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EPT Barcelona: India`s Kavin Shah Makes Day 3 in Main Event, Shekhawat Singh Advances to Day 2 in Mystery Bounty Championship

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  • RUPAM THAKUR August 18, 2022
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One of Europe`s most prestigious poker stops, the 2022 PokerStars European Poker Tour (EPT) Barcelona, returned to Barcelona Casino after a three-year hiatus, and what a comeback it has been! The prestigious series has brought in record fields in several events, and the €5,300 EPT Main Event continued that trend.

The biggest hit at the ongoing series has been the €1,100 Estrellas Poker Tour (ESPT) Main Event, which logged in a record-breaking 6,313-player field across six starting flights, making it the largest ever in a live event by PokerStars. The €5,300 EPT Barcelona Main Event pretty much towed the same line, entering the annals of poker history by bringing in 2,294 entrants (1,686 unique), making for the largest EPT Main Event field in the stop`s history.

From India, at least 12 players played the Main Event. Six among them carried stacks to Day 2, namely – Kavin Shah (184,000), Apoorva Goel (86,500), Sumit Asrani (80,500), Kunal Punjwani (60,000), Spartan Poker Team Pro Nikita Luther (51,000), and ESPT Cup winner Abhishek Rathod (30,000).

Only two Indians crossed the money line. While Apoorva Goel cashed for €8,860 (~7.19 Lakhs) in 318th place, well-known cash game pro Kavin Shah (524,000 – 87 BBs) is still alive and kicking in the Main Event and carried a middling stack to Day 3.

Kavin Shah
Kavin Shah


Norway’s Kayhan Mokri (1,303,000 – 217 BBs), Brazil’s Marcelo Simoes (1,068,000 – 178 BBs), and the UK’s Scott Margereson (993,000 – 166 BBs) headline the 210 starters on Day 3 from the Day 2 field of 720 entries.

The other featured event currently underway, the €3,000 Mystery Bounty Championship, signed up 996 players, with 337 coming back on Day 2. Canada’s Marcello Del Grosso (575,000) holds an overwhelming chip lead.

Shekhawat Singh (67,500) is the lone Indian remaining in the Mystery Bounty Championship.

€5,300 EPT Main Event – Day 2

Given the grand opening of the first few events, speculations were rife that the €5,300 EPT Barcelona Main Event would be up among the biggest fields ever at the EPT.

The turnout didn`t disappoint, with an unprecedented 2,294 entrants (1,686 unique players) from 78 different countries jumping in to play, making it the largest EPT Main Event field ever.

The massive turnout generated a mammoth €11,125,900 prize pool, with the top 327 places guaranteed at least €8,860.

Day 2 of the Main Event had 720 players returning for a shot at the title, and by the end of the day’s play, only 210 players were left in contention.

All surviving players are assured at least €11,730, but they are all in it for the €1,714,000 top prize and the coveted EPT trophy. The runner-up is also guaranteed a seven-figure payday worth €1,027,470.

From India, 12 players (including re-entries) participated in the event. Six made it to Day 2 – Kavin Shah (184,000), Apoorva Goel (86,500), Sumit Asrani (80,500), Kunal Punjwani (60,000), Spartan Poker Team Pro Nikita Luther (51,000), and ESPT Cup Event #18 winner Abhishek Rathod (30,000).

Of the six, only Kavin Shah (524,000 – 87 BBs) managed to carry a stack to Day 3, locking in at least €11,730 (~₹9.48 Lakhs), also his first recorded cash at the mega series.

Norway’s Kayhan Mokri (1,303,000 – 217 BBs) secured the day-end chip lead, putting himself in a slightly better position than the other top stacks in the field, Brazil’s Marcelo Simoes (1,068,000), and UK’s Scott Margereson (993,000).

Kayhan Mokri
Kayhan Mokri


Nicholas Sena-Hopkins (10,305,000), Zyad Qasem (10,000,000), Patrick Pilko (9,900,000), Brett Coltman (9,300,000), Elias Neto (9,200,000), poker vlogger Matthew Vaughan (7,750,000), and Richard Strainis (6,650,000) are others with top stacks for Day 3.

