Level 14: 1,500-3,000/400
Level 15: 2,000-4,000/500
Level 16: 2,500-5,000/500
Level 17: 3,000/6,000/1,000
One-hour levels and playing to a winner today
Players: 11 of 81 remain
11 places paid with €43,210 up top
To nip any potential tanking in the bag, Tournament Director Thomas Lamatch decided to implement hand for hand play when there were 13 players left, two from the money. It didn’t really seem to make that much difference as one table seemed to take much longer to play every hand than the other.
After a while of toing-and-froing, the actual bubble was reached after the elimination of the last lady in the field, Irina Petrova. She made a move with a draw and it didn’t end well for her.
Their cards weren’t flipped as the other table was still paying a hand and that gave the two players a chance to converse. “Do you have anything?” asked Peters.
“I have nothing, do you have anything?” responded Petrova.
“Not yet!” came back Peters.
“Oh, you have a flush draw then!” answered Petrova. “I really have nothing though!”
The hand on the other table ended without incident and the cards were flipped up.
Petrova: 6♣3♣ for an open-ended straight draw.
Peters: 7♥8♥ for a flush and straight draw.
Petrova was in a pickle and was confirmed out after the board ran out 5♦6♦ to hand the Dutchman a straight.
No more big hands played out before the level ended and the players went on a 45-minute dinner break. Hand for hand play resumed when they returned and it wasn’t too long before the player most at risk, Viktor Waal, was all in in a bad spot.
He was in the big blind with 75,300 and three-bet them all after Milan Rabsz opened to 10,500 from the small blind, with the big blind now at 4,000. Call.
Waal let out a noise similar in sound to his surname but his displeasure was short lived as the board ran 5♥4♣6♣9♣A♥ to make him a flush.
Max Kruse was the second shortest stack left of the players when he made a move that would score him a much-needed double up. Timo Schneider, who had played fairly snug on the bubble due to having the pesky big-stacked Peters on his direct left, raised to 13,800 from the hijack. Kruse was in the small blind and moved all in. Call.
An expectant crowd gathered as the board rolled out as 4♠9♥6♥7♦K♠. The bubble continued.
It took 30 minutes of level 17 before the deadlock was finally broken and the unlucky bubble boys after hours in limbo, was Mustafa Kersebom.
He and Schneider played out a hand moments before where the latter three-bet him off hand. Keresbom opened to 12,000 from under the gun but tank-folded when Schneider three-bet to 36,000 from the cutoff.
The board ran 7♣10♣9♥2♠7♦ to make Schneider a full house. An unlucky Keresbom stormed off pretty quickly. Not a nice way to bubble a high roller tournament. Expect a flurry of eliminations now as the remaining players head to a final table and beyond.