It was a record-breaking Day 1 to the EPT 13 Barcelona €10,300 High Roller, as the record for biggest EPT High Roller was not just broken, but smashed! Last year's Barcelona €10,300 High Roller held the record which stood at 506, but with late registration open until the start of Day 2, the number of entrants is up to 565.
With such a huge field, you were hard-pressed to find a table without a minimum of two big names. Former High Roller champions such as Charlie Carrel, Fedor Holz, Martin Finger, Philipp Gruissem, and Pratyush Buddiga.
Other big names who jumped in the biggest ever EPT High Roller included Team PokerStars Pros Daniel Negreanu, Jason Mercier, Andre Akkari, Felipe Ramos Luca Pagano and George Danzer, Former November Niner Antoine Saout as well as Robin Ylitalo, Vitaly Lunkin, Mohsin Charania, Kent Lundmark, Iliodoros Kamatakis, Faraz Jaka and Dominik Nitsche.
It wasn't to be for certain players who, after firing two bullets in the event, will not be winning this particular EPT High Roller. Dietrich Fast and Akin Tuna were eliminated early on, and they were joined by [Removed:17], 2015 November Niner Pierre Neuville and defending EPT Barcelona €10,000 High Roller Champion Mustapha Kanit.
After ten 60-minute levels today, there are some 290 players left and leading the way is Marc-Olivier Perrault. Georgios Zisimopoulous five-bet jammed 150,000 with Ace-King into the pocket kings of Perrault in the last few hands of the night, meaning that the Canadian finishes the day with 404,000 in chips.
Other above average chip stacks in the room include Felipe Ramos (284,500), Pasquale Grimaldi (280,100), Dorian Rios Pavon (247,000)
Some notable players heading into Day 2 include Rocco Palumbo (189,900), Steven van Zadelhoff (150,000), Davidi Kitai (144,300), Dario Sammartino (113,300), Luca Pagano (108,300), Fedor Holz (107,900), Charlie Carrel (92,500), Anthony Zinno (90,500), Pratyush Buddiga (87,400), Chris Moorman (86,100), Daniel Negreanu (61,700), Sam Chartier (56,200), Jason Mercier (47,100) and George Danzer (19,900)