When fellow Frenchmen Benjamin Pollak and Jean-Noel Thorel made it to heads-up at the end of today’s exciting €50,000 Single Re-Entry, Single-Day High Roller at EPT Barcelona, a quick check of the records showed that while Pollak had collected several titles and both had many deep high roller runs, neither had a win in an event as big as this one.

In fact, while Pollak has several titles to his credit including one in a $25K event earlier this year, Thorel has a collection of runner-up finishes (including in multiple high rollers), but no first-places on his résumé. Alas for Thorel, he’d record another second here tonight as Pollak proved too much to overcome in the end.

Benjamin Pollak – EPT Barcelona €50K Single Re-Entry Single Day High Roller Champion

The savvy, sneaky Thorel had the chip advantage to start heads-up play, having gained chips from other tough foes who wondered aloud at times whether or not he was bluffing.

Jean-Noel Thorel – 2nd place

But Pollak has proven himself time and again to be a très formidable tournament player. The cards went his way many times today, but he ensured himself maximum value whenever they did. Speaking of value, with this win Pollak’s lifetime tournament earnings move up over the $10 million mark. In fact, they now exceed $11M.

This fast-paced tournament with half-hour levels and a 30-second shot clock drew 54 unique players, 15 of whom used the option to re-enter once to make 69 total entries and a prize pool of €3,347,190 ultimately split between the final nine players.

That field raced through the first dozen levels and shortly after that had gotten down to 11 players as thoughts of the bubble and perhaps a slowdown in play arose. But that thinking quickly vanished when Pollak scored a big double-knockout of Linus Loelinger and Stanley Choi when both committed their short stacks but unfortunately for them ran into Pollak’s aces.

That pot helped Pollak carry the chip lead to the final table, and he kept in front as the short stacks began to fall. The Austrian Matthias Eibinger, fresh off a third-place showing in the €100K Super High Roller last night, went out in ninth in another three-way hand involving Pollak, although it was Seth Davies winning with aces this time.

Matthias Eibinger – 9th place

The German Jan-Eric Schwippert next went out in eighth after committing on the flop with a flush draw versus Ryan Riess’s overpair of queens and failing to get there.

Jan-Eric Schwippert – 8th place

Then came yet another all-in hand involving pocket aces, this time held by Alex Foxen versus the unfortunate Jack Salter of the U.K. whose ace-king came up short to end his run in seventh.

Jack Salter – 7th place

Foxen improbably picked up aces again, and again knocked out an opponent when his fellow American Davies made top pair of kings on the flop and called Foxen’s all-in jam, then couldn’t catch up, knocking Davies out in sixth.

Seth Davies – 6th place

The jovial Mikalai Vaskaboinikau from Belarus was the next to fall in fifth, but not before making some friends and earning respect along the way after qualifying for his seat for €5K last night.

Mikalai Vaskaboinikau – 5th place

2013 WSOP Main Event champ Ryan Riess nursed a short stack during the bubble period, then built his stack back up again at times during the final table before finally falling in an unlucky hand. All in with pocket sevens versus Thorel’s pair of treys, the Frenchman hit a set and the American was out in fourth.

Ryan Riess – 4th place

Foxen looked like he might manage to continue what has been a remarkable run of wins over the last year, among them a Super High Roller win at APPT Macau in March. But he became short with three left, then lost a king-queen versus ace-queen all-in against Pollak to go out in third.

Alex Foxen – 3rd place

As mentioned, Thorel had the edge to start heads-up but Pollak seized it within just a few hands. The pair had exchanged a lot of playful banter while sitting next to one another throughout the final table, but they mostly let the chips and cards do the talking during the 40 minutes or so of heads-up play.

Pollak vs. Thorel

Pollak’s aggression took over, highlighted once by a four-bet jam that Thorel couldn’t call, and ultimately concluded with Thorel all in with ace-trey against Pollak’s ace-nine, and the better hand holding up.

The pair embraced after the final card was dealt, and there were smiles all around the rail at the show of friendship and mutual respect.

“Bien joué, mon ami.”

As we’re fond of saying here at PokerStars Blog, JNT was dynamite. And Pollak, too, was fun to watch as he powered through to victory. –MH

EPT Barcelona: €50K Single Day High Roller
Dates: August 28, 2018
Buy-in: €50,000 (single re-entry)
Players: 69 entries (including 15 re-entries)
Prize pool: €3,347,190

PLACE NAME COUNTRY PRIZE
1 Benjamin Pollak France € 979,000
2 Jean-Noel Thorel France € 703,000
3 Alex Foxen USA € 456,900
4 Ryan Riess USA € 344,700
5 Mikalai Vaskaboinikau Belarus € 267,800
6 Seth Davies Canada € 207,500
7 Jack Salter UK € 164,000
8 Jan-Eric Schwippert Germany € 127,200
9 Matthias Eibinger Austria € 97,090
    TOTAL PRIZE POOL € 3,347,190

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Live Coverage Archive

12:35pm: Benjamin Pollak wins (€979,000), Thorel falls in second place (€703,800)
Level 20 – Blinds 40,000/80,000 (BB ante 80,000)

Jean-Noel Thorel’s fight came to an after he found an ace, but his fellow Frenchman found a bigger won, and used it to end it.

Thorel was down to 565,000 when he made his move from the button. Pollak thought for 5 seconds and then called.

Pollak: A♥9♦
Thorel: A♦3♥

The board ran 6♠7♥J♠J♣10♥ meaning Pollak’s kicker played.

Jean-Noel Thorel – 2nd place

The two players embraced and both seemed very happy with their results. A wrap of the day’s play will appear shortly. –MC

12:25am: Pollak keeps adding, Thorel short
Level 20 – Blinds 40,000/80,000 (BB ante 80,000)

Perhaps in an effort to counter the trend of late, Jean-Noel Thorel broke the pattern somewhat with a 3x raise to 240,000 just now, and Benjamin Pollak called. The flop came 4♣3♦3♥ and after Pollak checked, Thorel continued for 300,000. Pollak called. Both checked down the 8♣ turn and J♣ river, and Pollak tabled his 2♦2♣ for the smallest pair there is. It was enough, as Thorel had A♦7♣, and Pollak added further to his lead.

After taking a few more chips off Thorel shortly after that one, Pollak is up around 6.1 million now, Thorel down to 775,000. –MH

Two players, one trophy

12:20am: Pollak all-in sees him take control
Level 20 – Blinds 40,000/80,000 (BB ante 80,000)

Benjamin Pollak has a 4.97 to 1.93 million advantage now after Jean-Noel Thorel three-bet folded to a shove.

Pollak opened to 170,000 to face a Thorel three-bet to 405,000. Pollak moved all-in and Thorel folded. –MC

12:10am: Pollak chipping at Thorel’s stack
Level 20 – Blinds 40,000/80,000 (BB ante 80,000)

The relatively quiet heads-up play between Benjamin Pollak and Jean-Noel Thorel has continued, with the pair exchanging relatively small pots over the last half-dozen hands.

That’s not to say they aren’t making hands. Both made top pair in one, with Pollak claiming the chips with a better kicker. In another Thorel filled an inside straight draw on the river and earned some value. But the pots aren’t building, and the result has been Pollak chipping away just a little at Thorel’s stack.

