Day 2 of the €10,000 High Roller at EPT Prague is complete, and the overnight chip leader is Sorel Mizzi, who bagged 1.192 million. The only other player with a million chips is Philippe Ktorza (1.094 million).
Marvin Rettenmaier started Day 2 of the €10,000 High Roller with a bang, doubling through Rudolf Babayan. There was a raise and a call before Rettenmaier three-bet out of the big blind, and Babayan, the original raiser, moved all in. Rettenmaier quickly called with , and Babayan showed . The board ran out , and Rettenmaier doubled to more than average.
The next player to receive a massive double up was Mizzi. He played a hand with Anatoly Gurtovoy, in which Gurtovoy six-bet preflop with . Mizzi just called with ace-king, and got the remainder of his stack in the middle on a seven-high flop. Gurtovoy called, the ace-king held, and Mizzi doubled.
Gurtovoy then busted a few hands later, when he jammed for 115,900 on a flop of . Andrey Gully, who had led out for 32,200, tank-called with . Gurtovoy tabled . The turn and river bricked , respectively, and Gurtovoy was eliminated.
Play slowed considerably as we neared the money bubble, but Olivier Busquet eventually burst it. After doubling Aubin Cazals with a dominating hand preflop – Cazals spiked a straight on the river – Busquet shoved from the small blind. Rettenmaier looked him up with , which was ahead of the of Busquet. The board ran out , and Busquet was eliminated.
Katchalov was the first player to bust in the money, and it was an absolute cooler. Katchalov five-bet shoved with only to be called by the of Mizzi. The board ran out , and Katchalov was eliminated in 12th place.
The next two players to bow out were Gurgen Melkonyan and Morten Klein, and suddenly we were at an unofficial final table. Most of the hands were quite slow, but on one of the final hands of the evening, Ktorza cold-four-bet shoved for 522,000 from the big blind. Mercier, the four-bettor, snap called with , which crushed Ktorza’s . The board ran out , and Mercier was crippled down to under 200,000 chips.
Mercier doubled in a subsequent hand, but still only bagged 444,000 chips.
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