Charlie Carrel's heater burns on, leads $100K SHR final at PSC Bahamas


The unstoppable Charlie Carrel

Seven players remain in the hunt for the first major paycheck of the PokerStars Championship era after the $100,000 Super High Roller event at the Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas played to its final table tonight.

There were 41 players involved, plus 13 re-entries, each costing one hundred grand apiece. But Charlie Carrel leads the seven who have made a profit. They've locked up $275,060 already, but the first prize is $1,650,300 and Carrel's fine run landed him at the top of the pack today.

Here's exactly how they will line up tomorrow:

Charlie CarrelUnited Kingdom3,710,000
Dan ColmanUnited States2,600,000
Jason KoonUnited States2,305,000
Daniel DvoressCanada1,640,000
Connor DrinanUnited States1,455,000
Byron KavermanUnited States970,000
Bryn KenneyUnited States740,000

And a reminder of what they are playing for:

1 $1,650,300
2 $1,191,900
3 $759,660
4 $576,300
5 $445,320
6 $340,540
7 $275,060

After the likes of Daniel Negreanu, Jason Mercier, Bill Perkins and Kevin Hart were among the early fallers today, the chip lead began to change hands. Connor Drinan took it from Nick Petrangelo, then sent Petrangelo packing, but handed a lot of his chips to Dan Colman as Jason Koon assumed the lead.

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But shortly after the dinner break, with only two tables still in play, Carrel took charge. He was unstoppable. Carrel cracked Leo Cheng's aces when only nine remained, and then he flushed out Sam Greenwood on the stone bubble, ending the night.

Carrel was brilliant in Amsterdam a couple of months ago where he made the final table of all three high buy in events. Then he was brilliant in Prague in December, where he came third in the €10,000 single day high roller and second in the €50,000 Super High Roller. Now he leads the first $100,000 of the new year.

His closest challenger Dan Colman knows a thing about heaters, so it's going to be a fascinating final tomorrow. Join us from noon to see who goes all the way.

Have a look back on today's action in the blow-by-blow account below. We didn't miss much.

Day 2 coverage archive

11:25pm: Greenwood bubbles, play ends for the day
Level 17 - Blinds 20,000/40,000 (ante 5,000)

There was no way back for Sam Greenwood. He got the last of his chips in with Q♥8♦ and Charlie Carrel called him with K♦J♠. Although the turn was a queen, it was the Q♠ and there were three other spades on the board too. That was a flush for Carrel and Greenwood is gone.


All she wrote for Sam Greenwood

They are now all in the money. We'll have full stacks for the finalists imminently. -- HS

11:20pm: Short stacks collide; Greenwood in danger zone
Level 17 - Blinds 20,000/40,000 (ante 5,000)

Sam Greenwood and Byron Kaverman have been the short stacks ever since they went to nine-handed, and so now that there is eight left much of the attention has been on them for the last half-hour. 

Just now it folded to Kaverman in the small blind who open-shoved, getting Charlie Carrel to fold the big blind. On the next hand Jason Koon opened from early position and it folded to Greenwood in the cutoff who thought a long while, then let it go (as did the others).

On the hand after that one it folded to Greenwood again, and this time he did put his stack of 475,000 in the middle. Next to act, Kaverman thought just a short while before pushing all in himself with the 440,000 he had, and the others folded.

Greenwood: K♦J♣
Kaverman: J♠J♥

The board rolled otu 6♦5♣Q♣T♠2♦, meaning Kaverman survived and now has more than 900,000 while Greenwood is down to just 35,000 -- not even a big blind. --MH

11:10pm: Colman creeps up on Carrel
Level 17 - Blinds 20,000/40,000 (ante 5,000)

Charlie Carrel still leads this tournament, but he now has the fairly fearsome figure of Daniel Colman breathing down his neck. Colman just got the better of Carrel in a battle between the two big stacks.

Carrel opened from the cutoff, making it 100,000 to play, and Colman called in the big blind. The flop brought the T♦Q♣2♥ and Colman check-called Carrel's 150,000 continuation bet.

The A♦ came on the turn and Colman checked again. Carrel bet 275,000 and Colman called.


Daniel Colman: Very much in contention

The river was the 6♠ and both players now checked. Colman turned over his Q♠T♥ for flopped two pair and Carrel mucked.

Colman has about 2.375 million to Carrel's 3.35 million. -- HS

11:05pm: Koon cracks kings
Level 17 - Blinds 20,000/40,000 (ante 5,000)

Daniel Dvoress raised to 85,000 from the button and Jason Koon called from the big blind.

The flop came J♦A♣4♣. Koon checked, Dvoress bet 80,000, and Koon called. The turn then brought the 5♥ and checks from both.

The river was the T♠. Koon checked, and Dvoress gathered a bet of what looked to be in the 230,000 range. Koon called in a flash, and as Dvoress showed his K♦K♣, Koon tabled A♦2♣ for a better pair of aces and claimed the pot.

Koon moves up to 2.05 million while Dvoress now has 1.65 million. --MH

10:55pm: Greenwood doubles on the bubble
Level 16 - Blinds 15,000/30,000 (ante 5,000)

When Charlie Carrel sent Leo Cheng packing, he turned to the short-stacked Sam Greenwood and said, "You're welcome."

Greenwood replied, "I'm not complaining."

It has recently got even better for Greenwood as he has secured the double up he was looking for to keep his prospects alive.

Greenwood open-jammed from precisely 300,000 from under the gun and it got all the way around to Bryn Kenney in the big blind. Kenney called and turned over A♠T♦. Greenwood said, "Well all right" and showed 5♥5♣.

There was nothing for the overpair on flop, turn or river, however, and Greenwood confirmed his count. He now has double that, plus some antes, and can hope to sneak into the money now.

Kenney has dipped below the 1 million mark. --HS

10:45pm: Carrel knocks out Cheng; 8 left (one from money)
Level 16 - Blinds 15,000/30,000 (ante 5,000)

They've finished out Level 16 now. Nine players returned from the break, but only eight will be starting Level 17.

Picking up things on the 9♠Q♦6♣ flop between Charlie Carrel and Leo Cheng, Carrel checked, Cheng bet 100,000, and Carrel called. The turn brought the 6♦ and another check from Carrel, and this time Cheng bet 200,000.

Carrel sat and thought for a while, then set out a big stack of chips as a check-raise -- big enough to put Cheng all in -- and the latter called.

Cheng had A♠A♦, but unfortunately for him Carrel held 7♥6♥ for trip sixes. The river was the Q♣, and Cheng wished the table well before departing.

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Aces fail Cheng

Leader Carrel adds still more to his stack -- he's up over 4 million now with eight players left (just one from the money). --MH

10:41pm: Five minutes
Level 16 - Blinds 15,000/30,000 (ante 5,000)

Sean Winter was knocked out with five minutes still left on Level 16. They're going to play those five minutes now, before moving straight into Level 17.

10:40pm: Seating assignments for nine-handed table; Carrel leads
Level 16 - Blinds 15,000/30,000 (ante 5,000)

The break is over. The final nine players have redrawn for seats and are starting the new level all gathered around a single table. Here's where they are sitting and their current counts:

1Dan ColmanUnited States1,750,000
2Bryn KenneyUnited States1,250,000
3Sam GreenwoodCanada315,000
4Byron KavermanUnited States540,000
5Charlie CarrelUnited Kingdom3,220,000
6Leo ChengCanada810,000
7Daniel DvoressCanada1,965,000
8Connor DrinanUnited States1,555,000
9Jason KoonUnited States2,095,000

Just two more knockouts until the money and the end of Day 2. --MH

10:15pm: Winter chilled by Carrel
Level 16 - Blinds 15,000/30,000 (ante 5,000)

Sean Winter is out in 10th, bringing us down to a single table. It was grim for Winter, who was outdrawn by Charlie Carrel. Nobody can beat Carrel in this kind of form.

Winter had just shy of 400,000 in his stack and action folded to him on the button. He raised to 325,000--essentially committing himself, although not actually committing himself. Carrel, in the big blind, did the rest when he said he was all-in. Winter called.


Sean Winter: Bleak

Carrel winced after he turned over A♠6♦ and was dominated by Winter's A♥K♥. But Carrel is hitting everything and the 6♥ was in the window. The rest of the board ran 3♥8♣5♠5♣.

They are now redrawing for seats around the last table, and we'll have full chip counts shortly. They will also take a 20-minute break as there are only five minutes left on Level 16 and it seems sensible. -- HS

10:15pm: In the tank with Kaverman
Level 16 - Blinds 15,000/30,000 (ante 5,000)

Byron Kaverman raised the button, Jason Koon defended his big blind with a call, and both checked the 9♠T♥7♠ flop. Koon led for 165,000 at the 6♠ and Kaverman called, then the A♣ fell, and Koon pushed all in.