Pollak has about 4.1 million at the moment, Thorel about 2.8 million. –MH

12:05am: Passive-aggressive Thorel
Level 20 – Blinds 40,000/80,000 (BB ante 80,000)

The first bunch of hands since the players returned saw Benjamin Pollak take control and take over the chip lead. There were no big pots, just lots of small pots where Jean-Noel Thorel wasn’t willing to duel.

Then he came alive. Pollak opened to 180,000 before Thorel slid forward one stack of high society in a raise to 580,000. Spectators gathered as they anticipated a big pot. Pollak kept us all waiting through the use of a time bank chip, but ultimately he folded.

The stacks are dead even at 3.45 million apiece now. –MC

11:45pm: Pollak hunts down Foxen in third (€456,900)
Level 19 – Blinds 30,000/60,000 (BB ante 60,000)

Alex Foxen’s fight has come to an end after he was dominated and floored by Benjamin Pollak.

Pollak opened to 130,000 and called after Foxen three-bet all-in for 960,000.

Foxen: K♦Q♣
Pollak: A♣Q♥

It was a bit of a cooler three handed and the board ran 8♦2♦7♥4♣4♥.

Alex Foxen – 3rd place

Heads up chip counts:

Jean-Noel Thorel – 3.8 million
Benjamin Pollak – 3.1 million

The players are taking a short break and will play for the title when they return. –MC

11:35pm: JNT wasn’t bluffing
Level 19 – Blinds 30,000/60,000 (BB ante 60,000)

Benjamin Pollak opened for 130,000 from the button, Jean-Noel Thorel called in the small blind, and Alex Foxen called as well from the big blind. The flop came 5♣9♦6♣ and it checked to Foxen who bet 165,000. Pollak folded but Thorel called. Both remaining players checked the 9♠ turn.

The river was the 7♠, and this time Thorel brought out a bet of 300,000. “This time I really think you’re bluffing,” said Foxen in response to the bet. He thought for a short while more and then made the call.

Thorel wasn’t bluffing. He showed A♦8♦ for a rivered straight, and Foxen mucked. Thorel extends his lead with 4.1 million, ahead of Pollak’s 2.15 million, and Foxen’s 675,000. –MH

11:30pm: Thorel into the lead
Level 19 – Blinds 30,000/60,000 (BB ante 60,000)

Benjamin Pollak was frustrated once more as Jean-Noel Thorel emptied the clip and backed into Broadway against him.

Thorel opened to 125,000 off the button and the went on to bet 150,000, 250,000 and 475,000 on a 6♥7♦J♥K♠A♥ board. Pollak check-called all the way and was then shown Q♠10♣.

“Ohhhhh….nice hand, nice hand,” groaned Pollak. He dropped to 2.8 million. Thorel grew to 3.15 million and Foxen has around 1.12 million. –MC

11:20pm: Foxen takes from Thorel
Level 18 – Blinds 25,000/50,000 (BB ante 50,000)

In the final hand of the level, Jean-Noel Thorel limped in from the small blind, Alex Foxen checked from the big, and the flop came 5♦K♠8♥. Thorel led for 75,000 and Foxen called, then after the 4♠ turn Thorel bet another 150,000 and Foxen called once more.

The 5♠ river caused Thorel to put on the brakes with a check, and after riffling chips for a short while Foxen bet 400,000. Thorel thought 15 seconds, then folded.

Thorel slips to about 1.6 million, and Foxen climbs to close to that with 1.5 million. –MH

Foxen on the hunt

11:15pm: Pollak over Foxen
Level 18 – Blinds 25,000/50,000 (BB ante 50,000)

Picking up action on the turn with the board showing 8♠6♥7♥K♣ and 250,000 in the middle, Alex Foxen led for 125,000 and Pollak called, then the 9♣ completed the board.

Foxen checked this time, and after a pause Pollak bet 390,000. Foxen thought long enough to use a time bank card before calling, and when Pollak showed 10♥4♥ for a straight, Foxen pushed his hand to the much.

Leader Pollak has 3.75 million now, Foxen 1.25 million. –MH

11:10pm: Two pair dents Pollak, aids Foxen
Level 18 – Blinds 25,000/50,000 (BB ante 50,000)

Benjamin Pollak was frustrated after Alex Foxen turned two pair versus his flopped top pair.

The Frenchman opened to 100,000 off the button and Foxen peeled from the big blind to see a Q♠A♣7♠ flop. Pollak continued for 90,000 and Foxen check-called before the 5♣ turn was checked through to the 10♠ river. Foxen led for 280,000 and opened A♦5♥ when called. Pollak flashed an ace and dropped to 3.01 million. Foxen grew to 1.86 million. –MC

10:55pm: Unlucky turn stops Ryan Riess in 4th (€344,700)
Level 18 – Blinds 25,000/50,000 (BB ante 50,000)

Fourth out of four in chips, Ryan Riess open-raised all in from the cutoff/under the gun to 735,000 and it folded to Jean-Noel Thorel in the big blind. Thorel asked how much Riess’s bet was, then thought about 15 seconds before saying he was calling.

Thorel had 3♥3♦ and Riess 7♥7♦, and through the Q♥Q♦2♣ flop Riess appeared in good shape to continue his run. But the 3♣ spiked on the turn to give Thorel a set, and after the 5♣ river Riess was out in fourth.

Ryan Riess – 4th place

The counts to start three-handed play:

Name Country Chips
Benjamin Pollak France 3,050,000
Jean-Noel Thorel France 2,650,000
Alex Foxen USA 1,200,000

–MH

10:50pm: Les aventures de M. Thorel
Level 17 – Blinds 20,000/40,000 (BB ante 40,000)

Jean-Noel just had an active three-hand sequence.

In the first hand Alex Foxen raised to 85,000, then Thorel jammed all in from the big blind. “Do you want me to call?” asked Foxen, and Thorel laughed heartily as he responded.

“I don’t know!” he said with a smile.

Foxen decided it best to let his cards go, and Thorel showed his Q♥Q♠ while scooping the pot.

In the next hand Thorel raised to 100,000 from under the gun and it folded around to his fellow Frenchman Benjamin Pollak in the big blind.

“I call, Mr. Thorel,” said Pollak with mock ceremony. “Thank you,” said Thorel, still grinning.

The flop came 6♥Q♠8♣ and Pollak checked. Thorel bet 125,000. “I call,” said Pollak again. This time Thorel didn’t respond.

The turn was the 7♥. Pollak checked, and Thorel kept at, firing 300,000. Pollak relented and tossed away his cards, then tried to get Thorel to show one of his and the latter refused. Pollak kidded Thorel that he’d bluffed him, but Thorel kept mum.

Monsieur Thorel, joueur de cartes

On the third hand, Ryan Riess raised to 80,000 from under the gun and Thorel called from the big blind. Both checked the A♣2♣7♦ flop, then Thorel bet 100,000 after the A♠ turn and Riess called. They checked the 7♥ river, Thorel showed K♦Q♥, and Riess showed K♥K♣ to take the small one.

