ESPT6 Barcelona: Huge stack for Hugo Pingray at close of historic Day 1C
History was made at European Poker Tour Barcelona at Day 1C of the Estrellas Barcelona Main Event, the final starting day of the €1K buy-in no-limit hold'em tournament that has helped kick off EPT in a Season 12 huge way.
Huge as well was the stack of Hugo Pingray when play concluded tonight. The Frenchman has a WSOP bracelet, several previous EPT scores, and more than $1.4 million in tournament earnings. He also has 290,900 chips, the most of any of the many Day 1C players.
With final tabulations still ongoing, we can say at least 1,570 players participated in ESPT Barcelona today. Added to the 1,714 who played the first two Day 1 flights, that pushes the overall total up close to 3,300 entries -- and for a freezeout event, too (i.e., no reentries).
It's a staggering total. But before we stagger out for the night, let's note a few other big stacks.
Earning a big double-up just before the last hands of the night were dealt was Scotland's Majid Iqbal. That pot got him to 286,700, just behind Pingray.
Another player hitting a hand right at night's end -- and punctuating it with a loud "yeaeeeah!" laughingly echoed by others as they bagged -- was France's Mikael Azoulay who finished with 257,200. He was excited enough to take a picture of the hand that helped him join the leaders.
Emrah Cakmak (243,900) likewise finished the night on a high.
Abdelkader Medjahed (220,000) and Shahaf Hadaya (219,000) were also among the biggest accumulators on this historic day. And among the Team PokerStars Pros who took part today, Andre Akkari (105,700), Eugene Katchalov (73,000), and Matthias de Meulder (31,300) all made it to Day 2 as well. Click here for a full list of the Day 1C survivors and their counts.
There were 486 players in the end who survived this flight, which means 984 will be returning for tomorrow's Day 2. No one caught Spain's Pablo Gordillo's leading stack of 353,100, so the young Spaniard will be the one being chased by all when play resumes tomorrow at 12 noon CET.
We'll rejoin things then, and you do the same. Remember, along with the ESPT Barcelona, the €50K Super High Roller kicks into action as well tomorrow amid another busy day in Casino Barcelona. Check the side events page for up-to-date results of everything from the festival.
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Martin Harris is Freelance Contributor to the PokerStars Blog.