Katchalov in Final 24 at EPT Barcelona

Eugene Katchalov
Eugene Katchalov

Eugene Katchalov is among the 24 remaining players at PokerStars.com’s EPT Barcelona and has a shot at joining poker’s elite Triple Crown club.

EPT Barcelona broke Spanish attendance records this year as 811 players paid the €5,300 buy-in to create a prizepool of €4.05 million. First place is set to award €850,000.

Katchalov is among the top five chip leaders heading into the penultimate day of EPT Barcelona.

The Ukrainian-born player is easily the most well known player still in the tournament but Team PokerStars Pro Matthias De Meulder also survived the day.

Noted European players Sigurd Andreas Eskeland and Evgeny Zaytsev are still in the hunt as well.

One of the best tournament players in the world, Katchalov won the WPT Five Diamond event in 2007 for $2.4 million and most recently won his first WSOP bracelet in the 2011 $1,500 Seven-Card Stud event.

Katchalov currently has over $6.4 million in lifetime tournament earnings and if he wins EPT Barcelona he will join Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier, Jake Cody, Roland De Wolfe and Gavin Griffin as the only players to win a WSOP bracelet, WPT and EPT titles.

There were numerous casualties throughout Day 3 including Boris Becker, Benny Spindler, Alex Kravchenko and Vanessa Selbst.

Former WSOP Last Woman Standing Leo Margets put in an impressive hometown performance before finally falling in 36th place.

Tomorrow the 24 remaining players will play down to an official final table of nine players.

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