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ESPT6 Barcelona: November Nine just part of poker plan for Pierre Neuville

"It's just a paradise."A smiling Pierre Neuville waves a hand as he speaks, indicating the throng of people -- hundreds -- filing out of the tournament area alongside of us. We walk toward the food station, a quick bowl of soup during the break being Neuville's immediate goal. The amiable Belgian ha...more

by Martin Harris on August 21, 2015 4:18 PM

ESPT6 Barcelona: The bandwagon gets bigger as Day 1C of Estrellas begins

Yesterday afternoon PokerStars Blog was musing aloud about the possibility of 3,000 players entering the Estrellas Barcelona Main Event, the €1K no-limit hold'em freezeout tournament highlighting the early part of this year's European Poker Tour Barcelona schedule.There had been 592 runners for Day ...more

by Martin Harris on August 21, 2015 11:46 AM

ESPT6 Barcelona: Pablo Gordillo tops Day 1B, grabs lead in Estrellas Main

As afternoon turned to evening during Day 1B of the Estrellas Barcelona Main Event -- about halfway through the day's play -- we first noticed Spain's Pablo Gordillo already sitting behind growing columns of chips.He's only 22 (having a birthday last week), he's made two EPT Main Event final tables ...more

by Martin Harris on August 20, 2015 11:12 PM

EPT12 Barcelona: Sorting through the sides

They've played the first nine 45-minute levels of Day 1B of the Estrellas Barcelona Main Event, and having now returned from the dinner break for Level 10, there are 559 players left from the 1,122 who began the day. The young Spaniard Pablo Gordillo (whom we were looking in on not long ago) was th...more

by Martin Harris on August 20, 2015 9:35 PM

EPT12 Barcelona: Poker's best gather in Marquee Room for €5K 8-game

For the second day running here at the start of the 71-event European Poker Tour Barcelona festival, the day's highest buy-in event is of the non-hold'em variety. These events doubly appeal to a certain, significant category of poker players, namely those who prefer less trafficked variants and also...more

by Martin Harris on August 20, 2015 4:37 PM

ESPT6 Barcelona: Standing out in a crowd

When you are one of more than 1,000, the challenge to distinguish yourself can be daunting. Then again, when the crowd to which you belong is comprised of players in a poker tournament, standing out might not be all that desirable, especially during the first few levels. As they say, there's no way ...more

by Martin Harris on August 20, 2015 3:09 PM

ESPT6 Barcelona: Numbers grow, words fail as Estrellas Day 1B begins

Poker is a game that uniquely involves both narratives populated with characters and plots and all sorts of statistics and data. Words generally work best when it comes to conveying the former, while numbers dominate the latter.As we contemplate the coming day of poker today and think specifically a...more

by Martin Harris on August 20, 2015 12:04 PM

ESPT6 Barcelona: Spain's Fernando Heredia Estrellas Day 1a leader

The last hands of Day 1A of the Estrellas Main Event have been dealt here at the Casino Barcelona, and among the 166 survivors from the 592 who began the day Spain's own Fernando Heredia has bagged the most chips of anyone with 336,200.Fernando HerediaIncidentally, that total of 592 for today exceed...more

by Martin Harris on August 19, 2015 11:21 PM

ESPT6 Barcelona: A walk through the poker chip buffet

We're back from dinner, a splendid buffet. It's a fine way to dine, especially if you happen to spend a lot of time in hotels and/or casinos like some of us do. It's also great if you happen to be at all selective about both what dishes you prefer and the proportions you desire. On a related note, w...more

by Martin Harris on August 19, 2015 9:11 PM

EPT12 Barcelona: Razz appreciation

"Credit to the Hendon Mob guys!"So declared Neil Johnson, Head of Live Poker Operations for PokerStars Europe, while entering the media room just a short while ago. Along with Johnson, we'd all been occasionally eyeing the far right corner of the poker room where a few tables had been earmarked for ...more

by Martin Harris on August 19, 2015 3:32 PM

ESPT6 Barcelona: Estrellas Main Event lights up first full day

The lights are on. The dealers are in place. Players are starting to arrive. The mood is bright. Poker is happening, people. The 12th season of the European Poker Tour has begun!Shine on!There are eight different events on today's schedule, the first full one of this year's EPT Barcelona festival. T...more

by Martin Harris on August 19, 2015 12:22 PM

EPT12 Barcelona: Top prize to Steve O'Dwyer in Neymar Jr Charity Home Game

"I was just coming in to see how things were set up this year," explained Steve O'Dwyer, alluding to this first day of Season 12 of the European Poker Tour.Turns out things here at the EPT were set up quite nicely, at least from his perspective. Again.The EPT9 Grand Final Main Event champion and wi...more

by Martin Harris on August 19, 2015 1:33 AM

EPT12 Barcelona: Neymar Jr Charity Home Game kicks off new season

It's here! We're here! The 12th season of the European Poker Tour is officially underway, the ball dropping with a few events here on the first day of action at the Casino Barcelona.Comparatively speaking, today's schedule is a light one -- just three events, two of which are satellites. Tomorrow co...more

by Martin Harris on August 18, 2015 9:48 PM

EPT11 Deauville: Impossible is nothing for Ognyan Dimov, hauls in Parlafes t

The history of mankind has been defined by triumph over adversity. Nobody ever thought you could reach the South Pole, scale Everest or put a man on the moon. All of those "impossible" feats were relatively easy, however, compared with the task facing five poker players in Normandy, France, this aft...more

by Howard Swains on February 9, 2015 2:52 PM

Ivan Freitez wins EPT Grand Final in Madrid

Amid jubilant scenes in the Casino Gran Madrid, Ivan Freitez was crowned EPT Grand Final Champion tonight, an unstoppable force at a most unique EPT final table. Broadcast on live television across Europe (albeit with a two-hour delay) and across the world, and those watching on EPT Live, watched Fr...more

by Stephen Bartley on May 13, 2011 2:16 PM
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