2019 World Series of Poker

$25,000 High Roller
$25,000 High Roller
Day 2 Completed

Day 2 Concludes with Defending Champion Selbst On Top

donpeters • Level 20: 8,000-16,000, 2,000 ante
Vanessa Selbst
Vanessa Selbst

Day 2 of the big and bad $25,000 High Roller from the 2014 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure has come to a close. Leading the way is none other than Team PokerStars Pro Vanessa Selbst, the defending champion of this very event. Selbst bagged 1,633,000.

Just 14 players remain, and it is a packed group that's left. Selbst's lead is extremely small, as she's only 19,000 in chips ahead of Joao Vieira with 1,604,000 in second place. Also remaining are Daniel Negreanu, Ole Schemion, Dan Smith, Rob Mizrachi, and the 2012 World Series of Poker Main Event champion Greg Merson.

Also making it to Day 3 is Paul Newey, the investor and businessman that's recently taken the plunge into the poker world. Prior to this in-the-money finish, Newey had just one cash on record for $4,400 from last year's PCA. Well, he's back at the festival this year and already locked up a solid $89,560 in prize money. He'll be the short stack returning with 162,000 in chips, but anything can happen if he gets a double up or two on Monday.

Day 3 will see a winner crowned and one of these tough competitors become $1,279,880 richer. The cards will be back in the air at 12 p.m. local time on Monday, and you can find all of the live coverage from the tournament floor right here on PokerNews.com.

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End-of-Day Chip Counts (full)

Happy_Freaked • Level 20: 8,000-16,000, 2,000 ante
Vanessa Selbst us 1,633,000 73,000
Joao Vieira pt 1,604,000 274,000
Myro Garcia 1,181,000 -79,000
Greg Merson us 1,112,000 147,000
Jake Schindler us 1,109,000 84,000
Marvin Rettenmaier de 1,014,000 -286,000
Rob Mizrachi 856,000 36,000
Dani Stern us 837,000 237,000
Daniel Negreanu ca 723,000 -187,000
Mustapha Kanit it 705,000 -20,000
Aleksandr Denisov ru 626,000 406,000
Dan Smith us 434,000 14,000
Ole Schemion de 357,000 -193,000
Paul Newey gb 162,000 -38,000

Denisov Doubles On Last Hand of the Night

donpeters • Level 20: 8,000-16,000, 2,000 ante

From under the gun, Jacob Carl Schindler opened with a raise to 32,000. Marvin Rettenmaier reraised from the hijack seat to 82,000, and then action fell on Vanessa Selbst in the cutoff seat. She stuck in a reraise of her own and made it 177,000 to go. In the big blind, Aleksandr Denisov moved all in for 245,000 when the action got to him. Schindler then tanked for a few long minutes before eventually folding his hand. Rettenmaier folded behind him, and then Selbst made the call.

"How much is it? Only a little bit more, right?" asked Selbst, as she was just about to drop the chips in to make the call. "Yeah, I can call that."

Selbst had the {A-Hearts}{8-Spades}, and Denisov had the {A-Hearts}{K-Clubs} to dominate her.

The flop, turn, and river ran out {7-Hearts}{5-Hearts}{4-Spades}{2-Hearts}{9-Spades}, and Denisov successfully doubled up.

Tags: Aleksandr DenisovJacob Carl SchindlerMarvin RettenmaierVanessa Selbst

Faraz Jaka Eliminated in 15th Place ($89,560)

Happy_Freaked • Level 20: 8,000-16,000, 2,000 ante
Faraz Jaka
Faraz Jaka

While we were watching a hand on the other table there was a big pot brewing between Rob Mizrachi and Faraz Jaka. When we turned around we witnessed the showdown in which Jaka was knocked out. Afterwards Mizrachi was kind enough to recap the action for us.

"He called on every street," Mizrachi said he bet every street on {4-Spades}{Q-Hearts}{3-Spades}{10-Clubs}{8-Clubs} holding {J-Hearts}{9-Spades}. Mizrachi had rivered a straight while Jaka held {Q-Spades}{8-Spades} for top pair.

