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That’s everything from Casino Barcelona. Be sure to check out the full recap by Poker’s Jack Stanton to get the full story, and for details feel free to scroll down through the day’s live coverage. ¡Adios!


10:40pm: Max Silver wins €600,924, Norbert Szacsi finishes second (€626,357)
Level 30 – Blinds 100,000/200,000 (BB ante 200,000)

It’s all over but the winner’s photo.

Norbert Szacsi opened for 450,000. Max Silver re-raised to 1.6 million and then called when Szacsi jammed for 8 million. Szacsi has 33 but he was dominated by Silver’s 1010. Szacsi’s railbirds chanted for a trey to hit the board the whole way but the deck didn’t cooperate, instead giving us K94JJ and bringing this game to its conclusion.

We’ll have a complete wrap for you in just a few minutes. In the meantime, congrats to our dealmakers and to Max Silver. –JK

Barcelona high rollers Max Silver and Norbert Szacsi heads-up

10:25pm: Ruijs takes third (€488,819)
Level 30 – Blinds 100,000/200,000 (BB ante 200,000)

That’s all for Joris Ruijs. Max Silver limped from the small blind and Ruijs checked, bringing the 82A flop. Silver led for 200,000 there, 600,000 after the J turn, and all-in after the 4 river. Ruijs called each time rather quickly and showed down 82 for flopped eights and deuces, but Silver’s 53 rivered a wheel straight to take the pot and eliminate Ruijs from the tournament.

Silver and Norbert Szacsi are within about 10 big blinds of one another as we begin heads-up play. –JK

10:15pm: Deal time
Level 31 – Blinds 100,000/200,000 (BB ante 200,000)

Hey guys. We’re back. And they’ve done a deal.

Let’s Make A Deal, Barcelona edition

So here’s the deal. They’re going to play for €60K, but all three have now locked up these amounts:

Norbert Szecsi: €626,357
Max Silver: €540,924
Joris Ruijs: €488,819

The levels have been shortened to 30 minutes, sweetening the deal.

Did we say ‘deal’ too much just now? Sorry. We won’t say it again.

Deal? –JS

Name Country Chip Count
Norbert Szecsi Hungary 11,500,000
Max Silver United Kingdom 6,250,000
Joris Ruijs Netherlands 4,200,000


9:35pm: Richard Kirsch gone in fourth
Level 30 – Blinds 80,000/160,000 (BB ante 160,000)

Richard Kirsch opened for 500,000 on the button and called when Norbert Szacsi jammed from the small blind. Szacsi’s 1010 held up against Kirsch’s 77 to knock the American out in fourth place. We’re heading to a 30-minute break. –JK

9:33pm: Silver jams on Ruijs
Level 30 – Blinds 80,000/160,000 (BB ante 160,000)

There haven’t been many big pots to report of late. This four-handed battle is really going the distance.

Max Silver made it 320,000 in the cutoff before Joris Ruijs raised to 925,000 on the button. Back to Silver, he used a time bank card – the first we’ve seen used in a long time – before setting Ruijs all-in he quickly folded. –JS

Name Country Chip Count
Norbert Szecsi Hungary 7,000,000
Max Silver United Kingdom 5,700,000
Richard Kirsch United States 4,500,000
Joris Ruijs Netherlands 4,200,000

9:15pm: Silver doubles through Ruijs, drops a million
Level 30 – Blinds 80,000/160,000 (BB ante 160,000)

Joris Ruijs opened on the button for 325,000 and Norbert Szecsi re-raised to 1.2 million from the small blind. Then Max Silver came over the top for 2.385 million in the big blind. Ruijs called and Szecsi folded, putting Silver’s AK against Ruijs’s QQ. The A54J10 board gave Silver the 6.455-million-chip pot and dropped Ruijs to 5.8 million.

On the next hand Szecsi opened for 350,000 and Silver raised to 1 million behind him. “You have 6 million?” asked Szecsi, and on confirmation he jammed. Silver folded. –JK

8:50pm: Ruijs moving on Silver
Level 30 – Blinds 80,000/160,000 (BB ante 160,000)

Things have changed now that Joris Ruijs has chips. Almost every time Max Silver opens, Ruijs is moving on him. And it seems to be working, at least for now. –JS

8:45pm: Ruijs clips Kirsch
Level 30 – Blinds 80,000/160,000 (BB ante 160,000)

Joris Ruijs has found his way back into this game. He called from the small blind and Richard Kirsch checked the big, bringing a 10QA flop. Ruijs led on every street from there — 175,000 on the flop, 550,000 on the 8 turn, and 1.2 million on the river — and Kirsch called relatively quickly each time. Ruijs showed Q10 for queens and tens; Kirsch showed the A as he mucked.

