2014 PokerStars.com EPT Season 11 Barcelona

€5,300 Main Event
Dias: 1a
Event Info

2014 PokerStars.com EPT Season 11 Barcelona

Resultado Final
Mão Vencedora
Event Info
Informações sobre o nível
600,000 / 1,200,000

Michael Mizrachi Grinds Out the Chip Lead on Day 1a of the EPT Barcelona Main Event

Nível 8 : 300/600, 75 ante
Michael Mizrachi
Michael Mizrachi

The €5,300 Main Event of 100th European Poker Tour (EPT) stop got underway today at the Season 11 Barcelona Poker Festival held at Casino Barcelona.

Day 1a attracted an impressive 475 entrants and a fearsome array of talent including Team PokerStars Pros Johnny Lodden, Eugene Katchalov, Vanessa Selbst, Jan Heitmann, Alex Kravchenko, and, playing on her home turf, Leo Margets.

At the end of eight 75-minute levels of play, 270 survived to return for Day 2, and it was Michael "The Grinder" Mizrachi who ended the day as the chip leader, bagging up 186,600. That's more than six times the 30,000-chip starting stack, and Mizrachi was very busy at work all day.

Mizrachi more than lived up to his reputation. Seemingly involved in every pot, he consistently outwitted and out-flopped his opponents throughout the day to accumulate his stack — at one point, he even flopped quads. When he is focused and catching cards, there are few players who can compete with a stacked Mizrachi, but that's exactly what everyone will have to deal with moving forward.

Second place belonged to Charlie Combes from the UK with 172,400, while the talented young Russian, Dmitry Yurasov, finished the day in third with 163,100. Other notables to make it through to Day 2 included Marc-Andre Ladouceur (113,700), Max Pescatori (91,500), Thor Hansen (77,400), Ruben Visser (55,900), Ronnie Bardah (28,200), and Erik Seidel (12,300).

Schemion took the EPT by storm last season and is currently the number one tournament player in the world, as ranked by the Global Poker Index (GPI). Schemion is back in full swing this season and it doesn't look like much has changed. Last season, Schemion took sixth in the €50,000 Super High Roller (€159,200), 123rd in the €5,300 Main Event (€10,000), and sixth in the €10,300 High Roller (€90,700) at EPT Barcelona, and he might just make another deep run this year after bagging up 80,000 in chips on Day 1a.

Daniel Shak, who finished in eighth place in the €50,000 Super High Roller yesterday, has made it through to Day 2 with 61,200, though he found some of the play by his opponents a bit confusing.

Some of the players who didn’t survive the day included last year’s hugely popular winner of this event, Tom Middleton, who told PokerNews after his exit in Level 7 that he "just couldn't win a pot today." Other UK Pros who fell towards the end were Mat Frankland and Toby Lewis.

Olivier Busquet, the winner of the €50,000 Super High Roller to the tune of €896,434, had a good stack for most of the day, but he busted in the final level. Busquet was involved in a three-way all-in battle holding queens, but unfortunately for him his opponents held kings and ace-king that he couldn't overcome.

Busquet beat Daniel Colman heads up to win the €50,000 Super High Roller last night, and Colman too failed to navigate his way through the day here in the Main Event.

Selbst joined the action in Level 3 today, but barley lasted half of that level. Selbst had already lost a sizeable number of chips when before exit hand occurred. Holding the {q-Spades}{q-Clubs}, she raised and picked up two callers. The flop was checked and it all went in on the turn of a board reading {5-Spades}{k-Hearts}{3-Spades}{k-Diamonds}. Her opponent had the goods with the {k-Clubs}{8-Clubs}, and the river was the harmless {2-Diamonds} to send Selbst packing.

Your PokerNews Live Reporting team will return tomorrow at 12 p.m. local time to bring you full coverage of Day 1b, which is expected to attract a much larger field and a further stellar lineup of players looking to get their hands on the trophy and go down in history as the winner of "EPT100." With rumors of 1,500 total players in this event, tomorrow will be packed wall to wall across two tournament rooms.

With that, we'll leave you with a little bit of fun. Check out this video with 2014 World Series of Poker November Nine chip leader Jorryt van Hoof as he dives into the "ALS Ice Bucket Challenge" with a little help from Remko Rinkema:

Tags: Michael Mizrachi

Mizrachi Runs Into Kustov's Higher Flush

Nível 6 : 200/400, 50 ante
Michael Mizrachi
Michael Mizrachi

From early position, Ukraine's Kyrylo Kustov raised to 650. Jean-Pierre Tseng Ah Wang — the player who ran into Michael Mizrachi's quads just two hands prior — called from the cutoff seat, and then Mizrachi called out of the big blind.

The flop came down {A-Diamonds}{K-Clubs}{10-Clubs}, and Mizrachi checked. Kustov bet 1,250, and Wang folded. Mizrachi called to see the {5-Clubs} land on the turn, fired 3,000, but was met with a raise to 7,500 from Kustov. Mizrachi thought about it, then called the raise.

