EPT11 Barcelona: Fedor Holz takes early lead in search for PoY gold

The Player of the Year race on this season's European Poker Tour has slightly altered its format. It is now a three-pronged affair with three leader boards: players' results contribute to their standing in gold, silver and bronze categories.

If you're familiar with the way SCOOP works at PokerStars, you'll have a good idea of this kind of approach. And, in fairness, it's pretty straightforward even if you've never played SCOOP in your life.

The BRONZE leader board includes results for all open events with a buy-in of $600 and below. The SILVER tier is for events with a buy in of $4,000 and below. The GOLD tier accumulates results from all open tournaments, all the way up to the Super High Roller events.

The winners will collect a trophy at the end of the season, plus the immense kudos that goes with recognition of being Best In Show. The Global Poker Index (GPI) is responsible for all the number-crunching, so things are going to be properly official.

With the Main Event and High Roller still yet to finish in Barcelona, plus a handful of attractive final-day turbos, the final results from this festival, the first of the new season, are yet to be known in their entirety. However, the GPI stats bods have been able to give us their initial indications of which players are going to take an early lead in the race.

GOLD! (Always believe in your soul)
The young German player Fedor Holz took the early lead in the race for GOLD. He collected 312.82 points from cashes in four events so far in Barcelona, including a victory in event #4, the no limit hold 'em eight-max.


Fedor Holz: Straight in at the top

Holz is actually going to be adding to his lead as he also cashed in the €10,000 High Roller event, although points will not be added to the leader board until after the conclusion of the final table.

Joao Barbosa, who cashed in five events in Barcelona - including a win in vent #21 - currently sits in second place although it looks as though he will be giving way to Dan Smith. Smith, the GPI World No 1, also cashed in the €10,000 High Roller and should earn enough points to leapfrog Barbosa.

The leader board currently includes three former EPT champions: Anton Wigg (Copenhagen, 2010), Robin Ylitalo (London, 2013) and Toby Lewis (Vilamoura, 2010)

1. Fedor Holz - 312.98 points
2. Joao Barbosa - 240.79
3. Markku Koplimaa - 221.26
4. Anton Wigg - 206.59
5. Grzegorz Wyraz - 206.59
6. Dan Smith - 197.54
7. Ramin Hajiyev - 194.98
8. Mikhail Rudoy - 192.68
9. Kimmo Kurko - 190.88
10. Robin Yiltalo - 187.28

High Ho SILVER! Lining
Familiar faces are also scattered through the race for SILVER, with Anton Wigg out at the front, Barbosa third and Holz fourth. Henrik Hecklen's two cashes in Barcelona, including his Estrellas High Roller victory, put him into second place.


Anton Wigg: You got the silver

1. Anton Wigg - 206.59
2. Henrik Hecklen - 182.63
3. Jaoa Barbosa - 168.41
4. Fedor Holz - 166.10
5. Santiago Nadal - 153.18
6. Daniel Barriocancal - 153.03
7. Artur Koren - 140.55
8. Ognyan Dimov - 134.47
9. Michael Flanagan - 127.80
10. Marius Glerse - 127.55

Gonna BRONZE! these blue suede shoes
Players who cashed in the enormous Barcelona Cup are dominating the Bronze race, with Luca Faggioli, who won the title, leading the way. Xavier Segura Campos, the runner up, is second.

1. Luca Faggioli - 13.47
2. Xavier Segura Campos - 12.21
3. Firat Baltaci - 11.47
4. Chen-Wei Yin - 10.95
5. Mateusz Koczwara - 10.54
6. Sabina Hiatullah - 10.21
7. Lois Dufouleur - 9.93
8. David Gassian - 9.68
9. Igor Sodel - 9.47
10. Cristian-Alexandru Bala - 9.28

Follow all the action from the tournament floor on the main EPT Barcelona page. There's hand-by-hand coverage in the panel at the top, including chip counts, and feature pieces below. Follow the action from the High Roller on the High Roller page. Here's a wrap of yesterday's action, and there's also EPT Live, which is streaming action from the final table of the Main Event.

Howard Swains
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