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We’re down to 18 players in the €10,300 High Roller and Seth Davies is in the lead with 2.595 million.

This is now Davies’s third high roller cash this week. He finished 13th in the €25K Single-Day High Roller on Thursday and he also finished 6th in the €50K Single-Day High Roller on Tuesday. We’ll see if he can go all the way tomorrow. A victory here would be Davies’s largest live tournament cash ever.

Seth Davies is on a high roller roll

It’s a tough path to victory though. Aside from other big stacks like Johnny Nedved (2,195,000)
and Joris Ruijs (2,150,000), Davies will also face Orpen Kisacikoglu (1.085 million), Max Silver (1.42 million), and Niall Farrell (570,000) in his quest for the EPT Barcelona High Roller title tomorrow.

It’ll be another long day of poker. Day 2 started at 12:30 p.m. this morning with 151 survivors and a few late entries, but that number quickly fell as the day went on. We lost the likes of Cary Katz, Igor Yaroshevskyy, Daniel Dvoress, Timothy Adams, and Team PokerStars Pro Daniel Negreanu earlier in the day.

Only 64 players made the money and we hit the bubble right before dinner break.

It took a while and play extended into the scheduled break, but it finally burst when Byron Kaverman lost a flip against Siarhei Chudapal. Players were then free to eat and celebrate their cash for 75 minutes before they came back to play for more money.

There was a slew of eliminations after that, including Team PokerStars Pro Jeff Gross, and after a few more level of play, we ended with our final 18 players.

Another High Roller cash for Team PokerStars Pro Jeff Gross

They’re now on an extended 10-ish hour break before they come back for Day 3. We’ll be back here too, so be sure to come back and check out all the action here at the PokerStars Blog as we play down to a champion.

If you can’t wait that long, check out our Day 2 archive below for a play-by-play of the day’s best action.

Here’s a full list of tomorrow’s counts:

Player Chips
Seth Davies 2,595,000
Johnny Nedved 2,195,000
Joris Ruijs 2,150,000
Cord Garcia 1,570,000
Louis Nyberg 1,480,000
Max Silver 1,420,000
Norbert Szecsi 1,410,000
Richard Kirsch 1,400,000
Siarhei Chudapal 1,380,000
Orpen Kisacikoglu 1,085,000
Marcin Chmielewski 1,060,000
Mikalai Vaskaboinikau 935,000
Rustam Hajiyev 850,000
Rens Feenstra 770,000
Eder Takashi Murata 590,000
Niall Farrell 570,000
Zhong Chen 350,000
Gen Nose 335,000

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• PLAYERS: 18 OF 439 (inc. 112 re-entries)
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2:10am: Silver claws a big pot right at the business end
Level 22 – Blinds 10,000/25,000 (BB ante 25,000)

Max Silver is up to 1.7 million after taking a big pot from Louis Nyberg.

Silver opened to 55,000 on the button and Nyberg raised to 160,000 out of the big blind. Silver made the call, and the dealer laid a 658 flop. Check check.

The 3 hit the turn and Nyberg opted for another check. Silver took control, leading out for 110,000. Nyberg stuck around to see the 10 river, and checked it a third time.

Silver fired 400,000, and Nyberg used up three time banks before making the call. Silver confidently showed K10 for a rivered top pair, and Nyberg was disgusted.

Nyberg is down to 1.6 million now. –JS

2am: Reeves and Sammartino bust
Level 22 – Blinds 10,000/25,000 (BB ante 25,000)

Lucas Reeves was just eliminated by Seth Davies when his Q9 couldn’t defeat KQ. A hand or two later on another table Dario Sammartino — who was down to just 350,000 – was felted by Cord Garcia.

Down to 18. –JS

1:45am: Sammartino gets frustrated
Level 22 – Blinds 10,000/25,000 (BB ante 25,000)

Dario Sammartino defended his big blind to a Mikalai Vaskaboinikau open before the dealer spread a 349 flop. Sammartino check-raised a 40,000 c-bet to 145,000, only for Vaskaboinikau to put him all-in.

Sammartino slammed a stack of chips in frustration, as he was forced to fold. Sammartino is on 400,000 now, while Vaskaboinikau increases to 1.25 million. –JS

1:35am: Delfoco defeated
Level 21 – Blinds 10,000/20,000 (BB ante 20,000)

Francesco Delfoco is the latest to fall. He departed in 21st place.

Mikalai Vaskaboinikau opened to 60,000 on the button, before Delfoco jammed out of the big blind for 445,000. Back to Vaskaboinikau, he made the call with A10 and was up against 45.

The AKQ77 board sent Delfoco to the cage, and brought Vaskaboinikau up to 1.1 million. –JS

Delfoco’s departs

1:30am: Ivan Luca falls in 22nd
Level 21 – Blinds 10,000/20,000 (BB ante 20,000)

Ivan Luca came back from the break as one of the shortest stacks, so it wasn’t shocking to see him make moves early. He jammed all-in on the button for 215,000 with K5, and was called by Norbert Szecsi in the small blind with 88.

The 28K flop paired Luca, but gave Szecsi a set. The turn and river changed nothing, and Luca made an exit. Szecsi is up to 900,000 now. –JS

Luca out of luck

1:24am: Davies doubles
Level 22 – Blinds 12,000/25,000 (BB ante 25,000)

Seth Davies raised to 50,000 from under the gun and Lucas Reeves three-bet it up to 160,000. Action folded back around to Davies and he moved all-in for 1.15 million. Reeves quickly called and showed AK to Davies’s QQ for a classic flip.

Queens held up on the J10776 baord and Davies doubled to about 2.3 million while Reeves dipped to just 300,000. –AV

1:17am: We’re back
Level 22 – Blinds 12,000/25,000 (BB ante 25,000)

One more level to go.

1:02am: Nedved and Chudapal lead at the final break

We’re down to 22, and the players have gone on a 15-minute break. Here’s at look at the full counts. –JS

Player Chips
Johnny Nedved 1,600,000
Siarhei Chudapal 1,600,000
Joris Ruijs 1,590,000
Lucas Reeves 1,500,000
Marcin Chmielewski 1,500,000
Louis Nyberg 1,440,000
Seth Davies 1,275,000
Cord Garcia 1,100,000
Max Silver 1,030,000
Rustam Hajiyev 1,000,000
Rens Feenstra 1,000,000
Norbert Szecsi 715,000
Niall Farrell 710,000
Richard Kirsch 700,000
Mikalai Vaskaboinikau 700,000
Gen Nose 640,000
Dario Sammartino 630,000
Zhong Chen 610,000
Eder Takashi Murata 470,000
Francesco Delfoco 400,000
Orpen Kisacikoglu 400,000
Ivan Luca 280,000

12:55am: MacDonnell and Soyza sacked before break
Level 21 – Blinds 10,000/20,000 (BB ante 20,000)

Marc MacDonnell was the first to go after the redraw. He got his stack in with pocket tens against Marcin Chmielewski’s pocket aces. No funny business on the board and Macdonnbusted in 24th.

Then Michael Soyza left the tournament for good. He got his remaining 224,000 in on an A388 board with Q10 and ran into a full house.

Dario Sammartino had AA and Soyza was drawing dead after Sammartino called. The Q on the river was too little too late and Soyza exited in 23rd. Sammartino on the other hand is now up to 900,000. –AV

12:50am: Final three tables
Level 21 – Blinds 10,000/20,000 (BB ante 20,000)

Here’s how our final three tables look. –JS

Seat Table 1 Chip Count Table 2 Chip Count Table 3 Chip Count
1 Zhong Chen 625,000 Gen Nose 710,000 Dario Sammartino 620,000
2 Joris Ruijs 1,500,000 Siarhei Chudapal 1,020,000 Cord Garcia 1,050,000
3 Niall Farrell 725,000 Rustam Hajiyev 1,000,000 Orpen Kisacikoglu 365,000
4 Seth Davies 1,080,000 Max Silver 970,000 Mikalai Vaskaboinikau 700,000
5 Lucas Reeves 1,425,000 Richard Kirsch 680,000 Marcin Chmielewski 1,225,000
6 Eder Takashi Murata 350,000 Ivan Luca 240,000 Francesco Delfoco 420,000
7 Louis Nyberg 1,325,000 Marc Macdonnell 580,000 Michael Soyza 275,000
8 Rens Feenstra 1,025,000 Norbert Szecsi 720,000 Johnny Nedved 150,000

12:43am: Yosifov yanked out in 25th, down to three tables
Level 21 – Blinds 10,000/20,000 (BB ante 20,000)

It was a rough ride for Dimitar Yosifov, one filled with crushing defeat and glimmers of hope that were quickly crushed as well.

First Yosifov lost most of his stack to Rens Feenstra. They got into a preflop raising war that ended with all their chips in the middle. Yosifov had 44 while Feenstra tabled 1010. The Q9253 board did nothing to change their standings and Feenstra knocked Yosifov out.

