US poker player David Peters finished Day 1 of the €10,500 EPT High-Roller tournament as chip leader Wednesday evening. The event hosted by PokerStars at Casino Barcelona attracted 124 entrants and the total prize pool reached €1,202,800, which would be split among the top 17 players on Friday.
The €10,500 High-Roller started Wednesday as part of the large 2018 European Poker Tour Barcelona, which will run through September 2 at Casino Barcelona. The first day of the event saw 117 registrations, including 27 re-entries, but only 47 of them made it through to Day 2. Bagging 316,000 in chips at the end of the evening, David Peters emerged as overall chip leader, followed by Joao Viera with 278,500, and Chi Zhang with 246,500.
Team PokerStars Pro Liv Boeree (237,000) also finished as one of the big stacks, along with Vincent Robert (244,200), Matthew Moss (240,500), Filipe Oliveira (239,000), and Niklas Astedt (236,000). With less than half the field returning for Day 2 of the tournament, we saw plenty of eliminations, including Martin Jacobson, Shannon Shorr, Dietrich Fast, Sylvain Loosli, Jean-Noel Thorel, Daniel Neilson, Timur Margolin, David Yan, as well as Barcelona centre-back Gerard Pique.
There were several entries and re-entries right before the start of Day 2 on Thursday and after registration was closed, a total field reached 124 players. With a buy-in of €10,500, the prize pool amassed €1,202,800, €302,500 of which will be awaiting the champion on Friday. Those who make it to the money places (the top 17) will take home a minimum of €18,900.
The action continues on the poker tables, with many of the entrants already sent home, including Jan-Eric Schwippert, James Romero, Thomas Muehloecker, Patrik Antonius, and Kristen Bicknell, Sam Greenwood, Ryan Riess, Bryn Kenney, and David Yan.
€1,100 EPT National Attracts Massive Field
Another popular tournament that is running alongside the €10,500 EPT High-Roller is the €1,100 EPT National, one of the highlights at the poker festival. So far, more than 1,800 entries have bought into the event and as registration is still open, the field could easily surpass 2,000 players.
The tournament is currently running its Day 1C, with the final starting flight of EPT National beginning at 7.00 p.m. local time with 20-minute levels. Players will be allowed to register until the beginning of Level 9. In fact, each participant can re-enter one time per starting flight, so a total of four re-entries are allowed throughout the event. Those who survive Day 1D will continue playing for the second day of the event on Friday, August 24.
This is one of the longest tournaments during the 2018 European Poker Tour series in Barcelona and it will be played through Sunday, August 26.