After a long day of poker that saw both Day 1a and Day 1b flight's come to their conclusion, the remaining 224 players will join together at noon tomorrow to play down to a winner.
Leading the way of day 1b is no one else than the Spanish pro Mustapha Kanit who turned his 30,000 into 662,000 after 19 levels of 20 minutes. The tournament superstar has already racked up $11,486,708 in live winnings, including the victory of the 2015 EPT Grand Final €50,000 super high roller for €936,500 and a second place in the 2016 EPT Grand Final €100,000 No Limit Hold'em - Super High Roller for €1,462,000.
Kanit is followed by Roberto Silvani, who won the € 1,100 No Limit Hold'em - Super Hyper-Turbo event of the PokerStars Championship in 2017 here in Barcelona for € 20,300, his biggest live score, will try to continue his run tomorrow and improve his previous result.
Others in the top counts were Lars Tungel (513,000), who made the money earlier this week in the € 1,100 No Limit Hold'em Seniors 50+ (Event #10) and Almedin Imsirovic (454,000). The Belgium Bart Lybaert also emerged among the big stacks in the middle of the day and bagged a hefty 450,000
A total of 72 players bagged at the end of that night to join the remaining 152 players of Day 1a tomorrow. Many pros and familiar faces took a seat tonight and managed to survive to the turbo structure, such as the 45th World Series of Poker Main Event Champion Martin Jacobson (158,000), super high rollers regular Jean-Noel Thorel (248,00), Xia Lin (444,000), Michel Molenaar (408,000), Anthony Zinno (156,000), Erwann Pecheux (117,000), Jimmy Kebe (108,000) and the American player Jake Schwartz with a short stack of 89,000.
Kenny Hallaert, Andrea Buonocore, Johan Guilbert, Kristen Bicknell, Alex Foxen, Mihai Niste, Davidi Kitai, Benny Glaser and Chino Rheem also took their shots, but failed to make it through Monday’s restart.
PokerStars Team Pro Maria Konnikova busted one hour before the end of the day, losing her last eight big blinds with ace-ten while her opponent held a pair of fours and found a full house on the flop.
The tournament gathered a total field of 1,491 entries to create a nice prizepool of €2,892,540.
Come back to PokerNews then for more coverage of the huge €2,200 EPT National High Roller here in Barcelona.