Eight Remain, Seven Get Paid; Schemion Leads The Final Table
It was an exciting day of poker here at the Casino Barcelona as the European Poker Tour Season 10 Barcelona Super High Roller played through its second day of play. This event turned out a total of 40 unique players with 11 re-entries which added up to 51 total entrants and a prize pool of €2,448,765. This structure was designed for the top seven players to cash and at the end of 18 levels only eight remain. At the end of the day it was Ole Schemion who led the final seven with a stack of 2,835,000.
When the players return for Day 3 they will be on the money bubble. If a player is able to survive this journey into the final seven, he will be guaranteed a payday of at least €128,515. While that would no doubt be a sweet cash, each player is instead eyeing up the top prize of €771,300 and the title of EPT champion. While Schemion leads the final seven, the table remains stacked with the likes of Timothy Adams, Steve O'Dwyer, Mike McDonald, Erik Seidel, Fabian Quoss, David Benefield, and Vitaly Lunkin.
EPT 10 Barcelona Super High Roller Final Table
With poker's elite gathered around the same tables in the same room it was no doubt to anyone that sparks would fly early and this is exactly what occurred. Names began dropping from the field at a quick rate, ending the dreams of victory held by players like Steven Silverman, Max Lehmanski, Andrew Lichtenberger, Marc-Andre Ladouceur, Jonathan Duhamel, and reigning champion Dan Smith. Team PokerStars also had a fair showing with pros Daniel Negreanu and Jason Mercier both making deep runs. Negreanu fell in eleventh place while Mercier was next out of the door in tenth.
Schemion won a huge pot toward the start of the day when he woke up with pocket kings against Daniel Alaei's ace-king to eliminate Alaei from play. From there, Schemion continued his domination by consistently winning both small pots and big pots alike. Our Live Reporting team caught a particularly interesting hand involving Schemion and Steve O'Dwyer where Schemion three-barreled into O'Dwyer and showed one of his hole cards after O'Dwyer folded the river.
Lunkin became one of the big stacks about halfway through the day. His rush began during a confrontation with Philip Sternheimer when the two were seated together at the feature table. At 5,000/10,000/1,000, Sternheimer opened with a raise to 22,000. Lunkin popped it up with a three-bet to 56,000 from the button and it came back to Sternheimer who four-bet to 132,000. Lunkin went into the tank before moving out a huge five-bet to 656,000 which was almost enough to cover Sternheimer. Sternheimer thought for a moment before flat calling the bet. There was a bit of confusion in the moment over how much the bet was and Sternheimer ended up moving all in in the dark with Lunkin quickly calling. The hands were turned over before the flop to show Sternheimer crushing Lunkin:
Lunkin made a remark regarding the possibility of a slowroll by Sternheimer, and just like that the poker gods responded to Lunkin by awarding him with quads through a flop of . A dejected Sternheimer immediately stood up from the table and threw on his jacket as the board finished with the and the . Lunkin was able to secure the knockout and significantly boost his stack. Then, just a few hands later, Lunkin was able to score another knockout when he flopped top pair against Martin Jacobson. Eventually, Lunkin finished as the second biggest stack of the day.
As play wound down in the evening, the unofficial final table of nine was reached. After a grueling few levels of nine-handed play where short stacks became big stacks and vice versa, the final table bubble was burst when Stern found himself in a confrontation with Adams. Stern shoved in his stack of just under ten big blinds before the flop with but was dominated by Adams' . A board of ensured that Adams' kings would hold and Stern would fall in ninth place.
Play resumes on Sunday at 1:00 CET and our reporting will begin at 2:00 off of the live stream. Be sure to join us as we document the quest to crown the Super High Roller champion here in Barcelona!