EPT12 Grand Final: Super high roller Day 2 coverage archive

April 29, 2016

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They started with 46 players, who together contributed 61 entries costing €100,000 apiece. And now, with one day left in this most costly of tournaments, only eight players are left.

Lucky them. They are each now guaranteed at least €236,750, and the winner will be set for €1,775,500. You pays your money, you gets a shot at one of the biggest paydays at this festival.

This penultimate day was all about setting that final table, at which there are only eight seats. Forty-eight players still had a chance at the start of Friday, but these are the only ones left:

Seat 1 – Stephen Chidwick, UK, 2,920,000
Seat 2 – Ole Schemion, Germany, 1,685,000
Seat 3 – Paul Newey, UK, 250,000
Seat 4 – Igor Kurganov, Russia, 1,230,000
Seat 5 – Ali Reza Fatehi, Iran, 5,180,000
Seat 6 – Sam Greenwood, Canada, 855,000
Seat 7 – Mustapha Kanit, Italy, 2,200,000
Seat 8 – Ivan Luca, Argentina, 935,000

All eyes are on Ali Reza Fatehi, who is playing at his first European Poker Tour festival. Nobody knew who he was at the start of play, but he’s making his presence felt in emphatic fashion. He has more than 5 million now, while his nearest challenger has not even 3 million.

The remaining seven players are an assortment of the very, very best in the game. Chidwick, Schemion, Kurganov, Greenwood, Kanit, Luca and Newey are no stranger to this level of competition, and they’ll all take the stage tomorrow.


Final nine: The last eight (plus Mike McDonald, who bubbled)

Mike McDonald, also a regular feature at the business end of tournaments, could only bubble this one. His elimination at around 12:30am took us to the final.

Look back on all the action from today in our blow-by-blow coverage below. Then join us from 2pm tomorrow. Action is on EPT Live as well.

All the important information:

* 61 entries, including 15 re-entries – 8 players remain
* Top eight paid, winner will receive €1,775,500

Live coverage from the day:

12:25am: Mike McDonald departs on the bubble of the Super High Roller
Level 18 – Blinds 25,000/50,000 (5,000 ante)

Mike McDonald was short stacked for some time now and with only a handful of big blinds left called a bet of 100,000 from the cut off by Ole Schemion. McDonald was on the big blind and had about 80,000 behind when the flop was dealt 6♥K♥5♥.
At this point McDonald announced all-in, which Schemion called.

Schemion: K♦J♣
McDonald: 2♠2♣

The king would do it. Mustapha Kanit yelled “Finita! Finita!” as the turn 6♠ and river 5♣ were dealt. Those cards sealed McDonald’s fate, who wasted no time leaving the tournament room. – SB

12:25am: McDonald busts; final table set
Level 18 – Blinds 25,000/50,000 (5,000 ante)

Word reaches us from the tournament floor that Mike McDonald is out. Full details are coming, but that’s our final table set. We’ll have full counts too in a moment, but here are the eight players who will compete for those two seven-figure top prizes (and are guaranteed about €200,000 minimum each):

1 – Stephen Chidwick
2 – Ole Schemion
3 – Paul Newey
4 – Ali Reza Fatehi
5 – Sam Greenwood
6 – Mustapha Kanit
7 – Ivan Luca

12:15am: Make that five big blinds
Level 18 – Blinds 25,000/50,000 (5,000 ante)

The level has gone up, so those short stacks are now even shorter. –HS

18 25,000 50,000 5,000

11:55pm: McDonald in big trouble
Level 17 – Blinds 20,000/40,000 (5,000 ante)

Mike McDonald is clinging on for dear life here with a stack of about 230,000 — about six big blinds. Paul Newey is the other man in great danger, although he has a couple of blinds more.

McDonald tried to get something going with what looked to the amateur eye to be a weak-but-strong min-raise from under the gun. However Sam Greenwood, who has two professionals’ eyes, wasn’t deterred. He raised to 175,000 and everyone, including McDonald, folded.

Newey hasn’t volunteered any of his chips for quite a while and will now play the waiting game with McDonald. — HS

11:40pm: Difficult hand for Luca
Level 17 – Blinds 20,000/40,000 (5,000 ante)

Mustapha Kanit opened for 80,000 in the hijack before Ivan Luca next to him raised to 215,000 in the cut off. With the action folded back to Kanit he called for a flop.


Both checked to see the K♥ on the turn.

Here Kanit bet 280,000. Luca called to see the river card Q♠

Here everything slowed down. Kanit took his time, moving chips about and then awkwardly betting 625,000. That put Luca into deep thought for about six minutes. He even grinned slightly. He just couldn’t bring himself to call, even mentioning something about “second nuts”.

He folded. Kanit let him see a card, the 10♠. Luca said something about K♠4♠ but that’s unconfirmed. He’s down to 1 million while Kanit moves up to 2.2 million. – SB

11:30pm: Greenwood pushes
Level 17 – Blinds 20,000/40,000 (5,000 ante)

Sam Greenwood became the first player to move all-in on the bubble. He did so after Igor Kurganov opened to 85,000 from the hijack and action folded to Greenwood’s small blind. His shove was for 880,000 and, after a couple of minutes in the tank, during which time he wanted to make clear he wasn’t slow-rolling, Kurganov folded. — HS

11:15pm: Fun with Fatehi
Level 17 – Blinds 20,000/40,000 (5,000 ante)

Now they are on the bubble, only a few players can get involved without much fear of seeing the €200,000 carrot snatched from in front of their noses. Ali Reza Fatehi is prime among them, and he’s playing a lot.

On one hand, he opened to 80,000 from under the gun and Sam Greenwood called from one seat to his left. They saw a flop of 8♠J♠K♠ and Fatehi bet 90,000. Greenwood called. The 6♠ came on the turn and Fatehi tossed 150,000 forward. Greenwood, likely without a spade in his hand (this is great analysis) folded.

Not long after that, Igor Kurganov opened to 90,000 from the cutoff and Fatehi called in the small blind. Greenwood also called from the big and the three of them saw a flop of 5♠9♥8♣. Fatehi led out at that, putting 130,000 over the line. Both opponents folded quickly. –HS

11:10pm: Re-draw at nine-handed
Level 17 – Blinds 20,000/40,000 (5,000 ante)

Seat 1. Stephen Chidwick
Seat 2. Ole Schemion
Seat 3. Paul Newey
Seat 4. Igor Kurganov
Seat 5. Mike McDonald
Seat 6. Ali Reza Fatehi
Seat 7. Sam Greenwood
Seat 8. Mustapha Kanit
Seat 9. Ivan Luca

11:05pm: McDonald all in
Level 17 – Blinds 20,000/40,000 (5,000 ante)

Erik Seidel departs in 10th place in a hand against Igor Kurganov. Ivan Luca opened for 80,000 before Seidel shoved for 430,000. Kurganov was in the big blind and also shoved, forcing Luca to fold.

