2011 PCA Super High Roller: Level 17, 18 & 19 updates (blinds 30,000-60,000, ante 5,000)


7.05pm: Dinner time
Even super high rollers need to eat so we're taking a 40 minute break. Return for the final at 7.40 pm local time. Negreanu is still in with a fighting chance with 1.9 million and is chasing Eugene Katchalov who is way ahead with 7.6 million. -- RD

7pm: Tick tock
Nothing much to report for a period of ten minutes or so. Daniel Negreanu opened for 120,000 which Katchalov called for a flop of T♠3♦5♥. His best of 120,000 was good to take it down.

Then Katchalov opened for 125,000 which Negreanu called for a flop of T♠K♣3♥. Both checked for a 9♠ turn . Katchalov bet 150,000 which Negreanu called for a A♠ on the river. Check, check and Negreanu showed [q][9] to take down the hand. - SB

6.55pm: Negreanu still on the offensive
Eugene Katchalov is having trouble finishing Negreanu off here. The Canadian Team PokerStars Pro is refusing to give up the ghost and has twice fought back from a sub 1 million stack. He's currently on around 2.6 million through some judicious shoving and post-flop play. Katchalov is still very much in the driving seat though with 7 million. -- RD

6.44pm: Nuts out-nutted
Daniel Negreanu must have thought it was his moment to swing this heads up back in his favour. Eugne Katchalov had raised to 120,000 from the button and Negreanu had called. Katchalov c-bet a 120,000 on the 4♣8♠5♦ flop and Negreanu called before leading into the 6♥ turn for 325,000. Katchalov made the call.

The river paired the board and Negreanu, sat with 7♥9♠, was understandably worried. He checked over to Katchalov who bet 550,000. Negreanu made the call and was shown the bad news; pocket sixes from Katchalov for quads. Literally a brutal turn of events. Negreanu is down to around a million.

"I was going to call it all. That's the second time you could have busted me," Negreanu taunted. Katchalov still way out in front with 8 million. -- RD

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"Quads? Quads?!? Are you frickin' kidding me?" - What Negreanu should have said

6.32pm: Negreanu doubles
A period of calm and then boom, a double up for Daniel Negreanu, pegging him back to 2,260,000.

After a bet from Eugene Katchalov, Negreanu moved all-in for a little more than a million and was called straight away by Katchalov who showed A♣5♣ to Negreanu's A♠K♦.
With Negreanu calling for some good natured drama the two players stood to watch the board dealt A♦9♠4♥3♦4♠. Negreanu's hand held. We play on. - SB

6.15pm: Negreanu still swinging
Daniel Negreanu has just doubled through to 1.63 million. Eugene Katchalov open shoved from the small blind and Negreanu called in the big blind.

Katchalov: K♥T♦
Negreanu: A♠J♣

The flop was good for Negreanu with a low 3♣3♥4♥ before the turn brought an increased sweat courtesy of the 5♥. No flush, ten or king arrived on the river, just the 8♦, and Negreanu is back in as a genuine contender again. -- RD

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Negreanu has dragged himself back into the heads up

6.05pm: Two can play at that game
A period of all or nothing from both players. Five hands and five all-ins. First from Daniel Negreanu, and the second. The third was from Eugene Katchalov, and the fourth, before he tried it again a fifth time. Negreanu tried once more but got nothing more than a tank fold from Katchalov. On none of the other occasions did the other player call. -- SB

LEVEL UP: BLINDS 30,000-60,000, ANTE 5,000

6pm: Negreanu up against the ropes
Daniel Negreanu is in real trouble here; bruised and bloodied with just 850,000 left to the 8 million of Eugene Katchalov.

Katchalov had raised from the button and had been called by Negreanu, as did his c-bet on the A♦T♦9♥ flop. The pot was brewing. The turn was an innocuous looking 4♣, which Negreanu checked. Katchalov did not. Another 425,000 went into the middle and Negreanu check-raised to 1,050,000. Katchalov called the additional 650,000.

The river was another blank with the 2♥. Negreanu was left blinking under the spotlights. He opted to push out a 475,000 bet. Katchalov moved all-in. This was not what Negreanu wanted. He passed leaving himself with a little under a million and, more importantly, a lifeline if he can double up. -- RD

5.45pm: Monster pot for Katchalov
Eugene Katchalov has just won a game changing pot from Daniel Negreanu in this heads up. Katchalov opened for 125,000 from the button and Negreanu had called. Katchalov c-bet 150,000 at the 4♥9♠K♣ flop and Negreanu called.

The 6♠ appeared on the turn and that didn't slow Katchalov down, betting 350,000 into the Team PokerStars Pro for a second street.

Negreanu checked the 5♠ and Katchalov fired a third and final barrel with a large 1.15 million bet. Negreanu spent no little amount of time thinking back through the hand before finally calling. Katchalov showed [k][6] for two-pair. Negreanu grimaced as his American opponent chipped up to 6.3 million. Negreanu is on 2.7 million. -- RD

5.35pm: Two for Negreanu
Two pots won by Daniel Negreanu in quick succession. In the first he opened for 100,000, got called by Eugene Katchalov for a flop of 3♥K♦6♣. Then, with the action checked to him, he bet 125,000 to win the hand.

