PCA 2016: $100K Super High Roller Day 2 (Levels 8-14)

7:05pm: Dinner break
Play stops at the end of level 14, with 11 players remaining. Play resumes at 8:15pm local time. Daniel Dvoress leads with 1.9 million. Get the full chip counts HERE.

7.04pm: Kanit pulls a fast one
Level 14 - Blinds 10,000/20,000 (3000 ante)

Mustapha Kanit is one of the most entertaining players to watch on the High Roller circuit, from his outlandish dress sense to his table talk and, of course, his exciting play. He proved it in the last hand before the dinner break versus Ankush Mandavia.

Mandavia check-called big bets from Kanit on the flop and turn of a Q♦3♠6♣4♣board. When the 4♦ river came down Mandavia checked again.

This time Kanit really unloaded the clip, putting in a huge bet of 370,000. Mandavia was sent deep into the tank, pondering what to do and also worrying how much of his dinner break he was going to miss at this rate. Eventually he threw his hand away. At that moment Kanit took great delight in displaying his 9♣7♣ to the table.

As he moves up to 1.2m, Mandavia slips a little to 1.75m - and will no doubt be left ruing his decision over dinner too. - RJ

6:57pm: Down goes Vogelsang
Level 14 - Blinds 10,000/20,000 (3000 ante)
Christoph Vogelsang is nothing if not deliberate, and when put to a decision for his last 250,000 chips, he took his time. Up against Kathy Lehne, Vogelsang was looking at a 6♦6♥J♥7♠ board. He'd checked to Lehne who put him all-in. After a couple minutes of thinking, Vogelsang finally pushed his chips in the middle to see Lehne's flopped trips. Her A♣6♣ held up on the K♠ river. Vogelsang was gone, and Lehne moved up to around 1.7 million.-BW

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Christoph Volgelsang

6.55pm: Daniel Dvoress can't be bluffed
Level 14 - Blinds 10,000/20,000 (3000 ante)
Daniel Dvoress may have just acquired the chip lead after making a superb hero call on the river of a hand versus Mustapha Kanit. The board was 2♦2♣5♦6♥8♦ when Kanit bet 155,000 into a sizeable pot. Dvoress thought through his options for a few minutes before putting in the chips necessary to make the call. It was a very good decision. Dvoress's A♣J♣ was better than the K♥Q♣ that Kanit was bluffing with and he took down the pot.

Now sitting on 2.1m Dvoress's call goes to show that you don't always need to have much in this game to win a lot. - RJ

6.50pm: McDonald out-stared, and out the door
Level 14 - Blinds 10,000-20,000 (3,000 ante)
Mike McDonald is out, mistiming a semi-bluff against Bryn Kenney and not managing to hit any of his outs on the river. There was about 220,000 in the pot and four cards in the middle: 5♣T♥2♦A♥. McDonald checked and Kenney bet 130,000.


mike_mcdonald_bryn_kenney_pca2016_shr_d2.jpgWho would blink first?: Mike McDonald and Bryn Kenney

They then exchanged a long and extended stare. Kenney was more than happy to go eyeball-to-eyeball with McDonald--not everyone is brave enough--and then McDonald moved all in for about 400,000.

Kenney broke away from the gaze to quickly check his cards. He then called. McDonald had K♥9♥ for a flush draw, but needed to hit it as Kenney had A♠T♦ for top two. The river, however, was a blank and that was the end of McDonald, scooting away with only a "Good luck guys" left behind.

Kenney has a little more than 1.1 million.-- HS

6.45pm: Vogelsang off-key
Level 14 - Blinds 10,000/20,000 (3000 ante)
Ankush Mandavia has been having a great day and is the current chip leader with approximately 2,000,000. He added to that stack by putting Christoph Vogelsang to the test a few moments ago.

I joined the hand on the 8♠J♥4♦ flop. Vogelsang had put out a bet of 50,000 and Mandavia had check-raised enough to put the German all-in (he had 350,000 behind). Vogelsang tends to take his time in most pots he plays, and this was no exception. For several minutes he grimaced, counted his stack, counted the pot, grimaced some more and contemplated what to do. In the end, he elected to fold. So Mandavia gets a little richer and Vogelsang creeps a little further into the dreaded sub-twenty big blind danger zone. - RJ

6.35pm: Perkins continuing upward trend
Level 14 - Blinds 10,000-20,000 (3,000 ante)
Bill Perkins now has about 1.4 million, approximately double that of David Peters, the player from whom he picked up a small recent pot.


bill_perkins_pca2016_shr_d2_2354.jpgFourth time's a charm for Bill Perkins

Perkins opened to 50,000 from early position and Peters called from the small blind. It was those two alone.

The flop came 6♣T♠8♦ and Peters check-called Perkins' bet of 55,000. That took them to a 2♣ turn and a repeat of the established pattern. Peters checked, Perkins bet 75,000 and Peters called.

The 4♥ came on the river and both players checked this time. "I have ace ten," Perkins said, and then proved it, flipping A♣T♣. Peters mucked. -- HS

6.30pm: The calm before the storm
Level 13 - Blinds 8,000/16,000 (2000 ante)
A flurry of eliminations often leads to a slow period deep in any tournament, and this one is no different. After the exits of Noah Schwartz, Talal Shakerchi and Steve O'Dwyer play has now calmed down with 13 remaining.