The river was the {6-Hearts}, and Mizrachi checked. Kustov put a bet of 17,000 on the table in front of him, and Mizrachi called.

Kustov showed the {A-Clubs}{7-Clubs} for the nut flush, beating Mizrachi's {9-Clubs}{3-Clubs} that he showed as a worse flush.

Jogador Fichas Oscilação
Michael Mizrachi us
Michael Mizrachi
131,000 -27,000
Kyrylo Kustov ua
Kyrylo Kustov
118,000 118,000

Tags: Jean-Pierre Tseng Ah WangKyrylo KustovMichael Mizrachi

Mizrachi Flops Quads

Nível 5 : 150/300, 25 ante
Michael Mizrachi
Michael Mizrachi

Michael "The Grinder" Mizrachi has been booming here in the early levels, and just increased to 158,000 thanks to flopping quad eights.

On the final board of {Q-Clubs}{8-Clubs}{8-Diamonds}{10-Clubs}{4-Spades}, Jean-Pierre Tseng Ah Wang checked to Mizrachi. Mizrachi fired a bet of 8,000, and Wang tossed in 4,000, thinking that was the amount he was calling.

Mizrachi turned up the {8-Hearts}{8-Spades} for quad eights, giving Wang the bad news. The news was even worse when he realized he had to put in 4,000 more to call Mizrachi's full bet, which the dealer informed Wang of and caused some under-the-breath mumblings from the player.

Mizrachi pulled in the pot and moved up to 158,000.

Jogador Fichas Oscilação
Michael Mizrachi us
Michael Mizrachi
158,000 48,000

Tags: Jean-Pierre Tseng Ah WangMichael Mizrachi

Vanessa Selbst Eliminated

Nível 3 : 100/200, 0 ante
Vanessa Selbst
Vanessa Selbst

Vanessa Selbst didn't last too long today, as she just lost her last chips. She must have lost a sizable pot earlier on, as she was short stacked already at the beginning of her last hand.

We missed the precise action, but the eventual winner of the hand told us that Selbst had opened to 400, and received two callers. All three of them checked the {5-Spades}{K-Hearts}{3-Spades}-flop, and the {K-Diamonds} hit the turn. Selbst bet out 700, according to the player on the button, and one player called. The third involved player raised to 2,600, and Selbst called all in. The other player folded.

Selbst had {Q-Spades}{Q-Clubs} and was behind as the player on the button showed {K-Clubs}{8-Clubs}. Selbst needed a queen, but wouldn't get it. The river came the {2-Diamonds} and Selbst got up from the table and left the tournament area.

After a deep run, but no cash, in the Super High Roller, again no luck for Selbst here. There's still more tournaments to be played this week though, and the €10,300 High Roller later this week might be her best chance of getting even or ahead for the week.

Jogador Fichas Oscilação
Vanessa Selbst us
Vanessa Selbst

Tags: Vanessa Selbst

Jacobson Pushes

Nível 2 : 75/150, 0 ante
Eugene Katchalov
Eugene Katchalov

EPT Madrid winner Frederik Jensen opened to 425 in the hijack, and the cutoff, Martin Jacobson on the button, and Eugene Katchalov in the big blind called. Jonathan Little, another familiar face at the table, folded his small blind.

Action checked to Jacobson on {A-Hearts}{5-Diamonds}{6-Diamonds}, and the Swede bet out 1,100. Eugene Katchalov thought for a little, and announced a raise to, what we believe we heard was, 2,500. Jensen and the cutoff folded, but Jacobson had bigger plans. The two time runner up three bet to 6,100 after some hefty thinking. Katchalov made the call.

The turn brought the {3-Clubs} in play, and Katchalov checked. Jacobson pushed his 17,050 stack forward, and Katchalov almost instantly folded.

Jogador Fichas Oscilação
Jonathan Little us
Jonathan Little
43,000 13,000
Martin Jacobson se
Martin Jacobson
30,500 500
Frederik Jensen dk
Frederik Jensen
23,500 -6,500
EPT 1X Winner
Eugene Katchalov ua
Eugene Katchalov
16,500 -12,500

Tags: Eugene KatchalovFrederik JensenMartin Jacobson

Welcome to the 2014 PokerStars.com EPT Barcelona Event!


Ten years of European Poker Tour events, 99 tournaments, 98 different winners - that, in its shortest definition, is the history of the first decade of the EPT. Today, we're back in Barcelona, where it all started, for the 100th EPT event.

Numbers are expected to be huge, the Estrellas €1,000 event attracted 2,560 players while the €2,000 High Roller event had 802 players. To become the biggest ever EPT in Spain, the Main Event needs more than the 1,234 players who entered last year when Leeds-based Tom Middleton picked up €942,000 defeating Kimmo Kurko for the title.

Last night Olivier Busquet beat Dan Colman for the Super High Roller title, both are expected to enter the main event during one of the two start days.

Play will be underway at midday local time and we're expecting it to be very, very busy.