Baranov, Ionel Big Stacks on EPT Madrid Day 1a

Anton Ionel
Anton Ionel.

Ukrainian Sergey Baranov has jumped out to the early lead after a relatively quiet Day 1a at EPT Madrid.

With a Sixth Anniversary Sunday Million hangover likely keeping the field small, just 125 players hit the tables at the Casino Gran Madrid with Baranov leading the way at day’s end with 152k in chips.

With two EPT side event titles to his name, Baranov has an early jump on boosting his $250k in career earnings and upgrading to a premium EPT title.

Second behind Baranov with 142k in chips after Day 1a is Romanian Anton Ionel, best known for his runner-up finish in the $2,500 Six-Handed No-Limit event at the 2011 WSOP.

Efren Garcia Louzao (130,100), Andries Swart (119,800) and Alexander Petersen (113,500) round out the top five.

Adeniya, Moorman Lead Big-Name Contingent

While the small field was light on big names, it wasn’t entirely devoid of them.

Londoner Martins Adeniya continued his habit of building up a big stack early in EPT events and bagged up 95,000 to end the night.

Fellow Brits Barny Boatman (53,300) and Chris Moorman (51,900) also held their own, as did Irishman Dermot Blain (41,500).

Notables to play but hit the rail today included Serial EPT qualifier Pierre Neuville, 2011 WSOP Main Event runner-up Martin Staszko, JP Kelly, JC Alvarado, Eoghan O’Dea, James Dempsey and Marcel Bjerkmann.

Big Field, Big Names Expected Tomorrow

Day 1b at the Casino Gran Madrid is scheduled to kick off at noon with a much larger turnout expected and several big names in the field.

Confirmed to be among them are Eugene Katchalov, Theo Jorgenson and Leo Margets.

Follow along with the live updates on the PokerStars blog.

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