There has been little drama of note but Joe McKeehen continues to repair his stack and just won a nice four-way pot with a big bet on a King-high flop. He's now up to 1.1m. Bill Perkins continues to enjoy himself and doesn't seem at all deterred by the fact that he must finish in fifth place or better to post a profit in this event. And Timex continues to do The Stare. When we have more than that to give you, it'll be right here on the PokerStars Blog. - RJ

6:15pm: Two more down; Urbanovich and Shakerchi depart
Level 14 - Blinds 10,000-20,000 (3,000 ante)
Dzmitry Urbanovich--rumoured to have been playing cash games until 9am today--is free to return to the live action. He was seen packing up his salad and heading away from the tournament table, eliminated in 16th. ("Packing up his salad." Honestly. Poker players today.)

Not long after that, Talal Shakerchi was heading after him to the rail, sent packing by Daniel Dvoress. This one was pretty much unavoidable, and played out as follows:

Dvoress opened to 47,000 from early position and Bryn Kenney, in the cut off, made it 116,000. Shakerchi found A♦K♦ on the button and he made it 175,000 to play.


daniel_dvoress_pca2016_shr_d2_2325.jpgDaniel Dvoress

Dvoress peered around at the stacks, including his own, before announcing that he was all in, for 769,000 total. Kenney was not interested, but Shakerchi called off. He had about 70,000 less than Dvoress.

The big slick was up against Dvoress's Q♣Q♠--the classic race--and the pocket pair was the only one to improve. The board ran 8♠3♦J♠Q♥7♦ and our Day 1 chip leader departed.

Dvoress has about 1.5 million now. --HS

6:05pm: O'Dwyer's streak ends at one
Level 13 - Blinds 8,000/16,000 (2000 ante)
After winning the last EPT Super High Roller in Prague Steve O'Dwyer had the opportunity to become the first ever back-to-back champion if he could take down this event here in The Bahamas. After falling below twenty big blinds, our pony-tailed hero was in full-on re-shove mode. His primary target was Bill Perkins. One re-shove got through uncalled but, when he tried the trick a second time a few minutes later, this time Perkins clicked call.


steve_odwyer_pca2016_shr_d2_2337.jpgSteve O'Dwyer

O'Dwyer had shoved 269,000 with pocket Fours and Perkins called with K♥Q♠. It was a 50-50. The A♥A♣7♣ flop kept O'Dwyer in the lead but there was plenty of danger too. Any King, Queen or Seven would see him dispatched to the rail. And a Seven duly fell on the turn, bringing an end to another deep run for O'Dwyer and denying his chance to make Super High Roller history.

As a result of his hand Perkins moves above the average chip stack for the first time in a while and is sitting on 900,000. - RJ

5:55pm: "All the yellows came back"
Level 13 - Blinds 8,000-16,000 (2,000 ante)
Joe McKeehen opened from early position to 36,000 but couldn't have known what he was about to start. Isaac Haxton, in the cutoff seat, called and then Bill Perkins, on the button, was persuaded in too.


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The thing was that Perkins decided to make his call entirely in 1,000 denomination yellow chips, pushing out two towers, minus a few. It's the kind of thing that's annoying in home games between amateurs, but less so when Perkins does it; his entire raison d'etre is to play around with the minds of the pros.

"Betting all yellow chips is bad for your karma," Haxton said.
"I don't even want to win this pot," Nick Petrangelo said, even as he started to count out a regular call.

The flop came A♦2♠5♥ and all four players checked. As they were doing this, Dzmitry Urbanovich thought he would solve the yellow problem and offered to buy them, pushing forward a few blue chips and asking the dealer if he could exchange them for something to riffle.

"That's a karma changer right there," Perkins said as he saw his yellow towers disappear towards Urbanovich.

The turn came 3♠ and after three checks, Perkins bet what looked like 37,000 at the pot. All his three opponents quickly folded, which meant that Perkins got to rake in the pot, still containing plenty of yellows from antes and blinds and the left-overs from the pre-flop betting.

"All the yellows came back," Perkins said, with some delight. -- HS

5:45pm: The final 16
Level 13 - Blinds 8,000/12,000 (2000 ante)
Now down to 16, the players have re-drawn for the final two tables. They will next consolidate when they reach nine players. Here's the re-draw.--BW

1) Bill Perkins
2) Dzmitry Urbanovich
3) Nick Petrangelo
4) Steve O'Dwyer
5) Joe McKeehen
6) David Peters
7) Anton Astapau
8) Isaac Haxton

1) Christoph Volgelsang
2) Kathy Lehne
3) Daniel Dvoress
4) Ankush Mandavia
5) Mike McDonald
6) Brynn Kenney
7) Talal Shakerchi
8) Mustapha Kanit

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5:40pm: The Schwartz is not strong with this one
Level 13 - Blinds 8,000/16,000 (2000 ante)
Noah Schwartz had been sitting on less than ten big blinds for what seemed like an eternity. Just when it looked as though he might get his chips into the middle, someone else would raise (usually Mustapha Kanit) and he would fold. After 7 or 8 hands of this it was starting to get silly, and Schwartz knew it. He gestured to his friend on the rail, joked with the massage girl, who was moving into hour number three rubbing his back, about how his stock market was crashing and generally looked glum.


noah_schwartz_pca2016_shr_d2_2307.jpgNoah Schwartz

I was also starting to feel guilty because after 20-30 minutes of standing in the exact same spot it became very clear to everyone in the vicinity that I was only there because I expected to see a Schwartz KO imminently. Eventually the grand moment came when Schwartz jammed his now-miniscule 66k stack into the middle. Talal Shakerchi called from the big blind - it was only 50,000 more - and somehow Schwartz was ahead! His Q♣9♥ was dominating the Q♦2♦ of Shakerchi. Maybe the waiting would pay off. Erm, no. An undeserved Deuce on the flop sent Schwartz packing and increased Shakerchi's stack up to 500,000.