That probably took you about 15 seconds at most to read, though the action lasted about two minutes total. Another eight minutes would pass before the next action occurred. 

Kaverman spent the first five minutes counting out the 445,000 he had left and thinking to himself. Then he stood to eye the other table where Sam Greenwood and Sean Winter were also nursing short stacks.

Two more minutes passed and the clock was called, and deep into his final minute Kaverman finally let his hand go. Koon is now back up to 2.1 million. --MH

10:05pm: Cheng and his seven-deuce
Level 16 - Blinds 15,000/30,000 (ante 5,000)

It's been proving almost impossible to win a pot from Charlie Carrel over the past hour or so and the British maestro has cruised into the chip lead thanks to a succession of pots both small and large. However perhaps Leo Cheng has found a workable strategy: play against Carrel with the worst hand in hold'em.

Carrel opened his button, making it 60,000 to go, and Cheng called from the big blind. They both checked the T♦8♥J♦ flop, then Cheng also checked the 9♦ turn. Carrel bet 90,000 and Cheng called.

The 6♣ came on the river and Cheng checked again. Carrel checked behind and Cheng sheepishly revealed 7♥2♠. It was only the baby end of the straight, but it was good enough. Carrel mucked. -- HS

9:55pm: Greenwood in the danger zone
Level 16 - Blinds 15,000/30,000 (ante 5,000)

Sam Greenwood is the short stack now, with only about 370,000. That makes it difficult for him to pick up pots for cheap with anything but a shove, and Connor Drinan just made him pay for an exploratory pre-flop min-plus raise.

Action folded to Greenwood in the cutoff, on a five-handed table. He raised to 75,000 and both Leo Cheng and Sean Winter folded, taking the decision to Drinan in the big blind. With about 1.5 million to play with, Drinan moved all-in and Greenwood quickly folded.

Three more players need to be eliminated until we are in the money and play stops for the night. -- HS

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9:45pm: Vogelsang vanquished; 10 remain
Level 16 - Blinds 15,000/30,000 (ante 5,000)

Leo Cheng raised to 75,000 from under the gun and it folded to Christoph Vogelsang who three-bet shoved for about 305,000. It folded back to Cheng who paused just a moment before making the call.

Vogelsang had T♥T♦ and Cheng A♥J♥, and the 2♥J♦6♥ flop immediately put Cheng in front. The A♠ turn gave Cheng a second pair, and after the 7♣ river Vogelsang was out.

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Vogelsang sunk

Cheng has 1.2 million now. --MH

9:35pm: Kenney's title defence gains momentum
Level 16 - Blinds 15,000/30,000 (ante 5,000)

Bryn Kenney has enjoyed a terrific level, building his stack from one of the shortest to one of the biggest in the room. "Title defence?" Igor Kurganov, who has wandered over to watch, had the impertinence to suggest. Kenney didn't deny the potential.

Most recently, Kenney halted a seemingly unstoppable charge from Daniel Colman. Colman has been terrorising his table, picking up all the small pots on offer. But Kenney just stopped him in his tracks.

The pot started with a raise to 65,000 from Byron Kaverman in the cutoff. Colman called on the button and Kenney called in the big blind. They went to a flop of J♥6♠3♥.

Both Kenney and Kaverman checked, and then only Kenney called Colman's bet of 110,000.

The remaining pair checked the 2♣ turn, bringing the K♣ on the river. Kenney checked and Colman bet 280,000. Kenney looked like he was going to fold, but actually moved all-in for about 1 million.

Colman quickly folded and they exchanged places on the leader board. Kenney now has about 1.55 million while Colman has 1.28 million. -- HS

9:30pm: Cooler for Katz
Level 16 - Blinds 15,000/30,000 (ante 5,000)

Cary Katz's long short-stack vigil is over, leaving us with 11 players. "I could feel that coming actually," he said, referring to the outdraw that knocked him out. But the elimination had been in the mail for a while; he had had fewer than six big blinds for quite some time and the level just went up.

On his final hand, he shoved from the small blind for about 150,000. Bryn Kenney looked him up in the big blind. Katz had Q♦Q♣ and was a long way ahead of Kenney's 5♣5♥.

However the flop fell K♥5♦3♠ to leave Katz seeking two outs. The 8♥ on the turn was no good, neither was the 2♦ river.

"Thank you," Katz said. "It was fun."

He is gone. Kenney has about 800,000. -- HS

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Katz KO'd

9:25pm: Katz chats
Level 15 - Blinds 12,000/24,000 (ante 4,000)

In the last hand of Level 15, Cary Katz open-shoved for 96,000 from the cutoff and it folded around to Bryon Kaverman who was already in for 24,000 from the big blind.

Kaverman had a decision, though, and as he considered Katz spoke up.

"I have a big hand," he grinned. "I'll show it to you."

Others chuckled as Kaverman remained in the tank.

"It's a friendly game," Katz shrugged, still smiling widely. "If you want to bust me... I'll walk away steamed, I'll quit playing high rollers." 

Finally Kaverman let his cards go, and Katz indeed showed his hand -- A♥2♥. "Suited ace... a monster!" he added by way of punctuation.

Katz remains in the danger zone, though. --MH

9:15pm: Cheng takes from Greenwood
Level 15 - Blinds 12,000/24,000 (ante 4,000)

Picking up the action in a blind-vs.-blind battle on a 6♥Q♣7♠ flop, Sam Greenwood (SB) checked, Leo Cheng (BB) bet 60,000, and Greenwood called. Both checked the 9♦ turn, then after Greenwood checked the 8♦ river Cheng fired 200,000 and Greenwood tanked for a while.

Finally Greenwood called the bet, and Cheng tabled 5♥5♠ for a straight. Greenwood mucked, and now both players have nearly the same stacks of about 1.05 million. --MH

9:05pm: Carrel eventually pushes Greenwood away
Level 15 - Blinds 12,000/24,000 (ante 4,000)

Charlie Carrel and Sam Greenwood just went at it blind on blind, with Carrel barrelling and Greenwood calling until the pressure got too much on the end.

Carrel raised from the small blind, making it 72,000 to play, and Greenwood called from the big. They saw a flop of T♥J♥4♣ and Carrel bet 90,000. Greenwood called.

The turn was the 4♦ and Carrel put forward 200,000. Greenwood confirmed the amount, then called, which brought the 6♥ on the river.

Carrel doubled his bet. This time it was 400,000. Greenwood confirmed the amount once more, checked his cards a couple of time, then tossed them away.

Greenwood preserves a stack of 1.4 million. Carrel builds his to 1.8 million. -- HS

8:55pm: Bryn battling
Level 15 - Blinds 12,000/24,000 (ante 4,000)

Bryn Kenney raised to 55,000 from under the gun and only Daniel Colman called from the button, then both checked the 2♦3♣Q♥ flop.

The turn was the 4♥ and Kenney led for 100,000. It might seem like a minor hand, but that bet represented nearly a third of what Kenney had left.

"I don't want to fold this," said Colman -- who promptly did just that -- and Kenney collected the pot to move to 440,000. Colman still has a much more comfortable 1.63 million. --MH

8:45pm: Greenwood's kings earn big double
Level 15 - Blinds 12,000/24,000 (ante 4,000)

Charlie Carrel raised to 60,000 from the hijack seat, but he'd prove just part of the supporting cast in this one.

Sam Greenwood, one of the stars of the hand, would then three-bet to 170,000 from the cutoff, then the other chief protagonist Connor Drinan made it 380,000 to go from the big blind. At that Carrel stepped aside, then Greenwood shoved for 808,000 total and Drinan called.

Greenwood had pocket kings and Drinan a pair of jacks, which meant the 4♠3♥A♠T♠4♦ board favored Greenwood and now he's one of the big-stacked stars with 1,650,000. Drinan slips back to the pack with 755,000. --MH

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Big gain for Greenwood

8:40pm: Time runs out on Tollerene
Level 15 - Blinds 12,000/24,000 (ante 4,000)

Here's the first significant pot of the postprandial stages and it has accounted for Ben Tollerene in 13th place. Tollerene had a stopwatch ticking away on his phone, presumably measuring how long he had spent at the table. But it ended at around 6 hours and 35 minutes.

Tollerene's last hand began with a raise to 55,000 from Daniel Dvoress in the hijack and Tollerene called on the button. Jason Koon called in the small blind and Cary Katz made it four-way from the big blind.

The flop brought the A♠9♠J♦ and Koon led 90,000. Only Tollerene called, taking them to the 7♥ on the turn. Koon rifled again, this time 265,000 and Tollerene called again. That brought the 3♦ on the river.

Koon slowed. He checked. Tollerene then took a while before he moved all-in for about 475,000. Koon called instantly and showed the A♦J♥ for top two pair. He flopped it.


Ben Tollerene

Tollerene stood up, exposing his A♣7♣ as he did. That was also two pair, turned, but the seven couldn't beat the jack.

