ESPT6 Barcelona: Gordillo leads the 984 returning for Day 2
The weekend has arrived, and so, too, have the 984 players who survived to today's Day 2 of the Estrellas Barcelona Main Event. That would be plenty for a starting field of a €1K buy-in event, but in this case the almost one thousand represent those left from an almost 3,300-player field, making for the largest live freezeout event in PokerStars history.
Pablo Gordillo of Spain just turned 22 a little over week ago. Even before reaching that milestone, he had already achieved another -- making an EPT Main Event final table -- not once but twice, having finished fourth at EPT10 Vienna, then eighth at EPT11 London last fall.
Gordillo also made the final table of the France Poker Series Monaco last May, like the Estrellas a €1K kick-off event for the EPT's last stop in Monte Carlo. He held the lead entering the last day there and appeared prime to collect the trophy before running into trouble to finish fourth.
He's back in the familiar frontrunner position here, though, having spun the starting stack of 25,000 all of the way to a leading 353,100 during his Day 1 flight.
Gordillo's fellow countryman, Fernando Heredia, is his nearest challenger at present, having secured 336,200 in his first day of play.
Meanwhile, France's Lucas Monnier (307,700), Raoul Refos of Netherlands (300,500), and WSOP bracelet holder Hugo Pingray of France (290,900) round out the top five.
Team PokerStars Pros Andre Akkari (105,700), Eugene Katchalov (73,000), and Matthias de Meulder (31,300) are back as well.
Team PokerStars SportsStar Fatima Moreira de Melo also comes back to a short stack (22,100), while Team PokerStars Pro Online member Liliya Novikova returns to one comfortably above the average (171,500).
The other side action heats up today as well, with a couple of satellites, the €200 women's event, the €1K seniors event, the sixth and final starting flight of the €300 Barcelona Cup, and the first day of the €50K Super High Roller for which you can expect start-to-finish coverage, including features, live reports, and chip counts on the SHR page.
Stick close and we'll see together who else arrives, who thrives, and who survives another exciting day at the Casino Barcelona.
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Martin Harris is Freelance Contributor to the PokerStars Blog.