2011 PCA $25k High Roller: Jason Mercier leads the High Rollers into Day 3

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Day 2 of the 2011 PCA $25k High Roller began with 90 players and there were few within that field that you'd be surprised to see leading the charge come the end of play. It could have been any number of names but the one that you just always thought would be at the top was; Team PokerStars Pro Jason Mercier. He was the first player to start a real breakaway, hitting 750,000 well before anyone else and was the only player to break the million chip mark overnight. He'll face stiff opposition from the 11 other remaining players, including David Baker and Team PokerStars Pro Max Lykov who sit just behind with 853,000 and 835,000 respectively.


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Team PokerStars Pro Jason Mercier


Day 2 chip counts
Jason Mercier, Team PokerStars Pro - 1,023,000
David Baker - 853,000
Max Lykov, Team PokerStars Pro - 835,000
Govert Metaal - 792,000
Leo Fernandez, Team PokerStars Pro - 784,000
Tom Marchese - 728,000
Erik Seidel - 632,000
Brandon Steven - 571,000
Will Molson - 526,000
Matt Marafioti - 385,000
Shander de Vries - 325,000
Matt Affleck - 95,000

Despite playing 12 one-hour levels we couldn't quite get all the way down to the final table, but we did at least make it through the bubble and beyond. And didn't it happen quickly. In the space of just a few minutes we lost defending champ Will Reynolds, Ryan Fair, Tom Bedell, Moritz Kranich and bubble boy Phillipp Gruissem. In fact, it happened so fast that that hand for hand play didn't have a chance to be initiated. Never a bad thing.


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Phillipp Gruissem


Gruissem burst the bubble in 17th after his A♥4♣ open shove was popped by Brett Richey's A♥J♠. Tyler Reiman, who had challenged Mercier for the chip lead through much of the day, busted out in 16th. Both he and Brett Richey - whose aces were cracked to finish 15th - double their money with a $55,490 payout. Only two more players were to exit the tournament after that. The first of those was Ravi Raghavan who picked up $73,990 for his 14th place finish and the other, of course, was Rob Akery.


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Tyler Reiman


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Brett Richey


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Ravi Raghavan


Akery may have trouble sleeping tonight. Right at the death of play he got it all-in with ace-king against the ace-queen of WSOP bracelet winner David Baker. A majestic queen on the river sent the pot to Baker who chipped up very close to Mercier's million. Akery finished in 13th for $73,990.


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David Baker


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Rob Akery


Today's starting field was packed full of quality and that meant that we had to wave goodbye to a lot of big names. Amongst the fallen soldiers were Team PokerStars Pros Vanessa Rousso, Sandra Naujoks, Andre Akkari, Alex Gomes, Joe Hachem, Humberto Brenes, Joe Cada, Juan Maceiras and Johnny Lodden, as well as the likes of Olivier Busquet, Dan Cates and Chino Rheem.


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Joe Hachem was just one of the big names that didn't make the money


Play resumes at 12 noon tomorrow, as does the Bounty Shootout. Catch up with us here to follow them through to the finale.

To catch up with all the day's action simply click on the links below:

Levels 9 & 10
Levels 11 & 12
Levels 13 & 14
Levels 15 & 16
Level 17 & 18
Level 19 & 20


All images used today are copyright of Joe Giron and should be credited as such. He knows a lot of heavy metal sorts, so don't go abusing them.