EPT Belrin Main Event: Day 1B Attracted a Record-Breaking 1,010 Runners, Lamarca Leads
Posted at 19:00 2014-08-23 by PokerNetwork Staff
Records are made to be broken and the players who entered Day 1B of EPT Barcelona were knee-deep in shattered vinyl. Over a thousand players entered the final start day of this, the first European Poker Tour event of Season 11. Not a table in the tournament area was spared with the entirety of Tournament Room B, 15 tables worth, was also put into use.
Adding the 1,010 runners to the 475 who played yesterday means the field currently stands at 1,485 with registration still open until the start of play on Day 2.
The tournament already contains a bigger field than any EPT event on European soil and overall is currently only eclipsed by the PokerStars Carribean Adventure events in Season 6 and 7 which drew 1,529 and 1,560 runners respectively. Even if the final number fails to beat these, it'll still be the third biggest tournament in the European Poker Tour's ten-year history.
Of course, the question you should be asking is who is currently leading this mammoth field? Well, after eight 75-minute levels, it is Jose Lamarca Capa who is top of the pile at this point in time. Capa, who qualified through a live satellite, finished the day delighted with 193,300, which put him as the chip leader not just of Day 1B but overall as well, pushing Michael 'The Grinder' Mizrachi into second.
With a field of this size, there were numerous Team PokerStars Pros who made it through the day with sizeable stacks and they were led by Theo Jorgensen who finished up with 116,500 thanks in part to a huge pot where he made a full house at the same time another player made trips. Others to make it through include Jake Cody (57,900) Ivan Demidov (52,900), Marcin Horecki (47,300) Joao Nunes (34,900), Liv Boeree (27,400), Andre Akkari (20,100) and Daniel Negreanu (18,600).
Some of the other Team Pros didn't fair so well and were eliminated today including: Jason Mercier, Bertrand Grospellier, SportStar Fatima Moreira de Melo, Luca Pagano, George Danzer and Friend of PokerStars Natalie Hof.
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