Kirsch drops to 2.25 million, and Ruijs climbs to 6.7 million. –JK

8:30pm: Silver doubles through Kirsch
Level 29 – Blinds 60,000/120,000 (BB ante 120,000)

Max Silver found a double just before the end of this level. He moved in for 2.725 million over the top of Richard Kirsch’s 400,000-chip button raise, and Kirsch called with KQ. Silver’s A7 stayed ahead on the 9210108 board to stack him up to 5.4 million. Kirsch drops to 4 million. –JK

8:20pm: Szecsi puts pressure on Silver
Level 29 – Blinds 60,000/120,000 (BB ante 120,000)

Norbert Szecsi completed from the small blind before Max Silver made it 400,000 to go. Szecsi made the call to see the 5KQ flop, which he’d check to the raiser.

Silver continued for 300,000, but now Szecsi raised it up to 1.05 million. Silver considered it, but would fold to leave himself with 2.6 million.

Szecsi is on 9.75 million now. –JS

7:50pm: Orpen Kisacikoglu falls in fifth (€232,080)
Level 29 – Blinds 60,000/120,000 (BB ante 120,000)

We’ve lost another player and we’re down to four.

Action folded to Norbet Szecsi on the button and he opened to 250,000. Max Silver called from the small blind, and Orpen Kisacikoglu did the same out of the big.

They saw a 558 flop fall, on which Silver checked. Kisacikoglu then moved all-in for 1.66 million, only for Szecsi to shove too. Silver folded quickly, and the cards were flipped:

Kisacikoglu: K4
Szecsi: 86

Kisacikoglu would need a club or king to survive, but the 2 and 8 turn and river only improved Szecsi’s hand.

Kisacikoglu collects €232,080, while Szecsi is up to 9.95 million. –JS

Orpen’s out

7:38pm: Break, then another break
Level 29 – Blinds 60,000/120,000 (BB ante 120,000)

The final five has just returned from a 15-minute break, and they’ve decided to play one more level then take a 60-minute dinner break.

Name Country Chip Count
Norbert Szecsi Hungary 8,100,000
Richard Kirsch United States 6,200,000
Max Silver United Kingdom 3,100,000
Joris Ruijs Netherlands 1,870,000
Orpen Kisacikoglu Turkey 1,810,000


7:20pm: Silver increases through Kisacikoglu
Level 28 – Blinds 50,000/100,000 (BB ante 100,000)

In one of the last hands before the break, Max Silver opened to 200,000 under the gun and was three-bet to 475,000 by Orpen Kisacikoglu one seat to his left. It folded back to Silver and he made the call.

Both players then checked the 24JJ5 board down all the way, and Silver took it down with AQ.

He’s up to 3 million, while Kisacikoglu drops to 2.04 million. –JS

7:06pm: Garcia gone in 6th (€181,830)
Level 28 – Blinds 50,000/100,000 (BB ante 100,000)

Norbert Szecsi and Cord Garcia were in the blinds and got into a preflop raising war that ended with Garcia shoving for more than 4 million and Szecsi snap-calling.

Garcia turned over AK while Szecsi showed KK. Garcia needed an ace, but the 62J46 board brought none. Szecsi took a massive lead with about 9.4 million while Garcia busted in 6th.

Garcia goes home after losing massive preflop all-in

7pm: Ruijs doubles through Kisacikoglu
Level 8 – Blinds 50,000/100,000 (BB ante 100,000)

Orpen Kisacikoglu raised in the small blind and then called when Joris Ruijs jammed for his last 635,000. Ruijs’s A6 turned an ace on the 787A3 board to top Kisacikoglu’s 55, boosting him to 1.3 million. Kisacikoglu falls to 3.125 million. –JK

6:50pm: Garcia shoves on Ruijs
Level 28 – Blinds 50,000/100,000 (BB ante 100,000)

Cord Garcia just took a chunk out of Joris Ruijs.

Ruijs started things off with raise to 225,000 and Garcia called from the hijack. The flop came 393 and Ruijs check-called a bet of 150,000. The turn brought a 9 and a round of checks.

Then the K landed on the river and Garcia shoved. Ruijs thought for approximately three time bank cards and then let it go. Ruijs dipped to 1.875 million after the hand while Garcia moved up to 4.9 million. –AV

6:40pm: Kisacikoglu vs Szecsi
Level 28 – Blinds 50,000/100,000 (BB ante 100,000)

Norbert Szecsi and Orpen Kisacikoglu have arguably been the most active players at the table, playing a bunch of pots against each other.

