EPT9 Barcelona: Super High Roller underway, while Ainsworth leads record-breaking ESPT field

ept-thumb-promo.jpgThe €50,000 Super High Roller is underway and Team PokerStars Pro Daniel Negreanu is the first to find himself in a hole for EPT Barcelona having been eliminated by Mike 'Timex' McDonald. There are rebuys allowed so Kid Poker may yet re-enter the fray. You can read the Super High Roller updates here at the PokerStars Blog.

More than 50 players have bought into the Super High Roller so far with bandstand names of the poker world including Negreanu and fellow Team PokerStars Pros Eugene katchalov, Elky, Jason Mercier and Jonathan Duhamel, as well as the likes of Phil Ivey, Erik Seidel, Steve O'Dwyer, JC Alvarado and Luke Schwartz.

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Negreanu busto from the €50k (but he'll be back)

Twitter update from Negreanu:

"100% going to rebuy in the 50k HR #EPTBarcelona either tonight or start fresh tomorrow with 50 big blinds. Sudafed has me groggy" - @RealKidPoker

Here's an update from our Lynn Gilmartin:

Ainsworth bashing up the ESPT main
And it's also been a great showing in the Estrellas Poker Tour main event with 1,036 players entering the €1,100 tournament being held at the Casino Barcelona, tipping the prize pool into seven figures with 128 finishing in the €1,004,920 money. You can find the Day 2 coverage and chip counts here (in Spanish). The overnight chip leader was none other than Team PokerStars Pro Jude 'j.thaddeus' Ainsworth with 164,200 chips.

The Barcelona Poker Festival has an enormous amount of events aimed at players of all levels. Find the schedule here.

is a staff writer for the PokerStars Blog.

Rick Dacey
@PokerStars in European Poker Tour