Day 2 completed
Day 2 completed
The record-breaking €10,300 High Roller at PokerStars European Poker Tour Prague, which drew 407 entries, is down to just 22 after a marathon 11-level Day 2. Foremost among the remaining runners is Grzegorz Wyraz, a live satellite winner hailing from Poland who put 3,137,000 in the bag at night's end, well clear of his nearest competitor.
Wyraz typically grinds smaller tournaments, with most of his cashes being in events in the €500 range, but he could be putting together a classic poker satellite-to-riches story if he can bink the €765,900 earmarked for first.
Wyraz started his surge up the counts late in the day. He chipped up just before the bubble by busting Yang Zhang with ace-king against . Then, he picked up queens twice against short stacks Bartlomiej Machon and PokerStars Team Pro Liv Boeree.
The pot that really did it for him, though, came against Ari Engel with the clock winding down for the day at 10,000/20,000/3,000. Wyraz and Engel played a monster pot blind versus blind, with Wyraz opening preflop, betting a flop, and check-raising on a turn. Wyraz jammed the river to put Engel to the test for about 740,000, and the Aussie Millions champ called it off with a called clock ticking toward zero. He had only , no match for a set of sixes.
Other players rounding out the top five were Glib Kovtunov (1,878,000), Tue Ullerup Hansen (1,546,000), Jussi Nevanlinna (1,417,000), and Matas Cimbolas (1,156,000).
Another player who advanced was infamously talkative Brit William Kassouf, who will tote one of the shorter stacks into the final day of the tournament. He'll have just 336,000 with the big blind heading to 24,000. Kassouf was able to use his patented "speech play" to goad Liviu Ignat into doubling him up with a set of queens on a four-straight board when Kassouf had the straight.
The tournament reached the money on Day 2, though it didn't come without a prolonged bubble period. Numerous tables saw players stalling just before the bubble, so hand-for-hand play was a welcome sight for some. The money was eventually reached when Isaac Haxton, who shipped a €25,500 High Roller earlier in the week, bubbled out when he blinded off nearly all of his stack and then got tens in but couldn't hold against big stack Jens Lakemeier's eight-six.
Boeree, [Removed:17], Sergio Aido, Stephen Chidwick, Andrey Zaichenko, Sam Greenwood, and Niall Farrell were some of those falling in the paid places; Nick Petrangelo, Igor Kurganov, Max Silver, Anthony Zinno, Steve O'Dwyer, and start-of-day leader Jerry Wong were among the players busting in advance of the money.
Day 3 continues on Monday and will see the event come to a close, so come back to PokerNews to see who is crowned the final EPT high roller champ
|Table||Seat||Player||Country||Chip Count||Big Blinds|
|1||1||Steven Thompson Vila||Costa Rica||581,000||24|
|1||3||Paul Leckey||United Kingdom||314,000||13|
|1||5||William Kassouf||United Kingdom||336,000||14|
|3||3||Tue Ullerup Hansen||Denmark||1,546,000||64|
On the last hand of the night, while the other two tables were bagging, Glib Kovtunov checked from the big blind on a completed board of . Patrick Serda put in 135,000 from the cutoff. Kovtunov thought awhile and called, and Serda showed . Kovtunov could beat that: .
The players are bagging up, and chip counts and a recap will be available shortly.
With just a few minutes of play to go for the day, Dmitry Yurasov shoved all in for 248,000. Jussi Nevanlinna called, all other players folded.
Yurasov had and was up against the of Jussi Nevanlinna. The board ran out and Yurasov was heading for the pay-out desk in 23rd place.
Samy Ouellani opened for 45,000 in the cutoff, and Tue Ullerup Hansen made it 120,000 on the button. Back to Ouellani after the blinds folded, and he put in 300,000. Hansen responded with a five-bet to 620,000 and he got a quick fold.
Someone asked Hansen to show one and he flashed the .
Action folded to Sergio Aido on the button and he moved in for his last 320,000 or so. Glib Kovtunov in the small blind looked him up with and was ahead of Aido's . The board ran out and Aido departed in 24th place.
|Seat||Table 1||Table 2||Table 3|
|1||Steven Thompson Vila||Viacheslav Goryachev||Vlado Banicevic|
|2||[Removed:146]||Jens Lakemeier||Samy Ouellani|
|3||Paul Leckey||Alexandru Papazian||Tue Ullerup Hansen|
|4||Josip Simunic||Patrick Serda||Adrian Mateos|
|5||William Kassouf||Martin Finger||Paul Hoefer|
|6||Ihar Soika||Oliver Weis||Dmitry Yurasov|
|7||Matas Cimbolas||Sergio Aido||Viliyan Petleshkov|
|8||Grzegorz Wyraz||Glib Kovtunov||Jussi Nevanlinna|
As we arrived, the entire board was already out in a huge pot between Grzegorz Wyraz and Ari Engel. Wyraz told us afterward what had happened leading up to that point.
Action folded to Wyraz in the small blind and he raised it up. Engel called and called the continuation bet on as well. The hit the turn and Wyraz checked. Engel bet and Wyraz check-raised. Engel called again.
That's where we picked up the action as Wyraz shoved all in on the river. Engel, with roughly 740,000 behind we would estimate, went deep into the tank.
"Will you show me if I fold?" Engel asked. Wyraz did not reply.
"What's your name?" Engel asked jokingly. Wyraz did not reply.
"Can I see your slip?" Engel asked. Wyraz did not reply, or at least did not really seem to be sure what Engel meant.
After some more time in the tank, the clock was called on him by tablemate Farid Yachou. The floor came over and put the clock on Engel. With still some 20 seconds left to act, Engel called.
"Set" said Wyraz, as he showed his .
"F*ck!" said Engel as he slammed his on the table in defeat.
Martin Finger handed out a massive beat earlier and he just took one in return, albeit not quite as big. He three-bet to 120,000 in the small blind after Glib Kovtunov opened button, and Kovtunov shoved all in for 634,000. Finger called right away with and was dominating . Kovtunov, however, flopped a flush draw and hit it on the river as the board ran out .