Moments later he opened again for 100,000, was called, and got a 9♥4♥J♦ flop. After Eugene Katchalov bet 125,000 Negreanu raised to 350,000 to win the hand. - SB

5.28pm: Heads up begins
Heads up play is now underway. During the break Daniel Negreanu searched out Phil Ivey who is playing the PCA Main Event to give him the good news; that he'd overtaken him in the All Time Money list for live tournament winnings. All good natured fun, of course... -- RD

5.12pm: Bryn Kenney is out in third ($643,000)
Bryn Kenney has just been knocked out by Eugene Katchalov to set up what could be an epic heads up. It all went in pre-flop with Kenney showing 8♣8♦ and Katchalov turning over a monster Q♦Q♣. Despite some enthusiastic shouts for snowmen Kenney failed to catch on the T♣4♥2♥4♦7♣ with the river bringing the usual level of "Ooooo's" and "Ohhhh's."

The heads up stacks are finely balanced with 4.86 million for Katchalov and 4.67 million for Daniel Negreanu. Both are guaranteed a $1 million pay day and that will take Negreanu to the top of that All Time Money list. -- RD

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Negreanu and Katchalov are set to go heads up for $1.5 million

5.05pm: Pot to Kenney
Bryn Kenney opened for 120,000 from the button which Eugene Katchalov called for a 4♣8♥2♠. Both checked for a 6♦ turn card before Katchalov bet 180,000. Kenney called for a K♦ river card. Both checked, Kenney winning the hand showing [a][5]. - SB

5pm: Fives are good
Daniel Negreanu opened from the small blind for 140,000 which Eugene Katchalov called for a 2♠3♣4♠ flop. Negreanu raised to 175,000 to win the pot, showing pocket fives. - SB

4.55pm: Nowhere man
Nick Schulman is still in the tournament room, wandering around looking like he wants to get into a game. - SB

4.52pm: Kenney climbing back
Bryn Kenney has little to lose by playing aggressively at the moment. He was on 1.2 million a short while ago and is now up to 1.8 million thanks to a three-bet shove over Eugene Katchalov and a 250,000 pot from Daniel Negreanu. Should Kenney double through Negreanu all three players would be close to level pegging. -- RD

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Bryn Kenney is mounting a three-handed comeback

LEVEL UP: BLINDS 25,000-50,000, ANTE 5,000

4.40pm: Negreanu all-in
Bryn Kenney (Bling Kenney?) opened for 110,000 in the small blind which Daniel Negreanu called for a flop of 4♦7♣5♦.

Kenney checked to Negreanu who moved all-in to win the hand. -- SB

4.35pm: Pot to Negreanu
Eugene Katchalov opened from the button for 95,000 which Daniel Negreanu called int eh big blind. The flop came K♣8♠7♠ which was checked for a A♣ on the turn. More checking for a 6♠ river card. Negreanu bet 275,000 to win the hand.

4.30pm: Kenney all-in
After Daniel Negreanu opened for 90,000 on the button and Eugene Katchalov called in the small blind, Bryn Kenney moved all-in for around 1,200,000. No takers. - SB

4.25pm: Pot to Katchalov
Eugene Katchalov opened for 95,000 on the button which Negreanu called in the big blind for a flop of J♠K♥9♠. Negreanu checked to Katchalov who bet 100,000. Negreanu then called for a 2♦ turn card. He then checked again. Katchalov bet 325,000 to win the pot. - SB

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Eugene Katchalov should be laughing, he's guaranteed $643,000

4.20pm: Schulman busts in fourth ($400,000)
Nick Schulman sent Daniel Negreanu long into the tank with a 1.075 million shove on a 3♥J♣T♣7♣3♣ board. The Canadian Team PokerStars Pro didn't find it easy to make the call with Q♣A♠ for the queen-high flop but, after quite some chat, he did. Schulman tabled K♥9♥ for a busted gutshot which he had played hyper aggressively following Negreanu's 90,000 button raise. Schulman had check-raised Negreanu's 110,000 c-bet to 330,000 before shooting 550,000 into the turn. Negreanu had called both before the big river shove.

Negreanu is now well stacked and looks good for that All Time Money list top spot. All three remaining players are now guaranteed at least $643,000. Bryn Kenney is the short stack at the moment. -- RD

4.08pm: Re-raising
Nick Schulman opened for 110,000 which Bryn Kenney called for a flop of 4♦6♦Q♥. Schulman bet 130,000 which Kenney then raised to 310,000. After tanking for a minute Schulman re-raised another 300,000 on top, which gave Kenney reason to fold. - SB

4pm: Schulman wins a couple back
Schulman has won a couple of pots since coming back from the break. One at showdown from Negreanu and another three-betting Eugene Katchalov off a small opening raise. -- RD

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Overnight chip leader Nick Schulman has fallen down the chip ladder

3.52pm: Four-bet shove and shows a two
That's how Bryn Kenney rolls. Kenney opened from the button to 80,000 and Negreanu three-bet to 240,000 from the small blind. Kenney moved all-in and showed the 2♠ after Negreanu passed his hand. Second deuce? Ace of spades? You'll have to watch it on TV to find out. -- RD

3.45pm: State of play
Just four players remain and their chip counts can be found on the chip count page.

3.40pm: Play resumes
Players are back in their seats and cards are in the air.

The winner's trophy

PokerStars Blog reporting team in the Bahamas (in order of vowels in their name):Stephen Bartley (4) and Rick Dacey (3).