PokerStars Championship Panama: Right as rain, Tollerene leads $50K HR final six

Thunderstorms and sheets of rain marked this Sunday in Panama City, though the skies were clear by early evening. Meanwhile the $50,000 Super High Roller, with action accelerated by the 30-second shot clock, stormed through to a final table today as well, and by the time play concluded and the room cleared Ben Tollerene had the chip lead among the final six.


Ben Tollerene, standing tall

Joining Tollerene for tomorrow's final table will be another collection of top tourney talent, all of whom have "made it rain" more than a few times with big cashes. Of the bunch only Orpen Kisacikoglu will be earning his first-career six-figure score tomorrow.

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Kisacikoglu to collect career-best cash

Two latecomers plus a couple of re-enterers brought the total field to 33 entries (27 uniques, six re-entries) to start today, adding up to a $1,584,495 prize pool to be split among the top six finishers. Those left were winnowed down in fairly short order during the day's initial levels, with start-of-day leader Steve O'Dwyer winning the race early on as the first to reach million-chip status.

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Steve O'Dwyer, chip acquirer

Jason Koon was among the early Day 2 busts, stopped in his quest to win all the PokerStars Championship Super High Rollers ever after his victory in January at the Bahamas. Soon they were down to two tables, and after other high roller champs Mustapha Kanit, David Peters, and Dan Colman joined the march to the exits they recombined around a single nine-handed table.

Paul Newey was the short stack then, and soon lost his last to Ben Tollerene. Not long after that Dario Sammartino open-pushed a short stack with king-ten, ran into Dvoress's ace-queen, and couldn't improve to go out in eighth.

The bubble had arrived even before the scheduled dinner break, which meant dinner was canceled as the players decided to continue on and save eating for later. Bonomo and Kenney battled behind short stacks, then leaders Tollerene and O'Dwyer had a big confrontation ending with O'Dwyer passing on a river shove and Tollerene towering over the others.

Timothy Adams then became the short stack and appeared in peril of finishing seventh, but an all-in push by Kenney with king-eight ran into Dvoress's ace-nine, and five cards later Kenney had bubbled and they'd reached the money with everyone guaranteed $110,920.

Here is what the stacks will look like for tomorrow's first hand:

Ben TollereneUnited States2,914,000
Orpen KisacikogluTurkey1,689,000
Steve O'DwyerIreland1,359,000
Daniel DvoressCanada1,308,000
Justin BonomoUnited States756,000
Timothy AdamsCanada225,000

Rain or shine, play resumes at 12 noon tomorrow local time (now an hour behind ET) as the final half-dozen battle for the trophy and $538,715 first prize. Come back then to see who among these six will emerge as the first ever PokerStars Championship Panama Super High Roller champion. --MH

For a blow-by-blow account of today's action, scroll through the reports below. For more information, check out any of these links:

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8:05pm: Bryn Kenney bubbles
Level 15 - Blinds 12,000/24,000 (ante 4,000)

As the title suggests it's Bryn Kenney who is the last to exit this Super High Roller empty handed. He shoved for 325,000 from the small blind and Daniel Dvoress requested a count. He then looked at Timothy Adams's stack (it was roughly 225,000) and he then announced call.

Kenney: K♦8♦
Dvoress: A♦9♦

The 2♦T♥J♥3♥2♠ and Kenney mouthed a 'wow' as he left the table. With his exit it means the six remaining players are all in the money and that play has ended for the day.

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Kenney cut down shy of cash

A recap of the action is on the way and the final table begins at noon. --NW

7:55pm: Adams becomes short stack
Level 15 - Blinds 12,000/24,000 (ante 4,000)

A couple of uncalled shoves from Bryn Kenney has enabled him to continue to hover around 350,000. Meanwhile Timothy Adams has slipped below 300,000 and is now the shortest of the seven remaining players.

Remember -- only six make it to tomorrow's final day... and the cash. --MH

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Chips -- and comfort level -- lessen for Adams

7:45pm: Bonomo takes from Adams
Level 15 - Blinds 12,000/24,000 (ante 4,000)

Timothy Adams raised to 60,000 from under the gun, Justin Bonomo called from the cutoff, and Daniel Dvoress called as well from the small blind. The flop brought three low cards, all diamonds -- 4♦5♦3♦ -- and after Dvoress checked, Adams bet 70,000. Bonomo called, Dvoress got out, and the turn was the 4♠. Adams bet again -- this time 95,000 -- and Bonomo called once more.

The river was the T♠, and acting with the same deliberation he'd shown throughout the hand, Adams checked. Bonomo then took his time -- most of the 30 seconds -- before saying he was pushing all in, and Adams used up all of his clock, too, before folding.

Bonomo bounces up to 895,000 while Adams has suddenly become short with 380,000 -- just a bit more than what Bryn Kenney has. --MH

7:40pm: O'Dwyer vs. Kisacikoglu
Level 15 - Blinds 12,000/24,000 (ante 4,000)

No major action to report from the opening eight hands of this level, but the two hands that went to showdown invovled the two same players, that being Steve O'Dwyer and Orpen Kisacikoglu. What's more in both hands Kisacikoglu was on the button, with O'Dwyer in the big blind.

In the first of the two clashes Kisacikoglu raised to 52,000 and O'Dwyer smooth called. The Irishman called a bet of 50,000 on a 2♠6♠8♥ flop and both players then checked the 8♦ turn and K♠ river. O'Dwyer's 8♣7♦ was more than good enough to take the pot.

