EPT12 Barcelona: Super High Roller final table set; Kaverman bubbles
So the most likely result occurred, the player with the shortest stack of the nine who returned to play the third and final day of the €50,000 Super High Roller ended up bubbling the final table. Where's the story you might well ask and the story is that it took 80 minutes to go from nine to eight during which time a heck of a lot happened. If we just focus on Byron Kaverman - who returned as the short stack with just eight big blinds - he doubled up once, shoved and played his way out of short stack territory, doubled up Ivan Luca, trebled up his micro stack and then busted in ninth.
This then is how the final eight stack up as the final table gets under way, with Dzmitry Urbanovich (who!) starting as chip leader:
1. Dzmitry Urbanovich (Poland) 6,430,000
2. Steve O'Dwyer (Ireland) 1,935,000
3. Christoph Vogelsang (Germany) 4,475,000
4. JC Alvarado (Mexico) 3,520,000
5. Sylvain Loosli (France) 740,000
6. Ivan Luca (Argentina) 2,770,000
7. Paul Newey (United Kingdom) 675,000
8. Michael Egan (Australia) 4,760,000
Here though is how we reached that point. Whilst it ultimately took 80 minutes to set the final table it could've been over on just the second hand of play when Kaverman was all-in and at risk with K♣4♣ against JC Alvarado's A♥3♦. The American flopped a flush though and that double was the first of many big pots.
Alvarado, for instance, was all-in just a few hands later this time in a pot against Ivan Luca. The Mexican raised to 140,000 from the cut-off and Luca defended the big blind. The board ran 2♣8♥J♣2♥K♥ with Alvarado betting 240,000, 425,000 and all-in for 1,205,000 on the flop, turn and river respectively. Luca tanked for some considerable time before folding to drop to 1,800,000 with the blinds at 30,000/60,000 ante 10,000.
He wasn't most at risk at this point though as Loosli (1,000,000), Newey (1,050,000) and Kaverman (800,000) were the three shortest stacks. They, and everyone else, then took a back seat to the Christoph Vogelsang and Dzmitry Urbanovich show as they played two significant pots together. It was honours (almost) even though as although both pots were large - both were above 2,000,000 chips in total - they won one each with Urbanovich profiting by about 400,000 after all was said and done. The Pole also took a few chips from Luca to manoeuvre himself towards the chip lead.
By this point the blinds had ticked up to 40,000/80,000 ante 10,000 and whilst we'd seen plenty of creative top notch play in the first 60 minutes it was a good old fashioned cooler that got the wheels in motion once more. Kaverman open jammed for about 1,200,000 with pocket nines and Luca, who had slipped to 1,075,000, called with pocket kings and held.
Left on fumes Kaverman more than tripled up on the next hand and then moved all-in for 420,000 on the next hand with J♠T♣. It folded to Michael Egan in the small blind and he called the bet only for Urbanovich to raise it up to 975,000 from the big blind with A♠3♦. Egan had a bit of a think before folding and the cards were exposed. A 9♦3♣K♥6♥A♥ board didn't improve Kaverman and he exited in ninth earning €123,600. Below's a reminder of what the eight finalists are playing for:
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