$5,300 High Roller
$5,300 High Roller
Day 2 Completed

Tantillo Leads Final 17 After Day 2 of High Roller

jeffmcmillan • Level 23: Blinds 20,000-40,000, 40,000 ante
Fausto Tantillo
Fausto Tantillo

Day 2 of the Merit Poker Western Series $5,300 Main Event was one that went into the wee hours of the morning and ended at 5:30 a.m. local time with just 17 players left vying for the $170,000 grand prize out of the $676,200 prizepool.

Finishing the wild night on top of the chip counts was Italian player Fausto Tantillo who bagged up 2,260,000. He made his move late in the night as he did not emerge as chip leader until the final couple of levels.

Not far behind him in second was Osman Ilhamur of Turkey who was the only player to finish up with over 2 million. He was one of the players who waited until today to late-reg and turned it into a wise decision with a cash and a mound of chips.

Merit Poker Western Series $5,300 Main Event Top 10 Chip Counts

PositionPlayerChip CountBig Blinds
1Fausto Tantillo2,260,00057
2Osman Ilhamur2,010,00050
3Toni Kaukua1,490,00037
4Jenya Gavrilovich1,450,00036
5Roman Kolotiuk1,310,00033
6Andreas Christoforou1,100,00028
7Yauhen Kontush1,035,00026
8Iulian-Remus Blebea805,00020
9Dawid Kuliberda685,00017
10Giorgii Shkulukhiia515,00013

Toni Kaukua finished with a stack good for third with 1,490,000 and right on his heels was Jenya Gavrilovich with only 40,000 less. The Belarusian player caused some mid-morning fireworks on the bubble as he called off correctly for his tournament life and then proceeded to get chippy with tablemates afterward to receive a penalty. Roman Kolotiuk (1,310,000) would round out the top five counts to end the night.

The day began with 95 players but would quickly swell with a flurry of late entries to grow the total field to 147, 41 of which were re-entries. The play would be steady for a few levels with not many eliminations happening, but then all of a sudden the dam would break and the players began to hit the door rapidly.

But with the money starting to appear on the horizon late in the night, play would again slow down to make for a long day. It would take about an hour for the money bubble to burst when Ran Ilani fell as the bubble boy.

The third and final day of this event will get underway at 6 p.m. Friday January 27th with 32 minutes remaining in Level 23.

The seat draw of three tables will be posted prior to play as it was decided to draw before play starts tomorrow and simply break a table with 16 remaining rather than hold a whole new two-table redraw on Day 3.

PokerNews will once again be on hand to deliver you all of the action until the conclusion.

Tags: Fausto TantilloJenya GavrilovichOsman IlhamurRan IlaniRoman KolotiukToni Kaukua

End of Day 2 Chip Counts

jeffmcmillan • Level 23: Blinds 20,000-40,000, 40,000 ante
Fausto Tantillo it
Fausto Tantillo
it 2,260,000 1,090,000
Osman Ihlamur tr
Osman Ihlamur
tr 2,010,000 2,010,000
Toni Kaukua fi
Toni Kaukua
fi 1,490,000 640,000
Jenya Gavrilovich by
Jenya Gavrilovich
by 1,450,000 -150,000
Roman Kolotiuk ru
Roman Kolotiuk
ru 1,310,000 -365,000
Andreas Christoforou cy
Andreas Christoforou
cy 1,100,000
Yauhen Kontush by
Yauhen Kontush
by 1,035,000 -215,000
Iulian-Remus Blebea ro
Iulian-Remus Blebea
ro 805,000 -110,000
Dawid Kuliberda pl
Dawid Kuliberda
pl 685,000 -365,000
Giorgiy Skhulukhiya ge
Giorgiy Skhulukhiya
ge 515,000 515,000
Viktor Ustimov ru
Viktor Ustimov
ru 468,000 378,000
Bayar Saran mn
Bayar Saran
mn 405,000 25,000
Joseph Mouwad lb
Joseph Mouwad
lb 350,000 -130,000
Mihai Niste ro
Mihai Niste
ro 350,000 350,000
Koray Korkmaz tr
Koray Korkmaz
tr 235,000 -440,000
Recep Aydemir tr
Recep Aydemir
tr 150,000 -150,000
Jack Sinclair gb
Jack Sinclair
gb 140,000 -335,000

End of Play

jeffmcmillan • Level 23: Blinds 20,000-40,000, 40,000 ante

Play has ended for the night with 32 minutes left in Level 23 and 17 players remaining. Recap will be posted shortly.

Gavrilovich Makes Big Call With Tournament Life on Line, Then Gets Penalty

jeffmcmillan • Level 23: Blinds 20,000-40,000, 40,000 ante

The board was completed to read {k-Spades}{3-Diamonds}{9-Spades}{4-Clubs}{j-Hearts}. Jenya Gavrilovich bet 120,000 from the button. Andreas Christofour jammed all in for 710,000 which had Gavrilovich covered by about 100,000.

All eyes were on the table as Gavrilovich had the decision for his tournament life on the bubble. He stood up and stretched and stared down Christoforou. The countdown clock started and within ten seconds left Gavrolivich called.

Christoforou tabled the {q-Diamonds}{9-Clubs} which Gavrilovich had beat with the {k-Clubs}{10-Clubs}.

"Yes!" said Gavrilovich. He then started to talk a bit of trash to Christoforou and the table in general, seemingly steamed about the clock call. He said "Next time" and made a gesture indicating a violent action of some type.

Tablemate Ran Ilani started to get into it with him as well, not appreciative of Gavrolivich's attitude and how he was rubbing it in a bit. The floor told everyone to stop and move on, but Gavrilovich continued to talk and hence recieved a two-hand penalty following his double up. .

Jenya Gavrilovich by
Jenya Gavrilovich
by 1,600,000 800,000
Andreas Christoforou cy
Andreas Christoforou
cy 120,000 -710,000

Tags: Andreas ChristofourJenya GavrilovichRan Ilani


Play Slows Down

jeffmcmillan • Level 22: Blinds 15,000-30,000, 30,000 ante

The last several hands of hand-for-hand play have failed to deliver any pots more than a few blinds as play tightens on the bubble.