PokerStars Festival Rozvadov: ElkY, nanonoko & other notables return for Main Event and High Roller finales
Both the €1,100 Main Event and the €2,200 High Roller of the PokerStars Festival Rozvadov have reached their final day, which means it's our last day here at the King's Casino.
It's going to be another long one.
With 37 players remaining in the Main and 29 left in the HR, there's still plenty of play to be witnessed before we get down to the final tables. There are also a bunch of people left in both for whom things will get very interesting if they can go all the way.
Main Event - key players
PokerStars Team Online's Bertrand 'ElkY' Grospellier comes into the day second in chips. Despite plenty of close calls, France's all-time money winner hasn't clinched a title since April 2012, when he took down a €10K at EPT8 Berlin for €231,000. We know he's been focused on other things - like growing his Twitch audience and playing online - but becoming a PokerStars Festival champion would be a great live comeback.
We sat down with ElkY a couple of days ago - check out that interview here.
If you were following along with the action from PokerStars Festival London, you'll remember that the UK's Rehman Kassam took down the Main Event for £89K. "It won't change my life," Kassam said after that win. "I'll carry on and get my degree and then become a solicitor."
If he takes down this event too for back to back Festival victories, he might need to reconsider (or at least take time off uni to head to Chile in May, where he could play for his third title and make his Festival resume an amazing three for three). Kassam starts the day with 570,000.
Local beast Martin Kabrhel isn't afraid of pushing people to their limits; we all saw that back at EPT13 Prague where he and Philipp Gruissem developed something of a rivalry. He's been up to his old tricks again here in this event, but they're working for him. After carrying the chip lead for a while yesterday, he finished the day with 563,000. If he makes the final table, you can expect the live stream to be very interesting indeed.
We kept an eye on Kabrhel's Kassouf-like behaviour - read about it here.
Hungary's Peter Kamarás bagged up the Day 1A chip lead back on Thursday, which would eventually become the biggest stack coming in to yesterday's Day 2. He ended the day where he started - with more chips than anyone else - after a big double up at the of play yesterday. Can he carry his chip leads all the way to the title?
Read about that big Kamarás double up here.
High Roller - key players
Randy 'nanonoko' Lew
You all know Team Online's nanonoko from his incredible online multi-tabling, his unbelievable profit graph, and his Twitch stream. But Randy Lew is a pretty darn fine live player too, and he's showing it here in the High Roller. He crushed his table yesterday, eliminating plenty of players and ending up with 186,500 - good for eighth place coming in to the finale. Lew's only major live title to date came back in 2011 when he won the APPT Macau for $484,617.
Yesterday we watched Lew for an entire level - read about his play here.
The EPT13 Barcelona winner is on a mission to show that he's no one-hit wonder. Poland's Sebastian Malec has lost none of the flair and style he showed during that awesome heads-up match at Barcelona (remember that final hand?) and he's ticking along nicely here, finishing yesterday with the fourth most chips (223,000).
On Day 1C of the Main Event, Malec spent the day sat right next to Team Online's Jaime Staples. We kept an eye on their battles - check it out here.
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