In one, Szecsi made it 225,000 from the cutoff and Kisacikoglu defended the big blind to see a 265 flop. It checked through to the K turn and Kisacikoglu check-called a 300,000 delayed c-bet, before the Q completed the board. Kisacikoglu checked once more, Szecsi bet 800,000, and that was enough to get a fold.

A few hands later Kisacikoglu made it 200,000 from the cutoff and Szecsi defended his big blind. The dealer spread a 759 flop and again it checked through. The turn came the Q, Szecsi led for 225,000, and Kisacikoglu raised it to 550,000. Fold.

Kisacikoglu is on 3.4 million, while Szecsi has 4.82 million. –JS

6:24pm: Another set sends Chen packing in 7th (€136,700)
Level 27 – Blinds 40,000/80,000 (BB ante 80,000)

And just like that, Zhong Chen is out.

Cord Garcia raised to 200,000 from the hijack and Chen called from the big blind. The flop came 387 and Garcia bet 200,000 when checked to. Chen raised to 550,000 and Garcia moved all-in.

Chen snap-called and showed another set with 77. Garcia had a straight draw with 109 and hit it after the J fell on the river. Chen busted in 7th while Garcia took the lead with 5.875 million. –AV

Zhong Chen gets straighted out on the river to finish 7th

Zhong Chen shakes Max Silver’s hand

6:18pm: Double up for Chen
Level 27 – Blinds 40,000/80,000 (BB ante 80,000)

Despite a lot of commotion, we’re still seven-handed. Zhong Chen just doubled up.

He limped under the gun and when it got to Norbert Szecsi he made it 280,000. Action folded back to Chen and he jammed for 1,135,000, which Szecsi snap-called.

Chen: 33
Szecsi: AK

Chen flopped a set on the 37296 board, bringing him up to 2.4 million and dropping Szecsi down to 4.83 million. –JS

6:15pm: Szecsi pulls down a big pot
Level 27 – Blinds 40,000/80,000 (BB ante 80,000)

Norbert Szecsi opened for 175,000 in the cutoff seat and Orpen Kisacikoglu called in the big blind. So far so standard.

Kisacikoglu checked the 4810 flop, then raised to 375,000 when Szecsi bet 175,000. He thought for a few moments and then called, bringing the 4 on the turn. Kisacikoglu led this time for 450,000 and again Szecsi called. Kisacikoglu checked the 2 river and Szecsi, after about 10 seconds, gathered the chips for a bet of 1.35 million. Kisacikoglu didn’t like the look of that and declined to go to showdown, eliciting a round of cheers from Szecsi’s railbirds.

Szecsi climbs to 5.7 million with the win, while Kisacikoglu slips to 3.26 million. –JK

6:00pm: Seven-handed slowdown
Level 27 – Blinds 40,000/80,000 (BB ante 80,000)

Things have slowed down considerably. We did get a few Zhong Chen shoves though.

Orpen Kisacikoglu opened the first time. He made it 160,000 from the hijack and Chen moved all-in for 775,000 from the button. Norbert Szecsi thought, used a time bank card and thought some more.

That’s about as exciting as it got. He folded and Kisacikoglu followed suit. Chen then open-shoved from under the gun a few hands later and got no customers either. There were a few walks after that, a pair of flops, and not much else. –AV

5:45pm: Kirsch doubles through Ruijs
Level 27 – Blinds 40,000/80,000 (BB ante 80,000)

Cord Garcia opened for 210,000 under the gun but got out of the way after Joris Ruijs raised to 625,000 and Richard Kirsch jammed for around 1.8 million. Ruijs called and they were racing:

Ruijs: AK
Kirsch: QQ

Ruijs jumped ahead with a pair of kings on the K85 flop but he was drawing dead after the 9 turn made Kirsch a club flush. The 7 made Kirsch’s double to 3.7 million official, while Ruijs plummets to around 1 million. –JK

5:36pm: Farrell falls in 8th (€97,100)
Level 27 – Blinds 40,000/80,000 (BB ante 80,000)

Norbert Szecsi raised to 175,000 from the button and Niall Farrell moved all-in for 1.02 million from the big blind. Szecsi, thought, used a time bank card and thought some more. Then he made the right call. Szecsi showed A6 and he had Farrell’s A5 dominated.

Szecsi then paired his six on the 1069 flop and Farrell stood up. An 8 came on the turn and Farrell paused.

