Day 1 Completed
|Blinds||10,000 / 25,000|
Day 1 Completed
One day Frenchman Corentin Ropert was thinking about watching a movie, and the next he's won €277,560 in the second €25,000 Single-Day High Roller of the PokerStars European Poker Tour Prague festival.
Ropert told PokerNews that with things not going his way so far this festival, last night he contemplated putting on a movie, but instead opted to satellite into the €25,000 Single-Day High Roller the following day.
"I saw that the winner of the other €25k [Thomas Boivin] had qualified through a satellite, so I thought why not? And here I am!"
This is the biggest cash of Ropert's career to date by far. In 2014 he finished fourth in the FPS Deauville Main Event for €60,100. Now he's cashed for almost five times that amount here in the Czech capital!
Here are the results from the final table:
|Place||Name||Country||Payout in EUR||Payout in USD|
|1||Corentin Ropert||France||€ 277,560||$313,852|
|2||Tsugunari Toma||Japan||€ 191,840||$216,924|
|3||Michael Addamo||Australia||€ 122,450||$138,460|
|4||Dietrich Fast||Germany||€ 93,880||$106,155|
|5||Norbert Szecsi||Hungary||€ 73,470||$83,076|
|6||Pavel Plesuv||Moldova||€ 57,140||$64,611|
Going into heads-up with a large chip lead of Japanese player Tsugunari Toma, he called the check-raise all in from Toma with trip fives and have his opponent drawing dead.
"The first twenty minutes of heads-up just didn't go my way. I didn't win a hand! "When I saw the hand, I couldn't believe it."
Runner-up Toma also recorded the biggest cash of his career, beating the sixth place at the Taipa APPT Main Event final table for HK$952,000 ($122,830). Last year he finished 11th in the PSC Prague €10,300 High Roller for €43,400. We will have to see if he has a deep run in that event this year, which starts tomorrow.
Recap of the Day's Action
The second €25,000 Single-Day High Roller got underway at 12:30 pm, with first and second place from the first Single-Day High Roller Thomas Boivin and Steve O’Dwyer in action early on.
Jean-Noel Thorel became the first of many to fall from the 29 unique entries this event gathered. With five re-entries that created a total field of 34 players of which five would be guaranteed a min-cash of €57,140.
Shortly after registration closed, both Boivin and O’Dwyer had been eliminated, with Dietrich Fast and Charlie Carrel battling for the chip lead.
With two tables remaining, the likes of Thorel and Timothy Adams – who had swapped Main Event for High Roller at the very last minute – before Carrel scored a big double through Michael Soyza to jump into the outright chip lead ahead of Fast.
Carrel turned top pair and rivered a flush and called to pick off the Malaysian's bluff with bottom pair. A short while later Carrel sent Soyza to the rail in a classic race – tens versus ace-king. The pair held and the final table of nine was confirmed.
The early stages were remarkable, in that besides the elimination of Juan Pardo, there was a spate of doubles and even triples. Pavel Plesuv doubled twice and Dietrich Fast doubled and then tripled up as the chip counts swung back and forth.
Corentin Ropert fought back from being the short stack at the start of the final table to chip leader at the dinner break by tripling and then doubling up in quick succession.
When they returned it wasn’t long until the next elimination. The final table hadn’t been kind to Carrel who came in as chip leader, but he was sent to the rail when his ace was out-kicked by that of Tsugunari Toma.
Not long after that the bubble burst. Both Sergi Reixach and Ropert flopped pairs, but Reixach was outkicked and he would fall in seventh, the remaining six players all guaranteeing themselves €57,140.
Plesuv finished fifth in the earlier Single-Day High Roller, but he would fail to improve on that finish here as he was eliminated in sixth before Norbert Szecsi bust in fifth at the hands of Fast.
That gave Fast a boost, but after bluffing off to Ropert with just king-high - and getting called down by ace-high - Addamo finished off the German and they were down to three.
With an average of over 40 big blinds, the pace was expected to slow somewhat. However, when Addamo shoved ace-nine from the small blind, Ropert woke up with pocket nines to send the Australian out in third, one spot better than he managed in the other Single-Day High Roller. Plesuv and Addamo were the only two players to cash in both events.
That elimination meant that Ropert held an almost 4:1 chip lead heads-up against Toma, but the Japanese player battled back to get the stacks almost to even. However, a mistimed jam from Toma into the trips of Ropert meant that he was drawing dead and the Frenchman was left to celebrate wildly on the rail with his jubilant compatriots.
"Having the support on my rail was incredible," said Ropert. "The tournament was very tough but luckily I had quite a lot of good situations and I was very happy with how I played. It was exhausting, but it's a crazy feeling."
Stay tuned to PokerNews for continued coverage of the PokerStars European Poker Tour festival here in Prague, with the €10,300 High Roller starting tomorrow. You can catch all the action as it happens right here.
Corentin Ropert opened to 60,000 and Tsugunari Toma three-bet to 205,000. Ropert called.
Toma bet 155,000 on the flop and the turn was the . Toma used a time extension before checking.
Ropert bet 275,000 and Toma instantly moved all in for around 1,100,000. Ropert snap-called.
Ropert and his rail celebrated as Toma was drawing dead. The river was the giving Ropert quads and eliminating Toma in second place. He takes home €191,840.
Corentin Ropert raised to 60,000, and Tsugunari Toma called. Both players checked on the flop, and again on the turn.
The river card was the and Toma checked. Ropert bet 100,000 and Toma needed to use a timebank card while he thought over his options. As his second allocated 30 seconds came to a finish, he called.
Ropert tabled for ace high, and Toma took the pot with for a straight to the delight of his rail.
The two players have resumed play heads-up in the €25,000 Single Day High Roller.
Tsugunari Toma folded, and Michael Addamo moved all in from the small blind for around 550,000. Corentin Ropert was in the big blind and didn't take long to call.
Ropert was in a good position and the flop came . The turn and river changed nothing and Addamo tapped the table as he was eliminated.
The players are taking a short break before they start heads-up play.
Michael Addamo called for 25,000 on the button, and Dietrich Fast made it 70,000 from the small blind and left himself with 28,000 behind.
Corentin Ropert called from the big blind, and Addamo moved all in. Fast put the rest of his stack into the middle and Ropert folded.
Addamo took the lead on the flop when he hit top pair, and Fast was unable to catch up.
Fast takes away €93,880 for his efforts today, and three players now remain.
Dietrich Fast opened to 40,000 and Corentin Ropert three-bet to 120,000 from the button. Fast called.
The pair checked the flop and the turn was the . Fast bet 110,000 and Ropert called.
The river was the . Fast bet 95,000 and after using two time extensions, Ropert called.
Fast showed for king-high and Ropert showed for ace-high which was good enough to take down the pot and extend his chip lead.