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Kaiser Reigns After Day 2 of the €10,300 PokerStars Championship Barcelona High Roller

KaleGozer • Level 20: 8,000-16,000, 2,000 ante
Ronny Kaiser
Ronny Kaiser

A 10-hour Day 2 in the €10,300 PokerStars Championship Barcelona High Roller saw a field of 266 hopefuls being whittled down to just 34. Although everyone already has a sweet payday of €25,380 locked up, each of them still has a shot at the massive first-place prize of €1,036,800 that awaits the victor on Sunday night.

In an exceptionally strong field, it was EPT8 Tallinn champion Ronny Kaiser who bagged the overall chip lead with 2,696,000. After grabbing the chip lead earlier in the day, Kaiser applied a lot of pressure in the bubble phase to build his stack out even more. After cracking pocket jacks with pocket eights, the Swiss grabbed a commanding lead and never looked back. In the last level of the night, Kaiser spun it up even further to end the day with a substantial lead over his nearest challengers.

Kaiser is followed by Luis Rodriguez Cruz (1,893,000), who sits in second place. Rodriguez, known under his online moniker "Turko_man", is one of the 12 players that has won the Sunday Million on PokerStars twice. Boris Kolev (1,370,000), Parker Talbot (1,358,000) and recent WSOP Main Event final table participant Benjamin Pollak (1,353,000) round out the top 5. Notables still in contention are Conor Beresford (1,033,000), JC Alvarado (840,000), Christoph Vogelsang (739,000), Sam Grafton (658,000) and Christopher Kruk (510,000), although nearly everyone left at this point could be considered a notable in this stacked field.

Team PokerStars Pro Jake Cody will be the sole representative of the red spade on the final day. The Brit bagged 1,080,000 and sits in 10th place after two days. His teammates Bertrand Grospellier, Felipe Ramos and Jeff Gross all busted in the early stages of Day 2 and went home empty-handed.

The same fate befell Robert Mizrachi, Kitty Kuo, Isaac Haxton, Byron Kaverman, and Anton Wigg, who all busted close to the money.

The bubble phase lasted more than an hour, and the dubious honor of eventual bubble boy went to Raul Martinez. After seeing multiple people double up already, Martinez went for it with ace-queen suited after Markus Durnegger had raised early. Durnegger held ace-king and won to secure all players of at least €18,400.

Once in the money, Govert Metaal, Benny Spindler, Ben Tollerene, Andrew Chen, Philipp Gruissem, Marc-Andre Ladouceur, John Juanda, Jasper Meijer van Putten, Ari Engel, Julian Stuer and Steve O'Dwyer all added another money finish to their already impressive poker resumés. Kyle Bowker became the latest casualty of the day and received €25,380, while the remaining 34 bagged up their chips shortly after.

Sunday at 12:30 p.m. local time, the third and final day will kick off. With levels scheduled at 60 minutes for the remainder of the tournament, an ultra-long day is to be expected, although level time might be shortened later during the day by tournament director's discretion. Play will resume in Level 21 with blinds at 10,000/20,000 and a running ante of 3,000.

Follow PokerNews throughout the day for updates on this gigantic event, that will make one player a millionaire on Sunday night.

High Roller Day 3 Seat Draw

TableSeatNameCountryChipsBig Blinds
11Sergio CabreraSpain846,00042
12Benjamin PollakFrance1,343,00067
13Davide MarchiItaly716,00036
14Quan ZhouChina1,189,00059
15Marc-Olivier PerraultCanada375,00019
16Conor BeresfordUK1,033,00052
18Timur MargolinIsrael255,00013
      
21Joaquin WalterUruguay310,00016
22Jakub MichalakPoland579,00029
23Christoph VogelsangGermany739,00037
24Francis-Nicolas BouchardCanada157,0008
25Jens LakemeierGermany695,00035
27Parker TalbotCanada1,358,00068
      
31Ihar SoikaBelarus824,00041
32Ronny KaiserSwitzerland2,696,000135
34JC AlvaradoMexico840,00042
35Stefan SchillhabelGermany230,00012
36Markus DurneggerAustria1,258,00063
37Georgios SotiropoulosGreece498,00025
38Tomi BroukFinland747,00037
      
41Jake CodyUK1,080,00054
42Nicolas ChouityLebanon381,00019
44Alexandre ReardFrance340,00017
45Oliver WeisGermany806,00040
46Luis Rodriguez CruzSpain1,893,00095
47Pascal HartmannGermany531,00027
48Emil PatelUSA1,222,00061
      
51Christopher KrukCanada510,00026
52Shawn BuchananCanada383,00019
53Marius GierseGermany1,292,00065
55Franz DitzGermany605,00030
56Fabrice MaltezFrance184,0009
57Sam GraftonUK658,00033
58Boris KolevBulgaria1,370,00069

Tags: Anton WiggAri EngelBen TollereneBenjamin PollakBenny SpindlerBertrand GrospellierBoris KolevByron KavermanChristoph VogelsangChristopher KrukConor BeresfordFelipe RamosGovert MetaalJake CodyJasper Meijer van PuttenJC AlvaradoJeff GrossJohn JuandaJulian StuerKitty KuoKyle BowkerLuis RodriguezMarc-Andre LadouceurMarkus DurneggerParker TalbotPhilipp GruissemRobert MizrachiRonny KaiserSam GraftonSteve O'Dwyer

