ESPT6 Barcelona: Gordillo from the get-go

While on the lookout for an Estrellas Barcelona Main Event Day 1B chip leader, Pablo Gordillo caught our eye.

We remember Gordillo well from the France Poker Series Monaco Main Event, the analogue event to this one that kicked off the EPT Grand Final last spring.

From a 993-entry field, the young Spaniard had a strong start in that event, carried the chip lead to the FPS Monaco final table, and with four players left appeared the favorite to claim the trophy. But the cards turned against Gordillo thereafter and he would depart in fourth as the German Sebastian Supper -- with whom we spoke yesterday -- took the title.

That equaled Gordillo's finish in the EPT10 Vienna Main Event the year before, where a fourth-place showing earned him a career-best €262,150 payday. The finance student from León also final tabled the EPT11 London Main Event, taking eighth in that one. He picked up another cash in a $10K event over the summer at the Bellagio in Las Vegas, and now is back on the EPT once more.

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Pablo Gordillo (on right, with chips, as usual)

Gordillo -- who just turned 22 last week -- has done well for himself this afternoon and early evening. He was sitting behind a stack approaching 200,000, well above anyone else we'd seen among the hundreds of Day 1B players today, when a hand took place between him and Dragan Churlinovski of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.

Gordillo opened with an early position raise, getting one caller in middle position then Churlinovski came along as well from the small blind. The seven-high flop was checked to Gordillo who continued, and when the player behind him quickly folded it appeared as though another pot would be going Gordillo's way.

But Churlinovski check-raised his short stack all in, and when Gordillo called and tabled pocket jacks, Churlinovski stood from his chair in anticipation as he turned over nine-seven for top pair.

A nine on the turn put Churlinovski back in his seat, however, and after a safe river Gordillo had to part with some of those chips.

Gordillo still sits with over 160,000, which keeps him among the leaders as the field shrinks toward the 600-player mark.

And it looks like he's raising again.


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Martin Harris is Freelance Contributor to the PokerStars Blog.

Martin Harris
@hardboiledpoker in Barcelona