Six hands later they were at it again. The same pre-flop action took them to a 5♠8♠Q♦ flop. Neither player bet and that pattern repeated itself on the K♦ turn. The 2♠ completed the board, O'Dwyer wagered 70,000 and Kisacikoglu looked him up. The Irishman rolled over A♣8♦ and it was good. --NW

7:30pm: And now Bonomo
Level 15 - Blinds 12,000/24,000 (ante 4,000)

And now it's Bonomo's turn to shove -- and get no takers. He's still at about 480,000 while Bryn Kenney is on about 350,000. --MH

7:25pm: Kenney seeking double on bubble
Level 15 - Blinds 12,000/24,000 (ante 4,000)

Shortly after players returned, leader Ben Tollerene opened for 55,000, Bryn Kenney shoved for his last 298,000, and when it got back to Tollerene he released his hand. --MH

7:20pm: Play resumes
Level 15 - Blinds 12,000/24,000 (ante 4,000)

The magnificent seven are back to determine who among them will be leaving shy of the money. --MH

7:10pm: Chip counts
Level 15 - Blinds 12,000/24,000 (ante 4,000)

Bubble play will continue when the players return. This is how they'll stack up when play resumes.

Ben TollereneUnited States2,880,000
Orpen KisacikogluTurkey1,910,000
Daniel DvoressCanada1,131,000
Steve O'DwyerIreland891,000
Timothy AdamsCanada654,000
Justin BonomoUnited States479,000
Bryn KenneyUnited States306,000

7pm: No dinner
Level 14 - Blinds 10,000/20,000 (ante 3,000)

That is the end of Level 14, but players have opted against a dinner break. They'll take 20 minutes instead, then return to play through the bubble. Tournament staff will hand us full chip counts for the remaining seven players shortly. --NW

6:55pm: Clash of the big stacks
Level 14 - Blinds 10,000/20,000 (ante 3,000)

A huge pot between two of the bigger stacks just played out and it left Steve O'Dwyer with a tough decision on the river.

Ben Tollerene raised to 46,000 from under the gun and O'Dwyer called from the cutoff. The two went heads-up to a J♠6♥5♣ flop and Tollerene checked to O'Dwyer, who bet 60,000. There was no call from Tollerene, he check-raised to 200,000 and O'Dwyer called. On the 8♥ turn Tollerene fired out a further 350,000 and O'Dwyer was going nowhere. He called from a stack of 1.25 million.

The 7♠ fell on fifth street and, after about 20 seconds, Tollerene moved all-in. O'Dwyer still had all three of his time bank chips and he'd go to that particular well during this decision.

His 30 seconds elapsed and he nodded, he needed more time. He took another 55 seconds over this huge decision and ultimately elected to fold, surrendering the pot and one of his time-bank chips.

After that hand Tollerene is up to 2.8 million, while O'Dwyer is down to 900,000. --NW

6:35pm: Kenney's uncalled shove highlights orbit
Level 14 - Blinds 10,000/20,000 (ante 2,000)

A seven-hand report for you here, getting you up to speed on the most recent orbit of play in Level 14.

Ben Tollerene won a couple of raise-and-take hands, and Timothy Adams another. Orpen Kisacikoglu and Steve O'Dwyer each won small pots in hands that ended on the flop, and Kisacikoglu added another in a limped pot, blind-versus-blind one versus Tollerene.

That leaves one other hand -- the highlight of the orbit -- that began with Justin Bonomo opening for 45,000 from middle position. It folded to Bryn Kenney in the cutoff who checked his cards, re-checked his stack, then put all of his chips forward as an all-in re-raise to 293,000 total.

The others folded, and Bonomo took 29 of his allotted 30 seconds before finally letting his cards go.


Justin Bonomo

Kenney remains the short stack with about 360,000, while Bonomo is sixth of seven with 470,000. --MH

6:25pm: Bubble time as Sammartino eliminated in eighth place
Level 14 - Blinds 10,000/20,000 (ante 3,000)

We're on the bubble, a $110,920 bubble. Dario Sammartino couldn't recover from losing that huge pot to Orpen Kisacikoglu and he's just been knocked out in eighth place. The Italian moved all-in from the hijack for 167,000 and Daniel Dvoress called from the cutoff.

Everyone else left them to it and Sammartino was behind, but had live cards with his K♥T♦ up against A♥Q♠. The 4♦3♠J♦4♠J♣ board meant both players improved to two-pair but Dvoress had the better kicker.

Of the seven remaining players it's Bryn Kenney who's playing the role of short stack. --NW


Daniel Colman to Dario Sammartino: "See that exit door? See you on the other side of it later."

6:15pm: This is bananas. Huge pot for Orpen Kisacikoglu
Level 14 - Blinds 10,000/20,000 (ante 3,000)

It's funny what will happen when you're not paying attention. We'll blame the bananas for this.

We were engaged in a deep dive into the taste of the local bananas, a discussion brought on by Justin Bonomo. A good number of the remaining players were chowing down on some small bananas, and Bonomo was curious.

"How did everyone's banana taste?" he asked.

"Ripe," Timothy Adams said. His was fine, as was Bryn Kenney's.

"I had one this morning that tasted funny," Bonomo said.

Next to Bonomo, Steve O'Dwyer had left his banana barely eaten. He described it as "chalky," a description Bonomo immediately agreed was correct. They engaged in further discussion about whether the bananas were off or they had weird tastebuds.

And I'll be honest, I was really into this discussion and only noticed what was happening between Dario Sammartino and Orpen Kisacikoglu when Sammartino put out a bet of 115,000 on a 9♣6♣J♠J♣7♥ board.

Kisacikoglu gave it a moment, cut out 115,000, and then grabbed a full stack of yellow. The bet was 500,000.

Sammartino looked pained, but finally tossed in a one-chip call. He was going to need a lot more, because despite having turned the ace-high flush with A♣T♣, he was not even close to good. Kisacikoglu held J♥J♦, quads. That was good for a million-plus pot and a spot close to the chip lead. Meanwhile, Sammartino was left with less than 200,000 in front of him.

The sad thing was, the banana Sammartino ordered hadn't even arrived at the table yet.--BW

6:05pm: Lose some, win some for Dvoress
Level 14 - Blinds 10,000/20,000 (ante 3,000)

Daniel Dvoress just played two interesting pots in a row and came out of them with a batting average of .500.

