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Piqué Falls, Big Names Bow Out on EPT Barca Day 2
A phenomenal 1,234 players at EPT Barcelona is now just 242 to end Day 2 with Spanish footballer Gerard Piqué and a wave of pros hitting the rail today.
Setting a record for largest EPT Barcelona main event ever a massive €5,984,900 prize pool was accumulated with €1,067,000 up top.
Who will take it is still a long way from being determined but, much to the chagrin of his fans, it won't be Piqué who saw his dream end today along with a swath of poker's best and brightest.
Mercier, Katchalov, Duhamel, Alaei All Say Goodbye
It was a rough day for a ton of notables today but that isn't to say there's a lack of talent left in the field. A WSOP runner-up from this summer in Niall Farrell (444,000) holds down second overall to LAPT Chile champ Pablo Alexander Tavitian (465,000).
PokerStars pro Toni Judet (336,000), EPT7 Barcelona champ Kent Lundmark (312,000) and Alex Livingston (303,000), fresh from his deep WSOP ME run, all hold big stacks.
Mike "SirWatts" Watson (212,000) and German whiz kid Ole Schemion (140,600) also survived, as did Marvin Rettenmaier, David Benefield and Igor Kurganov.
Not so lucky today were big hitters Jason Mercier, Eugene Katchalov, Jonathan Duhamel, Daniel Alaei, Scott Seiver and Dan Smith.
The top 10 in chips heading into Day 3:
- 1. Pablo Alexander Tavitian 465,000
- 2. Niall Farrell 444,000
- 3. Albert Daher 420,500
- 4. Alejandro Perez Torres 417,500
- 5. Denis Pisarev 403,700
- 6. Gaetano Dell`Aera 393,500
- 7. Grudi Hristov Grudev 380,000
- 8. Christopher Andler 370,600
- 9. Kjetil Hansen 364,000
- 10. Michael Skender 353,300
Check the PokerStars blog for a full recap of all the action and tune in right here for live streaming coverage of the Main Event every day.