EPT Barcelona High Roller Day 2 – Nine Remain (vids)

Daniel Negreanu smiling

Day 2 at the European Poker Tour Barcelona High Roller was still full of high drama and high octane poker. It saw 24 players coming back to compete for a spot on the final table of eight, though in the end time ran out and there will be nine now returning for the final day.

Joni Jouhkimainen is the man that will have the most comfortable seat at that unofficial final table later today after bagged up 1,945,000 chips to give himself the chip lead.

The table will also include some huge poker names such as Daniel Negreanu, Jonathan Duhamel, David Benefield and Ole Schemion. Negreanu in fact will go right to the top of the Global Poker Index Player Of The Year rankings if he wins this event, which is obviously one of his goals for the year.




This event broke records and is now officially the largest EPT High Roller event of all time, though that record seems to be broken at every EPT as the season progresses due to the increasing popularity of the events. In fact it was broken four times last season and is expected to be broken multiple times this season too.

The field was reduced dramatically on Day 2 with names like Jason Mercier, Eugene Katchalov, Griffin Benger and Chino Rheem all going home with nothing. Mercier though obviously disappointed, he made the most of his exit and was delighted to get a picture of footballing superstar Gerard Pique, who was actually leading the event at the time.

Gerard Pique didn’t manage to make it through the day in the end though but did finish in the money alongside the likes of other notable players Toby Lewis, Dan Smith, Kevin Vandersmissen and Philipp Gruissem.



The Unofficial Final Table Chip Counts

1st) Joni Jouhkimainen – 1,945,000

2nd) Jean-Noel Thorel – 1,260,000

3rd) Daniel Negreanu – 1,225,000

4th) Thomas Muhlocker – 1,224,000

5th) Richard Yong – 1,208,000

6th) Jonathan Duhamel – 842,000

7th) Ole Schemion – 530,000

8th) Raoul Refos – 462,000

9th) David Benefield – 229,000

The Prize Pool Information

With the registration period closed at the start of Day 2, the prize pool was able to be calculated and revealed, with the top 27 finishers in the event walking away with something. The prize pool added up to €1,764,000 with the minimum payout being €17,650 and the top prize being a nice €390,700.

The remainder of the field will be playing for the numbers below:

1st) €390,700

2nd) €263,800

3rd) €181,500

4th) €148,000

5th) €118,000

6th) €90,700

7th) €66,000

8th) €47,850

9th) €39,500

Come back to us tomorrow as we bring you both the action from this event and the Main Event too, with both finishing up later today and revealing two more EPT champions.