In the first he raised to 35,000 from the button and Ben Tollerene called out of the big blind.

A 2♣2♦5♥ flop hit the felt, Dvoress c-bet 33,000 only for Tollerene to spring a check-raise on him. It was 100,000 total for Dvoress to continue in the hand and continue he did. The Q♣ turn was as far as this hand would go though as a bet of 250,000 from Tollerene earned the American the pot.

Undeterred by this, on the very next hand Dvoress opened for his standard raise and Timothy Adams called in position. The dealer fanned a 8♠K♠T♣ flop and Dvoress gave up the betting lead, check-calling a bet of 52,000 from Adams.

On the J♠ turn Adams fired again, this time it was 140,000 to Dvoress and the battle of the Canadians would continue to the river. The Q♦ river was checked through and the A♠K♣ of Dvoress was the winner at showdown. --NW

6pm: It's oh so quiet
Level 13 - Blinds 8,000/16,000 (ante 2,000)

Since the players combined to the final table it has got noticeably quieter. The chatter has been replaced by silence. The final eight are all well and truly in the zone. --NW

5:50pm: O'Dwyer and Kisacikoglu tangle
Level 13 - Blinds 8,000/16,000 (ante 2,000)

Orpen Kisacikoglu and Steve O'Dwyer just tangled in a couple of consecutive hands, with each winning one.

In the first Kisacikoglu check-called bets by O'Dwyer on the flop and turn, then checked again once the board completed T♠T♥8♣9♣5♥. O'Dwyer checked behind that time, Kisacikoglu showed J♥J♠, and O'Dwyer mucked.


One for Orpen Kisacikoglu...

On the next hand Kisacikoglu opened for 35,000 from early position and O'Dwyer called from a couple of seats down, then Kisacikoglu led for 35,000 after the Q♥J♦Q♦ flop. O'Dwyer called, and Kisacikoglu bet again after the 7♦ turn, this time 84,000. O'Dwyer called once more.


...and one for Steve O'Dwyer

The river brought the 5♦ and a check from Kisacikoglu, and O'Dwyer fired a bet of 210,000 into that opening, earning a fold and the pot.

O'Dwyer is at 1.45 million now, while Kisacikoglu has 1.25 million. --MH

5:45pm: Meanwhile across the room

As we cover this big money event, we can't help but notice the $1,100 PokerStars National Championship destroying its guarantee. For more on that, check out this quick update.--BW

5:40pm: Newey downed in ninth
Level 13 - Blinds 8,000/16,000 (ante 2,000)

Paul Newey has been nursing a short stack for the entire day and he couldn't get a double when he badly needed one. Ben Tollerene played the role of executioner, raising to 35,000 from early position and then calling for 187,000 total after Newey had shoved from the big blind.

The Brit was ahead with A♦K♦ against the Q♠J♠ of Tollerene but the 9♠T♥K♠ flop was about as good as they come for the chip leader. It left Newey with just a 3.3 percent chance of an outdraw and that became 0 percent on the 2♠ turn and the meaningless 5♦ completed the board.

Eight players remain, six get paid. --NW

5:35pm: Pocket pair gives Bonomo boost
Level 13 - Blinds 8,000/16,000 (ante 2,000)

Dario Sammartino raised to 35,000 from under the gun and got a couple of callers in Ben Tollerene (cutoff) and Justin Bonomo (small blind).

The flop fell 4♠9♥T♠, and after Bonomo checked, Sammartino continued for 44,000. Tollerene let his hand go, and after pausing a couple of beats Bonomo announced he was check-raising all-in with the 242,000 he had behind. Sammartino called right away.

Bonomo: 4♥4♣
Sammartino: J♠9♠

Sammartino had top pair and a flush draw while Bonomo had flopped a set of fours. The K♣ turn kept Bonomo in front, then the K♠ river gave Sammartino a flush but Bonomo a full house, and the latter earned a more-than-double-up.

Bonomo has about 525,000 now while Sammartino has about 855,000. --MH

5:25pm: Tollerene extends his lead
Level 13 - Blinds 8,000/16,000 (ante 2,000)

A small pot for Ben Tollerene has seen him extend his chip lead and leave Justin Bonomo in the sub 20 big blind club.

Pre-flop it was Bonomo who played the role of aggressor, he made it 35,000 to go from UTG+1 and Tollerene called from the big blind. The flop was a monotone K♠T♠A♠, Bonomo continued for 25,000 and Tollerene stuck around.

Neither player bet on the 5♣ turn but on the 3♣ river Tollerene fired out a bet of 180,000. Bonomo capped his cards and rested his chin on steepled hands. He had 316,000 left so any action would risk a large portion of his stack. Before he ran out of time he mucked his cards and the pot went to Tollerene. --NW

5:15pm: Redraw
Level 13 - Blinds 8,000/16,000 (ante 2,000)

Here's how they are seated around the final table. Six are paid, so there's no time for celebration yet.

1 - Daniel Dvoress - 890,000
2 - Timothy Adams - 825,000
3 - Ben Tollerene - 1.68 million
4 - Orpen Kisacikoglu - 1.32 million
5 - Justin Bonomo - 380,000
6 - Steve O'Dwyer - 1.45 million
7 - Bryn Kenney - 520,000
8 - Dario Sammartino - 1.13 million
9 - Paul Newey - 160,000

5:05pm: Down to one table as Colman exits in 10th
Level 13 - Blinds 8,000/16,000 (ante 2,000)

Down to just 278,000 Daniel Colman moved all-in from the button. Action was on Daniel Dvoress and he eyed up Colman's stack and that of Steve O'Dwyer, who was in the big blind. He then announced that he too was all-in and O'Dwyer swiftly folded.

