Day 1 Completed
|Blinds||25,000 / 50,000|
Day 1 Completed
What started as an idea by Steve O'Dwyer on Twitter after a very successful €25,500 Single-Day High Roller one day ago, and gathered interested by several High Roller regulars, was turned into reality by the EPT staff upon request today.
A second edition of the event at the 2016 PokerStars EPT13 Prague festival with a starting stack of 100,000 and levels of 30 minutes each saw 19 players and six re-entries gather a field of 25 entries. The prize pool of €612,500 was to be divided among the top five spots and €226,600, a High Roller title and bragging rights among the familiar faces on the international poker circuit were up for grabs.
|4||Ali Reza Fatehi||Iran||€71,970|
Ultimately, it was Sam Greenwood who emerged victorious after a 90-minute heads-up battle with Jean-Noel Thorel, O'Dwyer cashed in fifth place. Among those to participate were Paul Newey, Ben Heath, Ole Schemion, Vladimir Troyanovskiy, Timothy Adams, Justin Bonomo and Isaac Haxton amongst others.
Yesterday's champion Haxton bowed out early this time while EPT 13 Prague €50,000 Super High Roller runner-up Charlie Carrel bubbled. Six players returned from the dinner break and Carrel as well as Ali Reza Fatehi were the two shortest stacks. Fatehi doubled, then Carrel shoved jack-nine suited into the ace-king of Thorel to miss out on yet another High Roller score.
O'Dwyer had to settle for fifth place when his king-jack suited found no help against the ace-queen of Greenwood. Fatehi soon followed him to the rail in fourth place with ace-seven suited, again it was Thorel who did the work with ace-king.
Down to three players the lead changed several times. Mikita Badziakouski came back from almost zero before running low on chips again. Eventually, the Belarusian had to settle for third when his queen-jack suited was out-flopped by Greenwood's jack-ten and a fierce duel for the victory without any deal discussions followed.
Thorel started with a slight lead and pulled away several times. Greenwood doubled up three times and eventually secured the win after calling Thorel's shove on a king-high river with ten-three suited for second pair, Thorel had bluffed with four-deuce.
All those that missed out on the event don't have to worry, as O'Dwyer and the EPT staff already confirmed that another edition of the tournament is scheduled. The action will get underway at 2 p.m. on Friday December 16th with the same structure and PokerNews will be providing updates to follow the action.
The last official EPT High Roller title will then be up for grabs in the three-day €10,300 High Roller from Saturday December 17th until Monday December 19th, while the €5,300 Main Event will play down to a winner during the same time span as well.
Jean-Noel Thorel raised to 100,000 and Sam Greenwood defended to see a flop of . Greenwood checked, Thorel bet 50,000, Greenwood check-raised to 250,000 with Thorel coming along. On the turn, Greenwood shoved and Thorel folded.
Another min-raised pot by Greenwood brought the flop of and Thorel bet 100,000, Greenwood called. On the turn, both players checked. Thorel then moved all in on the river and Greenwood asked for a count. The shove was for 790,000 and Greenwood called after one minute.
"You win," Thorel said and turned over his for a bluff gone wrong, Greenwood claimed the victory with for tens and sevens.
This concludes the event and Thorel takes home €156,200, while Greenwood scores a payday of €226,600. A recap of today's action will be available soon.
Sam Greenwood's stack was hovering around the 10 to 13 big blind zone for the past 15 minutes and he then limped in. Jean-Noel Thorel raised to 150,000 and Greenwood moved all in, Thorel eventually called.
The board came and Greenwood dodged a king and the flush draw to double up once again, for the third time in this heads up duel.
Sam Greenwood limped in, Jean-Noel Thorel raised to 165,000 and Greenwood called.
On the flop, Thorel bet 150,000 and Greenwood called. The fell on the turn and both players checked. On the river, Thorel bet 125,000 and Greenwood called before mucking to the of Thorel.
Sam Greenwood limped in and Jean-Noel Thorel checked in the big blind. On the flop, Thorel check-called a bet of 50,000 and checked again the turn. Greenwood bet 100,000 and then folded when Thorel check-raised to 250,000.
Down to 500,000, Sam Greenwood open-shoved out of the small blind and Jean-Noel Thorel called. Greenwood showed the and Thorel was looking for diamonds with the . However, the board of brought only two of them and Greenwood doubled.
Greenwood then lost six big blinds against the of Thorel on an ace-high board and open-shoved for 675,000 right after. Thorel called and both players had an ace.
The board of ensured that the kicker played and Greenwood doubled twice in three hands to regain the lead.
Jean-Noel Thorel kept winning small pots without showdown to further reduce the stack of Sam Greenwood. The latter was already down to around half a million, then got some back. On the river of a board , Greenwood bet 100,000 and Thorel called.
Greenwood flashed the for a straight and got some chips back, Thorel remains with an almost three-to-one lead.