Wait, no he didn’t.

Players were nearly even in chips and a meticulous count revealed that Yosifov still had 3,000 left over.

Then Yosifov got them in the following hand after Max Silver raised to 40,000 from middle position. Yosifov threw in his tiny stack from the cutoff and Orpen Kisacikoglu called from the big blind.

The flop came 4K10 and Silver bet 36,000. Kisacikoglu folded and both Silver and Yosifov showed ace-eight. Yosifov had A8 though and he hit a flush on the river.

Yosifov’s stack increased exponentially to 32,000 and a comeback seemed more plausible. Then Silver crushed those dreams a few hands later. Yosifov moved all-in with Q5 and Silver called with 72.

Silver hit trip deuces on the K2592 board and Yosifov was eliminated in 25th. Play is now paused as we redraw to our final three tables. –AV

12:36am: Vaskaboinikau doubles through Farrell
Level 21 – Blinds 10,000/20,000 (BB ante 20,000)

Mikalai Vaskaboinikau was all-in from the small blind with AK, looking to double his 350,000 stack versus Niall Farrell’s A8.

He was certainly in a great spot to do so, and there was no sweat on the A274J runout.

Farrell dips to 819,000, Vaskaboinikau doubles to 720,000. –JS

12:32am: Lim falls to Ruijs
Level 21 – Blinds 10,000/20,000 (BB ante 20,000)

Joris Ruijs did something that seems to be becoming a more common play among high rollers: he limped under the gun. It then folded to Aaron Lim in the cutoff, and he moved all-in for 265,000. When it got back to Ruijs, he called.

Lim: A9
Ruijs: 55

It was a flip, and Ruijs would win it after the Q374J board. Lim said his goodbyes, and Ruijs is up to 1.6 million now. –JS

12:25am: Sitbon sacked, down to 26
Level 21 – Blinds 10,000/20,000 (BB ante 20,000)

We’ve lost another player.

Julien Sitbon got his last chips in with A3 and Siarhei Chudapal called with a dominating AQ. The board came 265K5 and Sitbon tried to see if a joke could save his tournament.

“Chop right?” Sitbon joked as he stood up. But alas, there was no chop and he was eliminated in 27th while Chudapal’s stack grew to 1.1 million. –AV

12:19am: Bedell waits and waits, finds aces, busts
Level 21 – Blinds 10,000/20,000 (BB ante 20,000)

Tom-Askell Bedell was all-in in the big blind, with just 13,000 in front of him. He’d folded his way down, just hoping to find a spot.

Seth Davies then opened with 1010, and Murad Akhundov moved all-in on the button for 203,000 with 33. Davies called.

Bedell hadn’t looked at his cards, so he took a peek at one. It was an ace.

Then he looked at another. Amazingly, it was another ace. AA.

“WHAT!” said a shocked Michael Soyza. “He’s been folding every hand and he wakes up with aces!”

Bedell was certainly happy about it, but he wouldn’t be after the board came 29510K, giving Davies a set and the double KO.

Bedell finished 29th, Akhundov finished 28th, and Davies is up to 1.22 million now. –JS

12:11am: Double double: Luca and Farrell
Level 21 – Blinds 10,000/20,000 (BB ante 20,000)

While Silver was doubling up at one table, Ivan luca was doubling up another player just one table over. That player was Niall Farrell, who was all-in for 420,000 with AQ. Luca had KK and, once again, the pocket pair didn’t hold up.

This time Farrell hit a flush on the 5J7104 board and doubled to about 850,000 while Luca dipped down to 750,000. –AV

Farrell outflushed Luca to get a double up

12:05am: Double double: Silver and Romero
Level 21 – Blinds 10,000/20,000 (BB ante 20,000)

We had a pair of simultaneous double ups at adjacent tables. The one between Max Silver and James Romero was the first we started watching, so we’ll tell you that one first.

Romero had three-bet to 80,000 from the cutoff, Silver four-bet to 240,000 from the small blind and the original raiser folded. Romero then moved all-in and Silver called.

Romero turned over QQ and Silver tabled AQ. Silver hit an ace on the flop and doubled to 1.03 million while Romero dropped to just 200,000.

Those chips didn’t last long either as Romero busted to Cord Garcia a few minutes later. –AV

12am: Speranza falls to Davies
Level 21 – Blinds 10,000/20,000 (BB ante 20,000)

Gianluca Speranza is out in 32nd. We missed the action, but by the end of the 395A7 board his A3 was a lesser two pair to Seth Davies’s A5.

Davies is up to 1.1 million now. –JS

11:55pm: Big double for Nedved
Level 20 – Blinds 8,000/16,000 (BB ante 16,000)

Johnny Nedved has been on quite a rush over the past level or so. Things have got even better for him, after a huge double up through Michael Soyza.

Soyza opened to 35,000 and was called by both blinds. The flop fell 7410 and it checked to Nedved in the big blind. He opted to lead out for 45,000, and only Soyza called.

The turn was the 2 and when Nedved continued for 53,000, Soyza raised it to 200,000. Nedved then shoved for 558,000 total, and Soyza called.

Soyza: A10
Nedved: J10

Soyza had Nedved in bad shape, but the J river gave him two pair and he let out a big roar in celebration.

“Sorry,” he told Soyza afterwards. “That’s OK,” Soyza replied. “I still have chips.”

295,000 to be exact, while Nedved is up to 1,106,000 now. –JS

11:47pm: Hajiyev doubles through Luca
Level 20 – Blinds 8,000/16,000 (BB ante 16,000)

Ivan Luca raised to 37,000 from under the gun and action folded around to Rustam Hajiyev in the small blind. Hajiyev called and a 432 flop hit the board. Hajiyev bet 24,000 and Luca raised it up to 80,000. Hajiyev called and a 10 came on the turn.

This time Hajiyev bet 152,000 and Luca, who had more than double Hajiyev’s stack, moved all-in. Hajiyev snap-called and turned over 22 for a set of deuces while Luca turned over A10 for top pair. A 9 landed on the river and Hajiyev doubled to about 1 million while Luca dipped to 1.2 million. –AV

11:38pm: Mateos falls after three-way all-in
Level 20 – Blinds 8,000/16,000 (BB ante 16,000)

There will no doubt be some relieved players out there following the news that Adrian Mateos has busted.

Mateos jammed for 130,000 and Max Silver isolated with a shove of his own. Marcin Chmielewski then calledall-in, and the cards were flipped:

Mateos: Q10
Silver: QQ
Chmielewski: AA

The board ran out 929109, keeping the aces in front. Mateos was out, Silver dropped to 590,000, and Chmielewski climbs to 860,000. –JS

11:31pm: MacDonnell Ruans Jiayu’s day
Level 20 – Blinds 8,000/16,000 (BB ante 16,000)

Jiayu Ruan is outta here, in rather unfortunate circumstances.

He was all-in with KK and called by Marc MacDonnell with 1010. The board ran 48A109 to give MacDonnell a set, and send Ruan to the rail.

MacDonnell has 560,000 now. –JS

11:27pm: Bedell leaves them to it
Level 20 – Blinds 8,000/16,000 (BB ante 16,000)

Tom-Aksel Bedell is the shortest stack in the room right now with just 50,000 or so. Still, he’s playing a patient game, and won’t get it in unless he’s 100% happy.

After Michael Soyza opened to 35,000 under the gun, Seth Davies three-bet to 90,000 from the cutoff and it folded to Bedell in the big blind. He clearly had a hand he liked, but did he like it enough to risk his tournament?

He’d use up three time bank cards thinking it over. But in the end he folded, and lives to fight another day.

Soyza and Davies continued to fight after that raise was called, and on the 9K8 flop Soyza checked it. Davies continued for 60,000, only for Soyza to bump it up to 250,000. That got a pretty quick fold from Davies.

Soyza is up to 935,000, while Davies dips to 700,00. –JS

Bedell: tournament short stack

11:22pm: Diogo dusted
Level 20 – Blinds 8,000/16,000 (BB ante 16,000)

Adrian Mateos started things off from under the gun with a raise to 32,000 and then things got jammy.

Cord Garcia moved all-in from the button and Diogo Veiga called all-in from the small blind. Mateos got out of the way and Veiga tabled QQ to Garcia’s AQ. Garcia hit and ace on the turn and then a straight on the river of a 1085AK board.

Veiga was out in 36th while Garcia chipped up to over 600,000. –AV

11:13pm: Silver’s painful fold
Level 20 – Blinds 8,000/16,000 (BB ante 16,000)

“I had no idea what to do,” Max Silver said. He also mentioned that he could’ve easily spent five to ten minutes thinking about the decision if he wasn’t playing with the shot clock. Even with it, Silver spent three time bank cards making his decision.

Silver’s conundrum started with a raise to 32,000 from the cutoff and then Marcin Chmielewski three-bet to 80,000 from the button.

