EPT12 Barcelona: Head-spinning schedule features action on all sides
Welcome to Day 437 of the EPT12 Barcelona Festival.
Check that. Counting back to the first satellites and the Neymar Jr Charity Home Game, we're in fact witnessing the start of Day 9 of the 71-event series, although with so much happening at once, each day does feel like it should be counted several times over.
Today's schedule features seven new side events, plus a satellite, kicking off one after another from the early afternoon until late tonight. We're turning this way and that to keep up with it all.
There's a €500 Turbo (Event #40) that's already underway up in the Marquee Room. Word had been Barcelona FC star and Team PokerStars SportStar Neymar Jr may be back to play in that one, although a couple of levels in he had yet to arrive. There's also a €5K pot-limit Omaha (Event #41) also being played in the Marquee Room, with a €500 seven-card stud hi/low (Event #42) happening shortly.
Then later in the afternoon and evening come the first day of a two-day €2K NL Turbo (Event #43), a €200 NL Turbo (Event #44), a €500 PLO (Event #45), and a €200 NL Turbo (Event #46), all of which will be variously playing out around the edges of the ever-winnowing Main Event field.
That was the schedule even before a couple of events that lasted deep into the night -- and ending not that many hours ago, in fact -- have added still more to consider on this busy Day 9.
The €2K NL Turbo (Event #38) turbo'ed its way from 220 players all of the way down to just three last night, at which point it was decided to finish things this afternoon, starting at 3 p.m.
2014 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Main Event champion Dominik Panka was part of that final table, finally going out in fifth, with Kasra Pour Khomamy following him in fourth. Left to return today were Aram Sargsyan (3.21 million chips), Eric Rabl (2.025 million), and Nikolaus Teichert (1.33 million). They'll be vying for a handsome €90,250 prize when they resume their battle.
Finally, you likely heard about the other event paused shortly before reaching a conclusion, the no-longer-accurately-titled Single Day €25K High Roller (Event #36) that made it down from 152 entrants to three former EPT Main Event champions, EPT8 Prague winner Martin Finger (7.64 million), Team PokerStars Pro and EPT6 Sanremo champ Liv Boeree (3.86 million), and EPT2 London titlist Mark Teltscher (3.7 million).
As the indefatigable Stephen Bartley reported here just before dawn, around 4:30 a.m. that trio decided after 16-plus hours of poker to take a rest. Finger and Teltscher had already played and busted the EPT Main Event, but Boeree hadn't entered and so was one of 18 start-of-Day-2 entrants this afternoon.
The provisional plan was for them to complete their event tomorrow (Thurs.) at 4 p.m., although if Boeree were to bust today that might be changed and in fact they could play it out today. We spotted Boeree earlier, taking her seat mere hours after last night's marathon had concluded.
The battle for the remaining €25K HR prizes -- €865,900 for first, €586,500 for second, and €391,000 for third -- will resume eventually, pending how Boeree fairs in the Main.
We'll continue to train our peripheral vision on all of the side action to let you know what's happening in between watching EPT Live and following the Main.
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Martin Harris is Freelance Contributor to the PokerStars Blog.