2011 PCA $25K High Roller: Day 2, level 11 & 12 updates (1,200-2,400, 300 ante)


4.20pm: End of level
That's the second break of the day. Our remaing 45 players have 15 minutes in which to do some stretches, type some tweets and slug some coffee. -- RD

4.19pm: John Racener to a double-up
WSOP main event runner-up John Racener has just doubled up through Rob Akery. They were in the blinds and all the chips went in pre-flop with Racener holding T♠T♦ to Akery's A♠6♣. The board ran 9♣4♣2♦4♠8♥ to push Racener's stack up to 100,000 and drop Akery down to 150,000. -- MC

4.15pm: Quiet table, big stacks
At one of the quieter tables of this high roller tournament Daniel Alaei is up to 300,000, last year's PCA main event runner-up Tyler Reiman has 380,000 while Matt Affleck is now on 240,000 after scooping a pot away from Masa Kagawa.

Affleck had bet 25,000 into a 9♠9♦K♠A♦ board and the Japanese businessman released his hand. Kagawa has cashed in a couple of high roller events in the past so certainly showed be ruled out of making the money here. -- RD

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Masa Kagawa loves a high roller event

4.05pm: Metaal finishes the job
Govert Metaal took a lot of Team PokerStars Pro Joe Hachem's chips a while back and now he's taken the rest. Hachem was low when he shoved with A♠5♠ and was looked up by Metaal holding T♥9♥. The board ran 9♣K♣3♦4♠J♣ to finish Hachem's PCA adventure for this year. -- MC

3.55pm: Lykov battles Rousso
There are no friends or teammates at the poker table. Max Lykov may be a member of Team PokerStars Pro but he's happy to battle Vanessa Rousso, just like he did Jason Mercier a short while ago. He was more successful this time around.

Rousso opened the pot with a raise 6,000 from the hijack and was called by Lykov on the button to go to a J♦5♦7♥ flop. Rousso continued for 8,000 and was called. The turn came 2♣ and Rousso fired again for 13,000. She was called again. She slowed to a check on the 2♠ river and faced a 27,000 bet from the Russian. She tanked for ages, took off her glasses, stared at her opponent, scratched her head and finally made the call. Lykov tabled J♠T♦ for two-pair and the pot as Rousso mucked. Lykov up to 260,000 whereas Rousso drops to 80,000. -- MC

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Max Lykov is grinding out a big stack

3.42pm: Lykov picks up some more
Max Lykov has grabbed another chunk of chips after Faraz Jaka made a bit of a move on a Q♠3♥K♦J♠ board. Jaka had checked the turn from the small blind, Lykov had bet 11,500 from the big and Vanessa Rousso called on the button.

Jaka then raised to what looked like 30,000 (to my bleary eyes anyway). Lykov made the call, Rousso folded to leave herself with 130,000. Both Lykov and Jaka checked the 7♥ river with Jaka's pocket tens losing out to Lykov's [k][t]. -- RD

3.32pm: Hachem hanging on
Team PokerStars Pro Joe Hachem is down to 33,000 chips after losing out on a pot to Dutch millionaire Govert Metaal. Hachem raised from mid-position and was called by both blind players. The flop came 7♦T♠5♠ and Hachem made a pot-sized c-bet for 20,000. Metaal called from the small blind. The turn came J♥ and both players checked, and did the same on the 9♣ river. Hachem tabled A♠K♠ for ace-high but lost out to the Dutchman's 7♣7♠ for a set. -- MC

3.25pm: Lest we forget
Players that have fallen by the wayside today include Team PokerStars Pros Alex Kravchenko, Sandra Naujoks, Joe Cada, Alex Gomes and Humberto Brenes, as well as the likes of high stakes cash players Luke Schwartz and Harry Kaczka. -- RD

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Brenes won $200,000 for a fifth place finsih in the Super High Roller

LEVEL UP: BLINDS 1,200-2,400, ANTE 200

3.19pm: Pro battle
Team PokerStars Pros Max Lykov and Jason Mercier just did the button versus big blind thing with Mercier coming out on top. Lykov raised to 4,500 from the button and called when Mercier three-bet to 4,500 from the big blind. The flop came A♦2♦3♥ and Mercier led for 9,600. Call. The A♥9♣ turn and river were checked down and Mercier tabled 8♦8♣. Lykov mucked to drop to 250,000 whereas Mercier climbs to 120,000. -- MC

3.11pm: Gruissem's turn to double
Shortly after doubling Joe Hachem up, Phillip Gruissem has just got it all-in with Matt Woodward to break the 100,000 barrier. Gruissem had four-bet shoved with big slick which held firm against Woodward's ace-queen. -- RD

3.08pm: Hachem doubles through Gruissem
Former World Champ Joe Hachem has just doubled through Phillip Gruissem. The German had opened from the hijack for 4,500 and Hachem had shoved from the cut-off for 32,000. Gruissem made the call.

Gruissem: A♠8♣
Hachem: J♣9♣

Hachem made top two on the 4♦9♦J♦ flop leaving Gruissem drawing thin. An ace on the river did little to help him. He's down to 62,000 whil Hachem jumps to 68,000. Average chip count is over 130,000 now. -- RD

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Joe Hachem scored a vital double up

2.57pm: All pre-flop aggression
Tyler Reiman is up to 340,000 chips after scooping a 130,000 pot where all the action happened pre-flop. Reiman raised from mid-position before Matt Affleck three-bet to 13,500 from the hijack and Daniel Alaei four-bet to 32,000 from the small blind. Reiman had a bit more aggression in him and five-bet to 57,000 and that was enough to scare off Affleck but not Alaei who made the call.

No more chips made it into the middle as both players were happy the K♦A♠K♠Q♠3♥ board all the way down. Reiman tabled A♣Q♣ and Alaei mucked to drop to 195,000 chips. -- MC

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Tyler Reiman is looking for more PCA success

2.44pm: Kaczka got Mercier'd
Harry Kaczka has been taken out of the high roller equation by Team PokerStars Pro Jason Mercier. Kaczka held king-ten to Mercier's ace-jack and all the chips went in pre-flop. Mercier flopped an ace and it stayed good through the board. The man from Florida is up to 120,000 now. -- MC

2.39pm: Deeb turbo muck
Freddy Deeb opened for 5,000 of his 45,000 stack and could not have flicked his cards away faster when a three-bet from Team PokerStars Juan Maceiras was levelled at him. The high stakes pro is down to 20 big blinds and will be looking for sweet spots to get it in. Maceiras continues to climb. -- RD

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Juan Maceiras: picking on Deeb?

2.35pm: Marchese sets in Schwarz
Luke Schwarz is down to a little over 20,000 and is not the big stack that he's happy playing with. The action passed to Tom Marchese in the small blind and he set Schwarz all-in. The Brit passed and Marchese showed K♥T♣.-- RD

2.30pm: Lodden back to starting stack
Team PokerStars Pro Johnny Lodden is back to his 50,000 starting stack after doubling through Darren Elias. Lodden was in the cut-off with K♣K♠ and Elias was in the big blind with Q♥Q♣. As you can imagine all the chips went in pre-flop and the board ran T♥5♠2♦2♠A♠. Lodden said, "Thank you," to his opponent as he stacked up. -- MC

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Team PokerStars Pro Johnny Lodden

2.20pm: Play restarts
We have 67 players left in this $25,000 buy-in event. Double ups and bust outs all to come. -- RD

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Team PokerStars Pro Vanessa Rousso

PokerStars Blog reporting team in the Bahamas (in order of length stare): Rick Dacey (1,000 yard stare) and Marc Convey (as far as the closest masseuse).