Kurganov: A♣K♣
Seidel: A♠Q♦

The board ran out 4♠10♥7♥4♥6♥ to bust Seidel and leave us with one table of nine. We’re on the bubble. – SB

11pm: The final is imminent
Level 17 – Blinds 20,000/40,000 (5,000 ante)

Off they go again. One table — featuring Luca, Seidel, Schemion, Newey and Kurganov — is short. The other — featuring Fatehi, McDonald, Kanit, Greenwood and Chidwick has more chips, but only really in two stacks.

ali_reza_fatehi_29april16.jpgChip leader Ali Reza Fatehi
There will likely be a lot of action for the All-In triangle in this coming level. — HS


Stephen Chidwick: Closest behind Ali Reza Fatehi

10:45pm: Break time – chip counts

The 10 remaining players have gone on a 15-minute break. This tournament is getting exceptionally shallow and the field is evening out–with the notable exception of Ali Reza Fatehi at the top.

Here are the full stacks as they prepare to enter Level 17, where blinds will be 20,000-40,000 (5,000 ante).

Ali Reza Fatehi Iran 4,805,000
Stephen Chidwick United Kingdom 2,190,000
Mustapha Kanit Italy 1,820,000
Ole Schemion Germany 1,295,000
Ivan Luca Argentina 1,285,000
Sam Greenwood Canada 1,140,000
Igor Kurganov Russia 1,035,000
Paul Newey United Kingdom 655,000
Mike McDonald Canada 590,000
Erik Seidel United States 440,000

10:15pm: Never say die with Ole Schemion
Level 16 – Blinds 15,000/30,000 (4,000 ante)

Ole Schemion is hardly one to sit and nit it out with a short stack, and he has been all in at least five times in the past 30 minutes. The one that really mattered was when he shoved from the button for 163,000 after Ivan Luca opened to 60,000 and picked up calls from both Igor Kurganov and the initial raiser.

With players still live in the hand, no cards were revealed until showdown. But there was actually no further betting as Kurganov and Luca checked all the way on a board of 8♥K♠K♦7♥5♣.

“You got this, bro,” Mustapha Kanit, who had wandered over from the neighbouring table to massage Schemion’s shoulders, said. And he was right. Luca showed A♣10♠, Kurganov showed A♠J♥ and it meant that Schemion’s K♣Q♥ was a monster.

That put Schemion back to about 500,000, and he has built it up to around 650,000 after a couple of other small pots. — HS

10:10pm: McDonald all in
Level 16 – Blinds 15,000/30,000 (4,000 ante)

As Newey doubled Mike McDonald had a decision for his tournament life. With the board already dealt, and showing 4♣4♠Q♥ 5♠5♥ McDonald had bet 100,000 before Stephen Chidwick moved all in for 1.9 million, easily covering the 600,000 McDonald had left.

McDonald tanked for several minutes, even apologising for the delay. Finally Mustapha Kanit called time, prompting McDonald to fold immediately. – SB

10:05pm: Newey doubles
Level 16 – Blinds 15,000/30,000 (4,000 ante)

A crucial double up for Paul Newey who stays alive with more than 800,000 now. He’d found pocket queens which were called by the A♦K♦ of Ole Schemion.

The board ran 6♣3♥9♣ J♠2♣, dodging anything to upset Newey. Schemion drops to 900,000. – SB

9:55pm: Seidel bouncing back
Level 16 – Blinds 15,000/30,000 (4,000 ante)

Erik Seidel’s comeback is under way. He has just doubled up through Ivan Luca to undo most of the damage from their previous confrontation.

Luca, who is the most active player at that table, moved all in when action was folded to him in the big blind. With only Seidel behind him, he was simply asking the question as to whether the American fancied risking his last 423,000. He did.

Seidel: K♦J♦
Luca: A♥5♠

The board contained one of the cards Seidel needed. It came J♣5♣9♣6♠6♣ and, after a quick check to establish no one had a club, Luca started counting out double-up chips.

Luca is on 1.25 million still. Seidel is back to about 900,000. Paul Newey is now the tournament short stack, but Ali Reza Fatehi is miles ahead with more than 5 million. — HS

16 15,000 30,000 4,000

9:40pm: Juanda out in 11th place
Level 15 – Blinds 12,000/24,000 (3,000 ante)

It’s all over for John Juanda who was just sent to the rail by Ivan Luca.

Luca had moved all-in on the button, easily outweighing Juanda, who nudged his remaining chips across the line from the big blind.

Juanda: A♠Q♦
Luca: 9♥10♣

Luca would need something, and he got it. The board ran out 8♦6♠9♦ 5♥K♠ to send the chips his way, and Juanda to the rail.

“You would have busted me anyway Erik,” said Juanda looking at Erik Seidel.

Luca now up to 1.2 million. – SB

9:30pm: Kanit’s turn for you know what
Level 15 – Blinds 12,000/24,000 (3,000 ante)

Fatehi just struck again, this time against Mustapha Kanit.
Kanit had opened for 55,000 which Fatehi called for a flop of 9♦K♣A♣. Both checked for a Q♦ on the turn. Fatehi led for 250,000 which Kanit called.

The river came 2♣. Now Fatehi checked. Kanit took his time. Understandable really. In a situation like this, and with the board as it was, Fatehi had built a reputation of either being all over it or having nothing at all. Eventually Kanit bet 350,000. He’d hardly stopped moving his chips in before Fatehi announced “call”.

And with good reason. A♦J♥ for Kanit, but J♦10♦ for Fatehi, who moves us to 5.2 million. – SB

9:25pm: Luca cuts Seidel down to size
Level 15 – Blinds 12,000/24,000 (3,000 ante)

Erik Seidel is in a spot of bother now and is going to need a remarkable comeback to match his runner-up finish from this tournament last season. He just lost a pretty decent sized pot to Ivan Luca and is left with only 300,000.


Tough times for Erik Seidel

Luca started proceedings with a raise to 48,000 from the cutoff. Seidel, on the button, three-bet to 135,000. The blinds folded, but Luca called and immediately started eyeing Seidel’s stack.

The flop brought the 4♠8♥6♦ and Luca check-called Seidel’s bet of 125,000. And they went through the same choreography on the J♣ turn. Luca checked, Seidel bet 230,000 and Luca called. The 7♣ came on the turn and Luca, after checking Seidel’s stack again, announced that he was all-in, comfortably covering his opponent.