Dvoress: 9♣9♥
Colman: 2♣2♥

Colman was in trouble and he was out of his seat before the final card of a 3♥7♣6♠K♣Q♥ board sealed his fate. After that hand Dvoress is up to roughly 900,000. They'll now be a short break while there's a re-draw of the final nine players. --NW


Daniel Colman: Out

5pm: Passing the time by counting the time
Level 13 - Blinds 8,000/16,000 (ante 2,000)

Here's a different kind of chip count.

It's gotten a bit slow in the Super High Roller, so it felt like a good time to check in on how much time each of the remaining ten players has. As you likely have read, each player got three time-bank chips when they bought into the event, chips that could only be refreshed if they busted out and re-bought before the beginning of Day 2 (Justin Bonomo and Bryn Kenney are the only remaining players in for two bullets).

Each of those time bank chips is good for one extra minute of thinking. Here's how many time-bank chips each player has remaining.

Dan Colman: 3
Steve O'Dwyer: 3
Justin Bonomo: 3
Daniel Dvoress: 2
Timothy Adams: 1
Bryn Kenney: 1
Paul Newey: 1
Ben Tollerene: 1
Dario Sammartino: 0
Orpen Kisacikoglu:0


Time bank chip

And as we type this, it looks like we have a bust-out and are re-drawing for the final nine. More on that in one second.--BW

4:55pm: Kenny pushes, Adams folds
Level 13 - Blinds 8,000/16,000 (ante 2,000)

Timothy Adams opened for 35,000 from the cutoff, then it folded to Bryn Kenney who pushed all-in from the small blind for 319,000 total.

Action back on Adams, he tanked for 25 seconds, then the dealer began counting softly. "Five... four... three...."



Bryn Kenney: Pushing Adams

Put Adams on 820,000, while Kenney has 380,000 after earning Adams's open plus blinds and antes. --MH

4:35pm: More for Kisacikoglu
Level 12 - Blinds 6,000/12,000 (ante 2,000)

In a hand that extended into the break, Orpen Kisacikoglu took a chunk out of Dario Sammartino's chip stack. It was Sammartino who started the action. He opened to 28,000 from under the gun, Kisacikoglu three-bet to 91,000 from the big blind. Sammartino called.

Kisacikoglu then proceeded to bet every street of the 9♣K♥7♥4♣9♥ board, Sammartino called the flop (65,000) and turn bets (155,000) but folded to a bet of 300,000 on the river.

That put Kisacikoglu up to about 1.4 million and sent players on a 20-minute break. --NW

4:32pm: Full house earns value for Adams
Level 12 - Blinds 6,000/12,000 (ante 2,000)

After check-calling a turn bet from Timothy Adams, Justin Bonomo watched the river dealt to complete the board A♦5♣2♦8♣5♥. Bonomo checked again, Adams bet 94,000, and Bonomo dug out calling chips and thought for 25 seconds before setting them forward.

Adams showd A♥5♠ for fives full of aces and Bonomo mucked. Adams is up around 770,000 as the next break nears, while Bonomo is down to about 325,000. --MH

4:30pm: Kisacikoglu over Kenney
Level 12 - Blinds 6,000/12,000 (ante 2,000)

The action folded to Orpen Kisacikoglu in the small blind and he brought it in for a raise. It was 31,000 for Bryn Kenney to continue in the pot and he put in the extra chips required. On the 7♦2♠T♥ flop Kisacikoglu c-bet 32,000 and Kenney called.


Orpen Kisacikoglu

The 8♦ turn checked through and the K♥ completed the board. Kisacikoglu took a few seconds to think and then bet 80,000. Kenney took long enough over his decision that the shot clock was placed in his view, but a couple of seconds later he flicked in a single blue chip to indicate a call.

Kisacikoglu rolled over K♦4♦ for a turned flush draw that had turned into top pair on the river. Kenney couldn't beat it and he's dropped to 380,000, while Kisacikoglu has 1,115,000. --NW

4:28pm: Bonomo pushes, collects
Level 12 - Blinds 6,000/12,000 (ante 2,000)

Bryn Kenney opened for 27,000 from the button, then after the action reached Justin Bonomo in the big blind the magenta-haired one announced he was all in and Kenney folded in a flash.

Bonomo is just over 500,000 now. --MH

4:25pm: Do I bet or do I check?
Level 12 - Blinds 6,000/12,000 (ante 2,000)

Timothy Adams raised to 28,000 from the button, Bryn Kenney called from the big blind, then Kenney check-called a c-bet of 25,000 from Adams after the 8♣A♥3♣ flop. Both checked the 2♣ turn, and after the T♣ river put a fourth club on the board Kenney checked again.

Adams took nearly his entire half-minute before acting, appearing as though he was going through a bet-check-bet-check-bet-check mental workout before finally jabbing the table with a finger as a check. Kenney showed 5♠3♠, pointing at the three signaling a pair, and Adams mucked with a sheepish grin. Kenney is at 625,000 now.

Adams won the next one versus Dario Sammartino to climb back to 720,000. Meanwhile Sammartino is at 1.2 million. --MH

4:20pm: New life for Newey
Level 12 - Blinds 6,000/12,000 (ante 2,000)

With only 122,000 left in front of him, Paul Newey shoved it in with K♠T♠. Dan Colman took little time calling with 8♠8♣. Newey hit the T♥ on the flop and stayed ahead the rest of the way. Newey got the double to more than 250,000. Colman, meanwhile, is sitting on about 300,000. --BW


Paul Newey sticking around

4:15pm: Small pot poker on Table 1
Level 12 - Blinds 6,000/12,000 (ante 2,000)

A quick summary of the past seven hands over on Table 1. In short, Daniel Dvoress's short stack is not as short as it previously was. He won four of the seven hands played, although none made it past the turn.

The first of the four set him up for the rest, he shoved over the top of a 28,000 open from Daniel Colman and the latter quickly folded. That meant Dvoress was now in a position to play some poker and he subsequently won post-flop pots against Steve O'Dwyer, Ben Tollerene and Paul Newey.

