EPT Barcelona ME Day 3 – Bubble Confusion

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Day 3 of the European Poker Tour Barcelona Main Event saw the 292 survivors from Day 2 return to the felt tasked with trying to get past the bubble period and into the money. The top 239 players in the event would receive payouts which meant that 53 of them were supposed to go home with nothing. However, an unusual and rare bubble period ensued that we will talk about a little later in this report.

The day finished with 102 players all safely into the money with Andrei Konopelko leading that field with 1,451,000 in chips. He will be joined into Day 4 by notable names like PokerStars Team Pro Jan Heitmann, Martin Finger, Davidi Kitai, Mike McDonald, Dominik Panka and Kimmo Kurko.

As for those that faltered on Day 3, there were plenty of big names among them. Michael Mizrachi and Angel Guillan were eliminated before the bubble and the likes of Scott Seiver, Ole Schemion, Martin Jacobson and Maxim Lykov then hit the rail once it had passed.

The big talking point of the day however was the bubble period. As you may or may not know, once the bubble has been reached and there is one elimination needed before the players hit the money, the tournament goes into hand by hand mode. This means that each table plays one hand and stops until one hand has been played on all tables.

Usually, this brings one elimination at a fair pace but yesterday there were five eliminations during this one hand in the event. This caused huge confusion as to who was in the money and who was eliminated. The bubble boy is awarded a guitar and a seat in the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open worth €6,440 too, which meant there was further confusion as to who was to claim that.

In the end, the EPT decided to give each of the eliminated players an equal share of the prize money that would have been won by the players that made the money and then arranged a sit and go tournament for each of the players to try and claim the guitar and tournament seat.

Anyhow, it is all sorted now and we look forward to Day 4 which starts at 12pm local time in Barcelona. So join us again tomorrow when we bring you the action and let you know who has advanced into Day 5.

The Current Standings

1st) Andrei Konopelko – 1,451,000

2nd) Piotr Sowinski – 1,315,000

3rd) Davidi Kitai – 1,200,000

4th) Diogo Miranda – 1,161,000

5th) Pawel Brzeski – 1,080,000

6th) Martin Finger – 1,038,000

7th) Daniel Dvoress – 1,010,000

8th) Pedro Marques – 973,000

9th) Jan Heitmann – 953,000

10th) Maximilian Senft – 884,000