PCA 2016: $100K Super High Roller Day 2 live updates


* Day 2 is over
* 6 players remaining of 58 (44 players, 14 re-entries). The winner receives $1,687,800
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1:24am: Bryn Kenney leads tough Super High Roller final table

That's it for the night. The final six players, led by Bryn Kenney, are due back here in about 12 hours to play under the TV lights. To see how the stack up, what they're playing for, and a recap of the day, check out our Super High Roller Day 2 wrap-up.

12:30am: Daniel Dvoress eliminated in seventh place ($286,920)
Level 18 - Blinds 25,000-50,000 (5,000 ante)

If you ever wanted proof that poker is a crazy game then just ask Daniel Dvoress who in the last 30 minutes has gone from first to worst simply by running two good hands into two very good hands. Poker, it's a cruel game.

In his exit hand, which was also the final hand of the night, Mustapha Kanit opened to 110,000 from under-the-gun.Next to act was Bryn Kenney. He three-bet to 235,000, and action was now on Dvoress.

He asked Kanit how much he had (about 1,050,000 back, was Kanit's reply) and then announced he was all-in. That forced Kanit out, but Kenney quickly called and turned over K♥K♠. He had Dvoress pipped as the Canadian had Q♦Q♣.

The T♣K♣3♠6♥3♦ board couldn't save him, and he wished everyone good luck for tomorrow.

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Daniel Dvoress

Play is now over for the day, the final six will return to play for the trophy and a first prize of $1,687,800 at 1pm ET. As the final is being broadcast cards-up on PokerStars.tv they'll be a one hour delay, meaning coverage on the PokerStars Blog will start at 2pm ET. -- NW

12:05am: Three-way cooler felts Lehne, grants Mandavia the chip lead
Level 18 - Blinds 25,000-50,000 (5,000 ante)

Sometimes the dealer does all the work.

Short-stacked Kathy Lehne pushed in her final 620,000 in early position. Play folded to Ankush Mandavia who announced he, too, was all-in. Now it was over to the big stack, Daniel Dvoress, in the big blind.

"I'm pretty sure I'm calling," he said, counting out Mandavia's 1.55 million, doing a little math, and then putting out calling chips.

Lehne: T♠T♦
Mandavia: Q♥Q♠
Dvoress: J♠J♥

The board didn't do anything silly, and Lehne's was gone in 8th place for $225,040. Meanwhile, Mandavia is up up to around 3.6 million in chips. --BW

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Ankush Mandavia

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Kathy Lehne makes her exit

11:50pm: Dvoress running things
Level 18 - Blinds 25,000-50,000 (5,000 ante)

Daniel Dvoress is the first player to accumulate more than 3,000,000 chips after winning three sizeable pots in a row.

The first was the only one that was multi-way, with Bryn Kenney raising to 115,000 from the button and Dvoress and Ike Haxton calling from the blinds. No one bet the 8♠Q♦2♠ flop, but Kenney bet the A♦ turn, and Dvoress called the 165,00 necessary to stick around, whilst Haxton folded. The T♥ river was checked by both players with Dvoress showing A♠T♦ for two pair, whilst Kenney, who didn't fall into Dvoress' river trap, mucked his hand.

On the very next hand Dvoress raised to 115,000 on the button, and Kathy Lehne defended from the big blind. Again the flop was checked through with betting not occurring to the turn of a T♣T♥8♥3♥ board. At this juncture, Dvoress bet 120,000, and Lehne thought for about 10 seconds before calling.

The 3♣ rolled off on the river, and a bet of 275,000 from Dvoress forced Lehne to release her hand. As a result of that setback she dropped to 650,000 and assumed the status of short stack at the table.

11:25pm: Nick Petrangelo bubbles the 2016 PCA Super High Roller
Level 17 - Blinds 20,000-40,000 (5,000 ante)

Bubbles come in all shapes, sizes, and lengths. We've had some lengthy ones in Super High Rollers, but this one took less than an orbit.

A couple of hands after losing that big pot to David Peters (see below), Nick Petrangelo played another large pot, and it would be his last of the tournament. From middle position, Joe McKeehen opened to 80,000 and action folded to Petrangelo who was in the cut-off. He asked McKeehen how much he had back (about 1,250,000) and then announced he was all-in for what looked like right around 925,000.