Silver called and the flop came 6QJ. Chmielewski bet 75,000 when checked to and Silver called, bringing a 6 on the turn. Chmielewski moved all-in for 218,000 and that’s when Silver’s painful conundrum began. He took off his hat, rubbed his head, grimaced and threw in a time bank card. He repeated that process two more times before he eventually folded.

Chmielewski chipped up to 600,000 while Silver was left with 575,000 and an agonizing memory. –AV

Max Silver’s hat is removed for better ventilation during difficult decisions

11:07pm: Kisacikoglu doubles through Diaz
Level 20 – Blinds 8,000/16,000 (BB ante 16,000)

Orpen Kisacikoglu picked up 1010 under the gun, and moved all-in for 251,000 total. It folded around to Guillaume Diaz in the small blind, and with AQ he made the call.

There was an ace on the 2A10 flop, but also a ten giving Kisacikoglu a set. The 8 and 2 completed the board, and Kisacikoglu is up to 534,000, while Diaz drops to 214,000. –JS

Kisacikoglu’s sticking around

10:58pm: Another level
Level 20 – Blinds 8,000/16,000 (BB ante 16,000)

Players are back for another level of poker. The plan is to play three more levels tonight. –JS


10:40pm: AND Mateos doubles up Feestra
Level 19 – Blinds 6,000/12,000 (BB ante 12,000)

This day has been very swingy for Adrian Mateos. He didn’t get to enjoy his double-up chips for long, as a lot of them now sit with Rens Feestra.

Feestra made it 26,000 to go from the hijack, and Mateos flatted on the button. The flop fell QJ10 and Feestra checked it, letting Mateos take the betting lead for 32,000. Call.

The turn was the 3 and Feestra checked it again. Mateos fired 90,000, but he couldn’t shake Feestra who called to see the J river. Feestra had 157,000 behind and announced all-in, which Mateos snap-called.

Feestra showed AK for a flopped broadway straight, and it turned out to be a cooler situation as Mateos has K9 for a lower flopped straight.

He’s down to 212,000 now, while Feestra climbs to 630,000. –JS

10:30pm: Mateos doubles
Level 19 – Blinds 6,000/12,000 (BB ante 12,000)

Adrian Mateos doubled to more than 500,000.

Mateos raised to 24,000 from the hijack that hand and got called by both blinds. All three players checked the 5A9 flop and a K came on the turn. That’s when things got interesting.

Action checked to Mateos again and he bet 45,000. Dimitar Yosifov raised to 107,000, the big blind folded and Mateos moved all-in for about 225,000. Yosifov called and showed two-pair with A9 while Mateos had a set of kings with KK. A 5 came on the river to fill Mateos up and he doubled to more than 500,000 while Yosifov dipped to about 450,000. –AV

10:18pm: Sick exit for Ligeri
Level 19 – Blinds 6,000/12,000 (BB ante 12,000)

We’ve just lost this tournament’s sickest player. Quite literally.

Justin Ligeri has been coughing up something fierce all day, but now he can finally go back to his room and rest, a little bit better off than he was this morning.

Ligeri: the sickest

Ligeri was all-in for his last 100,000 or so with JJ, and was called by Aaron Lim with A9. An ace hit the board on the turn, and Ligeri couldn’t find a jack on the river.

Ligeri banks €22,060. –JS

10:06pm: Trimming the field
Level 19 – Blinds 6,000/12,000 (BB ante 12,000)

Bryn Kenney and Preben Stokkan are the latest players to depart, bringing the field down to 38.

That means we’re down to just five tables. –JS

10:06pm: Gross gone in 43rd
Level 19 – Blinds 6,000/12,000 (BB ante 12,000)

Jeff Gross’s High Roller run has reached the end of the line.

The last remaining member of Team PokerStars jammed for 140,000 over a Norbert Szecsi 26,000 open with pocket fives, which Szecsi called with A8.

After the board was complete Szecsi was in front, and that KO brings him up to 1.19 million. –JS

Gross exits

10:01pm: Kirsch sinks Sinclair
Level 19 – Blinds 6,000/12,000 (BB ante 12,000)

Jack Sinclair and Richard Kirsch got it in on the turn of a 8K44 board. Sinclair had the short stack and a pair of kings with KJ while Kirsh had hit trip fours with 43. Only a king could save Sinclair, but the river brought a 9 instead.

Sinclair busted in 44th while Kirsh is up to about 600,000. –AV

9:54pm: Kassouf busts to Lim
Level 19 – Blinds 6,000/12,000 (BB ante 12,000)

“15 bigs, what can I do?”

Those were the words of Will Kassouf, who jammed from the hijack with A5 and was called by Aaron Lim in the small blind with JJ.

The 102Q25 board kept Lim in front, bringing his stack up to 662,000. –JS

9:44pm: Zhong zaps Pardo
Level 19 – Blinds 6,000/12,000 (BB ante 12,000)

Zhong Chen raised to 22,000 from the button and a short-stacked Juan Pardo moved all-in for 78,000 from the small blind. Chen called and we had a flip.

Pardo turned over 22 while Chen tabled AQ. Chen then hit a straight on the turn of a 4K10J9 board and Pardo was eliminated in 46th. Chen on the other hand is up to about 700,000. –AV

9:37pm: Level up
Level 19 – Blinds 6,000/12,000 (BB ante 12,000)

It’s that time of the tournament again. An hour has passed and the blinds are up.

9:33pm: Kirsch triples
Level 18 – Blinds 5,000/10,000 (BB ante 10,000)

Richard Kirsch moved all-in for about 85,000 and got two callers, Norbert Szecsi and Justin Ligeri.

Ligeri checked the 68A flop and Szecsi bet 45,000. Ligeri called and a K came on the turn. Szecsi then bet 55,000 when checked to and Ligeri folded. Kirsch showed AQ while Szecsi showed A8.

Szecsi was in the lead, but then a Q fell on the river to give Kirsch a better two-pair. Kirsh mentioned that was the same hand he busted the Main Event with. Ace-queen versus ace-eight and there was eight on the flop.

This time a queen kept Kirsch in the running and now he’s up to 300,000. –AV

9:26pm: Two notable busts
Level 18 – Blinds 5,000/10,000 (BB ante 10,000)

Stephen Chidwick and Paul Newey have hit the rail, in 48th and 49th place respectively. –JS

9:23pm: Kassouf coolers Mateos, doubles
Level 18 – Blinds 5,000/10,000 (BB ante 10,000)

Will Kassouf talks a lot, and sometimes he tells the truth, as Adrian Mateos just found out the hard way.

Mateos opened to 20,000 from early position, and it folded around to Kassouf in the big blind. He said his hand was good enough to call but maybe not good enough to three-bet shove, so he did exactly that: call.

The flop fell 62K and Kassouf checked, as did Mateos. The turn was the 8, by which Kassouf insisted he had a set. He then moved all-in for 75,000, and Mateos snap-called.

Kassouf did indeed have a set with his 22, while Mateos had flopped top two pair with his K6.

“I told you it’s a cooler,” said Kassouf. “Any bricks about?”

The A was a brick, doubling Kassouf to 205,000 and dropping Mateos – who could only shake his head afterwards – down to 62,000. –JS

9:13pm: Eibinger felted by quads
Level 18 – Blinds 5,000/10,000 (BB ante 10,000)

Mathias Eibinger is the latest casualty, and it happened in brutal fashion.

After an open, Rustam Hajiyev called and Eibinger jammed holding pocket queens. It folded back to Hajiyev who called with pocket tens, and Hajiyev flopped a boat on a [2x][2x][10x] flop. The river was the case ten, giving Hajiyev quads and the KO.

He’s up to 810,000 now. –JS

Mathias Eibinger (left)

9:08pm: Rujis taks out Aido
Level 18 – Blinds 5,000/10,000 (BB ante 10,000)

Sergio Aido was down to 111,000 and moved all-in from middle position. The big-stacked Joris Rujis rejammed for over 1 million and everyone got out of the way.

Aido turned over KJ and Rujis showed 66. The 4AQ2A board kept sixes in the lead and Aido busted in 54th while Rujis’ stack grew to 1.25 million. –AV

Sergio Aido out in 54th

9:03pm: The slow exit of Troyanovskiy
Level 18 – Blinds 5,000/10,000 (BB ante 10,000)

Vladimir Troyanovskiy opened to 23,000 from middle position, and was then three-bet to 65,000 by Dimitar Yosifov on the button. Troyanovskiy made the call to see a 10106 flop, and both opted for a check.

That brought the 3 on the turn, and Yosifov made a delayed c-bet of 85,000 when it checked to him. Troyanovskiy stuck around, and the river was the 10, putting three tens out there.

Troyanovskiy checked a final time, and after 30 seconds of thinking Yosifov set him all-in. Troyanovskiy had 205,000 in front of him, but perhaps more importantly in this hand, he had eight time bank cards too and proceeded to use most of them right here.

