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Petrangelo Still Leads Going into WSOP $100,000 High Roller Final Day

Nick Petrangelo

After a shorter day's play with just four eliminations, Nick Petrangelo still holds the chip lead in Event #5: $100,000 High Roller of the 2018 World Series of Poker. Petrangelo bagged 12,150,000 in chips, ahead of Bryn Kenney in second place (10,200,000), with those two players the only ones with stacks in excess of 10 million.

SeatNameCountryChip CountBig Blinds
1Andreas EilerGermany8,490,00042
2Bryn KenneyUnited States10,200,00051
3Nick PetrangeloUnited States12,200,00061
4Elio FoxUnited States8,620,00043
5Stephen ChidwickUnited Kingdom5,740,00029
6Aymon HataUnited Kingdom7,280,00036

"Today was a really uneventful day for me," Petrangelo said as the players bagged at the end of Day 3. "I had a few spots in the blinds, but other than that, I was just folding.

Petrangelo: "Even with the chip lead, you can't go crazy raising from early position, so it was pretty easy."

"When you're nine-handed, most of the interesting pots will be in late position because you have to play snug ranges from early position. There were no real ICM pressure spots because of the stack sizes; a lot of the guys were the same, and me and Elio [Fox] were the same for a while, so no one really had a huge advantage. Even with the chip lead, you can't go crazy raising from early position, so it was pretty easy."

Petrangelo said that on the whole, play was pretty "normal" on Day 3, with no real ICM considerations to think of just yet.

"These pay jumps aren't as big as the ones when we get three- or four-handed. Later, the big stack should be able to put pressure on the other big stacks, but the medium stacks are going to just continue to play kinda normal.

"It's amazing when there are a bunch of short stacks and a few big stacks, say when there's a chip leader with 1.5x second place, because the bigger stacks that aren't the chip leader have to play for second place, but this isn't the case here yet. Something like that could develop, which could be advantageous to whoever has the big stack."

Bryn Kenney
Bryn Kenney is second in chips

WSOP 2018 $100,000 High Roller Day 3 Recap

With 10 players starting the final day, everyone knew that there was to be just one elimination before the redraw would move the remaining nine players around one table. It looked like that was going to come sooner than expected when Adrian Mateos ran threes into the kings of Chris Moore. That was until a three came on the river and Mateos doubled up.

Petrangelo: "These pay jumps aren't as big as the ones when we get three- or four-handed."

Bryn Kenney would double through Stephen Chidwick on the feature table, with Moore doing the same through Jason Koon on the outer table. However, his double still left him short with just 12 big blinds, and after moving all in with nine-eight against the aces of Andreas Eiler, he was eliminated when no help arrived.

Petrangelo still held a commanding chip lead with nine left, almost five million chips clear of Elio Fox in second place. Fedor Holz was in the middle of the pack, but fell down the counts over a number of hands, including one where he used all six of his available time extensions before folding.

Holz got his last 15 big blinds in with pocket fives but was in bad shape against the sixes of Fox. There was no help for Holz who was eliminated, with Fox chipping up to put pressure on Petrangelo.

Fedor Holz
Fedor Holz was the first elimination at the final table

Fox would move into the chip lead after some early exchanges at the final table, which was highlighted by a distinct lack of major changes in chip distribution among the final eight. That was until Mateos three-bet all in with pocket sevens, only to run into the pocket aces of Kenney. The aces would hold, doubling Kenney up, and leaving Mateos with three big blinds. Mateos would be sent to the rail soon thereafter to leave play seven-handed.

Eiler had been quiet since the elimination of Moore, but he would secure a vital double at the final table which clipped the wings of chip leader Fox. Fox had turned two pair with Eiler making his straight. The pair got the chips in on the river, with Fox falling back to around eight million and Eiler now in possesion of a similar sized stack.

Two hands later, Koon check-raised Kenney on a nine-high board and then jammed the queen turn. Kenney called with a turned pair of queens and Koon looked disgusted having flopped a pair with king-five. The river bricked and Koon was eliminated in seventh place.

PositionPlayerCountryPrize
1  $2,910,227
2  $1,798,658
3  $1,247,230
4  $886,793
5  $646,927
6  $484,551
    
7Jason KoonUnited States$372,894
8Adrian MateosSpain$295,066
9Fedor HolzGermany$240,265
10Chris MooreUnited States$240,265
    
11Christoph VogelsangGermany$201,494
12Thomas MuehloeckerAustria$201,494
13Michael RosenfeldUnited States$174,190
14Jason MercierUnited States$174,190
15Paul VolpeUnited States$155,378
16Steffen SontheimerGermany$155,378
Jason Koon
Jason Koon has earned over $9 million in 2018 after getting eliminated in 7th place for $372,894

The WSOP $100,000 High Roller resumes on Monday, June 4 with blinds of 80,000-160,000 and a 160,000-ante. PokerNews will be on the ground supplying you with all the live updates you can ask for. The final table will also be live streamed on PokerGO.

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