Day 2 at the European Poker Tour Barcelona High Roller was still full of high drama and high octane poker. It saw 24 players coming back to compete for a spot on the final table of eight, though in the end time ran out and there will be nine now returning for the final day.
Joni Jouhkimainen is the man that will have the most comfortable seat at that unofficial final table later today after bagged up 1,945,000 chips to give himself the chip lead.
The table will also include some huge poker names such as Daniel Negreanu, Jonathan Duhamel, David Benefield and Ole Schemion. Negreanu in fact will go right to the top of the Global Poker Index Player Of The Year rankings if he wins this event, which is obviously one of his goals for the year.
At final table of EPT Barcelona high roller! 9 left avg is 1 million, I have 1,225,000 restart tomorrow. Huge for POY races!
High Roller Day 2 is in the books! 9 players left, I got 842k with average at 1M, playing to a winner tomorrow!!
— Jonathan Duhamel (@JonathanDuhamel) September 6, 2013
Final table time, going in 9/9 with 18x. Pretty perfect practice for November! €39,500 locked up playing for the gold. #trainhardfighteasy
— David Benefield (@DWBenefield) September 6, 2013
This event broke records and is now officially the largest EPT High Roller event of all time, though that record seems to be broken at every EPT as the season progresses due to the increasing popularity of the events. In fact it was broken four times last season and is expected to be broken multiple times this season too.
The field was reduced dramatically on Day 2 with names like Jason Mercier, Eugene Katchalov, Griffin Benger and Chino Rheem all going home with nothing. Mercier though obviously disappointed, he made the most of his exit and was delighted to get a picture of footballing superstar Gerard Pique, who was actually leading the event at the time.
Gerard Pique didn’t manage to make it through the day in the end though but did finish in the money alongside the likes of other notable players Toby Lewis, Dan Smith, Kevin Vandersmissen and Philipp Gruissem.
18th I’m terrible
— Toby Lewis (@810ofclubs) September 6, 2013
— Kevin Vandersmissen (@Civel) September 6, 2013
The Unofficial Final Table Chip Counts
1st) Joni Jouhkimainen – 1,945,000
2nd) Jean-Noel Thorel – 1,260,000
3rd) Daniel Negreanu – 1,225,000
4th) Thomas Muhlocker – 1,224,000
5th) Richard Yong – 1,208,000
6th) Jonathan Duhamel – 842,000
7th) Ole Schemion – 530,000
8th) Raoul Refos – 462,000
9th) David Benefield – 229,000
The Prize Pool Information
With the registration period closed at the start of Day 2, the prize pool was able to be calculated and revealed, with the top 27 finishers in the event walking away with something. The prize pool added up to €1,764,000 with the minimum payout being €17,650 and the top prize being a nice €390,700.
The remainder of the field will be playing for the numbers below:
Come back to us tomorrow as we bring you both the action from this event and the Main Event too, with both finishing up later today and revealing two more EPT champions.