After the button and blinds folded, McKeehen snap called and it was time for the showdown:

McKeehen: K♥K♠
Petrangelo: T♦T♠

He'd shoved into a real hand, and McKeehen's cowboys held up on the 2♠9♥Q♣J♠5♦ board. It's the worst place to finish in a tournament for Petrangelo, whilst everyone else left in is now guaranteed $225,040. -NW

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Nick Petrangelo

11:15pm: David Peters takes the chip lead
Level 17 - Blinds 20,000-40,000 (5,000 ante)

It's tight at the top, but David Peters now has the chip lead after winning a big pot against Nick Petrangelo.

Peters was the pre-flop aggressor, raising to 90,000 from mid-position and picking up calls from Mustapha Kanit (button) and Nick Petrangelo (big blind). The 5♥5♠J♠ flop checked through, and the 7♦ hit the turn. First to act, Petrangelo bet 160,000 and Peters was the only caller.

On the 4♣ river Petrangelo fired out 350,000 and Peters tanked before calling with Q♥Q♠. It was good, as Petrangelo held J♣6♣. - NW

David Peters - 2,300,000
Nick Petrangelo - 950,000

11:10pm: Final nine re-draw
Level 17 - Blinds 20,000-40,000 (5,000 ante)

Here's the unofficial final table.

1) Bryn Kenney - 1.2 million
2) Nick Petrangelo - 1.7 million
3) Daniel Dvoress - 2.1 million
4) Isaac Haxton - 1.9 million
5) Kathy Lehne - 1.1 million
6) David Peters - 1.865 million
7) Joe McKeheen - 1.75 million
8) Ankush Mandavia - 1.8 million
9) Mustapha Kanit - 1.3 million

11pm: Bill Perkins eliminated in tenth place
Level 17 - Blinds 20,000-40,000 (5,000 ante)

The unofficial final table of nine is set, and it's Bill Perkins who's gone out in tenth.

It was a classic race that did for Perkins, as David Peters shoved all-in for 705,000 with 8♥8♠ and Perkins called all-in for 695,000 with A♦K♦. The 4♦5♥5♠2♠6♦ board missed Perkins, and he wished the table good luck before exiting.

There will now be a short break whilst the nine remaining players convene at one table. We're now on the bubble, a $225,040 bubble. - NW

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Gone with a handshake

10:50pm: Bill picks the wrong time to bluff
Level 17 - Blinds 20,000-40,000 (5,000 ante)

It's been a rough start to level 17 for Bill Perkins who lost a sizeable pot to Ike Haxton and a smaller one against Joe McKeehen to slip into the danger zone.

In the first pot of note, Haxton opened to 90,000 and Perkins called the bet in position. On the 4♠9♦T♦ flop, Haxton checked, Perkins bet 125,000 and Haxton made the call. The Q♦ checked through, and the 7♦ river put four diamonds on board.

Again Haxton checked, Perkins bet 175,000, and Haxton went into the tank before just calling.

"I knew you had it, what a bad time to bluff," said Perkins, who mucked his cards face down, meaning Haxton didn't have to show either.

Perkins lost another 165,000 in a pot against McKeehan to drop to around 700,000. - NW
10:37pm: Who would you rather be
Level 17 - Blinds 20,000/40,000 (5000 ante)

I've watched a lot of these events in my day, but it's rare there has been a field this close to a TV table that would make for the best TV in recent poker history. There are characters everywhere. Mustapha Kanit is talking a mile a minute, most recently digging at Daniel Dvoress for not taking a peek at his flashed fold.

"I threw it very high so you could see it. And then you didn't see it!" Kanit scolded. "Any Italian would see it! I'm a good guy. I never make trick!"

Meanwhile, across the way, Isaac Haxton, Bill Perkins, and recent WSOP champ Joe McKeehen are involved in a conversation worth thinking about. While we're not entirely sure how it got started, the question was essentially who would rather be whom. Specifically, Perkins was considering whether he would be happy being he much younger and recently poker-successful McKeehen. To put a finer point on it, would he happily just swap everything and be McKeehen.

"I would be Joe," Perkins confessed. "And then I would get in shape."


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Perkins makes no bones about the fact he is confident in himself and his appearance (note: he was visibly checking McKeehen's neck to see if it had been shaved clean of hair). He does recognize, however, that McKeehen has the gift of youth and perhaps greater brains. So, Perkins began to sell himself. He asked McKeehen to imagine the possibilities.

"You're 6'1". You're African American. I dunno, maybe you're intelligent," Perkins said. "You've got money. You've got a big heart."

It wasn't clear whether McKeehen was buying it. I turned away for a second, and by the time I turned back, it seemed clear someone had asked the dealer to rate how good looking McKeehen is. She demurred. Lot of pressure there.
So, Perkins took back over.

