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Ensan, Barer Lead as EPT100 Barrels to Finish in Barcelona
The biggest poker festival ever held in Europe is barreling to its conclusion tomorrow in Barcelona with a German and a Canadian leading the way.
In the €5,300 Main Event, which fielded an astounding 1,496 entries, German Hossein Ensan will take the chip lead into the final table.
He'll stack up 10,300,000 chips when things start up tomorrow giving him the edge in the race to the €1,261,000 first-place prize.
He's followed closely by Sam Phillips, an American online pro currently lviing in Mexico, who has 9,035,000.
Not much name power is left to be found in the final eight save for Italian Andrea Dato who snuck into the final table as the short stack with 2,825,000.
Action picks up again at 2 pm CET (8 am ET) and you catch watch it all with cards up (on a 1-hour delay) right here. The full final eight and chip counts:
- 1. Hossein Ensan 10,295,000
- 2. Samuel Phillips 9,035,000
- 3. Ji Zhang 6,480,000
- 4. Andre Lettau 5,405,000
- 5. Slaven Popov 3,720,000
- 6. Andrey Shatilov 3,675,000
- 7. Kiryl Radzivonau 3,420,000
- 8. Andrea Dato 2,825,000
Barer Leads Chidwick, Mercier to Final 21 of 10k
Over in the other record-smashing event winding down at Casino Barcelona, Canadian Ami Barer bagged the chip lead with 21 players left.
A stunning 393 entries were registered in the €10k High Roller making it tough to trim the field in just two days of play.
Barer, winner of the Aussie Millions main event this past January, stormed past an elite field to grab the pole position for tomorrow's lengthy playdown.
With 1,953,000 chips Barer lies just ahead of Ismail Erkenov (1,920,000) in second and Dimitri Yurasov (1,900,000) in third. Also sitting in the Top 10 when play resumes are Brit Stephen Chidwick (1,491,000) and American pro Jason Mercier (888,000).
Top prize is an impressive €747,200 - bigger than 66 of the 100 EPT Main Events. The top 10 and chip counts:
- 1. Ami Barer 1,953,000
- 2. Ismail Erkenov 1,920,000
- 3. Dmitry Yurasov 1,900,000
- 4. Ihar Soika 1,650,000
- 5. Stephen Chidwick 1,491,000
- 6. Benjamin Pollak 1,260,000
- 7. Dario Sammartino 1,031,000
- 8. Marc-Andre Ladouceur 909,000
- 9. Jason Mercier 888,000
- 10. Alexander Roumeliotis 790,000
For a full recap of the day's actions in both events, check the PokerStars blog.