2017 PokerStars Championship Barcelona

Main Event
Day: 1a
Event Info

2017 PokerStars Championship Barcelona

Final Results
Winning Hand
Event Info
Prize Pool
Level Info
800,000 / 1,600,000

Main Event

Day 1a Completed

Xavier Carriere Leads After Day 1a of the 2017 PokerStars Championship Barcelona Main Event

Level 8 : 400/800, 100 ante
Jake Cody on to Day 2
Jake Cody on to Day 2

The first of two starting days of the 2017 PokerStars Championship Barcelona Main Event is in the books. The poker world has traveled en masse to Casino Barcelona in the past week, where attendance records have once again been shattered all over. With 437 players showing up for Day 1a of the €7 million guaranteed Main Event, and a multitude of that expected for Day 1b, the capital of Catalunya remains one of the most popular poker stops in the world.

After eight levels of 75 minutes, 213 players made their way to Day 2, Xavier Carriere (205,700) of France bagging the overnight chip lead. Adalfer Morales Gamarra isn't far behind with 192,900 in chips. Gamarra finished 3rd in a €550 Hyper Turbo for €31,845 earlier this week and is riding the wave. Upeshka De Silva (180,000) rounded out the top three. Dario Sammartino (141,100), Ryan Riess (113,800), Christopher Kruk (107,400), Steve Warburton (92,000), Bart Lybaert (62,200), Dan Colman (59,000), Nick Petrangelo (37,000), Pierre Neuville (14,000), and Kenny Hallaert (13,000) also made it to Day 2.

It was an exciting day in Barcelona, as no fewer than three big winners were crowned. Russia's Igor Kurganov (€50,000 Super High Roller for €1,135,000), Argentina's Pedro Cairat (€1,100 PokerStars National Championship for €432,178), and Holland's Sander van Wesemael (€330 PokerStars Cup for €127,000) all added another fantastic result to their respective careers.

The day started off with a little over 100 players taking their seats right at the start. Fatima Moreira de Melo was one of the players active in the first level, scooping up a lot of small pots in the process. The Team PokerStars lasted until level 6 when she busted with pocket kings. On a trey-six-five-six board, De Melo called a shove, only to be shown ace-six for trips.

Moreira de Melo found herself in good company, as fellow Team PokerStars Pro Daniel Negreanu also busted on Day 1a. A tired Negreanu, who cashed in the €50K Super High Roller earlier during the day, got eliminated with trip sevens against a king-high flush in the penultimate level of the day. They were joined on the rail by Team PokerStars Online Pro Jaime Staples, 2014 World Champion Martin Jacobson, Christoph Vogelsang, Steve O'Dwyer, Gaelle Baumann, Benjamin Pollak, and Linus "LLinusLLove" Loeliger.

Of the 213 players that bagged chips at the end of the night, it was Dario Sammartino rocking one of the bigger stacks with 141,100. Sammartino biggest pot came when he held up with pocket kings in a massive clash against Jimmy Guerrero, where Guerrero bricked his straight and flush draws.

2013 World Champion Ryan Riess bagged 113,800 and is also a strong contender going forward. During the last hour of the day, Riess overbet with pocket jacks on a nine-deuce-nine-seven board with two hearts. His opponent called with pocket tens and busted, which moved Riess up over the 100k mark.

On Tuesday at noon local time, Day 1b will commence. Like last year, over 1,000 players are expected to take their shot at the €7 million guaranteed prize pool. Eight levels of 75 minutes will be played, with a 75-minute dinner break scheduled after level six. All players will receive 30,000 in chips.

Survivors from Day 1b will join those from Day 1a on Wednesday, August 23rd at 12 p.m.. Follow PokerNews throughout the week and don't miss anything from the inaugural PokerStars Championship Barcelona.

Tags: Benjamin PollakChristoph VogelsangChristopher KrukDaniel NegreanuDario SammartinoFatima Moreira De MeloGaelle BaumannJaime StaplesJimmy GuerreroKenny HallaertLinus LoeligerMartin JacobsonNick PetrangeloPaul KlannPierre NeuvilleRyan RiessSteve O'DwyerSteve Warburton

End-of-Day Chip Counts (full)

Level 8 : 400/800, 100 ante
Player Chips Progress
Xavier Carriere fr
Xavier Carriere
205,700 124,700
Day 1A Chip Leader
Adalfer Morales Gamarra co
Adalfer Morales Gamarra
192,900 27,900
Upeshka De Silva us
Upeshka De Silva
183,000 3,000
WSOP 3X Winner
Paul Klann ca
Paul Klann
174,200 115,700
WPT 1X Winner
Georges Hanna lb
Georges Hanna
Fabrice Maltez fr
Fabrice Maltez
149,200 24,200
Diego Vilela br
Diego Vilela
149,100 149,100
Patrick Leonard gb
Patrick Leonard
142,000 78,000
WSOP 1X Winner
Dario Sammartino it
Dario Sammartino
141,100 21,100
Antonios Koukouras gr
Antonios Koukouras
137,100 79,600
Carlos Lopez us
Carlos Lopez
136,700 40,700
Daan Mulders nl
Daan Mulders
135,500 100,500
Albert Daher lb
Albert Daher
133,100 43,100
Vladimir Lappo by
Vladimir Lappo
Jose Nunez Fernandez es
Jose Nunez Fernandez
130,000 15,000
Thomas Muehloecker at
Thomas Muehloecker
128,200 55,200
Franz Ditz de
Franz Ditz
Benjamin Rolle de
Benjamin Rolle
124,100 124,100
Paul Ephremsen gb
Paul Ephremsen
Arnaud Enselme fr
Arnaud Enselme
Igor Yaroshevskyy ua
Igor Yaroshevskyy
120,000 5,600
Erik Walfridsson se
Erik Walfridsson
Ryan Riess us
Ryan Riess
113,800 -6,200
WSOP Main Event Champion
WSOP 1X Winner
WPT 1X Winner
Fabian Mayorga Medina co
Fabian Mayorga Medina
Christopher Kruk ca
Christopher Kruk
107,400 36,000

