Although it did not come as a huge surprise considering that all the indicators were pointing towards it, predictions were confirmed on Sunday when the EPT Barcelona Main Event set the record for the biggest EPT event to ever take place on European soil. With a total of 1,496 entries before the end of registration, the tournament blew away the previous record held by EPT at a stop in San Remo in season six.
This huge field naturally contained a great number of big time pros, the likes of Daniel Negreanu, Jason Mercier, San Remo winner Liv Boeree, Ole Schemion, Mike ‘Timex’ McDonald, Martin Finger, and the list goes on and on. The top 239 players will walk away with at least a min-cash of €8,050.
When the players eventually came together to play Day 2, more than half of the field was still in contention as some 900 hopefuls took their seats. Although this somewhat complicated things for the EPT tournament staff, they quickly came up with the solution of spreading players across three different tournament rooms.
As Day 2 progressed, the pace quickened and numerous players made their way to the rail. At the end of six scheduled levels of play, only some 310 players still had chips to bag. Amongst those who would not be taking their seats at the start of play earlier today were Ivan Demidove, Liv Boeree, Daniel Negreanu, Ronnie Bardah, Jake Cody and many other big time pros.
At the start of play for Day 3, the bubble was on the minds of players with shorter stacks. Although bubbling a tournament is usually a bad thing, on this particular occasion finishing in 240th would not hurt as much since the bubble boy is awarded a $5,300 entry to the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open featuring a $10,000,000 guaranteed prize pool and a wicked-looking guitar.
However, tournament organizers were not ready for the situation when five players busted in the same hand and were faced with the dilemma about what to do with the bubble boy prize. The decision they came up with was that the five players would play a sit and go while being guaranteed €6,440 in cash. For the first time in a while, players were actually competing for a bubble boy title.
After about an hour of play, it was Charles Scapula who defeated the last obstacle in his way, Randal Flowers, and pocketed a bigger prize than the first thirty ITM finishers.
103 Players Returning Tomorrow
As this unusual bubble situation was being resolved, the Main Event continued and more players were sent to the rail, including Ole Schemion, Dan Shak, Maxim Lykov, Kitty Kuo, PokerStars Team Pro Andre Akkari, Italian Max Pescatori, and Ludovic Riehl to mention just a few.
The player on the completely opposite side of the spectrum is Belarusian Andrei Konopelko with nearly 1.5 million in chips. Not far behind him are Piotr Sowinski with about 1.3 million and Davidi Kitai with precisely 1,200,000.
Martin Finger is also in the million club with 1,038,000 in chips. Other notables who are still in with a shot include Marko Neumann, Mike McDonald, Rumen Nanev and Emil Patel. All the remaining players now have their eyes set on a single goal – the final table that takes place on Wednesday and will award €1,261,000 to the winner. Combined with the fact that everybody wants to be the one who takes down the record-breaker, this should provide for some really entertaining moments on the green felt in the days to come.