PokerStars Festival Marbella: Simultaneous bust-outs burst €2,200 High Roller bubble
While the Main Event is playing out in the main poker room here at PokerStars Festival Marbella, there's another tournament going on down in Casino Marbella's La Caseta.
The €2,200 High Roller kicked off yesterday, attracting a field of 184 players. That created a prize pool of €353,280 to be spread across 27 players, with the eventual champ banking €78,200. Actually, you can make that 28 players, as we just had a double elimination on the bubble, meaning the two players split 27th-place prize money.
On one table, Alexander Zeligman had shoved his short stack with the T♥T♠, but he ran into the small blind Krzystof Slabik, who woke up with the K♦K♣ and made the call. A 3♥5♥5♣2♠9♣ runout ended things for Zeligman, and he was leaving with nothing.
But then we found out there was another all-in at another table and dashed over to catch the action. Aleksei Opalikhin was all-in with the 8♥8♠ on a J♣6♥8♣6♣T♠ board, giving him a full house. Problem was, his opponent Amiel Alexander had the J♠J♥ for a bigger boat. That meant Zeligman and Opalikhin split €3,550.
That hand increased Alexander up to around 320,000, giving him the co-chip lead. The other guy joining him at the top of the counts with 320,000 is Robert Aver.
Rewinding back to the start of this event, the biggest name among the players was none other than seven-time snooker world champion Stephen Hendry, who took his seat having busted the Main Event on Day 1A.
Unfortunately for Hendry, he wouldn't be able to survive Day 1 of this one either, busting around five hours into the day. We spoke to Hendry on Thursday night, so check out that interview here.
Back to the present, there's now 26 players remaining. Among them is the winner of the €170 MegaStack event earlier this week, Michal Janczarski, plus Rasmus Agerskov, Vicente Serra, David Laka, and Oriol Fernandez.
They'll be playing down to a winner today, so stay tuned on the PokerStars Blog to find out who'll come out on top.
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Jack Stanton is a freelance contributor to the PokerStars Blog.