Koon now extends his lead and has about 2.9 million. Meanwhile Dan Colman has been balanced over to fill Tollerene's seat, whose countdown is now over. --HS

8:35pm: Chips for Charlie
Level 15 - Blinds 12,000/24,000 (ante 4,000)

After a button open from Charlie Carrel, both Sam Greenwood (small blind) and Leo Cheng (big blind) came along. 

They checked through the 7♥K♠6♠ flop, then after the A♣ turn it checked to Carrel who bet 75,000 and both of his opponents called. The river then brought the 2♥ and checks all around.

Carrel had A♦9♦ for top pair, which beat Greenwood's K♦Q♠ and whatever hand Cheng mucked. Carrel is up to 1.65 million, Greenwood has 755,000, and Cheng 740,000. --MH

8:25pm: Fast and slow
Level 15 - Blinds 12,000/24,000 (ante 4,000)

Action on Table 1 is pretty fast at the moment, but the same can't be said of the neighbouring table. They saw about four hands after the break in the time it took to see only one on Table 2. Worse: it ended in a chop pot.

Leo Cheng opened the pot from the hijack and Christoph Vogelsang called in the big blind. They then saw a flop of 9♣2♥2♦ and Vogelsang's check encouraged a bet of 40,000 from Cheng. Vogelsang called.

The K♦ came on the turn, which both players checked. And there was no more betting on the 9♥ river either.

Vogelsang opened his A♥5♦. Cheng showed his A♠4♠ and they chopped it up.

It should be noted that none of the hands on the other table resulted in anything special. I don't think they even saw a flop. -- HS

8:20pm: Back at it; 13 remain
Level 15 - Blinds 12,000/24,000 (ante 4,000)

The 13 remaining players are back in their seats and Level 15 has begun. The plan remains to play down to the final seven and the money before play concludes tonight. --MH

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Let's play some cards

7:05pm: Chips flying before dinner
Level 14 - Blinds 10,000/20,000 (ante 3,000)

In the last few hands before dinner, things went a bit crazy.

"Chips are a-flying," Charlie Carrel mused.

The first hand saw Same Greenwood and Leo Cheng in a battle of the blinds. After coming in for a raise, Greenwood was put to the test with an all-in from Cheng. Greenwood decided to call with K♥J♦. He was up against Cheng's pocket fives. A king came off the deck first at saved Greenwoods tournament.

Shortly after that, Greenwood came in for a raise to 50,000 from the button and short-stacked Sean Winter shoved from the big blind. Greenwood called with Q♥T♣. Winter had A♠4♥, hit two aces on the flop, and doubled to around 500,000.

On the other table, Ben Tollerene, Orpen Kisacikoglu, and Bryn Kenney saw a flop of 4♥7♣2♦. Tollerene and Kisacikoglu checked to Kenney who bet 51,000. That's when things got crazy. Tollerene shoved all-in...and so did Kisacikoglu. Kenney got out of the way to see Tollerene's K♥7♥ and Kisacikoglu's 9♦7♠. Kisacikoglu didn't catch up, and was left with only a couple of big blinds.

On the very next hand, it was folded to Kisacikoglu in the small blind. He woke up with a decent hand to defend his 54,000. Het got it in with A♣T♠. Koon made the simple call in the big blind holding only 3♣2♣. While Kisacikoglu looked good to survive, it didn't happen. The board ran out 3♠3♥7♥4♣9♣ and put Kisacikoglu on the rail. That takes us to the 80-minute dinner break. --BW

7pm: Winter weathers all-in
Level 14 - Blinds 10,000/20,000 (ante 3,000)

Sean Winter raised to 95,000 from middle position -- leaving himself just 4,000 behind -- and it folded around to Christoph Vogelsang on the button who called.

The blinds folded, and the flop came 2♠3♠6♥. With a grin Winter checked, and also chuckling Vogelsang checked behind. Then when the T♥ turn card fell Winter decided to put in his last 4,000. With pot odds of about 60-to-1, Vogelsang called.

Winter had A♠6♠ for a pair of sixes and a flush draw, but he was behind Vogelsang's 8♣8♠. The 7♠ landed on the river, though, giving Winter his flush and allowing him to keep his seat with right at 250,000. Vogelsang slips to 445,000. --MH

6:55pm: Gonzalez now at peace
Level 14 - Blinds 10,000/20,000 (ante 3,000)

Fabrizio Gonzalez is now at peace. His torment is over. He is out.

He had 124,000 and pushed the vast majority of it over the line, leaving only the four red chips that were capping his cards. It wasn't quite an all-in, but it would be a tight fold if he gave it up on the flop.

Jason Koon called from the button and the two players in the blinds left them to it. "Oops, nearly turned them over," Koon said, realising at the last moment that it wasn't yet an all-in situation.

The flop came J♥4♥3♥ and Gonzalez checked. Koon said, "Gotta protect my hand as he put 4,000 into the pot. Gonzalez called and was at least live with his Q♥T♣ against Koon's top set with J♠J♦.

The 7♣ wasn't nearly heart-shaped enough for Gonzalez. Neither was the 7♠ river. Gonzalez hits the rail in 15th as Koon stacks up about 1.75 million. -- HS


6:50pm: Winter in the Bahamas? Not as hot as he'd like
Level 14 - Blinds 10,000/20,000 (ante 3,000)

Sean Winter has just been knocked down to five big blinds after engaging in a race with Sam Greenwood. Greenwood open-shoved for 305,000, and Winter moved all-in over the top of him.

Greenwood: A♦Q♦
Winter: T♠T♥

Winter mumbled the cards he wanted from the dealer, but he most not have spoken loudly enough, because she put the A♣ out on the felt. It left Winter with barely more than 100,000. Meanwhile, Greenwood is up to 630,000. --BW

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6:45pm: Peters perishes in 16th
Level 14 - Blinds 10,000/20,000 (ante 3,000)

David Peters is out. That's not a sentence any tournament reporter has been writing too frequently of late, but the man on the hottest recent heater in poker has been frozen out of this one.

He got his last 104,000 in as a shove from under the gun. Christoph Vogelsang called from a couple of seats around and everyone else left them to it.

Peters: Q♠9♠
Vogelsang: Q♦K♦

The flop hit Vogelsang but brought glimmers of hope for Peters. It fell K♣T♣8♥. The K♠ on the turn didn't help the all-in player and the 2♣ on the river finished him off.

Vogelsang now has about 800,000. --HS

6:40pm: Colman collects big one from Drinan
Level 14 - Blinds 10,000/20,000 (ante 3,000)

There was a big double-up by Daniel Colman just now through chip leader Connor Drinan.

Colman was all in for just over 700,000 with A♦Q♦ versus Drinan's 2♥2♠. The community cards came J♠A♣6♦, then 6♥, then K♦, that ace giving Colman the best hand and a stack of around 1.45 million now. Drinan is still in front with 1.75 million. --MH

6:35pm: Small double for Gonzalez
Level 14 - Blinds 10,000/20,000 (ante 3,000)

In the first hand after the redraw to two tables, Fabrizio Gonzalez -- currently 16th out of 16 -- min-raised to 40,000 from early position, a bet representing about half his stack.

It folded around to Daniel Dvoress in the big blind who reraised, and Gonzalez committed the rest of his chips to call, showing K♦9♣ to Dvoress's 7♥4♦.

The board came 9♥4♠K♠2♥T♣, giving both a pair but Gonzalez the better one, and he has around 170,000 now. Dvoress is still near the top of the counts with about 1.55 million. --MH

6:30pm: Last 16
Level 14 - Blinds 10,000/20,000 (ante 3,000)

They are down to the last two tables, with space for 16 players. Remember, they're playing down to seven tonight, which will take them into the money.

Here's how they line up now:

Table 1

1: Daniel Dvoress - 1.59 million
2: Byron Kaverman - 740,000
3: Fabrizio Gonzalez - 90,000
4: Ben Tollerene - 540,000
5: Orpen Kisacikoglu - 795,000
6: Jason Koon - 1.475 million
7: Cary Katz - 295,000
8: Bryn Kenney - 515,000

Table 2

1: Christoph Vogelsang - 570,000
2: Charlie Carrel - 1.25 million
3: Sam Greenwood - 340,000
4: Leo Cheng - 1.48 million
5: Sean Winter - 470,000
6: Connor Drinan - 2.3 million
7: David Peters - 110,000
8: Daniel Colman - 695,000

6:28pm: Steve O'Dwyer served with Dvoress papers
Level 14 - Blinds 10,000/20,000 (ante 3,000)

Steve O'Dwyer came in for a raise and Daniel Dvoress decided to make O'Dwyer play for his tournament life. O'Dwyer thought for a moment before calling with A♠T♣. Dvoress had two red jacks. As the dealer started to arrange all the stacks and cards, O'Dwyer seemed to know what was coming.

