PokerStars Championship presented by Monte-Carlo Casino®: Muehloecker leads final 27 in €25K High Roller

After a short Day 1 and a long Day 2, only 27 players remain in the €25,000 High Roller.

While Day 1 was cut short due to a soccer game, Day 2 dragged on thanks to a pesky bubble. The day finally ended when Steffan Sontheimer moved all-in with in with ace-king and Thomas Muehloecker called with pocket queens. Sontheimer didn't hit his king or ace and Muehloecker took the lead in addition to putting an end to the day.

Muehloecker leads the freshly-cashed field with 889,000 while Ekrem Sanioglu is in hot pursuit with 795,000. Charlier Carrel rounds off the top three with 747,000 while Daniel Dvoress, our start-of-day leader, squeaked by with 108,000.

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Thomas Muehloecker

Team PokerStars Pro Felipe Ramos also made it to the money and Day 3. The Brazilian pro is coming back with a stack of 239,000.

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Felipe Ramos

There were several more players who started the day though. Aside from the 95 Day 1 survivors, there was a steady stream of entrants for the first few hours of the day. Late registration was open for three levels today since Day 1 was cut short due to the Monaco v Juventus game last night.

When registration finally closed, the tournament saw a total of 187 entries, including 48 re-entries. This led to a total prize pool of €4,581,500 and a grand prize of €1,015,000.

One player who showed up for Day 2 hadn't shown up for any other tournament during the PokerStars Championship presented by Monte-Carlo Casino®. Daniel "Jungleman" Cates took a break from high-stakes cash games in Asia to make it down to Monaco just in time for Day 2 of the High Roller. Cates wouldn't get another seven-figure score though. He was eliminated just after late registration closed.

Team PokerStars Pro Daniel Negreanu did have time to get a rebuy in Day 2. He intended to finish the day with one of the largest stacks and while Negreanu did jump into the lead for a bit, he eventually bowed out when he ran his pocket jacks into Dmitry Yurasov's pocket queens.

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Daniel Negreanu

That was it for Kid Poker and the same thing happened to his fellow Team PokerStars Pro a few moments later. Jason Mercier moved all-in with pocket jacks and Julian Thomas called with pocket queens. There was no help for Mercier and he hit the rail with about 35 players to go.

Even with the shot clock, things slowed down as players got closer to the money. The prospect of leaving with €45,820 versus leaving with nothing will do that. In fact, things got too slow. Some players were using up the shot clock for every action and tournament staff decided to go hand-for-hand early.

The tournament went hand-for-hand five players off the money. We reached the real bubble in Level 17 and it went on longer than the scheduled 60 minutes. Players went on break and tournament staff decided the blinds would freeze until the bubble bursted.

It took a classic race to finally pop that pesky €46K bubble. Steffan Sontheimer moved all-in with A♦K♦ and Thomas Muelhloecker called with Q♥Q♦. The board brought no help for Sontheimer and he was the last player to leave the High Roller empty handed.

With a satisfying pop, the final 27 players bagged and tagged for the night. They'll all be coming back at 12:30pm tomorrow to play down to winner.

Day 3 counts

PlayerChip Count
Thomas Muehloecker887,000
Ekrem Sanioglu795,000
Charlie Carrel747,000
Dario Sammartino690,000
Julian Thomas672,000
Julian Stuer600,000
Adrian Mateos562,000
John Juanda510,000
Josip Simunic377,000
Emil Patel325,000
Joao Simao295,000
David Yan291,000
Igor Kurganov279,000
Felipe Ramos239,000
Aliaksei Boika235,000
Sylvain Loosli220,000
Dmitry Yurasov216,000
Murad Akhundov203,000
Philipp Gruissem201,000
Vlado Banicevic170,000
Martin Jacobson153,000
Pavel Plesuv152,000
Javier Gomez Zapatero125,000
Timothy Adams117,000
Jimmy Guerrero117,000
Daniel Dvoress108,000
Maxi Lehmanski55,000

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Alexander Villegas is a freelance contributor to the PokerStars Blog.

Alex Villegas
@PokerStars in Monte Carlo