None of those pots was bigger than a handful of blinds, but they all count when you're near the bottom of the counts and Dvoress is up to 570,000 as a result. --NW

4:05pm: Adams playing big in the blinds
Level 12 - Blinds 6,000/12,000 (ante 2,000)

Play folded around to Dario Sammartino on the button and he made it 28,000 to play. Justin Bonomo made the call out of the small blind. That's when Timothy Adams took a bit to think and then made it 117,000 out of the big blind.

Sammartino was displeased. He took most of his shot clock before folding. As Bonomo thought, Sammartino looked off in the distance and shook his head. Bonomo finally made the call.

They saw a flop of 3♠T♦6♥. Bonomo decided to check, and Adams put around 300,000 out in front of him. Bonomo ultimately mucked and gave the pot to Adams.--BW

3:55pm: Watson toasted
Level 12 - Blinds 6,000/12,000 (ante 2,000)

After a flurry of excitement at the end, Mike Watson's tournament is now over. He toyed with Steve O'Dwyer for a bit, moving all-in for 140,000 over O'Dwyer's 27,000 open and then showing the 4♠ when O'Dwyer folded. "I'll show you the good one," Watson said.

But the fun stopped shortly after when he jammed from the small blind with T♥9♦ and Daniel Colman decided that A♠6♠ was good enough to call with in the big blind.

There was an ace on the flop and Watson was toast.

That leaves Colman with 515,000 and 10 players in the tournament still. -- HS

3:45pm: Watson in less trouble
Level 12 - Blinds 6,000/12,000 (ante 2,000)

Down to his final 61,000, Mike Watson shoved on all in with A♦7♦. Daniel Dvoress looked him up from the small blind with K♠J♥. Neither player made a pair and Watson scored the short-stacked double-up. --BW

3:40pm: Watson in trouble
Level 12 - Blinds 6,000/12,000 (ante 2,000)

We've inched into Level 12 now, where a big blind is 12,000 and an ante is 2,000. That's bad news in particular for Mike Watson, who is the tournament short stack. He has only about 65,000 now and presumably is looking for a hand to shove behind. -- HS


Mike Watson in danger

3:30pm: The relentless Ben Tollerene
Level 11 - Blinds 5,000/10,000 (ante 1,000)

Ben Tollerene is now playing a lot of hands, in keeping with his reputation as an online tournament tyrant. He won two hands from Daniel Dvoress with a relentless barrage of betting.

On the first, Tollerene opened to 23,000 from the hijack and Dvoress called in the big blind. They saw a flop of 5♥A♠8♠ and Dvoress check-called Tollerene's bet of 20,000.

After the 5♦ came on the turn, Dvoress checked again. This time he folded when Tollerene bet 80,000.

No long after, Dvoress was on the button and opened to 25,000. Tollerene called in the big blind and they took a flop of 2♦7♣T♣. Tollerene check-called Dvoress's continuation bet of 36,000. But Tollerene took over after the T♠ turn, betting 45,000. Dvoress folded. -- HS

3:20pm: All-in foray for Koray Aldemir ends in elimination
Level 11 - Blinds 5,000/10,000 (ante 1,000)

Koray Aldemir was down to his last 114,000 and shoved all-in from early position. Dario Sammartino decided to look him up from the button.

Aldemir: A♣Q♥.
Sammartino: K♣Q♦.

It just wasn't Aldemir's time to win. The K♥ fell on the flop, and Aldemir was gone in 12th place. --BW

3:10pm: DP no more
Level 11 - Blinds 5,000/10,000 (ante 1,000)

As Timothy Adams was in the tank on the second of the two hands described below, David Peters was getting up from his chair and heading out the tournament room, having lost the last of his chips to Ben Tollerene.

Tollerene had pocket kings, but that's all I saw. That and a stack of 1.4 million for Tollerene, while Peters looks for alternative entertainment. We have 13 left. -- HS

3:05pm: Double-double for Adams
Level 11 - Blinds 5,000/10,000 (ante 1,000)

Timothy Adams has just lost two of his time-bank chips, but he won't be too concerned about that. At the same time, he has built his stack from 241,000 to 1 million in a matter of two hands. Here's how.

First up, he raised to 25,000 from the button and Koray Aldemir, one seat to his left, moved all-in for 360,000. That covered Adams, but he made the call with his A♥9♦ and was up against Aldemir's 3♦3♣. One board of J♦6♠Q♥K♥A♠ later and Adams had just shy of 500,000. (Aldemir was down to 118,000.)

On the very next hand, Justin Bonomo opened the hijack, making it 23,000 to play. Adams three-bet from the cutoff, putting 68,000 forward, and Bonomo called.

They saw a flop of 5♥8♥3♠ and Bonomo checked. Adams bet 70,000 but then Bonomo responded by moving all-in, comfortably covering Adams.


Justin Bonomo and Timothy Adams

Adams thought long enough to require two time-bank chips, but then called and learned that he was marginally ahead. He had A♥K♦ to Bonomo's J♥Q♥ -- a 52/42 shot. However the J♦ swung Bonomo way ahead, before the A♦ was a lifeline for Adams.

Bonomo is down to 815,000 now, while Adams is soaring into seven figures. -- HS

3:05pm: Dvoress playing tough
Level 11 - Blinds 5,000/10,000 (ante 1,000)

Daniel Dvoress opened for 25,000 and got the call from Dario Sammartino. On the flop of A♠9♣2♦, Dvoress led for 30,000. Sammartino came along for the turn: Q♣. That card checked through, and it looked like the pot was basically as big as it was going to get. The 4♦ didn't look any more interesting, especially when Dvoress checked it. Sammartino decided to take a shot at it and made it 50,000 to play. Dvoress thought for a moment before putting out 154,000. He had just about the same amount left behind. Sammartino looked less than entertained, thought for about 20 seconds, and then folded. Dvoress is now sitting on about 420,000. --BW

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Daniel Dvoress

3pm: O'Dwyer on easy street
Level 11 - Blinds 5,000/10,000 (ante 1,000)

Steve O'Dwyer is picking up chips very easily at the moment. It helps when you have a huge stack. After Mike Watson opened to 20,000 from the hijack, David Peters three-bet to 60,000 from the button and O'Dwyer four-bet to 150,000 from the small blind.

