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EPT Barcelona Main Event

Rayan Nathan Eliminated

Rayan Nathan peeking at Pocket Aces
Rayan Nathan peeking at Pocket Aces
Rayan Nathan (Australia) had about 20,000 left when he raised 5,000 pre-flop and got two callers including Fabrice Soulier (France). The flop was {J-Diamonds}{10-Clubs}{2-Diamonds} and Nathan pushed all in with {A-Spades}{A-Clubs}. Soulier quickly called with {10-Spades}{10-Hearts}. Nathan's hand did not improve and he headed to the rail after getting his aces cracked.

Fabrice Soulier increased his stack to over 210K. He's the current chipleader.

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Player Nationality Breakdown

Out of the 543 players who entered into the EPT Barcelona, France sent the most players (72) followed by Sweden. Here's a breakdown of the nations represented (courtesy of PokerStars):

France - 72
Sweden - 66
UK - 54
USA - 45
Spain - 41
Italy - 39
Norway - 31
Finland - 30
Denmark - 27
Germany - 27
Holland - 22
Canada - 12
Russia - 7
Bulgaria - 6
Ireland - 6
Portugal - 6
Switzerland - 5
Austria - 4
Brazil - 4
Hungary - 4
Australia - 3
Belgium - 3
China - 3
Poland - 3
Costa Rica - 2
Grecia - 2
Israel - 2
Marruecos - 2
New Zealand - 2
Argentina - 1
Belgica - 1
Bosnia Herzegovina - 1
Hungria - 1
India - 1
Latvia - 1
Macedonia - 1
Republica Eslovaca - 1
Rumania - 1
Turquia - 1
Ukraine - 1
Vietnam - 1
Yugoslavia - 1

Media Evicted from Tournament Area

After speaking to officials from Poker Stars, we've learned that no media will be permitted inside the ropes for the remainder of the evening. The tournament area is a bit small and cramped to begin with and with the field dwindling so rapidly, the crush of cameras and reporters between the few remaining tables elicited complaints from the players.

We will do our best to continue with live updates and chip counts from the rail. Our apologies for the inconvenience.

The Poker News Cup

In case you didn't know, PokerNews is launching the PokerNews Cup in Melbourne, Australia this October.

There are several ways to qualify for this worldwide televised event (including CBS and EuroSports). You can qualify by:

- Joining Team PokerNews through a $5,000 freeroll
- Qualifying online at Party Poker, Everest Poker, Titan Poker or Pacific Poker

We still have six PokerNews Cup freerolls on Duplicate Poker. To play these freerolls all you need to do is sign up to Duplicate Poker from our review, and make any deposit.

With a guaranteed $250,000 first prize and a expected $1M+ prize pool, PokerNews Cup Australia is sure to be a great event! Join us down under this October and get on TV all around the world!

Playing Down to the Money Tonight

Play will stop tonight when our 77 remaining players have been whittled down to the 56 that will finish in the money. Those seven tables of players will return tomorrow to play down to the final table.

The Wall of Fabrice

Fabrice Soulier
Fabrice Soulier
Just before I was kicked out of the tournament area, I spotted Fabrice Soulier (France) sitting behind a wall of blue chips. He's among a handful of players that has over 100K. That list includes Mark Teltscher, Christopher Ulsrud, Martin Wendt, Nikolaus Jedlicka, and Paul Wasicka.

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