WPT Barcelona: Records Fall

Matthew Marafioti
Matt "ADZ124" Marafioti is among the leaders with 142 headed into Day 2 at the WPT Spanish Championship in Barcelona.

Another 192 players registered for the World Poker Tour Spanish Championship second Day 1 flight Thursday, helping the event break its own attendance record.

Added to the 134 from Day 1a, a total of 326 players entered the €3,200+€300 buy-in event helping the total prize pool in Barcelona pass the one million euro mark.

"We are delighted with the field this year which has broken all of our WPT records," said Sylvie Belanger of hosts Casino Barcelona.

"The most encouraging thing is that every year we see a significant increase in the number of Spanish players taking part which is very encouraging for the future of the game in this country."

36 places will be paid with first worth €315,000 and a $25,500 seat in the 2011 WPT Championship.

The Day 1b field included European Player of the Year Dragan Galic, WPT Bucharest winner Guillaume Darcourt and Aussie Millions winner Tyron Krost.

91 players survived and heading into Day 2, just 142 players remain with Day 1a chip leader Roberto Garcia Santiago outpacing the pack.

However, PokerListings blogger Matt "ADZ124" Marafioti is in the top 20 in chips and Canadian Sorel Mizzi, perhaps the hottest player in poker right now with almost $1.5 million in live tournament earnings already this year, is not far behind.

"With great numbers for the €10,000 buy-in WPT Grand Prix de Paris at the Aviation Club and now a great field at Casino Barcelona, the future is bright for the World Poker Tour stops in Europe," said WPT President Adam Pliska.

Previous WPT Spanish Championship winners include Markus Lehmann of Austria, Denmark's Casper Hansen, and American Mark Randal Flowers.

The 2010 WPT Spanish Championship continues through May 23.

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