Watson folded with a sigh and Peters flicked his cards away too. That's a nice 80,000 boost for O'Dwyer with barely a bead of sweat spent. -- HS

2:55pm: Tollerene busts Astapau
Level 11 - Blinds 5,000/10,000 (ante 1,000)

Anton Astapau's short tournament is over. He bought in at the start of play today and played a little more than two hours before it came to a grinding halt at the hands of Ben Tollerene.

On Astapau's final hand, he raised to 20,000 from the button, with about 300,000 total, but then Tollerene pushed out a tower of gold chips from the small blind. Paul Newey was short-stacked in the big blind, but quickly folded. Astapau, however, called for his tournament.

Astapau: 7♠7♥
Tollerene: A♥5♥


End of the road for Anton Astapau

It wasn't a bad set-up for Astapau, but the A♠ in the window swung the pendulum to Tollerene. The rest of the board filled with the J♣9♠T♦K♣ and that was the end of the road for the man from Belarus.

Tollerene, meanwhile, has about 940,000. -- HS


2:45pm: No more Musty
Level 11 - Blinds 5,000/10,000 (ante 1,000)

It was a three-way flop of K♥8♣T♣ with Mustapha Kanit, Mike Watson, and Steve O'Dwyer. It checked to O'Dwyer on the button, and he bet 36,000. Kanit called out of the blinds, and Watson went away. On the 3♦ turn, Kanit checked, and O'Dwyer bet 65,000. Once again, Kanit called. The Q♣ looked scary enough, and Kanit went all-in for 140,000. O'Dwyer didn't seem particularly happy about it, but eventually made the call to see Kanit's T♦7♣. O'Dwyer held K♦Q♦. Two pair good for the win and the knockout. --BW

2:35pm: Nod-muck from Colman
Level 11 - Blinds 5,000/10,000 (ante 1,000)

The best thing about the shot clock is that even when the tournament slows down in terms of eliminations, the hands still keep coming at a decent pace. That said, there's not been anything too thrilling to report in the opening stages of Level 11.

Case in point: Daniel Colman opened to 25,000 from the button and Steve O'Dwyer called from the big blind. They both checked a flop of Q♥7♦T♥ and also checked a turn of 4♦. O'Dwyer deposited a multi-coloured fistful of chips over the line after the 9♣ came on the river. Colman established that it was 32,000 and called.

"Ten?" O'Dwyer said, showing T♠8♥. Colman nodded and mucked. -- HS

2:35pm: Back at it
Level 11 - Blinds 5,000/10,000 (ante 1,000)

The remaining 15 players are back in their seats as we head into Level 11. A reminder of the schedule for today: we're playing 10 60-minute levels or down to six players, whichever comes soonest. There is a dinner break after Level 14. -- HS

2:24pm: Chip time

Here are the chip counts at the break featuring chip leader Justin Bonomo.

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Justin BonomoUnited States1,200,000
Steve O'DwyerIreland1,150,000
Dario SammartinoItaly925,000
Orpen KisacikogluTurkey915,000
Ben TollereneUnited States635,000
Daniel ColmanUnited States410,000
Daniel DvoressCanada405,000
David PetersUnited States405,000
Koray AldemirGermany380,000
Paul NeweyUnited Kingdom378,000
Bryn KenneyUnited States375,000
Timothy AdamsCanada335,000
Anton AsatapuBelarus321,000
Mike WatsonCanada225,000
Mustapha KanitItaly225,000

2:10pm: Asatpau, Kanit end-of-level doubles and a bust-out
Level 10 - Blinds 4,000/8,000 (ante 1,000)

As the second level of the day draws to a close, Anton Astapau and Mustapha Kanit have managed to double up. Astapau was in a hand with Ben Tollerene in which Tollerne made a straight with the same card that made Asapau a flush. That brought Astapau back up to the 250,000 starting stack.

A few minutes later, Dan Colman opened for 17,000, and Kanit shoved all-in.

"How much?" Colman asked.

"One Drop," Kanit said, referencing the big WSOP charity tourney. "One-one-one."

That was 111,000. Colman made the call with 9♥9♦ and saw Kanit's K♠J♠. Kanit hit his jack on the flop and held to get back up to around the 250,000 mark as well.

As we were recording those last two hands, Sam Greenwood busted to Justin Bonomo on the last hand of the level.

It's now time for the first 20-minute break of the day.--BW

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So long, Sam Greenwood

2pm: Two table redraw
Level 10 - Blinds 4,000/8,000 (ante 1,000)

With Isaac Haxton's elimination, the field has consolidated around two tables. Here's how they line up:

Table 1

1 - Steve O'Dwyer - 1.02 million
2 - Anton Astapau - 138,000
3 - Mustapha Kanit - 130,000
4 - Ben Tollerene - 775,000
5 - Paul Newey - 410,000
6 - Mike Watson - 250,000
7 - Daniel Colman - 490,000
8 - David Peters - 400,000

Table 2

1 - Bryn Kenney - 400,000
2 - Daniel Dvoress - 410,000
3 - Sam Greenwood - 460,000
4 - Dario Sammartino - 940,000
5 - Justin Bonomo - 715,000
6 - Timothy Adams - 350,000
7 - Koray Aldemir - 310,000
8 - Orpen Kisacikoglu - 900,000

Actually, the chip counts here reflect the first hand played after the redraw, where Mustapha Kanit doubled up. He shoved for his ast 67,000 with T♦Q♣ and got a call from Daniel Colman's K♣J♥.

