Day 3 of the European Poker Tour Barcelona Main Event is in the books. Nearly 300 excited players showed up at Casino Barcelona today to play five levels. Around 60 of them were going to leave empty-handed as only 239 players would get paid.
What nobody had expected was the absurd circus surrounding the bubble, when six all-in situations occurred at the same time and it took forever to complete them. The result was not one but five bubble boys. Faced with this exceptional situation the tournament staff decided that the five players would share the €32,200 in prize money from the first four in-the-money spots. At the same time there was a guitar and a $5,300 seat to the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open at stake as a consolation prize for the bubble boy. It was decided that the five players would play a sit & go for the seat and the guitar, and in the end it was French player Francois-Charles Scapula, who won the “consolation prize” on top of the €6,440.
Taiwanese player Kitty Kuo was one of the players who survived the bubble, even though she started the day with only 10 big blinds. She managed to stay alive with a short stack for several hours until she was finally knocked out in 177th place with AQ against Ismael Bojang’s pair of kings.
After Kuo’s exit only two women remained in the field: Norway’s Karin Bruteig and Sveva Libralesso from Italy. Libralesso received a much needed double up when she called an all-in with a pair of nines and was up against a pair of eights. Libralesso survived the day, but she will enter Day 4 with only 194,000 in chips (24 bb).
Karin Bruteig started Day 3 in good shape with 123,000, and when the day concluded she had chipped up to 405k, which almost equals the average stack of 440k. According to the Hendon Mob Karin Bruteig has $8,647 in live tournament earnings. With 102 players left going into Day 4, Bruteig is already guaranteed at least more than double her tournament earnings up till now: €12,050 (nearly $16,000).
The event will play down to a winner on Tuesday. There’s €7,255,600 in the prize pool and €1,261,000 on top for the winner.
Photo: Sveva Libralesso. AlmatyPoker.kz