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Posted 2012-08-17 GMT+3

€50,000 Super High Roller
Day 1 completed

O'Dwyer Closes Out Day 1 with Big Chip Lead

Posted 2012-08-17 GMT+3 • Level 8: 2,500-5,000, 500 ante
Steve O'Dwyer
Steve O'Dwyer

Season 9 of the European Poker Tour kicked off on Friday with Day 1 of the 2012 PokerStars.com EPT Barcelona €50,000 Super High Roller. The tournament attracted 54 players including an eclectic mix of Europeans, North Americans and online pros. After eight levels of play, Steve O’Dwyer was best positioned to make a run at the title with a massive chip stack of 1.249 million, almost twice as much as his next closest competitor.

It was a polarizing day for O’Dwyer, who busted early and became the first player to rebuy. It proved a wise decision as things went much smoother the second time around.

His choice to rebuy seems like a similar situation that's beginning to occur as to when O'Dwyer's good friend Justin Bonomo had to reload in the PokerStars and Monte-Carlo® Casino European Poker Tour Super High Roller. In case you don't know, Bonomo's reload was the wise decision as he went on to win the event and €1.64 million.

O’Dwyer’s Twitter tells the tale,

Another man who thrived on Day 1 was Poker Hall of Famer Erik Seidel. Early on action folded to Seidel in the hijack and he raised. John Juanda flatted from the cutoff, and Kyle Julius, who finished runner-up in the 2012 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Main Event, three-bet to 14,200 in the big blind. Seidel responded with a four-bet to 34,000, Julius five-bet to 62,800, and then Seidel six-bet 100,000. Julius wasted little time in seven-betting all in for around 190,000, and Seidel made the call.

Showdown

Julius{A-Hearts}{K-Diamonds}
Seidel{K-Clubs}{K-Spades}

Julius was in a rough spot and in need of some help, most notably an ace. The {9-Clubs}{Q-Spades}{J-Hearts} flop didn't contain an ace, but it did give Julius Broadway outs to a Broadway straight. The {7-Spades} turn wasn't what he was looking for, and neither was the {J-Spades} river. After the stacks were verified, Julius made a hasty exit from the tournament floor. Seidel used that momentum to finish second in chips at the end of Day 1 with 738,000.

Some Day 1 eliminations such as Daniel Negreanu, Phil Ivey, Jonathan Duhamel and Philipp Gruissem are expected to give it another go on Day 2 (Duhamel already used one rebuy and busted a second time). Other players who fell were Dani Stern, Alec Torelli, Sorel Mizzi, Bryn Kenney, Marc-Andre Ladouceur, Michael Tureniec, Jani Sointula, Johan Van Til, Dan Shak, Juan Luis Casanas, Salman Behbehani, Ilya Bulychev and Luke Schwartz.

Of those who managed to ride their initial buy-in to the end of the night were Team PokerStars Pros Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier, Eugene Katchalov and Jason Mercier. The sole woman in the field, Cheung Yin Sun, 2010 €10,000 EPT Vilamoura High Roller champ Raffaele Gerbi, online sensations Ilari Sahamies, Sami Kelopuro, Mike McDonald and Terje Augdal along with consummate pros Sam Chartier, Scott Seiver, Andrew Lichtenberger, Peter Jetten, Justin Bonomo, Timothy Adams and Andy Moseley all advanced through as well.

Here’s a look at the top 10 chip counts at the end of Day 1:

Top 10 Chip Counts

PlacePlayerCount
1stSteve O’Dwyer1,249,000
2ndErik Seidel738,000
3rdJC Alvarado713,000
4thIgnat “0Human0” Liviu656,000
5thSimon Ravnsbaek640,000
6thMike Watson639,000
7thJohn Juanda638,500
8thDan Smith585,000
9thSteven Silverman580,000
10thTobias Reinkemeier565,000

Day 2 is set to kick off at 1200 CET (0600 EST), which is when the official number of entrants and the prize pool will be determined. Join us then as the PokerNews Live Reporting Team brings you all the hands and eliminations from the PokerStars.com EPT Barcelona €50,000 Super High Roller.

While you wait for tomorrow's action, check out some tips our very own Kristy Arnett has for you from beautiful Barcelona.

Official End-of-Day Chip Counts (full)

Posted 2012-08-17 GMT+3
Chip Counts
Steve O'Dwyer 1,249,000 859,000 pos
Erik Seidel 738,000 185,000 pos
JC Alvarado 713,000 33,000 pos
Ignat Liviu 656,000 176,000 pos
Simon Ravnsbaek 640,000 -140,000 neg
Mike Watson 639,000 69,000 pos
John Juanda 638,500 -31,500 neg
Dan Smith 585,000 190,000 pos
Steven Silverman 580,000 45,000 pos
Tobias Reinkemeier 565,000 345,000 pos
Raffaele Gerbi 530,000 -295,000 neg
Jason Mercier 503,000 54,500 pos
Ilari Sahamies 487,000 157,000 pos
Vadzim Kursevich 477,000 67,000 pos
Timothy Adams 442,000 172,000 pos
Talal Shakerchi 417,000 -3,000 neg
Juha Helppi 407,000 7,000 pos
Cheung Yin Sun 360,000 30,000 pos
Justin Bonomo 332,000 66,000 pos
Masa Kagawa 303,000 -12,000 neg
Anatoly Gurtovoy 281,000 76,000 pos
Bertrand Grospellier 276,000 113,000 pos
Sami Kelopuro 269,000 -126,000 neg
Ziv Bachar 258,000
Peter Jetten 224,000 -8,000 neg

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One Last One for Mercier

Posted 2012-08-17 GMT+3 • Level 8: 2,500-5,000, 500 ante

Vadzim Kursevich raised from early position to 12,000 and Masa Kagawa called from the hijack seat. Team PokerStars Pro Jason Mercier reraised from the cutoff seat and Raffaele Gerbi called from the small blind. Kursevich folded and Kagawa called.

The flop came down {7-Clubs}{3-Diamonds}{2-Clubs} and action checked to Mercier. He bet 52,000 and only Kagawa called.

The turn was the {9-Diamonds} and Kagawa checked. Mercier fired 91,000 and Kagawa gave it up.

The Ladies Show No Love to Shak

Posted 2012-08-17 GMT+3

In the waning moments of Day 1, Dan Shak found himself all in preflop holding {Q-}{Q-} only to run into the {A-}{A-} of Tobias Reinkemeier. A third lady would not grace Shak, and he made a late exit.

The only consolation for Shak is that he can still rebuy if he so chooses.

Chip Counts
Dan Shak Busted

Eight More Hands

Posted 2012-08-17 GMT+3

The tournament staff just announced that the remaining players will play eight more hands before calling it a night.

Meanwhile, we noticed Simon Ravnsbaek was sitting on a stack of 780,000 and is giving Raffaele Gerbi a late-night run for the chip lead.

Chip Counts
Simon Ravnsbaek 780,000 140,000 pos

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Gruissem Out

Posted 2012-08-17 GMT+3

Masa Kagawa called Philipp Gruissem's shove with the {K-Spades}{Q-Clubs}. Gruissem was all in and at risk with the {A-Spades}{2-Spades}. After the board ran out {10-Diamonds}{8-Hearts}{7-Hearts}{3-Diamonds}{Q-Diamonds}, Gruissem was eliminated. He did say that he would see the guys tomorrow, so maybe that's a sign that he'll be back in with a rebuy at some point.

Chip Counts
Masa Kagawa 315,000 65,000 pos
Philipp Gruissem Busted

Updated Chip Counts

Posted 2012-08-17 GMT+3
Chip Counts
JC Alvarado 680,000 350,000 pos
Sami Kelopuro 395,000 170,000 pos
Cheung Yin Sun 330,000 -30,000 neg
Sam Chartier 200,000 -90,000 neg
Scott Seiver 190,000 -3,000 neg
Juan Luis Casanas 35,000 -169,000 neg

Gerbi Over 800K

Posted 2012-08-17 GMT+3

After Philipp Gruissem bet 58,000 on the {J-Clubs}{6-Hearts}{5-Spades}{3-Diamonds}{7-Diamonds} board, Raffaele Gerbi raised to put him all in. Gruissem only had 80,000 behind and tanked for a bit before finally folding. Gerbi was kind enough to show him the {4-Clubs}{3-Clubs} for a straight as he moved to over 800,000 in chips.

Chip Counts
Raffaele Gerbi 825,000 445,000 pos
Philipp Gruissem 80,000 -265,000 neg
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Events List

Winner

Winner Dan Smith
Winning Hand ♠A♦K
Prize 962,925

Level Info

Level 8
Blinds 2,500 / 5,000
Ante 500

Players Info

Prize Pool 3,072,960