“Chop,” Farrell said, hoping for a seven to save the day. But the 4 came on the river instead and Farrell fell in 8th. Szecsi on the other hand is up to 4.35 million. –AV

Eighth for Farrell

5:28pm: Funky play from Farrell pays off
Level 27 – Blinds 40,000/80,000 (BB ante 80,000)

After that hand with Max Silver before the break, Niall Farrell was left with not much to play. Still, he just managed to find a way to double and get paid by a worse hand without shoving preflop.

Farrell had 450,000 in front of him under the gun, and he opened to 275,000. It folded to Richard Kirsch on the button who called, and the two went heads-up to a [23s]5Q flop. Check check.

The 9 hit the turn, and now Farrell stuck in his last 175,000. Kirsch snap-called with K10 saying he had outs, while Farrell had 97 for a turned pair. The 8 kept Farrell in front, and he doubles to 1.04 million. –JS

5:20pm: Back to the table
Level 27 – Blinds 40,000/80,000 (BB ante 80,000)

It’s time for more poker. And what the heck — let’s keep things interesting and bump up the blinds. –JK

5:15pm: Silver trips up Farrell
Level 26 – Blinds 30,000/60,000 (BB ante 60,000)

The last hand of Level 26 took us six minutes deep into the break and Max Silver got the best of it.

Niall Farrell opened for 125,000 in the cutoff, drawing calls from Silver and Joris Ruijs in the big blind. Ruijs checked the 83Q flop and got out of the way after Farrell bet 200,000 and Silver called. Farrell slowed down on the Q flop, checking and then using a time bank card before he called Silver’s 225,000-chip bet.

The river was the A and Farrell checked. This time Silver bet 575,000 and Farrell used another time bank card before calling. Silver showed Q10 for trip queens, and Farrell disgustedly flung his cards to the muck, exposing the A that had given him a pair of aces on the river.

Silver climbs to 2.93 million with that win, while Farrell is in danger now with just 450,000. Now we’re on break for another five minutes. –JK

5:01pm: Jam-o-rama
Level 26 – Blinds 30,000/60,000 (BB ante 60,000)

Zhong Chen has been on both of ends of a shove recently. He took down the first one.

Orpen Kisacikoglu raised to 120,000 from middle position that hand and Joris Ruijs called from the hijack. Chen then moved all-in for 875,000 and Kisacikoglu quickly folded while Ruijs gave it some thought.

“I have good cards,” Chen said. He offered to show if Ruijs folded and he kept his promise. Ruijs let it go and Chen turned over AK.

Chen then raised to 125,000 from middle position a few hands later and Max Silver jammed from the big blind. Chen’s hand wasn’t as good this time and he folded. Silver is up to 2 million while Chen is at about 1.05 million. –AV

4:55pm: Kisacikoglu eliminates Johnny Nedved in 9th (€77,500)
Level 26 – Blinds 30,000/60,000 (BB ante 60,000)

Maurice Hawkins is on the rail rooting for his buddy Richard Kirsch. He called us over.

“How many chips does that guy have?” he asked, referring to Johnny Nedved, who was under the gun. “725,000,” was our reply. “Wow, that big blind is gonna hurt,” Hawkins said.

Nedved would never reach the big blind, as he open-shoved and it folded to Orpen Kisacikoglu on the button. Having failed to bust Kirsch not long before, he tried again with another player and made the call with AQ, to flip against Nedved’s 88.

The KQJ flop improved Kisacikoglu immediately, and Nedved could only shake his head in disappointment. The 9 and 2 completed the board, KO’ing Nedved in ninth and bringing Kisacikoglu up to 4.1 million. –JS

Nedved sees the bad news, with Hawkins watching on

4:45pm: Kirsch doubles through Kisacikoglu
Level 26 – Blinds 30,000/60,000 (BB ante 60,000)

Richard Kirsch open-jammed for 1.15 million with 1010 and it folded to Orpen Kisacikoglu in the big blind who called with AK.

The 393QJ board was safe for the tens, and Kirsch doubles up to 2.4 million. –JS

4:40pm: Silver shoves
Level 26 – Blinds 30,000/60,000 (BB ante 60,000)

Max Silver just knocked Orpen Kisacikoglu off a pot preflop with a move for which he’s well-known. Kisacikoglu opened the action for 120,000 under the gun and almost got through, but Silver thought for just a few seconds before shoving all-in. Kisacikoglu asked for a count — 1.635 million — and considered a call for a brief moment before letting his hand go. That puts Silver on 1.85 million. –JK

4:34pm: Kirsch doubles through Ruijs
Level 26 – Blinds 30,000/60,000 (BB ante 60,000)

Joris Ruijs raised to 125,000 from the hijack and Richard Kirsch moved all-in for 490,000 from the button. Action folded back Ruijs and he called with Q8. Kirsch turned over A10 and he hit two-pair on the 5103A7 board.

