€5,300 Main Event
€5,300 Main Event
Dia 1a Terminado

Imad Derwiche Bags Day 1a Chip Lead

• Nível 8: 300-600, 75 ante
Imad Derwiche
Imad Derwiche

On Monday, Day 1a of the 2015 European Poker Tour Barcelona Main Event kicked off from the lavish Casino Barcelona. A grand total of 459 runners came out for the first of two starting flights. After eight 75-minute levels, the clock read that just 286 players remained. In the end it was Imad Derwiche who bagged up the chip lead with 170,000 in chips.

Derwiche is no stranger to success, holding over $1.16 million in career live tournament earnings. A majority of those winnings came mere months ago during the EPT Grand Final when Derwiche finished runner-up to Charlie Carrel in the €25,500 High Roller. Derwiche pocketed €750,000 for his impressive finish, but was denied the prestige of earning an EPT title. Derwiche's stellar performance on Day 1a puts him in solid position for a deep run and a chance at redemption.

While Derwiche bagged the top stack, others are hot on his heels heading into Day 2. Denmark's Martin Vallo put 163,300 in the bag, which is good for second place on the leaderboard. Rounding out the top three was Finland's Jesse Liljegren, who bagged up 153,100.

While the aforementioned players hold the most chips in the room, they are among tough competition returning for Day 2. Some of the notable players advancing include Vladimir Troyanovskiy (115,600), Patrik Antonius (103,800), Andoni Larrabe (100,400), John Juanda (89,300), Mustapha Kanit (83,200), Sebastian Pauli (78,400), David Vamplew (75,300), Benjamin Pollak (68,000), and Dong Kim (66,000).

Team PokerStars had a stellar showing, with five members advancing to the second day of action. Those to move on include Matthias Brandner (108,700), Isaac Haxton (79,200), Leo Fernandez (74,700), Naoya Kihara (69,400), and Leo Margets (55,300). Unfortunately, members of the PokerStars family such as Grzegorz Mikielewicz, George Danzer, and Jason Mercier were unable to gain momentum and were eliminated by the time the final hand of the day was dealt.

In Mercier's case, he flopped top two pair with the {q-Diamonds}{10-Spades} against Luca Falco. After all of the money went in on the turn, Mercier found out that Falco had also flopped a monster by making a set of deuces. Mercier was unable to improve on the river and he was sent packing in Level 4.

Other familiar faces to hit the rail throughout the day include Max Silver, Adrian Mateos, Martin Staszko, Paul Newey, Erik Seidel, Martin Finger, Nicholas Palma, and Jonathan Little.

This exciting event will continue on Tuesday where players will once again flock to the felt for Day 1b. Play will begin at 12 p.m. local time when another eight 75-minute levels will take place. As always, PokerNews will be on hand with all of the latest updates, so be sure to stay tuned for more coverage.

While you wait for tomorrow's Day 1b action to commence, check out the following Meet the Rising Star video with Charlie Carrel:

Tags: Imad Derwiche

End-of-Day Chip Counts (Completo)

donpeters • Nível 8: 300-600, 75 ante
Imad Derwiche fr 170,000 102,000
Martin Vallo dk 163,300 -3,700
Jesse Liljegren FI 153,100 153,100
Victor Bogdanov RU 132,700
Lauri Varonen fi 132,600 27,600
Hossein Ensan de 132,500 44,500
Mohamed Mamouni fr 128,300
Nandor Solyom hu 123,300 123,300
Daniel Dvoress ca 120,900 9,900
Vladimir Troyanovskiy ru 115,600 19,600
Amir Touma lb 112,900 5,900
Matthias Brandner AT 108,700 108,700
Sebastian Tejada US 108,600 108,600
Ofir Bakalo IL 106,600
Haresh Thaker gb 104,200 104,200
Patrik Antonius fi 103,800 103,800
Pasquale Braco it 102,400 26,400
Enrico Etienne Rudelitz DE 102,400
Sergey Rybachenko ru 102,200 31,200
Hamed Sedini FR 101,900
Andoni Larrabe es 100,400 4,400
Martin Kabrhel cz 100,200 -800
Martin Lategui Lourido UY 98,100 41,100
[Removed:17] NZ 95,100 47,100
Sergio Aido es 94,400 7,400

Leia tudo

Done for the Night

donpeters • Nível 8: 300-600, 75 ante

The players have wrapped up play and are bagging up their chips. Stay tuned for a recap of the day's play.

