PokerStars Festival Rozvadov: Kassam's title defence ends & Kabrhel busts too; we're down to 25 after two levels

Everyone involved in the PokerStars Festivals was getting very excited about the prospect of Rehman Kassam making the final table of the Main Event here in Rozvadov.


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Kassam, yesterday

Why you ask? Well, Kassam is the only player to have ever won a PokerStars Festival (on European soil anyway). You're right - there have only been two so far (one in New Jersey and one in London), and Kassam was the winner of the latter back in January.

Amazingly, he had a very deep run here in Rozvadov too, putting up an incredible title defence. Unfortunately though, his attempt at back-to-back trophies has come to an end.

After a player in the cutoff opened, Kassam looked down at ace-ten in the small blind and shipped in his last ten big blinds. The cutoff called and had him dominated with ace-jack, and even more so after the ace-jack-four flop. The turn was then a five, and a ten on the river fell just to rub salt in the wound and give Kassam a pointless two pair.

Kassam exited in 34th place, collecting €4,269 for his troubles.

Who else is out?

Michael Adam was the first player to bust, getting it all in with pocket nines against Stanislav Koleno's pocket jacks and failing to hit (37th - €4,269). Next up was the Ioana Silvana - the last women standing - who met her end when she shoved her K♣T♠ right into Konstantinos Nanos' A♦A♠. She also failed to get lucky (36th - €4,269).


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Ioana Silvana

Lukas Zaskodny is also no longer with us. After Patrick Bornicke opened in the cutoff with the K♥Q♦, Zaskodny jammed for roughly 350,000 with A♠2♠ and Bornicke looked him up. The board ran out Q♣2♥8♠9♣6♥ to send the Czech home.

Michael Chmelicek busted in 33rd, after his A♥Q♦ couldn't catch up to Petr Svoboda's K♥K♦. That hand wasn't too exciting, but the 32nd elimination? That was action packed.

Lennart Dijkkamp had plenty of chips earlier on, but after two big hands he was out the door. First, Petr Svoboda opened ace-queen from early position only for Karel Mokry to wake up with pocket aces and shove for 440,000. Dijkkamp was destined for a cooler as he had pocket kings, and re-shoved for 941,000. Michael Rohde was next to act and he had a monster hand too - the ace-king - however he folded it, as did Svoboda. Dijkkamp had just one out but couldn't hit it, ending his run in 32nd for €4,269.

Finally, Salvatore Greco fell in 30th for €5,367, and before him Mahyar Rezai in 31st for the same prize.

Movers and shakers

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Tough start for ElkY

ElkY started in second place today but he lost a chunk when he doubled up Mindaugas Jonuskis. In the hand, a K♠9♣7♥ flop had been dealt and ElkY made a bet of 110,000, which Jonuskis called. Then 7♣ hit the turn, and Grospellier continued for 133,000 after it checked to him. This time Jonuskis check-shoved for 397,000 and ElkY snap-called with the K♦9♦ for top two pair. Unfortunately for the Frenchman, Jonuskis had the goods with the K♣K♥ and doubled. A few more losses and ElkY currently sits with 410,000, making him the shortest stack.

Martin Kabrhel lost a few too. He'd bust at the very beginning of Level 25 in unfortunate fashion. After Stanislav Koleno opened to 100,000 from the cutoff, Kabrhel jammed for 450,000 with the A♠T♥, and after Kolena called with the A♦9♥ the Czech was in great shape. However, the board ran out 7♠5♠K♠5♦9♦ and the nine on the river busted Kabrhel in 26th for €5,367.

Before the break, a big hand played out on the feature table. Ondřej Vlašánek opened to 65,000 with the A♦T♠ from the cutoff and Artürs Ščerbaks called from the cutoff with the K♣Q♣. Ščerbaks then flopped the world when the J♦T♣9♣ were dealt. Vlašánek check-called 60,000, then the turn came the A♥, giving him two pair. He check-called 150,000 this time before the 7♥ river completed things. Vlašánek checked a final time and Ščerbaks made it 415,000. He got plenty of value after Vlašánek called.

Here's a look at how all all the current chip counts going into Level 25 (20K/40K/5K):

NameCountryChips
Péter KamarásHungary3300000
Leonardo RomeoItaly3000000
Marián FlešárSlovakia2370000
Stanislav KolenoSlovakia2190000
Michal Jan LubasPoland1900000
Patrick BörnickeGermany1545000
Sonay KehyaGermany1545000
Petr SvobodaCzech Republic1505000
Artürs ŠčerbaksLithuania1455000
Gerhard BrimmersGermany1300000
Karel MokrýCzech Republic1235000
Mindaugas JonuškisLithuania1230000
Michael RohdeGermany1140000
Robert SchünemannGermany1100000
JAn StariatCzech Republic945000
Pavel StolařCzech Republic925000
Ivan SebelédiSlovakia850000
Felix SchulzeGermany760000
Oguz CenkBelgium760000
Max HenkelGermany565000
Roman KleymanRussian Federation500000
Patrick Max BrückGermany470000
David NovákCzech Republic435000
Bertrand GrospellierFrance410000

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Jack Stanton
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