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Day 1b Completed

Latorre Heats Up to End Day 1b With Lead

mnuwwarah • Level 8: 400-800, 100 ante
Jose Angel Latorre
Jose Angel Latorre

Like a racehorse waiting for the very last stretch to make his move, Jose Latorre waited until there was about 30 minutes left in the night on Day 1b of PokerStars Championship Barcelona Main Event before turning on the jets and racing to the top of the leaderboard.

Latorre finished the eight-level grind with 243,800, giving him a wide lead over the players who paced the Day 1a field as well as Thomas Steinbicker, who finished Day 1b with 201,500. He's best known for his exploits in online sit-n-goes as "Cejakas14" but also has nearly $200,000 in live cashes.

Two huge hands at the end of the night powered Latorre's move. With unknown action ahead of him at 400/800/100, Latorre put in 8,100 in the big blind and saw Rory Brennan make it 20,500. Latorre peeled with ace-king and saw the turn for free, turning a king after three wheel cards flopped. Latorre check-called 14,500 and then won the pot at showdown.

That pushed Latorre past 110,000, but an even bigger pot was in the offing. Latorre got all in on the turn on a board with three clubs against a similarly stacked opponent who held king-ten of clubs for a king-high flush. Unfortunately for him, Latorre held ace-nine of clubs for the nuts and vaulted into his massive lead.

PokerStars Team Pros also had a productive day. While Vanessa Selbst hit the rail, she had at least three teammates make it through. Andre Akkari (123,300), Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier (57,700) and Marcin Horecki (15,300) all found bags.

Grospellier has been in the midst of a resurgence after a top 13 runs at PokerStars Championship Monte Carlo and PokerStars Championship Sochi before a second-place finish at the $111K One Drop at the World Series of Poker.

Fabian Quoss, Adam Owen, Koray Aldemir, Dietrich Fast, Ari Engel and Parker Talbot also survived.

A total of 1,233 turned up for Day 1b, pushing the two-day total to 1,670. There's still time for players to buy in though, until Day 2 gets going. The late registrants and the remaining players will be back at Casino Barcelona at noon on Wednesday for Day 2. Blinds and antes will be 500/1,000/100, and all the action will be documented here on PokerNews.

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End-of-Day Chip Counts (full)

KaleGozer • Level 8: 400-800, 100 ante
Jose Latorre ES 243,800 -4,200
Vladimir Geshkenbein ru 200,000 200,000
Usman Siddique gb 191,000 191,000
Martin Aasen Lunde NO 185,400 185,400
Ivan Kiselev RU 178,600 178,600
Yaron Zeev Malki il 177,600
Rosen Angelov bg 176,900 176,900
Aleksey Ponakov LV 176,400 176,400
Aleksandr Gofman ru 169,400 17,400
Marcelo Caceres AR 168,000 168,000
Tibor Nagygyorgy hu 166,500 166,500
Anatoly Chen ru 165,500 108,500
Victor Choupeaux fr 165,500 60,500
Andrew Moreno us 163,600 8,600
Tomi Brouk fi 160,200 160,200
Aram Sargsyan am 159,400 79,400
Marwan Walid Salamoun ES 157,200 157,200
Ognjen Sekularac rs 155,100 155,100
Andrea Shehadeh IT 155,000 155,000
Bartosz Piesiewicz pl 147,600 147,600
Alvaro Puchol Vina ES 145,700 145,700
Lars Johansson NO 144,700 144,700
Hakim Zoufri NL 142,900 142,900
Joni Jouhkimainen fi 140,400 140,400
Akin Tuna tr 138,800 -1,200

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It's A Wrap

KaleGozer • Level 8: 400-800, 100 ante

Day 1b is done! All chip counts and an extensive recap follow shortly.

Latorre Grabs Late-Night Chip Lead With Massive Double

KaleGozer • Level 8: 400-800, 100 ante
Jose Angel Latorre
Jose Angel Latorre

During the last thirty minutes of the day, Jose Angel Latorre has grabbed a massive chip lead in a big flush over flush situation. Holding {A-Clubs}{9-Clubs}, Latorre got his entire stack of 119,400 in on a {J-Clubs}{4-Clubs}{8-Diamonds}{7-Clubs} board.

His unfortunate opponent Majid Noubarian was playing {K-Clubs}{10-Clubs} and was all in for 117,000, which he had to fork over to his Spanish adversary.

Jose Latorre ES 248,000 134,000
Majid Noubarian IR Busted

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Thomas Loses the Classic Race

KaleGozer • Level 8: 400-800, 100 ante

In a blind battle, Stoyan Obreshkov and Russell Thomas, who have been seated next to each other the entire day, got their stacks in the middle.

Stoyan Obreshkov: {Q-Hearts}{Q-Spades}
Russell Thomas: {A-Hearts}{K-Diamonds}

The race was as classic as they'd come, and it was Obreshkov who was at risk for his remaining 40,000. The board ran out {4-Spades}{9-Spades}{10-Spades}{6-Spades}{6-Hearts}, leaving Thomas drawing dead on the turn.

Stoyan Obreshkov bg 82,000
Russell Thomas us 10,000 -7,000

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Huge Pot to Latorre

mnuwwarah • Level 8: 400-800, 100 ante

Jose Latorre had a reraise to 8,100 in front of him in the big blind when we got to his table, but he was then faced with another raise to 20,500 from Rory Brennan, who was in the cutoff. Latorre called and it went check-check on the flop for a board of {4-Diamonds}{2-Spades}{5-Spades}{k-Hearts}. Latorre check-called 14,500. Both checked the {q-Spades}, and Latorre tabled {a-Spades}{k-Clubs} for a one pair winner.

Jose Latorre ES 114,000
Rory Brennan IE 23,500 -26,500

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Alexander Not Slowrolling

mnuwwarah • Level 8: 400-800, 100 ante

Three players checked a {2-Clubs}{8-Clubs}{5-Clubs} flop, and the turn was a {3-Diamonds}. DJ Alexander bet 3,800 out of the small blind and got a call from Said Nadjem, who appeared to have opened cutoff. The river was an {a-Hearts} and Alexander checked. Nadjem bet 10,000. Alexander appeared ready to fold, then ready to call.

"Sorry if I'm slowrolling," he said, finally slamming in some chips.

However, Nadjem had {a-Clubs}{6-Clubs} for the nuts.

DJ Alexander us 84,000 15,000

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Croitoru Keeps Climbing

KaleGozer • Level 8: 400-800, 100 ante

Mihai Croitoru raised to 1,800 from under the gun and Jonathan Roy called from the cutoff. The flop was {A-Spades}{8-Spades}{2-Hearts} and Croitoru continued with 2,600, which Roy called.

On the {Q-Spades} turn, Croitoru fired a second barrel worth 9,800 and Roy called another street. The {3-Spades} on the river brought the fourth spade to the board and both players checked.

"Two pair," sighed Roy, who wasn't happy about the fourth spade. However, Croitoru flipped over {2-Spades}{2-Clubs} for a set turned into a meager flush, and both players smiled about it afterward.

Mihai Croitoru ro 140,000 88,000
Jonathan Roy ca 50,000 9,000

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