€5,300 EPT Main Event
€5,300 EPT Main Event
Dia 4 Terminado

EPT Barcelona Main Event: Rui Sousa Leads Final Sixteen in Chase of €1.6M

KaleGozer • Nível 27: 30,000-60,000, 60,000 ante
Rui Sousa
Rui Sousa

After four days of action-packed poker, the PokerStars European Poker Tour Barcelona in Casino Barcelona has been reduced to its final sixteen challengers, surviving a record-breaking field of 1,988 entries. Making it this far means each of the sixteen remaining players will get a sizable slice of the €9,641,800 prize pool that's being awarded. Although €71,400 has been locked up by each of them already, the life-changing score of €1,659,000 awaits the winner on Sunday, September 1.

Leading the pack is Portugal's Rui Sousa, who bagged the chip lead with 6,980,000, or 116 big blinds. Sousa is predominantly an online player but has frequented the Barcelona stop over the years, having cashed eight previous times at Casino Barcelona with his biggest score being an 18th place (€53,750) in the EPT12 Barcelona Main Event. Sousa already surpassed that achievement and is on his way to his biggest live score ever.

Marton Czuczor sits in second with 6,065,000 in chips. Czuczor, a very experienced grinder from Hungary with over 2.4M in lifetime cashes according to The Hendon Mob, will be looking to finally capture his first EPT title, after a second place in the EPT13 Prague Main Event, a third place in a 25K high roller in Monaco, and a fourth place in last year's National High Roller here in Barcelona.

Marton Czuczor
Can Marton Czuczor win an EPT Main Event after finishing second earlier?

Rounding out the top five are Yunye Lu (5,490,000), Balakrishna Patur (5,470,000), who had an amazing day at the feature table, and Day 3 chip leader Pasquale Braco (4,485,000), who consolidated himself near the top of the leaderboard.

Several notables are still in contention for the €1.6M score as well, such as Alexander Ivarsson (3,085,000), who's coming hot off a victory in the €2,200 EPT National High Roller just days ago. UK's Kully Sidhu (3,460,000), who finished 2nd in the €10K High Roller in 2015 in Barcelona, is also lurking in the wings, as is Sweden poker legend Johan Storakers (4,200,000), whose first tournament victory was before some of the current crop of grinders were even born.

Arguably the biggest name left in the field, Shannon Shorr, will be back with 1,830,000 and will PokerNews' Sarah Herring spoke with Shorr earlier during the day about his experience in Barcelona and a massive hand that led to this deep run.

Big Names Fall on Day 3

At noon local time, 48 players unbagged and would play down until the final 16 were reached. Among them were several of poker's elite tier of players, such as €100,000 Super High Roller winner Sergi Reixach, Timothy Adams, online legend Simon "C. Darwin2" Mattsson, Bartlomiej Machon, and Isaac Haxton, but they all were unsuccessful in making it to Day 4.

For Reixach, the day lasted literally one hand when he busted with king-jack versus Stefan Jedlicka's ace-jack right off the bat. Adams didn't last must longer, bowing out in 43rd, shortly followed by Mattsson in 39nd and Machon in 21st. Haxton lasted the longest out of the five, ultimately seeing his deep run come to an end in 18th place. Left crippled after losing ace-ten to Shorr's ace-five, Haxton lost the rest with ace-king versus Patur's king-eight and received €61,710. It was another day at the office for Haxton, who spoke with PokerNews' Valerie Cross about his deep run in the Main Event.

Isaac Haxton
High roller Isaac Haxton finished in 18th place

Rising poker star Ben Farrell, who racked up several six-figure scores over the course of the summer, saw another deep run come to an end in 32nd place (€31,040). The last elimination of the day was Kimmo Kurko, who received €71,400 for his 17th place. Kurko lost the classic race with jacks versus Sousa's ace-king to make the latter the overnight chip leader in the process.

