€5,300 Main Event
Jour 6 a débuté
€5,300 Main Event
Jour 6 a débuté
German player Uri Reichenstein was born in Tel Aviv, Israel. He has been among the biggest stacks since Day 2 – and in the top five for each of the last three days. Reichenstein's biggest live result to date came this March in Cyprus. He finished second in a $2k Event there to scoop $125,000.
The 28-year-old also went deep in the summer's WSOP Main Event, eventually falling in 141st place for $49,108. So far, Reichenstein has amassed $191k in live tournament winnings but his greatest achievements have come online on PokerStars. He has won many prestigious online tournament titles including the Sunday Million, Super Tuesday, Sunday SuperSonic, The Big $162 victories and many others.
Poker is Thomas De Rooij's main source of income but he doesn't intend to become a full-time poker pro. The 23-year-old business economy student from Groningen is focusing on his studies for now and about to finish his bachelor's degree. De Rooij is enjoying the game and doesn't feel nervous at all: "Even if I bust now, it's already for a lot of money so I don't stress out. That might be my advantage on the final table," said the Dutchman.
A big score in this record-breaking EPT Main Event would allow him to travel to more live tournaments. De Rooij's only reported live cash to date was victory in the Grand Live Split Main Event for €34,800 last October. De Rooij only plays online twice a week but has a $70k+ result to his name. He loves animals and has five goldfish back home. He's also a passionate football fan, supporting Feyenoord Rotterdam. He plays football actively as well, both indoor and outdoor. De Rooij also likes to play table tennis. "I didn't have a chance to play against the pro here but we played some matches with my friends."
Andreas Chalkiadakis won his EPT13 Barcelona Main Event seat for just $109. The 35-year-old from Athens is now guaranteed to pick up a second EPT Main Event cash, but this time for more than ten times his prize from EPT12 Malta, when he earned €15,620 for 31st place. So far, he’s racked up about $145k in live cashes and currently sits in 38th place on the Greek all-time money list but is set to move at least twenty positions up the leaderboard now. Playing as "xalkidas" on PokerStars, Chalkiadakis had his biggest win in the Super Tuesday, back in 2010 when he was second for $45k.
Zorlu Er is here at EPT Barcelona with his poker-playing son, also called Zorlu – in fact it was Zorlu Junior’s idea to come here. The 24-year-old said: “My dad is very talented, a really clever man. He’s been playing poker for about forty years – at first it was just draw poker, but he took up Texas Hold’em about ten years ago.”
According to Zorlu Junior, his father didn’t want to come to Barcelona but was eventually persuaded to by his son who’s just graduated from university in construction engineering. He said: “My dad doesn’t like beaches and, if he goes on holiday, he likes it to be closer to home – somewhere like Bodrum or Cyprus. But I wanted to come to the EPT. We both entered the Main Event but I bust before the money.
My father owns a Texas Hold’em club in our home town and coaches people as well. They don’t play for money – it’s an association and they have a league – it can only be Texas Hold’em though which is considered a mind sport in Turkey. He also plays tournaments and cash games in Northern Cyprus. My mother died when I was only one so it’s always just been my Dad and me. Poker is our passion and I’m very proud of what’s he’s achieved here.”
Local hero Dogra Dogra is a recreational poker player who runs a seafood restaurant – the Peix D’Or (Golden Fish) - only a mile or so away from Casino Barcelona. He originally hails from India but moved to Spain when he was 20. He started playing poker four years ago – first in local tournaments with friends. He now competes in various events at Casino Barcelona. His best live results to date including runner-up in the Campeonato de España Peralada tournament in 2014 earning €13,700. He already has one cash in Barcelona - finishing 74th in the Season 9 Main Event for €11,550.
English poker pro Adam Owen is a mixed games specialist and his previous best live results have come mainly in non-Hold’em disciplines. Owen's biggest payday was at the 2015 World Series of Poker when he finished third in the $10k Seven Card Razz Championship for $104,914. It was in an another Razz event when Owen came close to winning his first EPT Barcelona trophy last year, banking €28,395 for second place.
