Day 2 Completed
Day 2 Completed
After Day 1a of the 2016 PokerStars.es EPT Season 13 Barcelona €50,000 Super High Roller resulted in 89 entries (73 uniques and 16 reentries), a bunch more were needed to eclipse last year's record of 99. Well, in a festival where just about all records have been broken already, the Super High Rollers weren't about to let anyone with high hopes down. They arrived en masse for Day 2, and with 13 new entries the total came to 102 participants.
Amongst the new players was Daniel Negreanu who felt too sick on Day 1, but had gained some strength and was just in time to try to spin it up on Day 2. He still didn't look too fit yet, and could return to bed after a couple of levels of play as he lost all of his chips in a coin flip to Niall Farrell.
In a tournament full of Super High Rollers where just about every face is familiar to poker fans worldwide, there's only a handful of players that can turn more heads than Negreanu. One of them, however, sat down as Day 2 started; Gerard Piqué. The FC Barcelona player, a well-known poker aficionado, decided to battle with the best of the best and the cameras started buzzing and photo cameras started snapping pictures. Pique didn't make waves, with Claas Segebrecht the one ending the story after winning the crucial coin flip a few levels in.
Patrik Antonius, another a-list poker celebrity signing up right before Day 2 started, also didn't make it into the money. The list of high rollers hitting the rail wouldn't come to an end till 3 in the morning. The battalion that did so before the money stage was reached was leaving the tournament room with hanging shoulders. Amongst them the likes of Jason Mercier, Pratyush Buddiga, Anthony Zinno, Rainer Kempe and Steve O'Dwyer.
Igor Kurganov (16th), Davidi Kitai (15th) and Philipp Gruissem (14th) all got close but the cigars stayed in the box as they were done and dusted before the organization had to pull out their checkbook.
The first player to go once the bubble had popped was Connor Drinan, losing with ace-nine to the ace-king of Azerbaijani businessman Ahadpur Khangah. Adrian Mateos followed him out the door, receiving the same €98,000 min cash Drinan had signed for.
John Juanda, reigning Main Event champion here in Barcelona, fell in 11th place after his ace-eight failed to improve against the queens of Timothy Adams. Stanley Choi would fall short of the final table as well, busting in 10th place with pocket threes not improving against the queens of last year's Super High Roller champ Sylvain Loosli.
The remaining nine players played for quite some time at the unofficial final table, with German wunderkind Fedor Holz able to pick up some chips. By the time the clock struck 3, still 9 players remained and the organization decided to call it a night with still 30 minutes left on the clock for level 20 (40,000/80,000 with a 10,000 ante).
The players return at 1pm local time for the televised final table with the following chip counts. The final table will be live streamed on an hour delay, so check back at 2pm local time for our ongoing coverage of EPT Barcelona's biggest event.
|3||Erik Seidel||United States||850,000||11|
|Fedor Holz||GGPoker Ambassador||4,970,000||870,000|
The organization has decided to end play for the day with still 30 minutes left on the clock for level 20 (40,000/80,000 - 10,000 ante). We will be back with you shortly providing end of day chip counts and a recap of today's action.
Action folded to Julian Stuer in the cutoff and he raised to 180,000. While Daniel Dvoress was thinking about it on the button, small blind Manuchehr Khangah called. He got back his calling chips and awaited Dvoress action. Dvoress tanked for quite some time but folded in the end. Khangah caled, Loosli folded his big blind.
Khangah checked his cards again once the flop hit and called the 210,000 bet that followed. Both players checked the on the turn and the completed the board.
Khangah now shoved all in and Stuer asked for a count. It turned out to be 1,365,000 total and Stuer made the call. Khangah slammed his on the table and Stuer mucked. As it was an all in and a call, his hand was turned over and his was shown.
Erik Seidel moved all in from the hijack and short stack Sam Greenwood in the cutoff asked for a count. Seidel's shove was for 1,315,000 and Greenwood carefully counted his own stack, then called all in. All players behind them folded and Greenwood was at risk for his last 435,000.
The flop came and despite hitting an ace, Seidel was behind, as Greenwood had made trips kings. Both the turn and the river changed nothing anymore and Greenwood doubled up.
From the hijack, Fedor Holz made it 180,000 to go. Sam Greenwood called from the big blind and the two took a flop of . Greenwood checked and Holz answered with a bet of 105,000. Greenwood check-raised to 275,000 and Holz called.
The fell on the turn and Greenwood tanked for about 2 minutes before he checked. Holz bet a mere 130,000 and Greenwood tossed his cards into the muck, leaving himself with just under half a million.
|Fedor Holz||GGPoker Ambassador||4,100,000|
Fedor Holz raised to 140,000 from under the gun and Sam Greenwood moved all in for 680,000 from the cutoff. Holz asked for a count, ate some snack, and folded. "Raise under the gun with nothing?" Greenwood grinned back and Holz replied with a dry "that's my style."
Soon after,Timothy Adams raised to 160,000 and Daniel Dvoress shoved. Again, the initial raiser with the big stack asked for the count. Dvoress was at risk for 920,000 from the cutoff, and Adams then folded.
Julian Stuer limped in from the small blind and Daniel Dvoress checked in the big blind. On the flop, both players checked. Stuer then bet the turn for 80,000 and Dvoress folded.
Erik Seidel raised to 130,000 and Stuer called on the button, as did Manuchehr Khangah in the big blind. On the flop, the action went check, check, and Stuer's bet of 160,000 won the pot after both his opponents folded.