They say good things come to those who wait. It's not true in Noah Schwartz's case. - RJ

5.35pm: Re-draw
With 16 players remaining players are redrawing for seats. Details to follow shortly.

5:25pm: Push from Perkins
Level 13 - Blinds 8,000/12,000 (2000 ante)
Bill Perkins opened for 34,000 in middle position, which Kathy Lehne, called from the cut off. When the action reached Isaac Haxton in the big blind he tanked for a moment before three-betting to 130,000. The action was back on Perkins who moved chips around, pointed at them a bit,performed a calculation in his head before announcing he was all-in. Lehne passed.


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But Haxton, sitting with a stack of around 1.2 million had some thinking to do.

"Maybe something good, maybe something bad," said Perkins as Haxton went through a deep thought process. Perkins filled the time by chatting to Lehne about their dinner reservations.

"I'm going to fold to you Bill and feel really stupid," said Haxton, mucking his cards. -- SB

5:10pm: Big fold?
Level 13 - Blinds 8,000-16,000 (2,000 ante)
Only Steve O'Dwyer will know how big was the fold he just made, but if his gestures during an anguished five minutes' thinking time is anything to go by, it may have been huge.


steve_odwyer_pca2016_shr_d2_2305.jpgA painful decision for O'Dwyer

There was at least 500,000 in the middle and a board dealt all the way to the river. It read A♣9♥2♠T♦Q♦ and Daniel Dvoress, the only other player in the hand, bet 235,000 at it, which was almost precisely O'Dwyer's total stack.

O'Dwyer is never accused of delaying unnecessarily, and his results will show that he very often chooses the correct course of action. But he took an absolute age over this decision, tracing calculations with his finger on the felt, staring skyward, then back to the board, then back to the sky.

Eventually he folded, but everything about the way he did so made it appear as though he still wasn't sure if it was the right play. Dvoress, who had been absolutely motionless throughout, gulped a huge gulp when O'Dwyer folded and silently denied requests from others at the table to see what he had.

O'Dwyer is now in a spot of bother, with about 15 big blinds. -- HS

5:00pm: Play resumes
Level 13 - Blinds 8,000/16,000 (2000 ante)
Play continues into level 13 with 18 players remaining. -- SB

4:40pm: End of level 12
Level 12 - Blinds 6,000/12,000 (2000 ante)
Play has reached the second 20 minute break of the day after four levels. Ankush Mandavia is out to a big lead with 2.4 million, ahead of Kathy Lehne on 1.5 million. Find the full counts here.

4.35pm: Kanit takes chips, gives rub-down
Level 12 - Blinds 6,000-12,000 (2,000 ante)
Mustapha Kanit doesn't just win a pot, he wins a pot with style. And usually the odd verbal sortie thrown in, just for good measure. Just as Level 12 was drawing to its conclusion, Ankush Mandavia opened to 25,000 from under the gun and Kanit alone called from the big blind.

The two of them went to a flop of A♠T♠4♠, which Kanit checked. Mandavia bet 30,000 and Kanit called and they saw a 2♣ turn. It went check, check. The 7♠ came on the river and Kanit checked again. Mandavia bet 75,000 and that put the decision back on Kanit.


mustapha_kanit_pca2016_shr_d2_b.jpgChipsmmmm for Mustapha Kanit

He could have folded. He could have called. But in the event, he opted to raise. He made it 235,000, which put Mandavia in the tank.

"What did you expect?" Kanit said, to chortles around the table.

After a long dwell, Mandavia folded and Kanit flipped over A♣Q♣, likely turning his top pair into a bluff at the end. He then send a tirade of good natured abuse in Mandavia's direction before they all scooted off for a break. -- HS


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4:30pm: Petrangelo is a force to reckon with
Level 12 - Blinds 6,000/12,000 (2000 ante)
Nick Petrangelo may not have the loud mouth, exotic dress sense or tournament pedigree of some of the remaining players in this tournaments, but he's definitely got the game to make a deep run. Petrangelo now sits on a 1.4m stack after winning a key hand versus Steve O'Dwyer.

Petrangelo opened with a raise to 30,000 and O'Dwyer three-bet him from the big blind to 90,000 total. The two saw a A♣2♦T♥ flop. O'Dwyer continued the aggression by betting 90,000 and was called. Both checked the K♥ turn and both checked again on 4♣ river. O'Dwyer meekly remarked that he had a King and turned over the very non-premium King-Five offsuit. It wasn't enough to match Petrangelo's A♥J♣ and he won the pot.

After that hand O'Dwyer sits on around 570,000, below the average stack of 800,000. - RJ

4:25pm: McKeehen takes it like a world champion
Level 12 - Blinds 6,000-12,000 (2,000 ante)

Anybody who has won the World Series Main Event forfeits their right to complain about a bad beat ever again. And Joe McKeehen barely even rolled his eyes when he just lost a huge pot to Isaac Haxton in some pretty grim, two-outer circumstances. He took it like a World Champ.


joe_mckeenen_pca2016_shr_d2_b.jpgWorld Champ Joe McKeehen

That's not to say Haxton is to blame. He got his stack of 577,000 in pre-flop, at the end of a raising battle against McKeehen, with T♦T♠. It's just that McKeehen had Q♠Q♣ and would have probably been expecting to take his stack north of 2.5 million. As it is, he's down to about 1.2 million.

That's all because of a T♥ lurking on a full board of 6♣T♥5♦J♥9♠. "Ah, there it is," Haxton said.