End of Day 2 Counts (full)

mnuwwarah • Level 20: 8,000-16,000, 2,000 ante
Ronny Kaiser ch
Ronny Kaiser
ch 2,696,000 696,000
Luis Rodriguez Cruz es
Luis Rodriguez Cruz
es 1,893,000 278,000
Boris Kolev bg
Boris Kolev
bg 1,370,000 200,000
Parker Talbot ca
Parker Talbot
ca 1,358,000 128,000
Benjamin Pollak fr
Benjamin Pollak
fr 1,353,000 163,000
Marius Gierse at
Marius Gierse
at 1,292,000 312,000
Markus Durnegger at
Markus Durnegger
at 1,258,000 108,000
Emil Patel us
Emil Patel
us 1,222,000 382,000
Quan Zhou cn
Quan Zhou
cn 1,189,000 314,000
Jake Cody gb
Jake Cody
gb 1,080,000 150,000
Conor Beresford gb
Conor Beresford
gb 1,033,000 -17,000
Sergio Cabrera ES
Sergio Cabrera
ES 846,000 -54,000
JC Alvarado mx
JC Alvarado
mx 840,000 -160,000
Ihar Soika by
Ihar Soika
by 824,000 334,000
Oliver Weis de
Oliver Weis
de 806,000 276,000
Tomi Brouk fi
Tomi Brouk
fi 747,000 617,000
Christoph Vogelsang de
Christoph Vogelsang
de 739,000 134,000
Davide Marchi it
Davide Marchi
it 716,000 411,000
Jens Lakemeier at
Jens Lakemeier
at 695,000 340,000
Sam Grafton gb
Sam Grafton
gb 658,000 83,000
Franz Ditz de
Franz Ditz
de 605,000 45,000
Jakub Michalak pl
Jakub Michalak
pl 579,000 99,000
Pascal Hartmann de
Pascal Hartmann
de 531,000 246,000
Christopher Kruk ca
Christopher Kruk
ca 510,000 -140,000
Georgios Sotiropoulos gr
Georgios Sotiropoulos
gr 498,000 273,000

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mnuwwarah • Level 20: 8,000-16,000, 2,000 ante

Players will bag up if they can make it through the next four hands.

Beresford Slowrolls or Beresford Nitrolls? Either Way, He Wins

mnuwwarah • Level 20: 8,000-16,000, 2,000 ante

Markus Durnegger and Conor Beresford each put in 118,000 on a board of {5-Spades}{3-Clubs}{5-Diamonds}{8-Hearts}, and Durnegger, who was in the big blind, used a time extension on the {9-Diamonds} river. He covered his face and then slid in 225,000. Beresford tanked and muttered something about being happy he checked the flop. He decided to call.

Durnegger showed {k-Diamonds}{9-Clubs} but it was no good against {10-Clubs}{10-Hearts}.

After the hand, Sam Grafton teased Beresford about his reluctant call.

"Beresford Slowrolls or Beresford Nitrolls," he suggested as the titles for this post. "Pressure Getting to Beresford."

Markus Durnegger at
Markus Durnegger
at 1,150,000 -450,000
Conor Beresford gb
Conor Beresford
gb 1,050,000 560,000

Tags: Conor BeresfordMarkus DurneggerSam Grafton

O'Dwyer Eliminated by Ditz

KaleGozer • Level 20: 8,000-16,000, 2,000 ante
Steve O'Dwyer
Steve O'Dwyer

Steve O'Dwyer raised to 180,000, keeping 3,000 behind. Franz Ditz shoved behind him, and with the looming payjump O'Dwyer used up all his time bank chips before committing the final chips.

Steve O'Dwyer: {10-Clubs}{9-Clubs}
Franz Ditz: {A-Diamonds}{K-Hearts}

O'Dwyer flopped a flush draw on {A-Clubs}{7-Clubs}{4-Hearts} but wouldn't get any more help on the {Q-Spades} turn and {6-Spades} river. The accomplished high roller, who already amassed an astonishing $18M+ in lifetime winnings, added another €22,150 on top of that for his 40th place finish.

Franz Ditz de
Franz Ditz
de 560,000 277,000
Steve O'Dwyer ie
Steve O'Dwyer
ie Busted

Tags: Franz DitzSteve O'Dwyer

Rodriguez Takes A Chunk From Cabrera

KaleGozer • Level 20: 8,000-16,000, 2,000 ante

In a Spain vs. Spain clash, it was Sergio Cabrera who bet 105,000 on a {K-Clubs}{A-Spades}{8-Clubs} board. On the button, Luis Rodriguez made it 330,000, and Cabrera called.

Cabrera checked the {3-Hearts} on the river. Without hesitation, Rodriguez bet 350,000, which proved too much to be for Cabrera who folded.

Luis Rodriguez Cruz es
Luis Rodriguez Cruz
es 1,615,000 215,000
Sergio Cabrera ES
Sergio Cabrera
ES 900,000 -250,000

Tags: Luis RodriguezSergio Cabrera

Patel Doubles Through Riihela in "Brutal" Fashion

mnuwwarah • Level 20: 8,000-16,000, 2,000 ante
Emil Patel
Emil Patel

Emil Patel defended his big blind from an under-the-gun open to 33,000 by Samu Riihela. Patel check-called 25,000 on the {4-Hearts}{k-Hearts}{a-Clubs} flop and checked the {2-Spades} turn. Riihela barreled much bigger for 100,000. Patel again called. He checked the {10-Diamonds} river and Riihela said he was all in. It was about 250,000 effective.

Patel swore softly but called before his 30 seconds were about to be up.

Riihela showed {a-Spades}{q-Spades} for top pair, but Patel had {10-Hearts}{2-Hearts} for backdoor two pair after he missed a flush draw.

"Sorry to nitroll you," he said.

"Brutal," was all Riihela could muster.

Emil Patel us
Emil Patel
us 840,000 550,000
Samu Riihela FI
Samu Riihela
FI 50,000 -540,000

Tags: Emil PatelSamu Riihela