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EPT Starts Season 5 Strong in Barcelona

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The European Poker Tour (EPT) has become one of the most popular tournament series in the world. When it wraps in April, players around the globe anxiously await the release of the next season’s schedule so they can begin planning their tournament stops. The anticipation for the start of Season 5 of the EPT was palpable, especially after some post-WSOP downtime.

Kicking off the festivities surrounding the first stop on the fifth season of the EPT in Barcelona was the EPT Awards, and on September 10th, the poker began at the Gran Casino Barcelona. With two first days set up to accommodate all of the players scheduled to attend, it was arranged to be a five-day event, and everyone was ready to go. The buy-in was 8,000 Euros, and expectations were high for a spectacular turnout.

Day 1A began with a cap on the number of players at 300, and when registration was over, there were a total of 292 who entered the first day of the EPT Barcelona event. In the crowd were many notable players, like Annette Obrestad, Greg Raymer , David Rheem, Scott Montgomery, Robert and Michael Mizrachi, Chad Brown, Andre Akkari, Vicky Coren, David Williams, and former EPT champions Rueben Peters, Jason Mercier, and Glen Chorny.

When the first of the two starting days was done, Michael Murra was at the top of the leaderboard with other notables in the top ten including Chad Brown, Glen Chorny, and Jason Mercier.

Day 1B started with an even bigger field with 321 players wanting in on the EPT action. That made the total number of players in the event 619, which created a prize pool of €4,952,000 and set the first place prize at nearly $1.9 million. And the tables seemed even more stacked with pros than on the previous day, with names like Daniel Negreanu, Bertrand Grospellier, Dario Minieri, Katja Thater, Isabelle Mercier, Scotty Nguyen, Luca Pagano, and previous EPT winners Peter Jepsen, Tim Vance, and Julian Thew. At the end of the night, it was Sebastian Ruthenberg who jumped out to the lead to end the day with the most chips.

All of the players joined together to play Day 2 of the tournament, and of all 203 of them, Ruthenberg was ahead of the pack. But most that started the day would not end it the way they hoped. Some of the biggest names in the tournament make their way to the rail during the long day of play, including Robert and Eric Mizrachi, Peter Eastgate, Alan Smurfit, Glen Chorny, Rafe Furst, and Fabrice Soulier. During the course of it all, though, the money spots were reached at 64th place, and the minimum that players received was 10,200 Euros.

When it was all said and done, the field had been trimmed to 36 remaining contenders. Davidi Kitai finished at the top of the leaderboard with 544,500 in chips, more than 150,000 ahead of Dren Ukella in the second spot. Also in the top ten were Jason Mercier, Chad Brown, and the tenacious Sebastian Ruthenberg.

The 36 finalists knew they were likely in for a lengthy day of play, and they were correct. While some of the eliminations did happen early on, like Andrey Chesnokov out in 36th place and Team PokerStars Pro Chad Brown in 34th, the longest period of the day was the run-up to the eight-seat final table.

To the delight of the crowd, Voitto Rintala, a popular Finnish heavy metal rock musician went deep in the tournament and finished in 17th place. After that there were several more eliminations:

16th place:  Claudio Cecchi
15th place:  Stephen Chidwick
14th place:  Jonas Molander
13th place:  Mark Randal Flowers
12th place:  Benjamino Speroni
11th place:  Jonas Klausen

With the final table even closer, it was Salvatore Pengue who was eliminated at the hands of Samuel Chartier in 10th place, which was worth 74,400 Euros. From that point, it would be three hours until the next and final elimination of the night. With everyone at the point of near-exhaustion, Mikael Lundell finally put himself at risk. After Kitai moved all-in pre-flop with Q-7, Lundell called with A-4 and had Kitai covered. The board came Q-J-2-10-8, and Kitai’s pair of Queens was good enough for the pot and the double-up.

Lundell was crippled, and the remaining chips were in the pot on the small blind of the following hand with 10-9 against the pocket eights of Ruthenberg. The board ran out J-2-6-A-4, and Lundell couldn’t top those eights. He was out in 9th place, just one spot shy of the final table.

But with Lundell’s elimination, the EPT Barcelona final table was set. Season 4 EPT San Remo winner Jason Mercier was guaranteed a seat, as well as 2008 WSOP bracelet winner Davidi Kitai and other familiar names on the European tournament circuit like Ruthenberg and Nielsen. The seating assignments and chip counts of the final eight were as follows:

Seat 1: Martin Nielsen            1,229,000
Seat 2: Davidi Kitai               600,000
Seat 3: Dren Ukella               734,000
Seat 4: Jason Mercier               526,000
Seat 5: Samuel Chartier           879,000
Seat 6: Daniele Mazzia               359,000
Seat 7: Fintan Gavin               701,000
Seat 8: Sebastian Ruthenberg    1,204,000

The final table was set for Sunday, September 14th at the Gran Casino, where the first EPT champion of the tour’s fifth season would be crowned.

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