Isaac_haxton_pca2016_shr_d2.jpgIsaac Haxton on the up

Haxton is now into seven figures for perhaps the first time in the tournament. He has about 1.2 million now. --HS

4.10pm: The first sign of madness
Level 12 - Blinds 6,000/12,000 (2000 ante)
They say that the first sign of madness is when you start talking to yourself. If that's true then Bill Perkins must be certifiably insane. Before we get to that part let's rewind the action and see just how the talking begins.

Perkins raised to 28,000 from early position and was called by the principal rogue in this piece, Christoph Vogelsang (button) and Isaac Haxton (small blind). All three checked the J♦K♥8♠ flop. Haxton checked the 6♥ turn, followed by Perkins. Vogelsang then put an end to this checking nonsense by betting 43,000. Haxton quickly folded but Perkins came along for the ride.


bill_perkins_pca2016_shr_d2_b.jpgNuts?: Bill Perkins

The river was 8♥, making the board read J♦K♥8♠6♥8♥. Perkins checked again and then Vogelsang took his time before making a decision. Minutes went by while the stoic German failed to act. Did he know it was his turn? Eventually Vogelsang's hands moved and he placed 103,000 worth of chips out in front of him.

It was now that Perkins began to lose his mind. He stood up, leaned over the table and asked the dealer to spread the pot. "I have nothing!" he said out loud to nobody in particular. Even though he had nothing, Perkins was refusing to fold. Vogelsang sat impassively, not moving a muscle. Finally, Perkins concluded that he should, "F**k it, I call!" and slammed down A♠T♠.

Vogelsang gave him the news he wanted to hear. "Good call." He turned over A♣2♣ for a complete airball as Perkins gave a huge fist pump (with accompanying whoop). Of course, Perkins had failed to notice that he hadn't actually won the hand - it was a chopped pot. Much to the amusement of the rest of the table, Perkins sat back down, attempted to regain his marbles, and play continued. - RJ

3.55pm: Shak out, down to 21
Level 12 - Blinds 6,000-12,000 (2,000 ante)
We're in Level 12 now, and down to our last 21 players. That's because Dan Shak has just been eliminated, hitting the rail with a failed bluff against Nick Petrangelo.


nick_petrangelo_pca2016_shr_d2.jpgNick Petrangelo

Action folded to Shak on the button and he raised to 26,000. Petrangelo, in the big blind, defended it with a three-bet to 80,000. Shak, playing about 500,000, opted to continue the aggressive line and moved all in. But Petrangelo was going nowhere. He immediately called.

Shak had A♥8♦. Petrangelo had J♣J♠. Shak was already packing up his things after a flop of Q♣7♣4♠ and then a turn of 5♣. The J♥ on the river can go down as overkill.

The two stack sizes were remarkably close, but Petrangelo's 550,000 was slightly more than Shak's. Petrangelo has about 1.1 million now; Shak has zilch. --HS


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3.15pm: Mandavia crushes Selbst
Level 11 - Blinds 5,000-10,000 (1,000 ante)

Ankush Mandavia has a huge chip lead now in this Super High Roller event having just knocked out Vanessa Selbst in what might be the biggest pot of the tournament so far.

Selbst had about 700,000 before this hand and Mandavia had about 1.3 million. Selbst now has nothing.


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Mike McDonald actually got it started, raising to 20,000 from under the gun. Mandavia called from mid-position and that took the action around to Selbst in the small blind. The Team PokerStars Pro announced a raise and made it 68,000 to play.

McDonald folded pretty quickly, but Mandavia was not yielding so easily. He four-bet to 140,000. The action came back to Selbst, who went into the tank for a while, before emerging in familiar fashion. "All in," she said.


Vanessa Selbst_pca2016_shr_d2.jpgVanessa Selbst heads to the rail

Mandavia quickly double-checked his cards, but pretty much insta-called, tabling K♠K♣. Selbst muttered her displeasure and turned over A♣J♦.

The dealer didn't dally in dealing a board of 4♦9♥T♠2♥2♠ and that was the end of the game for Selbst. Mandavia is now beyond 2 million. --HS

3.40pm: Three tables remain
Level 11 - Blinds 5,000/10,000 (1000 ante)
Play is down to three tables in the Super High Roller. Those tables are as follows:

Table 1

Seat 1) Kathy Lehne
Seat 2) Joe McKeehen
Seat 3) Daniel Dvoress
Seat 4) Christoph Vogelsang
Seat 5) Isaac Haxton
Seat 6) Cary Katz
Seat 7) Dzmitry Urbanovich
Seat 8) Bill Perkins

Table 2

Seat 1) Dan Shak
Seat 2) Bryn Kenney
Seat 3) Nick Petrangelo
Seat 4) Talal Shakerchi
Seat 5) Sam Greenwood
Seat 6) Anton Astapau
Seat 7) Steve O'Dwyer
Seat 8) Paul Newey

Table 3

Seat 1) Noah Schwartz
Seat 2) Mike McDonald
Seat 3) Mustapha Kanit
Seat 4) Ankush Mandavia
Seat 5) David Peters
Seat 6) Byron Kaverman
Seat 7) Dani Stern*
Seat 8) Vanessa Selbst

Mr Stern is no longer with us after his Ace-King ran into Mustapha Kanit's pocket Jacks. The Jacks subsequently went on to make quads. - RJ

3.25pm: The torment of the short stack
Level 11 - Blinds 5,000-10,000 (1,000 ante)
Daniel Negreanu has 98,000 chips and isn't enjoying himself.