Seidel made what can only be described as an anguished fold. Luca is up to about 2 million now. — HS

9:10pm: Schemion doubles through McDonald
Level 15 – Blinds 12,000/24,000 (3,000 ante)

Ole Schemion is back on track after he doubled up through Mike McDonald.

Schemion was all-in for 590,000 with 6♥6♦. McDonald had called with A♦10♣. The board came 9♥8♥2♥7♠K♦ to keep the German alive. He’s up to more than 1.1 million. McDonald is on slightly less. – SB

9:05pm: McDonald chips up through Schemion
Level 15 – Blinds 12,000/24,000 (3,000 ante)

Ole Schemion played a small pot against Mustapha Kanit, which he took down after firing at the turn. But two hands later, he gave those chips and more to Mike McDonald after those two played the following pot:

McDonald opened to 55,000 from the hijack and Schemion raised to 125,000 from the cutoff. Sam Greenwood seemed to be interested in a cold four bet from the small blind, but thought better of it. Action folded back to McDonald, who called.

The flop fell A♣8♥4♠ and McDonald check-called Schemion’s 100,000 bet. They both then checked the 9♣ turn. The 6♠ came on the river and McDonald put out a bet of 300,000.

Schemion called almost immediately and McDonald showed his A♠Q♣. Schemion mucked. That put McDonald up to about 1.6 million and cuts Schemion down to about 900,000. –HS

8:50pm: Kaverman out in 12th place
Level 15 – Blinds 12,000/24,000 (3,000 ante)

It was Igor Kurganov who sent him there but really it was the hand two hands previous that ended his super high roller campaign.
That came in an all-in against Erik Seidel. Kaverman had found kings but Seidel had the aces, with predictable results. That doubled Seidel to around 900,000 while Kaverman was left with 95,000. Two hands later his tournament would be over.
Kurganov opened for 48,000 in middle position. Kaverman, without haste, moved all-in for his last 88,000, which Kurganov called.

Kurganov: A♣9♥
Kaverman: J♥10♣

The board ran out 4♠2♦Q♥9♦5♠. We’re down to 11. – SB

8:45pm: Back to it
Level 15 – Blinds 12,000/24,000 (3,000 ante)

During the dinner break Mustapha Kanit was moved to Ali Reza Fatehi’s table, meaning the two big stacks are opposite one another.

Action has now resumed. –HS

7:45pm: Dinner break

They’ll be back at roughly 8:45pm.

7:40pm: *That* hand, aka Vogelsang finished by phenomenal Fatehi
Level 14 – Blinds 10,000/20,000 (3,000 ante)

People are beginning to rub their eyes, for Ali Reza Fatehi now has more than 4.1 million.

Previously, the best players jumped into pots to play against him, but now they’re finding it’s not as straightforward as they thought. Such has been the case for several players so far today, the most recent Christoph Vogelsang, who was eliminated in 13th place shortly before dinner.

Fatehi is unconventional, which makes him fun to watch. He makes lumpy raises, using handfuls of various colours. He stamps down chips like he was validating a passport. He announces “raise” as if he were challenging an opponent to a duel. It’s terrific.

So when Fatehi opened for 48,000 in early position Vogelsang knew what he was getting in to when he re-raised to 152,000, leaving himself 750,000 behind.
“Call,” Fatehi said, which made Ole Schemion grin.

The flop came K♥Q♥4♣

Both checked that for a 4♥ on the turn. Vogelsang bet 85,000. Fatehi went to his stack and moved some chips around. Then one of those lumpy raises = 150,000 in green, 100,000 in blue and another 15,000 in whites for a total of 265,000.

Vogelsang began to think. After a few minutes Fatehi called time. The floor arrived, but within 30 seconds Vogelsang was ready to act, announcing he would call the bet.

The river card was the 3♣.

Vogelsang checked again. Fatehi simply replied that he was all in.

Vogelsang was experiencing inner turmoil.

“I don’t believe you,” he said, leaning back. “You’re not strong…”
Fatehi stood up while Vogelsang played with his chips.

“You might just have hit the four on the turn,” he said. Meanwhile more players gathered to watch. “Will you show me if I fold? We’re friends,” Vogelsang said, but Fatehi was unmoved.

“If I show you then I cannot continue with the professionals,” he said.

“That’s true,” Vogelsang said, before adding: “I’m not strong at all.”
Finally he called. Fatehi turned over A♥5♥ for the flush. That beat Vogelsang’s Q♦A♦.

“Nice hand sir,” Vogelsang said. Then, in an act of remarkable good grace, he came over to shake Fatehi’s hand. “Good playing with you.”

“Sorry…” replied Fatehi, but there was no need.
“Don’t worry,” said Vogelsang. “It’s a game.”

Players left for the dinner break while Vogelsang packed up his things. He looked like a man who needed someone to walk out of the room with. — SB

7:35pm: Fatehi continues to crush
Level 14 – Blinds 10,000/20,000 (3,000 ante)

Just before the dinner break, Ali Reza Fatehi won another enormous pot, knocking out Christoph Vogelsang. The full details of that are just being typed up now, but here are the chip counts for the remaining 12 players, who have just gone on a 75-minute dinner break. — HS

Ali Reza Fatehi Iran 4,179,000
Mustapha Kanit Italy 2,201,000
Stephen Chidwick United Kingdom 1,973,000
Ivan Luca Argentina 1,339,000
Ole Schemion Germany 1,249,000
Mike McDonald Canada 1,075,000
John Juanda United States 647,000
Sam Greenwood Canada 597,000
Paul Newey United Kingdom 578,000
Byron Kaverman United States 556,000
Erik Seidel United States 491,000
Igor Kurganov Russia 346,000

7:25pm: Deuces work this time for Kanit
Level 14 – Blinds 10,000/20,000 (3,000 ante)

Kanit recently hero-called a big Ivan Luca all-in with pocket deuces and was wrong, so he was looking to correct that this time.

He opened under the gun with his smallest of pairs and it folded around to Paul Newey who defended his big blind. Kanit flopped a set on the 2♠6♠J♣ board, and when Newey check-folded to a 50,000 bet Kanit wanted everyone to know his fortune had changed by showing his table the ducks. –JS

7:22pm: Veterans at work
Level 14 – Blinds 10,000/20,000 (3,000 ante)

John Juanda and Erik Seidel are the only representatives of poker’s old guard; the players who were already established prior to the Moneymaker effect. So while two of poker’s greatest young talents continue to battle (Mustapha Kanit and Ivan Luca), both of the veterans found time to slip in a cheeky all-in.