Three More Hands

• Nível 8: 300-600, 75 ante

Tournament staff has announced three more hands before bagging and tagging for the night.

Remko Report Episode #21: Stories of Moneymaker and the Binion Family with Nolan Dalla

donpeters • Nível 8: 300-600, 75 ante

Nolan Dalla joins Remko Rinkema to talk about his introduction to poker and Las Vegas; offer some stories about Chris Moneymaker and the legendary Binion family; and emphasize the importance of writing, blogging, and podcasting to continue poker's story.

NOTE: There was a brief audio mishap in the middle of this interview. Apologies for the less-than-desired quality from that point forward.

You can subscribe to the entire iBus Media Network on iTunes here, or you can access the RSS feed here. The PokerNews family of podcasts is now available on Stitcher.

Tags: Chris MoneymakerRemko RinkemaNolan DallaRemko Report

Updated Chip Counts

donpeters • Nível 8: 300-600, 75 ante
Sam Chartier ca 114,000 49,000
Daniel Dvoress ca 111,000
Andoni Larrabe es 96,000
Liviu Ignat ro 83,000 25,000
Dong Kim us 76,000 4,500
Konstantinos Nanos gr 48,000
Joao Barbosa pt 48,000 14,000
Ruben Visser nl 48,000 32,000
Jeff Rossiter au 40,000
Mike McDonald ca 35,000 5,600
Mike Watson ca 34,000
Roberto Romanello gb 26,000 -16,000
Jeremy Ausmus us 26,000 -16,000
Jack Salter gb 17,000 -17,500
Dominik Nitsche de 11,500 1,200
Ivan Luca ar 7,000 -23,000

Kaverman Over Haxton

• Nível 8: 300-600, 75 ante

We arrived in time to see both Isaac Haxton and Byron Kaverman committing 7,500 before the flop from the small blind and big blind respectively. The flop came out {j-Hearts}{10-Hearts}{k-Hearts} and Haxton checked. Kaverman did the same and the {8-Diamonds} fell on fourth street. Haxton checked once again and Kaverman followed suit.

The {2-Diamonds} finished off the board on the river and Haxton tapped the table for a third and final time. Kaverman bet 4,500, Haxton folded his cards, and Kaverman was awarded the pot.

Isaac Haxton us 67,000 -9,000
Byron Kaverman us 33,500 12,500

Tags: Byron KavermanIsaac Haxton

Updated Chip Counts

donpeters • Nível 8: 300-600, 75 ante
Martin Vallo dk 167,000 53,000
Martin Kabrhel cz 101,000 24,200
Vladimir Troyanovskiy ru 96,000 28,500
Sergio Aido es 87,000 57,000
Denys Shafikov ua 84,000 -4,500
Isaac Haxton us 76,000 -3,500
Paul Berende nl 71,000 7,500
Imad Derwiche fr 68,000 -9,000
Leo Margets es 60,000 17,000
Simon Deadman gb 56,000 26,000
Pratyush Buddiga us 31,000 7,800
Mikita Badziakouski by 30,000 6,000
Sam Greenwood ca 30,000 -5,400
Federico Butteroni it 29,000 9,000
Brian Roberts us 26,000 -4,000
Byron Kaverman us 21,000 -6,500
Natasha Barbour CA 15,000 4,800
Anatolii Ozhenilok RU Eliminado