Agonising decision for Troyanovskiy

He was in the tank for three and a half minutes before he eventually slid in a call, but he didn’t look happy when Yosifov tabled QQ for a full house. Troyanovskiy showed J9 for a flush, and he was eliminated.

Yosifov is up to around 750,000 now. –JS

8:55pm: Seven in ten
Level 18 – Blinds 5,000/10,000 (BB ante 10,000)

After 10 minutes of play, we’re down seven players. Here are the list of recent bustees:

57th – Elias Talvitie
58th – Rui Sousa
59th – Felipe Costa
60th – Ming Juen Teoh
61st – Jimmy Guerrero
62nd – Kitty Kuo
63rd – Ka Kwan Lau


8:50pm: Another double KO for Ligeri
Level 18 – Blinds 5,000/10,000 (BB ante 10,000)

You usually get a surge of bustouts after dinner breaks and another surge after the bubble bursts. But when you combine the two, you get a flood.

There’s now a symphony of dealers saying “All-in, call” throughout the tournament area and one of the first ones resulted in a double KO from Justin Ligeri, of course.

He had K10 against Kitty Kuo’s 55 and Jimmy Guerrero’s K4. Guerrero managed to hit two-pair on the turn of a KJ94Q board, but Ligeri hit a straight on the river.

Kuo had the bigger stack and finished in 62nd while Guerrero took 61st. Ligeri on the other hand is up to 310,000. –AV

8:45pm: Ready for more?
Level 18 – Blinds 5,000/10,000 (BB ante 10,000)

We’re back, and the post-bubble bust-outs have already begun. –JS


7:28pm: Kaverman bubbles €10K High Roller
Level 18 – Blinds 5,000/10,000 (BB ante 10,000)

Byron Kaverman is the last player to leave empty-handed in this one.

He jammed on the button for 160,000 with AK, and was called by Siarhei Chudapal with 88. The board ran 47879 giving Chudapal a set, and that was that.

The bubble board

They’re in the money. And now they’re off on dinner break.

Back in 75 minutes. –JS

No cash for Kaverman

7:20pm: Silver doubles through Chidwick on the bubble
Level 18 – Blinds 5,000/10,000 (BB ante 10,000)

There was about 65,000 in the pot and a QK9 flop on the board. Max Silver checked from the button and Stephen Chidwick bet 45,000 from the button. Silver called and a 5 came on the turn.

Both players checked and then Chidwick fired off a bet of 70,000 after the 6 landed on the river. Silver moved all-in for 270,000 and Chidwick called after three time banks.

Silver showed J10 for a straight while Chidwick had a pair of kings with K7. Silver doubled to nearly 700,000 while Chidwick was left with just 185,000. –AV

7:15pm: Five more hands
Level 16 – Blinds 3,000/6,000 (BB ante 6,000)

It’s been decided. They’re going to play five more hands then head off on dinner, whether the bubble has burst or not. –JS

7:12pm: Break or no break?
Level 16 – Blinds 3,000/6,000 (BB ante 6,000)

We’ve reached the scheduled dinner break, but as the bubble is yet to burst, nobody wants to leave just yet.

There’s a big discussion going on right now, with Bryn Kenney one of the main advocates of the ‘no break’ campaign. Stay tuned. –JS

6:50pm: Kenney doubles through Gross
Level 16 – Blinds 3,000/6,000 (BB ante 6,000)

Bryn Kenney was the first player to be all-in on the bubble. Lucky for him, he’s doubled up.

Jeff Gross had shoved from the cutoff, putting three short-stacks to the test. It got to Kenney in the big blind and he made the call for 110,000.

When all other hands finished, Kenney showed AK while Gross asked for red cards to help his 107. The board ran out 4K92Q, doubling Kenney to 229,000 and taking Gross down to 265,000. –JS

6:35pm: Flurry of all-ins brings us to the bubble
Level 17 – Blinds 4,000/8,000 (BB ante 8,000)

We were getting close to the bubble. There were 66 players left and the tournament floor stopped the clock to announce they were going hand for hand. Then there was a flurry of three, almost simultaneous, all-ins.

Chan Wai Leong was the first to go. He’d moved all-in with AQ and got called by Lucas Reeves and his JJ. The J2K88 board filled Reeves up, brought his stack up to 850,000, and Leong left in 66th.

Before Leong had even left the tournament area, Hong Cheong Lee was all-in with 55 against Francesco Delfoco’s A8. Delfoco hit an ace on the A4JQK board and he took Lee out in 65th while he chipped up to about 480,000.

But before that hand had even finished, another all-in was announced. Laurynas Levinskas was at-risk against Orpen Kisacikoglu, but he managed to fill up with 108 on a 3101084 board to double up.

Levinskas doubled to 306,000 while Kisacikoglu dipped to 344,000.

Stone-cold bubble time.–AV

6:23pm: Palevic plummets
Level 16 – Blinds 3,000/6,000 (BB ante 6,000)

Rifat Palevic has just falled five spots from the money.

After Joris Ruijs opened to 17,000, Palevic jammed for his last 57,000 and when it got back to the raiser he made the call. Palevic had QJ up against A3, and the A7J flop paired both. The 10 turn gave him king straight outs to go with a queen or jack, but the 4 river changed nothing.

Ruijs is up to 730,000 now. –JS

6:15pm: Diaz applies pressure
Level 17 – Blinds 4,000/8,000 (BB ante: 8,000)

With the money bubble only six spots away it’s time for the bigger stacks to apply pressure to those less fortunate. Platinum Pass winner Guillaume Diaz, who bubbled the Main Event a few days ago, is on the right side of things this time around.

Laurynas Levinskas opened the betting under the gun for 16,000, leaving himself 115,000 behind. The action folded around to Jes Bondo, who called with 130,000 behind. And then Diaz squeezed from the big blind, moving all-in with a stack that covered both opponents by around 500,000.

Levinskas used his shot clock up before folding. That put the decision back to Bondo. He looked at Diaz and raised his eyebrows. Diaz raised his eyebrows back and grinned. Maybe Bondo learned something from that, or maybe he was just thinking about looking for a better spot. Either way, he folded and Diaz took down the pot.

With that Diaz jumps to 625,000. –JK

6:12pm: Lucas takes from Luca
Level 16 – Blinds 3,000/6,000 (BB ante 6,000)

Having crushed online cash games for years, Lucas “Bit2Easy” Reeves is in good shape for a breakout live score in this one. He just took down a big pot from Ivan Luca that went a little something like this.

Reeves had opened from the UTG+1 seat, but when we arrived Luca had three-bet to 39,000 on the button. Reeves then four-bet to 95,000, and Luca just called to see a flop.

The dealer spread the J95, on which Reeves continued for 50,000. Luca stuck around to see the 10 turn, but he’d fold quite quickly when Reeves set him all-in.

Luca is down to 225,000, while Reeves climbs to 804,000. –JS

Reeves: Bit2Easy

6:03pm: Climb that hill again
Level 17 – Blinds 4,000/8,000 (BB ante 8,000)

Blinds are up again. This will be our final level before the dinner break and we’re expecting to hit the money soon. –JK

6:00pm: Palevic staying alive
Level 16 – Blinds 3,000/6,000 (BB ante 6,000)

Rifat Palevic has gotten a few chips and a flood of words from Wiliam Kassouf.

Kassouf raised to 16,000 from middle position in one hand and Palevic re-raised all-in for 26,000 from the cutoff. Adrian Mateos then threw in a four-bet to 50,000 from the button. Kassouf called and the flop came 2610.

Mateos bet 78,000, Kassouf folded, and players tabled their hands. Mateos turned over AQ and Palevic showed AQ. They both hit a Q on the river and chopped Kassouf’s chips.

Then Palevic got a few more off Kassouf. Palevic raised to 17,000 that hand and left himself with 30,000 behind.

“Why didn’t you shove?” Kassouf asked when action folded to him. “I have a gutshot.

“Want me to hit it? I’ll hit it”

Kassouf called and the flop came A88.

“Lucky flop?” Kassouf asked. “I hit trips. Eight of spades, six of clubs.”

“Ok, take them,” Palevic said and threw his remaining 30,000 in the pot. Kassouf thought for a bit, talked some more, probably didn’t have an eight, and folded. Palevic turned over J7, took the pot, and is now up to about 60,000. –AV

5:52pm: Poker posturing
Level 16 – Blinds 3,000/6,000 (BB ante 6,000)

Stephen Chidwick and Vladimir Troyanovskiy are both great players, but they couldn’t strike more opposing poses at the table. Chidwick’s straight-backed and ever attentive, while Troyanovskiy opts for a more comfortable round-shouldered slouch whilst watching his iPad.

Chidwick and Troyanovskiy: no slouches when it comes to poker

Speaking of posture at the table, there was some posturing going on during this hand. Chidwick opened to 13,000 from the cutoff, and Troyanovskiy called on the button to bring a 10106 flop. Both checked.

