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€10,000 High Roller



€10,000 High Roller
Day 2 Completed

Reinkemeier Leads Final 12 Into Day 3

donpeters • Level 16: 5,000-10,000, 1,000 ante
Tobias Reinkemeier
Tobias Reinkemeier

Well, that was a long day of poker and tomorrow's set to be just as long with the plan to play out to a winner in the 2012 European Poker Tour Barcelona €10,000 High Roller. When the day began, 76 players returned. Just 12 remain heading into the third and final day with Tobias Reinkemeier on top of the pack with 714,000 in chips.

Reinkemeier is no stranger to European High Roller events. Back in 2010, he won the €25,000 High Roller at the EPT Grand Final for €956,000. In 2011, he took second in the World Poker Tour Vienna €10,000 High Roller for €104,560. Already in 2012, Reinkemeier's placed second in the GCOP €10,000 High Roller for €93,000 and second in the PokerStars and Monte-Carlo® Casino EPT Grand Final €100,000 Super High Roller for €1,064,000.

The big hand that really vaulted Reinkemeier up the leader board cames as the money bubble was near and he got involved in a pot with Kristijonas Andrulis. Reinkemeier had raised under the gun to 20,000 and Andrulis called from the big blind to see the {10-Hearts}{6-Clubs}{3-Clubs} flop. After Andrulis led with a bet of 18,000, Reinkemeier called to see the {3-Diamonds} pair the board on the turn. Andrulis checked and Reinkemeier bet 40,000. Andrulis check-raised to 150,000 and Reinkemeier tank-shoved for 261,000. Andrulis called with the {J-Spades}{10-Spades}, but was behind Reinkemeier's {K-Spades}{10-Clubs}. The river completed the board with the {2-Spades} and gave Reinkemeier the big pot.

Plenty of notables came back for Day 2, but failed to keep their head above water. Team PokerStars Pros Pius Heinz, Angel Guillen and Jason Mercier were amongst those that busted before the money and joining them on the rail were Mike McDonald, Masa Kagawa, Kyle Julius, Juha Helppi and Peter Jetten.

As the day wore on, the field grew closer and closer to the money bubble. After JC Alvarado went out in 14th place, it was bubble time and the two remaining tables went to hand-for-hand play. On the bubble, Grzegorz Derkowski was the shortest stack and ran his {A-Spades}{10-Diamonds} into the {A-Diamonds}{Q-Clubs} for Laurent Polito. A board of {J-Diamonds}{5-Diamonds}{3-Spades}{8-Diamonds}{A-Hearts} proved to be the end of Derkowski and ensured the last 12 a payday of €24,470.

Other big names still in the field are Team PokerStars Pros Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier and Jonathan Duhamel. They bagged up 468,000 and 335,000, respectively.

Play will resume tomorrow at 1:00 PM local time. First, a final table must be reached and that will be followed by working towards crowning a winner. It's going to be an exciting one with €359,000 up top to the winner along with the Shamballa bracelet, so be sure to turn your browsers right here to PokerNews all day long.

Tags: Tobias Reinkemeier

End-of-Day Chip Counts (full)

Tobias Reinkemeier de
Tobias Reinkemeier
de 714,000 104,000
Alex Bilokur ru
Alex Bilokur
ru 673,000 33,000
Laurent Polito fr
Laurent Polito
fr 647,000 167,000
Jean-Noel Thorel fr
Jean-Noel Thorel
fr 615,000 11,000
Kristijonas Andrulis lt
Kristijonas Andrulis
lt 495,000 210,000
Stanislav Labutkin RU
Stanislav Labutkin
RU 494,000 -101,000
Bertrand Grospellier fr
Bertrand Grospellier
fr 468,000 -24,000
Andrew Lichtenberger us
Andrew Lichtenberger
us 352,000 -98,000
Jonathan Duhamel ca
Jonathan Duhamel
ca 335,000 -2,000
Carlos Mora MX
Carlos Mora
MX 300,000 -50,000
Joao Vieira pt
Joao Vieira
Winamax Team Pro
pt 245,000 -2,000
Gurgen Melkonyan RU
Gurgen Melkonyan
RU 218,000 -32,000

Let's Take a Vote

donpeters • Level 16: 5,000-10,000, 1,000 ante

Following the elimination of Grzegorz Derkowski on the bubble, some of the players were essentially begging for play to stop so they could get some sleep. Others, such as Kristijonas Andrulis, Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier, Jonathan Duhamel and Joao Vieira, wanted to play it out to the final table. Duhamel and Grospellier even joked at playing all the way to a winner, but somethings tells us they were kind of serious in that request.

