PCA 2013: From 100K to 25K high roller, annoying people along the way
You may recall the name Vladimir Troyanovsky from the $100,000 Super High Roller final table earlier this week. Troyanovsky, from Russia, finished in seventh place, surprising a few people along the way and massively eclipsing his previous tournament best. Well, he's back and within the last two tables of the $25,000 High Roller.
Toryanovsky ploughs on in the high roller in much the same way he ploughed on in its 'Super' cousin. He says very little and opens his mouth only to reply to what other players ask, and normally with an ironic grin.
One such player was Micah Raskin, who took issue with the Russian's play when he shoved all-in on a flop of jack-four-ten rainbow. Raskin was sitting with pocket nines and wanted the Russian to call for his tournament life. He did, flipping up ace-king, but only after pointlessly urging Raskin to show first.
Troyanovsky made his straight when a queen hit the turn, good to double him up. But Raskin released a primal burst of irritation.
"How the f*** does he get there like that?" said Raskin, to the ceiling, the sky, to anyone.
"It was a coin flip," said Troyanovsky, with an ironic grin.
"Two cards to come I'm favourite," said Raskin, with capitalism in his voice. "It's not a coin flip."
That leveled the stacks of both of them at around average, while elsewhere Team PokerStars Pro Vanessa Selbst was heading towards the lead, on the back of Rachid Ben Cherif's departure in 17th place. German pro Ole Schemion is not far behind.
Despite his departure in the very early stages of play today Phil Hellmuth made a brief appearance in the High Roller playing area. He was seen jogging over from the other corner of the tournament room, talking to Shaun Deeb, and then jogging back to the other side of the tournament room. Incidentally, that's the corner where they play open-face Chinese.
Stephen Bartley is a PokerStars Blog reporter