EPT11 Barcelona Midday update: Colman on the move; Kanit leads

Day 2 in a Super High Roller event involves an awful lot of housekeeping. After the free-for-all, unlimited re-buy fun on Day 1, Day 2 is when everybody has to get busy, not least the tournament administrators who need to calculate the prize pool.

Once details of the pay-outs are released, the players can set about winning some of it. It will usually mean surviving through the day and hitting the final table, which is often where the money kicks in.

Here in Barcelona this week, the buoyant field means payouts all the way down to 11th place. Here's what they're all looking at, including a cheeky seven-figure first prize.

1 - €1,016,700
2 - €722,800
3 - €473,200
4 - €364,200
5 - €288,400
6 - €225,500
7 - €177,500
8 - €138,600
9 - €105,455
10-11 - €92,400

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Television table at the EPT Super High Roller

At time of writing, the money bubble is still some way off, but the pace is rapid in the tournament room. The returning field of 54 has been cut down to 24, with the biggest stacks in front of Ryan Fee (still), Mustapha Kanit (still), Sam Trickett (still), Olivier Busquet (of course) and Dan Colman, who has gone on a sensational rise up the tournament ladder.

Colman, who won the Super High Roller at the EPT Grand Final and then took down the One Drop at the World Series in the summer, was facing elimination at the hands of Fee during the earlier stages of play today, but won a crucial race to double up.

He was then the beneficiary of an enormous bluff gone awry by Martin Jacobson, who conspired to move all in with ace high and ran into Colman's flopped set of fours. The pot was worth 1.66m and put Colman in great shape to continue a ridiculous run. Jacobson was out.

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Dan Colman and Martin Finger: Amazed by the existence of the sky

Earlier in the day, Andrew Pantling, a former runner up at the EPT Grand Final Main Event, built his stack beyond 1.5m. But his stack dwindled to about 500,000 by the time they redrew for the last 24. Pratyush Buddiga, one seat to his left, however, had more than doubled his to about 550,000.

Buddiga was a last-minute entry into this event, registering this morning and taking his seat for the first time at noon. Skipping the first day is not always a wise policy -- none of Alec Torelli, Oleksii Khoroshenin and Dong Kim, who all bought in today -- are still in the tournament, but Buddiga is doing just fine.

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Pratyush Buddiga: Latecomer doing all right

Don't think, by the way, that bad beats don't happen at this level of the game. Mikael Thuritz got his stack all in with aces against Fabian Quoss's tens, but a ten on the flop sent the Swede out the door. Quoss perished to Dan Shak not long after.

Shak is leading the charge for the businessmen in this event, but as a group those "recreational" players are doing pretty well. Talal Shakerchi and Paul Newey are both also still involved, even though we have bade farewell to Jean-Noel Thorel.

Top six stacks 6.30pm CET:

Mustapha Kanit - 1,925,000
Dan Colman - 1,673,000
Olivier Busquet - 1,526,000
Ismail Erkenov - 1,264,000
Sam Trickett - 1,234,000
Ryan Fee - 1,150,000

Colman is on the EPT Live feature table. Tune in.

Day 2 of the €50,000 Super High Roller is under way. Head to the main Super High Roller page for full coverage from the tournament floor.

Howard Swains
@howardswains in European Poker Tour