EPT12 Barcelona: Grapenthien, Zagalo win spades; another 2nd for Urbanovich
Good afternoon, all, from another sunny day in Barcelona. Before we get too deep into this 10th full day of play of the festival, let's talk about what happened at the close of Day 9.
When signing off last night the €5K eight-handed PLO (Event #41) had played down from a starting field of 74 to a final table. Not long after that, high-stakes PLO cash player Pedro Zagalo of Portugal outlasted a tough final eight that included 2014 WSOP Player of the Year and Team PokerStars Pro George Danzer (who finished eighth) and Dzmitry Urbanovich who just yesterday was awarded his trophies for winning both the Platinum and Gold tier EPT11 Player of the Year. This marks Urbanovich's second big runner-up of the series after he also finished second to Sylvain Loosli in the €50K Super High Roller last week.
Along with the silver spade, Zagalo earned a €98,700 first prize. He was joined by a crowd of supporters for his winner's photo as well.
Also finishing up late was the €500 7-Card Stud Hi/Lo (Event #42), a 66-player affair that saw WSOP stud bracelet holder Matt Grapenthien take down the title and €9,360 prize. Sergey Selin (runner-up), Niall Murray (third), Tobias Hausen (fourth), and Team PokerStars Pro Online member Naoya Kihara (fifth) were the last players to fall at that challenging final table.
One of the bigger side events playing out late yesterday was Day 1 of the two-day €2K NL (Event #43) that drew 510 entrants including a high number of big names including at least 13 EPT Main Event winners.
When play ended Rui Milhomens of Portugal led the 151 players making it through to today with 154,200, followed by Kuljinder Sidhu (136,300), Koray Aldemir (119,600), and former November Niner Michiel Brummelhuis (105,200). Jan Bendik, Nicolas Chouity, Artur Koren all returned to big stacks in that one when play resumed a short while ago. The top 71 will split the jumbo €989,400 prize pool with €190,960 reserved for first.
Meanwhile, the Frenchman Mecit Turan took took down the €500 PLO Turbo (Event #44), earning €10,530 for besting a field of 79.
The €200 NL Turbo (Event #45) that followed drew 624 runners -- among them Neymar Jr taking a shot in another event this week -- to build a €121,056 prize pool with €23,170 going to the winner. Nine players remain to finish today, with the Czech Republic's Alice Zimmlova the chip leader at present.
And finally there was another €1K NL Hyperturbo to end things that started late last night, with 244 players swiftly playing down to just one -- Jannis Brauer of Germany, who carried away the trophy and €50,060 first prize. Team PokerStars Pro Jason Mercier was at that final table, too, finishing seventh.
Today's schedule is another busy one, highlighted by a €5K H.O.R.S.E. (Event #49), the Super Satellite (Event #52) to the €10K EPT High Roller, and the completion -- at last -- of the no-longer-accurately-named "Single Day" €25K High Roller in which Martin Finger, Team PokerStars Pro Liv Boeree, and Mike Teltscher will be playing it out to see who gets the massive €865,900 prize awaiting the winner.
Stick close for news from that one and all of the other side action in between watching EPT Live and following the Main.
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Martin Harris is Freelance Contributor to the PokerStars Blog.