EPT12 Barcelona: Make Zhigalov's a double as Russian wins his second €5K side event

As we alluded to earlier, today was another packed day on action at EPT12 Barcelona schedule. Including satellites and a special added €300 pot-limit Razz event there was a total of 11 events outside of the Main Event to keep an eye on.

There was a nice mix of events including some that started today and will conclude tomorrow, some that started yesterday and concluded today and some straight up one and done events that began today and finished today. Whilst most still rumble on into the night Martin Finger earlier took down the €25,000 High Roller when it played to its conclusion and another big buy-in event has also played down to its winner.

This season the EPT has expanded its mixed games offerings and has pitched them at the €500 and €5,000 price points. Today it was the turn of the €5,000 H.O.R.S.E event to hog the mixed game spotlight and an impressive 26 players fancied a bit of that creating a €126,100 prize pool. The top five got paid and when the money bubble burst we were left with two players from Russia, a WCOOP and SCOOP winner, an online cash game legend, and a Team PokerStars Pro.

First out in the cash was the Team PokerStars Pro as Leo Fernandez collected €11,980, next to go was one of the Russians, Aleksandr Denisov (€14,815), and when Sebastien 'Seb87' Sabic (of Nosebleed fame) went in third (€20,490) it was the multiple-'COOP winner Andrey Zaichenko and the other Russian, Andrey Zhigalov for the title and the trophy.

The pair quickly cut a deal that left a little to play for and it would be Zaichenko, winner of the EPT11 Prague High Roller, who would have to settle for second place. That meant that Zhigalov, who won the €5,000 Razz event earlier this week, took down his second €5,000 event of the week, collecting €40,332 for the win.

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Zhigalov and friends celebrate his second win of the week

Two other events have wrapped up. The €500 Limit Hold'em event was won by Paul Tedeschi. The Frenchman beat a field of 41 players - including Team Pro Online's Naoya Kihara - to win €6,760. It makes it two EPT side event wins in as many stops for Tedeschi as he took down a €1,000 Limit Stud Hi/Lo event at the EPT11 Grand Final.

And the €300 pot-limit Razz has been reduced from 39 to just one with the popular Belgian Kenny Hallaert taking the lion's share of the €11,349 prize pool. He pocketed €3,860 for defeating Martin Haswell heads-up whilst Adam Owen, Joao Viera and Vitaly Lunkin were among those who bricked that event. This win is Hallaert's fourth EPT side event win and his first on this tour in an event other than no-limit Hold'em

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Another side event win for Tedeschi

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Four is the magic number for Hallaert

The other €5,000 event on the schedule today has reached the final table but took far less time to do so. The €5,000 no-limit Hold'em Hyper Turbo attracted 105 runners all looking to make a quick buck or two. There's over €130,000 for the winner and that's now reached the final table. Plenty of big names left in that one including Martin Finger, Byron Kaverman, Vladimir Troyanovskiy and Dzmitry Urbanovich.

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Another final table for Urbanovich

Plenty of other events are nearing their conclusion, including the monstrous Event#43 a €2,000 no-limit Hold'em affair that attracted 510 players. At time of writing just eight remain in that one and our Portuguese correspondent reports that they've got two runners still alive in the shape of Rui Milhomes and Ayaz Manji. Those who retain an interest in that one have locked up €17,320, whilst the winner will take home €190,960. A number of big names made the money but not the final table of this event including: Dimitar Danchev (13th, €12,270), Yann Dion (17th, €9,500) Giuliano Bendinelli (32nd, €4,950) and Jan Bendik (36th, €4,950).

Two other events are scheduled to finish today, with the €500+€50 pot-limit Omaha event that attracted 255 runners and the €220 NLHE Turbo - Win the Button still some way from finishing given it attracted 476 runners. Whilst Event #48 a €1,000 no-limit Hold'em with one re-entry per flight attracted 676 runners over the two flights and plays to its conclusion on Friday. Among those who'll return to Day 2 hoping to claim the trophy are: Sean Prendiville, David Lappin, David Vamplew, Luciana Manolea, Yury Gulyy, Morten Mortensen, Daragh Davey, Lasse Frost and Bryan Paris.

We'll wrap up all those events tomorrow, but for now its goodnight from Barcelona.

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Nick Wright
@PokerStars in European Poker Tour