2011 PCA Super High Roller: Day 2, level 12 & 13 updates (blinds 8,000-16,000, 2,000 ante)
4.22pm: Colin caught short by Reinkemeier; 11 remain
We're down to the final eleven and it's Bryan Colin that has fallen. He failed to flip successfully with pocket sixes against Tobias Reinkemeier's [a][t]. The German is back up to 310,000, for whom it's been an extremely swingy day. -- RD
4.10pm: Down to 12
Caio Pimenta is out, his all-in pre-flop with jacks falling to the king-queen of Vivek Rajkumar when he caught a king on the turn. We're down to 12 players. -- SB
3.55pm: Helloooooo Uzbekistan!
Yes, it's time to acknowledge the true pioneers of the PokerStars Blog, those readers from countries we have to Google to find and who selflessly boost our readership figures in isolation while, we imagine, desperately searching for someone to play heads-up. This time it's the Republic of Uzbekistan, made famous by all sorts of people, the names of which we'll need you to email us with. -- SB
3.49pm: Odds and ends
Bryan Colin is one of the short stacks and is facing a make or break period. He just moved all-in but found no takers. He'll be trying again before too long.
Meanwhile at the same table James Obst has been forced out of two hands after raising pre-flop. In the first he made it 32,000 on the button which Nick Schulman raised to 90,000, forcing Obst to pass. Then a similar ending against Vivek Rajkumar. Obst opened once more for 32,000 before Rajkumar make it 76,000. - SB
3.36pm: Reinkemeier left short
Overnight chip leader Tobias Reinkemeier is down to just 170,000 after losing a 700,000 pot to Eugene Katchalov, who is fast clawing his stack back after that huge pot versus Negreanu (See 3pm: Negreanu roars into the chip lead leaving Benyamine for dead).
Reinkemeier opened for 35,000 in the hijack and was called by Katachalov in the cut-off. No one else came along for the ride. Reinkemeier check-called 50,000 on the K♠Q♦4♠ flop and a further 100,000 on the 6♥ turn. The A♣ river was checked by Reinkemeier to Katchalov who bet a final 165,000, half of Reinkemeier's stack. The German made the call with Q♠A♥ and his head fell when he saw A♠K♦. Katachalov is up to 900,000. -- RD
3.25pm: No Mercier
Jason Mercier is out of the Super High Roller. The Team PokerStars Pro gave a short account of the hand from the rail, making it 78,000 in early position after a bet of 31,000. Nick Schulman was in the big blind and raised to 184,000 and Mercier shoved for around 600,000 with queens. Schulman turned over aces. - SB
3.15pm: The age gap
Team Pokerstars Pro Humberto Brenes pointed at Sandor Denjan, then at himself. "Two old men," he said. Excluding Denjan and Brenes the average age in this tournament is somewhere around 24. - SB
3.10pm: Folding for Mercier
Vivek Rajkumar opened for 31,000 which Jason Mercier raised to 73,000 on the button. Ciao Pimenta performed a wide-eyed elaborate count of his green and blue chips and then folded, as did Rajkumar. - SB
3pm: Negreanu roars into the chip lead leaving Benyamine for dead
Yesterday, and for moments of this morning, this Super High Roller had felt like an extravagant home game. Jokes, japes and side bets had ricocheted around the tournament floor like a pinball machine on MULTIBALL MADNESS.
I think we have just seen the moment where this $100,000 tournament shifted from fun to focussed and it was all thanks to Daniel Negreanu and Eugene Katchalov. And I suppose David Benyamine deserves a mention for acting as the catalyst, if nothing else.
Team PokerStars Pro Negreanu opened for 28,000 under-the-gun and was called by Katchalov on the button. A short-stacked David Benyamine moved all-in from the button for just over 150,000 in a nice value-squeezing spot (so he thought). Negreanu looked at Katchalov's stack (similar to his 1,200,000) and raised to 278,000. It looked likely to be the end of the hand until Katchlov pushed forward a large stack of murky green 25,000 chips for a raise to 528,000 total.
Railers attempted to push past the cordon only to be swiftly rebuffed by security as Negreanu leant back, linked his arms behind his chair with a slight grimace across his face. He looked down at his chips and then moved all-in for 1,200,000 total.
