EPT12 Barcelona: Neymar Jr takes another shot from corner
Relatively speaking, one would not suspect the far corner of the Marquee Room to be where much of the day's excitement would be occurring on this especially full day of poker at EPT Barcelona.
It's about as far from the main poker room as one can get and still be part of the festival. But with seven different new events starting today -- plus one satellite and one or two others finishing from yesterday -- something had to go there.
Early action in that location came with the first side event of the day, a €500 NL Turbo (Event #40) that attracted 251 players. The big field pushed all of the way back into that corner where sat a player who has caught our notice more than once this festival.
Back for more today was Barcelona FC striker and Team PokerStars SportStar Neymar Jr after having played both the 25K (Not Quite) Single-Day High Roller during the afternoon and another smaller event last night.
This time around Neymar made it through more than half the field before becoming short and shoving his last 12 big blinds with jack-ten suited, only to be called by an opponent with queens. A jack flopped, but no further improvement came, and Neymar departed.
But we're hearing again Neymar has his sights set on another of the smaller events this evening, something we're sure to hear about, from whatever corner.
As tables broke there in that part of the Marquee Room, another relatively exciting event took place with the restart of the €2K NL Turbo (Event #38) from which just three were left from a field of 220.
It didn't take long for those three to play down to a winner, with Aram Sargsyan of Armenia taking the trophy and top prize (€90,250), Eric Rabl of Switzerland finishing second (€60,770), and Nikolaus Teichert third (€42,850).
Other action continues as well in the Marquee Room, including the €5K PLO (Event #41) which drew an impressive 74 entries for a €98,700 prize pool.
Stay tuned as we continue to search all of the corners of the Casino Barcelona to see who else like Neymar is taking their shots.
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Martin Harris is Freelance Contributor to the PokerStars Blog.