EPT12 Barcelona: Big day for Akkari but it's Petrangelo who leads at close

Today was almost proof that Brazilians would dominate the festival headlines. It's not just for SEO purposes that we once more mention Neymar Jr. Anyone doubting the sincerity of his enthusiasm need only examine his schedule today - it started with training, continued with a €500 Turbo and will finish with a €200 Turbo.

neymar_jr_barceloa_side_event.jpgBack for more: Neymar Jr

Funnily enough, while he returned to the tables, his poker mentor - the man he turns to for advice - is proving exactly why he was the perfect man for the job. Over in the Main Event Brazilian Team Pro Andre Akkari bagged up 543,300 tonight, which as the clock stopped looked good for the lead, and was, until Nick Petrangelo appeared.

andre_akkari_barcelona_me_2.jpgShowing them how it's done: Andre Akkari

While Petrangelo might have ruined the odd "Vamoooos!" his ascent to the lead could hardly be described as surprising.

nick_petrangelo_barelona_d2.jpgIn form: Nick Petrangelo

Petrangelo is enjoying a career best year. So far in 2015 he has won a $5K side event at the PCA, reached two final tables in Monaco, and a WSOP bracelet in the summer. With earnings in excess of $1.4 million, Petrangelo, as he demonstrated today, is a man in form. He bagged-up 570,000 tonight.

But today was not about winners, for nothing was won today, only lost. The field was nearly a thousand strong at noon today. As play ended that figure was down to 367. Hump Day proved a tough one for most, including the likes of Liv Boeree, Eugene Katchalov, Jan Heitmann and newly crowned EPT Player of the Year Dzmitry Urbanovich, all of whom will play no further part.

dzmitry_urbanovic_barcelona_d2.jpgthe new EPT Player of the Year Dzmitry Urbanovich

But for the remainder there awaits the prospect of a cash finish and then who knows, maybe even a Vamos!

That includes the following:

Nick Petrangelo, 570,000
Amir Touma, 543,900
Andre Akkari, 543,300
Bruno Soutavong, 470,200
Jesper Feddersen, 451,000
Alexander Ivarsson, 440,100
Shyam Srinivasan, 433,000
Matti De Meulder, 401,300
Rui Sousa, 395,500
John Juanda, 371,000
Jerome Kobina Evans, 338,900
Michael Eiler, 353,700
Dario Sammartino, 335,400
Jussi Nevanlinna, 334,300
Christian Campan, 331,400
Hossein Ensan, 317,000
Stuart Mcdonald, 314,300
Oleksii Khoroshenin, 305,200
Dan Murariu, 301,500
Ran Niv, 300,200
Joao Brito, 299,000
Ryan Reiss, 284,400
Saar Wilf, 281,100
Patrik Antonius, 265,100
Aku Joentausta, 238,700
Jens Kyllonen, 214,000
Govert Metaal, 205,500
Daniel Dvoress, 196,000
Mike Watson, 191,800
Steven Watts, 189,000
Joep van den Bijgaart, 183,900
Mike McDonald, 178,200
Jeffrey Hakim, 156,400
Jason Les, 152,200
Kitty Kuo, 143,000
Natalie Hof, 131,200
Leo Margets, 128,500
Pascal LeFrancois, 120,100
Max Greenwood, 111,200
Felix Stephensen, 106,200
Johnny Lodden, 97,400
Jeremy Ausmus, 92,400
Charlie Carrel, 92,100
Dani Stern, 87,100
Roberto Romanello, 82,300
Nacho Barbero, 73,000
Lynn Gilmartin, 67,900
Fatima Moreira de Melo, 49,500
Bertrand Grospellier, 46,100
Winfred Yu, 33,900
Isaac Haxton, 28,100
Anthony Zinno, 24,600

Play continues tomorrow at 12 noon when we work on cutting the field down even further and into the money. And if Neymar Jr wins the €200 Turbo you'll read it here first.

For now you can catch up on all of the day's action on our live coverage page, which also has the features from the day.

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Stephen Bartley is a staff writer for the PokerStars Blog.

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