There's just one more day of poker left in Barcelona, and it promises to be the biggest one of all. On one side of the room, the €5,300 Main Event will play down to a winner and look to award one fortunate player more than €1.4 million in first-place prize money. On this side of the room, though, it's all about the €10,300 High Roller, which will return with the final 30 players from a jaw-dropping field of 506 entries.
Leading the way is Aliaksei Boika, who bagged up 1.985 million in chips after yesterday's action. Hailing from Belarus, Boika will look to bring the title back to his home country for a second year running after Ihar Soika was victorious last year. Boika is already making a near best for the largest live tournament score of his career ($44,950), and with the chip lead he's amassed, we like his chances of being to surpass that.
Other notables still remaining are Adrian Mateos, Ami Barer, Nick Petrangelo, Mustapha Kanit, Jani Sointula, and Mike McDonald.
With 30 players left, a player-friendly structure, big stacks, and big prizes up for grabs, Day 3 has all the ingredients to be a very long one. In anticipation of the length of Day 3, the tournament staff made an adjustment to the schedule late last night that added a level of play to Day 2 and shortened today's levels to 55 minutes.
Last year, Day 3 returned with 21 players and took just over 12 hours to conclude. The staff this year is estimating a finishing time of around 1 or 2 a.m. local time.
As for the start of the event, that will be at 12:30 p.m. local time. PokerNews will be your live coverage provider from the get go, so be sure to stay tuned for all of the poker action coming your way.