After the board of 4♥7♦J♠Q♥6♥ Kanit was more healthy. -- HS

1:55pm: Haxton calls it...then misses
Level 10 - Blinds 4,000/8,000 (ante 1,000)

Orpen Kisacikoglu opened from the button to 25,000, and Isaac Haxton made it 75,000 to go from the big blind. Kisacikoglu put out enough to put Haxton all-in, and Haxton had enough already in the pot to justify calling for the rest of his chips.

Kisacikoglu: A♦Q♣
Haxton: K♥Q♥

The dealer fanned out the flop: 7♥6♠3♣. As she burned the next card, Haxton called out, "Four of hearts."

Turn: 4♥.

No matter what Haxton said next, it didn't matter. The river was the 2♣, and Haton was gone.

The remaining 16 players are now re-drawing for the final two tables. --BW

1:50pm: Dvoress bounces back
Level 10 - Blinds 4,000/8,000 (ante 1,000)

On the hand immediately after the one described below, Daniel Dvoress bounced back and scored a double up through Ben Tollerene. Dvoress got his last 90,000 all-in with Q♥9♥ and was called by Ben Tollerene with A♠J♣.

The flop was bad for Dvoress. It came A♣4♥9♦. But then the turn and river of 5♥ and 7♥ kept him alive. -- HS

1:45pm: Dvoress getting very short
Level 10 - Blinds 4,000/8,000 (ante 1,000)

Daniel Dvoress is now sitting with less than 100,000 in chips and, worse, is looking at a stack of 890,000 with Ben Tollerene, one seat to his left, and 700,000 with Justin Bonomo a couple of seats further around.

Dvoress lost a small pot to Bonomo when they got to a flop of J♣5♠7♦ and Bonomo check-called Dvoress's bet of 18,000. They both checked a turn of 5♣ and then Bonomo bet 60,000 after the 2♠ river. Dvoress called but was shown a winning 6♦J♦ by Bonomo. -- HS

1:41pm: Astapau extends his day
Level 10 - Blinds 4,000/8,000 (ante 1,000)

After buying in for the first time at the start of Day 2, it looked like Anton Astapau was going to be paying more than $25,000 per hour for his seat here. His 250,000 stack had dropped to 86,000 when he got it all-in pre-flop with A♣K♣. He got a call from Orpen Kisacikoglu and his 9♣9♠. The fates saw fit to drop a board of A♥K♥4♥3♠3♣, and Astapau survived to keep his seat for a little longer. --BW

1:35pm: Sammartino proves O'Dwyer is mortal
Level 10 - Blinds 4,000/8,000 (ante 1,000)

It does happen sometimes: Steve O'Dwyer has just lost a race.

It was a pretty big one too, earning Dario Sammartino a big double up and slicing O'Dwyer down to "only" 1.02 million. Sammartino has more than 850,000.

Action folded to O'Dwyer on the button and he opened to 20,000. Sammartino raised to 70,000 from the big blind and O'Dwyer four-bet to 175,000. Sammartino four-bet jammed for 425,000 and O'Dwyer called instantly, showing Sammartino probably the exact hand the Italian hoped he was facing: A♠K♣. It left Sammartino's T♠T♦ in decent shape.


Dario Sammartino: Big race victory

It soon got even better for Sammartino when the flop fell 5♣2♦T♥. The 5♣ on the turn ended the prospects for anything weird and secured the double. -- HS

1:20pm: Marriage made in hell for Seidel
Level 10 - Blinds 4,000/8,000 (ante 1,000)

"I do," Steve O'Dwyer said, although it wasn't quite the romantic betrothal that that statement can often imply. It followed Erik Seidel (who could, in another life, have been a pastor) saying "I hope you don't have a pair." But O'Dwyer did.

This altar-table conversation came about because Seidel had committed the last of his chips in this tournament pre-flop with 2♦2♣ and O'Dwyer called from his monstrous stack with 7♦7♠. Both players flopped a set, but three sevens beats three deuces every day of the week.

Seidel departs, while O'Dwyer now sits with 1.4 million and leads the last 17. -- HS


Steve O'Dwyer: The rich get richer

1:05pm: Level does the day for Heath and Koon
Level 9 - Blinds 3,000/6,000 (ante 1,000)

As we reported just a few minutes ago, Ben Heath and Jason Koon were both on life support. We can now report, both have been eliminated at the end of the first level of the day. --BW

1pm: Kenney's klimb leaves Koon krushed
Level 9 - Blinds 3,000/6,000 (ante 1,000)

Jason Koon is on fumes now, sitting with 28,000 and no time-bank chips having used his last two in a recent pot against Bryn Kenney. Until this moment, every time I'd seen a time-bank chip deployed in this tournament, followed by a call, it had been the right call. Not this time. Koon was crushed.


Back to back prospects over for Jason Koon

Koon started the action with a raise to 14,000 from under the gun. Kenney three-bet to 43,000 from the big blind. Koon called for a flop of 8♥3♠Q♥.

Kenney bet 39,000 and Koon called, leading the the 7♠ on the turn. They both checked.

The river was the 5♠ and Kenney moved all-in. He had 133,000 left. Koon thought and tossed in one time-bank chip. Then he thought some more and tossed in another.

Eventually he put forward a calling chip and Kenney showed his Q♠Q♣. Koon wanted to muck, but had to show. He had 9♥9♣ and was defeated.

Kenney continues to build but it's a ong way back now for Koon, whose chances of going back-to-back in Super High Roller events at PokerStars Championship events are now bleak. -- HS

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

Here's how the final prize pool shook out. The total purse is $1,584,495. That was the result of 33 entries (27 unique and six re-entries). The tourney will pay out six places.

