EPT12 Malta: 19 return for Horrifying High Roller final day
After nine levels of play on Day 2 of the High Roller, including a long bubble period, the field was reduced to 19 players. The bubble burst with 31 getting in the money and by the end of the day, Mukul Pahuja from the United States ended the day as chip leader on 1,488,000. He came 17th in the €10,200 One Day High Roller six days ago but is very well positioned to better that result today.
That's not to say it will be easy for him as there are some "horrifyingly" good players aiming to chase him down. Byron Kaverman is having a great year and motivated by the fact a deep run will really help his quest to become the GPI Player of the Year. Martin Finger has an EPT title, a £50k Super High Roller title along with a €25k High Roller title and just needs a €10k version to complete the set. Kevin MacPhee has an EPT title to his name and has won two bracelets already this year, so has the form to close out a tournament. Then there's sharks such as Bryn Kenney, Roberto Romanello, Sean Winter, David Yan, Dominik Nitsche and defending champion, David Peters to worry about.
Play has gotten underway and the PokerStars Blog will bring you all the day's major talking points. Here's how the players line up at the start of play:
|Mukul Pahuja||USA||Live satellite winner||1488000||1||2|
|Igor Yaroshevskyy||Ukraine||Re-Entered on Day 2||278000||1||7|
|Ihar Soika||Belarus||Live satellite winner||324000||2||2|
|Kevin MacPhee||USA||Re-Entered on Day 1||332000||2||3|
|David Yan||New Zealand||265000||3||5|
|Mikalai Vaskaboinikau||Belarus||Live satellite winner||262000||3||6|
|Byron Kaverman||USA||Re-Entered on Day 1||1147000||3||7|
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