On a strange day in Barcelona that had already seen Daniel Negreanu punt away his stack and storm off the tournament floor, things got even stranger after play ended for the day.
On the lesser side of the "strange" scale, Spanish footballer Gerard Piqué not only bought into the €10k High Roller but finished the day with a top 5 stack.
With 308,500 bagged Piqué trails just four players including Igor Kurganov and chip leader Ole Schemion - who, amazingly, has held the chip lead at some point in all three majors played at this stop in Barcelona.
Also throwing in a weird twist to his day, Piqué managed to build his stack despite suffering a two-round penalty for prematurely exposing his cards.
The top 10 in chips entering Day 2 in the €10k High Roller (90 players remain):
- 1. Ole Schemion 393,600
- 2. Igor Kurganov 315,300
- 3. Sam Greenwood 313,800
- 4. Seng Yong 312,200
- 5. Gerard Piqué 308,500
- 6. Richard Yong 300,000
- 7. Abi Khaitan 295,200
- 8. Eugene Katchalov 260,400
- 9. Jason Lavallee 246,500
- 10. David Benefield 220,400
Kyllönen Hacked at Hotel Arts in Barcelona
On the darker side of the strange scale, high-stakes regular Jens "Jeans89" Kyllönen posted an alarming note in the 2+2 forums late in the day warning players staying at the Hotel Arts in Barcelona of a potential hacking scam.
Kyllönen, whose claims were confirmed by PokerStars Head of Poker Communications Lee Jones, told players to take immediate precautions and not to play from their laptops:
Jeans: Something fishy at Hotel Arts.
"For now both for me and ignat liviu(0human) the same thing happened roomkey doesnt work, go down to reception for a new key, come to the room to notice the laptop missing, go back down, in less than 10min go back up, and the laptop has reappeared.
"We are for sure not the only ones. Tell everyone you know at barcelona arts to not play on their laptops. Ill post a complete story about these sickening last days in a day or two. Just posting this quickly from my ipad to warn everyone."
Jones confirmed the charge in a follow-up post and ensured PokerStars, the hotel and the Barcelona police were investigating:
"Unfortunately, the OP is accurate. We're only aware of two cases, but obviously there could be more. Our security manager is working with the Hotel Arts security people to find out who did this...
"We're very sorry about this; everybody on our staff and at the Hotel Arts is taking the situation seriously. We have the Barcelona police involved too.
"We'll keep you updated as soon as we know more. For now, please be hyper-vigilant and hyper-careful about your laptop." Check the 2+2 thread here for more.
Update: Jeans has the complete story here now.
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