2017 PokerStars Championship Barcelona

Main Event
Day: 1b
Event Info

2017 PokerStars Championship Barcelona

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

Main Event

Day 1b Completed

Latorre Heats Up to End Day 1b With Lead

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)

Level 8 : 400/800, 100 ante
Player Chips Progress
Jose Latorre es
Jose Latorre
243,800 -4,200
Day 1B Chip Leader
Vladimir Geshkenbein ru
Vladimir Geshkenbein
200,000 200,000
EPT 1X Winner
Usman Siddique gb
Usman Siddique
191,000 191,000
Martin Aasen Lunde no
Martin Aasen Lunde
185,400 185,400
Ivan Kiselev ru
Ivan Kiselev
178,600 178,600
Yaron Zeev Malki il
Yaron Zeev Malki
Rosen Angelov bg
Rosen Angelov
176,900 176,900
Aleksey Ponakov lv
Aleksey Ponakov
176,400 176,400
Aleksandr Gofman ru
Aleksandr Gofman
169,400 17,400
Marcelo Caceres ar
Marcelo Caceres
168,000 168,000
Tibor Nagygyorgy hu
Tibor Nagygyorgy
166,500 166,500
Victor Choupeaux fr
Victor Choupeaux
165,500 60,500
Anatoly Chen ru
Anatoly Chen
165,500 108,500
Andrew Moreno us
Andrew Moreno
163,600 8,600
Tomi Brouk fi
Tomi Brouk
160,200 160,200
WSOP 1X Winner
Aram Sargsyan am
Aram Sargsyan
159,400 79,400
Marwan Walid Salamoun es
Marwan Walid Salamoun
157,200 157,200
Ognjen Sekularac rs
Ognjen Sekularac
155,100 155,100
Andrea Shehadeh it
Andrea Shehadeh
155,000 155,000
Bartosz Piesiewicz pl
Bartosz Piesiewicz
147,600 147,600
Alvaro Puchol Vina es
Alvaro Puchol Vina
145,700 145,700
Lars Johansson no
Lars Johansson
144,700 144,700
Hakim Zoufri nl
Hakim Zoufri
142,900 142,900
Joni Jouhkimainen fi
Joni Jouhkimainen
140,400 140,400
WSOP 1X Winner
Akin Tuna tr
Akin Tuna
138,800 -1,200

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Latorre Grabs Late-Night Chip Lead With Massive Double

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.

Player Chips Progress
Jose Latorre es
Jose Latorre
248,000 134,000
Day 1B Chip Leader
Majid Noubarian ir
Majid Noubarian

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Thomas Loses the Classic Race

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.

Player Chips Progress
Stoyan Obreshkov bg
Stoyan Obreshkov
Russell Thomas us
Russell Thomas
10,000 -7,000

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Huge Pot to Latorre

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.

Player Chips Progress
Jose Latorre es
Jose Latorre
Day 1B Chip Leader
Rory Brennan ie
Rory Brennan
23,500 -26,500

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Alexander Not Slowrolling

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.

Player Chips Progress
DJ Alexander us
DJ Alexander
84,000 15,000

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Croitoru Keeps Climbing

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.

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

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