Day 3 completed
|Blinds||12,000 / 24,000|
Day 3 completed
The third and final day of the PokerStars European Poker Tour €25,750 High Roller started with just 6 players, all eyeing a first place prize of €465,800.
It was an international slate of players, with six different flags in use at the final table. After just under 100 hands, the blue, red and white of the flag of New Zealand waved on top as [Removed:17] was crowned the champion, defeating Ole Schemion, Mikita Badziakouski, Max Silver, Oleksii Khoroshenin and Ramin Hajiyev.
|4||Max Silver||United Kingdom||€164,030|
|8||Patrick Leonard||United Kingdom||€60,500|
Ole Schemion started out as the shortest player of the 6 and was the first to go as well. He got off to a good start finding kings, but his four-bet shove found no customer in Ramin Hajiyev who folded his ace-queen suited preflop. Picking up those chips wouldn't do Schemion any good, as he ran pocket jacks into the kings of [Removed:17] minutes later. A board full of blanks resulted in Schemion getting eliminated from the €25,750 High Roller, and he hopped right into the Main Event.
Five-handed play lasted several hours as no player was eager to risk all of their chips. Mikita Badziakouski would eventually be the unlucky one, falling in 5th place after losing ace-king to Max Silver's jack-ten preflop all in.
Max Silver himself would be next to go. He lost a huge coin flip with ace-queen versus the jacks of his roommate [Removed:17] as no queens or aces appeared as community cards. That left the amicable Brit short, and he busted not much later as he ran queen-nine into the ace-ten of Oleksii Khoroshenin.
Oleksii Khoroshenin, the EPT season 10 Vienna champion who qualified for this event the night before it started, ended up making his exit in 3rd place. He got involved with pocket threes in a slowly growing pot that saw Ramin Hajiyev hit a ten on the turn with ace-ten. The two got their chips in the middle with one last card to come and Khoroshenin failed to improve to bust out.
Just like that, the event was heads-up. The two remaining players, Ramin Hajiyev and [Removed:17], had plenty of chips, though. The play was extremely deep and the rail and commentators prepared for a long heads-up battle between two great players.
It would go differently, as just three hands later it was all over. Hajiyev first lost some chips in a hand that Yan had flopped a full house in, only to run a huge bluff the next hand that would not get through. Yan flopped top pair and rivered two pair on a board with straight and flush possibilities. Ramin Hajiyev went for it pushing all in with nothing but a missed gutshot draw. Yan asked for a count, thought about it for just a bit, and said "Call" to end the tournament. Not many tournaments end with a failed big bluff, but here in Malta, exactly that was the case.
It took the rail and players some time to realize it was all over, but the applause and confetti cannon would soon follow. [Removed:17] had won the PokerStars EPT Barcelona €25,750 High Roller for €465,800, after having already won the most money in the same event during EPT Barcelona only 2 months ago.
The €25,750 High Roller is in the books, but the EPT Malta continues. You can follow the Main Event and the upcoming High Rollers all week in the PokerNews Live Reporting section.
Hand #96: Ramin Hajiyev found on the button and raised to 55,000. [Removed:17] three-bet to 185,000 with and was soon facing a four-bet by Hajiyev who made it 395,000. Yan called in position.
The flop came , pairing Yan who checked. Hajiyev bet 340,000 into 798,000, leaving himself 850,000 behind. Yan called, growing the pot to 1,138,000.
The hit the turn and both players checked.
With the completing the board, Yan checked. Hajiyev shoved all in for 850,000 and the decision was on Yan.
"Count please," Yan said to the dealer. "Just close, not super exact."
When the counting was done, Yan had made up his mind it seemed as all of the sudden he said "Call."
And just like that, the event was done; [Removed:17] had won as Hajiyev had been caught running the biggest bluff of the final table.
Hand #94: Ramin Hajiyev folded his button, pot to [Removed:17].