"I'm on tilt, officially," he said. At that point, he was looking at a board of Q♠8♦K♣8♥A♥, but the problem was that he'd folded pre-flop and wasn't involved. "I had ten-jack of clubs," he said.

Only Talal Shakerchi and Ankush Mandavia were actually still live in this hand and Mandavia was taking down the small pot, showing his A♦T♠. "Aaargh," Negreanu said.

There are two short stacks on that table: Negreanu, with his sub six-figure stack, and Noah Schwartz, who has a bit more. Just prior to Negreanu's outburst, Schwartz moved all in from the button, for about 140,000, attacking Negreanu's big blind.


daniel_negreanu_pca2016_shr_d2_b.jpgDaniel Negreanu: Officially on tilt

"This is where I'm supposed to know the freakin' chart," Negreanu said, presumably referencing a hand-range chart that he has not memorised. He then said, "You've got more than me. You've got better cards than me. I fold."

And that was that.

Stop press: And now Negreanu is out. He found 9♣9♦. Ankush Mandavia found A♥J♦. They got it in pre-flop and the board ran 6♦2♦J♥5♣Q♦. Negreanu departs, leaving Vanessa Selbst as the last remaining Team PokerStars Pro.--HS

3:10pm: Shak doubles Urbanovich
Level 11 - Blinds 5,000-10,000 (1,000 ante)
Dan meet Dzmitry. Dzmitry meet Dan. I'm not sure whether Dan Shak knows all that much about Dzmitry Urbanovich, having perhaps not encountered him in many tournaments. Urbanovich has done most of his best work in the past nine months, a period during which Shak has not frequently visited Europe. But they're sitting alongside one another today--and Shak has just put Urbanovich well and truly back in this game.

This was a battle of the blinds, but there was about 65,000 in the pot pre-flop, which suggests one of the two had raised. (I didn't see it.) The flop was out: 4♥9♣7♦ and I did see the next bit.

Shak bet 25,000 and Urbanovich pondered his options before raising to 61,000. Shak asked Urbanovich to show him his chips, revealing about 225,000 behind. Shak, who had slightly more than double that, moved all in.


Dan Shak_pca2016_shr_d2_b.jpgShak struck

Urbanovich, without a word (as is his style), double checked his cards and moved his chips in to represent a call. He wasn't bothered about any of this.

Urbanovich flipped over K♥9♥ and Shak sighed the sigh of a man who had K♣J♥. (It was precisely that sigh.)

The turn was 3♦ and the river Q♥ and that meant a full double up for Urbanovich. The dealer counted his stack as 221,000, which Shak matched, and Urbanovich is now just beyond the 500,000 mark. Dangerous times ahead. --HS

3.05pm: Kathy leans on Vanessa Selbst
Level 11 - Blinds 5,000/10,000 (1000 ante)
Businesswoman Kathy Lehne has been on an upwards trajectory throughout this tournament, and she shows no signs of slowing down. Lehne just won a big pot versus the only other female to enter the tournament, Vanessa Selbst.


kathy_lehne_pca2016_shr_d2_b.jpgKathy Lehne among the leaders on her Super High Roller debut

Selbst opened the pot by raising to 23,000 in mid-position. Lehne was in the big blind and three-bet to 60,000, which was swiftly called. On the 3♠T♥K♦ flop Lehne bet 75,000 and Selbst called. The same thing happened on the 9♦ turn, only this time the bet was a substantial 125,000. The 3♣ river caused Lehne to shut down - she checked and so did Selbst. Lehne was the first to show her hand, Q♦Q♣, and it was good enough for Selbst to muck. After winning that pot worth around 550,000 Lehne is sitting on 1.75m. It's enough to put her amongst the chip leaders with 26 players remaining. - RJ

2:45pm: Erik Seidel hits the bricks
Level 11 - Blinds 5,000/10,000 (1000 ante)

Erik Seidel has been eliminated from the 2016 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Super High Roller tournament. That opening sentence has to be so long because unfortunately no other details exist, except that it was Joe McKeehen who was his executioner.


erik_seidel_pca2016_shr_d2.jpgErik Seidel

Seidel spilled his glass of water while exiting, leaving McKeehen to happily gaze at the 1.8m chip stack in front of him. That pot makes McKeehen the new chip leader in this tournament too. Can anyone stop the world champ? - RJ

2.30pm: Esfandari driven nuts
Level 11 - Blinds 5,000-10,000 (1,000 ante)
Antonio Esfandiari is out, departing the tournament floor in a flurry of almond-related chit-chat. It was a fairly straightforward departure: Esfandiari got his last 100,000-ish in the pot pre-flop and picked up a call from Erik Seidel.


Antonio_Esfandiari_pca2016_shr_d2_b.jpgNo more Antonio

Seidel had A♦Q♥, which was way ahead of Esfandiari's Q♦T♦ even before the board ran 8♠5♦A♥A♠2♦. Esfandiari took a while to pack up his things and conclude the conversation about almonds he had had prior to the break.

He then said, "Good luck, guys" and headed out. Seidel now has about 320,000. --HS


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2:20pm: Can you die from eating raw almonds?
Level 10 - Blinds 4,000/8,000 (1000 ante)
This is the question of the day over on Table Perkins/Esfandiari. It all started when Daniel Negreanu (who isn't at this table, but had wandered over for a chat) saw that Erik Seidel had a bag of almonds in front of him.

