PokerStars Festival Rozvadov: Troyanovskiy leads King's High Roller on Day 2
When we arrived at the King's Casino yesterday evening, the action was already well underway. The PokerStars Festival Rozvadov Main Event might be kicking off today, but the King's High Roller - which, with a €5,300 buy-in, is the priciest event on this schedule - gave the early arrivers something to keep them busy.
When the cards got in the air at 6pm last night, just ten players took a seat. That amount soon began to swell, though, and in the end we had a total of 33 entries (including five re-entries). When all was said and done after eleven 30-minute levels, only 15 remained. They'll be resuming play at 5pm local time.
Plenty of big names turned up for this one, one of whom would end up the end-of-day chip leader. Vladimir Troyanskiy is no stranger to high rollers, and proved as much in this one. He quadrupled his 50,000 starting stack, bagging up 203,300.
Local legend Martin Kabrhel was also here at King's (it's surely his second home by now). He had a topsy turvy Day 1, busting his first bullet to Troyanovskiy at the half-way point, before re-entering and instantly doubling up. He'd end the day fourth in chips with a 148,300 stack, and will be looking to pick up on this little rivalry with the Russian. The two played plenty of pots together yesterday.
In other news, former WSOP November Niner Martin Staszko had himself a good day finishing up in second place with 187,300, while Eugene Katchalov (111,000) also saw some solid progress. Pierre Neuville, another November Niner, couldn't get much going, eventually ending with 50,400.
Meanwhile, the lone Team PokerStars Pro in the field was Bertrand 'ElkY' Grospellier. It wasn't the best day for the Frenchman; at one point in the last few levels he was down to just 12 big blinds. He managed to get his last 24,000 all-in with the A♠Q♣ against Luca Stevanato's K♣Q♦, only for the flop to fall K♦7♣7♠. The turn was the T♥, before the J♦ completed the board, gifting ElkY the broadway straight. However, he'd lost a little more before the day was done, and ended play with 21,500 - good for ten bigs.
Here's how the final 15 stand at the beginning of today's second and final day:
|Martin Staszko||Czech Republic||187300|
|Martin Kabrhel||Czech Republic||148300|
|Almedin Imsirovic||United States||76100|
|Pierre Neuville||Czech Republic||50400|
And here's what they're playing for:
Last year's Eureka6 Rozvadov High Roller winner was none other than former WSOP Main Event winner Pius Heinz. The German player seemingly came out of retirement to take down the 19-player tournament, banking €44,814. Kabrhel finished second in that one for €29,876, so he'll be looking to go one better here today.
In case you forgot, Argentinian superstar Ivan Luca finished fourth in this event last year for €19,206, before going to on to win the Eureka6 Main Event for €124,890.
And who did he beat heads-up? Only his girlfriend, Maria Lampropulos.
We'll be looking back on that incredible story, and all the others from Rozvadov over the years, so check back with us here on PokerStars Blog throughout the day. The High Roller players will be playing down to a winner tonight.
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