Hand #95: [Removed:17] on the button raised making it 53,000. Ramin Hajiyev called with . The flop came and Hajiyev check-called a bet of 45,000. Hajiyev check-called another 130,000 with the hitting the turn. With the pot now at 464,000, Hajiyev checked the on the river. Hajiyev checked and folded to Yan's 215,000 bet.
Cards are back in the air for the heads-up between [Removed:17] and Ramin Hajiyev.
Hand #93: Oleksii Khoroshenin picked up in the small blind and limped in for 24,000. Ramin Hajiyev bumped it to 85,000 in the big blind with . Khoroshenin considered his options, then settled on a call.
The flop was , keeping Khoroshenin in the lead. Both players quickly checked. The on the turn changed things dramatically, turning Hajiyev into a 86% favorite to win the hand.
Khoroshenin bet out 105,000 with his pair of threes. Hajiyev decided to raise with his turned top pair top kicker, making it 280,000 to go. After several minutes of thinking, Khoroshenin moved all in for 808,000 and Hajiyev snap-called!
Khoroshenin needed a three or five to survive, but the river was neither of them. After the stacks were counted, it was confirmed Hajiyev had slightly more than Khoroshenin, ending the Ukrainian's run in 3rd place (€217,400).
The heads-up players will take a ten-minute break, then play until a winner is decided. The winner will receive €465,800, the runner-up takes home €334,400.
Hand #86: Ramin Hajiyev limped in with the from the small blind. [Removed:17] raised to 75,000 with and Hajiyev folded.
Hand #87: We missed this hand because of a segment on the stream.
Hand #88: We missed this hand because of a segment on the stream.
Hand #89: Ramin Hajiyev raised with and [Removed:17] three-bet to 180,000. Hajiyev folded.
Hand #90: [Removed:17] on the button raised to 55,000 with . Oleksii Khoroshenin with in the small blind three-bet to 185,000. Big blind Ramin Hajiyev folded ace-ten, Yan folded as well.
Hand #91: [Removed:17] received a walk in the big blind.
Hand #92: Ramin Hajiyev raised to 55,000 holding on the button. Big blind Oleksii Khoroshenin found and three-bet to 185,000. Hajiyev folded.
Hand #81: [Removed:17] limped in with in the small blind. Oleksii Khoroshenin raised to 65,000 with the optional in the big blind and Yan bought a flop.
The flop came and both players checked. The turn was the and Yan checked again. Khoroshenin bet 90,000 and took it down.
Hand #82: [Removed:17] raised to 55,000 with on the button. Ramin Hajiyev defended his big blind with . The flop hit Hajiyev hard and he checked. Yan checked and gave up the turn to a bet from Hajiyev.
Hand #83: Oleksii Khoroshenin found on the button and made it 53,000, enough to take down the blinds and antes.
Hand #84: Ramin Hajiyev made it 55,000 with on the button and Oleksii Khoroshenin defended . The flop missed both players. Khoroshenin checked, Hajiyev bet 40,000 and Khoroshenin folded.
Hand #85: Oleksii Khoroshenin limped in with in the small blind. Ramin Hajiyev had and made it 80,000 in the big blind. Khoroshenin folded his hand.
Hand #80: Max Silver moved in again, this time holding . Khoroshenin on the button asked for a count waking up with . Khoroshenin then moved all in for 424,000 and both the other players folded.
The flop came , one that Silver didn't like.
"I don't like that one," Silver said, "Can we get a new one?"
The dealer didn't oblige and put the on the turn and on the river. That meant an exit for Max Silver. The remaining 3 players are now guaranteed €217,400.
Hand #78: In the first hand after the break, Ramin Hajiyev woke up with under the gun. He raised to 53,000, and action got folded around to Oleksii Khoroshenin in the big blind. Khoroshenin found and three-bet to 152,000. Hajiyev shoved all in and Khoroshenin snap-called.
With the board running out , the cooler ended in Hajiyev's favor, doubling him to a million chips.
Hand #79: Max Silver moved all-in from the button for 229,000 holding . Oleksii Khoroshenin folded and the big blind gave up as well.