Day 1a of the €5,300 Main Event of the PokerStars and Barcelona©Casino European Poker Tour has wrapped up.
The first of the two starting flights attracted 749 runners, of which 227 have secured themselves a place in Day 2.
Leading the way after ten one-hour levels of play is Anthony Cierco who built his stack from 30,000 to to an impressive 322,000 on the first day. Cierco was slowly building throughout the day but he moved to the top of the counts during the last level of the night when he managed to get full value after flopping a set of queens against David Yan’s aces.
Other players that are in prime contention after Day 1a include Youness Ait Hssain (297,000), Dimitrios Angelakos (296,000) and Jack Salter (282,500)
Some of the well-known names who took their chance and will also return for Day 2 include PokerStars Ambassadors Alejandro Lococo (165,000) and Ramon Colillas (93,500), as well as Julien Martini (148,000), defending champion Simon Brandstrom (142,500), and Kitty Kuo .
Notables who failed in their attempts to make Day 2 include PokerStars Ambassadors Parker Talbot and Sam Grafton in addition to Vanessa Kade, Jason Wheeler and Dominik Panka.
For those who haven’t used their single re-entry, they will have a chance to register on Day 1b on Tuesday, August 16, which - in terms of the structure - will be pretty much an exact replica of today, or until the start of Day 2.
As usual, the PokerNews live reporting team will be on hand to bring you all the updates throughout the Main Event and the many side events so keep coming back.