This was not a snap-call situation from Katchalov whose face and lips started silently working overtime; calculating pot odds, hand ranges and equity. He shook his head and, for a moment, I saw the whites of his eyes as the brevity of his situation hit home. If he was to call and win he would have more than 2,000,000 chips and be a runaway chip leader going into the final 14. Call and lose and he would have thrown away a huge stack with a great shot at the big money final five places.
Benyamine by this time was making one of those faces to a friend on the rail. You know the one, it says: "Ahhh, maybe I'm not in great shape after all."
Katchalov eventually took the tough decision of passing his hand and Negreanu turned over a monster K♥K♣. The huge side pot was already his but the 480,000 in the main pot was still up for grabs. Benyamine's hand was genuine, just not big enough with 9♠9♦. The flop ran out 2♠4♠Q♦3♠3♥ and if Katchalov had folded pocket queens or some other hand that would have come out on top, he did well to hide it. He's down to 600,000 while Negreanu sits atop this tournament with 1,880,000. -- RD
2.50pm: Kenney hit, Denjan into the lead
A huge pot just took Sandor Denjan past the million mark and left Bryn Kenney shaking his head. It was all down to a set over set encounter with a slight dash of slow roll that takes Denjan up to around 1,200,000 and Kenney down to 340,000.
Denjan opened from under-the-gun which Kenney called in the cut off. Benyamine then re-raised on the button which both players called for a flop of 9♥Q♣4♣. Benyamine bet 80,000, leaving himself around 150,000 behind. Demjan called but Kenney raised all-in. Benyamine passed while Denjan called, putting himself all in for around 470,000.
Kenney showed 4♥4♦ while Denjan showed nothing, just spend a few moments sliding his chips in like a man with no appetite idly playing with the food on his plate before finally turning over Q♥Q♦.
The turn 2♥ and river 3♥ couldn't help Kenney. - SB
2.40pm: Seats and chips
The final two tables are as follows with table two hogging most of the larger stacks at the seven-handed table. The chips were harvested at the break so obviously there wil be some changes since then.
1 James Obst, 280,000, Australia
2 Nick Schulman, 760,000, United States
3 Vivek Rajkumar, 800,000, United States
4 Daniel Cates, 245,000, United States
5 Bryan Colin, 425,000, United States, PokerStars Player
6 Jason Mercier, 620,000, United States, Team PokerStars Pro
7 Humberto Brenes, 575,000, Costa Rica, Team PokerStars Pro
8 Caio Pimenta, 540,000, Brazil
1 Tobias Reinkemeier, 690,000, Germany, PokerStars Player
2 Eugene Katchalov, 1,190,000, United States
3 Bryn Kenney, 980,000, United States, PokerStars Player
5 David Benyamine, 380,000, France
6 Daniel Negreanu, 1,100,000, Canada, Team PokerStars Pro
7 Andrew Lichtenberger, 502,000, United States
8 Sandor Demjan, 535,000, Hungary
Play will become increasingly short-handed as we approach the final table (which is of course also eight-handed). Play will break when we've lost another seven. -- RD
2.32pm: Nothing major
Just small pots so far to start this new level. Andrew Lichtenberger opened for 30,000 in early position and found callers in Sandor Denjan, Bryn Kenney and David Benyamine. The flop came 5♠4♣4♥ and Lichtenberger bet again, 62,000 this time which was enough to take the pot.
Elsewhere Ciao Pimenta opened a pot from the button and was called by Nick Schulman in the big blind for a flop of 5♠Q♥Q♠. Both players checked for a Q♦ turn card. Schulman bet 45,000 and Pimenta thought for a while, stacking his chips for one last push and then folding. - SB
2.21pm: Just a reminder
We play down to the last eight players today. They will then return tomorrow for a feature table final in front of the television cameras, competing for a first prize of $1,500,000. -- SB
2.20pm: Cards back in the air
Or they will be shortly. Play resumes in level 12, with blinds at 6,000-12,000 with a 2,000 ante.
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PokerStars Blog reporting team in the Bahamas (in order of disorder): Rick Dacey and Stephen Bartley