The A hit the turn, but again there’d be no betting. When the Q landed on the river, Chidwick led for a very delayed 30,000 c-bet, which was almost a pot-sized bet. Troyanovskiy shrugged in a “I guess I have to call” fashion, and tossed in calling chips.

Chidwick tabled 109 for trips, but Troyanovskiy had backed into broadway with his KJ.

He’s up to 380,000 now, while Chidwick has 515,000. –JS

5:45pm: Money bubble in sight
Level 16 – Blinds 3,000/6,000 (BB ante 6,000)

The pace hasn’t slowed down since we kicked off Day 2. We’re just one table away from the money bubble now. –JK

5:44pm: Schwippert busts to Hajiyev
Level 16 – Blinds 3,000/6,000 (BB ante 6,000)

Jan Eric Schwippert is the latest player to fall, bringing the field down to 72.

He was all-in for his last 40,000 or so with A10, up against Rustam Hajiyev’s AQ. The board ran 279A3, pairing both but keeping Hajiyev’s hand in front.

He’s up to 390,000 now. –JS

5:40pm: Runner runner full house takes out Rasmussen
Level 16 – Blinds 3,000/6,000 (BB ante 6,000)

Jacob Rasmussen flopped big when he was all-in. He was a huge favorite, but then he busted.

Rasmussen had moved all-in for about 60,000 from the button and Dario Sammartino rejammed from the small blind. The big blind folded and Rasmussen turned over J7 to Sammartino’s AK.

The flop came 727 to give Rasmussen trip sevens and Sammartino started counting out chips to pay Rasmussen. Then the A came on the turn, and a round of gasps accompanied the A that fell on the river.

Sammartino’s runner runner full house took down the pot and Rasmussen hit the rail while Sammartino chipped up to about 400,000. –AV

5:30pm: Easy game for Mateos
Level 16 – Blinds 3,000/6,000 (BB ante 6,000)

Will Kassouf opened to 16,000, and was three-bet to 48,000 by Adrian Mateos.

“I should raise but I just call,” said Kassouf. “Friendly game.”

The dealer spread a 656 flop.

“Very good flop for my hand, I promise,” he continued. “Ace king is no good. I should bet here but I check because I like you.”

I don’t know what it says about Mateos’s feeling towards Kassouf, but he bet 34,000.

“I have a big hand. But in case you have ace king, I just call.”

The turn came the A.

“You don’t believe I slow play ace-queen here. But I’ll just check. C’mon, win the max.”

Mateos checked.

“Or win the minimum.”

The J completed the board.

“Bingo!” Kassouf said, as the fourth heart hit the board. He’d check, and Mateos checked back quickly.

Kassouf showed 1010, but Mateos had that beat with A7.

“Pescado! Pescado!” Kassouf said to Sergio Aido, then turned back to Mateos. “Easy game, eh?”

“Very easy,” Mateos quietly responded. He’s up to 378,000 now, while Kassouf drops to 215,000. –JS

Mateos: No pescado

5:20pm: Spindler doubles Lim, busts to Kenney
Level 16 – Blinds 3,000/6,000 (BB ante 6,000)

Benny Spindler just lost a pair of flips and is out of the tournament. Aaron Lim raised to 14,000 from the cutoff the first hand and Spindler three-bet to 44,000 from the button.

Action folded back around to Lim and he moved all-in. Spindler called and turned over 99 to Lim’s 99. The board ran 85754 and Lim got the double up to 275,000 while Spindler was left with just 24,000.

Spindler folded the next hand and then he found himself with a pocket pair. Bryn Kenney raised to 14,000 from early position that hand and Spindler moved all-in with 33. Kenney called with AJ and Spindler got counterfeited on the 5QQ95 board.

Kenney took down the pot and Spindler hit the rail. –AV

Spindler-killer Bryn Kenney

5:15pm: Reeves protecting his stack
Level 16 – Blinds 3,000/6,000 (BB ante: 6,000)

Lucas Reeves is working with a fairly large stack right now, but not so large that he’s calling bets willy-nilly. He just opened for 14,000 in the lojack seat and had a decision to make after Chan Wai Leong made it 42,000 to go in the cutoff.

“How much are you playing behind?” Reeves asked Leong.

“104,000,” replied Leong.

Reeves used a time bank card but ended up folding, preserving his 550,000 stack for a better spot. Leong is now on 133,000. –JK

Lucas Reeves

5:10pm: Latest departures
Level 16 – Blinds 3,000/6,000 (BB ante: 6,000)

We’re dropping players like they’re hot. The latest:

Jack Salter, Davide Marchi, Rui Nogueira Da Silva E Sousa, Lander Lijo, Anton Wigg, Joao Vieira, Orhan Ates, Chris Dowling, Armen Khachatryan, Pakinai Lisawad, Andras Nemeth

5:02pm: Pardo leads after break
Level 16 – Blinds 3,000/6,000 (BB ante 6,000)

We’re back for two more levels before the dinner break. Juan Pardo is chipleading right now with 800,000, followed by Louis Nyberg with 725,000. –JS

Louis Nyberg


4:45pm: Keeping promises
Level 15 – Blinds 2,500/5,000 (BB ante 5,000)

Tom-Aksel Bedell called from the small blind and Jacob Rasmussen moved all-in for 77,500 from the big blind. Bedell thought, grabbed his cards, and mucked as the shot clock ticked down to its final few seconds.

“Next time,” Rasmussen said.

Bedell laughed, agreed and then next time came the very next hand. Bedell raised, Rasmussen jammed, and Bedell called. Rasmussen turned over Q10 and Bedell turned over A6. Rasmussen paired his ten on the 810467 board and he doubled up to about 170,000 while Bedell dipped to about that same amount. –AV

4:40pm: Kenney keeps ’em guessin’
Level 15 – Blinds 2,500/5,000 (BB ante 5,000)

There was a Q437 board out there and Bahram Chobineh had fired 21,000 into his sole opponent, Bryn Kenney. Kenney then loaded up a bet and slid out 77,000, which gave Chobineh food for thought.

He used up a time bank card, then folded showing the Q.

“Pick one,” said Kenney, sliding his cards out as he raked in chips. Chobineh pointed to one and Kenney flipped the 6.

“Five-six?” asked Chobineh. That hand would have given Kenney a straight. But Kenney just smiled, increasing his stack to 420,000 while Chobineh has 250,000. –JS

4:35pm: Gross lops some chips off Ligeri
Level 15 – Blinds 2,500/5,000 (BB ante: 5,000)

Things keep getting better for Jeff Gross. We just walked up to his table as he got to showdown against Justin Ligeri on an ace-high board.

“Jack high,” announced Ligeri. Gross then rolled over KQ for king-high. Ligeri was clearly unhappy with this development, which reduced his stack to 420,000. Gross is now at 390,000 and rising. –JK

Team Pro Jeff Gross

4:20pm: Monsterpotten for Nyberg
Level 15 – Blinds 2,500/5,000 (BB ante: 5,000)

Louis Nyberg just shot up to near the top of the chip counts with a huge pot again Filipe Oliveira. The pot had already swelled to well over 300,000 by the time we showed up, with Oliveira UTG+1 and Nyberg in the big blind. The board read 710696 and Nyberg led for 125,000. Oliveira used a time bank card and eventually called, only to muck his hand when Nyberg flipped up 87 for a ten-high straight.

The loss there drops Oliveira to around 170,000. Meanwhile Nyberg has taken his 700,000-chip stack to a new table and is seated directly to Bryn Kenney’s right. –JK

4:15pm: Kassouf vs the Spaniards (and Ruijs)
Level 15 – Blinds 2,500/5,000 (BB ante 5,000)

Adrian Mateos opened to 10,500 from the UTG+1 seat, and it folded around to Will Kassouf in the small blind. He made the call, as did Joris Ruijs from the big blind, and it went three-ways to the 397 flop. It checked to Mateos and he continued for 7,500, which only Ruijs called. He’d then check-fold to 11,500 on the 3 turn.

“Bluffing with the best hand Adrian?” Kassouf asked. Mateos nodded. “Must be nice.”

The next hand it was Mateos’s countryman Sergio Aido who opened. He made it 11,000 in the hijack, and Kassouf then raised to 26,000 on the button.

“If you got it, you got it,” he said. “It’s a cooler.”

It wasn’t Aido that Kassouf should have been worried about though. Ruijs then raised it to 65,000 out of the big blind, which got a quick fold from Aido.

“See, I knew I had you beat. Then he wakes up with a big hand,” Kassouf thought aloud. He’d fold, then show AQ. Kassouf tried to goad Ruijs into showing, but the Dutchman was having none of it.

He’s up to 505,000 now, while Kassouf dips to 140,000. Mateos and Aido have 300,000 and 263,000 respectively. –JS

Kassouf: if they’ve got it, they’ve got it

4:10pm: Adams axed
Level 15 – Blinds 2,500/5,000 (BB ante 5,000)

Timothy Adams raised to 11,500 from the hijack and James Romero three-bet to 26,000 from the cutoff. Action folded back around to Adams and he moved all-in for about 240,000.

