The €5,300 EPT Barcelona Main Event attracted 1,489 players who made a total of 1,988 entries, creating the biggest field in the tour's 16-year history.
The record-breaking turnout pushed the prize pool to €9,641,800. The top 296 finishers secured a financial reward, and Day 2 concluded with 191 players bagging advancing stacks.
They're all eyeing the ultimate goal: the prestigious title which comes along with a mammoth €1,659,000 top-prize.
Swedish professional player Simon "C. Darwin2" Mattsson paces the remaining contenders. The 26-year-old finished the day with 1,191,000.
One of the most successful online players in the world, Mattsson has been widely praised for his immense grind in recent years. He spent 66 weeks at the top of the PocketFives leaderboard between 2016 and 2018.
The provisional top five chip counts also feature Alexis Ibarrola (1,069,000), Andres Korn (974,000), Jean Ferreira (910,000), and Stefan Fabian (810,000).
PokerStars Ambassador Fatima Moreira de Melo will return to 236,000. The complete list of remaining players, including chip counts and seat assignments, can be found here.
The bubble broke in the fifth level of the day when Portuguese player Pedro Marco lost a preflop race with ace-king against Alexis Urli's pair of jacks. The remaining players locked up €8,390. Updated results are available here.
Day 3 starts on Thursday, August 29, at 12 p.m. local time. The blinds will be 3,000/6,000, and the action can be followed live at PokerNews.
PokerStars TV cards-up broadcast kicks off at 12:30 p.m. (subject to a 30-minute security delay).
MAIN EVENT FIELD DEMOGRAPHICS:
Total entries: 1,988
Unique players: 1,489
Countries represented: 75
Most represented: France (156 unique players or 10.5% of the field), Italy (92 or 6.2%), United States (86 or 5.8%), United Kingdom (85 or 5.7%), Spain (75 or 5.0%)