Kirsch doubled up to more than 1 million while Ruijs dipped to 3.8 million. –AV

Richard Kirsch is hanging on

4:27pm: Battle of the Brits sees Farrell double up
Level 26 – Blinds 30,000/60,000 (BB ante 60,000)

Niall Farrell just found a great spot to double up, and double up he did.

He jammed for 925,000 from the cutoff and Max Silver found something he liked on the button. Silver isolated with a shove of his own, and everyone else folded.

Silver’s AJ was dominated by Farrell’s AK, and the K75 flop was damn near perfect for the Scot. The 10 turn caused Silver to gasp though, as any queen would give him broadway.

The river was the K though, and doubling Farrell up to 2 million and knocking Silver down to 1.5 million. –JS

4:20pm: Orpen takes one
Level 26 – Blinds 30,000/60,000 (BB ante 60,000)

Orpen Kisacikoglu just grabbed a nice pot at Johnny Nedved’s expense.

Nedved opened the betting for 150,000 in the lojack seat and Kisacikoglu called in the big blind, bringing a 7106 flop. Kisacikoglu check-called 210,000 and then both players checked the 9 turn. That brought the Q on the river and Kisacikoglu quickly fired 700,000. Nedved didn’t take long to call with 77 for a set of sevens, but that was no good against Kisacikoglu’s Q8.

Nedved is now on 1.05 million to Kisacikoglu’s 2.18 million. –JK

4:05pm: Level up
Level 26 – Blinds 30,000/60,000 (BB ante 60,000)

The tide keeps rising. We’re now up to 30,000/60,000 blinds with a 60,000 BB ante.

4:04pm: Silver syphons some off Ruijs
Level 25 – Blinds 25,000/50,000 (BB ante 50,000)

Max Silver took a few bites out of Joris Ruijs’ stack when we got down to the unofficial final table.

Silver started the last hand of the level off with a raise to 100,000 and Ruijs called from the button. Richard Kirsch called from the big blind and the flop came Q52. All three players checked and then Silver bet 175,000 after the 6 came on the turn.

Only Ruijs called and the river brought a J. Silver checked, Ruijs followed suit and then mucked after Silver showed KJ for a rivered pair of jacks.

Silver is up to 2.6 million while Ruijs dipped a bit to 4.6 million. –AV

3:57pm: Unofficial final table
Level 25 – Blinds 25,000/50,000 (BB ante 50,000)

Play has resumed, with all nine now around one table. –JS

Seat Name Country Chip Count Big Blinds
1 Norbert Szecsi Hungary 3465000 69
2 Cord Garcia United States 3650000 73
3 Niall Farrell United Kingdom 1165000 23
4 Max Silver United Kingdom 2170000 43
5 Orpen Kisacikoglu Turkey 2055000 41
6 Joris Ruijs Netherlands 5130000 103
7 Zhong Chen Netherlands 1395000 28
8 Richard Kirsch United States 815000 16
9 Johnny Nedved Belgium 2120000 42

3:40pm: Chmielewski chased out in 10th (€64,300)
Level 25 – Blinds 25,000/50,000 (BB ante 50,000)

Cord Garcia raised to 150,000 from the cutoff and Marcin Chmielewski moved all-in for 570,000. Action folded back around to Garcia and he called.

Chmielewski turned over A5 and he was dominated by Garcia’s A8. Chmielewski took the lead with two-pair on the 7A5 flop, but Garcia hit a runner-runner straight after the 4 and 6 fell on the turn and river.

Chmielewski became our unofficial final table bubble while Garcia’s stack grew to 3.65 million. –AV

The old suck, resuck takes out Chmielewski

3:20pm: Chen flips and doubles
Level 25 – Blinds 25,000/50,000 (BB ante 50,000)

Zhong Chen was down to about 800,000 and got it in with 33. Orpen Kisacikoglu tried to take him out with AJ and Chen whipped out his phone to film the action.

If he didn’t send you the video, here’s a recap of what happened. Chen stayed in the lead after the 69425 brought all low cards and he doubled to 1.6 million while Kisacikoglu dipped to 1.85 million. –AV

3:13pm: Nose knocked out in 11th (€64,300)
Level 25 – Blinds 25,000/50,000 (BB ante 50,000)

We’re down to 10.

Johnny Nedved raised to 125,000 from the cutoff and Gen nose re-raised all-in to 325,000 from the button. Action folded back around to Nedved and he called.

