Rubén Velasco Merino leads, ESPT Madrid final set
While those who like things fast have been lapping up the PokerStars Turbo Championship of Online Poker, a super-paced live event was taking place in Spain. In Day 3 of the PokerStars Estrellas Poker Tour Madrid, it took less than two hours to get rid of 30 players to ensure today's final table was set in double-quick time.
The 59 players returning to Casino Gran Madrid yesterday were already in the money after the bubble burst at the end of Day 2. But no-one quite expected the rush of bust-outs. Once the carnage was over, eight players remained, with Rubén Velasco Merino on top of the pile with 1,697,000 chips.
Here's how the final table lines up at 2pm local time today as they chase the first prize of €113,350:
Rubén Velasco Merino, Spain, 1,697,000
Luis Rufas Acin, Spain, 1,087,000
David Kolmberger, Germany, PokerStars qualifier, 1,069,000
Juan Miguel Tome Perez, Spain, PokerStars qualifier, 1,063,000
Luis Rodriguez Cruz, Spain, PokerStars player, 707,000
Álvaro Ballesteros, Spain, 700,000
Sergio Pardo Ramirez, Spain, 561,000
Manuel Martinez Solsona, Spain, 319,000
You can follow all the action live on our sister Spanish PokerStars Blog.