Florian Duta finished Day 1B of the EPT Barcelona Main Event with the biggest stack, but it was only good enough to take second place overall in the tournament.
When the PokerStars-sponsored EPT Barcelona Main Event resumes today at the Hotel Arts, we will have a Spanish chip leader; for although Romanian poker player Florian Duta managed to carve out a substantial stack of 187,000 chips on Day 1B, it was not enough to claim the overall lead from Day 1A chip leader Dragan Kostic.
Duta´s rise into the chip lead went under the radar, as the PokerStars reporting team (understandably) focused on the fortunes of their sponsored professionals and did a series of reports on previous EPT winners; all of whom have made an appearance in Barcelona to attempt the so-far unachievable – to win two EPT Main Events.
Still Counting Heads
As registration for the EPT Barcelona is open until Day 2 starts at 12.00 noon (CET), it is not known yet whether this will be the record-breaking tournament everybody has been predicting. 708 players entered the Main Event yesterday, and with Sunday´s roll-call of 518 players, the tournament is still fourteen players short of the EPT San Remo Main Event in 2010 when Liv Boeree topped 1,240 players to win the €1,250,000 first prize (the highest number of players ever to compete in a PokerStars sponsored event is 1,560 at the PCA Main Event in 2011).
Some of the heads that will be absent from Day 2 of the EPT Barcelona when players take their seats include Daniel Negreanu, Steve O´Dwyer, Mike MacDonald and recent WPT Alpha8 winner Steven Silverman. Silverman jumped onto a plane destined for Barcelona straight after his victory in Florida, but failed to make it through Day 1B after getting all his chips in with Q♥ Q♠ against Dainius Ulke´s A♣ 8♣. Silverman was ahead after the flop of 6♣ 8♦ 10♦, but the A♥ spiked on the Turn, giving Ulke two pair and sending Silverman to the rail just before the close of play.
Looking Ahead to Day 2
Irrespective of whether any more records are to be broken at the EPT Barcelona, Day 2 looks like being another hectic day. A combined total of 728 players have survived the eight levels of play on each of the two starting days and, when the cards are in the air at the Hotel Arts this afternoon, players will be embarking on Level 9 (blinds 400/800 – ante 100). Selected survivors from Day 1B who will not be too concerned (yet) at the rising blinds include:-
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