"Just run it out," he requested. So it happened. The board ran clean for Dvoress, and O'Dwyer was out in 17th place. --BW

6:25pm: Koon cripples Gonzalez
Level 14 - Blinds 10,000/20,000 (ante 3,000)

Give to Jason Koon. The man is patient, and it's a virtue that's paying off. In one of the last hands before the re-draw, Koon raised to 45,000 only to see Fabrizio Gonzalez re-raise to 100,000. Koon called and they saw a flop of K♠2♣8♣. Koon check-called a bet of 51,000. When the 9♣ came on the turn, nothing happened. Both players checked though the possible flush and made room for another club on the river: 5♣. Now, Koon came out big, betting 300,000. Gonzalez, who barely had more than 300,000 in his stack, tanked hard. Nearly five minutes passed before Gonzalez put in the call. Koon showed him Q♣T♣, crippling Gonzalez and moving Koon's stack up north of 1.4 million. --BW

6:20pm: Peters nursing short stack
Level 14 - Blinds 10,000/20,000 (ante 3,000)

Steve O'Dwyer open-shoved from the button for almost 375,000 and it folded to David Peters in the big blind.

Peters, down to just under 150,000 after posting, checked his cards and sat staring into the distance for a minute or so, appearing as though he were going back and forth between calling and folding. It was reminiscent of three-handed play at the European Poker Tour Prague Main Event final table when Peters was short-stacked and facing similar do-or-die moments over and again.

David_Peters_PCB2017_SHR_7JAN17Nursing: David Peters

Much like he did many times in Prague, Peters finally chose to fold and preserved his short stack of about seven big blinds. O'Dwyer has about 420,000. --MH

6:15pm: Koon adds to Gonzalez frustration
Level 14 - Blinds 10,000/20,000 (ante 3,000)

Fabrizio Gonzalez is getting frustrated. It seems that every time he has entered a pot in the past hour or so, he's had to let his hand go, defeated. Here's another example, after which his stack was sitting at around 450,000.

Jason Koon opened to 45,000 from the cutoff and Gonzalez made it 110,000 from the button. The blinds both folded but then Koon called and they saw a flop of 8♣7♣6♦. They both checked.

The J♣ came on the turn, which they both checked. And they also both checked the 8♦ river.

Koon turned over J♠Q♣. A dejected Gonzalez threw his beaten T♣T♠ face up into the muck.

Koon has about 970,000. -- HS

6:10pm: Kisacikoglu gets the double
Level 14 - Blinds 10,000/20,000 (ante 3,000)

Orpen Kisacikoglu got his sub-15 big blind stack in three times in the past orbit, as Level 13 gave way to Level 14 and the price of poker went up. On the first two occasions he got no callers, but then he finally got one to stick and doubled up.

Daniel Colman paid him off after opening to 45,000 from the cutoff. Kisacikoglu jammed for 299,000 from the small blind and Colman called from a stack of around 1 million.

They were racing. Colman's A♣T♥ was up against Kisacikoglu's 6♣6♠ and the pocket pair streaked further ahead after the flop of A♥6♦2♥. The J♠ on the turn and J♣ on the river turned a flopped set into a full house and gave Kisacikoglu hope for the future.

Colman still has about 700,000 and is going nowhere just yet. -- HS

6:05pm: Cheng charges up the counts
Level 13 - Blinds 8,000/16,000 (ante 2,000)

Leo Cheng has been steadily rising in the counts this afternoon, and just now a careful bit of river study by him earned him a nice pot and a spot inside the top two on the leaderboard.

The hand -- the last one of Level 13 -- started with a David Peters open to 36,000 from under the gun, called by Cheng in the big blind. The flop came 7♦K♦T♠ and both checked, then Cheng checked the board-pairing T♥ turn, Peters bet 50,000, and Cheng called.

The river was the Q♠. Cheng checked once more, and Peters fired 165,000 in the middle, leaving himself just 235,000 behind.

Cheng went through a varied sequence of actions as he thought -- rechecking his cards, rubbing his chin, scratching his head, and leaning forward to examine the board a little further. Finally he called and showed K♠3♥ for kings and tens, and he was good as Peters had but A♣4♣.

Cheng is up around 1.55 million now -- about half of what leader Connor Drinan has, but more than anyone else. --MH

6pm: Charlie Carrell flushes out a double
Level 13 - Blinds 8,000/16,000 (ante 2,000)

Most of the action happened before our notes could record it, but it ended badly for Dan Colman. With the board reading 5♠Q♣7♣J♠A♠, Charlie Carrell had his flush with 9♠T♠. Colman's all-in bet was meant to worry Carrell. Colman had paired the five on the flop, but he also had the K♠. Carrell wasted no time in calling, however, and doubled to 1,250,000. Colman was left with around 600,000. --BW

Charlie_Carrel_PCB2017_SHR_7JAN17Flushing: Charlie Carrel

5:55pm: It's Drinan time
Level 13 - Blinds 8,000/16,000 (ante 2,000)

Nick Petrangelo was the standout player through Day 1 of this event, described by Daniel Negreanu as one of the most aggressive players he has ever played against. But there's no mistaking who is the boss now as Day 2 plays on: Connor Drinan, who wrestled the chip lead from Petrangelo some time ago, has now sent his countryman to the rail and built his own stack beyond 3 million. This is Drinan time.

Charlie Carrel got the party started with a raise to 40,000 from the hijack. Petrangelo raised to 120,000 from the button and action came to Drinan in the big blind.

He had everyone else at the table covered by some margin and his announcement that he was all-in might easily have represented the action of a big-stack bully. Carrel folded but Petrangelo, who had K♣K♠ and about 550,000 total, saw no reason to back down. He called.

Nick_Petrangelo_PCB2017_SHR_7JAN17Another faller: Nick Petrangelo

Drinan, however, was packing. He showed A♥A♣ and there was nothing to threaten him through a board of 9♣5♦3♦2♦T♠.

Petrangelo skittered away as Drinan piled some more to a stack that is at least 3.3 million high. -- HS

5:50pm: Colman cracks Kisacikoglu's aces, earns big double
Level 13 - Blinds 8,000/16,000 (ante 2,000)

Daniel Colman raised from the cutoff, Orpen Kisacikoglu three-bet from the small blind, and Colman called, bringing the pot up around 200,000.

The flop fell Q♠9♣5♣ and Kisacikoglu led with a bet of 150,000 that Colman called. The K♥ turn then caused Kisacikoglu to check, and when Colman bet 210,000, Kisacikoglu thought a good while before calling.

The river was the T♦, and Kisacikoglu checked once more. Colman only took a few seconds before announcing he was all in for the 265,000 he had left, and Kisacikoglu went deep into the tank.

After a minute Kisacikoglu counted out calling chips, then he took another half-minute before making the call. Colman tabled J♦T♣ for a straight, and Kisacikoglu nodded as he showed his A♠A♦ had been cracked.

Colman jumps up around 1.45 million suddenly, while Kisacikoglu slips all of the way back to 310,000. --MH

5:45pm: Vogelsang doubles through O'Dwyer
Level 13 - Blinds 8,000/16,000 (ante 2,000)

After losing a healthy chunk of his stack to Ben Tollerene in previous hand, Christoph Vogelsang was in shove mode. Folded to him in the small blind, he pushed with J♥8♠. Steve O'Dwyer made the call out of the big blind with K♠7♥. Vogelsang hit an eight on the flop. It held and allowed the short-stacked Vogelsang to survive for another hand. --BW

Christoph_Vogelsang_PCB2017_SHR_7JAN17On the double: Christoph Vogelsang

5:40pm: Hostile welcome turns sweet for Kenney
Level 13 - Blinds 8,000/16,000 (ante 2,000)

Bryn Kenney moved into the seat vacated by Joe McKeehen and, assisted by the tournament staff, got there just in time to learn that he was in the big blind. If that wasn't enough, he faced a hostile welcome as Sam Greenwood open-shoved from the small blind when action folded to him.

Kenney looked down at his first hand at his new table, but liked what he saw. He called all-in for 280,000 total, and turned over his 9♣9♦. Greenwood had A♥8♠ but, thanks to the hand against McKeehen, had enough chips to survive whatever the outcome.

Bryn_Kenney_PCB2017_SHR_7JAN17Sweet for Bryn Kenney

And the community cards favoured Kenney. The full board ran 5♦8♣Q♣K♦T♣ and Kenney scored an immediate double up, taking his stack to about 575,000.

"It's lucky you moved quickly," Sean Winter said.

"Welcome to the table," Cary Katz added.