Thorel is up around 1.8 million now, a bit behind both Pollak and Alex Foxen, and well ahead of Riess in fourth with about 825,000. –MH

10:40pm: Vaskaboinikau doubles before busting in 5th (€267,800)
Level 17 – Blinds 20,000/40,000 (BB ante 40,000)

The short-stacked Mikalai Vaskaboinikau, who won his seat in a €5,000 satellite, doubled up and then busted two hands later.

Alex Foxen opend to 85,000 and then called after Vaskaboinikau jammed for 335,000 holding 4♠4♦. Foxen opened A♣8♦ but couldn’t hit as the board ran K♣9♦K♠2♣2♦. Foxen fell to 1.7 million and Vaskaboinikau was still short.

Two hands later he was gone.

Mikalai Vaskaboinikau – 5th place

Benjamin Pollak opened to 85,000 and called the shove without a thought.

Pollak: Q♣Q♦
Vaskaboinikau: A♠K♦

It was the el classico of races and the board came a blank 3♠4♠9♦6♥9♥. Pollak moved up to 2.93 million. –MC

10:25pm: Seth Davies felled by Foxen in 6th (€207,500)
Level 17 – Blinds 20,000/40,000 (BB ante 40,000)

Alex Foxen opened to 85,000 and it folded to Seth Davies in the big blind who called. The flop came K♦9♦8♥ and Davies checked. Foxen continued for 105,000, then Davies check-raised to 210,000. Foxen sat quietly for a moment, then announced he was all in and after just a few seconds’ thought Davies called.

Davies: K♠7♣
Foxen: A♦A♠

Foxen had the better hand, and after the 8♠ turn and 6♥ river it remained in front as Davies hits the rail in sixth. Put Foxen up around 2.075 million now, close to leader Benjamin Pollak. –MH

Seth Davies – 6th place

10:15pm: Six remain, updated counts
Level 17 – Blinds 20,000/40,000 (BB ante 40,000)

They’re back. We’re back. Updated counts below. Let’s do this. –MH

Name Country Chips
Benjamin Pollak France 2,200,000
Jean-Noel Thorel France 1,440,000
Alex Foxen USA 1,215,000
Ryan Riess USA 930,000
Seth Davies Canada 655,000
Mikalai Vaskaboinikau Belarus 395,000

TOURNAMENT BREAK: 20 MINUTES


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9:55pm: Break time

The original plan had been to take a dinner break at this point, but the final six players have decided just to relax for 20 minutes and get back at it. Stick close. –MH

9:55pm: Salter goes in 7th, collects €164,000
Level 16 – Blinds 15,000/30,000 (BB ante 30,000)

Jack Salter went out in seventh, just before the players went on a break.

He was under the gun with 450,000 when he made his move. Alex Foxen was on the button and smooth called.

Salter: A♦K♦
Foxen: A♣A♥

The board ran 9♠7♥2♠6♠8♠ and Foxen moved up to around 1.35 million while Salter cashes in seventh.

Jack Salter – 7th place

We’ll know that exact count soon as the floor staff will kindly do accurate counts of all stacks in the 20-minute break. –MC

9:50pm: Truth or consequences
Level 16 – Blinds 15,000/30,000 (BB ante 30,000)

It has been a quiet stretch of late. Actually, strike that. It has been anything but quiet, although if you weren’t intently watching this final table, the very relaxed atmosphere might trick you into thinking it was.

There have been three preflop all-ins without calls in quick succession — Alex Foxen three-betting and winning, Jack Salter open-shoving and winning, and Jean-Noel Thorel also three-betting and winning a pot. But the table talk was minimal, and there was little tension of which to speak.

Just after that Foxen called a Pollak open, then bet the flop and got Pollak to fold. Pollak asked Foxen about showing, and while he wouldn’t he did say “I can promise you that you made a good fold.”

Pollak responded with an old saying about poker players and truthfulness, and Foxen said he’d heard that before.

“All I know is, I’m telling the truth,” Foxen grinned. “I don’t know what else to say.”

“That sounded pretty convincing,” said Salter from across the table.

The quiet game of cards continued. –MH

9:45pm: Foxen hunts Thorel’s chips
Level 16 – Blinds 15,000/30,000 (BB ante 30,000)

Alex Foxen has grown to 690,000 after he took some chips off Jean-Noel Thorel in a button-big blind battle.

He raised to 65,000 and Thorel peeled to see a K♦K♠7♣ flop that was checked. Thorel then bet 150,000 on the 8♦ turn but folded when Foxen shoved for 340,000. He dropped to 1.2 million. –MC

9:30pm: Pollak back over 2 million
Level 16 – Blinds 15,000/30,000 (BB ante 30,000)

This pot could’ve been a whole lot bigger, if Benjamin Pollak was telling the truth about his hand.

Ryan Reiss opened to 65,000 from second position before Pollak three-bet to 220,000 from the cutoff and Jean-Noel Thorel called on the button. Reiss folded and the flop came 10♠3♥2♠. Pollak continued for 300,000 and Thorel open-folded A♠K♦ to drop to 1.6 million. Pollak told his neighbour they were flipping as he claimed to have had pocket queens. He’s up to 2.2 million. –MC

9:25pm: Jan-Eric Schwippert stopped in 8th for €127,200
Level 15 – Blinds 10,000/25,000 (BB ante 25,000)

Ryan Riess opened from the button and Jan-Eric Schwippert defended his big blind with a call. The 8♣6♥5♣ flop then drew a check from Schwippert, and Riess continued for 60,000.

Schwippert thought a short while, then pushed all in and Riess called right away. Schwippert had 10♣4♣ for a flush draw plus a gutshot draw while Riess had Q♥Q♣ for an overpair. The 6♠ turn and 5♠ river each paired the board, bringing no help to Scwhippert who is out in eighth. Riess is now up around 1.1 million. –MH

Jan-Eric Schwippert – 8th place

9:15pm: JNT wins four-way pot
Level 15 – Blinds 10,000/25,000 (BB ante 25,000)

A four-way non all-in pot is a rare thing in this tournament so it was nice to witness. Jean-Noel Thorel took it down and moved up to 1.4 million.

Benjamin Pollak opened to 55,000 and was called by Thorel in the next seat, and both blinds. The flop fanned 5♣A♠4♥ and the action checked to Thorel who bet 75,000. All three opponents folded. –MC

9:05pm: Double for Salter
Level 15 – Blinds 10,000/25,000 (BB ante 25,000)

Jack Salter open-pushed his last 370,000 from middle position, then watched Alex Foxen reraise all in from the button to scatter the blinds. Salter had 6♦6♥ and was calling for low red cards, while Foxen had A♣K♠ and preferred to see black high-ranking cards.

The board came all red and mostly low, though — 2♥8♥10♥9♦3♥ — improving to a flush and moving up to 800,000. Foxen, meanwhile, slips to 490,000. –MH

9pm: Eibinger first out in the money, wins €97,090
Level 14 – Blinds 10,000/20,000 (BB ante 20,000)

Benjamin Pollak was close to eliminating two players in one hand again, but only Matthias Eibinger busted, and Seth Davies more than doubled up.

Eibinger moved all-in for 184,000 from under the gun and was called by Pollak in middle position before Davies squeezed all-in for 387,000 from the button. Call.

Eibinger: 2♠2♥
Pollak: 7♠7♣
Davies: A♣A♦

The board ran 5♠6♠Q♠J♣3♣.

