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O'Dwyer Closes Out Day 1 with Big Chip Lead

• Taso 8: 2,500-5,000, 500 ante
Steve O'Dwyer
Steve O'Dwyer

Season 9 of the European Poker Tour kicked off on Friday with Day 1 of the 2012 PokerStars.com EPT Barcelona €50,000 Super High Roller. The tournament attracted 54 players including an eclectic mix of Europeans, North Americans and online pros. After eight levels of play, Steve O’Dwyer was best positioned to make a run at the title with a massive chip stack of 1.249 million, almost twice as much as his next closest competitor.

It was a polarizing day for O’Dwyer, who busted early and became the first player to rebuy. It proved a wise decision as things went much smoother the second time around.

His choice to rebuy seems like a similar situation that's beginning to occur as to when O'Dwyer's good friend Justin Bonomo had to reload in the PokerStars and Monte-Carlo® Casino European Poker Tour Super High Roller. In case you don't know, Bonomo's reload was the wise decision as he went on to win the event and €1.64 million.

O’Dwyer’s Twitter tells the tale,

Another man who thrived on Day 1 was Poker Hall of Famer Erik Seidel. Early on action folded to Seidel in the hijack and he raised. John Juanda flatted from the cutoff, and Kyle Julius, who finished runner-up in the 2012 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Main Event, three-bet to 14,200 in the big blind. Seidel responded with a four-bet to 34,000, Julius five-bet to 62,800, and then Seidel six-bet 100,000. Julius wasted little time in seven-betting all in for around 190,000, and Seidel made the call.

Showdown

Julius{A-Hearts}{K-Diamonds}
Seidel{K-Clubs}{K-Spades}

Julius was in a rough spot and in need of some help, most notably an ace. The {9-Clubs}{Q-Spades}{J-Hearts} flop didn't contain an ace, but it did give Julius Broadway outs to a Broadway straight. The {7-Spades} turn wasn't what he was looking for, and neither was the {J-Spades} river. After the stacks were verified, Julius made a hasty exit from the tournament floor. Seidel used that momentum to finish second in chips at the end of Day 1 with 738,000.

Some Day 1 eliminations such as Daniel Negreanu, Phil Ivey, Jonathan Duhamel and Philipp Gruissem are expected to give it another go on Day 2 (Duhamel already used one rebuy and busted a second time). Other players who fell were Dani Stern, Alec Torelli, Sorel Mizzi, Bryn Kenney, Marc-Andre Ladouceur, Michael Tureniec, Jani Sointula, Johan Van Til, Dan Shak, Juan Luis Casanas, Salman Behbehani, Ilya Bulychev and Luke Schwartz.

Of those who managed to ride their initial buy-in to the end of the night were Team PokerStars Pros Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier, Eugene Katchalov and Jason Mercier. The sole woman in the field, Cheung Yin Sun, 2010 €10,000 EPT Vilamoura High Roller champ Raffaele Gerbi, online sensations Ilari Sahamies, Sami Kelopuro, Mike McDonald and Terje Augdal along with consummate pros Sam Chartier, Scott Seiver, Andrew Lichtenberger, Peter Jetten, Justin Bonomo, Timothy Adams and Andy Moseley all advanced through as well.

Here’s a look at the top 10 chip counts at the end of Day 1:

Top 10 Chip Counts

PlacePlayerCount
1stSteve O’Dwyer1,249,000
2ndErik Seidel738,000
3rdJC Alvarado713,000
4thIgnat “0Human0” Liviu656,000
5thSimon Ravnsbaek640,000
6thMike Watson639,000
7thJohn Juanda638,500
8thDan Smith585,000
9thSteven Silverman580,000
10thTobias Reinkemeier565,000

Day 2 is set to kick off at 1200 CET (0600 EST), which is when the official number of entrants and the prize pool will be determined. Join us then as the PokerNews Live Reporting Team brings you all the hands and eliminations from the PokerStars.com EPT Barcelona €50,000 Super High Roller.

While you wait for tomorrow's action, check out some tips our very own Kristy Arnett has for you from beautiful Barcelona.

Tagit: Steve O'Dwyer

Official End-of-Day Chip Counts (täynnä)

Steve O'Dwyer ie 1,249,000 859,000
Erik Seidel us 738,000 185,000
JC Alvarado mx 713,000 33,000
Ignat Liviu ro 656,000 176,000
Simon Ravnsbaek dk 640,000 -140,000
Mike Watson ca 639,000 69,000
John Juanda id 638,500 -31,500
Dan Smith us 585,000 190,000
Steven Silverman us 580,000 45,000
Tobias Reinkemeier de 565,000 345,000
Raffaele Gerbi 530,000 -295,000
Jason Mercier us 503,000 54,500
Ilari Sahamies fi 487,000 157,000
Vadzim Kursevich by 477,000 67,000
Timothy Adams ca 442,000 172,000
Talal Shakerchi gb 417,000 -3,000
Juha Helppi fi 407,000 7,000
Cheung Yin Sun 360,000 30,000
Justin Bonomo us 332,000 66,000
Masa Kagawa 303,000 -12,000
Anatoly Gurtovoy 281,000 76,000
Bertrand Grospellier fr 276,000 113,000
Sami Kelopuro fi 269,000 -126,000
Ziv Bachar il 258,000
Peter Jetten ca 224,000 -8,000

Lue koko

One Last One for Mercier

• Taso 8: 2,500-5,000, 500 ante

Vadzim Kursevich raised from early position to 12,000 and Masa Kagawa called from the hijack seat. Team PokerStars Pro Jason Mercier reraised from the cutoff seat and Raffaele Gerbi called from the small blind. Kursevich folded and Kagawa called.

The flop came down {7-Clubs}{3-Diamonds}{2-Clubs} and action checked to Mercier. He bet 52,000 and only Kagawa called.

The turn was the {9-Diamonds} and Kagawa checked. Mercier fired 91,000 and Kagawa gave it up.

Tagit: Jason MercierVadzim KursevichRaffaele GerbiMasa Kagawa

Eight More Hands

The tournament staff just announced that the remaining players will play eight more hands before calling it a night.

Meanwhile, we noticed Simon Ravnsbaek was sitting on a stack of 780,000 and is giving Raffaele Gerbi a late-night run for the chip lead.

Simon Ravnsbaek dk 780,000 140,000

Tagit: Simon Ravnsbaek

Gruissem Out

Masa Kagawa called Philipp Gruissem's shove with the {K-Spades}{Q-Clubs}. Gruissem was all in and at risk with the {A-Spades}{2-Spades}. After the board ran out {10-Diamonds}{8-Hearts}{7-Hearts}{3-Diamonds}{Q-Diamonds}, Gruissem was eliminated. He did say that he would see the guys tomorrow, so maybe that's a sign that he'll be back in with a rebuy at some point.

Masa Kagawa 315,000 65,000
Philipp Gruissem de Ulkona

Tagit: Masa KagawaPhilipp Gruissem