The defending champion is now in good shape to go for the improbably back-to-back. Greenwood has 430,000 now. -- HS

5:35pm: Winter cools off Luca
Level 13 - Blinds 8,000/16,000 (ante 2,000)

Ivan Luca is the latest casualty. Already short-stacked, Luca shoved from the button with Q♥4♣. Winter looked him up with K♠J♠. Winter hit his jack on the turn and stacked up 560,000 in front of him. --BW

5:30pm: Former champ McKeehen goes bust
Level 13 - Blinds 8,000/16,000 (ante 2,000)

Somebody pressed the action button in the $100K. This time it bit Joe McKeehen in the ass. He just got T♥T♦ all in against Sam Greenwood's A♥T♣. The first four cards on the board were hearts. J♥7♥8♥K♥. McKeehen actually had a re-draw to the straight flush, but it missed, and the former WSOP champion was gone. Meanwhile Greenwood moved up to 750,000. --BW

Joe_McKeehen_PCB2017_SHR_7JAN17Joe McKeehen: busted

5:25pm: Katz lays trap, snares McKeehen and doubles
Level 13 - Blinds 8,000/16,000 (ante 2,000)

Both Sam Greenwood and Sean Winter were all-in, uncalled, on Table 1. Greenwood pushed Fabrizio Gonzalez out of his pot, shoving over Gonzalez's raise to 29,000. Greenwood had 299,000, which was too rich for Gonzalez.

Then Winter shoved over Cary Katz's limp from early position. It was for 350,000 and Katz folded.

That hand actually worked in Katz's favour, however, because he limped again from under the gun on the very next hand with a stack of less than 150,000. Greenwood also called from the cutoff and Joe McKeehen raised to 65,000 from the button.

Katz sprang his trap and moved all-in, which got Greenwood out of there. But McKeehen, with J♥J♣ called quickly. Katz had found Q♣Q♥ and was in good shape.

NEIL8988_Cary_Katz_PCB2017_Neil Stoddart.jpgSetting trapz: Cary Katz

That got even better for him when the flop featured the Q♦ in the window. "I'm not winning this," McKeehen said and motioned to muck his cards. He waited to see the turn, just in case there was any chance of a miracle outdraw. But there wasn't.

Katz now has about 300,000. McKeehen has 240,000. -- HS

5:20pm: Drinan downs Sammartino, extends lead
Level 13 - Blinds 8,000/16,000 (ante 2,000)

Byron Kaverman raised to 35,000 from middle position, then Connor Drinan made it 90,000 to go from the button. Action folded to Dario Sammartino in the big blind who paused a few beats, then four-bet to 260,000, quickly chasing Kaverman.

Drinan sat motionless for about a minute, then said he was five-betting all in and Sammartino didn't waste much time before committing the 320,000 or so more he had left.

Drinan showed K♣K♠, and that was ahead of Sammartino's Q♣Q♠. The board came eight-high -- 2♣8♥5♦7♣2♠ -- and Sammartino is out.

With 20 players left, Drinan has extended his lead even further and now sits with more than 2.4 million. --MH

5:15pm: Second pair good for Cheng
Level 13 - Blinds 8,000/16,000 (ante 2,000)

Leo Cheng is the latest player to push his stack past 1 million, winning a huge pot from Ben Tollerene and making a statement that he's not here to be pushed around.

Cheng opened to 40,000 from the cutoff and Tollerene called on the button, taking only those two to a flop of 5♥9♥4♠. Cheng bet 60,000 and Tollerene called.

Leo_Cheng_PCB2017_7jan17Leo Cheng

The K♦ came on the turn and Cheng checked it over to Tollerene. He accepted his opportunity to take the betting lead and put 140,000 forward. Cheng called.

The 6♣ completed the board and Cheng checked again. Tollerene now bet 375,000 and Cheng was looking at a decision for about two thirds of his remaining chips. After a couple of minutes to think it through, Cheng called and Tollerene showed A♠8♠.

Cheng was able to turn over his Q♦9♦ and scoop a big one. Cheng now has about 1.3 million, while Tollerene needs to rebuild from 320,000. -- HS

5:10pm: And Jason Koon is back
Level 13 - Blinds 8,000/16,000 (ante 2,000)

You never know what kind of hand is going to turn your day around. For Jason Koon, it was the one he just played. After spending most of the last couple of days treading water, he's now doubled up in a massive way.

It started when he came in for a raise to 38,000. He got calls from Ivan Luca in the big blind and Sean Winter in the big.

On a flop of A♠T♠9♠, both Luca and Winter checked to Koon. Koon continued and Luca almost immediately announced he was all-in. Winter got out of the way, but Koon made the quick call.

Koon: 7♠5♠
Luca: A♦9♣

The board stayed clean for Koon and he doubled up to 950,000. Meanwhile Luca has fallen all the way down to 220,000. --BW

5:05pm: Kisacikoglu joins seven-figure club
Level 13 - Blinds 8,000/16,000 (ante 2,000)

Playing from under the gun, Orpen Kisacikoglu orpened with a raise to 36,000. Strike that. He opened... opened for 36,000.

It folded to Connor Drinan in the cutoff who called, and Charlie Carrel came along as well from the big blind. All three checked the A♦9♣K♥ flop. Then after the J♠ turn Carrel checked, Kisacikoglu bet 55,000, then Drinan raised to 150,000. Carrel folded, but after some thought Kisacikoglu called.

The river brought the K♠, and after sitting contemplatively for nearly a minute, Kisacikoglu said through his scarf mask that he was all in for the 710,000-plus he had left. Drinan thought about 45 seconds, then pushed his hand away.

Kisacikoglu pushes up over 1.12 million with that pot, while Drinan remains the chip leader with close to 1.4 million. --MH

5pm: Play resumes
Level 13 - Blinds 8,000/16,000 (ante 2,000)

Players are back in their seats for level 13.

4:40pm: Break in play

Break time in the Super High Roller. Play resumes in 20 minutes.

4:35pm: Dvoress downs Mercier
Level 12 - Blinds 6,000/12,000 (ante 2,000)

Team PokerStars Pro Jason Mercier was just all in for his last 361,000 with A♣J♣ but had to improve versus the K♣K♥ of Daniel Dvoress.

Alas for Mercier, the 5♣Q♦2♣ flop provided an optimism-producing flush draw, but the J♠ turn and Q♠ river dashed those hopes and he's on the rail.

Dvoress is now up around 1.1 million. --MH

4:30pm: Kisacikoglu takes from Petrangelo
Level 12 - Blinds 6,000/12,000 (ante 2,000)

Orpen Kisacikoglu is in the ascendency having just won a pot against Nick Petrangelo. It took a while to play out, with much thinking, but it left the Turk with more than 900,000.

Dario Sammartino had opened the pot, making it 27,000 from under the gun. Kisacikoglu then three-bet to 82,000 from middle position, before the action reached Petrangelo, sitting on his immediate left. He four bet, making it 175,000 to play from the cut off.

Byron Kaverman was on the button and teased onlookers by taking more than a minute to fold. The blinds followed suit, as did Sammartino. That brought the action back to Kisacikoglu, who called.

They saw a flop: T♣3♦7♦

Kisacikoglu, his scarf pulled up over his face leaving only his eyes uncovered, checked, then called Petrangelo's bet of 105,000.

The turn card Q♥ was checked before the 9♦ river card appeared. It was here that Kisacikoglu moved all-in for 349,000 sending Petrangelo into an extended think. That ended in a fold, with Petrangelo down to 600,000. - SB

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4:24pm: Cheng's education continues
Level 12 - Blinds 6,000/12,000 (ante 2,000)

Leo Cheng is probably one of the least known players in this Super High Roller event. He didn't play often, if at all, on the European Poker Tour, and it's definitely the first time he has played a Super High Roller in the Bahamas.

However he is no novice. He has played regularly in the high buy-in events in Macau over the past couple of years and most recently finished fifth in the High Roller event at the Asia Championship of Poker in November, which was won by David Peters.

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Leo Cheng

He has amassed close to 800,000 chips in this tournament so far, where his education recently continued by playing four consecutive heads-up pots against Steve O'Dwyer, Bryn Kenney, Jason Mercier and Christoph Vogelsang. You'll learn quickly that way.

First up, Cheng raised to 30,000 from under the gun and O'Dwyer called from the big blind. They both checked the flop of 7♦6♣Q♦ and then saw another Queen, the Q♣, on the turn. O'Dwyer bet 30,000 now and Cheng called.

The river was yet another Queen. This time the Q♠. Both players checked and O'Dwyer turned over K♣7♣. "Full house!" the dealer said and Cheng mucked.

On the next hand, Bryn Kenney, this tournament's defending champion, opened from the hijack to 28,000. Cheng called in the big blind and then checked the flop of 8♣5♥3♠. Kenney bet 26,000 and Cheng called.

They both checked the 4♠ turn. And then they checked the 2♣ river. Cheng had a sneaky 6♦3♥ in the hole, but didn't get fully paid for his straight. Kenney mucked.