"Did those cost you more or less than $9?" enquired Kid Poker. Seidel responded that he brought them from home and it appeared that the matter was swiftly closed. Until Bill Perkins piped up with the adamant statement that eating raw almonds would "make you a favourite to die." This sent the whole table - and Negreanu - into a tailspin. Perkins claimed he was 98% sure. Ardent vegan Negreanu disagreed, almond-owner Seidel disagreed and Antonio Esfandiari took it one step further by demanding that money was placed on the outcome of this 'great' debate. Perkins and Esfandiari agreed on a figure: $5,000. Seidel got in on the action too, betting ten cents.


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New world champion Joe McKeehen was granted the privilege of Googling this matter in an attempt to answer one of life's great questions; will eating a raw almond make you a favourite to die? Sadly for the entire table the answer was somewhat inconclusive. It turns out that the hydrogen cyanide in raw almonds can kill you, but as to whether it makes you a favourite to die, that is still in question. The table continues to argue about it, and there's a chance that this one could run and run... - RJ

2.05pm: Greenwood survives the level
Level 10 - Blinds 4,000-8,000 (1,000 ante)
A big hand for Sam Greenwood just before the break, moving up to 360,000 with ace-deuce against Dani Stern's pocket tens. Greenwood hit a deuce on the flop and an ace on the turn to stay in the event. -- SB

1.55pm: Perkins plays big too
Level 10 - Blinds 4,000-8,000 (1,000 ante)
Bill Perkins also doesn't mind playing big pots--and he's going to have to play a lot of them to finish this tournament in profit. He's in for $400,000 so needs to make it to fifth, and a prize of $461,340, to make some money.

But he's done all right so far today--he's still in, isn't he--and took a small-ish pot from Antonio Esfandiari. Esfandiari opened to 20,000 from under the gun and it folded to Perkins in the small blind. He raised to 53,000. Esfandiari called.

No sooner was a flop of 5♥2♠6♦ on the table than Perkins had bet 85,000. Esfandiari folded, and that was that.

Meanwhile, we have lost Fedor Holz. He is now sitting in a PLO tournament about five yards behind media row. --HS

1.50pm: Six figure pots
Level 10 - Blinds 4,000-8,000 (1,000 ante)
With 15 minutes left until the first break, we're not far away from getting a first decent chip-count of the afternoon. It seems like Kathy Lehne is the leader, with about 1.3 million, but all pots are getting big now, regardless of how far it actually goes.

Case in point: Christoph Vogelsang opened his button, making it 18,000 to go. Mustapha Kanit, in the big blind, bumped it to 59,000 and Vogelsang called. The flop, shared between the two of them, came 5♥J♥Q♥ and Kanit bet 57,000. Vogelsang called. That took them to a T♦ turn and Kanit fired 95,000.


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Vogelsang thought about it. And thought some more. But after somebody called the clock, Vogelsang quickly folded. --HS

1:50pm: Jason Koon has left the building
Level 10 - Blinds 4,000/8,000 (1000 ante)
Jason Koon has been wielding a short stack all day, but his luck finally ran out in a hand against Nick Petrangelo. It was a classic pre-flop race, Petrangelo's pocket Tens up against the A♣K♣ of Koon. A 6♦J♣2♠ flop offered little help for Koon but 8♣ on the turn gave him overcard and flush draw outs. To the river they went, but the harmless Q♥ saw Koon's Super High Roller event come to a premature end.


jason_koon_pca2016_shr_d2.jpgWe say goodbye to Jason Koon... for now

It was a tale of two cities after the hand, as Petrangelo gathered his 500,000 stack together while Koon offered up his freshly made organic tuna lunch to a lucky fellow at the table. Mustapha Kanit was the first to stick his hand up and is now tucking into said fishy delights. Good game Jason Koon, see you again soon. - RJ


1.45pm: Prize pool information
There were 44 entries to the Super High Roller event with 14 re-entries (58 total) adding up to a prize pool of $5,626,000. The top eight players will finish in the money, with $1,687,800 to the winner. The full payouts are as follows.

1. $1,687,800
2. $1,220,840
3. $787,640
4. $596,360
5. $461,340
6. $360,060
7. $286,920
8. $225,040

1.40pm: Changing fashions
Level 10 - Blinds 4,000-8,000 (1,000 ante)
A new year and a few new trends are making themselves apparent. First, min-raising appears to be out of fashion now, with most players opening pots to about 2.2 big blinds pre-flop, otherwise known as a "min-plus" raise. I'm not sure precisely when this became the fashion, but certainly this time last year we were still min-raising as standard.

Secondly, I've seen a lot of limping from the small blind during this tournament, simply completing the big blind and passing the decision to the player to ones left. It can set up some pretty intriguing pots, if only because pre-flop ranges become so blurred.

Most recently, Anton Astapau completed from the small blind and Dani Stern, who had the option, added another 23,000. (This was in Level 10, with a big blind at 8,000.)


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Astapau called and the two of them went to a flop of T♥Q♣9♦, which Astapau checked. Stern checked behind and the perilous J♦ came on the river. Astapau checked again, Stern bet 22,000 and Astapau called.

That took them then to a 3♥ river and Astapau checked again. Stern bet big -- 78,000 -- and the sizing was particularly unusual given he had only 108,000 in his total stack. Astapau certainly seemed confused and thought about his decision so long that another player at the table (Ike Haxton, I think, but can't be sure) called the clock.

Astapau, who had about 430,000 behind, eventually folded after about 20 seconds of his countdown, giving Stern plenty more to fight with. --HS

1:30pm: Among the leaders
Level 10 - Blinds 4,000/8,000 (1000 ante)
Steve O'dwyer moves into the top five. For all the chip counts from Day 2, click here.

