EPT12 Barcelona: Bubbles popping up in €25K High Roller and Razz
A quick late night round-up of all the side action for you -- literally happening on all sides of the Main Event at the moment.
The €25K High Roller is edging ever closer to the money bubble, just a couple of spots away -- close enough for the tournament staff to implement hand-for-hand play across the three remaining tables, as not everyone had been playing at the same vibrant rate so close to the cash.
Isaac Haxton of Team PokerStars Pro Online got off to a fast start today, and he's enjoyed a fast middle and fast latter stage, too, having amassed a 1.36 million stack to sit in first position with 25 left. Another online star, Ankush "pistons87" Mandavia, is his nearest challenger at present.
Meanwhile Team PokerStars Pro Liv Boeree is also above the average, while the other remaining Team PokerStars Pro, Leo Fernandez, is one of the short stacks sweating the bubble bursting.
Talk at the start of the €500 razz event -- then wedged in between a crowded Main Event field and the early stages of the €25K High Roller when more than 100 players were still seated -- was that space limitations meant the tournament would have to be limited to three tables.
But more razz-seekers arrived, and more space was able to be made, with no less than 42 players ultimately coming out to do their best to make the worst hands they could. That group built a €20,370 prize pool, to be ultimately divided by the top six finishers.
At last pass just 12 players were left sitting around two tables, with Sebastian Pauli, Martin Bieri, and Adam Owen sporting the biggest stacks at present.
The final event on today's schedule was the €2K NL turbo, playing out on tables now vacated by the Main's Day 1B. The big board reports that 219 came out for that one, with about two-thirds of those starters still with chips three hours into the event.
Some still battling in that one include Team PokerStars Pro Jason Mercier, Dzimtry Urbanovich, Anton Morgenstern, Ole Schemion, and Jose Carlos Garcia, with Garcia just coming off final tabling the Estrellas Barcelona Main Event where he finished fourth.
Meanwhile one of those who started the €2K no longer with chips is Neymar Jr, who after busting the €25K High Roller took a shot in another fast-structured event before joining his teammate Gerard Piqué on the sidelines.
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Martin Harris is Freelance Contributor to the PokerStars Blog.