On the third hand, action folded to Cheng in the small blind and he completed. Mercier, in the big blind, raised to 31,000 and Cheng let it go.

And then it was his chance to go to battle against a German wizard when Cheng, on the button, called Vogelsang's 27,000 open from the hijack.

They both checked the A♣6♠7♥ flop, then Cheng folded to Vogelsang's bet of 46,000 after the 8♣ turn.

The overall tally wasn't great for Cheng. He played four, lost three, won one. But with 780,000 chips, he remains ahead of everyone else over on that table. O'Dwyer has 670,000 and Vogelsang 330,000. -- HS

4:12pm: Trips for Carrel in three-way hand
Level 12 - Blinds 6,000/12,000 (ante 2,000)

After a Byron Kaverman open to 30,000 from middle position, both Dario Sammartino and Charlie Carrel called.

All checked the 9♣J♦9♦ flop, but Sammartino led for 59,000 at the 3♦ turn and both Carrel and Kaverman called. The K♣ river then brought relatively quick checks from the players in the blinds, and Sammartino and Carrel both stared across the table for a long time watching Kaverman as he thought and thought, then checked behind.

Sammartino had A♥J♥ while Carrel had Q♣9♥. Those trip nines were best, as Kaverman mucked.

Carrel is up around 800,000 now, Sammartino has 645,000, and Kaverman 520,000. --MH

NEIL9070_Byron_Kaverman_PCB2017_Neil Stoddart.jpg

Byron Kaverman

4:00pm: Warning: This post contains flashing images
Level 12 - Blinds 6,000/12,000 (ante 2,000)

Connor Drinan just extended his lead in a hand against Dario Sammartino. He opened from the button making it 29,000 to play which Dario Sammartino raised to 95,000 in the big blind. Drinan, after a few moments pause, called for a 5♥3♦4♥ flop.

Sammartino led out for 65,000. He played the entire hand with his headphone on, listening to whatever musical extravaganza was playing on his phone. The effect was a sort of laser show flashing on his face, which he did brilliantly to ignore. Drinan called.

The turn, the 5♣ was checked for the 8♥ river card. Sammartino checked this time before Drinan, the end of his collar between his teeth, bet 375,000 in yellow chips.

Sammartino, unperturbed by the lights flashing in his face, stared at Drinan, whose mirrored sunglasses reflected back the flashing lights in Sammartino's face. It was a long tank, and it ended in a fold. He's down to 750,000 while Drinan moves up even more to 1.8 million. - SB

3:50pm: A tournament to forget for Adams
Level 12 - Blinds 6,000/12,000 (ante 2,000)

When he's old and grey and looks back on his poker career, Timothy Adams won't recall the 2017 PokerStars Champions Bahamas Super High Roller event with great fondness. He was in this one for three $100,000 buy-ins, and he didn't get especially close to recouping them with a 23rd place finish.

But that's his lot. He is the latest faller having lost a race against Steve O'Dwyer.

Adams open-jammed from UTG+1 with 9♣9♦. Action folded around to O'Dwyer in the small blind and he announced a call. Leo Cheng folded his big blind.

Adams's pocket pair was ahead against O'Dwyer's A♦J♥, but true to the way he has been running in this tournament, the flop brought the J♠ nestling between the 7♥ and the 4♦. The K♥ turn and 8♦ river both missed Adams too, and he heads out, never to return.*

*in this tournament, at least. --HS

3:40pm: Bonomo busted
Level 12 - Blinds 6,000/12,000 (ante 2,000)

Justin Bonomo is the latest faller. Having won a pot against Dario Sammartino moments before he then moved all in for 225,000 with 5♣5♥. Dan Colman found T♠T♦ and called.

The board came 7♦4♠2♥2♠6♥ to end Bonomo's tournament. He left without a word. Colman up to 660,000. - SB

8G2A9284_Justin_Bonomo_PCB2017_Neil Stoddart.jpg

Justin Bonomo

3:39pm: That was so 2016
Level 11 - Blinds 5,000/10,000 (ante 1,000)

Cary Katz just won a small one off of David Peters, having raised preflop from the cutoff and gotten called by Peters defending his big blind, then making it to showdown with a better hand. Katz has 225,000 now and Peters 470,000.

As Katz collected, Joe McKeehen noted how rare it was to see Peters losing a showdown. "He's had a really good year," added McKeehen.

McKeehen was referring to how Peters just won the Global Poker Index Player of the Year for 2016, having amassed over $7.5 million in cashes over the course of the 12 months.

"Well, yeah... he had a good year," said Katz, alluding to the calendar change. "But this year... he hasn't had a cash all year!"

Peters grinned as Katz noted that if Fedor Holz -- runner-up finisher in the 2016 GPI POY race -- couldn't beat Peters, he didn't think anyone could. --MH

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3:32pm: Full redraw
Level 11 - Blinds 5,000/10,000 (ante 1,000)

With Kevin Hart's elimination, followed quickly by Anton Astapau's, we are down to 24 players around three tables. Here's how they line up now:

Table 1

1: Ivan Luca - 505,000
2: Sean Winter - 525,000
3: David Peters - 440,000
4: Sam Greenwood - 162,000
5: Joe McKeehen - 705,000
6: Jason Koon - 420,000
7: Fabrizio Gonzalez - 390,000
8: Cary Katz - 230,000

Table 2

1: Christoph Vogelsang - 230,000
2: Steve O'Dwyer - 330,000
3: Leo Cheng - 805,000
4: Jason Mercier - 525,000
5: Timothy Adams - 195,000
6: Ben Tollerene - 535,000
7: Bryn Kenney - 430,000
8: Daniel Dvoress - 660,000

Table 3

1: Connor Drinan - 1.65 million
2: Daniel Colman - 400,000
3: Dario Sammartino - 950,000
4: Charlie Carrel - 655,000
5: Orpen Kisacikoglu - 685,000
6: Nick Petrangelo - 830,000
7: Byron Kaverman - 615,000
8: Justin Bonomo - 206,000

3:22pm: Hart broken
Level 11 - Blinds 5,000/10,000 (ante 1,000)

The Kevin Hart show is over, for now at least.

After a heroic and often hilarious (in a good way) performance, Hart shoved for 50,000, hoping to get back in the game. Dan Colman was at the other end of the table.

"Sorry man," he said, as he tossed in the call, turning over 3♦3♥. Hart showed A♣6♣

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Kevin Hart

Cary Katz, who a short while earlier won a big chunk of Hart's stack, called for an ace, and got one. The flop came 4♠A♦8♦ and it looked like Hart might be revived. But the 2♦ turn set up a straight draw, which the 5♠ river completed.

"No," said Hart, getting up to leave. "The river. Good game guys. It's been real fellas."

Colman is up to 330,000, but Hart's out, dammit. - SB

3:18pm: Sammartino, Carrel up; Bonomo, Greenwood down
Level 11 - Blinds 5,000/10,000 (ante 1,000)

A couple of quick ones to share as the stacks keep going up and down at the final four tables.

First it was Dario Sammartino making a good river call against Justin Bonomo to chip up. The board showed 8♦8♠5♣J♠6♣, and after checking Sammartino saw Bonomo bet 180,000 into an already considerable pot. Eventually Sammartino called with A♦J♥ and saw his jacks were good versus Bonomo's T♦9♣.

Sammartino jumps to 920,000, while Bonomo slips to 260,000.

Meanwhile on the neighboring table Charlie Carrel doubled through Sam Greenwood, with Carrel's ace-king outlasting the latter's ace-jack.

Carrel is up to 770,000 suddenly, while Greenwood is at 140,000. --MH

3:15pm: Knife to the Hart
Level 11 - Blinds 5,000/10,000 (ante 1,000)

Kevin Hart now faces a long road back into this tournament after losing more than two thirds of his stack in a pot against Cary Katz.

"I'm the only one who can't hurt you," Katz said when the two of them got it all-in. While that was true inasmuch as Katz couldn't knock out Hart, the damage done could yet turn out to be terminal.

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Kevin Hart

This actually played out slowly, with a couple of sub-plots involved. Katz opened to 25,000 from under the gun and Hart called quickly on the button. Sam Greenwood called in the small blind and then it was up to Charlie Carrel in the big blind.

Carrel is not the quickest player in the world, and took his time over this decision too, slumping forward on to his arms to peer at Katz. Carrel asked how much Katz was playing, learning that he had 110,000 total, and then thought some more about what to do.

"How you doing over there?" Katz asked after a little while.

"I'm all right," Carrel said. "I'm sorry about this."

"That's OK," Katz said. "It's one of those tough decisions."

Carrel tossed in his cards, at which point Hart appeared to have picked up some kind of bug. The comedian coughed and said, mid-splutter, "Waste of time."

From there, action occurred in a blur. The flop fell Q♦K♠3♦ and Katz moved all-in, sprinkling his chips into the pot as though icing sugar on a cake top. Hart immediately called and Greenwood folded.