“How did you lose that!” Asked Ryan Reiss to Pollak who dropped to 1.9 million. –MC

Matthias Eibinger – 9th place

8:55pm: Final table redraw, updated counts
Level 14 – Blinds 10,000/20,000 (BB ante 20,000)

The final nine players — all safely in the money — have redrawn and are now playing around a single table. See below to learn where each is sitting and what the stacks look like to begin the final table.

Name Chips
Seat 1 Jack Salter 355,000
Seat 2 Seth Davies 350,000
Seat 3 Mikalai Vaskaboinikau 540,000
Seat 4 Ryan Riess 810,000
Seat 5 Matthias Eibinger 230,000
Seat 6 Alex Foxen 735,000
Seat 7 Jan-Eric Schwippert 345,000
Seat 8 Benjamin Pollak 2,275,000
Seat 9 Jean-Noel Thorel 1,095,000

As you can see on the payout page, the next player out wins €97,090, but everyone is eyeing the €979,000 first prize up top. –MH

8:50pm: Double-knockout means no bubble
Level 14 – Blinds 10,000/20,000 (BB ante 20,000)

In my last update I wrote, “What’s going on with this tournament? We haven’t had a bust out in several minutes!”

Well now we had two in one hand to burst the bubble in dramatic style. Linus Loeliger moved all-in for 212,000 from the cutoff and Stanley Choi moved in for 224,000 from the button. The action moved on to Benjamin Pollak in the big blind and he called!

Pollak: A♠A♥
Loeliger: K♠Q♣
Choi: A♦K♥

The board ran 8♦9♦7♠10♠K♣ to see the aces hold, propelling Pollak up to around 2.1 million.

Unofficial final table draw coming up. –MC

8:40pm: Leow busts with queens, Pollak leads two off the cash
Level 14 – Blinds 10,000/20,000 (BB ante 20,000)

Ivan Leow opened from middle position and it folded around to Benjamin Pollak in the big blind who chose to three-bet jam. Leow called in a heartbeat, putting his 450,000 or so at risk with Q♦Q♠ while Pollak had A♣3♣.

The flop went Pollak’s way, coming 5♣3♥A♥ to give him two pair. The 2♦ turn had Pollak calling for a four to give the pair a chop, but the K♠ river sealed it and Leow is out in 12th.

Ivan Leow (right) misses the cash

Pollak is now way up to 1.6 million, having assumed the chip lead with 11 players left. –MH

8:35pm: Another double for Reiss
Level 14 – Blinds 10,000/20,000 (BB ante 20,000)

What’s going on with this tournament? We haven’t had a bust out in several minutes! Ryan Reiss was the latest player all-in — for a third time — and he found a caller.

Matthias Eibinger opened from the button and called after Reiss jammed for 387,000 from the next seat. It was a cooler as Reiss opened K♠K♣ and Eibinger tabled J♥J♣. The board ran A♣3♦8♠7♦10♥ and Eibinger dropped to 207,000. –MC

8:25pm: All you need is shove
Level 14 – Blinds 10,000/20,000 (BB ante 20,000)

There’s nothing you can say, but you can learn how to play the game… it’s easy!

On Table 2, Jack Salter just open-raised and got no takers. Meanwhile on Table 1, Linus Loeliger did the same to win the blinds and big blind ante.

Also on Table 1 came a hand in which Benjamin Pollak four-bet jammed over a Ivan Leow reraise to force Leow out of the pot. After that, Leow open-raised all in twice himself, but got no customers. –MH

8:17pm: Vaskaboinikau doubles through Leow
Level 13 – Blinds 8,000/16,000 (BB ante 16,000)

Mikalai Vaskaboinikau just doubled through Ivan Leow after putting his last 267,000 at risk behind A♦K♥ versus Leow’s 8♣8♥.

The boatd came 9♣K♦4♣J♠5♦ to pair Vaskaboinikau’s king and earn him the double. He’s at about 540,000 now, which is just about what Ivan Leow now has as well after that hit to his stack. –MH

8:15pm: Salty double
Level 13 – Blinds 8,000/16,000 (BB ante 16,000)

Jack Salter managed to get those lost chips back, but not from Ryan Reiss, instead they came from Matthias Eibinger.

The Brit jammed for 128,000 from the hijack and Eibinger called from the big blind.

Eibinger: K♠10♠
Salter: 7♣8♣

The board ran 2♥7♦J♠6♦4♥ to pair Salter’s seven. Eibinger dropped to 660,000. –MC

That’s a fact, Jack

8:10pm: Fish hooks reel a double for Riess
Level 13 – Blinds 8,000/16,000 (BB ante 16,000)

Following Linus Loeliger’s multiple all-ins on Table 1 (see just below), the next two hands over there saw two more preflop pushes. One was from Mikalai Vaskaboinikau who showed his pocket sevens after winning the blinds and big blind ante. The other was from Stanley Choi over an Ivan Leow open, earning a fold from Leow.

Then over at Table 2, Ryan Riess pushed all in for his last 161,000 from middle position, Jack Salter reraised all in for more from the cutoff, and the others got out. Salter had A♦K♥, then reacted out loud at the sight of Riess’s J♠J♦.

“Holy moly!” said Salter. “The fish hooks!”

The flop came 7♠4♠A♥ to pair Salter’s ace, and it appeared Riess was the one about to be caught and released from the tournament. But the J♣ fell on the turn to save Riess, making the 2♠ river no matter and boosting Riess to 385,000. Salter meanwhile has 135,000 left. –MH

Ryan Riess: Still standing

8:05pm: Loeliger getting out of Linus
Level 13 – Blinds 8,000/16,000 (BB ante 16,000)

Linus Loeliger has been in shoving mode since he returned from break. He managed to get the first three through but not the fourth.

He made his move from the button and was called by Stanley Choi in the small blind.

Choi: A♦7♠
Loeliger: A♣5♠

The board ran A♥K♦A♠J♥3♠ to chop it up. Loeliger up to around 200,000 and Choi’s on a few thousand more. –MC

Linus and loosey

7:55pm: Pollak drowns another, takes the lead
Level 13 – Blinds 8,000/16,000 (BB ante 16,000)

Benjamin Pollak had to grind a short stack for several hours in the latter stages of the Super High Roller over the weekend. His ride towards the money today is a lot smoother (so far) as he’s just eliminated another player to jump into the lead with around 1.2 million.

Cary Katz opened to 36,000 off the button and time-bank-called after the French pro jammed from the big blind.

Pollak: A♥K♦
Katz: 10♥10♦

It was a classic race and the board ran A♣3♥5♣K♥8♥. Katz made a dash for the door. We’re just three off the money now. –MC

7:45pm: Play resumes, updated chip counts
Level 13 – Blinds 8,000/16,000 (BB ante 16,000)

Players are back in their seats and play is underway again. We’ve counted up everyone’s stacks again to update you just below. Keep in mind — just nine make the money. –MH

Name Chips
Alex Foxen 1,100,000
Benjamin Pollak 920,000
Jean-Noel Thorel 830,000
Matthias Eibinger 800,000
Ivan Leow 750,000
Seth Davies 460,000
Jan-Eric Schwippert 440,000
Cary Katz 330,000
Mikalai Vaskaboinikau 330,000
Jack Salter 310,000
Stanley Choi 260,000
Ryan Riess 170,000
Linus Loeliger 125,000

The €50K Single Day: Final two tables


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7:25pm: Break time, 13 reamin

That’s 12 levels down, with just 13 players left to go on the 20-minute break. –MH

7:25pm: The fours aren’t with Luc
Level 12 – Blinds 6,000/12,000 (BB ante 12,000)

The next break is almost here, but the bustouts keep coming at a rapid clip.

