Welcome back to Day 3 of the 2015 European Poker Tour Barcelona €5,300 Main Event. It sounds as thought 1,700 players entered the event, although official numbers will be confirmed at the start of Day 3 play, and just 343 of them remain. Leading the way is Nick Petrangelo, who bagged up 570,000 in chips and is looking to continue the very impressive year he's been having.
Entering this event, Petrangelo has already earned over $1.4 million in live tournament earnings. He's recorded six six-figure scores in 2015, with one of those coming when he won his first World Series of Poker gold bracelet. In EPT events alone, he's won $800,050 from his various cashes. The best of those was a fourth-place finish in the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure $25,000 High Roller for $301,500.
Petrangelo has some tough competition nipping at his heels, though. Lebanon's Amir Touma (543,900) and Brazil's Andre Akkari (543,300) are just a few big blinds behind him on the leaderboard, and then there's Shyam Srinivasan (433,000), Matthias De Meulder (401,300), John Juanda (371,200), Dario Sammartino (335,400), Dong Kim (324,000), Patrik Antonius (265,100), and Jason Mo (257,000) with very healthy stacks.
Other notables remaining are Jason Gray, Johnny Lodden, Jeremy Ausmus, Roberto Romanello, Charlie Carrel, and Lynn Gilmartin.
A former PokerNews hostess and producer who now serves as TV anchor for the World Poker Tour on Fox Sports, Gilmartin finished Day 2 with 67,900 in chips. She's not known for her poker playing, but that could soon change. She took down the record-breaking €220 Women's Event in Barcelona for nearly €6,000, then opted to try and parlay that victory into a deep Main Event run.
The schedule for Day 3 will see the cards in the air at 12 p.m. local time. The level time will increase to 90 minutes, with a 20-minute break following each. Five levels are slated for play, with no dinner break and action ending around 8:45 p.m. tonight. Stay tuned right here to PokerNews for live coverage to begin shortly.