Day 2 completed
Day 2 completed
Play started today with seven tables, hosting 53 players in total. Mike McDonald and Oleksii Khoroshenin entered after having been busted on Day 1, and Alec Torelli and Pratyush Buddiga entered for the first time. Those four additions to the tournament brought the total amount of entries to 77. The tournament organization announced 11 places would be paid and the winner was to receive €1,016,700, substantially more than Vitaly Lunkin won last year (€771,300), and a bit more than Dan Smith won two years ago in the inaugural event (€962,925).
Morten Klein started out as the shortest stack with a mere 85,000 in chips — just under 15 big blinds. His start was great, though, and he doubled twice in the first orbit. The second time, he got lucky to hit an ace with his against Daniel Colman's kings to stay alive.
Defending champ Vitaly Lunkin lost the most of his chips when his pair and flush draw failed to imrove against Dong Kim's top pair. Then he lost the remainder of his stack on the next hand with to Igor Kurganov's in a battle of the blinds.
Dan Smith, who won the first-ever European Poker Tour Barcelona €50,000 Super High Roller event two years ago, hit the rail minutes later. Smith's sixes were crushed by Martin Jacobson's sevens, and no card on the flop, turn, or river helped "King Dan."
Jacobson didn't do much better, though. The 2014 World Series of Poker November Niner had called a raise out of the big blind and led into Daniel Colman on all three streets of a board. The Swede's final bet was an all-in shove for 488,000 on the river, and Colman quickly made the call. Jacobson tabled the for just ace high, and Colman's proved to be the winning hand.
Jacobson's WSOP Main Event final table companion Jorryt van Hoof's day started out not too good, either. First, a two-street bluff failed, and then not much later he busted after failing to improve his flush draw to an overpair. The November Niner told us he was going to play as many tournaments as he could this week in practice for his big final table in November.
Team PokerStars Pro Daniel Negreanu didn't make it to the money, either. In fact, he didn't even make it to the dinner break. Negreanu flopped an open-ended straight draw and flush draw, but ultimately lost to Saar Wilf's higher flush draw after both players didn't hit anything. Then, he again flopped a flush draw, and this time it was Morten Klein with the higher flush draw.
"What? Again?" asked Negreanu rhetorically with a smile.
Indeed again, but Negreanu didn't hit and left the tournament room.
Players busted left and right, and before we knew it, the tournament neared the point where money was to be made. Ole Schemion lost a race to Paul Newey. Ryan Fee hit a ten with against Mike McDonald's . Doug Polk four-bet shoved into Olivier Busquet's . And Fabian Quoss was flushed by Dan Shak.
With just 14 players remaining, something remarkable happened. Sam Trickett didn't see a raise in front of him, and shoved from the small blind for not too many chips. The big blind folded, but initial raiser, Busquet, made the call. That made for a blush of shame on Trickett's face, as he tabled the . Busquet had the better hand with the , but the board favored Trickett and delivered him the double up.
All the while, Klein was the life of the party. He was clearly enjoying his time, and talked to everyone who wanted to hear it. The camaraderie and banter with his opponents should make for some good television — particularly with Scott Seiver, as the two engaged in lively interaction, constantly high-fiving and laughing exuberantly. Klein enjoyed his beers and wines, and Seiver enjoyed the company. Klein wasn't messing around, though, as he won the most of all the pots he played and constantly chipped up during the day. By the time 12 players remained, Klein was involved in almost every hand, and winning most uncontested.
Tony Gregg eventually fell on the bubble. After Sven Reichardt raised to 100,000 from the cutoff seat, Gregg reraised all in from the small blind for 280,000. Reichardt made the call with the to have Gregg and his on the ropes. The flop, turn, and river ran out , and Gregg was eliminated in 12th place, sending all remaining competitors into the money.
With a lot of short stacks, it didn't take long to reach the final table of nine.
Start-of-day chip leader Ryan Fee was the first to hit the rail in the money, finishing in 11th place for €92,400. He got mixed up in a three-bet pot with the and hit middle pair. His opponent, Russian Vladimir Troyanovskiy, who finished runner-up in the 2013 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure $25,000 High Roller, had pocket aces and saw his hand hold up after all the chips went to the middle.
Minutes later, Jake Schindler busted in 10th place, earning the same consolation prize of €92,400. His didn't improve against Scott Seiver's pocket sevens, and just like that the final table of nine was set. While Schindler did cash, he had reentered on the first day.
When the dust settled, it turned out Morten Klein from Norway was leading the charge. Klein, an experienced recreational player, will start out with 3,740,000 in chips when the final table starts. Right behind him is Vladimir Troyanovskiy with 3,370,000 in chips, and starting out as the shortest stack will be Mustapha Kanit. The Italian Poker Tour Nova Gorica winner will have 690,000 to work with when play restarts.
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Dan Shak, who has several super high roller results on his résumé, must be glad he changed his mind on playing these events, as he's made it to Day 3 with an impressive stack of 2,690,000. PokerNews' own Remko Rinkema talked to him during one of the breaks on Day 2, and you can check out that interview below:
Action for the final day will commence at 1 p.m. local time, and the live stream with cards up will start at 2 p.m. local time. Be sure to tune in to PokerNews for all the big bets, bust outs, and to see who walks way champion and scores the seven-figure payday.
Morten Klein limped in from the hijack seat, and then Scott Seiver raised all in for 695,000 from the cutoff seat. In the small blind, Jake Schindler called all in for 435,000, and action folded back to Klein. He gave it up, leaving Seiver with the against the for Schindler.
"This is my specialty!" exclaimed Seiver about being in a race with Schindler.
The flop came down and so far Seiver maintained his lead. The turn was the to pair the board and add some counterfeit outs for Schindler, but the on the river blanked off.
For a split second, Seiver thought Schindler had two hearts in his hand, so he was scared of the flush coming in on the end, but he then realized he won the pot.
"Oh my god!" said Seiver with a big laugh. "I thought he had hearts, and I was rooting for no heart!"
Schindler finished in 10th place following the bust of Ryan Fee in 11th place, and the 2014 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure $25,000 High Roller champion took home €92,400 for his effort.
Ryan Fee opened for 120,000 from the button, and Vladimir Troyanovskiy made it 305,000 from the small blind. Fee made the call, and they saw a flop.
Troyanovskiy bet out 280,000 on , and Ryan Fee moved all in. Troyanovskiy made the call to make for a 2,910,000 pot.
The on the turn did nothing for Fee, and neither did the on the river.
Ryan Fee is the first to bust in the money, and gets $92,400. Fee, end of day 1 chip leader, was in for a single bullet.
Morten Klein opened under the gun to 100,000, and called Mustapha Kanit's shove for 260,000 total. Kanit showed again, Klein had .
The board favored Kanit, and he doubled back up again.
Jake Schindler opened under the gun to 175,000, with just 15,000 behind. Right behind him Mustapha Kanit shoved for 460,000. All players quickly folded, Schindler made the call.
Schindler had and was in front against Schindler's .
The board blanked out till the river, giving Schindler the needed pair of kings: . Kanit is now even shorter, Schindler isn't a big stack yet either though.
Ryan Fee was all in on the main feature table for 970,000 with the . His opponent was Daniel Colman, who had the .
After the flop came down , Fee picked up a lot more odds than he originally had. The turn was the and delivered Fee an unbeatable flush before the river completed the board with the . Colman sent over the chips and dropped back to 1.305 million. Fee doubled to 1.99 million.