With Kurko's bust, players bagged instantly for the night with 15:40 left to be played in Level 27 with blinds at 30,000/60,000 and a big blind ante of 60,000. Action resumes on Saturday, August 31 at noon local time and play will continue until the final six have been reached, at which point players will bag again for the final day on Sunday, September 1.

2019 EPT Barcelona Main Event Day 5 Seat Draw

TableSeatPlayerCountryChip CountBig Blinds
11Jiayuan LiuChina3,485,00058
12Leandro BustilloArgentina2,055,00034
13Johan StorakersSweden4,200,00070
14Yunye LuChina5,490,00092
15Felipe SalgadoBrazil2,930,00049
16Giovani TorrePortugal4,290,00072
17Marton CzuczorHungary6,065,000101
18Alexander IvarssonSweden3,085,00051
21Cyril Monbrun-MassotFrance1,810,00030
22Shannon ShorrUnited States1,830,00031
23Pasquale BracoItaly4,485,00075
24Diego FalconeBrazil1,800,00030
25Kully SidhuUnited Kingdom3,460,00058
26Balakrishna PaturUnited States5,470,00091
27Simon BrandstromSweden2,165,00036
28Rui SousaPortugal6,980,000116

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Tags: Alexander IvarssonBalakrishna PaturBen FarrellIsaac HaxtonJohan StorakersKimmo KurkoKully SidhuMarton CzuczorPasquale BracoRui SousaSergi ReixachShannon ShorrTimothy AdamsYunye Lu

End of Day 4 Chip Counts

poolshir • Nível 27: 30,000-60,000, 60,000 ante
Rui Sousa pt 6,980,000
Marton Czuczor hu 6,065,000 -670,000
Yunye Lu cn 5,490,000 110,000
Balakrishna Patur us 5,470,000 -265,000
Pasquale Braco it 4,485,000 585,000
Giovani Torre pt 4,290,000 -270,000
Johan Storakers se 4,200,000 -370,000
Jiayuan Liu CN 3,485,000 -665,000
Kully Sidhu gb 3,460,000 660,000
Alexander Ivarsson se 3,085,000 -115,000
Felipe Salgado BR 2,930,000 -870,000
Simon Brandstrom se 2,165,000 1,905,000
Leandro Bustillo ar 2,055,000 655,000
Shannon Shorr us 1,830,000 510,000
Cyril Monbrun-Massot fr 1,810,000 415,000
Diego Falcone br 1,800,000 -395,000

Kimmo Kurko Eliminated in 17th Place (€71,400)

poolshir • Nível 27: 30,000-60,000, 60,000 ante
Kimmo Kurko
Kimmo Kurko

Kimmo Kurko moved all in for 985,000 from early position on the outer tables and Rui Sousa asked for a count before moving all himself to isolate successfully.

Kimmo Kurko: {j-Clubs}{j-Hearts}
Rui Sousa: {a-Clubs}{k-Spades}

Kurko fell behind on the {a-Hearts}{10-Hearts}{8-Spades} flop and the {2-Diamonds} turn reduced his outs to the two remaining jacks in the deck. A blank {6-Diamonds} followed on the river and Kurko was eliminated in 17th place for €71,400.

All remaining 16 players will now bag and tag for the night, there are are 15:40 minutes remaining in the level when the action resumes at noon local time.

Rui Sousa pt 6,980,000 1,280,000
Kimmo Kurko fi Eliminado

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Shorr Shoves

KaleGozer • Nível 27: 30,000-60,000, 60,000 ante

Yunye Lu raised to 125,000 on the button. Shannon Shorr, moved off the feature table to Gaelle Baumann's open seat, three-bet shoved 1,075,000 from the small blind and Lu instantly folded.

Yunye Lu cn 5,380,000 -120,000
Shannon Shorr us 1,320,000 50,000

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Torre Jams Into Ivarsson

[user38873] • Nível 27: 30,000-60,000, 60,000 ante

Over on the outer tables, Giovani Torre raised to 135,000 on the button and Alexander Ivarsson came along from the big blind. On a {4-Hearts}{3-Hearts}{2-Hearts} flop, Ivarsson check-raised from 160,000 to 560,000 and Torres called.