First Seidel shoved and got no callers; then on the very next hand Juanda did the same. Both are very short right now so we’ll be seeing more shoving from them soon no doubt. –JS

7:20pm: The Kanit and Luca show
Level 14 – Blinds 10,000/20,000 (3,000 ante)

That big hand between Mustapha Kanit and Ivan Luca has really stirred up their completive – and alpha male – spirit. For the time being, they’ve taken over their table and the other players seem happy to leave them to it.

Kanit opened to 43,000 from under the gun and was called by Luca and Igor Kurganov in the big blind. Kanit continued for 57,000 and only Luca called to the 4♠ turn where he bet 137,000 when the action was checked to him. Kanit called and then checked to face a substantial 590,000 bet on the 6♥ river. He folded.

A couple of hands later Kanit raised to 47,000 and Luca defended his big blind. The flop fell Q♦6♦5♠ and Kanit stayed aggressive with a 50,000 bet. Luca check-called and no chips went in on the J♠ turn. The A♦ completed the board and Luca led for 125,000 but folded when raised to 365,000.

Kanit’s stack settled at 2.35 million and Luca’s at 1.58 million. It’s a shame dinner break is imminent as these two heroes are just warming up! –MC

7:05pm: Kenney follows Behebehani out in 15th and 14th place
Level 14 – Blinds 10,000/20,000 (3,000 ante)

Sam Greenwood opened for 45,000 on the button before Bryn Kenney moved all-in from the small blind for exactly 300,000. Vogelsang was in the big blind and slid his chips forward, forcing Greenwood to fold.

Kenney: K♠Q♣
Vogelsang: A♠J♦

The board ran A♣5♠8♦K♥4♥.

Kenney tapped the table and departed. “I had the winner,” said Greenwood, as Vogelsang stacked up more than 1.2 million.

Shortly before that, Salman Behbehani was knocked out by Ali Reza Fatehi in a bit of a grim one. Behbehani’s jacks lost to Fatehi’s J♦10♦, all in pre-flop. – SB

6:55pm: Big misstep from Kanit is a gift to Luca
Level 14 – Blinds 10,000/20,000 (3,000 ante)

I think we’ve seen the first real mistake from Mustapha Kanit in this whole tournament, and it couldn’t have come at a better time for Ivan Luca.

Kanit opened to 43,000 and Luca clicked it back from the small blind to 78,000. After Kanit called the dealer burned and turned a 7♥10♣8♦ flop. Luca checked, Kanit continued with a bet of 95,000. Luca didn’t budge.


The unflappable Ivan Luca

The A♦ arrived on the turn and now Luca piped up. He slid out 195,000, leaving himself 325,000 behind, and Kanit made the call.

The final card to hit the felt was the 5♣, and Luca insta-shoved for his remaining chips. Kanit went into the tank for a couple of minutes, counting his chips and looking up at the tournament screen to check the time in the level.

Suddenly he slammed down a stack of green chips to make the call, and Luca flipped over the A♣A♥ for a turned set. Kanit tried to muck but the dealer had to show his cards – the 2♠2♣. Kanit clearly felt Luca was trying it on, with a busted straight draw for example. But, as it turned out, he had the best starting hand in poker sat right in front of him.

Kanit has droped to 2,325,000, while Luca has increased his stack to 1,386,000. –JS

6:50pm: McDonald send Lebedev out in 16th
Level 14 – Blinds 10,000/20,000 (3,000 ante)

Mike McDonald is up to more than 1.3 million after two pots, the second of which sent Sergey Lebedev to the rail.

Prior to that McDonald was involved in a hand against Ali Reza Fatehi, who was revealed to be bluffing by the river. The pot wasn’t enormous, but it was notable for Fatehi’s attitude. As McDonald staked his chips Fatehi giggled and patted McDonald’s arm.

McDonald, now up to around 700,000 opened to 45,000 from the button on the next hand. Lebedev was in the big blind and raised to 145,000. With the action back on McDonald he announced he was all in, which Lebedev called.

McDonald: K♦A♣
Lebedev: 9♠9♥

The board came 5♣5♥6♦A♠10♦

“Mike… Mike…” said Lebedev as he stood to leave. McDonald shook his hand. He’s up to 1.13 million chips with 15 players remaining. – SB

6:40pm: Greenwood doubles
Level 14 – Blinds 10,000/20,000 (3,000 ante)

Sam Greenwood had a lot of regret at folding pocket nines to a three-bet – after seeing a nine high flop appear – but minutes later it was all forgotten. He doubled up.


Sam Greenwood: Doubling up

He opened to 45,000 from the hijack before Christoph Vogelsang three-bet to 11,500 off the button. Greenwood four-bet jammed for 334,000 and Vogelsang made a quick call.

Greenwood: A♦Q♥
Vogelsang: K♥Q♠

The board ran J♠4♥3♣3♦9♦. Vogelsang dropped to 815,000. — MC

6:35pm: Kanit feels good as he takes chunks from Luca
Level 13 – Blinds 8,000/16,000 (2,000 ante)

Mustapaha Kanit is up above the 3 million mark after winning a huge pot from Ivan Luca.

Kanit started proceedings with a 33,000 open which was then three-bet by Luca to 101,000. Kanit called and the duo saw a 10♣9♦3♥ flop fall. Both kept it friendly by checking, but the friendliness stopped on the 8♥ turn.


Mustapha Kanit: Get up!

Kanit led for 135,000 and got a call from Luca, resulting in a river card of the 5♦. Kanit pulled out one of his many piles of green 25K chips and carefully counted out 385,000 (with a couple of blue 5K chips of course). The bet went into the middle and Luca didn’t take too long to call.

Kanit confidently turned over his 7♦6♦ for a straight, while Luca mucked. He’s down to 620,000.

After the hand, Kanit couldn’t contain his excitement. “I feel good! Da na na na na na na!” he sang in his best James Brown impersonation. –JS

14 10,000 20,000 3,000

6:30pm: Two tables
Level 13 – Blinds 8,000/16,000 (2,000 ante)

After Charlie Carrel’s elimination they are now arranged around only two tables. Here’s how they line up now:

Table 1:

1 Ivan Luca
2 Erik Seidel
3 Stephen Chidwick
4 John Juanda
5 Paul Newey
6 Igor Kurganov
7 Mustapha Kanit
8 Byron Kaverman

Table 2:

1 Ali Reza Fatehi
2 Mike McDonald
3 Ole Schemion
4 Sergey Lebedev
5 Sam Greenwood
6 Bryn Kenney
7 Christoph Vogelsang
8 Salman Behbehani

6:25pm: Carrel is outta here
Level 13 – Blinds 8,000/16,000 (2,000 ante)

It was a quick death for Charlie Carrel in this event. He was down to 130,000 and jammed all-in over Byron Kaverman’s under the gun 35,000 open with the K♣Q♣, which Kaverman called with 9♦9♣.