Following the players barking back and forth what they wanted, the tournament director announced that a vote would be taken. One by one, the tournament director went around each table after instructing the players to take their seats and took a vote. The end result was in favor of stopping play for the night, eight to four. It was voted, though, that the level would be finished before ending play for the night, which means another 13 minutes and change.

Some of the players then asked what time they would be returning tomorrow for the final day and were informed 12:00 PM. Most were in agreement that they wanted to start later and asked for a 1:00 PM start, which they received.

Moral of the story is that the players are in the money, playing out until the end of the current level and then bagging up before returning to action tomorrow at 1:00 PM.

Derkowski Bubbles EPT Barcelona €10,000 High Roller

Grzegorz Derkowski
Grzegorz Derkowski

After Laurent Polito raised from under the gun to 20,000, action folded to the shortest stack in the tournament, Grzegorz Derkowski on the button. Derkowski took a few moments, then reraised all in for 123,000. Following the two blinds getting out of the way, Polito called.

Polito was in prime position to burst the bubble as his {A-Diamonds}{Q-Clubs} dominated the {A-Spades}{10-Diamonds} for Derkowski.

The flop, turn and river ran out {J-Diamonds}{5-Diamonds}{3-Spades}{8-Diamonds}{A-Hearts} and left Derkowski second best in the hand. That meant his tournament was over and all the remaining players were into the money.

Grzegorz Derkowski pl
Grzegorz Derkowski
pl Busted

Tags: Grzegorz DerkowskiLaurent Polito

JC Alvarado Bubbles the Bubble

Alex Bilokur
Alex Bilokur

JC Alvarado raised to 20,000 from the button and Alex Bilokur raised to 55,000 in the small blind. Alvarado made the call to see a flop of {K-Spades}{J-Diamonds}{10-Spades}. Bilokur led for 35,000 and Alvarado moved all in only to be quickly called by the Russian.

Bilokur: {A-Diamonds}{K-Hearts}
Alvarado: {Q-Diamonds}{10-Diamonds}

The {Q-Clubs} on the turn gave Alvarado two pair but it made Bilokur a straight, the former needed another queen or ten on the river to survive. The board paired but it was the {K-Diamonds} and Bilokur jumped into the chip lead.

Alex Bilokur ru
Alex Bilokur
ru 640,000 208,000
JC Alvarado mx
JC Alvarado
mx Busted

Tags: Alex BilokurJC Alvarado

Reinkemeier Doubles Through Kristijonas


From under the gun, Tobias Reinkemer raised to 20,000. Kristijonas Andrulis made the call from the big blind and the flop produced the {10-Hearts}{6-Clubs}{3-Clubs}. Andrulis led for 18,000 and Reinkemeier called to see the turn.

On the turn, the dealer added the {3-Diamonds} to the board. Andrulis checked and Reinkemeier bet 40,000. Andrulis check-raised to 150,000 and Reinkemeier went into the tank. After a couple minutes of concentrated studying, he shoved. Andrulis snap-called, but did so with the worst of it as he held the {J-Spades}{10-Spades} to Reinkemeier's {K-Spades}{10-Clubs}.

The river completed the board with the {2-Spades} and Reinkemeier won the pot.

Tobias Reinkemeier de
Tobias Reinkemeier
de 610,000 350,000
Kristijonas Andrulis lt
Kristijonas Andrulis
lt 285,000 -300,000

Tags: Kristijonas AndrulisTobias Reinkemeier

One for Bilokur

donpeters • Level 16: 5,000-10,000, 1,000 ante

From the cutoff seat, Alex Bilokur raised to 20,000. Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier called from the big blind and the flop came down {K-Clubs}{K-Diamonds}{7-Diamonds}. Both players checked.

The turn brought the {J-Clubs} and Grospellier fired 27,000. Bilokur called and the river was the {Q-Clubs}. Grospellier checked and Bilokur fired 77,000. Grospellier folded and Bilokur won the pot.

Tags: Leonid BilokurBertrand Grospellier

Jacked Up

Homer • Level 16: 5,000-10,000, 1,000 ante
Jonathan Duhamel
Jonathan Duhamel

A flurry of action between Team PokerStars Pro Jonathan Duhamel and Portuguese former chip leader Joao Vieira saw all the money go in preflop with the latter at risk. Duhamel turned over {J-Clubs}{J-Spades} but Vieira flipped {J-Hearts}{J-Diamonds}, neither managed catch even a hint of a flush draw on a blank board and they chopped the pot.

Tags: Jonathan DuhamelJoao Vieira