"I hope we have the same hand," Katz said as he showed his K♣Q♠. They didn't. Hart had A♦2♦ for the nut flush draw.

That draw was quickly rendered irrelevant. The Q♥ appeared on the turn to make a full house for Katz, and the T♦ river was too little too late.

That left Hart with only 55,000 and although he shoved the next hand and got no callers, he is facing an uphill battle. Katz, meanwhile, now has about 240,000. -- HS

3:10pm: The rise and fall of Pascal Lafrancois
Level 11 - Blinds 5,000/10,000 (ante 1,000)

Just as things were looking up for Pascal Lafrancois, they looked, well, down again.

He just busted with a hand against Joe McKeehen proving his undoing. Having opened for 22,000 form middle position Lafrancois then moved in when McKeehen raised to 68,000 from the small blind. McKeehen called in a flash.

McKeehen: A♥A♠
Lafrancois: A♣K♣

The board ran out Q♠J♥J♠J♦3♥ to double up McKeehen to 850,000. It looked for a second that it was Lafrancois who was covered, but after the dealer confirmed it he had 8,000 left.

"That's all yours," said the dealer, pointing at a small pile of red chips.

"Thanks," replied Lafrancois, grinning.

He did manage a double up of sorts with 8♣5♣ against Timothy Adams, the flop bringing small mercy for the American, but soon enough he was all in again with McKeehen delivering the coup de grace with pocket tens. - SB

3:02pm: Seidel sidles out
Level 11 - Blinds 5,000/10,000 (ante 1,000)

Erik Seidel had gotten his short stack all in on a couple of occasions within the last 15 minutes without getting any takers. Then a hand arose that saw Orpen Kisacikoglu open for 20,000 from the button, and Seidel pushed again from the small blind, this time for about 155,000.

This hand would be different, though, as Justin Bonomo in the big blind was interested enough to come along, and after Kisacikoglu folded Seidel saw the bad news -- his K♠T♠ was well behind Bonomo's A♠A♥. A runout of 5♥K♣6♣J♥6♦ didn't help Seidel enough, and he quietly gathered his belongings and headed railward.

That means with just over $31 million in tournament earnings Seidel will be remaining in second on the all-time money list behind Daniel Negreanu who has just over $32.6 million, for now, anyway.

Meanwhile Bonomo now has 615,000. --MH

3:00pm: Lefrancois hits high point
Level 11 - Blinds 5,000/10,000 (ante 1,000)

Pascal Lefrancois has been nursing a short stack for what seems like hours, stretching into both days of this tournament so far. But he has just seized his chance to get back into action, albeit the result of an outdraw against Joe McKeehen.

Lefrancois opened from the cutoff, making it 22,000 to go and action passed to McKeehen in the big blind. The former World Champion asked for an approximate count--"Two hundred, approximately," Lefrancois said--and then moved all-in, which covered Lefrancois by a factor of three.

Lefrancois checked his cards again and called, learning that he was taking A♥J♠ up against McKeehen's A♠K♠. The flop turned the tables on McKeehen. It came 3♣J♥Q♣. Although any 10 would swing matters back in the other direction, the turn was the 5♦ and the river the 4♣, which were blanks.

Lefrancois actually had 204,000 in his stack, so now has about 425,000. McKeehen still sits with about 410,000. -- HS

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2:50pm: Chidwick out
Level 11 - Blinds 5,000/10,000 (ante 1,000)

Stephen Chidwick makes his way to the rail. After Justin Bonomo opened for 22,000 under the gun Chidwick shoved for 100,000 with A♥J♦. Bonomo was ready with the call, turning over 5♥5♠.

The board ran 2♦K♦Q♥K♥8♣ to send Chidwick out and Bonomo up to 435,000. - SB

2:45pm: Heavily implied
Level 11 - Blinds 5,000/10,000 (ante 1,000)

"I beat ace-ten, but I don't beat ace-queen!"

So said Charlie Carrel just now. After Kevin Hart had limped from early position, he'd raised to 30,000, then Daniel Colman reraise-pushed from the small blind to scatter Hart. Before contemplating what to do, Carrel made his very revealing announcement.

"You just said your hand!" answered Colman.

"Heavily implied," corrected Carrel with a grin.

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Charlie Carrell

They continued with the chat, with Carrel asking "How wide do you think I'm raising?" and Colman responding with a question: "How wide do you think I'm shoving?"

Finally Carrel let his hand go, keeping his 180,000 while Colman now has about 270,000. Colman offered no further information about his hand, leaving it something less than heavily implied that Carrel was right to fold. --MH

2:35pm: Try, try, try again
Level 11 - Blinds 5,000/10,000 (ante 1,000)

You don't win a poker tournament without playing some pots and Jason Mercier entered the first three of the new level after returning from the break. He didn't win any of them.

On the first such occasion, Byron Kaverman opened from the cutoff, making it 23,000 to play. Mercier called in the small blind, but then Fabrizio Gonzalez three-bet from the big blind, making it 72,000. Kaverman quickly folded. Mercier folded slightly more slowly, but it was indeed a fold.

Next up, Anton Astapau opened to 20,000 from under the gun and Mercier called on the button. Ben Tollerene also called, in the big blind, and the three of them saw, and checked, a flop of 8♣5♠4♣.

The 3♦ appeared on the turn and Tollerene bet 50,000. Astapau had seen enough, and Mercier followed him swiftly out of the door.

Action folded to Mercier in the cutoff on the next hand and he opened to 20,000. But Astapau three-bet his big blind, moving all-in for around 200,000. Mercier snap-folded. -- HS

2:05pm: Shak out. Drinan leads
Level 10 - Blinds 4,000/8,000 (ante 1,000)

As the level comes to an end Dan Shak is out, sent to the rail by Jason Mercier's pocket aces. Players are about to take their first 20 minute break of the day. In the meantime we have approximate chip counts of the remaining 30 players, led right now by Conor Drinan. Click for the full chip count page. - SB

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Dan Shak

2:00pm: Adrian Mateos eliminated
Level 10 - Blinds 4,000/8,000 (ante 1,000)

Adrian Mateos is among the early exits today. He's been eliminated just before the first break of the day. --BW

1:55pm: Colman turns his double-up
Level 10 - Blinds 4,000/8,000 (ante 1,000)

With 132,000 left in his stack, Dan Colman shoved it all-in with 6♥6♠. He got a quick call from Leo Cheng's A♠Q♠. It looked like it was all over for Colman when Cheng hit a queen on the flop. Then the dealer put out a six on the turn and kept Colman in the game.--BW

1:50pm: Hart style
Level 10 - Blinds 4,000/8,000 (ante 1,000)

Kevin Hart was all in. These were desperate times and so he took desperate measures to defend his position, which was all-in for 115,000 with Dan Colman having the option to call.

Hart took an approach, unconventional in Super High Roller circles, of sticking his fingers in his ears and waiting, mouth open, and in personal silence, for Colman to do something.

For his part Colman, who was practically all in to call, couldn't work it out. As the sight of Hart, Colman joined the others who were chuckling at the sight of Hart.

"Show me?" asked Colman. If Hart heard he was saying nothing. Eventually Colman folded what looked like an ace.

"I can't hold this forever man," said Hart, removing his fingers form his ears and stacking up 220,000. - SB

1:35pm: Kisacikoglu doubles
Level 10 - Blinds 4,000/8,000 (ante 1,000)

Orpen Kisacikoglu, who plays each hand form behind a scarf that he lifts over his face, just doubled up through Sean Winter.

I missed what happened prior to Winter, in middle position, sitting with a bet of 52,000 in front of him, and looking confused at Kisacikoglu on the button who had raised to 139,000. But Winter's response was to move all in, which Kisacikoglu called immediately.

Winter: Q♦Q♣
Kisacikoglu: K♥K♦

The board came 6♦3♦4♣T♣9♥, missing both players but ultimately keeping Kisacikoglu alive, and well, up to 645,000. Winter meanwhile drops to 420,000. - SB

1:30pm: Bill's bullets gone
Level 10 - Blinds 4,000/8,000 (ante 1,000)

There will be no more Bill Perkins in this event. After firing three $100,000 bullets and hosting a day-long Lodden Thinks game on Day 1, Perkins has been eliminated from play. --BW

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Bill Perkins

1:20pm: Katz doubles through Greenwood
Level 10 - Blinds 4,000/8,000 (ante 1,000)

Cary Katz was down to his final 134,000 and managed to get it in pre-flop versus Sam Greenwood's ace-king. Katz's hand held up and he doubled to 268,000. The hand cut Greenwood down below 500,000.