Charlie Carrel: No super high roller trophy this time

There was no help for the Brit on the 2♥A♦5♦10♠3♣ board, so Carrel made a swift exit as Kaverman stacked his 460,000 ready for the ttwo-table re-draw. –JS

6:20pm: Smith departs
Level 13 – Blinds 8,000/16,000 (2,000 ante)

After losing the big pot to Christoph Vogelsang, Dan Smith moved all-in on the next hand.

“I’m gonna raise all in,” he said in late position, for 58,000.

The action reached John Juanda. “I’m gonna raise the minimum,” he said.

That was the only action:
Smith: Q♣8♣
Juanda: A♠J♣
The board ran 3♣2♦6♦5♦9♠

Before the turn Smith threw his own eight at the board to mimic the river card,
but he wouldn’t get his pair.

“Good game,” said Smith, as he departed. — SB


Dan Smith

6:15pm: Kanit lands doubles knockout blow, passes 2 million
Level 13 – Blinds 8,000/16,000 (2,000 ante)

Mustapha Kanit’s stacks sits at 2.15 million after he eliminated two players in one hand.

Sean Winter (154k) and Jason Mercier (275k) both moved all-in and Kanit said, “I’ll gamble with you guys,” before he called.

Winter: A♠4♠
Mercier: A♥J♦
Kanit: A♣K♦

The board ran 3♠2♥7♦6♦10♠ and the Italian scooped the lot before giving his two opponents a royal send-off, i.e., He needled them a lot before saying how much he really loved them. They’ll be a full redraw once one more player goes. –MC

6:10pm: Never call time on Vogelsang
Level 13 – Blinds 8,000/16,000 (2,000 ante)

I’m not sure how long Dan Smith had been waiting for Christoph Vogelsang to make a decision, but Ivan Luca kept looking at the tournament clock.

The board was dealt, showing 8♦2♥10♠Q♠3♣ and Smith had bet some 307,000, leaving himself around 65,000 behind. Vogelsang meanwhile had the decision to make for a pot rich on green (25K) chips.

But while Luca kept looking at the clock, it was Smith himself who called it. “Time,” he said.

Almost immediately Vogelsang responded. “Okay, I call!”

“No time, no time!” said Smith smiling, turning over J♣7♣. Vogelsang had him beat with 10♥K♠.

Vogelsang stacked up more than 1.1 million.

“Were you close to folding?” asked Smith, wondering if he might have been better letting Vogelsang think a little longer.

“Yeah…” Vogelsang said. — MC

6pm: A nine on time for Newey
Level 13 – Blinds 8,000/16,000 (2,000 ante)

Paul Newey has been near the bottom of the chip counts for much of the day, but things are looking up as he’s just got lucky to double through Igor Kurganov.

Newey moved all of his 261,000 chips into middle from under the gun and it folded around to Kurganov in the small blind. He re-raised all-in to isolate Newey, and it worked as Mike McDonald gave up his big blind.

Kurganov – A♥A♦
Newey – 9♦9♥


Igor Kurganov: As happy as a man with aces

It looked bad for Newey, that is until the flop came 8♥9♠K♠ to give him a set. The turn was the 4♣ and the river the 2♥, and Newey’s up to around 550,000 now. Meanwhile, Kurganov drops to 660,000. –JS


Paul Newey: Nine on time

5:50pm: No Silver lining as Max busts to his nemesis
Level 13 – Blinds 8,000/16,000 (2,000 ante)

Earlier on (see 4:55pm), Max Silver lost a massive pot to Ali Reza Fatehi. Now the Iranian has busted the Brit.

Fatehi began the hand by opening to 43,000 and it folded to Silver who jammed for 265,000. It folded back to the raiser and Fatehi instantly called and turned over the K♠K♦, while it was the A♦9♣ that Silver was going to battle with.

Unfortunately for the former chip leader there would be no help, as the board ran out 4♠7♦3♥2♦J♦ to send him to the rail. Fatehi now has around 1.8 million. –JS

5:35pm: Oh boy, we’ve lost Choi
Level 13 – Blinds 8,000/16,000 (2,000 ante)

Ali Reza Fatehi’s stack has shot up to 1.9million after he eliminated Stanley Choi in a race.

Fatehi opened to 45,000 from the cutoff and as called by Dan Smith in the small blind before Choi squeezed all-in for 321,000 from the big blind. Fatehi asked for a count and then made a confident sounding call. Smith folded.

Choi: A♣J♥
Fatehi: 7♣7♥

The board ran 5♥9♣8♠7♦4♦ to make Fatehi a set. He fist pimped on the turn and then said sorry to Choi after the river. — MC

5:30pm: Watson Sir busto
Level 13 – Blinds 8,000/16,000 (2,000 ante)

Mike Watson has been battling a short stack for a lot of today, and that pressure finally gave. Ole Schemion opened from middle position and called after Watson three-bet all-in for around 300,000 from the button.

Schemion: 10♥10♦
Watson: A♣K♣

The board ran 9♥7♥6♣Q♥2♣. Schemion moved up to roughly 1.39 million. –MC

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

We’re pushing into Level 13, which will likely be unlucky for some.

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4:55pm: Adams busts; Silver slumps
Level 12 – Blinds 6,000/12,000 (2,000 ante)

Timothy Adams has been eliminated after his queens couldn’t hit against Ali Reza Fatehi’s kings, and the man from Iran put those new chips to good use by securing a double-up through Max Silver.

The board showed the K♠3♦9♦10♦ and Silver and Sergey Lebedev checked to Fatehi, who bet 162,000. Only Silver called and the river was the 4♣. Silver checked and Fatehi instantly moved all-in for 482,000. Silver asked for a count and thought for a moment before eventually moving all-in.

