EPT12 Barcelona: What color is your tournament?
We were marveling yesterday at an EPT Barcelona schedule containing seven new events, a satellite, plus another tournament completing from the day before.
Today's line-up is even more crowded, if you can believe it. The situation is requiring the ever-resourceful EPT staff to go well beyond the simple traffic light staples of red, yellow, and green. No, today chartreuse, magenta, and caramel are all in play, as well as cerulean and cinder block.
Even the tables have lighted rings around them corresponding to their event's assigned color. It's ingenious.
Following the EPT staff's model of making complicated things more simple, let's just list it for you rather than make you search too deeply for what you're looking for today. Besides the Main Event, of course, now nearing the bubble on Day 3, here's what else is going on this busy Thursday:
* 10:00 a.m. - #47: Super Satellite to €10K High Roller (€500 + €50)
* 12:00 p.m. - #43 NLHE - Final Day (€2,000 + €200)
* 12:00 p.m. - #48: NLHE - Flight 1A (€1,000 + €100)
* 12:30 p.m. - #49: H.O.R.S.E. (€5,000 + €300)
* 1:00 p.m. - #50: PLO (€500 + €50)
* 2:00 p.m. - #51: Limit HE (€500 + €50)
* 6:00 p.m. - #52: Super Satellite to €10K High Roller (€1,500 + €100)
* 7:00 p.m. - #48: NLHE - Flight 1B (€1,000 + €100)
* 9:30 p.m. - #53: NLHE Turbo - Win the Button (€200 + €20)
* 10:00 p.m. - #54: NLHE Hyperturbo (€5,000 + €200)
Not unexpectedly, the €5K H.O.R.S.E. has drawn a stellar field, by the way, with late registration still open. Sebastien Sabic, Adam Owen, Max Pescatori, Erik Seidel, Matt Grapenthien, Roger Hairabedian, Jens Lakemeier, Stephen Chidwick, and Team PokerStars Pros Leo Fernandez and Jason Mercier are among the nearly 30 seated for the first levels.
There will be one other event squeezed in today, the much anticipated conclusion of the €25K High Roller (Event #36) originally referred to as the "Single Day" high roller. But after it took nearly 17 hours for a 152-entry field to play down to three players, that trio decided to postpone things and so will reconvene this afternoon at a clearly designated table on the right side of the main poker room.
All three are former EPT Main Event winners -- chip leader and EPT8 Prague champ Martin Finger (7.64 million), EPT6 Sanremo winner and EPT2 London titlist Team PokerStars Pro Liv Boeree (3.86 million), and Mark Teltscher (3.7 million). And green -- appropriately -- is the color for the €25K HR, what with a €865,900 going to the winner.
Originally set to begin at 4 p.m. CET, they're pushing the restart back another hour to get things going at five o'clock. The change gives Boeree and boyfriend Igor Kurganov some extra time to study up on her two remaining opponents.
Too bad there isn't a simple, color-coded map leading the way to victory here at the end of a long tourney journey.
Stick close to the €25K High Roller page for live updates and chip counts. We'll continue to do our best to make it clear and simple to follow everything else going on today, too. We're prepared to pull out vermillion, taupe, cornsilk, and even camelback, if needed.
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Martin Harris is Freelance Contributor to the PokerStars Blog.