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EPT12 Barcelona: The most important last longer

We were remarking earlier about the long, winding path to victory presented by any poker tournament, even a fast-structured affair like the single-day €25K High Roller, now approaching the dinner break. Like your typical high buy-in contests, side bets have been the order of the day, including sever...more

by Martin Harris on August 25, 2015 5:08 PM

EPT12 Barcelona: Loosli wins Super High Roller as Urbanovich finishes second

Sylvain Loosli - Super High Roller winnerWith 17 players left in this tournament Dzmitry Urbanovich was the recipient of a full double up with kings against the queens of Jason Les. That cooler gave him the chip lead and although his stack at that point only amounted to what would be an average stac...more

by Nick Wright on August 25, 2015 12:28 AM

EPT12 Barcelona: Urbanovich in charge as super high rollers head to dinner

Can anyone stop him?Earlier today one of the large food and drink trolleys that waiting staff wheel around the vast tournament area finally pitched up in the area where the Super High Roller final table was taking place. Steve O'Dwyer had requested a coffee some 20 minutes ago and was glad that it h...more

by Nick Wright on August 24, 2015 9:10 PM

ESPT6 Barcelona: Mario Lopez tops 3,292, wins record-breaking Estrellas

Before this week, Mario Lopez had well proven himself at the poker table already over recent years. The Argentinian traveled to the Spanish coastal city having previously amassed nearly $1 million in tournament earnings with an LAPT Main Event title in Chile last year and a runner-up in a WSOP event...more

by Martin Harris on August 24, 2015 7:38 PM

ESPT6 Barcelona: Meet the final eight

From a huge, record-smashing turnout of 3,292 players, just eight players remain in the Estrellas Barcelona Main Event, with the final table set to play out this afternoon and evening. The huge field for this €1,000 + €100 tournament added up to a €3,193,240 prize pool, and almost €1.39 million of t...more

by Martin Harris on August 24, 2015 10:19 AM

ESPT6 Barcelona: Jonn Forst in first position for tomorrow's final table

"I haven't even looked at the payouts, to be honest."So said Austria's Jonn Forst to us following the conclusion of today's lengthy, hard fought Day 3 of the Estrellas Barcelona Poker Tour Main Event. Forst did well for himself on this day, playing some gutsy poker in order to move into the chip lea...more

by Martin Harris on August 24, 2015 1:18 AM

EPT12 Barcelona: It's a skill game but luck doesn't hurt

A familiar face sits at the top of the chip countsOver the past few years - and you suspect in the next few as well - countless hours have been spent in numerous offices, taverns and court rooms debating whether poker is a skill game or a game of chance - read luck. Exhibit A in the former's case co...more

by Nick Wright on August 24, 2015 12:11 AM

ESPT6 Barcelona: There's no stopping now; Garcia leads final 98 into Day 3

We call them EPT "stops," but in truth there is barely any stopping going on at all at these festivals. Case in point, Day 2 of the Estrellas Barcelona Main Event ended just a handful of hours ago, and now we're watching Day 3 get underway, with the 98 survivors from the €1K tournament's record-brea...more

by Martin Harris on August 23, 2015 11:21 AM

ESPT6: Jose Carlos Garcia captures lead to conclude Day 2 of Estrellas Main

A long Day 2 has come to a close in the Estrellas Barcelona Main Event, a day that saw the 984 returners play all of the way down to 98 players. Jose Carlos Garcia, who has been collecting deep finishes all over the tour this year, grabbed the chip lead during the late afternoon today, and by night'...more

by Martin Harris on August 23, 2015 1:09 AM

ESPT6 Barcelona: Money time

They say time is money. Waiting through a lengthy bubble period in a tournament -- especially a protracted one -- gives a person plenty of opportunity to think about both.We report back from the Estrellas Barcelona Main Event shortly after having emerged from about an hour's worth of "bubble time." ...more

by Martin Harris on August 22, 2015 6:34 PM

EPT12 Barcelona: Does the success filter upwards?

Oleh Okhotskyi: Among the newcomers to the top echelonsIf you look at the laptop keys of anyone in the EPT Barcelona media room, the letters "R" "E" "C" "O" and "D" are worn out. The number of times reporters have been reporting on the breaking of records has now actually broken the keyboards the re...more

by Howard Swains on August 22, 2015 1:24 PM

EPT12 Barcelona: Enter the super high rollers

It's like we never left. The PokerStars Blog is now back deep in EPT territory. Actually it has been since Wednesday, when the Estrellas began to break records. But while Martin Harris has reported diligently from that ever growing Estrellas front line, today we welcome the Super High Rollers, who r...more

by Stephen Bartley on August 22, 2015 12:13 PM

ESPT6 Barcelona: Gordillo leads the 984 returning for Day 2

The weekend has arrived, and so, too, have the 984 players who survived to today's Day 2 of the Estrellas Barcelona Main Event. That would be plenty for a starting field of a €1K buy-in event, but in this case the almost one thousand represent those left from an almost 3,300-player field, making for...more

by Martin Harris on August 22, 2015 11:24 AM

ESPT6 Barcelona: Huge stack for Hugo Pingray at close of historic Day 1C

History was made at European Poker Tour Barcelona at Day 1C of the Estrellas Barcelona Main Event, the final starting day of the €1K buy-in no-limit hold'em tournament that has helped kick off EPT in a Season 12 huge way.Huge as well was the stack of Hugo Pingray when play concluded tonight. The Fre...more

by Martin Harris on August 21, 2015 11:24 PM

ESPT6 Barcelona: The tour returns, the players reunite

We're getting closer to figuring out just how many players came from all over the globe to Casino Barcelona to play Day 1C of the Estrellas Barcelona Main Event. While we can't say just yet how many they are, we know by now who many of them are, including many with whom we're reuniting here at the s...more

by Martin Harris on August 21, 2015 6:11 PM
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