“NUTS!” yelled Fatehi, slamming his hands and his cards on the table. He did indeed have the A♦5♦, crushing for Silver who had the K♦Q♦. Fatehi is up to 1.5 million now, while Silver’s big stack has vanished and has been replaced with 365,000. –JS

4:50pm: Redraw details
Level 12 – Blinds 6,000/12,000 (2,000 ante)

Here’s how they line up around the final three tables:

Table Seat Name Country
1 1 Sam Greenwood Canada
1 2 Igor Kurganov Russia
1 3 Mike Watson Canada
1 4 Mike McDonald Canada
1 5 Paul Newey United Kingdom
1 6 Stephen Chidwick United Kingdom
1 7 Ole Schemion Germany
1 8 Salman Behbehani Kuwait
2 1 Max Silver United Kingdon
2 2 Dan Smith United States
2 3 Stanley Choi China
2 4 Sergey Lebedev Russia
2 5 John Juanda Indonesia
2 6 Chrisoph Vogelsang Germany
2 7 Ali Reza Fatehi Iran
2 8 Timothy Adams Canada
3 1 Ivan Luca Argentina
3 2 Jason Mercier United States
3 3 Mustapha Kanit Italy
3 4 Byron Kaverman United States
3 5 Erik Seidel United States
3 6 Charlie Carrel United Kingdon
3 7 Bryn Kenney United States
3 8 Sean Winter United States

4:45pm: Classic Kanit on a charge, busts start of day chip leader
Level 12 – Blinds 6,000/12,000 (2,000 ante)

Mustapha Kanit has got a big stack and the classic lines are coming out. Before he knocked out Mikita Badziakouski, he stood up and said:

“I don’t know why the other players bother. It’s every player’s dream to win the Sunday Million and only me, Musta, and little fatty Musta [points at Dan Smith] have won it. Why do they bother playing this 100k?”

Then he sat back sat down and took care of business. Mike McDonald opened to 27,000 from the cutoff before Badziakouski three-bet all-in from the button for 200,000. Kanit was in the small blind and his call was enough to scare off McDonald.

Kanit: 9♣9♠
Badziakouski: A♠10♠.

The board ran K♣3♣6♦6♣7♠.

Kanit moved up to 1.6 million and the tournament has been paused to allow a full redraw to take place. –MC

4:40pm: Sammartino and Dvoress felted
Level 12 – Blinds 6,000/12,000 (2,000 ante)

Daniel Dvoress busted this event earlier when his short stack was under threat all-in pre with the J♠10♠, up against Christoph Vogelsang’s A♠J♣. Both paired their Jack but Vogelsang took it down, eliminating the Canadian.

More recently, Dario Sammartino was felted by Mike McDonald who opened from under the gun with the J♥9♥. Sammartino defended his big blind with King-Queen and then check-raised all-in on the A♥9♣J♣ flop with a gutshot. With top two-pair McDonald naturally called, and improved to a full house when the 8♥ and 9♦ hit the turn and river.

McDonald is now playing 1,125,000. –JS

4:30pm: Vogelsang doubles at Kenney’s expense
Level 12 – Blinds 6,000/12,000 (2,000 ante)

Christoph Vogelsang and Bryn Kenney tangled in a pot in which they got it all-in pre-flop with 6♠6♦ (Kenney) vs J♠J♥ (Vogelsang).

The 2♣8♦10♣10♠3♣ board ran out pure for Vogelsang and he doubles up to 760,000, while Kenney has 550,000. –JS

4:20pm: Adams slow plays and Kurganov pays
Level 12 – Blinds 6,000/12,000 (2,000 ante)

Timothy Adams is zen-like at the table: focused, patient, and almost meditative. Eventually that patience will pay off, and I think I just caught that moment.

Igor Kurganov opened to 26,000, and Adams just called from the big blind. The flop came the 2♥J♥9♦ and Adams check-raised a c-bet of 18,000 to 45,000. Kurganov called.

That brought us to the 5♥ on the turn. Adams moved all-in for 125,000 and Kurganov didn’t take too long to call with his Q♣J♠ for top pair. However, Adams had been slow-playing the A♥A♦ the whole time, and when the 2♦ fell on the river he’d secured a full double-up.

Adams is now playing 330,000, while Kurganov has 680,000 remaining. –JS

4:10pm: Juanda doubles through Kanit
Level 12 – Blinds 6,000/12,000 (2,000 ante)

John Juanda found himself in the danger zone with only 234,000 – fewer than 20 big blinds. However, he’s managed to claw his way out with help from Mustapha Kanit’s chip stack.

The two got it all-in pre-flop in the blinds, and Juanda was ahead with the K♦K♣ against Kanit’s A♠Q♣. The first four community cards were safe for the EPT12 Barcelona winner – 10♣6♥9♣3♦. So when it got to the river Kanit was desperate to hit.


John Juanda

“Ace of diamonds!” he shouted, throwing his ace towards the direction of the board as the dealer dealt the river card. It was the Q♥ though, and Juanda doubled to 474,000. Kanit is still right up amongst the chip leaders with 1.5 million. In fact, he might very well be leading right now. –JS

4pm: The two looks of Schemion
Level 12 – Blinds 6,000/12,000 (2,000 ante)

Ole Schemion has an “attack” look and a “defence” look when tangling with opponents.

He opened from under the gun and was called by Christoph Vogelsang and Jason Mercier in the blinds. As the flop fell 2♦4♦10♥ Schemion was staring at Vogelsang with high level of ferocity, and then the same to Mercier after Vogelsang checked. Mercier checked as well and then both players folded when Schemion fired a 44,000 continuation bet.


Ole Schemion, nestled between Jason Mercier and Bryn Kenney

The very next hand, Schemion defended his big blind to Bryn Kenney’s first position raise. This time, Schemion’s look was more puppy dog than evil Superman. The flop was 4♠3♥J♦ and the look failed him as Kenney carried on his aggressive line and Schemion check-folded. — MC

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3:55pm: Jack the lad Behbehani
Level 11 – Blinds 5,000/10,000 (1,000 ante)

Salman Behbehani’s stack has risen to 880,000 after he won a pot off Christoph Vogelsang, who dropped a little to 670,000.

Vogelsang opened to 23,000 first to act and Behbehani called from the big blind. The flop spread Q♦Q♣J♣ and Behbehani check-called a 22,000 continuation bet. The 2♥ turn was checked through to the 2♠ river where Behbehani led for 44,000. Vogelsang called but mucked upon seeing his opponent’s J♦6♦. — MC

3:52pm: Kanit bets big
Level 11 – Blinds 5,000/10,000 (1,000 ante)

Mikita Badziakouski raised to 25,000 from the small blind, and Mustapha Kanit called from the big. The two saw a 7♠8♦3♦ flop fall and and Badziakouski opted not to c-bet, which meant Kanit took over with a 28,000 bet. It was called.

The 3♥ arrived on the turn, and it went check-call again, but now Kanit put out 78,000. That took us to the end of the board and the 10♥ river. Badziakouski checked a final time, and Kanit reached for a big stack of green 25K chips.