1:30pm: Steve O'Dwyer attempts to go for back-to-back SHR titles
Level 10 - Blinds 4,000/8,000 (1000 ante)
After winning the EPT Prague Super High Roller Steve O'Dwyer is putting forward a good effort to win a second consecutive SHR here in The Bahamas. I joined the hand on the 7♠6♥K♥ flop where O'Dwyer called a big bet in position versus Nick Petrangelo. The turn A♠ was checked by both and it appeared that the drama may have ceased.


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Petrangelo checked a second time on the 7♦ river but now O'Dwyer shoved for around 150,000 total. Petrangelo insta-called but we would never see his hand because O'Dwyer quickly flipped over A♦A♣ for the virtual nuts. He's now moved up to 620,000 while Petrangelo has some rebuilding to do with his stack now at 350,000. - RJ

1:20pm: Winner to receive more than $1.6 million
Level 10 - Blinds 4,000/8,000 (1000 ante)
Tournament staff have announced that eight places will be paid in the Super High Roller event, with $1,687,800 to the winner. More details soon. -- SB

1:15pm: "I'm the nicest and the best"
Level 10 - Blinds 4,000/8,000 (1000 ante)
Mustapha Kanit is off to a good start today, after eliminating short-stack Conor Drinan. Kanit opened with a raise to 17,000 from late position and called the 104,000 shove from Drinan. It was a good call, as Kanit's A♦9♣ was dominating Drinan's A♣6♣. Though the turn gave Drinan a flush draw, it was not to be and Kanit's Nine kicker played to win the hand and send Drinan to the showers.


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After raking in the chips and placing them on a stack that now adds up to 490,000, Kanit stated to his table mate Steve O'Dwyer, "I am the nicest player and the best player too". Though one suspects his tongue may have been firmly in his cheek, he certainly has the potential to go some way to proving that statement correct in this year's PCA Super High Roller. - RJ

1:05pm: The world of Kaverman: Double knockout
Level 9 - Blinds 3,000-6,000 (1,000 ante)
Some people say Byron Kaverman is the best poker player in the world at the moment. Those "some people" are the statisticians behind the global poker rankings, at the summit of whose leader board Kaverman presently sits.


Byron_Kaverman_pca2016_shr_d2.jpgByron Kaverman

But Kaverman himself will likely confess that it didn't take a world No 1 to play the following hand, even though it sent both Ole Schemion and Timothy Adams to the rail. In short (and, frankly, there's no long version), Kaverman found A♥A♣ at the same time that Schemion had 7♠7♦ and Adams had J♠J♦ and both the smaller stacks shoved them all in.

Kaverman obviously was happy to call them both and watched a flop of T♦5♠5♣9♥T♠ send both of them to the rail and his stack up to around 500,000. --HS

1:00pm: Boom-Shak-A-Laka
Level 9 - Blinds 3,000/6,000 (1000 ante)

You don't mess with Dan Shak. After his consistent success in Super High Rollers it's a lesson that many players have learnt - but apparently not Talal Shakerchi. Shak raised pre-flop to 18,000 from the cut-off and Shakerchi was the only caller on the button.

Shak put down his iPad - where he was looking at a stocks trading app as per usual - before betting 25,000 on the innocuous 7♣5♦2♠ flop. It was here that the Businessman versus Businessman clash got very interesting. Shakerchi raised to 58,000, and the Big Pot Alert was sounding loud and clear. Shak clearly wasn't going anywhere and decided to push the action immediately by tossing in six green 25,000 chips for a total re-raise of 150,000.


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As Shak only had around 250,000 behind it was a committing raise. However, Shakerchi had got the information he was after ('don't mess with Dan Shak') and folded, leaving him on a very comfortable 570,000 while Shak moved up the rankings with 410,000 in front of him. - RJ

12:50pm: It's getting serious
Level 9 - Blinds 3,000/6,000 (1000 ante)
There's a very different atmosphere in the Super High Roller field now that we have reached Day 2. Yesterday was filled with joking, table talk and at times resembled a friendly home game. Today, now that the blinds are much higher and the safety net of unlimited rebuys (on the assumption of unlimited funds obviously) is over, there's a much more serious tone out there.


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There are exceptions, of course - Negreanu's booming tones are still holding steady in top gear - but a trio of hands from around the tables illustrated that this is now business time. In the first, Nick Petrangelo made a standard button open to 15,000 only to be met with a Jason Koon shove from the big blind for 95,000 total. After a lot of back and forth Petrangelo folded, leaving Koon to add some much-needed chips to his stack.

Then, on Table 3, Noah Schwartz and Ankush Mandavia skirmished. Mandavia opened to 13,000, Schwartz three-bet to 31,000 and was called. The two checked down flop and turn on a T♠4♥6♣A♦ board. The 2♠ river prompted one more check from Mandavia before a bet won the pot for Schwartz.

Finally, over on Table 4 Joe McKeehen won a medium-sized pot from Justin Bonomo when the latter called a 42,000 bet on the river of a 7♠T♥5♠4♦2♥ board. McKeehen's Q♦T♠ was enough to win him the pot and take him to approximately 820,000 in chips.

With the blinds and the standard of poker so high, nobody can afford to make a mistake now we have reached the freezeout stage of the tournament. - RJ


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12:40pm: Welcome Dzmitry Urbanovich
Level 9 - Blinds 3,000-6,000 (1,000 ante)
Dzmitry Urbanovich moves in mysterious ways and he's managed to get himself registered and included in this event despite his ticket not appearing in the pile of new entries today. But he has pulled off his familiar late arrival and is sitting with 250,000 as they get going on Day 2.