1. $538,715
2. $372,360
3. $237,680
4. $182,220
5. $142,600
6. $110,920

12:50pm: Heath clinging to life
Level 9 - Blinds 3,000/6,000 (ante 1,000)

Ben Heath recently got involved in a pot with Isaac Haxton that didn't go well for Heath. Based on the best we could recreate it, Haston raised, Heath three-bet from the button, and Haxton called. It went check-bet-call on the 2♣7♠Q♠ flop. When the turn fell as the A♣, they got it all-in. Haxton was way ahead with A♠T♠. Heath only held A♥8♥. Haxton held, doubled, and left Heath with only 20,000. Heath managed to double on the next hand, but is still very short. --BW

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

Steve O'Dwyer just put Michael Watson to the test for his tournament life with a hefty river shove. Watson seemed interested, then disappointed and then deflated as he folded to preserve his spot in the tournament.

It started when Watson raised to 15,000 from the hijack and Erik Seidel called on the button. O'Dwyer three-bet squeezed to 48,000 from the small blind and only Watson called.

They saw a flop of J♦K♦T♠ and O'Dwyer check-called Watson's bet of 50,000. The 4♦ came on the turn and O'Dwyer this time check-called Watson's 100,000 wager.

When the 4♦ completed the board, O'Dwyer picked up a full tower of gold chips and pushed them forward, covering the 260,000 Watson had behind. Watson ran down the time-bank as he thought about it, but folded, leaving O'Dwyer with a much extended chip lead. He has about 1.24 million now. -- HS

12:35pm: Kenney gets it through
Level 9 - Blinds 3,000/6,000 (ante 1,000)

Both double ups, and both eliminations, so far have taken place on Table 1. Bryn Kenney could have made it three one way or another, but Justin Bonomo refused to be on the other side of the equation.

Paul Newey opened the pot, making it 13,000 to go. Bonomo called and then Kenney jammed for 163,000 from the button. Newey folded fairly quickly after action got back around to him, but Bonomo took longer.

He did eventually fold, but then went to an app on his phone that presumably determined correct calling ranges in this situation. I don't know what it told him, but it must have been close. -- HS

12:31pm: Curse of the double-up: Chidwick gone, too
Level 9 - Blinds 3,000/6,000 (ante 1,000)

Seems like it may be bad luck to double up early today. Stefan Schillhabel did it and was promptly eliminated a few hands later. The same has just happened to Stephen Chidwick. After doubling against Daniel Dvoress in the early minutes, he has just gone bust when his 9♥9♠ couldn't hold up against Ben Tollerene's A♣K♥.--BW

12:22pm: Stefan Schillhabel eliminated
Level 9 - Blinds 3,000/6,000 (ante 1,000)

After an early double-up, Stefan Schillhabel picked up an ace and king at the wrong time. He got it all-in versus Paul Newey's pocket aces. Nothing weird happened, and Schillhabel was gone. --BW

12:15pm: Chidwick also at the double
Level 9 - Blinds 3,000/6,000 (ante 1,000)

Stephen Chidwick has also found an early double of his overnight short stack. The full details elude us, but he had the 7♥8♥ exposed on the table in front of him, alongside the all-in triangle, and a board of 7♦5♥3♥Q♥8♦ giving him two pair and a flush. Daniel Dvoress couldn't beat that and paid him off.

Chidwick also now has about 160,000. -- HS

12:10pm: Schillhabel gets earliest double
Level 9 - Blinds 3,000/6,000 (ante 1,000)

Stefan Schillhabel brought the joint-smallest stack back to the tables today--84,000, tied with Stephen Chidwick--and wagered the whole lot on the first hand. After an open to 14,000 from Bryn Kenney (who re-entered this morning), Schillhabel moved all-in.

Action passed back to Kenney, who called from his fresh stack of 250,000. Kenney's 5♥5♦ were ahead of Schillhabel's Q♠T♠, but only until the flop fell 8♠Q♣9♣. The J♠ on the turn left Kenney drawing dead and the 3♣ river will trouble only completists.


Stefan Schillhabel scores an early double through Bryn Kenney

Schillhabel now has around 170,000 and Kenney has something similar.-- HS

12:02pm: Welcome and welcome back

Add $100,000 to the prize pool. It appears Mustapha Kanit, who busted late yesterday, has re-bought for today. Meanwhile, Anton Astapau has entered as a new player. This brings the total number of entries to 32. --BW

12pm: Seat draw

Here's how they will line up as action gets under way again.

11Daniel DvoressCanada385000
13Ben TollereneUSA541000
14Paul NeweyUK290000
15Justin BonomoUSA615000
16Stephen ChidwickUK84000
18Stefan SchillhabelGermany84000
21Timothy AdamsCanada330000
22Jason KoonUSA335000
23Orpen KisacikogluUK728000
25Isaac HaxtonUSA192000
26Dan ColmanUSA305000
27Ben HeathUK425000
28Sam GreenwoodCanada207000
32Steve O'DwyerIreland856000
33Koray AldemirGermany497000
34Dario SammartinoItaly417000
35David PetersUSA432000
36Mike WatsonCanada546000
38Erik SeidelUSA212000

11:45am: Playing to a final

Good morning all and welcome back to Panama for Day 2 of the $50K Super High Roller event. It's a tough field. Of 26 players who entered yesterday, 19 bagged up chips at the end, while four players are already in for $100,000. Registration closes shortly before the start of play, and we'll find out whether anybody re-entered this morning, or joined the fray for the first time. Shortly after that, play will begin and eventually we'll find out what everybody is playing for.


Steve O'Dwyer is at the top of the chip-counts. You can refresh your memory on how he got there, and keep tabs on the full line-up.

Then refresh this page throughout the day to see how it all plays out. This is the only place you can find live updates from the tournament.

Action begins at noon and we'll play ten levels, which will likely get us down to a final table, and maybe all the way to six players. -- HS

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PokerStars Blog reporting team on the $50K Super High Roller: Martin Harris, Howard Swains, Brad Willis and Nick Wright. Photography by Neil Stoddart.