Nose turned over K10 and Nedved tabled a dominating A10. The 49459 board kept Nedved in the lead and he chipped up to 2.5 million while Nose was eliminated in 11th. –AV

Nose knocked out in 11th

3:02pm: Seth Davies eliminated in 12th (€55,780)
Level 25- Blinds 25,000/50,000 (BB ante 50,000)

Seth Davies started the day with the lead, but now he’s our 12th-place finisher. He got his final 900,000 in with A8 against Norbert Szecsi’s AK. The dominating hand held up on the 256JQ board and Davies busted in 12th while Szecsi chipped up to 3.9 million. –AV

Down goes Davies

2:56pm: Stop and go, Farrell doubles
Level 25 – Blinds 25,000/50,000 (BB ante 50,000)

Niall Farrell almost went all-in preflop.

Orpen Kisacikoglu raised to 100,000 from the hijack and Farrell three-bet to 310,000, leaving himself with just 50,000.

Both players checked the K4K flop and then the rest of the chips went in after the 7 came on the turn. Kisacikoglu showed A8 while Farrell had trip kings with KQ. He then hit the last king when the K landed on the river.

Farrell doubled to about 700,000 while Kisacikoglu dipped to 2.2 million. –AV

2:50pm: We’re back
Level 25 – Blinds 25,000/50,000 (BB ante 50,000)

Players are back from their first break of the day and cards are back in the air.

2:35pm: Murata falls in 13th place (€55,780)
Level 24 – Blinds 20,000/40,000 (BB ante 40,000)

Eder Murata had been re-raising all-in for a bit. Then he ran into a big pair and everything came crashing down.

Joris Ruijs opened for 80,000 in the lojack seat and snap-called when Murata moved in over the top. His KK was the favorite against Murata’s AJ and it held up as the board fell J79QQ, ending Murata’s run in 13th place.

Ruijs is our new chip leader with 4.65 million as we head to the break. –JK

2:32pm: Hajiyev halted in 14th (€48,970)
Level 24 – Blinds 20,000/40,000 (BB ante 40,000)

Norbert Szecsi has been opening a lot of pots, and Rustam Hajiyev found a hand to take a stand with.

Szecsi made it 85,000 in the UTG+1 seat and when it folded to Hajiyev in the small blind he jammed for a little under 400,000. Szecsi made the call woth KQ, and it was a flip against 77.

Szecsi took the lead on the Q5J flop, and Hajiyev couldn’t catch up on the 4 turn or 10 river.

He’s out, while Szecsi climbs to 2.65 million. –JS

Hajiyev gone in 14th

2:25pm: Ruijs takes a chunk out of Chmielewski
Level 24 – Blinds 20,000/40,000 (BB ante 40,000)

Joris Ruijs raised from under the gun and Marcin Chmielewski called from the big blind. The flop came down 47J and Ruijs continued when checked to.

Chmielewski called and a 2 came on the turn. Chmielewski checked again and this time Ruijs fired off a 225,000 bet. A Q completed the board after Chmielewski called and then he checked one more time. Ruijs fired again too, this time for 435,000.

Chmielewski had one more call in him, but mucked after Ruijs showed AJ. The pot put Ruijs in the lead with 3.7 million while Chmielewski dipped to 1.25 million. –AV

2:18pm: Kisacikoglu doubles through Davies
Level 24 – Blinds 20,000/40,000 (BB ante 40,000)

Orpen Kisacikoglu opened the action for 80,000 in the hijack seat and Seth Davies made it 340,000 to go in the big blind. Then Kisacikoglu jammed and Davies snap-called, but it was bad news for his AK against Kisacikoglu’s AA. The 555 left room for a chop but the case five never arrived, dropping Davies to 715,000. Kisacikoglu is now near the top of the counts with 2.7 million. –JK

2:15pm: Szecsi outkicks Kirsch
Level 24 – Blinds 20,000/40,000 (BB ante 40,000)

Norbert Szecsi made it 85,000 to go from the cutoff, and his only caller was Richard Kirsch in the big blind. They went heads-up to a 9Q7 flop, and both checked it.

The A hit the turn and now Kirsch led out for 150,000. Szecsi stuck around, bringing the 2 on the river. Now Kirsch checked it and Szecsi led out for 225,000. Call.

Kirsch tabled A5 for top pair, but Szecsi showed A8 an ace with a bigger kicker. He’s up to 2.45 million now, while Kirsch drops to 1.1 million. –JS

2:10pm: Nyberg nixed in 15th
Level 24 – Blinds 20,000/40,000 (BB ante 40,000)

Louis Nyberg was down to 385,000 and moved all-in from under the gun. Gen Nose then re-shoved for a bit more and the big blind got out of the way.

