The Estrellas Poker Tour finally kicked off for another year’s action, with it being held in Catalunya this time around at the Casino Barcelona. The Main Event started on the 15th of August and will run through until the 19th, and the entrants that started on Day 1a managed to break records with 372 taking their seats, with 65 of them having qualified directly from PokerStars.
However, after the nine levels for the day were completed that field had been dramatically been reduced to 135 that had made it to Day 2. They will eagerly wait until Friday now before they can sit down again, once it has been established who will be joining them from Day 1 b.
It really was an action packed day with so many players being eliminated, with some of the bigger names being Team PokerStars Pro Online Member Javier Dominguez, whilst the winner of last year’s event Alejandro Piniero also busted out.
Possibly the biggest shock though was the current leader of the Estrellas Poker Tour Tournament leader board this year, Jaume Alomar going so early. He has been on the final tables of three of the ESPT Events in Spain this year at Valencia, Ibiza and San Sebastian.
So if he wants to keep his place at the top of that leader board he may have to start doing better in some of the side events here in Barcelona.
Especially considering that the number two ranked player on the leader board has made it through to Day 2 here in Barcelona, Daniel Rauta being that player. He will be joined on Day 2 which commences on Friday by American player Kevin MacPhee, who was an EPT winner back in 2010 in Berlin.
As things stand it is Thomas Butzhammer who is on top after Day 1a, he sits with 184,000 chips, though he is only just ahead of Samuel Bernabe Guilabert who has 180,000. Rudi Van Mol completes the top three by holding a healthy 140,500 in chips, which gives him a nice chance of getting through Day 2.
As we speak Day 1b is already underway and the entrants are likely to have included a whole host of Team PokerStars Pros such as Ana Marquez, Marcim Horecki, Christophe De Meulder and Juan Manuel Pastor. They will be joined a by a star studded amount of other top poker professionals all aiming to join the 165 survivors from today, to be left to battle it right down to the final table.
As soon as Day 1b concludes we will get on with bringing you the report on the days play, filling you in on just about everything of note that happened throughout the action.