The Main Event at the European Poker Tour in Barcelona has begun and the first starting day, Day 1A, came to an end late last night. There are many of the biggest players from all over the world participating in the tournament and already now we can see that the turn-out for the €5,300 buy-in tournament is going to be quite big.
Michael "The Grinder" Mizrachi is currently the chipleader after Day 1A as he managed to play some solid poker and bust out several players on his way. While Mizrachi is a machine at the tables, he never once before cashed at an EPT event, so this might become the first time he do so - It looks good for him so far at least.
A total of 475 players entered Day 1A in Barcelona and when the day was over that number was almost cut in half as only 279 players were left. The average chip stack is currently 51,075 and Mizrachi holds a massive 186,600, with the blind levels on Day 2 being 400/800 with an ante of 100 to start with.
Lots of Team Pokerstars Pro's and other well known players showed up for Day 1A including: Marko Neumann, Jonas Klausen, Marc-Andre Ladouceur, Johnny Lodden, Max Pescatori, Dominik Nitsche, Alex Kravchenko, Adam Levy, Mickey Petersen, Juha Helppi and Anton Wigg. All of these players are also ready for Day 2, where players from the other starting days will get together and battle it out the final days until we have found a winner.