Romero quickly called and turned over QQ to Adams’s A5. Adams was hoping for an ace, but the Q107 flop brought Romero a queen instead. Adams did hit a 5 on the river, but it was too little, too late.

Adams hit the rail while Romero chipped up to about 530,000. –AV

Timothy Adams couldn’t outflop queens

4pm: Feenstra nips Nemeth
Level 15 – Blinds 2,500/5,000 (BB ante: 5,000)

Andras Nemeth took down a high roller event here earlier in the week. He’s still in this tournament, too, but his stack is in greater peril than it was before he took on Rens Feenstra.

Nemeth opened for 9,000 under the gun and Feenstra re-raised to 27,000 in the cutoff seat. Nemeth called and both players checked the 7310 flop. Nemeth check-called 28,000 on the 2 turn and then checked a final time on the 6 river. Feenstra bet 82,000 this time and Nemeth, after using a time bank card, made the call. He mucked as soon as Feenstra showed KK, though, falling to 150,000. Feenstra, meanwhile, is up to 500,000. –JK

Rens Feenstra

3:55pm: Flop big, river better
Level 15 – Blinds 2,500/5,000 (BB ante 5,000)

It was a whirlwind of emotions for Daniel Erlandsson. He got it all-in with AK for a flip against Joris Ruijs and his JJ.

The 5Q10 flop gave Erlandsson nearly every out in the world, and the J on the turn was one of them. It also gave Rujis a set with the chance of a full house. All Erlandsson needed to do was avoid a paired board on the river.

River: 5

Rujis hit a full house and Erlandsson’s tournament came crashing back down. Erlandsson was out while Rujis’s stack grew to 615,000. –AV

3:50pm: Blessed on the river
Level 14 – Blinds 2,000/4,000 (BB ante 4,000)

Enrico Camosci had less than ten bigs, which in this game means just five orbits. He jammed his last 35,000 from the UTG+1 seat, and it folded around to Mathias Eibinger on the button.

Eibinger had plenty of chips to call, but he used a time bank card and agonised over the decision. Eventually he’d make the call with K8, but hated his decision when Camosci showed AK.

When the board ran out QJ7J8 though, we’re sure he felt a bit better about it. He’d paired his eight on the river, sending Camosci home.

“Good luck guys,” he said, as he made his exit. Meanwhile, Will Kassouf had some words for Eibinger. “Blessed on the river, every time!”

The table then broke right after, so Kassouf won’t have to deal with Eibinger (who’s up to 158,000) hitting rivers anymore. –JS

3:45pm: Gross gaining
Level 14 – Blinds 2,000/4,000 (BB ante: 4,000)

Team Pro Jeff Gross is moving back upward again. We arrived at his table with 24,000 chips in the middle, a 4A2 board already dealt, Lander Lija in the small blind, and Gross on the button. Both players checked before Lija bet 6,000 on the 10 turn. Gross took 20 seconds to decide on a raise to 21,000 and Lija folded almost immediately.

Gross is now on 255,000 to Lija’s 100,000. –JK

3:40pm: Teltscher taken out
Level 14 – Blinds 2,000/4,000 (BB ante 4,000)

“That’s poker,” said Mark Teltscher. He’d just moved all-in and got called in a way most players fear.

He had pocket kings and raised to 9,000 from the button. Kyle Keranen re-raised to 31,000 from the big blind and Teltscher moved all-in for about 150,000. Keranen snap-called and showed the only had Teltscher didn’t want to see: AA.

“That’s poker,” Teltscher said as he got up from the table. The board ran 793107 and Keranen’s aces stayed in the lead. The stacks were fairly even, but a count revealed that Keranen had Teltscher covered.

Keranen almost doubled to about 300,000 while Teltscher hit the rail. –AV

3:35pm: The departed
Level 14 – Blinds 2,000/4,000 (BB ante 4,000)

We just reported how Mark Teltscher doubled up. Next thing we know he’s outta here. Details above.

He’s not the only one. All of this lot are no longer with us:

Laszlo Molnar, Stefan Huber, Patrick Uzan, Victor Hon, Jan-Mikael Kesanen, Davidi Kitai, Quan Zhou, Hector Gimenez, Taylor Black, Xixiang Luo, Marc Trijaud, Marton Czuczor, Francois Evard, Wael Sarkis, Michel Dattani, Raul Martinez, Alexander Ivarsson, Dinesh Alt, and Aymon Hata. –JS

3:30pm: Teltscher doubles through Marchi
Level 14 – Blinds 2,000/4,000 (BB ante 4,000)

Mark Teltscher has just found a double up through Davide Marchi. He opened to 9,000 under the gun, and Fabien Motte called from the cutoff before it got to Marchi in the small blind. He then moved all-in for 119,500, and Teltscher made the call for his 70,000 stack.

Motte had a hand he liked but opted to lay it down. He’d regret it when he saw Marchi’s 77 though. “Gah!” he said, as Teltscher flipped AK.

The QAK flop was great for Teltscher, and Marchi couldn’t find a set on the 2 turn or J river. Motte told us he had pocket tens after the hand, and would have knocked them both out by rivering a straight.

Teltscher is up to 157,000, while Marchi drops to 56,500. –JS

Teltscher collects

3:25pm: Farrell knocks out Kesanen
Level 14 – Blinds 2,000/4,000 (BB ante 4,000)

Jan Kesanen was down to 13,500 and moved all-in from middle position. He got a lot of callers. Niall Farrell was one of them and both blinds called as well.

The flop came 5Q2 and Farrell bet 18,000 when checked to. Only Julien Sitbon called and the K came on the turn.

Both players checked and the river brought the Q. Farrell checked again and this time Sitbon bet 24,000. Farrell thought for a bit, used a time bank card, and then raised to 100,000. Kesanen had his head in his hands by this point.

Sitbon folded and Kesanen tabled 44 while Farrell showed a full house with KK. Farrell is now up to 410,000. –AV

3:15pm: Chidwick chipping up
Level 14 – Blinds 2,000/4,000 (BB ante: 4,000)

The seat directly to the left of Vladimir Troyanovskiy and Davidi Kitai has been filled. Its occupant is Stephen Chidwick and he’s wasted no time taking on his table.

Chidwick was still stacking chips from a win as we walked up to the table. Kitai raised the next hand to 8,500 under the gun and got calls from Chidwick in the small blind and Troyanovskiy in the big. Both blinds checked the 6A5 flop and only Chidwick called Kitai’s bet of 12,000.

Chidwick checked again on the 10 turn. Kitai thought for about 20 seconds and then bet 24,000. Chidwick took 20 seconds of his own before coming back with a check-raise to 55,000. Continuing on likely would have committed Kitai for the rest of his stack, so he folded.

Kitai drops to 85,000 with that loss, while Chidwick chips up to 315,000. –JK

Stephen Chidwick is beginning to build a big stack

3:10pm: Peters’s kings run into Aido’s aces
Level 14 – Blinds 2,000/4,000 (BB ante 4,000)

Running pocket kings into pocket aces is the coldest of poker coolers. When those two hands are in play the money usually goes in preflop, so it was interesting to see all betting rounds in this one.

David Peters had KK and opened to 8,000, which got folds around to Sergio Aido in the big blind. He then raised to 29,000 (holding AA), and Peters opted just to flat.

Both then chose to check the 362 flop, leading to the 9 turn. Aido checked once more having picked up the nut flush to go with the rockets, and now Peters led out for 25,000. Aido matched it to see the 3 river, and he checked a third time.

Peters thought for this 30 second time bank, studying Aido’s 63,000 stack all the while. He then moved all-in for 66,000, and Aido snap-called.

Aces for Aido

Peters saw the bad news, and was down to just 3,000 while Aido increased to 240,000. Peters would bust in the very next hand, moving all-in from middle position. Eder Murata then made it 60,000 to go, leaving himself just 5,500 behind. Chris Dowling announced he was all-in, covering Murata, and when it got back to Murata he made the call.

Peterrs: K5
Murata: A6
Dowling: QQ

Murata needed an ace to survive, while a king would do it for Peters. The board ran 833JA, delivering the ‘Barry Greenstein’ ace on the river for Murata.

Peters exited, Dowling dropped to 210,000, and Murata sits with 144,000. –JS

2:55pm: Troyanovskiy vs. Kitai
Level 14 – Blinds 2,000/4,000 (BB ante: 4,000)

Davidi Kitai is seated to Vladimir Troyanovskiy’s left and just took advantage of it to grab a smallish pot from him. The board already read 79J when we arrived, with Kitai under the gun and Troyanovskiy in the big blind. Troyanovskiy led for 6,500 there and Kitai called, then bet 15,000 when Troyanovskiy checked to him on the 8 turn. It looked like Troyanovskiy wanted to stay involved but he thought better of it and let his hand go.