Other notables who survived Day 2 include Ramiro Petrone (561,000), Maria Lampropulos (517,000), Seth Davies (480,000), defending EPT Barcelona Main Event champion Simon Brandstrom (473,000), Gaelle Baumann (408,000), Timothy Adams (387,000), Michael Wang (322,000), Julien Martini (217,000), Stephen Chidwick (148,000), PokerStars Ambassador Benjamin Spragg (144,000), Johan Guilbert (127,000), and David Peters (36,000).

With the top 327 places getting paid, almost half of the Day 2 field fell out empty-handed.

Three players – Emmanuel Rouvet, Daan Mulders, and Oliver Bosch – were eliminated on different tables on the same hand on the money bubble. They split the 326th and 327th place prizes, collecting €5,907 each.

Besides Kavin Shah, Apoorva Goel was the only other Indian who made it past the money bubble, and he cashed for €8,860 (~7.19 Lakhs) in 318th place. This was his third live score this year, boosting his live tournament tally to $322,114.

Runner-up Apoorva Goel
Apoorva Goel


Other notables slipping into the money were Adrian Mateos (251st for €10,060), PokerStars Ambassador Alejandro Lococo (264th for €10,060), Tommy Nguyen (285th for €10,060), €100,000 Super High Roller winner Mikita Badziakouski (307th for €8,860), Trygve Leite (324th for €8,860), and Karolis Sereika (325th for €8,860).

The 210 survivors will return for Day 3 at noon (local time) on August 18.

Top 10 Chip Counts at the End of Day 2

  1. Kayhan Mokri – 1,303,000
  2. Marcelo Simoes – 1,068,000
  3. Scott Margereson – 993,000
  4. Radoslav Stoyanov – 926,000
  5. Joris Ruijs – 879,000
  6. Sebastian Toro Henao – 824,000
  7. Artur Martirosian – 814,000
  8. Usman Ulhaq – 800,000
  9. Alexandre Landron – 775,000
  10. Catalin Ciurea – 770,000

€3,000 Mystery Bounty Championship – Day 1

The €3,000 Mystery Bounty Championship had 996 players signing up, and after 12 levels of play, only 337 bagged and tagged for Day 2. With late registration open until the start of Day 2 (1 PM local time), on August 18, more players are likely to add to the existing prize pool.

Canada’s Marcello Del Grosso (575,000) is the runaway chip leader heading into Day 2, with Felisberto de Jesus (295,000), Manuel Fischer (256,000), Johnny Lodden (244,000), and Toni Kaukua (230,500) holding the other top stacks.

Shekhawat Singh (67,500) is the only Indian in contention, albeit with a below-average stack that places him 195th in chips among the 337 remaining players.

The other poker heavyweights advancing to Day 2 include Dario Sammartino (214,000), Uri Reichenstein (185,500), 2013 EPT London Main Event champion and EPT Barcelona 8-Game title holder Robin Ylitalo (185,000), Alejandro Romero (180,500), Andras Nemeth (170,500), and 2010 EPT Copenhagen Main Event champion and 10-time EPT title holder Anton Wigg (169,000).

The Mystery Bounty comes into play when anyone eliminates another player on Day 2. The eliminated player has to hand their bounty token to the winning player, which they can redeem at the Mystery Bounty desk any time after the second break of the day (around 5:15 PM local time) to draw their Mystery Bounty envelope.

The Mystery Bounty envelope offers several cash prizes, but all eyes will be on the prestigious PSPC PLATINUM PASS worth $30,000 and the RED SPADE PASS worth $18,000. The other prizes will be announced at the start of Day 2.

Day 2 resumes at 1 PM local time on August 18. Players will follow the same 40-minute level format for Day 2, playing 12 levels with a 15-minute break every three levels, beginning at Level 13 with 1000/1500/1500. A 60-minute dinner break is scheduled at the end of Level 21.

Top 10 Chip Counts at the End of Day 1

  1. Marcello Del Grosso – 575,000
  2. Felisberto de Jesus – 295,000
  3. Manuel Fischer – 256,000
  4. Johnny Lodden – 244,000
  5. Toni Kaukua – 230,500
  6. Romain Locquet – 227,000
  7. Jack Germaine – 226,000
  8. Mats Ullereng – 223,000
  9. Steve Watts – 221,000
  10. Ailyran de Souza Lisboa – 220,000


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