Dzmitry_Urbanovich_pca2016_shr_d2.jpgBetter late than never: Dzmitry Urbanovich has joined the Super High Roller event

Late arrival is the subject of discussion on the table featuring Daniel Negreanu and Christoph Vogelsang. Vogelsang was telling the table how he was a little worried this time yesterday when he was one of only about seven players sat down. He said he usually wants to be there at the start of the tournament.

Negreanu said, "I always come in level five." He then added, "I used to come early because bad people gave their money away. Then I became that guy. I would do stupid stuff." Negreanu went on to describe how this is especially the case in high buy events, where the standard of play is so high. He says he can't expect to profit from rookies' errors in the early stages, so feels his time is better spent in the gym.

It's worked for him so far in this event. Negreanu seems refreshed and happy to be playing poker again as he chases some pretty lofty goals this year. --HS

12:35pm: Mercier busts; Troyanovskiy emulating Lazarus
Level 9 - Blinds 3,000-6,000 (1,000 ante)
Jason Mercier was seen heading to the rail, an early casualty on Day 2 here. He has plenty of other commitments, including a basketball tournament to worry about this week, so the $100,000 SHR was surely only an inconvenience. Ahem. Anyway, he won't be winning this one.


Jason Mercier_pca2016_shr_d2.jpgEnd of the road for Jason Mercier in the Super High Roller

Vladimir Troyanovskiy, however, is just about clinging on despite the odds stacked against him. I arrived right at the end of what looked like a huge hand between him and Kathy Lehne, with Troyanovskiy apparently betting about 150,000 looking at a board of 9♥A♦9♠3♠6♥ and Lehne calling.


Vladimir Troyanovskiy_pca2016_shr_d2.jpgHanging on: Vladimir Troyanovskiy

Lehne tabled 6♠6♦ and that full house was a bit better than Troyanovskiy's A♠K♠. Lehne may have thought Troyanovskiy was all in on the end, but in fact he had saved himself 4,000 chips (or four antes) and so was left with only that to play the next hand.

Mournfully, he put them in the middle from early position and Antonio Esfandiari gave him some protection with a raise from the button. But protection was actually the last thing Troyanovskiy will have wanted because he had found A♥A♦ at this lowest ebb. The pocket pair held up against Esfandiari's A♠Q♠ through a board of 4♣5♠Q♣9♣J♥.

Troyanovskiy thus found himself now with 19,000 and he open shoved the next hand too. Joe McKeehen raised to 40,000 from the button but then folded when Justin Bonomo raised to 105,000 from the small blind.

Bonomo had 9♥9♦ while Troyanovskiy had K♣T♥. But the Russian survived again, tripling up, when the board ran T♦Q♣6♦2♥A♥. That means Troyanovskiy has about 75,000 now.

Lehne is the table captain and it through the million chip mark. --HS

12:30pm: Timex doesn't sing to Ole's tune
Level 9 - Blinds 3,000/6,000 (1000 ante)
Ole Schemion may have busted yesterday but he's bought back in for an additional $100,000 this morning to take a second shot. It's not started well.

Schemion, playing his 250k starting stack, opened to 15,000 under the gun and it was folded all the way around to Mike 'Timex' McDonald in the big blind. As always, McDonald's action begun with The Stare. He then asked Schemion to clarify he was playing 250k before making a three-bet to 45,000. Schemion called pretty quickly.

McDonald bet 40,000 on the Q♠K♦9♠ flop and Schemion called. The turn 5♠ brought in a potential flush, and another performance of The Stare. Finally, McDonald slid across a large stack of 25,000 green chips to put Schemion all-in. If he called and lost, it was fixing to be one of the fastest wastes of $100,000 in history. Alas, Schemion folded after a few moments of thoughts and will live to fight on another day - or at least another few levels.

McDonald moves up to 540,000 after this hand. - RJ

12:20pm: Lehr busts to Lehne
Level 9 - Blinds 3,000-6,000 (1,000 ante)
Keith Lehr endured a torrid time of it yesterday and it didn't get much better today. He is the first man out, running his pocket queens into Kathy Lehne's aces.


Keith Lehr_pca2016_shr_d2.jpgLehr out to Lehne

Lehr found Q♠Q♦ under the gun and shoved his 60,000 stack. It folded to Lehne in the cutoff and she only called from her enormous stack. She couldn't tempt anyone else in, however, so had to make do with only one opponent against her A♠A♥.

"I found a pair," Lehr said. But it didn't improve through the 8♣7♦T♥K♠3♦ board and that was that for Lehr. Lehne continues her sensational crushing display. --HS

12:05pm: Eight more, all familiar
Level 8 - Blinds 3,000-6,000 (1,000 ante)
Action is under way again on Day 2 of this PCA Super High Roller event and the final numbers are in. Eight players bought chips ahead of the re-start of play, all of whom previously entered, and were eliminated, yesterday. Bill Perkins bought his fourth bullet, while Daniel Dvoress, Ole Schemion, Thomas Muehloecker, Justin Bonomo, Mustapha Kanit and Byron Kaverman bought their second.

The board shows 57 entries into this event, comprising 43 unique players and 14 rebuys. It's a freezeout from hereon. --HS

11.45am: A new dawn, a new day
It's Day 2 of the $100,000 Super High Roller event and registration closes shortly ahead of the start of play. After that we will know exactly how many players, re-entries and dollars in the prize pool, before they begin playing down to a final eight.

It's a freezeout from the start of play today and action will be frantic. Look back on yesterday's action in the end-of-day wrap.

Full counts are here.

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