€5,300 Main Event

Sebastian Malec Makes Waves on Day 4 at the 2016 PokerStars.es EPT Barcelona Main Event

• Level 25: 20,000-40,000, 5,000 ante
Sebastian Malec

With 24 players remaining, Sebastian Malec leads the field as just three tables of players head to Day 5 of the 2016 PokerStars.es EPT Barcelona Main Event.

The day started with a flurry of action, bringing the field down from 98 players to 75 in the first level. We lost Van Hiep Tran, Tobias Revenas and Padraig O'Neill before we knew it, and they were swiftly followed out of the door by players such as Jerome Sgorrano, Ping Liu and Daniel Tang, whose pocket sevens lost to Pavel Veksler's pocket tens .

They weren't the only players to exit in their droves, as big names continued to fall on Day 4. Team PokerStars Pro Jason Mercier and Team Online PokerStars Pro Mikhail Shalamov both exited, ahead of Eugene Katchalov and Sam Grafton, who almost lasted the day before his hopeful move with ace-three suited ran into the monster hand of pocket queens for Anthony Chimkovitch.

Chimkovitch was one of the several players who looked certain to run up a huge lead only to crash into a brick wall just when the opportunity to do so arose. He was desperately unlucky not to eliminate Alexandru Baron when Baron's pocket tens spiked a set when committed pre-flop against Chimkovitch's pocket aces.

After exits for top professionals such as Byron Kaverman and local players such as Daniel Luis, who has now cashed twice in this EPT festival, we made it to 24 players. Sebastian Malec leads the way with 5,640,000, a huge chunk of chips clear of second-placed Uri Reichenstein with 3,870,000.

Tomorrow will see us bring the field from 24 players to the official final table. One of those will be crowned EPT Barcelona Main Event Champion for 2016 and pocket a cool €1,122,800!

Join us as of 12 p.m. noon local time tomorrow for all the action as the PokerNews team continue to bring you all the drama, tension, and excitement until a winner lifts the trophy on Sunday evening.

Day 5 Seat Draw

TableSeatNameCountryChip Count
11Nuno CapuchoPortugal2,150,000
12Alisan HolozluGermany1,615,000
13Uri ReichensteinGermany3,870,000
14Olli AutiöFinland1,495,000
15Konstantin PuchkovRussia2,360,000
16Sebastian MalecPoland5,640,000
17Thomas De RooijNetherlands1,905,000
18Stefan VogtGermany1,100,000
21Michael AddamoAustralia3,245,000
22Jean-Jacques ZeitounFrance2,300,000
23Mikhail MolchanovRussia1,310,000
24Alexandru BaronCanada3,660,000
25Pavel VekslerIsrael2,435,000
26Zorlu ErTurkey1,225,000
27Adam OwenUK2,045,000
28Stephen MaloneIreland1,000,000
31Harcharan Dogra DograSpain2,225,000
32Anthony ChimkovitchBelgium1,075,000
33Andreas ChalkiadakisGreece3,140,000
34Morten MortensenDenmark2,075,000
35Simon LofbergSweden1,930,000
36Pavel PlesuvMoldova745,000
37Vojtech RuzickaCzech Republic2,135,000
38Andrea CortellazziItaly2,925,000

Tags: Alexandru BaronAnthony ChimkovitchByron KavermanChi Daniel TangDamien LuisEugene KatchalovJason MercierJerome SgorranomalecPadraig O'NeillPavel VekslerSam GraftonSebastian Malec