Kitai climbs to around 140,000 with that win, while Troyanovskiy slips to 250,000. –JK

Vladimir Troyanovskiy and Davidi Kitai

2:50pm: Just like Tag Team, we’re back again
Level 14 – Blinds 2,000/4,000 (BB ante: 4,000)

It’s time for more poker, with the blinds (and big blind ante) up a little higher than before. –JK


2:30pm: Troyanovskiy tramples Yan
Level 13 – Blinds 1,500/3,000 (BB ante: 3,000)

That’s all we’ll be writing about David Yan today. Nariman Yaghmai opened the action for 6,000 in the hijack seat before Yan moved all-in behind him. Vladimir Troyanovskiy called the bet and Yaghmai got out of the way. Troyanovskiy showed AA, while Yan held 55. Troyanovskiy ended up with aces full by the river, sending Yan to the rail. –JK

2:20pm: Farrell finishes Tureniec
Level 13 – Blinds 1,500/3,000 (BB ante: 3,000)

Michael Tureniec’s stay in this tournament has reached its end. He opened all-in for his last 7,000 chips with K3 and Niall Farrell successfully isolated in the lojack seat with A7. The Q410A6 runout gave Farrell a pair of aces and a boost to 225,000 chips as Tureniec collected his belongings and left the room. –JK

2:10pm: Royal flush!
Level 13 – Blinds 1,500/3,000 (BB ante: 3,000)


The unmistakable sound of Justin Ligeri alerted us to a monster hand over in the back corner of the room on Table 1. Looks like Lander Lija made a royal flush in clubs against Kitty Kuo’s set of jacks, evening their stacks to about 140,000 apiece.

Ligeri then came over to let us know he’s up to 555,000 himself. Quite a day over on that table so far. –JK


2:05pm: Prize pool info
Level 13 – Blinds 1,500/3,000 (BB ante: 3,000)

Our prize pool and payouts are now set. The 439 total entries built a pool of €4,258,300. The top 63 players will be paid, with a min-cash worth €18,100 and the winner set to take home €824,000 — not a bad reward for three days’ work. –JK

2pm: Ligeri scores another double KO
Level 13 – Blinds 1,500/3,000 (BB ante: 3,000)

Just call Justin Ligeri “butter” – he’s on a roll.

Lander Lijo opened the action for 6,000 under the gun but that was the last he’d have to do with the hand. Juha Helppi called in the lojack seat and Ligeri immediately followed him into the pot from the hijack, which put the action on Kristina Holst. She used two time bank cards before announcing herself all-in for 50,000, which chased Lijo from the pot. Helppi considered his options and then called, as did Ligeri.

The flop came 245 and Helppi quickly moved all-in. Ligeri didn’t think too long before taking the chance to score another double KO.

Holst: A9
Helppi: 88
Ligeri: AQ

The Q turn made Ligeri a flush, and the 5 river eliminated both Helppi and Holst from this tournament. That win moves Ligeri up to 455,000. –JK

Justin Ligeri is back near the top again

1:45pm: Chidwick check
Level 13 – Blinds 1,500/3,000 (BB ante: 3,000)

A quick check on high roller reg Stephen Chidwick a moment ago found him in the small blind calling a 9,000-chip Richard Kirsch hijack-seat raise. Both players checked the 3J4 flop, but Kirsch folded when Chidwick led for 16,000 on the Q turn. That boosts Chidwick’s stack to 195,000, while Kirsch drops to 130,000. –JK

1:33pm: Onward and upward
Level 13 – Blinds 1,500/3,000 (BB ante: 3,000)

It’s time for the second level of the day. –JK

1:25pm: Recent eliminations
Level 12 – Blinds 1,000/2,500 (BB ante: 2,500)

We’re closing in on the end of Level 12 and things are moving quickly. Here’s a list of some of our recent departures:

Guillaume Nolet, Ollie Price, Cary Katz, Matthew Moss, Fredrik Andersson, Joni Jouhkimainen, Noah Boeken, Daniel Dvoress, Vadzim Lipauka, Igor Yaroshevskyy, Martin Kozlov, Danut Chisu, Sylvain Loosli, Mikhail Kovalyuk, Anatoly Filatov, Jan Nader Zadeh, Yang Zhang, Vincent Cavaiiles, Matas Cimbolas, Henrik Hecklen, Tsugunari Toma, Upeshka Desilva. –JK

Fredrik Andersson and Cary Katz, both now among the lost

1:20pm: Where’s Daniel?
Level 12 – Blinds 1,000/2,500 (BB ante: 2,500)

Team Pro Daniel Negreanu bought in today, but we didn’t even get the chance to see him take his seat. His starting stack was worth 20 big blinds, all of which went in on one of the first hands of the day. Things didn’t go well because his registration slip is in the bustout pile.

UPDATE: A glance at Daniel’s Instagram story reveals that he had sevens against an opponent’s kings and the chips went in when both players flopped a set. –JK

1:10pm: Farrell doubles through Lau
Level 12 – Blinds 1,000/2,500 (BB ante: 2,500)

Niall Farrell has more chips to work with after doubling through Ka Kwan Lau. Lau opened for 5,500 in the hijack seat and then jammed when Farrell re-raised him to 20,000 in the small blind. Farrell snap-called with QQ, which held up against Lau’s 88 to boost his stack to about 180,000. Lau drops to 130,000. –JK

1pm: Ligeri gets Gross
Level 12 – Blinds 1,000/2,500 (BB ante: 2,500)

Overnight chip leader Justin Ligeri just dropped Jeff Gross back to his end-of-Day-1 stack.

We arrived with 24,000 chips already in the pot, a board reading 9954, and Ligeri betting 20,000 in the hijack seat. Gross, sitting on the button, called to see the 6 river and Ligeri bet 20,000 again. Gross used two time bank cards before calling but mucked his hand when Ligeri turned over QQ.

Ligeri is now on 400,000, while Gross slips to 155,000. –JK

Back to even for Team Pro Jeff Gross

12:40pm: Luo eliminates Iordanishvili
Level 12 – Blinds 1,000/2,500 (BB ante: 2,500)

Beka Iordanishvili just took his leave from this tournament courtesy of Xiaxiang Luo. Iordanishvili opened UTG+1 for 5,500 and then jammed for his last 60,000 when Luo made it 18,000 to go in the cutoff. Luo called and we had a classic race:

Luo: AK
Iordanishvili: 99

The K28104 runout gave Luo a pair of kings and sent Iordanishvili packing. Luo is now up to 227,000.

In other developments, a few players around the room have moved ahead of overnight leader Justin Ligeri. Jes Bondo is up to 400,000 and Johnny Nedved has crossed 445,000. –JK

12:40pm: Good start for Gross
Level 12 – Blinds 1,000/2,500 (BB ante: 2,500)

Team Pro Jeff Gross is off to a good start today. His table was just broken after playing its first hand, and it was one he took down with an all-in bet.

The board showed 10J3K8 as we arrived and Gross had jammed, putting Ben Jones to a decision. Jones looked over his time bank cards and then folded JJ face-up. That moves Gross up to about 190,000 early in today’s action. –JK

12:33pm: Day 2 is underway
Level 12 – Blinds 1,000/2,500 (BB ante: 2,500)

It’s official — we’re playing poker again here in the €10,300 High Roller.

We do have a few last-minute additions to our lineup, including Team Pro Daniel Negreanu. We’ll have full prize pool and payout information for you as soon as it’s available. –JK

12:28pm: Day 2 seat draw

Here are the seat assignments for the start of today’s action:

