamonds}{10-Clubs}
Andrea Cortellazzi: {a-Diamonds}{q-Spades}

A glimmer of hope did arrive with the {q-Diamonds} coming on the turn, which got a chuckle and an eyebrow raise from the Argentinian.

However, the {10-Spades} 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.

Andrea Cortellazzi it
Andrea Cortellazzi
it 510,000
Alejandro Lococo ar
Alejandro Lococo
ar Busted
Frederic Moutoussamy FR
Frederic Moutoussamy
FR Busted

Tags: Alejandro LococoAndrea CortellazziFrederic Moutoussamy


blaisebourgeois • Level 19: Blinds 5,000-10,000, 10,000 ante

Players are one elimination from the bubble after the first hand of hand-for-hand play saw two players eliminated.


Marques Sniffs Out Benitah's Bluff, Earns Big Double Up

blaisebourgeois • Level 17: Blinds 3,000-6,000, 6,000 ante
Pedro Marques
Pedro Marques

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 {4-Clubs}{9-Spades}{6-Hearts} and Marques checked over to Benitah, who continued for 20,000. Marques called.

On the {10-Diamonds} 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.

Pedro Marques: {j-Hearts}{j-Clubs}
Samuel Benitah: {q-Hearts}{8-Hearts}

Marques' pocket jacks were far ahead of Benitah, who needed a lot of help on the river.

However, the river brought the {8-Spades} and Marques earned a full double, knocking Benitah down to 89,000 in the process.

Pedro Marques pt
Pedro Marques
pt 241,000 241,000
Samuel Benitah fr
Samuel Benitah
fr 89,000

Tags: Pedro MarquesSamuel Benitah


Buhaiov Rivers Hamouche to Move Over 200,000

blaisebourgeois • Level 16: Blinds 2,000-5,000, 5,000 ante
Nazar Buhaiov
Nazar Buhaiov

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.

Romain Hamouche: {q-Clubs}{j-Clubs}
Nazar Buhaiov: {a-Spades}{k-Spades}

The flop came {j-Spades}{4-Diamonds}{3-Spades} and even though Hamouche was ahead with a pair of jacks, Buhaiov was still a 54% favorite to win the hand.

The {8-Hearts} arrived on the turn, making Hamouche a two-to-one favorite to double up.

However, the {a-Diamonds} came on the river, eliminating Hamouche and taking the Ukrainian over the 200,000-chip mark.

Nazar Buhaiov ua
Nazar Buhaiov
ua 202,000 202,000
Romain Hamouche fr
Romain Hamouche
fr Busted

Tags: Nazar BuhaiovRomain Hamouche