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Day 1 of the €50,000 Super High Roller from European Poker Tour Barcelona has come to a close. This event marked a spectacular start to the 100th EPT event ever held, and an elite record-breaking field of competitors were in the mix.
The biggest story of the day was that of the size of the field. At the completion of play, things had grown to 56 unique entries with 15 reentries. That meant a total of 71 entries and the largest €50,000 Super High Roller in Barcelona history. What's more is that players still have the option to enter and reenter up until the start of play on Day 2, which will be on Tuesday at 12 p.m. local time. If you just happen to have an extra €50,000 lying around, Casino Barcelona is where the action will be.
Following the completion of the first eight levels of play — of which players began with 250,000 in chips — Ryan Fee finished on top of the leaderboard with 919,000 in his stack.
Fee scored two big eliminations to highlight his day. First, he busted Dong Kim with ace-king versus tens by hitting a king on the flop. Then right at the end of the day, Fee sent Mike McDonald packing. It was McDonald's second time busting the event, but he will still be able to reenter once more before Day 2 begins.
Among the faces in the field for Day 1 were Dan Smith and Vitaly Lunkin, both former champions of this event. Smith won the inaugural €50,000 Super High Roller in Barcelona, an event that took place in Season 9. Lunkin is the defending champion of the event after having topped the field in Season 10. Both players survived the first starting day and will be back in action on Day 2 in their continued quest for a second title.
Also moving on to Day 2 was Erik Seidel. What's interesting about Seidel is that he made the final table in both Season 9 and Season 10 in this event, meaning an appearance this year would earn him three in a row. McDonald also achieved this feat, but it will left to be determined as to whether or not he will enter for a third time and chase a third final table.
Then there were 2014 WSOP November Niners Jorryt van Hoof and Martin Jacobson. Van Hoof is the chip leader of the WSOP Main Event and started at the same table as his fellow November Niner. The two got in some early practice hands against one another, but Jacobson was moved a couple hours into the day, so any more playing experience will have to wait until later on.
Other notables advancing to Day 2 were Team PokerStars Pros Jason Mercier, Vanessa Selbst, and Daniel Negreanu. Negreanu has fired two bullets in the event, but he's got more than enough big buy-in experience to justify his reentry actions.
All of the remaining players will be back on Tuesday at 12 p.m. local time for Day 2, and anyone who has busted can still reenter up until that point. New players may also buy in up until the start time, and word on the street is that there could be a few brand new competitors to start the day.
For now, that's the end of PokerNews' coverage from Barcelona, but be sure to tune back in for Day 2. Until then, enjoy a fun twist to the welcome video done by Remko Rinkema:
Day 1 has come to a close, and players are bagging and tagging their chips. Chip counts and a recap will follow shortly.
And the tournament is done for the day. We're back with an extensive recap and counts in a bit.
"Good luck me" said Fedor Holz as he called all in from the big blind. Mili seconds before, it had been Mustapha Kanit who had pushed all in from the small blind, effectively risking less than 40,000 of his well earned chips.
Holz had the best of it with as Kanit had .
Holz predicted he would again double up and start his comeback, but this time it wouldn't be like that. The flop favored Kanit, and the and didn't change a thing.
"It was a pleasure guys" said Holz as he shook hands with all the players on the table. Kanit almost started a (slow) clap, but stopped after Holz said "Oh no you don't!" Holz announced he would be coming back, hoping to get his old seat back.
Daniel Colman bet 35,000 on the paired flop, and David Peters made the cal to see the land on the turn. Colman bet 132,000 and was all in. Peters tanked for a bit, then folded, and Colman — the winner of the 2014 World Series of Poker $1,000,000 Big One for One Drop — scooped in the pot.
The European Poker Tour Season 11 Player of the Year race is just beginning, and as you know players will accumulate points in all events throughout Season 11, regardless of the buy-in level. In addition, all of the Festival Events (Estrellas, UKIPT, Eureka, FPS, IPT) that combine with an EPT tour stop have been eligible for Player of the Year points.
The Global Poker Index (GPI) points formula, which will be used to determine the EPT11 POY, is a bit complicated, but you can read about all the details here.
Since the EPT11 POY Race has just started and a leaderboard hasn't been established, we thought we'd offer you EPT10's final POY Leaderboard, which saw German wunderkind Ole Schemion walk away with the title after a heated race.
|1||Ole Schemion||1,337.74 pts|
|2||Thomas Muhlocker||1,194.65 pts|
|3||Alex Bilokur||1,113.61 pts|
|4||Stephen Chidwick||981.23 pts|
|5||Jack Salter||948.78 pts|
|6||Andrew Chen||948.47 pts|
|7||Georgios Karakousis||931.22 pts|
|8||Atanas Kavrakov||922.82 pts|
|9||Adrian Mateos||891.41 pts|
|10||David Vamplew||865.70 pts|
We'll be bringing you daily updates on the Player of the Year race, so be sure to keep an eye out for those.
Doug Polk raised to 9,500 from the button, and Mustapha Kanit three-bet to 25,500 from the small blind. Fedor Holz, who made quite the comeback earlier today, cold four-bet to 65,000. Polk quickly folded, but Kanit bumped up the action one more time by making it 101,000. Holz called in position, and the two of them saw a flop in an already huge pot.
The flop came down , and Kanit bet out 58,000 with around 120,000 behind. Holz shoved all in and Kanit made the call.
The flop came about as good as they could come for Holz who hit a pair, flush draw, and backdoor straight draw. For Holz, Kanit had about the best hand in this spot possible: two overs and a gut shot.
The on the turn was of no real influence, and you could see the tension grow on both of their faces.
The on the river was anything but a blank and Kanit secured his double up. A composed Holz cut out 180,500 to sent to his neighbor while Kanit fist pumped towards one of the railers, but didn't cheer too loud.
"Make sure you mention that I started this all," said Doug Polk.
"Make sure you mention that he mentioned wanting it mentioned," laughed Olivier Busquet.
Busquet and Polk got into a fun little raising war concerning the mentions, but we'll just leave it at that.