Nyberg turned over A10 and Nose showed a dominating AK. They both hit aces and threes, but Nose’s king kicker took it down on the 43QA3 board.

Nyberg won €48,970 for the 15th-place finish while Nose rose to 875,000. –AV

Nyberg gone in 15th

2pm: Chen hits the river to double
Level 23 – Blinds 15,000/30,000 (BB ante 30,000)

Zhong Chen was one card away from elimination.

After Seth Davies opened to 105,000 under the gun, Chen jammed for 505,000 and it folded back to Davies. He got a count, and called quickly with 77 up against Chen’s AK.

The Q44 flop wasn’t what Chen was after. Nor was the 3 turn. But the K river paired him and he fistpumped the air before dragging the pot.

Davies drops to 1.7 million after that, while Chen climbs to 1.1 million. –JS

1:50pm: Final two tables
Level 24 – Blinds 20,000/40,000 (BB ante 40,000)

After a quick pause to draw for the last two tables, here’s a look at the seat draw. –JS

Seat Table 1 Country Chip Count Big Blinds Table 2 Country Chip Count Big Blinds
1 Orpen Kisacikoglu Turkey 1,600,000 40 Cord Garcia United States 2,400,000 60
2 Johnny Nedved Belgium 2,500,000 63
3 Niall Farrell United Kingdom 665,000 17 Gen Nose Japan 330,000 8
4 Richard Kirsch United States 1,200,000 30 Marcin Chmielewski Poland 1,700,000 43
5 Rustam Hajiyev Azerbaijan 360,000 9 Louis Nyberg Sweden 400,000 10
6 Seth Davies United States 2,385,000 60 Joris Ruijs Netherlands 2,300,000 58
7 Zhong Chen Netherlands 750,000 19 Eder Takashi Murata Brazil 800,000 20
8 Norbert Szecsi Hungary 1,900,000 48 Max Silver United Kingdom 2,200,000 55

1:40pm: Double KO for Nedved, down to 15
Level 24 – Blinds 20,000/40,000 (BB ante 40,000)

We’re down to 15 players and our final two tables, as Johnny Nedved has just felted two players in the same hand.

Chudapal out in 17th

Siarhei Chudapal had 400,000 to begin the hand, and opened to 200,000 under the gun. It folded to Mikalai Vaskaboinikau on the button and he jammed for 450,000, before Nedved called them both in the big blind.

Vaskaboinikau vanquished in 16th

Nedved: QQ
Vaskaboinikau: AJ
Chudapal: [AD][KD]

The board ran out 932J6, eliminating both players. Nedved is up to 2.6 million now. –JS

Nice result for Nedved

1:30pm: Blinds on the rise
Level 24 – Blinds 20,000/40,000 (BB ante 40,000)

It’s that time of the tournament again. Blinds are up and we’ll take our first break of the day after this level.

1:25pm: Preflop shenanigans with Garcia and Kisacikoglu
Level 23 – Blinds 15,000/30,000 (BB ante 30,000)

“Got ’em,” Cord Garcia said. “Hand in the cookie jar.”

Garcia had raised to 100,000 from the button and Orpen Kisacikoglu three-bet to 315,000 from the small blind.

Garcia then moved all-in and Kisacikoglu looked pained. Garcia knew he had him beat. Kisacikoglu did use two time bank cards before folding though. The hand left Kisacikoglu with 475,000 while Garica bumped up to 2.5 million.

Then Kisacikoglu won a few back. Garcia raised to 100,000 from the hijack and Kisacikoglu jammed. Action folded back around to Garcia and he folded after some thought.

Kisacikoglu did eventually move all-in and get called, but not by Garcia. Johnny Nedved did the honors and Kisacikoglu doubled to 1.3 million while Nedved dipped to 1.55 million. –AV

1:20pm: Kirsch cracks Hajiyev’s kings
Level 23 – Blinds 15,000/30,000 (BB ante 30,000)

Rustam Hajiyev just took a big hit to his stack and Richard Kirsch was the beneficiary.

The action opened with Kirsch raising to 85,000 under the gun. Hajiyev made it 215,000 to go from the small blind and Kitsch called to see the Q74 flop. A check, a bet, a shove, and a call gave us a showdown between Kirsch’s flush-drawing A6 and Hajiyev’s KK. Kirsch didn’t hit his flush on the 5 turn or 8 river, but combined they gave him a straight.

Kirsch is on about 900,000 now. Hajiyev drops into dangerous territory with 300,000 remaining. –JK

1:15pm: Silver takes the lead
Level 23 – Blinds 15,000/30,000 (BB ante 30,000)

Max Silver has just won a big pot from Richard Kirsch to take the tournament chip lead.