Katz eyed Greenwood's stack and said, "Just a flesh wound."--BW

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Cary Katz

1:20pm: Colman doubles
Level 10 - Blinds 4,000/8,000 (ante 1,000)

Dan Colman just doubled up through Leo Cheng. All in pre flop Colman had6♦A♦ to Cheng's A♠K♦. But the board, or at least the river, was kind to Colman, with the board coming T♣7♦4♠5♠6♠. He doubles to around 140,000 while Cheng drops to 645,000. -- SB

1:15pm: McKeehen takes from O'Dwyer
Level 9 - Blinds 3,000/6,000 (ante 1,000)

Steve O'Dwyer just took a hit in a hand against Joe McKeehen, getting his aces cracked and losing the chip lead.

O'Dwyer opened for 13,000 in early position which McKeehen called form the cut off for a flop of 8♥5♥5♣. McKeehen then called the bet of 15,000 from O'Dwyer for the T♠ on the turn.

This was a crucial card for McKeehen who was playing T♥T♣. He watched as O'Dwyer made it 43,000 to play, which he then called for the 6♣ river card. O'Dwyer bet 82,000 this time. McKeehen paused, then raised all in for 240,000 more. O'Dwyer didn't react immediately and instead spent several minutes decided on his next action. When he called McKeehen turned over his full house.

O'Dwyer drops to 625,000 now, while McKeehen edges up to 645,000. - SB

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1:00pm: Haxton and Negreanu depart
Level 9 - Blinds 3,000/6,000 (ante 1,000)

Isaac Haxton and Daniel Negreanu are the latest departures. We didn't get details of the Negreanu hand but Haxton moved all-in on a flop of 9♣4♠8♥ with Q♣8♦ only to get a call from Ivan Luca with 9♠4♣. There was no improvement for Haxton. Luca up to 650,000. - SB

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Isaac Haxton

12:50pm: Prize pool information released
Level 9 - Blinds 3,000/6,000 (ante 1,000)

With 54 total entries in the Super High Roller, the remaining players are competing for a $5,239,080 prize pool. The tourney will pay seven places. --BW


12:45pm: O'Dwyer into the lead
Level 9 - Blinds 3,000/6,000 (ante 1,000)

As Vladimir Troyanovskiy departs the field Steve O'Dwyer moves into the lead after a hand against Timothy Adams.

Adams opened to 14,000, which O'Dwyer called from the small blind. On the K♥7♦3♠ flop O'Dwyer checked to Adams, then called the bet of 15,000 for the T♥ on the turn. The pattern continued with O'Dwyer check calling Adams's bet of 55,000.

On the Q♠ river O'Dwyer checked once more, leaving it to Adams to bet 115,000. O'Dwyer didn't take long to decide, picking off chips from his stack to make the call. His 7♠7♥ outdid Adams's K♣Q♣. O'Dwyer moves up to 950,000 while Adams drops to 105,000. - SB

12:35pm: Colman doesn't believe Luca
Level 9 - Blinds 3,000/6,000 (ante 1,000)

Dan Colman smelled a rat where there didn't appear to be one. After raising pre-flop, Colman found himself facing a re-raise to 29,000 from Ivan Luca. Colman check-called 33,000 on the J♦5♦2♠ flop. Both players checked through the 9♣ on the turn. When the river came down as the 2♥, Colman checked again. Luca came in for 72,000. Colman thought long and hard about it before finally calling. Luca showed him K♣J♣ which was good. Colman, while it was a painful hand, Colman still had more than 100,000 in his stack after the hand. --BW

12:35pm: Kevin Hart matter what
Level 9 - Blinds 3,000/6,000 (ante 1,000)

Actor and comedian Kevin Hart, co-star of the recent "Get Hard," is acting as tough as his character from the film here today...even when he has nothing. With the action on him in a recent hand, everybody checked to him.

"I'll check," he said, tapping the table. Then he thought better of it. He pounded the table. "Aggressive check!"--BW

12:30pm: Mustafa Kanit eliminated
Level 9 - Blinds 3,000/6,000 (ante 1,000)

As play starts to get rolling here today, it will roll on without Mustafa Kanit. Adrian Mateos, holding A♠5♥ crippled Kanit on a 4♥J♣A♦T♥5♣ board. Kanit got his last few chips all-in on the next hand and was promptly the first to be eliminated on Day 2.--BW

12:15pm: Perkins all in
Level 9 - Blinds 3,000/6,000 (ante 1,000)

There was a palpable sense of bonhomie prior to the start today. In no other pursuit would a stake to the value of $100,000 (at least) create such a light-hearted environment, but it does. It's like they're all about to go on a long planned trip together rather than fight it out over a prize pool worth nearly $5 million.

Bill Perkins is at the heart of that, and even while the mood got a little more serious with cards in the air he was still looking to make fun - until he moved all in.

That happened in a first hand against chip leader Nick Petrangelo. On a flop of 3♦T♥K♣ Petrangelo checked to Perkins who bet 35,000 from what was his position in the cut off. He looked back at Petrangelo, blinked a lot and looked as though he were waiting for Petrangelo to answer a life-changing question.

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Nick Petrangelo

For his part, sitting there was 770,000 behind (to Perkin's 110,000), Petrangelo acted slowly, finally calling out of the big blind for the 8♠ turn card, which he checked.

Now Perkins moved all-in. He didn't look at Petrangelo this time and instead looked anywhere but. Petrangelo asked if he was looking to re-enter (although registration is now closed.

"I think I could change the rules," joked Perkins. It proved unnecessary. Petrangelo folded. Perkins later said he had black aces, but it was unclear who believed him. - SB

12:06pm: Bullet #3 for Timothy
Level 9 - Blinds 3,000/6,000 (ante 1,000)

Tim Adams has fired bullet number three, bringing the unofficial number of entires for the field to 54 (41 unique players plus 13 re-entries).

12:06pm: Seat draw
Level 9 - Blinds 3,000/6,000 (ante 1,000)

As play begins, here's a quick look at the seat draw (which was set before the new entries on the day).

Jason KoonUSA62400012
Sean WinterUSA45000013
Stephen ChidwickUK28400014
Orpen KisacikogluTurkey37700015
Justin BonomoUSA18700017
Koray AldemirGermany55200018
Joseph McKeehenUSA40500022
Daniel DvoressCanada72000024
David PetersUSA39300025
Daniel NegreanuCanada18800027
Steve O'DwyerIreland80100028
Cary KatzUSA19300032
Dan ColmanUSA36300033
Ivan LucaArgentina18800034
Isaac HaxtonUSA24800036
Charlie CarrelUK37900038
Adrian MateosSpain22700041
Byron KavermanUSA46100042
Mustapha KanitItaly12800044
Jason MercierUSA51700045
Fabrizio GonzalezUruguay29500046
Benjamin TollereneUSA10700047
Bill PerkinsUSA17000051
Dario SammartinoItaly42300053
Nick PetrangeloUSA86100054
Dan ShakUSA28100055
Kevin HartUSA13000056
Leo Yan Ho ChengCanada57100062
Erik SeidelUSA29900063
Vladimir TroyanovskiyRussia17100064
Connor DrinanUSA63700065
Christoph VogelsangGermany25000067
Sam GreenwoodCanada60500068
Pascal LefrancoisCanada211000TBATBA

12:02pm: Reigning champ arrives
Level 9 - Blinds 3,000/6,000 (ante 1,000)

Well, it took him until Day 2, but reigning champion Brynn Kenney has arrived to play the $100,000 Super High Roller. He's joined by Anton Astapau who is also a new entry into the event. Meanwhile, Pascal Lefrancois has fired another bullet for the start of Day 2. --BW

11:50am: Keeping track of the re-entries

As we get ready to get rolling here, let's have a look at the players who have fired multiple bullets in this event.

Bill Perkins: 3
Kevin Hart: 2
Isaac Haxton: 2
Steve O'Dwyer: 2
David Peters: 2
Daniel Negreanu: 2
Erik Seidel: 2
Ben Tollerene: 2
Christoph Vogelsang: 2 --BW

10:45am: Play resumes at 12pm

Today the big money players will begin Day 2 of the $100,000 Super High Roller. By the time our coverage ends tonight, we will be be down to a final table.

When we last left our intrepid heroes, Nick Petrangelo and Steve O'Dwyer sat the top of a list of 36 (including funnyman Kevin Hart).

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Nick Petrangelo

It's entirely possible that number could grow rather than shrink as we begin the day. Registration remains open until 12pm, so we could still see some new players or re-entries from those who went bust.

By Daniel Negreanu's estimation, Petrangelo was an impressive force on Day 1.

Can Petrangelo remain beastly or will someone stand up to challenge him on Day 2?

Stay tuned. Action begins in just over an hour.--BW

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PokerStars Blog reporting team on the $100K Super High Roller: Stephen Bartley, Martin Harris, Howard Swains and Brad Willis. Photography by Neil Stoddart. Follow the PokerStars Blog on Twitter: @PokerStarsBlog