Name Country Entry info Chips Table Seat
Kristina Holst USA Re-Entered 43,500 1 1
Vincent Cavailles France   41,000 1 2
Marc Trijaud France   101,000 1 3
Kitty Kuo Taiwan   225,000 1 4
Lander Lijo Spain   56,000 1 5
Aaron Lim Australia Re-Entered 169,000 1 6
Juha Helppi Finland Re-Entered 170,500 1 7
Wael Sarkis Lebanon   328,000 2 1
Guillaume Diaz France   95,000 2 2
Laurynas Levinskas Lithuania   69,000 2 3
Guillaume Nolet Canada   35,500 2 4
Jan-Eric Schwippert Germany Re-Entered 213,500 2 5
Rustam Hajiyev Azerbaijan   99,000 2 6
Laszlo Molnar Hungary   117,000 2 7
Rens Feenstra Netherlands   160,000 3 1
Nariman Yaghmai Iran   166,000 3 2
David Yan New Zealand   138,500 3 3
Vladimir Troyanovskiy Russia Re-Entered 128,500 3 4
Davidi Kitai Belgium   60,500 3 5
Dinesh Alt Switzerland   88,000 3 6
Fredrik Andersson Sweden   64,500 3 7
Francois Evard Switzerland   61,500 4 1
Andy Park USA   124,500 4 2
Victor Hon Australia Re-Entered 52,000 4 3
Joao Barbosa Portugal   61,500 4 4
Murad Akhundov Azerbaijan   241,000 4 5
Armen Khachatryan Russia   104,500 4 6
Tom-Aksel Bedell Norway Re-Entered 107,500 4 7
Timothy Adams UK Re-Entered 90,500 5 1
James Romero USA   210,000 5 2
Stefan Huber Switzerland Re-Entered 69,000 5 3
Stanley Lee USA   215,500 5 4
Byron Kaverman USA   142,000 5 5
Maurice Hawkins USA   169,000 5 6
Siarhei Chudapal Belarus   146,000 5 7
Ka Kwan Lau Spain Re-Entered 171,000 6 1
Xia Lin China   77,000 6 2
Michael Tureniec Sweden   66,500 6 3
Frederic Delval France   50,000 6 4
Aymon Hata UK Re-Entered 109,500 6 5
Joao Valli Brazil   114,500 6 6
Julien Sitbon France   106,500 6 7
Sergio Aido Spain Re-Entered 206,000 7 1
Aaron Been USA Re-Entered 64,100 7 2
Daniel Erlandsson Sweden   319,000 7 3
Joris Ruijs Netherlands   137,000 7 4
David Peters USA   116,500 7 5
Adrian Mateos Spain   238,500 7 6
Danut Chisu Romania   135,000 7 7
Michel Abecassis France   42,500 8 1
Jack Sinclair UK Re-Entered 68,500 8 2
Davide Marchi Italy Re-Entered 146,500 8 3
Pasquale Grimaldi Italy   196,500 8 4
Mark Teltscher UK   121,500 8 5
Francesco Delfoco Italy   160,000 8 6
Kyle Keranen USA Re-Entered 186,000 8 7
Chan Wai Leong Malaysia Re-Entered 256,000 9 1
Joe Mouawad Lebanon   101,000 9 2
Ivan Luca Argentina Re-Entered 262,500 9 3
Felipe Costa Brazil   298,000 9 4
Marton Czuczor Hungary   54,500 9 5
Tamon Nakamura Japan   329,000 9 6
Lucas Reeves UK   269,000 9 7
Taylor Black USA Re-Entered 129,500 10 1
Preben Stokkan Norway   259,500 10 2
Michael Soyza Malaysia   137,000 10 3
Helio Neves Brazil Re-Entered 82,500 10 4
Ryan Riess USA Re-Entered 17,500 10 5
Cord Garcia USA Re-Entered 118,000 10 6
Maciej Rogacki Poland   290,000 10 7
Saar Wilf Israel   133,500 11 1
Sylvain Loosli France Re-Entered 41,000 11 2
Zhong Chen Netherlands Re-Entered 82,000 11 3
Noah Boeken Netherlands   32,500 11 4
Ken Okada Japan   53,000 11 5
Orhan Ates Turkey   153,000 11 6
Igor Yaroshevskyy Ukraine   47,500 11 7
Dan Smith USA Re-Entered 98,000 12 1
Filipe Oliveira Portugal Re-Entered 194,000 12 2
Frederik Brink Denmark Re-Entered 132,000 12 3
Beka Iordanishvili Ukraine   59,000 12 4
Jeremy Saderne France   196,000 12 5
Alexander Ivarsson Sweden   69,500 12 6
Xixiang Luo China   211,500 12 7
Matthias Eibinger Austria   46,000 13 1
Anton Wigg Sweden   42,000 13 2
Enrico Camosci Italy Re-Entered 187,000 13 3
Joey Weissman USA   78,500 13 4
William Kassouf UK   188,500 13 5
Seth Davies Canada Re-Entered 127,500 13 6
Tsugunari Toma Japan   84,500 13 7
Raul Martinez Spain Re-Entered 166,500 14 1
Orpen Kisacikoglu Turkey   74,000 14 2
Andras Nemeth Hungary Re-Entered 299,500 14 3
Alexandre Saulnier France   67,000 14 4
Joao Vieira Portugal   197,500 14 5
Rifat Palevic Sweden   154,000 14 6
Alex Foxen USA Re-Entered 71,000 14 7
Max Silver UK Re-Entered 110,000 15 1
Daniel Neilson Australia   358,000 15 2
Hector Gimenez Argentina   60,500 15 3
Jes Bondo Denmark   270,000 15 4
Ming Juen Teoh Malaysia   251,500 15 5
Juan Pardo Spain   251,000 15 6
Michel Dattani Portugal Re-Entered 44,000 15 7
Matas Cimbolas Lithuania Re-Entered 22,000 16 1
Jan Kesanen Finland Re-Entered 154,000 16 2
Paul Newey UK   135,500 16 3
Oleg Larichev Russia   48,000 16 4
Matthew Moss UK   48,000 16 5
Pedro Cairat Argentina   115,000 16 6
Ricardo Vasconcelos Souza Brazil Re-Entered 76,000 16 7
Rui Nogueira Da Silva E Sousa Portugal   101,000 17 2
Martin Kozlov Australia   185,000 17 3
Diogo Veiga Portugal   126,000 17 4
Kazuhiko Yotsushika Japan Re-Entered 176,500 17 5
Norbert Szecsi Hungary   195,500 17 6
Rui Milhomens Portugal   84,000 17 7
Dimitar Yosifov Bulgaria   178,000 18 2
Imad Derwiche France   210,000 18 3
Mikalai Vaskaboinikau Belarus   188,000 18 4
Marcin Chmielewski Poland   92,500 18 5
Alexandre Reard France   45,000 18 6
Shyngis Satubayev Kazakhstan   115,000 18 7
Jimmy Guerrero France   135,000 19 2
Daniel Dvoress Canada Re-Entered 67,500 19 3
Dario Sammartino Italy   88,000 19 4
Nelson Resendiz USA   63,000 19 5
Richard Kirsch USA   80,000 19 6
Benny Spindler Germany   204,000 19 7
Yiannis Liperis UK   180,000 20 1
Vadzim Lipauka Belarus   23,000 20 2
Anatoly Filatov Russia Re-Entered 33,000 20 3
Fabien Motte France   242,500 20 4
Bahram Chobineh Iran Re-Entered 94,000 20 5
Stephen Chidwick UK Re-Entered 130,500 20 6
Marc Macdonnell Ireland   365,000 20 7
Gianluca Speranza Italy   373,500 21 1
Bryn Kenney USA   140,000 21 2
Mikhail Kovalyuk Russia Re-Entered 89,000 21 3
Ollie Price UK   109,000 21 4
Patrick Uzan France   131,500 21 5
Niall Farrell UK Re-Entered 154,000 21 6
Johnny Nedved Belgium   323,500 21 7
Benjamin Jones UK   63,500 22 1
Ahmad Shams UK   54,500 22 2
Jeff Gross USA Re-Entered 186,500 22 3
Eder Takashi Murata Brazil   115,500 22 4
Chris Dowling Ireland   194,000 22 5
Pakinai Lisawad Thailand   148,500 22 6
Justin Ligeri USA   375,000 22 7

11am: It’s high rollin’ time again

Welcome back to Casino Barcelona for Day 2 of the EPT Barcelona €10,300 High Roller.

We’re back for more High Roller action

Yesterday’s action saw a total of 419 entries, including 103 re-entries, boosting the prize pool to more than €4 million. (We won’t have final numbers until late registration closes at the start of play today.) They played 11 levels before breaking for the night and only 151 survived to make it through to today’s action.

After the lead changed hands frequently throughout the day, a handful of players topped the chip counts within just a few big blinds of one another. Justin Ligeri (375,000 chips) bagged the largest stack overnight after a massive four-way showdown that saw him take most of Cary Katz’s stack while eliminating Nick Petrangelo and Nan Hong in one swipe. That left him just ahead of Gianluca Speranza (373,500), Marc Macdonnell (365,000), Daniel Neilson (358,000), and Tamon Nakamura (329,000).

PokerStars Team Pro Jeff Gross fired one bullet unsuccessfully yesterday, but his second bullet did the trick. He will resume play with 186,500 chips. Team Pro Daniel Negreanu, who didn’t compete yesterday, is also expected to join the action at the start of play today.

We’ll be back underway at 12:30pm CEST, so stick with us for the best coverage the English language can provide. –JK

Buy-in: €10,300 (€10,000 to prize pool, €300 fee)
Starting stack: 50,000
Starting blinds for Day 2: 1,000/2,500 (with 2,500 big blind ante)
Day 1 Schedule: 11 60-minute levels
Dinner break: 75-minute dinner break after Level 19
Entry info: Players have the option of a single re-entry until play begins today
Shot clock: 30-second shot clock in play, with six time bank cards per day for players

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PokerStars Blog reporting team on the €10,300 High Roller: Jason Kirk, Jack Stanton, and Alex Villegas. Photography by Neil Stoddart and Rene Velli.

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