Just now Benjamin Pollak opened for 27,000 from the button, then Seth Davies called from the small blind. Luc Greenwood sat and thought for a moment, then said he was reraising all in and after a count it was determined the shove was worth 363,000.

Pollak thought himself for a moment then reraise-pushed himself, and Davies released his hand. Greenwhood exhaled disappointedly when he turned over his 4♦4♣ and saw Pollak’s 8♠8♦, and five cards later — 9♥8♣5♠9♠K♥ — he rapped the table to congratulate Pollak before departing.

Pollak has about 905,000 now with just a hand to go before the break. –MH

Luc Greenwood eliminated

7:20pm: Adios Aido
Level 12 – Blinds 6,000/12,000 (BB ante 12,000)

There’s goes another one! It’s almost like this is a turbo.

Benjamin Pollak opened from middle position and snapped Sergio Aido off when he three-bet all-in for 152,000 from the small blind.

Aido: A♠6♣
Pollak: K♥K♦

The board ran K♠Q♦4♣8♠10♦ to settle it. Pollak’s stack swelled to 520,000. –MC

7:15pm: Two-table seat draw (with updated chip counts)
Level 12 – Blinds 6,000/12,000 (BB ante 12,000)

Take a look below to see where players landed after the two-table seat draw as well as updated counts on all 15 of them.

Table 1 Name Chips
Seat 1 Cary Katz 380,000
Seat 2 Mikalai Vaskaboinikau 480,000
Seat 3 Benjamin Pollak 350,000
Seat 4 Seth Davies 270,000
Seat 5 Luc Greenwood 380,000
Seat 6 Linus Loeliger 230,000
Seat 7 Stanley Choi 290,000
Seat 8 Sergio Aido 190,000
Table 2 Name Chips
Seat 1 Ryan Riess 180,000
Seat 2 Ivan Leow 630,000
Seat 3 Jack Salter 420,000
Seat 4 Jean-Noel Thorel 830,000
Seat 5 Jan-Eric Schwippert 420,000
Seat 6 Alex Foxen 1,300,000
Seat 7 empty  
Seat 8 Matthias Eibinger 800,000

The schedule calls for dinner to come after Level 16, although it sounds like they may go earlier should they reach the money before then. The top nine finishers make the cash. –MH

7:05pm: JNT knocks out Kaverman and Mateos, 15 remain
Level 12 – Blinds 6,000/12,000 (BB ante 12,000)

Just like that they are down to 15 players, which means it is time for another redraw. They went from 17 to 15 in a flash when Jean-Noel Thorel knocked out two players in one hand.

It started with Byron Kaverman raising to 25,000 and Thorel calling, then Adrian Mateos shoved his short stack all in over the top. Kaverman responded by reraising all-in himself for about 280,000, and Thorel snap-called, earning a wince from Mateos.

Mateos: K♥Q♣
Kaverman: A♦7♦
Thorel: A♠Q♠

Thorel had the best hand going in, and five cards later — J♣4♠3♥6♥Q♦ — he still was best and now has about 860,000.

Redraw coming! –MH

Thorel collecting knockouts (and chips)

7pm: Nolan and Lim depart
Level 12 – Blinds 6,000/12,000 (BB ante 12,000)

Dean Nolan busted in 19th place after a flush over flush cooler and Chin Wei Lim followed soon after.

He ran jacks into the kings of Stanley Choi and that left him all-in in the big blind the next hand. Matthias Eibinger raised with K♣10♦ and Lim tabled K♥3♠. The board ran 10♠J♣2♦7♣2♠ and Eibinger grew to 820,000. –MC

6:50pm: Pollak wins three-way all-in with Katz and “old” Mateos
Level 11 – Blinds 5,000/10,000 (BB ante 10,000)

Adrian Mateos opened for 20,000 and Cary Katz called, then it when it folded around to Benjamin Pollak in the blinds he jammed for 128,000 total. Mateos shoved over the top, and Katz called as well with his last 250,000 or so to create a three-way all-in.

Pollak: A♥A♦
Mateos: K♠10♠
Katz: A♣K♦

The way things went, Mateos almost managed to knock out two players as the board came 8♣3♠J♦9♣5♥, but he couldn’t complete that turned open-ended straight draw. Pollak’s aces held to give him about 395,000, Katz won the side pot with Mateos to more or less stay where he was at about 245,000, and Mateos dropped to 128,000.

Katz gave Mateos some ribbing afterwards for failing to suck out and win that one.

“You must be getting old,” said Katz to Mateos. “The young Mateos would have won that one. How old are you now?”

“Twenty-four,” answered Mateos.

“Oh, it’s all downhill now for you,” cracked Katz. Mateos and the table chuckled in response.” After 24 you realize you can’t win all the pots like you did when you were 21.”

“Or eighteen,” said Byron Kaverman, reminding us all that Mateos was just 18 when he started winning poker tournaments, and was 19 when he won the WSOP Europe Main Event. –MH

Winning never gets old for Adrian Mateos

6:30pm: Adams out
Level 11 – Blinds 5,000/10,000 (BB ante 10,000)

We’re down to 19 players after Timothy Adams’short-stack grind came to an end.

He moved all-in for 66,000 off the button and was called by Seth Davies in the big blind.

Davies: K♣5♣
Adams: A♣4♠

Adams was ahead but couldn’t hold as the board ran 5♠10♦10♣2♣K♥. Davies jumped 425,000. –MC

6:45pm: Riess with twice as many pieces
Level 11 – Blinds 5,000/10,000 (BB ante 10,000)

Former WSOP Main Event champion Ryan Riess has doubled up through Sergio Aido, who dropped to 335,000.

He was first to act and moved in for 124,000 and was successfully isolated by Aido who jammed from middle position.

Riess: A♣Q♥
Aido: 9♥9♠

The board ran an American flavoured 8♦Q♠Q♣2♠7♦ to make Reiss trips. –MC

6:40pm: Foxen felts Kenney, crosses 1 million
Level 11 – Blinds 5,000/10,000 (BB ante 10,000)

Alex Foxen keeps on keeping on. Just now he opened another pot, then saw Bryn Kenney jam from the small blind for about 260,000 and was quick with the call.

Kenney had 10♥10♠, but Foxen had picked up Q♣Q♦, and the 5♣7♣2♥Q♠8♥ runout meant it was all over by the turn.

Kenney is out in 21st, while Foxen is now the first player over a milly with about 1.2 million.

Alex Foxen: First to a million

6:37pm: Once again, your Big Stack Update™
Level 11 – Blinds 5,000/10,000 (BB ante 10,000)

That big pot won by Alex Foxen pushed him into the chip lead with 21 players left, which makes it as good a time as any for another Big Stack Update™. You know, for the fans.