The 23-year-old from the tiny Kent village of Lyminge in in the UK, is fresh from a prolific WSOP summer grind. He cashed in nine bracelet events this year, including one final table and two 12th place finishes. He's racked up $400k in live cashes so far. Owen is also very active online, playing as "Adamyid" on PokerStars. He earned his first SCOOP title this May, winning the $82+R 5-Card Omaha Hi-Low 6-max Event for $15,647. Experienced in various disciplines, the Englishman is no stranger to the NLH either: he was a runner-up in the 2015 SCOOP-44-M $215 Sunday Warm-Up Event, taking $120,335.
Polish player Sebastian Malec qualified for the EPT13 Barcelona Main Event for just €27. The 21-year-old from Warsaw played chess competitively from the age of six to 15 but when his chess coach travelled to Las Vegas for the 2010 World Series of Poker, Malec started following the poker scene. He immediately fell in love with the game - and, in particular, the European Poker Tour. In 2014, Malec went to study at the University of Warwick and, while there, took the opportunity to visit EPT11 London. "It was only two hours away so I thought why not? I was reading literally every update from the tournaments back then and watching all the live streams," he said.
At EPT London, Malec was thrilled to meet his poker heroes for the first time, players such as Team PokerStars Pro Jason Mercier, Phillip Gruissem and Dominik Panka - and get his picture taken with them. Here at EPT Barcelona, he’s been playing alongside Mercier in person - a dream come true for the excited youngster. Malec's EPT Main Event debut came last year in Barcelona when he made it to 76th place for €15,600 - his biggest cash until today. He also played last season's EPT Malta and EPT Dublin Main Events. He's planning to move to Maastricht just after EPT13 Barcelona. "I'm going to change direction. My subject in England was math and statistics but I'm going to study art and culture in the Netherlands," says Malec, who has a strong passion for movies.
Welcome to the final day of the 2016 PokerStars.es European Poker Tour Barcelona Main Event! Of the record-breaking starting field of 1785 players, only seven hopefuls remain in the hunt for the EPT title and the incredible first price of €1,122,800. They're are already guaranteed a massive payday of €230,950, but today, life-changing money is on the line.
Germany's Uri Reichenstein holds the chiplead with 11,300,000 (57 bb), but it's just less than one big blind that's separating him and Holland's Thomas de Rooij, who bagged 11,180,000 after five days of play. The international final table is completed by England's Adam Owen (9,800,000 / 49 bb), Sebastian Malec from Poland (7,330,000 / 37 bb), Turkey's Zorlu Er (7,090,000 / 35 bb), Andreas Chalkiadakis, hailing from Greece (5,015,000 / 25 bb), and local hero Harcharan Dogra Dogra, who will start with 1,700,000 and holds the shortstack with 9 bb.
By now, the remaining seven are quite familiar with each other, as yesterday already saw plenty of final table play. It was Stephen Malone from Ireland being the first to go. In hand #5, Malone ran pocket kings into Er's ace-king, only to saw the dreaded ace appear on the river (9th - €123,450). Shortly after, Bulgarian Pavel Plesuv lost jacks versus Reichenstein's eights when the latter flopped a set, and finished 8th (€165,950). In total, 42 hands were played at the final table before play was halted for the night.
Action resumes at 1 p.m. local time, and the live stream with hole cards will be on a security delay of one hour. The blinds will start at 100,000 / 200,000 and a 25,000-chip ante, with levels of 90 minutes being played. The PokerNews live reporting team is in Casino Barcelona to cover the action hand-for-hand until the EPT 13 Barcelona Main Event champion has been crowned!
The seat draw, payouts, and player profiles can be found below. All player profiles are courtesy of PokerStars.
Seat Draw for the Final Day
|2||Thomas De Rooij||Netherlands||11,180,000|
|5||Harcharan Dogra Dogra||Spain||1,700,000|
The 2016 PokerStars.es EPT Barcelona Main Event is under way, so stay tuned here from now until the the conclusion as the Pokernews team bring you hand-for-hand coverage throughout.
One of the seven remaining players will win €1,122,800 and the much-coveted EPT trophy!