2011 PCA $25K High Roller: Day 2, level 19 & 20 updates (8,000-16,000, 2,000 ante)

PCA-2010-thumbnail.jpg2.30am: Play concludes
The last six hands have been played out and the remaining 12 players have bagged their their chips and headed off for some much needed rest. Team PokerStars Pro Jason Mercier is the overnight chip leader and only player over a million on 1.023 million. He's looking to become the the only player to bag two high roller titles. A full list of the chip counts can be found here. Play will resume at midday where they will play down to a winner. A full wrap of the day's play will be up shortly. -- MC

2.25am: Akery busted by Baker who climbs to second
James Akery was harshly crippled and then eliminated two hands later at the death after a monster pot played out with Davis Baker. All the chips went in pre-flop with Akery holding ace-king to Baker's ace-queen. The board ran A♣T♥6♥9♠Q♥ and poor Akery saw 476,000 being pushed the other way to leave him with just 17,000 (he was out two hands later). He'll have to contend with the $73,990 he gets for finishing 13th. Baker finished the day with 853,000. -- MC

2.20am: Hero call gone wrong
Matt Affleck just made a hero call against Max Lykov and his instincts were spot on but he lost the hand to drop to 160,000. Lykov raised from under-the-gun, bet the flop, bet 87,000 on the turn and shoved for 286,000 on the river. The final board read J♠5♠9♣4♠8♦ and Affleck called all the way. It took him a long time to call on the river, so much so that he called the clock on himself.

Lykov tabled Q♠8♠ for the busted flush draw that Affleck must have put him on but the pair of eights was good to double up the Russian pro. -- MC

2.15am: Clock stopped
The last few hands are being played through and the clock has been halted accordingly. Six hands more hands are to be played. Full chip counts and wrap will be on their way as soon as possible. -- RD

2.05am: Entertainment coming from the rail
The main entertainment is coming from the rail at the moment. A slightly inebriated Allen Bari is taunting a few players, especially his good friend Jason Mercier.

The action on the tables, for the most part, is being dominated by raises that are getting through to steal the blinds and antes. Govert Metaal has the respect of Matt Affleck though as he three-be the young American to force him off a pot pre-flop. A flop has not been seen in while. -- MC

1.55am: Coasting for most
Most of the players seem to be coasting through this last level. It's quite understandable as it's been a very long day and concentration levels may be lower than where they would be normally.

The exception to this is Team PokerStars Pro Max Lykov who is a machine (not literally) and raising almost every hand. He raised four hands in-a-row, winning two and losing two. The two he lost were after Jason Mercier and Leo Fernandez re-popped his raise. So much for team mates, hey? -- MC

1.32am: Ravi bounced out by Affleck
Ravi Raghavan brings to an end a dry period of activity by getting eliminated. The action folded around to him in the small blind and he raise-called all-in when Matt Affleck shoved from the set the big blind.

Raghavan: A♣Q♣
Affleck: 8♠8♦

The flop gave both players a lot to be thankful for when it fell T♣8♣3♦ but Raghavan failed to hit his flush draw through the 4♠ turn and T♥ river. -- MC

LEVEL UP: BLINDS 8,000-16,000, ANTE 2,000

1.15am: Shander in trouble now
Play has slowed down a little with a few raise and takes or shoves, but no callers. One more level left in the day. -- RD

1.05am: Shander in trouble now
Shander de Vries was the chip leader not long ago but now he's down to 252,000 after he doubled up Erik Seidel with pocket fives to the American's tens. Seidel now enjoys a 300,000 stack. -- MC

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Shander de Vries has taken some big hits

1.02am: Cracked aces for Richey, out in 15th
Brett Richey has just been knocked in 15th place after getting rivered by a two-outer courtesy of Bradon Steven. Richey had been dealt A♦A♣ on the button and Steven J♠J♦ in the small blind with around 25 big blinds each it was unlikely to end up any other way than all-in pre-flop.

As the river fell on the Q♦3♥6♥6♦J♥ board Steven fell backwards into his chair exhaling: "Oh my God," almost tipping over backwards into a couple of spectators. Steven is up to 580,000. Richey is out for $55,490. "That's why he hates tournaments," said a fellow reporter with a shake of his head. Richey took it well and told Steven: "Hey, it's a cooler." -- RD

12.58pm: Marchese doubles again
Tom Marchese has doubled-up for the second time in ten minutes. He got his 246,000 stack in with A♣K♠ versus chip leader Shander de Vries and his J♥J♦. The board came 8♥5♥2♦3♣4♦ to see Marchese hitting running cards for a wheel straight. --MC

12.50pm: Seidel slides as Marchese doubles
Eric Seidel is down to 153,000 chips after doubling up Tom Marchese. Seidel raised to 26,000 from mid-position and called off another 100,000 when Marchese shoved from the button. Marchese tabled 8♦8♠ to Seidel's K♠Q♣ and the board ran 9♦5♠3♦A♣4♣ to leave the American in trouble. -- MC

12.44am: Steven gets aces but little action
Brandon Steven is one of the shorter stacks so would have loved to get action with his aces. He picked up a call from Rob Akery but the 8♦4♦T♦6♣2♠ board was checked until the river at which point Steven led 47,000. Akery made the call and was shown [ad[a]. Akery still heavily chipped up. -- RD

12.35pm: Shander claims chips lead
Shander de Vries is into the chip lead for the first time in this tournament after doubling through Brett Richey. De Vries raised to 24,000 from the cut-off to face a Richey three-bet to 60,000. His response was to move all-in for 403,000. Call.

De Vries: 8♠8♠
Richey: A♠Q♣

The board ran T♦3♠T♣K♣9♣. Very safe for the Dutchman who claims the lead to the delight of his railing compatriots. Max Lykov, out of interest, has the second most railers behind the two remaining Dutchman. -- MC

12.25am: Back into the action
The final 15 players have taken their seats. Rob Akery from the UK leads the field with 795,000 but David Baker, Brett Richey and Team PokerStars Pro Jason Mercier are all just behind him with 700,000+. -- RD

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Rob Akery

PokerStars Blog reporting team in the Bahamas (in order of anagrams): Marc Convey (Cover My Can) and Rick Dacey (Yack Cider).