Alex Foxen – 890,000
Matthias Eibinger – 670,000
Ivan Leow – 560,000
Jack Salter – 520,000
Jean-Noel Thorel – 485,000
Seth Davies – 470,000
Sergio Aido – 460,000

This has been another award-winning installment of Big Stack Update™. –MH

6:35pm: Huge pot gives Foxen the lead
Level 11 – Blinds 5,000/10,000 (BB ante 10,000)

Sam Greenwood and Will Foxen tanked in a huge four-bet pot. It sent Greenwood to the rail and Fozen to the top of the counts.

Greenwood opened to 20,000 from under the gun before Foxen three-bet to 85,000 from the small blind. Greenwood jammed for 416,000 and Foxen called.

Foxen: A♣K♦
Greenwood: A♦Q♠

The boars ran A♠10♠9♦6♦K♦ and Foxen moved up to 490,000. –MC

6:30pm: So long, Soyza
Level 11 – Blinds 5,000/10,000 (BB ante 10,000)

Immediately after the redraw, Michael Soyza got his short stack in the middle and lost it, sending him railward and leaving just 22 to play onward. –MH

6:25pm: Three-table redraw
Level 11 – Blinds 5,000/10,000 (BB ante 10,000)

Look below to see how the final 23 players are seated following the redraw. Remember, only nine will make the money. –MH

Table 1 Table 2 Table 3
Seat 1 Benjamin Pollak Dean Nolan Chin Wei Lim
Seat 2 Jack Salter Michael Soyza Ryan Riess
Seat 3 Adrian Mateos Seth Davies Alex Foxen
Seat 4 Mattias Eibinger Linus Loeliger Sergio Aido
Seat 5 Cary Katz Mikalai Vaskaboinikau Sam Greenwood
Seat 6 Ivan Leow Luc Greenwood Stanley Choi
Seat 7 Byron Kaverman Jan-Eric Schwippert Bryn Kenney
Seat 8 Jean-Noel Thorel Timothy Adams empty

6:23pm: Redraw after Badziakouski and Hajyiev depart
Level 11 – Blinds 5,000/10,000 (BB ante 10,000)

Just 23 players remain after Ramin Hajyiev and Mikita Badziakouski busted within seconds of each other.

Alex Foxen took out Hajyiev to rise to 490,000 and Seth Davies rose to 475,000 after he busted Badziakouski.

We don’t have the Hajyiev hand but Badziakouski three-bet to 149,000 after a 20,000 button open from Bryn Kenney. Davies was in the big blind and jammed, forcing out Kenney, but not Badziakouski who only had 21,000 behind.

Badziakouski: A♣7♦
Davies: A♥K♣

The board ran 2♠A♠8♠K♦6♥ to make Davies two pair.

We’ll post the full redraw shortly –MC

6:20pm: Ciao, Mister Musty
Level 11 – Blinds 5,000/10,000 (BB ante 10,000)

Add Mustapha Kanit to the quickly growing list of players heading railward over the last stretch. –MH

6:15pm: Fast exit
Level 10 – Blinds 4,000/8,000 (BB ante 8,000)

Dietrich Fast open-jammed his last 90,000 (ish) with A♣8♠ and got one challenger in Bryn Kenney who had A♦9♣.

The board came Q♦6♠Q♥2♣J♥, and Fast was already up and walking away by the time it completed, leaving the 26 remaining players to battle onward.

Kenney has 275,000 now. –MH

Fast out the door

6:10pm: GTO fake exit play from Thorel
Level 10 – Blinds 4,000/8,000 (BB ante 8,000)

Jean-Noel Thorel did everything the poker gods like when they decide whether or not to give you a break when behind.

Once he saw he was dominated when all in, his body language admitted defeat, he got up from his chair and put on his jacket and went to shake some hands, before he was soon back in his chair, smiling broadly.

He had committed his last 161,000 chips with A♦Q♣ and found a willing customer in Lim Chin Wei, who held A♥K♥. The board ran 10♣8♦2♦6♦4♦ to make Thorel a flush. Wei fell to 167,000. –MC

6pm: Eibinger KOs Kisacikoglu
Level 10 – Blinds 4,000/8,000 (BB ante 8,000)

Matthias Eibinger opened for 14,000 and got a couple of callers — Dean Nolan on the button and Orpen Kisacikoglu in the blinds.

The 2♣10♦J♦ flop got checked around, then on the 4♦ turn Kisacikoglu bet 30,000 and only Eibinger stayed in the hand.

The river was the A♠ and Kisacikoglu checked. Eibinger bet 68,000, then Kisacikoglu check-raised to 239,000. Eibinger took some time, using at least one time bank card, before finally calling, and Kisacikoglu showed his A♦5♣ for two pair. Eibinger had best, though, with A♣J♦, and Kisacikoglu is out.

Eibinger is amassing again. He’s up to 675,000. –MH

The door closes on Orpen

6pm: Adams left with a bowl
Level 10 – Blinds 4,000/8,000 (BB ante 8,000)

Timothy Adams has fewer than 20,000 after he doubled up Alex Foxen.

The latter moved all-in for 134,000 from under the gun and Adams tank-shoved for the little extra from the hijack.

Foxen: A♠K♣
Adams: A♥J♦

Adams winced when he saw the hands and the A♣9♠K♦3♥10♠ board didn’t little to improve that sentiment. –MC

5:50pm: A good day’s wage
Level 10 – Blinds 4,000/8,000 (BB ante 8,000)

The prize pool has been calculated and there’s serious money to be played for today. Nine players will be a minimum €97,090 and the winner will take home a cool €979,000. Here’s a list of all the payouts:

PLACE NAME COUNTRY PRIZE
1     € 979,000
2     € 703,000
3     € 456,900
4     € 344,700
5     € 267,800
6     € 207,500
7     € 164,000
8     € 127,200
9     € 97,090
    TOTAL PRIZE POOL € 3,347,190

5:45pm: Perkins busts
Level 9 – Blinds 3,000/6,000 (BB ante 6,000)

The tournament just got a little less Perky.

Bill Perkins was down to 61,000 when he open-pushed from early position, then watched Dietrich Fast three-bet 140,000 from the button.

“That’s not good for me,” said Perkins as the blinds folded. Fast had J♠J♦ and Perkins A♠10♥, and the [Wc]9♠8♥8♦Q♠ board failed to connect with Perkins who hits the rail. Fast is at about 220,000 now. –MH

Bill Perkins: Out of chips

5:40pm: Another double for Kaverman
Level 9 – Blinds 3,000/6,000 (BB ante 6,000)

Byron Kaverman just earned another double-up, his second of the half-hour level.

This time it was Sam Greenwood opening for 12,000 from the button, Kaverman jamming for 113,000 from the small blind, and Greenwood calling. Kaverman had J♠8♠ and Greenwood 4♠4♦, and the board came 10♥A♦J♥2♥A♠, giving Kaverman jacks and the pot.

Put Kaverman up close to 240,000 now, still less than Greenwood’s 280,000. –MH

5:30pm: Khangah sent on the Leong walk home
Level 9 – Blinds 3,000/6,000 (BB ante 6,000)

Lim Chin Wei doubled up Ahadpur Khangah but as soon as we sat down to write the hand, the former got his revenge and sent yesterday’s Super High Roller runner-up to the rail.

