Estrellas Valencia in full swing
The PokerStars Estrellas Poker Tour is once again underway, this time in Valencia, where Casino Valencia plays host to the second event of the season. Yesterday's Day 1A of the €1,000 + €100 event saw 176 players at the felt, 81 of them having qualified online on PokerStars. After eight levels 84 remained, with Alvaro Marino Nadal, winner of the Tournament Leader board in 2010, and Daniel Rauta, the current leader of the Tournament Leader board, among those eliminated.
Through to tomorrow's Day 2, however, are Team PokerStars Pros Juan Manuel Pastor and Christophe De Meulder, and Team PokerStars Online Javier 'El_Cañonero' Domínguez.
Chip leader is Dutch qualifier Richard Van Schendel with 85,800 chips, followed by Frederic Van Der Mersch from Belgium with 84,900 and PokerStars qualifier Manuel Jimenez Cecilia with 80,900 chips.
Today's Day 1B will see Team PokerStars Pro Ana Marquez and Juan Miguel Tomé Perez (the winner of Estrellas Madrid) begin their tournaments. Friend of PokerStars Poli Rincón and Team PokerStars Online Polish player Grzegorz Mikielewicz will also be in attendance. But perhaps the most celebrated participant due to play today is one of the most famous sportsmen ever to emerge from Spain, golfer Sergio Garcia.
You can follow the action as it happens over on our sister Spanish PokerStars Blog (in Spanish, obviously).