EPT9 Barcelona: Who's been crushing the side events?
There's been a huge amount of side events here at EPT Barcelona and while the blue ribbon side events like the €10,000 High Roller, €50,000 Super High Roller and €10,000 Heads Up Championship get a lot of attention, many of the others fly under the radar.
Dan Smith, as seems to be becoming usual, has been rinsing the side events. The young American is one of five players that has agreed to halt the €10,000 Heads Up Championship to take part in the €10,000 High Roller (coverage of which can be found here). He's one of three already with his name attached to a semi-final spot putting €38,000 in his pocket - and a shot at €138,000. Add that to the €962,625 he took down for the Super High Roller and it already makes for a €1m+ trip. Which is nice.
It's not all about the nosebleed players though. There have been tournament buy-ins starting from €110, a far cry from €50,000 unlimited reloads, and spreading up through to €1,100 and €2,150 comps. You can review who won what by clicking through the following EPT Barcelona side events page link.
German Kilian Kramer is one of the side event wizards. He won Event #15, the €330 turbo for €18,000 (which he chopped with David Chau who also took home €18,000), adding to a rich string of deep results in buy-ins around the €500/$500 mark. A win is a win and the champions of the side events are frequently the final tablists of the next event. Do your research, it might save you some chips if you find yourself next to them in a main event.
Media tournament results not included. Most of the winnings were spent at the bar anyway.
Rick Dacey is a staff writer for the PokerStars Blog.