He bet 435,000 – an overbet to the pot. In the end the Belarussian folded, so Kanit offered him a consolation prize – to see one of his cards. Badziakouski chose and flipped over the J♣, but we’ll never know if the other gave Kanit a straight, a bigger pair, or just pure air. –JS


Mustapha Kanit up to his old tricks

3:42pm: Kenney flexes his muscles
Level 11 – Blinds 5,000/10,000 (1,000 ante)

Daniel Dvoress is now cradling a short stack after the bigger stack of Bryn Kenney bullied him off a pot.

The flop came the 6♥10♦5♣ and Kenney check–called Dvoress’ 25,000 bet. The turn was the 9♥ and Kenney checked again, allowing Dvoress to continue for 64,000. Kenney then moved all-in – or more accurately put Dvoress all-in as he had him covered. Dvoress counted out his chips – 154,000 – but decided to fight another time. –JS


Bryn Kenney

3:23pm: Dvoress shrinking
Level 11 – Blinds 5,000/10,000 (1,000 ante)

Daniel Dvoress is getting short with 270,000 after he lost a small pot to Christoph Vogelsang.

He raised his button and Vogelsang defended his big blind. The flop fanned Q♦9♦9♥ and Vogelsang check-called 22,000. No more chips migrated forward as the 6♥2♦ turn and river were checked down. Vogelsang opened A♦6♠ and Dvoress mucked. — MC

3:08pm: Volelsang puts a Holz to Fedor’s run-good
Level 11 – Blinds 5,000/10,000 (1,000 ante)

Fedor Holz had a (mostly) great day yesterday. He busted the single re-entry high roller in fourth and then jumped in, and won, a satellite to this tournament. The fact he got in cheap is the silver lining to his recent bustout.


Fedor Holz: Easy come, easy go

He opened to 24,000 and then four-bet jammed for 200,000 after Christoph Vogelsang three-bet to 61,000. The latter surprised his own hand muscles by how quickly he called.

Holz: A♦K♠
Vogelsang: A♥A♠

The board ran 5♥3♦2♠2♦K♠. Vogelsang rose to 730,000. — MC

2:50pm: ANNNNNNND we’re back
Level 11 – Blinds 5,000/10,000 (1,000 ante)

Our 28 remaining players are back in their seats and cards are in the air. Max Silver is currently our chip leader with 1.28 million, while Dario Sammartino is in the danger zone with just 160,000.

Check out all the chip counts here. –JS

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2:31pm: First break of the day
The players are on a 20-minute break.

2:30pm: Prize pool information
The 61 total entries helped create a €5,978,000 prize pool and the top eight will get paid. A min cash is worth €236,750 and the winner will receive €1,775,500. For a full breakdown click here.

2:25pm: News in brief
Level 10 – Blinds 4,000/8,000 (1,000 ante)

– We ran into Isaac Haxton in the hallway. Not a good sign for him. He told the blog that he was down to 15 big blinds when he moved all-in with pocket sixes. Bryon Kaverman called with ace-ten and Haxton failed to hold.
– Ivan Luca tried to bluff Sam Greenwood but it didn’t work. The two had made it to the river where the board read 4♠K♣K♥Q♦5♣ and Luca bet 42,000 from the small blind. Greenwood called on the button with 6♣6♥ beating Luca’s J♥8♥. Luca still has a million, whereas Greewood has 700,000.
– Mike Watson and Dan Smith have been seen having breakfast together this week and tangled in a pot where they showed each other (some) respect. Watson raised his button and Smith peeled from the big blind before the action was checked to the river. The board rested as 9♣8♠J♥4♥9♥ and Smith led for 26,000 with K♦8♦. Watson said e thought about raising but just called with Q♦9♠. He rose to 287,000 whereas Smith dropped to 745,000. –MC


Ivan Luca
2:10pm: Quoss’ luck runs out
Level 10 – Blinds 4,000/8,000 (1,000 ante)

First we thought Mustapha Kanit was getting luck from Fabian Quoss; then we thought it was actually Quoss who’d picked up some good fortune from Kanit. It seems our first thought was true, as Quoss has now been eliminated.

The hand started with an open by Ivan Luca, which was then three-bet to 54,000 by Byron Kaverman. Quoss then piped up with a cold four-bet to 125,000, and Luca moved all-in for 442,000. He had both players covered.

Kaverman gave it up, but Quoss called. He got the bad news quickly; his J♠J♥ needed help to beat Luca’s K♣K♥, but found none on the 7♥A♠9♥Q♣7♦ board. Luca is up to 900,000 now. –JS

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2pm: Peters’ hero-call goes awry
Level 10 – Blinds 4,000/8,000 (1,000 ante)

Players are falling fast here on Day 2, with David Peters the latest to bust.

He was in a heads-up pot with Dan Smith, and the flop was the J♣5♥9♠. Both checked, taking us to the 8♣ on the turn. Now Smith put out a bet, which Peters called, before the 2♦ river fell.

Smith put Peters all-in and he went deep into the tank for about five minutes. He eventually announced “I call” and Smith quickly turned over his Q♦10♥ for a straight. Peters could only muster the A♥8♠, so with two overcards and potential straight draws I don’t think it’s strange to assume it was a bit of a hero call. It didn’t work out this time for Peters – on to the next one. –JS

1.55pm: Negreanu is gone
Level 10 – Blinds 4,000/8,000 (1,000 ante)

We’ve lost Team PokerStars Pro Daniel Negreanu from this super high roller, in which he’d invest 200K having entered twice yesterday. This hand took place at the end of Level 9.
Negreanu kicked off his final hand with a 14,000 open, which was called by Ivan Luca and Stephen Chidwick from the blinds. The flop fell 6♥5♣3♥ and it checked to Negreanu, who put out a 25,000 c-bet. Luca gave it up but Chidwick stuck around, and the turn was the 8♦. Negreanu didn’t slow down, betting 48,000, but then Chidwick set him all-in. That bet was called and Negreanu showed J♦J♠, which had been out-drawn on the turn as Chidwick hit a set with his 8♠8♥. There was no jack on the river and Negreanu made his exit.

Chidwick is up to 445,000 now. –JS

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1:50pm: Petrangelo takes out Muehloecker
Level 9 – Blinds 3,000/6,000 (1,000 ante)

Nick Petrangelo has been one of poker’s standout performer over the last 18-months and he was the prominent figure in busting Thomas Muehloecker.

Petrangelo raised from under the gun and was called by Paul Newey and Muehloecker en route to a 7♠4♦Q♥ flop. Newey folded to a Petrangelo 25,000 c-bet but Muehloecker check-raised all-in for 77,000 from the big blind. Call.

Muehloecker: 8♥6♦ for a gutshot straight draw.
Petrangelo: K♦Q♠ for top pair.

