Live updates from Day 3, levels 20 and 21 of the $25,000 High Roller brought to you by Howard Swains, Brad Willis, and Simon Young.
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Level 20: 8,000-16,000 (2,000 ante)
Sandra Naujoks busted, final table set
Team PokerStars Pro Sandra Naujoks has busted in ninth place, meaning we now have our eight players to return to tomorrow’s final table.
Tobias Reinkemeier had made it 45,000, and Naujoks moved all in for 267,000.
Reinkemeier called with a “well, I have to call” shrug, and the cards were turned over.
Naujoks: A♠ 9♣
Reinkemeier: J♠ J♦
Naujoks needed a lot of help, and despite the 9♠ K♥ 5♣ flop offering her a couple more outs, the 3♦ turn and 5♦ river failed to hit any of them. She leaves with $56,955.
We’ll have a full wrap of today’s marathon in a short while.
11:10pm: Race ends in…everyone still playing
Tobias Reinkenmeier came in for a raise to 45,000 and William Reynolds pushed all-in from the big blind for 234,000 total. Reinkemeier called in a shot. It was pocket eights for Reynolds versus Reinkenmeier’s big slick. The ace-king missed five times and William Reynolds doubled.
11.05pm: Still here?
I’m not sure I am. The action continues, with stacks evening out again. Reynolds is still the man under most pressure, and Vaeza and Reinkemeier are at and around the chip lead of 800,000.
10.45pm: Another double up for Reynolds
Just when we thought this was all over, it wasn’t. It was folded around to short-stacked William Reynolds on the small blind who moved all in for around 110,000. Michiel Brummelhuis called.
Reynolds: A♥ 7♦
Brummelhuis: Q♠ 9♦
The flop was 4♥ Q♥ 5♥ , shooting Brummelhuis in to the lead. But then, like a dagger through the bloggers’ hearts, the turn was 3♥ filling up Reynolds’ nut flush. The river was J♥ .
We go on. And on.
This is our chip leader heading into level 21.
Here are the counts:
1 Adolfo Vaeza – 811,000
2 Sandra Naujoks – 299,000
3 William Reynolds – 148,000
4 Michiel Brummelhuis – 582,000
5 Dmitry Stelmark – 279,000
6 Will Molson – 588,000
7 Tobias Reinkemeier – 750,000
8 Lisa Hamilton – 484,000
9 Matt Marafioti – 262,000
10.20pm: Reynolds back from the brink. Again
We’ve never been closer to a resolution, but William Reynolds has just doubled up to stay in the game. He shoved from the small blind with less than 100,000 remaining and Michiel Brummelhuis called from the big blind. “I’ve got an ace,” said Reynolds, and showed A♣ 3♥ . “I’ve got a king,” said Brummelhuis and showed K♠ 4♣ . The flop had Reynolds mentally packing his bag: it came 5♥ K♥ 3♦ , putting Brummelhuis into the lead. The turn was 2♦ which now gave Reynolds some more outs and the 3♠ on the river was one of them.
On we go.
10.15pm: One more for Hamilton
Tobias Reinkemeier makes it 40,000 and Lisa Hamilton calls. On the 5♦ Q♦ K♦ flop, Reinkemeier makes it 56,000, but Hamilton moves all in. Insta muck from the German.
10.05pm: It’s going to be on my watch, isn’t it
Something’s got to give here, but as yet nothing is. Tobias Reinkemeier is doing what he’s supposed to and raising a lot of pots, usually to 42,000. But the short stacks, particularly Lisa Hamilton, are doing their bidding too and shoving all in to make him fold. So we go on, and what was once an energetic relay of PokerStars Blog writers is becoming less enthusiastic. “It’s going to be on my watch, isn’t it,” hinted a colleague earlier as he assumed the post beside the table.
9.45pm: Vaeza’s takes a nice one
Adolfo Vaeza opens for 32,000, Dmitry Stelmak calls, as does Lisa Hamilton from the big blind. On the 5♥ Q♥ 6♦ flop Hamilton checks, Vaeza makes it 40,000 and only Hamilton calls. On the 2♠ turn Hamilton checks, Vaeza makes it 50,000 and Hamilton re-raises for another 80,000 on top. Vaeza moves all in and that sends Hamilton in to the tank. Eventually she folds and is now down to around 240,000. Vaeza is up to 790,000.
9:35pm: Level up, still going
It’s been two hours and 45 minutes since Alex Brenes busted in tenth place. That’s all we’re saying. The laws of poker dictate, somebody has to bust eventually. It probably will not be chip leader Tobias Reinkenmeier.