"I'm going to say you're cute," Perkins told him. And then he assured McKeehen his feelings had nothing to do with the fact McKeehen is the reigning poker world champion.

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Joe McKeehen

McKeehen looked over and saw me scribbling. He knew where my notes were going.

"Just...don't," he said with a weary look on his face.

Isaac Haxton was loving it.

"You don't have to listen to him!" Haxton said.

By and by, McKeehen shrugged and gave this man-swap talk a weary okay to be publicized.

Haxton didn't want it all to end. He asked Perkins to rate the bodies of every guy at the table.

Perkins seemed to realize he was headed down a road that could lead to ruin. He protested loudly enough for everyone to hear it, "I'm not a man-ranker!"

The tournament break ended the conversation, but it left us wondering: who would you rather be? Bill Perkins or Joe McKeehen? -BW

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Note: Not a man-ranker

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10:35pm: Chip counts
Level 17 - Blinds 20,000-40,000 (5,000 ante)

As level 17 gets under way here's how the final ten players stack up:

Table one:
Seat one: Kathy Lehne - 1,405,000
Seat two: Daniel Dvoress - 2,090,000
Seat three: Ankush Mandavia - 1,760,000
Seat four: Bryn Kenney - 1,150,000
Seat five: Mustapaha Kanit - 1,080,000

Table two:
Seat one: Bill Perkins - 1,465,000
Seat two: Nick Petrangelo - 1,865,000
Seat three: Joe McKeehan - 1,445,000
Seat four: David Peters - 565,000
Seat five: Ike Haxton - 1,570,000

10:15pm: Break time

The remaining ten players are now on a ten-minute break. We'll have a full chip count in just a moment.

10:06pm: Hasta manana Astapau
Level 16 - Blinds 15,000-30,000 (4,000 ante)

With only eight big blinds left, Anton Astapau shoved all in with 6♠6♦. Bill Perkins looked him up from the big blind with A♣8♠. An ace hit the flop, and Astapau was gone in eleventh place.

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Anton Astapau

9:50pm: Chopped pots
Level 16 - Blinds 15,000-30,000 (4,000 ante)

Two chopped pots in a row at table one to tell you about...

In the first, Joe McKeehen opened to 65,000 on the button with A♣T♥ and called when David Peters jammed for about 675,000 from the small blind. The latter had A♠T♠ and didn't hit his flush on the 4♣A♦8♣5♥9♦ board.

On the very next hand Nick Petrangelo opened, Anton Astapau moved all-in for about 230,000 and Petrangelo called off the extra.

Astapau: A♥Q♠
Petrangelo: A♠Q♥

The 8♥6♦K♥ flop rendered the 2♦ turn and 8♣ river meaningless. --NW

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Anton Astapau

9:40pm: I Kanit believe it
Level 16 - Blinds 15,000-30,000 (4,000 ante)

"No! No! No!" screamed Mustapha Kanit as everyone folded to him in the big blind. Did the Italian really want to see a flop? Had he just found out that the Atlantis resort didn't serve lasagne? No it was worse than that. He had pocket aces and had got no action. He then pointed at Daniel Dvoress and said, "The time before when I got a walk, I had jacks!"

As the table laughed Bryn Kenney said: "I thought that you were going to show 9-2o." -- NW

9:45pm: Kathy Lehne doubles through Bryn Kenney
Level 16 - Blinds 15,000-30,000 (4,000 ante)
Kathy Lehne is back up to 1,200,000 after doubling through Bryn Kenney. She opened to 75,000, Kenney three-bet to 200,000 from the small blind, she then moved all-in for 593,000 and Kenney snap called.
Lehne: T♣T♠
Kenney: A♠K♠
The Q♦5♥7♥5♣2♥ board favoured the pair in this race and dropped Kenney back to 1,580,000. --NW

9:20pm: Chip counts
Level 16 - Blinds 15,000-30,000 (4,000 ante)

Here are the latest chip counts as the players enter Level 16.

Isaac HaxtonUnited States1,835,000
Bryn KenneyUnited States1,800,000
Joe McKeehenUnited States1,760,000
Daniel DvoressCanada1,750,000
Ankush MandaviaUnited States1,700,000
Nick PetrangeloUnited States1,275,000
Bill PerkinsUnited States1,100,000
Mustapha KanitItaly935,000
David PetersUnited States690,000
Kathy LehneUnited States610,000
Anton AstapauBelarus312,000

9:20pm: The plan
Level 16 - Blinds 15,000-30,000 (4,000 ante)

As level 15 came to an end, the tournament staff explained to the players the plan for the rest of the day. In short, play will continue until the end of level 18 unless they reach six players before that point or they have more than eight players left at that point. If they reach six play, will stop for the day and if they still have nine or more play will continue until just eight remain.

