The 2013 PokerStars.fr European Poker Tour Deauville High Roller has advanced to a third day after 21 levels of play on Friday couldn't whittle down the 85-entry field to just one player. Six return with Martin Jacobson on top with 1,299,000 in chips.
Day 3 Seating Assignments and Chip Counts
Jacobson nearly — and some say should've — busted way before the money when he picked up pocket kings in the big blind and Kevin MacPhee held aces on the button. MacPhee only elected to call the Swede's three-bet and a wet board ran out enabling Jacobson to lose the minimum. From there, Jacobson went on a charge and won pot after pot. He picked up back-to-back aces at one stage — the second time when Team PokerStars Pro Vicky Coren picked up ace-queen. The chips went in, and Coren finished just two spots shy of the money.
With reaching the money on Day 2 came the bursting of the bubble. With 13 players remaining, Tibor Nagygyorgy shoved his short stack in with the and was followed into the pot by Alexandre Reard with a dominating and Adrian Mateos with the . The board ran out 2c] to eliminate both Reard and Mateos as joint bubble boys. Mateos was awarded a min-cash, though, by virtue of having the larger stack when the money went in between the three.
Following everyone making it to the money and Mateos taking first spot on the payout sheet, Davidi Kitai (11th - €21,400), Andras Nemeth (10th - €23,800), MacPhee (9th - €23,800), Alain Goldberg (8th - €28,500) and Team PokerStars Pro Jonathan Duhamel (7th - €38,000) were each eliminated.
Duhamel was the last player eliminated on the day, during Level 20 with the blinds at 8,000/16,000/2,000, but it was a hand just before his elimination that crippled him to just a few big blinds.
According to Jacobson, he had opened the pot to 32,000 from the cutoff seat before Bryn Kenney and Duhamel got their two stacks into the middle, acting from the button and small blind, respectively. Jacobson got out of the way, leaving Kenney all in with the against Duhamel's . Following a board of , Kenney had doubled and Duhamel was crippled.
Two hands later, Duhamel moved all in from the cutoff seat for 55,000. Steven Silverman called from the button, and Timothy Reilly called from the big blind. On the flop, Reilly checked, Silverman bet 45,000, and Reilly made the call. Then, Silverman and Reilly checked the turn card and river card.
At the showdown, Reilly tabled the for a pair of nines. Silverman held the for a pair of fours, giving the side pot to Reilly first. Duhamel needed to beat Reilly's pair of nines, but his couldn't do so, and he was gone in seventh place. Play ended about an hour later.
The final six will resume at 1300 CET where the latest High Roller champion of EPT Season 9 will be decided. The field is still studded with some of the best in the business, and the action promises to be thrilling right to the very end. Stay tuned to the PokerNews Live Reporting blog on the event for all the updates.
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