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

KaleGozer • 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)

Webjoker • Level 8: 400-800, 100 ante
Xavier Carriere fr 205,700 124,700
Adalfer Morales Gamarra CO 192,900 27,900
Upeshka De Silva us 183,000 3,000
Paul Klann ca 174,200 115,700
Georges Hanna lb 162,500
Fabrice Maltez fr 149,200 24,200
Diego Vilela br 149,100 149,100
Patrick Leonard gb 142,000 78,000
Dario Sammartino it 141,100 21,100
Antonios Koukouras gr 137,100 79,600
Carlos Lopez us 136,700 40,700
Daan Mulders nl 135,500 100,500
Albert Daher lb 133,100 43,100
Vladimir Lappo by 130,400
Jose Nunez Fernandez ES 130,000 15,000
Thomas Muehloecker at 128,200 55,200
Franz Ditz de 125,100
Benjamin Rolle de 124,100 124,100
Paul Ephremsen GB 122,500
Arnaud Enselme fr 121,400
Igor Yaroshevskyy ua 120,000 5,600
Erik Walfridsson SE 115,500
Ryan Riess us 113,800 -6,200
Fabian Mayorga Medina CO 113,300
Christopher Kruk ca 107,400 36,000

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Three More Hands

Webjoker • Level 8: 400-800, 100 ante

And the day is done. We'll be back shortly with assorted end-of-day chip counts and a recap of today's action.

Riess Eliminates One

mnuwwarah • 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.

Ryan Riess us 120,000 81,500

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Another Yaroshevskyy and Paloniemi Hand, This Time Yaroshevskyy Doubled

Webjoker • 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.

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

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Paloniemi Takes This Round

mnuwwarah • 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.

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

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De Silva Keeps Hammering

KaleGozer • Level 8: 400-800, 100 ante

Upeshka De Silva is up to 180,000 after winning a big pot uncontested. With around 60,000 in the pot, De Silva shoved all in on a {J-Spades}{Q-Hearts}{3-Diamonds}{4-Hearts}{10-Clubs} board. It was effectively 45,000 to call for his opponent, who spent over five minutes agonizing before folding his hand.

Upeshka De Silva us 180,000 33,400

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Haxton Rivers Hallaert To Stay Alive

KaleGozer • 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.

Isaac Haxton us 90,000 25,000
Kenny Hallaert be 42,000 -58,000

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