Silver made it 60,000 to go and was called by Kirsch, taking them to a 794 flop. Kirsch called a 75,000 c-bet, and the turn was the 4. Silver continued for 210,000, and Kirsch went nowhere.

The 8 completed the board and Silver fired another bet of 400,000. Kirsch called quickly, but he’d muck just as quick when Silver showed KK.

He’s up to 2.63 million now, while Kirsch dips to 600,000. –JS

Silver seeks gold

1:10pm: Rens Feenstra out in 18th (€39,600)
Level 23 – Blinds 15,000/30,000 (BB ante 30,000)

Rens Feenstra opened all-in under the gun for his last 270,000. The action reached Niall Farrell on the button and he overshoved for 315,000. Eder Murata considered a call but let his big blind go, setting up a showdown:

Farrell: A10
Feenstra: 44

The AJ5Q2 board gave Farrell a pair of aces and a boost to 690,000. Feenstra exits in 18th place for €39,600. –JK

Rens Feenstra is our first man down today

12:50pm: Chen doubles through Feenstra
Level 23 – Blinds 15,000/30,000 (BB ante 30,000)

It took close to half an hour butwe finally got an all-in and a call on Table 1. Rens Feenstra opened for 60,000 in the hijack seat and Zhong Chen took about 20 seconds before moving all-in over the top for 265,000. Feenstra called with A3 and was in trouble against Chen’s A7, even before the 77Q flop made trip sevens for Chen. The 2 turn and 6 made his double official.

Chen is now on 600,000. Feenstra dips to 400,000. –JK

12:50pm: Early double for Nose
Level 23 – Blinds 15,000/30,000 (BB ante 30,000)

Gen Nose came into the day as the tournament short stack and got a fresh dose of double up to start the day.

Rustam Hajiyev started the hand with a raise to 30,000 from under the gun and Nose moved all-in for 295,000 from the big blind. Hajiyev called with 99 and Nose turned over AK for a flip.

The KQ2KQ board gave Nose one more king than he needed and he doubled up to 600,000 while Hajiyev dipped to about 800,000. –AV

12:40pm: Silver takes from Nyberg
Level 23 – Blinds 15,000/30,000 (BB ante 30,000)

Max Silver and Louis Nyberg played a big pot right at the end of the night yesterday. Picking up where they left off, the two have clashed again early today.

Silver made it 60,000 on the button before Nyberg three-bet to 180,000 out of the big blind. Silver would make the call to see a 77A flop, on which Nyberg continued for 80,000. Call.

The 7 turn was interesting. Any pair now made a boat, and Nyberg opted to check. Silver fired 140,000, and after giving it some thought Nyberg laid it down.

Silver’s on 1.7 million, while Nyberg has 1.18 million. –JS

12:30pm: Let’s get started
Level 23 – Blinds 15,000/30,000 (BB ante 30,000)

Cards are in the air for the third and final day. –JS

12:10pm: One day to go

We’re down to our final 18 players in the €10,300 EPT Barcelona High Roller and we won’t stop playing until there’s only one left. Seth Davies took the lead late last night after scoring a big double up against Lucas Reeves and he’ll start the day with 2.6 million. This is Davies’s third high roller cash this week, we’ll see if he can take this one all the way and win the €824,000 grand prize.

There’s still a long way to go and the field still includes the likes of Cord Garcia, Max Silver, Orpen Kisacikoglu, and Niall Farrell. Play starts at 12:30pm CEST on level 23, which features 15,000/30,000 blinds and a 30,000 BB ante. Follow all the action right here as we play down to a champion.

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EPT Barcelona High Roller Day 3 players

Player Chips
Seth Davies 2,595,000
Johnny Nedved 2,195,000
Joris Ruijs 2,150,000
Cord Garcia 1,570,000
Louis Nyberg 1,480,000
Max Silver 1,420,000
Norbert Szecsi 1,410,000
Richard Kirsch 1,400,000
Siarhei Chudapal 1,380,000
Orpen Kisacikoglu 1,085,000
Marcin Chmielewski 1,060,000
Mikalai Vaskaboinikau 935,000
Rustam Hajiyev 850,000
Rens Feenstra 770,000
Eder Takashi Murata 590,000
Niall Farrell 570,000
Zhong Chen 350,000
Gen Nose 335,000

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PokerStars Blog reporting team on the €10,300 High Roller: Jason Kirk, Jack Stanton, and Alexander Villegas. Photography by Joe Giron/PokerPhotoArchive and Neil Stoddart.

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