It's also likely that the final table will be pushed back an hour to 1pm local time, meaning the live stream of the cards-up final table will start at 2pm. --NW

9:10pm: Kenney clips Kanit
Level 15 - Blinds 12,000-24,000 (3,000 ante)

A big pot just played out between Bryn Kenney and Mustapaha Kanit, and it's left the Italian in the dangerous sub-20 big blind zone.

They are at the table that is playing five handed, so Kenney opened from under-the-gun/the hijack to 50,000 and called after Kanit three-bet to 130,000 from the cut-off. On the 9♣7♠3♥ flop, Kanit c-bet 105,000 and Kenney made the call.

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Bryn Kenney

The 2♦ turn checked through with the Q♦ completing the board. First to act was Kenney. He carefully put together a bet of 238,000, and after getting a count, Kanit called. The American rolled over 9♠9♦ for the second nuts, and Kanit mucked. He's now down to 550,000, and the blinds have just gone up to 15,000/30,000 ante 4,000. - NW

Bryn Kenney - 1,875,000
Mustapha Kanit - 550,000

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Mustapha Kanit

9:00pm: David Peters now freerolling
Level 15 - Blinds 12,000-24,000 (3,000 ante)

In case you missed the earlier news, despite the fact the Super High Roller isn't in the money yet, David Peters is freerolling it thanks to winning $100,000 in a side event last night. For a quick look at some of the other side event champs like Gleb Tremzin and Mike Gordinsky, check out this side event wrap-up. --BW

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David Peters

8:45pm: More pain for Perkins
Level 15 - Blinds 12,000-24,000 (3,000 ante)

Bill Perkins was really put through the wringer by Ike Haxton, but he'll likely be satisfied with the decision he made...

It was actually David Peters who got the action started, raising it up to 54,000 from the cut-off. Haxton three-bet to 154,000 from the small blind, and this is where Perkins' pain began. He had about 775,000 back, and it seemed this was an all-or-nothing decision for the businessman.

He stacked and re-stacked his chips, looked at Haxton's stack, and generally had the look of a man who really didn't know what to do. Eventually he folded, as did Peters. Haxton said: "Good fold," as he showed pocket queens. --NW

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Bill Perkins

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8:35pm: Dvoress over two million
Level 15 - Blinds 12,000-24,000 (3,000 ante)

Daniel Dvoress has breached the two million chip mark after winning a curious hand against Kathy Lehne.

Pre-flop Dvoress was under-the-gun and opened to his standard 50,000. It folded all the way to Lehne in the big blind, and she made the call. So, it was heads-up to a 2♦7♥9♥ flop, on which Lehne elected to lead for 50,000. Dvoress raised it up to 145,000, and after some thinking, Lehne made the call.

The turn was the A♣, and Lehne led again, betting 150,000, an amount Dvoress matched. The 8♠ completed the board, and both players elected to check. "I have an ace," said Dvoress, showing A♠T♣, good enough to win the pot. -NW

Daniel Dvoress - 2,100,000
Kathy Lehne - 730,000

8:20pm: Haxton doubles through Perkins
Level 15 - Blinds 12,000-24,000 (3,000 ante)

Ike Haxton and Bill Perkins have traded stack sizes after the former doubled through the latter.

It all went in pre-flop and it all happened pretty quickly. Haxton opened to 50,000 from under-the-gun. Next to act, Perkins pumped it up to 140,000. It folded back to Haxton who moved all-in for 798,000, and Perkins snap called the jam.

Haxton: K♦K♥
Perkins: A♠K♠

"You're looking pretty good," said Perkins when he saw what he was up against, and Haxton stayed good on a 4♠4♣7♦6♣T♣ board. -- NW

Ike Haxton - 1,611,000
Bill Perkins - 840,000

8:20pm: Back from dinner
Level 15 - Blinds 12,000-24,000 (3,000 ante)

The final 11 players are back and ready to play down to the final table. The top eight players get paid. --BW

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PokerStars Blog reporting team on the $100,000 Super High Roller: Stephen Bartley, Ross Jarvis, Nick Wright, Brad Willis, and Howard Swains. Photography by Joe Giron and Neil Stoddart. For more photos from this event by Joe Giron visit Poker Photo Archive.

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