The board ran out 4♣2♠ and Muehloecker made a swift exit. –MC

1:42pm: Kanit rubs off on Quoss
Level 9 – Blinds 3,000/6,000 (1,000 ante)

Maybe it was Fabian Quoss who took some of Mustapha Kanit’s luck (see 1:22pm post) as the German just doubled through Byron Kaverman.

Kaverman opened to 17,000 from the button and then shoved after Quoss three-bet to 46,000 from the small blind. Quoss snap called all-in for 183,000.

Quoss: J♦J♠
Kaverman: 10♦10♣

The board ran 6♣J♥5♠8♣3♥ and Kaverman dropped to 290,000. –MC

1:37pm: Smith’s custom back-pack
Level 9 – Blinds 3,000/6,000 (1,000 ante)

It’s not a big hand that’s making heads turn today; it’s Dan Smith’s custom-made Tumi T-Pass back-pack. Haralabos Voulgaris and Team PokerStars Pro Jason Mercier were particularly interested in the bespoke leather bag with ‘DS’ branded on it. So, Tumi – don’t be surprised if you get orders for ‘HV’ and ‘JM’ bags very soon. –JS

1:27pm: More from Negreanu
Level 9 – Blinds 3,000/6,000 (1,000 ante)

Daniel Negreanu’s aggression continues to pay off. After Ivan Luca opened to 14,000, Ike Haxton made the call only for Kid Poker to shove once again. He got two folds and scooped in another pot. –JS

1:22pm: Kanit needs some Quoss
Level 9 – Blinds 3,000/6,000 (1,000 ante)

Touching Fabian Quoss must be a good luck charm, because Mustapha Kanit just got out of his seat solely to walk over to the German, touch him on the shoulder, and bow his head in respect. Let’s see if it pays off for the Italian. –JS

1:20pm: Negreanu on the up
Level 9 – Blinds 3,000/6,000 (1,000 ante)

Fabian Quoss opened under the gun to 14,000 and it folded to Ike Haxton in the small blind. He made the call, as did Daniel Negreanu from the big blind.

All three saw the 9♥K♥2♣ flop fall, and it was a friendly game as all checked. That took us to the J♣ on the turn, which Ike would lead at with a bet of 25,000. Negreanu then jammed for 83,000 total, Quoss mucked, and Haxton had a decision. He eventually gave it up, and Negreanu continued his slow but steady ascent up the chip counts. –JS

1:18pm: Nitsche busts in blind battle
Level 9 – Blinds 3,000/6,000 (1,000 ante)

Sergey Lebedev was one of the new entries here on Day 2 and is freerolling after his fourth-place finish in the single re-entry high roller event last night. He’s brought that good form into today after winning a big pot by eliminating Dominik Nitsche.

It was as simple a hand as he could have possibly hoped to play too. The action folded around to Nitsche in the small blind who raised all-in for 120,000 or thereabouts. Lebedev looked down at A♠K♥ and made the call. Nitsche opened a dominated A♦10♠ but failed to catch up on a board than ran 5♠8♥7♣7♦4♦. — MC

1:05pm: Mercier aggression pays
Level 9 – Blinds 3,000/6,000 (1,000 ante)

Jason Mercier had his foot to the floor all the way in a hand and accelerated up to 780,000 chips.

Salman Behbehani opened to 13,000 from the button before Christoph Vogelsang three-bet to 45,000 from the small blind. The Team PokerStars Pro was in the big blind and cold four-bet to 92,000. Bebehani folded but Vogelsang called to a 5♦6♦J♠ flop where he checked. Mercier continued for 67,000 and Vogelsang called.

The turn came as the 7♠ and Vogelsang was set in for his remaining 215,000 after he checked once more. Two minutes passed and he folded saying, “Nice hand!” — MC


Vogelsang and Mercier going to battle
12:50pm: Sammartino sprints
Level 9 – Blinds 3,000/6,000 (1,000 ante)

Dario Sammartino was the last man to arrive today, sprinting through the massive France Poker Series Day 2 field. He sat down, a little out of breath, and immediately hopped in a pot, calling Mike Watson’s 12,000 open on the button. Sean Winter called from the big blind.

The flop came the K♥Q♥5♠, it checked to Sammartino and he took it down with a 24,000 bet. –JS

12:40pm: Two new faces, and a few familiar ones
Level 9 – Blinds 3,000/6,000 (1,000 ante)

The field has been confirmed – we’ve had a total of 61 entries in this event. Fedor Holz and Sergey Lebedev are the only new names in the field that wasn’t here yesterday (Holz shipped a seat in a 10K satellite last night, while Lebedev chopped the 10K high roller).

Meanwhile, Max Altergott, Nick Petrangelo, and Timofey ‘trueteller’ Kuznetsov have all re-entered here on Day 2. –JS

12:35pm: Negreanu doubles in first hand of the day
Level 9 – Blinds 3,000/6,000 (1,000 ante)

A perfect start for Team PokerStars Pro Daniel Negreanu. He’s just doubled up through Timothy Adams after essentially talking his fellow Canadian into calling his shove with a lesser hand.

Negreanu’s jam was for 51,000 with the A♣J♦ and Adams made the call with his A♦7♦. The flop was a dream one for Kid Poker and when all was said and done the board read 2♠J♥J♣9♠K♦.

“Woo-hoo! I essentially saved myself 100K by not shipping it all-in last night!” an excited Negreanu told his table. He’s up to 124,000 now. –JS

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12:15pm: Welcome to Day 2

It was an action-packed day yesterday here at the EPT Grand Final in Monte Carlo. We had a colossal field in the France Poker Series (FPS) main event (more than 1,000 players!); we had an epic final stretch of the 10K high roller (which Chance Kornuth ended up winning); but a lot of eyes in the room were fixed on the 100K super high roller, in which many of the best players in the world assembled.

Fifty-six entries from 44 players have already created a massive prize pool, and we’ll have 38 players returning to the felt today. However, registration was open until today (12.15pm in fact) – and we already know we’ll have some new faces in the crowd. One in particular is Fedor Holz, fresh off a fourth place finish in last night’s 10K.


Mikita Badziaksouski comes into the day as our chip leader; the Belarussian quietly amassed a big stack of 951,000. Meanwhile, Max Silver won a big pot at the end of the night when he eliminated Justin Bonomo so he’s back in second with 785,000. Other players with big stacks include Igor Kurganov (755,000), John Juanda (744,000), and Ivan Luca (660,000).

Team PokerStars Pro Daniel Negreanu comes into Day 2 our shortest stack with just 52,000 – but, hey, this is Kid Poker we’re talking about. Time to spin it up.

Cards will be in the air at 12:30pm so don’t go anywhere! –JS

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