2011 EPT Barcelona Final Table ProfileSeptember 1, 2011 8:31 am
After five days of action, including two starting days, at the Gran Casino in Barcelona, the 2011 EPT Barcelona has finally reached its final table of eight.
Day 4 of the €5,300 Main Event saw 24 players returning hoping for a shot at the €850,000 first place prize. Just 6.5 hours of play later and the field had been thinned to 4 Spainards, 1 German, 1 Frenchwoman, 1 Ukrainian and an Israeli.
With Day 5 getting underway later today, here are chip counts for the remaining players:
Tomeu Gomila (Spain) – 6,985,000
Saar Wilf (Israel) – 4,555,000
Raul Mestre (Spain) – 4,260,000
Martin Schleich (Germany) – 2,260,000
Isabel Baltazar (France) – 2,270,000
Dragan Kostic (Spain) – 2,155,000
Juan Manuel Perez (Spain) – 1,090,000
Eugene Katchalov (Ukraine) – 690,000
In pole position is the start of the day chip leader Tomeu Gomila, (pictured right) who managed to extend his lead from 2.547m to an almost 7 million stack. Gomila has earned around $68,000 from live tournaments since his first cash in 2006.
Saar Wilf with $293,059 in tournament earnings and Raul Mestre with $155,708, both have EPT final table appearances to their credit and will initially be Tomeu Gomila’s closest competitiors.
Day 1A chip leader Martin Schleich managed to steer his big stack all the way to the final table, while last woman standing Isabel Baltazar is close behind him on chips. Baltazar’s only recorded cash is a 3rd place finish at the €450 Partouche Poker Tour in 2008 for $14,637 but she will now be looking to add her name to those of Vicky Coren, Sandra Naujoks and Liv Boeree by becoming only the 4th woman ever to win an EPT Main Event.
Both Dragan Kostic and Juan Manuel Perez have less than $5,000 of tournament earnings each, but will be guaranteed at least €73,000 for their final table appearances.
Finally, bringing up the rear is the biggest name at the table, Eugene Katchalov. The Ukranian born pro has won an impressive $6.4 million from live tournament, but starting out today with less than 14bb, Katchalov will have to get off to a good start to stand any reasonable chance of competitng.
The final payouts will be as follows: