EPT10 Barcelona: Picture this

Play is underway on Day 3, with our start-of-day chip leader Pablo Tavitian having earned some early attention thanks to his having managed to end last night bagging more chips than anyone else -- 465,000, or about three times the average to start today.

Believe it or not, Tavitian had been the subject of conversation around the press room earlier in the tournament, and not just for his having entered this event after winning the Latin American Poker Tour Chile Main Event earlier this year.


Pablo Tavitian after his LAPT6 Chile win

Following a break back on Day 1a, our colleague Donnie Peters of PokerNews had returned to tell us about an interesting encounter at dinner.

Peters had been dining with Team PokerStars Pro Jason Mercier and PokerStars Global VIP Host Garry Gates. Their table situated not far from a tall, floor-to-ceiling mirror, they'd noticed someone at a neighboring table appearing to take photos via the mirror of them from a nearby table.

Soon after noticing, Gates leaned back to investigate, and subsequent conversation revealed it was Tavitian who had been doing the surreptitious snapping. Turned out that besides being an accomplished player himself, the Argentinian also happens to be a big fan of Mercier's.

Those two then had a nice meeting, punctuated by still more picture-taking that didn't involve having to use the mirror.

The next day, Gates spotted Tavitian among the 700-plus players who comprised the Day 1b field. Soon Tavitian was talking to Gates again, once more with phone in hand. Tavitian had another picture to show him, and a story to tell as well.

As Tavitian explained, he'd won a huge jackpot in a slot machine here at the Casino Barcelona -- a prize of around €7,000 -- a development that dramatically changed his original plan not to play in the Main Event. The picture he showed Gates was of himself next to the machine, all lit-up and flashing following his win.

Fast forward a couple of days, and now everyone else is taking pictures of Tavitian.

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Pablo Tavitian begins Day 3 at EPT10 Barcelona

He claims that if he were to win the event he'd actually be much more excited about the achievement of topping the largest ever EPT Barcelona Main Event field than the €1,067,000 first prize.

It would make quite a story. If Tavitian were somehow to ride his rush all of the way to a victory here, he'd be the first player ever to claim both LAPT and EPT titles.

Picture that!

As play begins today, here's a recap and preview to get us oriented.

Click through to live coverage of the EPT Barcelona Main Event. Check out all the festival results here or take a look at what happened in the EPT Barcelona Super High Roller. Follow the @PokerStarsBlog Twitter account to keep up-to-date with all the EPT action and check out the EPTLive webcast.

Martin Harris is Freelance Contributor to the PokerStars Blog.

Martin Harris
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