Jaka was knocked out and Mizrachi picked up some more chips.

Rob Mizrachi 820,000 120,000
Faraz Jaka us Busted

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Philipp Gruissem Eliminated in 16th Place ($80,480)

donpeters • Level 20: 8,000-16,000, 2,000 ante
Philipp Gruissem -- 16th Place
Philipp Gruissem -- 16th Place

Jacob Carl Schindler raised to 32,000 from under the gun, and action folded over to Philipp Gruissem in the cutoff seat. He reraised all in for around 300,000. Play got back to Schindler, and he eventually made the call with the {9-Diamonds}{9-Clubs}. Gruissem had the {6-Spades}{6-Clubs}.

Although Gruissem took the lead on the {7-Diamonds}{6-Diamonds}{2-Hearts} flop, the {3-Diamonds} and {A-Diamonds} followed to give Schindler a diamond flush. Schindler had Gruissem covered and sent the German star to the rail in 16th place for $80,480.

Jake Schindler us 1,025,000 315,000
Philipp Gruissem de Busted

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The Final Two Tables

Happy_Freaked • Level 20: 8,000-16,000, 2,000 ante
SeatNameCountryChip Count
1Dani SternUSA600,000
2Rob MizrachiUSA700,000
3Faraz JakaUSA266,000
4Daniel NegreanuCanada910,000
5Ole SchemionGermany550,000
6Greg MersonUSA965,000
7Joao VieiraPortugal1,330,000
8Mustapha KanitItaly725,000
1Marvin RettenmaierGermany1,300,000
2Vanessa SelbstCanada1,560,000
3Philipp GruissemGermany480,000
4Myro GarciaBrazil1,260,000
5Paul NeweyUK200,000
6Aleksandr DenisovRussia220,000
7Jacob Carl SchindlerUSA710,000
8Dan SmithUSA420,000

Chip Counts (full)

Happy_Freaked • Level 20: 8,000-16,000, 2,000 ante
Vanessa Selbst us 1,560,000 85,000
Joao Vieira pt 1,330,000 -120,000
Marvin Rettenmaier de 1,300,000 25,000
Myro Garcia 1,260,000 260,000
Greg Merson us 965,000 -135,000
Daniel Negreanu ca 910,000 -85,000
Mustapha Kanit it 725,000 -150,000
Jake Schindler us 710,000 165,000
Rob Mizrachi 700,000 -5,000
Dani Stern us 600,000 60,000
Ole Schemion de 550,000 -235,000
Philipp Gruissem de 480,000 -200,000
Dan Smith us 420,000 45,000
Faraz Jaka us 266,000 1,000
Aleksandr Denisov ru 220,000 45,000
Paul Newey gb 200,000 -135,000

Chris Klodnicki Eliminated in17th Place ($80,480)

Happy_Freaked • Level 20: 8,000-16,000, 2,000 ante
Chris Klodnicki
Chris Klodnicki

Chris Klodnicki raised to 35,000 from the button and Marvin Rettenmaier defended his big blind. The flop brought {A-Diamonds}{6-Spades}{5-Clubs} and Rettenmaier check-called 35,000.

On the turn the {8-Diamonds} hit and Rettenmaiaer checked again after which Klodnicki bet 80,000. Rettenmaier check-raised all in and Klodnicki called off for a total of 255,000.

Klodnicki showed {A-Clubs}{4-Diamonds} and he was in good shape against the German's {K-Diamonds}{7-Diamonds}.

The river brought the {6-Diamonds} and Rettenmaiaer hit his flush eliminating Klodnicki in the process. Everyone noticed this except for Klodnicki who was stacking down his chips, waiting for Rettenmaiaer to pay up.

After about six seconds Daniel Negreanu spotted that Klodnicki wasn't just handing over his chips to Rettenmaiaer.

"You lost man," Negreanu said in the nicest way possible after which Klodnicki jumped up and realized what had happened. Klodnicki was eliminated and just 16 players remain.

Marvin Rettenmaier de 1,275,000 475,000
Chris Klodnicki us Busted

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