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Day 1 of the €10,000 High Roller at the European Poker Tour Barcelona has come to a close. The first 10 levels of play are in the history books and a hefty batch a competitors have advanced to Day 2. Throughout the day, players trickled in one after another to take their seats. Some did so for the second time as this event allowed for a single re-entry. When the day was finally over, the board read 168 total entries.
Leading the way into Day 2 was Ole Schemion. He bagged up 393,600 in chips, thanks to a huge hand right towards the end of the day where he busted both Vitaly Lunkin and Vincent Verdickt. Schemion has had himself one heck of an EPT Barcelona so far. First, he took sixth place in the €50,000 Super High Roller for €159,200. Then, he went on to finish in 123rd in the Main Event for €10,000. Amazingly, Schemion has now held the chip lead at one point in all three events.
One of the big stories of the day — and a repeat story here at EPT Barcelona — was the appearance of superstar footballer Gerard Piqué. Like many others in the field, Piqué took his seat late. After starting the day with 50,000 in chips, Piqué worked his way up to 308,500 where he finished the day. He stayed fairly active throughout the day, but the most interesting of the hands he played came when he had to play pocket queens face up because he had prematurely exposed his hand. You can read about the hand here, which resulted in a two-hand penalty for the FC Barcelona central defender.
As standard in marquee poker events, Team PokerStars Pro was well represented throughout the field. Jason Mercier, Jonathan Duhamel, Maxim Lykov, Vanessa Selbst, Alexander Kravchenko, Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier, and Eugene Katchalov were all involved today, but it was Daniel Negreanu who caused the biggest stir of the group.
Negreanu was involved in a controversial ruling surrounding the "first card off the deck rule," and it resulted in him being eliminated from the tournament. The entire recap of what happened can be found here, but know that Negreanu did return later on in the day to fire a second bullet. He managed to finish out the day with 50,400 in chips.
Other notables that advanced to Day 2 were Chino Rheem, Sam Chartier, Richard Yong, Igor Kurganov, Martin Jacobson, and Peter Jetten.
Day 2 will begin on Friday at 12 p.m., and the plan will be to play down to the final table. With registration remaining open until 11:45 a.m. Friday morning, the field should grow a little more with a few late entrants and some others re-entering with a second bullet.
The players have wrapped up play for the day and are bagging up their chips. A recap of the day will be posted shortly.
In the last hand of the night, a preflop raising war saw Iago Yaroshevskyy and Fabian Quoss both get their relatively short stacks in against Jason Mercier, who had the latter covered by just 13,800.
Quoss had the best of it and didn't look back as the board ran out clean. Yaroshevskyy busted and will be able to rebuy tomorrow if he chooses (assuming he didn't already today), but Mercier was stuck with 13,800 headed into Day 2.
Last week, Ole Schemion began the final day of the €50,000 Super High Roller as the chip leader. A few days after that, he was temporarily the chip leader in the Main Event. Now, amazingly, Schemion is the chip leader in the €10,000 High Roller.
It happened in a big hand against Vincent Verdickt and the winner of the €50,000 SHR, Vitaly Lunkin. The preflop details are a bit sketchy, but it appeared an unknown player opened and Schemion three-bet to 8,500 from the hijack. Verdickt then shoved all in for 18,000 from the cutoff, Lunkin five-bet to 30,000 and action folded back to Schemion.
The young German, who is not yet 21, enjoyed the massage he was receiving for a solid thirty seconds before spiking in a stack of blue T5,000 chips for a six-bet to 118,500. Lunkin shrugged and then slid in his chips, was right around the same amount.
Schemion got it in good and was looking to dodge aces and fives. With Lunkin and Verdickt both on their feet they watched helplessly as the board ran out . Lunkin shook hands with Schemion and then the dealer pushed the massive pot to the smiling German.
The clock has stopped and the players will play seven more hands before the end of play today.
We arrived at the table just as all of the money went in on the turn. The board read and Ognjen Sekularac triumphantly rolled over for top set. Philipp Gruissem, however, held for a turned flush and was ahead. Sekularac would have to improve on the river to stay alive but after the fell he realized that it was not meant to be.
Gruissem scooped up the pot and its now sitting around 205,000.
Nicolas Chouity has just been eliminated with about 25 minutes left in the night. His made two pair, but when the money went in he found out that Richard Yong had a set of threes. Yong now has 300,000 in chips.