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Riess Eliminates One

Level 8 : 400/800, 100 ante

Ryan Riess had a bet of 40,000 in front of him on the button when we got to his table, with the board reading {9-Hearts}{2-Clubs}{9-Diamonds}{7-Hearts}. Riess' cutoff opponent was deciding whether to call the overbet — the pot was about 25,000 — for his tournament life, since he had about 35,000. Eventually, he did call with {10-Clubs}{10-Spades}, but Riess had him beat with {j-Diamonds}{j-Clubs}. The river was a {7-Clubs}, and the former WSOP Main Event champ dragged the pot.

Player Chips Progress
Ryan Riess us
Ryan Riess
120,000 81,500
WSOP Main Event Champion
WSOP 1X Winner
WPT 1X Winner

Tags: Ryan Riess

Another Yaroshevskyy and Paloniemi Hand, This Time Yaroshevskyy Doubled

Level 8 : 400/800, 100 ante

On a board of {J-Diamonds}{5-Clubs}{2-Hearts}{Q-Spades} we caught Jukka Paloniemi with 16,000 in front of him from the cutoff. Igor Yaroshevskyy, seated in early position, had 47,200 in front of him, all in. Paloniemi took his time and eventually called after the clock was called on him.

Jukka Paloniemi: {A-Clubs}{Q-Clubs}
Igor Yaroshevskyy: {J-Clubs}{J-Hearts}

The river {A-Hearts} made Paloniemi two pair but that was still not good enough to beat Yaroshevskyy's set.

Player Chips Progress
Igor Yaroshevskyy ua
Igor Yaroshevskyy
114,400 56,900
Jukka Paloniemi fi
Jukka Paloniemi
84,800 -57,200

Tags: Igor YaroshevskyyJukka Paloniemi

Paloniemi Takes This Round

Level 8 : 400/800, 100 ante

Igor Yaroshevskyy (early position) and Jukka Paloniemi (button) each put in what looked like 12,000 on an {8-Diamonds}{5-Clubs}{4-Hearts} flop. They each checked the {4-Clubs}, and Paloniemi bet 42,000 into about 60,000 after the {2-Spades} river. Yaroshevskyy pondered a few minutes, and Paloniemi asked for time. With three seconds left in his countdown, Yaroshevskyy grabbed a stack of calling chips, but it was a final bluff as he mucked in short order.

Player Chips Progress
Jukka Paloniemi fi
Jukka Paloniemi
142,000 23,500
Igor Yaroshevskyy ua
Igor Yaroshevskyy
57,500 -32,700

Tags: Igor YaroshevskyyJukka Paloniemi

Paloniemi Pays Yaroshevskyy

Level 8 : 400/800, 100 ante

In a pot that boasted about 15,000 in preflop, Igor Yaroshevskyy checked in the small blind and called 5,700 from Jukka Paloniemi on the {8-Clubs}{j-Spades}{10-Hearts} flop. Both checked the {2-Clubs} and Yaroshevskyy fired in 15,300 on the {3-Hearts} river. Paloniemi tossed in calling chips after about a minute but couldn't beat {q-Hearts}{q-Spades}.

Player Chips Progress
Jukka Paloniemi fi
Jukka Paloniemi
118,500 -500
Igor Yaroshevskyy ua
Igor Yaroshevskyy
90,200 -7,200

Tags: Igor YaroshevskyyJukka Paloniemi

Haxton Rivers Hallaert To Stay Alive

Level 8 : 400/800, 100 ante
Kenny Hallaert
Kenny Hallaert

Kenny Hallaert may be on an absolute tear these past few months, even the Belgian can be susceptible to an old-fashioned bad beat. It was none other than Isaac Haxton who rivered Hallaert to keep his Main Event run going.

Haxton had raised to 1,950 in middle position, Hallaert had three-bet to 5,500 to his left and had called Haxton's four-bet shove for 40,700 to create the following showdown.

Isaac Haxton: {A-Diamonds}{Q-Spades}
Kenny Hallaert: {K-Clubs}{K-Spades}

The board ran out {9-Spades}{6-Clubs}{10-Clubs}{10-Hearts}{A-Hearts}, giving Haxton an ace on the river to win.

Player Chips Progress
Isaac Haxton us
Isaac Haxton
90,000 25,000
WSOP 1X Winner
Kenny Hallaert be
Kenny Hallaert
42,000 -58,000

Tags: Isaac HaxtonKenny Hallaert