On the double up hand, Leong had raised to 12,000 and then snap called after Khangah moved all-in for 46,000.

Khangah: A♣3♠
Wei: K♣Q♠

The board ran 4♦8♣9♠4♠A♦ to make Khangah two pair. Wei dropped down to 164,000 but was soon back up to 282,000 after he enacted his revenge. –MC

Khangah cut down

5:20pm: River five helps Kaverman keep his seat
Level 9 – Blinds 3,000/6,000 (BB ante 6,000)

Ryan Riess opened for 14,000 from middle position, then it folded around to Linus Loeliger who reraised all in from the small blind for 130,000. Byron Kaverman was the in the big blind, and after thinking things through he called all in to put his 49,000 at risk, and Riess got out of the way.

Loeliger: J♠J♣
Kaverman: 5♠5♥

The flop was 8♠2♣9♠ and the turn the 9♣, and after that fourth card fell Kaverman slid his chair back ever-so-slightly, anticipating having to leave his seat. But the river halted his progress, bringing the saving 5♣ to give him a set and continued life in the event.

Kaverman remains with about 135,000, Loeliger is down to 85,000, and Riess up around 360,000. –MH

Byron Kaverman: Hitting two-outers

5:15pm: Play resumes
Level 9 – Blinds 3,000/6,000 (BB ante 6,000)

Players have returned from break, which means late registration and the ability to re-enter is no more. Unofficially speaking, the big board is showing 69 total entries for the event, but we’ll be getting official numbers — and prize pool information — shortly to pass along. –MH


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4:55pm: Break time

They’ve reached the end of the level and players are on a 20-minute break. This is the last chance for players to re-enter (or enter for the first time), if they wish. –MH

4:50pm: Jack amassing a stack
Level 8 – Blinds 2,500/5,000 (BB ante 5,000)

With the next break coming soon — and the end of late registration — Jack Salter appears to be the chip leader at the moment, having added more to his stack just now after knocking out Rui Ferreira.

Ferreira was all in with 9♠9♥ against Salter’s A♣9♣, and an ace on the board spelled doom for the at-risk player. We’re putting Salter at about 540,000 now with just a few minutes left in Level 8. –MH

4:45pm: Hajyiev Ramin good
Level 8 – Blinds 2,500/5,000 (BB ante 5,000)

Ramin Hajyiev got in a race with Timothy Adams, and the latter flopped a set but couldn’t hold. Hajyiev was a down to 78,500 when he committed his chips preflop.

Hajyiev: J♥10♥
Adams: 7♣7♠

The board ran 9♦K♥7♥Q♣6♦ to make Hajyiev a straight. Adams dropped to 214,000. –MC

4:40pm: Pollak smacks a triple
Level 8 – Blinds 2,500/5,000 (BB ante 5,000)

I arrived to the table a bit after the action began on this one, but from the looks of things Benjamin Pollak had open-pushed for 67,500 from middle position and Byron Kaverman called from the small blind, then Sean Winter had jammed over the top of that with a reraise-shove.

That put Kaverman into time back card-spending mode, after which he finally decided to fold his hand despite having committed a significant percentage of his stack by calling Pollak.

Winter had woken up with A♣Q♠ while Pollak needed help with J♣9♣. Neither the 6♣2♦10♠ flop nor the 5♥ turn provided that help, but the 9♥ river did, enabling Pollak to triple his stack to about 200,000. Winter still has just under 100,000 now, while Kaverman is down to about 80,000. –MH

River suits Pollak just fine

4:35pm: Badziakouski can’t catch a break
Level 8 – Blinds 2,500/5,000 (BB ante 5,000)

Mikita Badziakouski has busted and you’ve got feel for the guy. I mean, he did win the Super High Roller for €1.6 million, but that’s yesterday’s news.

Adrian Mateos moved all-in for 49,500 from under the gun and Badziakouski thought before calling all-in for just over 30,000 from the big blind.

Badziakouski: K♦5♦
Mateos: A♥8♥

The board ran 7♣Q♠A♦K♥A♣ to make Mateos trips. He rose to 97,000. –MC

4:30pm: Winter wins one versus Petrangelo
Level 8 – Blinds 2,500/5,000 (BB ante 5,000)

Sean Winter just doubled through Nick Petrangelo, having put his 109,000 at risk behind A♦10♥ versu Petrangelo’s K♦10♣. The board went A♣8♦A♥5♠6♣, equaling trips and a stack of 230,000 now for Winter.

Petrangelo slipped to super-short status after that one, though did soon after earn a small double through Benjamin Pollak to get back to about 40,000 going forward. –MH

4:20pm: Time now for another patented Big Stack Update™
Level 7 – Blinds 2,000/4,000 (BB ante 4,000)

I just did a quick tour here during Level 7 in order to share with you that PokerStars Blog favorite, the Big Stack Update.™

Seth Davies – 360,000
Ivan Leow – 345,000
Sam Greenwood – 310,000
Sergio Aido – 305,000
Luc Greenwood – 285,000
Linus Loeliger – 245,000

The chips are flying back and forth in this turbo-paced event, so stay tuned for more crowd-pleasing Big Stack Updates.™ –MH

4:15pm: Horsey charges on
Level 7 – Blinds 2,000/4,000 (BB ante 4,000)

“My horsey won!” Exclaimed Bill Perkins as he watched Steffen Sontheimer get lucky. “I drafted him.”

Sontheimer had got his last 54,000 in the middle holding 10♥9♥ and found a caller in the shape of Tsugunari Toma and his A♦Q♣. The board ran 7♠3♠8♦J♣Q♥ to make Sontheimer a straight. Toma dropped to 120,000. — MC

4:05pm: Sam Greenwood uses Dan Smith’s trick to bust him
Level 7 – Blinds 2,000/4,000 (BB ante 4,000)

Dan Smith was all in and at risk with 9♠9♦ and had one customer in Sam Greenwood from across the table who had 8♥8♠.

The 3♠4♥K♣ flop and 3♦ turn were harmless to Smith. But Greenwood leaned forward and just as the dealer was about to drop the river card he cheekily pushed his two eights forward near the community cards.

Boom. A third eight appeared — the 8♦ — to match Greenwood’s and give him a winning set.

“Dammit!” said Smith with a wide grin. “You used my trick!”

The table roared as did others at nearby tables when Smith reported what happened. He’s out for good now, that being Smith’s second entry, while Greenwood is up to 310,000. –MH

“People are learning my tricks!” thinks Smith.

4:10pm: Winter’s staying
Level 7 – Blinds 2,000/4,000 (BB ante 4,000)

Sean Winter had to rely on the poker gods to survive after he got his remaining 50,000 chips in being versus Ramin Hajyiev.

Hajyiev: Q♣Q♠
Winter: A♦10♠

The board ran 10♣4♣A♠4♦8♣ to make the American two pair. Hajyiev dropped to 137,000. –MC

4pm: Petrangelo takes from Kenney
Level 7 – Blinds 2,000/4,000 (BB ante 4,000)

Bryn Kenney indeed bought back in after busting recently, and soon after being seated was putting his new stack into play against Nick Petrangelo.

