PCA 2015: Sorel Mizzi rolls to final table lead
It's barely been 24 hours since Sorel Mizzi was sitting in the players lounge waiting for somebody to transfer him enough money to enter the $100,000 Super High Roller event at the 2015 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure.
"A hundred thousand is a lot of money," he said. "I don't just have that sitting in my account like some of these high rollers."
Now, with two days of work down and one more to go, Mizzi has the $1.8 million payday in sight. He leads a ridiculously tough final table of seven in the fight to become the first major champion of the 2015 PCA festival.
Here's how they all stack up headed into the final day with the blinds at 30,000/60,000 (10,000)
Seat 1: Roger Sippl -- 3,255,000 (54 big blinds)
Seat 2: Bryn Kenney -- 2,410,000 (40 big blinds)
Seat 3: Andrew Robl -- 1,370,000 (23 big blinds)
Seat 4: Sorel Mizzi -- 4,800,000 (80 big blinds)
Seat5 : Christoph Vogelsang -- 1,540,000 (26 big blinds)
Seat 6: Sam Greenwood -- 705,000 (12 big blinds)
Seat 7: Steve O'Dwyer -- 2,925,000 (49 big blinds)
Thirty-eight players returned from Day 1, all with hopes of still being here at the end of the night. It was a slow and steady grind that sent most of them out looking for more action in the other tournaments that started today. By the time dinner came, the big money was in sight, and that made the rest of this night a brutal slog for those who walked away with nothing.
Team Pro Jason Mercier found himself with a single small blind at one point. As Stephen Bartley reported, Mercier managed to double up five times before finally going bust.
Jason Koon (he of the he-man diet) had run his stack up into the stratosphere, only to have his pocket kings cracked by Mizzi's queens. Mizzi got the rest of Koon's stack with aces versus tens just a little while later.
Mizzi continued his hot streak moments later, flopping a flush draw with 7♦3♦ and got there against 13th place finisher Carlos Chadha.
With 12 players remaining, Mike McDonald, the same man who did 300 air squats and 323 push-ups on Day 1 as part of a prop bet, remained patient. After grinding a short stack for a good part of the day, he shoved from the button with pocket tens. Bryn Kenney looked him up from the big blind with jack-nine. Even after Kenney picked up a nine on the flop, McDonald looked good for the double-up. The turn blanked, but a jack fell on the river. McDonald, forever stoic, shook Kenney's hand and left the millions behind.
World Championship of Online Poker Main Event winner Fedor Holz looked to continue his 2014 run into 2015, but eventually fell short and then fell victim to Steve O'Dwyer.
The money bubble took longer, but not much so.
David Peters picked up T♣T♠ and raised Sorel Mizzi's big blind. Mizzi, who had Peters well-covered, pushed back, announcing an all-in raise. Peters called to see Mizzi's Q♥7♣. Mizzi hit his queen, and Peters went out on the stone bubble.
"It just looked so pretty," Mizzi said.
After a re-draw, the final nine set out to play one more level, and it did not go as last year's High Roller champion Jake Schindler planned. After Christoph Vogelsang came in for a raise and Roger Sippl called, Schindler put in a three-bet. Vogelsang went away, but Sippl called. After a A♥6♦8♠ flop, Sippl check-called for the rest of Schindler's short stack. Sippl held A♣J♣ to Schindler's A♦K♦. All was well for Schindler until Sippl hit the J♠ on the river sending Schindler out in ninth place for $185,660.
"I kind of thought the jack was coming," Sippl said.
Scott Seiver (who had just become the top cashing Super High Roller player on the EPT and PCA) clung to what he called his nine remaining green tokens until he finally saw a graceful exit. Steve O'Dwyer found A♠Q♥ and put out enough to put Seiver all-in. Seiver went with K♥7♣. He flopped a king and a flush draw, but O'Dwyer also hit his ace. Seiver didn't catch-up and was gone in eighth banking $243,280.
There ended the bustouts for the night, leaving Mizzi on 80 big blinds and ready to take on the rest tomorrow.
While the Super High Roller found its way to a final table, the first-ever LAPT Bahamas simply blew up. The $3,000 re-entry Main Event drew more than 700 entries. Over the next two days, the LAPT will start to dole out a prize pool in excess of $2 million. Our Martin Harris has been covering the event all day. You can find his stories here: LAPT Bahamas coverage.
Meanwhile, The PCA debuted the Double Bubble event. The LAPT craziness pulled away from the entry numbers, but there are more Double Bubbles to come. Adam Hampton wrote about the new event in Bubbles? Make mine a double. Hampton is new here to the PokerStars Blog team and new to the PCA entirely. He told us all about that in his piece Stranger in Paradise.
The rest of the day took us everywhere.
Now it's time for a quick nap before we return for the Super High Roller finale. The whole shebang will be live (with an hour security delay so we can turn the hole cards up for you) on the PCA webcast. That show starts at 1pm.
We'll all be back at noon for the kick off of Day 1A of the $10,000 PCA Main Event and the LAPT Bahamas re-start.
See you then.
Brad Willis is the PokerStars Head of Blogging