EPT Barcelona: Things about to heat up on day 2
It would be easy to make a tenuous link between the rising temperatures outside here in sunny Barcelona this afternoon, and the rising temperature inside the casino as day two prepares to start. I won't make that reference, but it's all true.
The 102 survivors from day 1a now join yesterday's combatants who numbered about 110 when Thomas Kremser called time late last night. And when the smoke cleared a number of familiar names were placed squarely at the top of the pile.
Utmost was PokerStars sponsored player Sebastian Ruthenberg who, if yesterday's performance is any indicator, is still relishing a period of fantastic form. Fresh from his World Series bracelet win in the Stud Hi/Lo event in July, Ruthenberg finished with 105,900 on day 1b.
Chip leader and PokerStars sponsored player Sebastian Ruthenberg
But history shows that the chip lead can be a poisoned chalice for some and if this proves to be the same for Sebastian the likes of PokerStars qualifier Jonas Klausen will be quick to take over in front. Klausen finished second in chips last night with 101,800.
EPT San Remo winner Jason Mercier
A fleet of others with glittering EPT pedigrees are in contention after prosperous first days. EPT San Remo winner Jason Mercier is in good position to become the first player to win two EPT titles. He stalks the leaders with 79,300 chips, closely followed by two more notable PokerStars qualifiers in Nichlas Saarisilta from Sweden on 76,100 and Pedro Pocas of Portugal on 73,600.
Team PokerStars Pro Chad Brown
But the fate of those leaders will not be worth anything until the the final on Sunday and there are plenty of others capable of ruining their day in the sun. Team PokerStars Pro Chad Brown is in good shape with 67,100, as is reining EPT Grand Final Champion Glen Chorny on 65,500. The other remaining Team PokerStars Pro Andre Akkari has 44,200.
So to day 2. The 212 players are about to take their seats, and were about to get stuck in to the tournament floor. Let the action begin.