The latter had open-raised all in for 55,000 from middle position with A♦10♦, and Kenney called with K♥Q♠. The board came 6♥A♣A♥3♣4♥ to give Petrangelo trip aces and the double, and he’s back up to 120,000. Meanwhile it’s uphill again for Kenney who is at 45,000. –MH

3:55pm: Aymon Hata survived to Level 7, then busted
Level 6 – Blinds 1,500/3,000 (BB ante 3,000)

Aymon Hata was all-in and survived versus Stanley Choi, but he didn’t make that much profit.

He shoved for 26,500 from under the gun and was called by Choi in the small blind.

Choi: A♥7♥
Hata: K♥9♥

The board ran a topsy-turvy 10♣8♥7♠9♣6♥ for a chop as the board played a straight.

Edit: Hata busted as I was writing that post.

In other news, Daniel Dvoress was heard saying, “Great tournament!” As he left after busting his second bullet. –MC

3:45pm: Kanit doubles through Khangah
Level 6 – Blinds 1,500/3,000 (BB ante 3,000)

Jack Salter opened from the button and got a couple of callers, starting with Ahadpur Khangah in the small blind, fresh off his runner-up finish in the €100K Super High Roller yesterday.

Mustapha Kanit came along as well from the big blind, then after the 8♣9♥10♦ flop Khangah checked and Kanit jammed all in for his last 35,000. Salter folded, but Khangah called.

Kanit had Q♦9♦ for a pair of nines while Khangah had an open-ender with K♠7♥. The turn was the A♥ and river the A♠, and Kanit’s hand held up.

Kanit has 125,000 now, Khangah 220,000, and Salter 105,000. –MH

Kanit collects the double

3:40pm: Bustouts a-plenty
Level 6 – Blinds 1,500/3,000 (BB ante 3,000)

They are dropping quickly here of late, with the number of players remaining having shrunk to 43 at the moment, although with re-entries that number keeps fluctuating up and down. Remember, players can exercise that single re-entry up until the start of Level 9.

David Peters, Bryn Kenney, and Adrian Mateos all were eliminated in the last five minutes, although all three have that re-entry available to them. –MH

3:35pm: Ramin Hajiyev on a roll
Level 6 – Blinds 1,500/3,000 (BB ante 3,000)

Ramin Hajiyev is on a bit of a roll here in Level 6, having just busted two players in successive hands to push his stack way up to 335,000 — the biggest in the room at the moment, it appears.

In the first one, Hajiyev made a good, difficult river call versus Scott Margereson. The latter had shoved his last 75,000 or so (about the size of the pot) with the board showing 3♠Q♣4♦6♠9♦, and Hajiyev used two time bank cards before calling with K♦Q♦ for a pair of queens.

It was a good call, as Margereson showed A♥5♠.

In the very next hand, Taylor Black open-jammed for just over 50,000 with 5♦5♣ and Hajiyev called with A♣Q♦. The board ran out J♣Q♣3♠4♠J♠ to give Hajivey the better two pair, and Black is out. –MH

3:25pm: Heath doubles and Jensen busts
Level 5 – Blinds 1,000/2,500 (BB ante 2,500)

Ben Heath has moved up 150,000 after he won a race versus Rui Ferreira, and while that hand was being played out, Byron Kaverman passed the 200k mark by downing Fredrik Jensen one table along.

We missed the Dane’s exit but we saw that Heath and Ferreira got their chips in preflop, with the former all-in for 72,000.

Ferreira: A♣K♥
Heath: 5♦5♥

The board ran 4♥2♥2♠6♥7♠ to see the fives hold. Ferreira dropped to 28,000. (Edit: he busted soon after.)

That’s also the end of the level and the next one won’t be featuring Stephen Chidwick who told us on his way out that he’s already used both his bullets. –MC

Chidwick fades from view

3:20pm: Foxen takes from Soyza
Level 5 – Blinds 1,000/2,500 (BB ante 2,500)

Alex Foxen got all his remaining 38,500 in the middle on the river with the board showing 7♠7♦2♦Q♦Q♠ just now in a hand against Michael Soyza, and Soyza found a call with A♣8♣ for ace-high. Alas for him, Foxen had a full house with K♥Q♣ and scooped the pot.

Foxen bounces back to about 130,000 with that one, while Soyza slips to 65,000. –MH

3:15pm: Zhang felts Ferreira
Level 5 – Blinds 1,000/2,500 (BB ante 2,500)

Following a middle position open, Michael Chi Zhang raised from the button, then a short-stacked Jean Ferreira reraised all in for 15,000 from the small blind. The original raiser called, but when Zhang repopped it with an all-in shove over the top, that worked to isolate Ferreira.

Zhang: 6♣6♦
Ferreira: 8♦8♠

Ferreira looked primed to triple up, but the flop fell 3♦6♥K♦ to give Zhang a set of sixes. The turn was the 3♣ and river the 5♣, and Ferreira is out. Zhang now has about 210,000. –MH

3:10pm: Leading the way
Level 5 – Blinds 1,000/2,500 (BB ante 2,500)

Those who have gotten off to the best start so far in this single day event, are:

Ivan Leow – 280,000
Ahadpur Khangah -215,000
Ryan Riess – 196,000
Luc Greenwood – 176,000
Linus Loeliger – 165,000
Tsugunari Toma – 160,000
Sam Greewood – 160,000
Seth Davies – 155,000
Thomas Muehloecker – 145,000

One player not doing so well is Daniel Dvoress, who just busted and quickly re-entered. –MC

3pm: Big field returns from break
Level 5 – Blinds 1,000/2,500 (BB ante 2,500)

We are picking up our coverage of the €50,000 Single Re-Entry Single-Day High Roller here just after players have returned from their first break of the day.

There have been a total of 55 entries so far, with late registration available for two more hours. That’s four half-hour levels, remember, in this fast-paced affair.

The €50K Single Re-entry Single Day High Roller in action

Back in just a few with a first look at the early big stacks. –MH


11:55am: Today’s €50K Single Day High Roller

Single Day High Roller events combined turbo structures with the game’s best players.

They also conjure up plenty of excitement, not to say a winner, at some time 12 or more hours from now.

Had they used the Single Day High Roller structure to build the Sagrada Familia (pictured), it would have been finished years ago

So as an accompaniment to the start of Day 1B of the Main Event, which you can find here, keep this window open for SDHR coverage.

What to look forward to?

The €50,000 buy-in appeals to the big players, a few optimistic small ones, as well as the richest.

Each level will be 30 minutes long, with a dinner break at around 6:30pm local time. When they return they play to a winner.

Predicting that it is more witchcraft than science, but you can expect to be entertained well into the early hours.

Coverage starts at 3pm

Play starts at 12:30pm, but our coverage picks up the action later this afternoon from around 3pm (2pm UK, 9am ET). From then we’ll bring updates all the way through to the final hand.

Join us then.

Buy-in: $50,000 (€49,000 to prize pool, €1,000 fee)
Re-entry: One re-entry allowed (until start Day 2)
Starting stack: 30,000
Starting blinds: 100/100
Schedule: Ten one-hour levels. Dinner break after Level 6.

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PokerStars Blog reporting team on the €50,000 Single-Day High Roller: Marc Convey and Martin Harris. Photography by Neil Stoddart and Rene Velli.

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