2011 PCA $25K High Roller: Day 2, level 13 & 14 updates (2,000-4,000, 400 ante)
6.35pm: Dinner break
The remaining 29 players are now all on a 75 minute dinner break.
6.34pm: Seidel moving up the gears
Erik Seidel is touching the 300,000 mark after moving his aggression up a notch or two. Firstly, he was sat in the big blind and facing an early position raise to 10,000 from overnight chip leader, Ryan Fair. Seidel three-bet to 28,000 only for Fair to four-bet to 45,700. Seidel was having none of it though and put in a decisive five-bet to 103,000. Fair slid his cards into the muck.
The very next hand Seidel was in the small blind and three-bet to 25,000 after the button opened with a min raise to 8,000. This raise was good enough to take that pot down too. -- MC
6.29pm: Sneaky Seidel picks up a small one
Erik Seidel just won a small pot from Jason Mercier after opening his range wide and trying to hit a hidden monster. Mecier opened for 8,000 from middle position and Seidel called in the cut-off. Mercier fired 8,300 at the flop and Seidel made the call. Neither player put any further chips in on the 7♣ turn or the Q♥ river.
Seidel's 5♦2♦ took the pot. -- RD
6.23pm: Pot control by Arieh
Josh Arieh is up to 250,000 after winning a pot against Team PokerStars Pro Max Lykov. Arieh raised from under-the-gun and was called by both players in the blinds. The flop came 2♥Q♥9♣ and Arieh c-bet for 17,800. He only found a caller in Lykov from the small blind. The turn came 7♦ and both players checked to the 7♠ river. Lykov led for 23,000 and Areih called with K♥Q♣, which was good against Lykov's T♦T♠. The Russian drops a little to 260,000 chips. -- MC
6.20pm: Pre-break snapshot
Team PokerStars Pro Jason Mercier is the current chip leader with 680,000. Vanessa Rousso and John Racener have zero chips now (if you're new to poker that means they're out...). -- RD
6.10pm: Heimiller bust
Dan Heimiller is out. The cards were being swept away by the dealer but it looked as though Heimiller was very short and shoved from the button with pocket nines. Erik Seidel was in the big blind and made the call with queen-ten and hit a ten on the turn. - MC
6pm: Akery knocks out Jaka
Faraz Jaka likes a gamble it seems. These last few days we've seen his chip stacks swing all over the place. He was on over 300,000 a short while ago but now, after taking a 200,000 plus flip against Brit Rob Akery, he is out. Akery raised from the small blind to 8,000 and Jaka three-bet to 27,000 from the big. Akery moved a large stack of blue 5,000 chips across the line to put Jaka all-in. He obliged.
The board turned a gusthot draw for Jaka but he failed to connect and Akery raked in the chips. He's up to 330,000 now. "Wow," mouthed Akery as Jaka walked away. -- RD
5.45pm: Sunar busts to Molson
Surindar Sunar is out after Will Molson rivered a flush on him. Sunar had let his stack get very short when he called a Molson under-the-gun min raise whilst sat in the small blind. The flop came A♥K♦4♥ and Sunar checked to face a bet that was enough to put him all-in. He had 18,500 left and thought for a good few minutes before calling with K♣Q♥. Molson turned over the flush drawing T♥9♥ and the board ran out A♣5♥. "Unlucky and good call", said Molson before Sunar made his exit. -- MC
LEVEL UP: BLINDS 2,000-4,000, ANTE 400
5.32pm: Mercier monster the end for Maceiras
Jason Mercier has joined Tom Marchese as a monster 500,000 stack after dumping out fellow Team PokerStars Pro Juan Maceiras.
The Spaniard had started the hand with around 200,000 and had opened for 8,000 under-the-gun. Mercier three-bet to 19,000 and Maceiras tested the water out with a four-bet to around 40,000 (it may have been 45,000). Mercier clicked it back and Maceiras moved all-in for the remainder of his stack. Mercier made the call fearing the worst. As it turned out his Q♥Q♠ was crushing Maceiras' pocket sevens. No help on the flop and Mercier raked in a 400,000 pot to take him up to half-a-million. Just a few seats to his right - past Eric Seidel and short stack Surinder Sunar - is Tom Marchese who has a similar amount of chips. That could get very messy. -- RD
5.28pm: Jaka takes another scalp
Faraz Jaka has taken out another player to move to over 300,000 chips. He opened to 6,500 from the hijack before Max Lykov three-bet to 16,000 from the cut-off and Tony Gregg four-bet to 38,300 from the button. Jaka sat there for a while before five-betting to 106,000. This prompted a quick fold from Lykov but a quick all-in from Gregg for less than 150,000. Jaka made the call to create a showdown.
The board ran J♠2♠Q♦7♠3♥ to pair Jaka's queen and eliminate Gregg. -- MC
5.15pm: Because Fernandez Khan
Team PokerStars Pro Leo Fernandez is up to around 460,000 chips after winning a monster pot and eliminating Hafiz Khan. There was an early position raise to 10,000 that Freddy Deeb three-bet to 42,000 from the hijack before Fernandez moved all-in for 210,900 from the small blind. Khan was in the big blind and his eyes opened wide when he looked at his cards. He too moved all-in. The original raiser folded and Deeb open folded ace-queen.
The board ran J♣A♥2♦9♠7♥ to end the tournament for Khan. -- MC
5.10pm: Metaal rocks on
This is a six-bet shove that Kyle Julius will be thinking about for some time. Was it the best idea to make that final move into Govert Metaal, who had perhaps been playing a little tighter than most?
Julius had opened the pot from early position and Metaal had three-bet to 15,000. Julius opted for a four-bet to 27,400 and his Dutch opponent waited but a short while before coming back over the top for just over 50,000 total.
"How much you got back?" asked Julius, craning his neck to get a proper look at Metaal's stash. He had around 100,000. Julius moved in and Metaal was only too happy to make the call with A♥A♦ leaving the American drawing thin and a little frustrated with A♠Q♦. The board ran out J♣4♦A♣9♦9♥ for Metaal to rake in a monster 300,000 pot. Julius had him covered but was left short.
One player that obviously didn't like the move was Phillip Gruissem who looked up at myself and my German colleague, smiled and shook his head. -- RD
* Kyle Julius is now out.
5pm: Lodden lost
Team PokerStars Pro Johnny Lodden is out. He got the last of his chips in with deuces but failed to overcome Faraz Jaka and his pocket sixes. -- MC
4.50pm: Reiman clear at the top
We don't have the hand details but Tyler Reiman has just eliminated Masa Kagawa to move clear at the top of the field with 550,000 chips. -- MC
4.42pm: Busted flush draws
Dan Heimiller would've been a happy man if his flush draw came in versus Tom Bedell but it didn't and he's dropped to 90,000 in chips. Bedell raised from the hijack and Heimiller defended from the big blind to see the 9♥8♣K♣ flop. Bedell c-bet for 8,000 and Heimiller check-raised to 22,000. Bedell tanked for two minutes and called. The turn came A♥ and Bedell bet 28,500 when checked to him. Heimiller called before both checked the 4♦ river. Heimiller claimed to have missed his flush draw and so had Bedell but he had a pair with his J♣9♣ and that was enough to claim the pot. -- MC
4.32pm: Players are returning to their seats
Play is due to restart in two minutes. We're down to the final 45 players, around a third of the starting field. Only a third of those remaining will make the money with 16th place paying out $55,490 and a massive $1,072,890 for first. -- RD
PokerStars Blog reporting team in the Bahamas (in order of sandwich consumption): Marc Convey (a finely balanced BLT) and Rick Dacey (a melted cheese monstrosity).