2014 PokerStars King's Cup Rozvadov: Philipp Hartmann leads on the final day
After an epic day of action features 12 levels and 186 exits (averaging 15 per level), Day 2 of the 2014 PokerStars King's Cup here in Rozvadov has finished. The pace was frenetic with so many eliminations and it was capped off by an additional four, dropping the field from 16 to 12, after the last six hands had been announced. Andreas Weiske, Theodoros Aidonopoulos, Steffen Endres and Dimitrios Ballas were all knocked out as proceedings came to a close.
Philipp Hartmann is the chip leader with 2,621,000. He busted Marek Bartoszewicz with A♠J♠ against 3♣3♦ for a 1 million chip pot and followed it up by knocking out Aidonopoulos with A♥A♦ against A♠2♠ right at the death for a 1.2 million chip pot. These two hands put him clear of the rest of the field and over a million chips ahead of Lena Riemenschneider who is second with 1,584,000.
Riemenschneider's story is particularly fascinating, she came back as the second shortest stack after the dinner break when there were just 68 players remaining. The German lady had just 31,000 with the blinds at 3,000/6,000 but she somehow managed to spin that up into over a million in chips - mostly on the feature table in full view of the King's Casino's live stream. Also through is Day 1c chip leader Petr Targa with 734,000 - the only one of the three Day 1 chip leaders to make it. Finally, former EPT Prague runner-up Georgios Sotiropoulos has also got to the last day, the Greek player has 492,000.
Team PokerStars Pro Christophe De Meulder had started the day with a perfectly reasonable stack of 65,800 but the Belgian pro could not manage to get anything going, he eventually pushed with fours but was called by queens and couldn't improve.
The bubble was reached in level 16, bursting after just one all-in showdown. Igor Salomasov was the unlucky player, he had pushed his last 12 bigblinds in with Q♣Q♠ and been called by Targa's J♣J♠. The Czech player managed to flop a full house on the J♦8♣8♠ board and Salomasov couldn't find a queen or running eights on the 8♦ turn and 9♦ river. This sent the remaining 79 players into the money, guaranteeing all a minimum of €1,000.
At this point Sotiropoulos took over the chip lead from Marc Siebroth, managing to double up with jacks against A♠4♠ and then eliminate him with A♦9♦ against A♣J♥ a few hands later. Sotiropoulos also knocked out the overall chip leader at the start of the day, Roman Mikus. The Czech player was short and called all in with 7♠6♠ against Sotiropoulos' 7♣7♦ but could not hit enough of a J♠Q♣3♠6♦4♥ board. The exits continued to come after and it looked as though Sotiropoulos might finish the day on top, but a crazy couple of last levels changed everything to put Hartmann firmly in control.
Tomorrow, the tournament will restart at 2pm CET once more and play to a winner who'll take home €50,400 - over a hundred times their initial buy-in. Who will it be? Check back in to the PokerStars Blog tomorrow as we reveal who is the winner of the 2014 PokerStars King's Cup Rozvadov!