The {q-Clubs} followed on the turn and Ivarsson led for 600,000. Torre used one time bank before moving all in and that sent Ivarsson into the think tank. He asked for a count, and once the all in was deemed to be for 2,480,000, he used one time bank himself before opting to fold.

Giovani Torre pt 4,560,000 2,560,000
Alexander Ivarsson se 3,200,000 -1,800,000

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EPT Barcelona: Hot summer for Ben “Fabaz” Farrell

• Nível 27: 30,000-60,000, 60,000 ante
Ben Farrell
Ben Farrell

If you’re unfamiliar with the expression “no carbs before Marbs” — and if you’re not from the UK, chances are you will be — it refers to getting your body in shape before you go on your summer vacation (to Marbella, in this case), so you can strut the beach with confidence.

With so much poker action, summer also happens to be the time that poker players need to work on their games and get them into “beach strutting” shape. The season kicks off with the Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP) as a warm-up, then moves on through the World Series of Poker (WSOP) and a few more stops around the world, before coming to an end here at the European Poker Tour (EPT) in Barcelona.

In this analogy, Ben Farrell is like the Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson of poker. There aren’t many players who have had their games in as good a shape as he has over the past few months.

First Farrell made the final table of a $3,000 Shootout event at the WSOP, finishing in sixth for just under $40K. He followed that up with his first major live victory in the $565 WPT500 at the Aria for a $155K score. A couple of weeks later he took down the $1,700 GOLIATH Las Vegas Main Event for $162K. And a couple of weeks after that he finished sixth in the $5,250 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open Main Event in Florida for $139K more.

Read the full article written by Jack Stanton over on the PokerStars Blog.

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Isaac Haxton Eliminated in 18th Place (€61,710)

poolshir • Nível 27: 30,000-60,000, 60,000 ante
Isaac Haxton
Isaac Haxton

Balakrishna Patur shoved from the small blind and Isaac Haxton called in the big blind for his last 215,000.

Isaac Haxton: {a-Hearts}{k-Clubs}
Balakrishna Patur: {k-Spades}{8-Spades}

The flop came {k-Hearts}{2-Diamonds}{6-Spades} for them both to hit top pair.

The turn was the {8-Diamonds} for Patur to make two pair.

The river was the {3-Clubs} which didn't help things as Haxton was eliminated in 18th place for €61,710.

Balakrishna Patur us 5,735,000 545,000
Isaac Haxton us Eliminado

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Joe Mouawad Eliminated in 19th Place (€61,710)

[user339878] • Nível 27: 30,000-60,000, 60,000 ante
Joe Mouawad
Joe Mouawad

Joe Mouawad moved all in from the small blind for about 850,000 and Pasquale Braco made the call from the big blind.

Joe Mouawad: {k-Spades}{q-Hearts}
Pasquale Braco: {6-Diamonds}{6-Spades}

The flop fell {j-Hearts}{10-Hearts}{5-Spades} giving Mouawad an open-ended straight draw and the turn was the {8-Hearts} giving him a flush draw as well, but the {7-Spades} river filled up the board and Braco won the pot, eliminating Mouawad in 19th place.

Pasquale Braco it 4,450,000 1,050,000
Joe Mouawad lb Eliminado

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Ivarsson Loses Two

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Alexander Ivarsson raised the button and Leandro Bustillo defended. On the {q-Spades}{q-Diamonds}{6-Diamonds} flop, Bustillo checked, Ivarsson bet 75,000, Bustillo check-raised to 245,000 and Ivarsson folded.

The next hand, Giovani Torre raised to 140,000 from under the gun, Ivarsson three-bet to 405,000 from the cutoff, Torre four-bet shoved and Ivarsson instantly let it go.

Alexander Ivarsson se 5,000,000 -700,000
Giovani Torre pt 2,000,000 -300,000
Leandro Bustillo ar 1,400,000 -90,000

Tags: Giovani TorreLeandro BustilloAlexander Ivarsson