$25,750 High Roller
$25,750 High Roller
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Nick Petrangelo Bags Big; Day 1 of 2017 PokerStars Championship Bahamas $25,750 High Roller Draws 151 Entries

Chad_Holloway • Level 10: 800-1,600, 200 ante
Nick Petrangelo
Nick Petrangelo

The 2017 PokerStars Championship Bahamas $25,750 High Roller started off slow with just two tables, but with a single re-entry options and late registration open all day, that number swelled. After 10 one-hour levels of play, the field had grown to 115 unique entrants who accounted for 36 re-entries to bring the total field up to 151 entries. It could go up even more as registration will remain open up until the start of Day 2.

At the end of the night, Nick Petrangelo bagged the biggest stack among the approximately 75 survivors with 290,600, though several other players were hot on his heels including Sam Greenwood (276,800), Byron Kaverman (272,000), Oleksii Khoroshenin (264,000), and Sergio Aido (250,700).

Petrangelo is a regular on the high roller circuit and has total live earnings of nearly $6 million. That includes $1,015,335 for finishing second in the 2015 WPT Alpha8 Bellagio High Roller, taking third in the EPT12 Barcelona €10,000 High Roller for $669,12, and winning the EPT13 Barcelona €10,000 High Roller for $464,154. Petrangelo also finished sixth in this very event two years ago, good for $301,500.

Others who advanced are former NFL player Richard Seymour (165,000), Daniel Colman (100,400), Bryn Kenney (66,8000), Phil “The Unabomber” Laak (54,900), and Bernard Lee (27,200). They will be joined by Team PokerStars Pros Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier (140,300), Daniel Negreanu (104,600), Liv Boeree (43,000), Andre Akkari (40,600), and Jake Cody (32,800).

On the flip side, not everyone was as fortunate. Among those to fall twice on Day 1, meaning they don’t have a re-entry option to use tomorrow, were 2015 World Series of Poker Main Event champ Joe McKeehen, the UK wunderkind Charlie Carrel, 2016 Aussie Millions champ Chance Kornuth, and last year’s runner-up Sean Winter.

Shortly after re-entering the tournament, Winter found himself on the bad end of a cooler. He had flopped trip queens with a king kicker, but Khoroshenin had flopped threes full of queens. The chips went in, and Winter failed to get there. As for Carrel, he busted after getting his short stack in with ace-four and falling to the pocket eights of Greenwood.

Day 2 will kick off at Noon local time on Friday. Once again PokerNews will bring you updates straight from the tournament floor, so be sure to check back then. While you wait, check out this video of Seymour talking about joining Twitter, making a bet with Negreanu, and more.

Tags: Nick Petrangelo

End-of-Day 1 Chip Counts (full)

Chad_Holloway • Level 10: 800-1,600, 200 ante
Nick Petrangelo us
Nick Petrangelo
us 290,600 180,600
Sam Greenwood ca
Sam Greenwood
ca 276,800 36,800
Byron Kaverman us
Byron Kaverman
us 272,800 177,800
Rocco Palumbo it
Rocco Palumbo
it 267,700 124,700
Oleksii Khoroshenin ua
Oleksii Khoroshenin
ua 265,000 5,000
Sergio Aido es
Sergio Aido
es 250,700 35,700
Davidi Kitai be
Davidi Kitai
Winamax Team Pro
be 189,000 -21,000
Fabrizio Gonzalez uy
Fabrizio Gonzalez
uy 170,200 98,700
Iago Leonelli BR
Iago Leonelli
BR 168,100 168,100
Richard Seymour us
Richard Seymour
us 165,000 -4,000
Sergi Reixach es
Sergi Reixach
es 159,200 59,200
Mark Radoja ca
Mark Radoja
ca 151,700 1,700
Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier fr
Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier
fr 140,300 140,300
Lucas Greenwood ca
Lucas Greenwood
ca 140,300 140,300
Justin Bonomo us
Justin Bonomo
us 139,700 -300
Vojtech Ruzicka cz
Vojtech Ruzicka
cz 137,200 47,200
Salman Behbehani us
Salman Behbehani
us 135,900 -4,100
Timothy Adams ca
Timothy Adams
ca 134,000 -41,000
Andjelko Andrejevic us
Andjelko Andrejevic
us 127,500 12,500
Jonathan Jaffe us
Jonathan Jaffe
us 125,400 8,400
Jason Koon us
Jason Koon
us 115,200 -49,800
Michael Rocco us
Michael Rocco
us 113,100 113,100
Daniel Negreanu ca
Daniel Negreanu
ca 104,600 -25,400
Kenneth Smaron us
Kenneth Smaron
us 103,700 103,700
Andrew Chen ca
Andrew Chen
ca 102,000 70,000

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Kurganov and Kanit - The Best of Frenemies

MrPaulSeaton • Level 10: 800-1,600, 200 ante
Mustapha Kanit and Igor Kurganov pictured earlier on this trip to the PokerStars Championship Bahamas. Both of the High Rollers made Day 2 of the $25,000 buy-in event.
Mustapha Kanit and Igor Kurganov pictured earlier on this trip to the PokerStars Championship Bahamas. Both of the High Rollers made Day 2 of the $25,000 buy-in event.

Igor Kurganov had been eliminated, that was the headline. All-in with {A-Spades}{Q-Clubs} against Tim Adams' {K-Spades}{K-Diamonds} and no luck on the board. Goodnight, Igor. Except for Kurganov, whose girlfriend Liv Boeree claimed "hasn't stopped talking for six days!", a few more words were called for. Words such as 'Where can I buy back in?'.

Kurganov's second entry came with the clock paused just seconds later, and six more hands announced. On the fourth of those hands, poker pandemonium broke out.

Kurganov was sat to the direct right of good friend Mustapha Kanit, who had plenty of chips, around 70,000 and easily enough to bust his pal. When Kurganov moved all-in with {7-Diamonds}{7-Hearts} and Kanit called with {A-Clubs}{K-Clubs}, the pair of them were up and down like a pair of puppets. They were racing not just for a 97,000 pot, but bragging rights too.

The flop of {10-Clubs}{7-Spades}{J-Clubs} saw Kurganov on his feet, with an 'Eh!' to his friend Kanit. However, the {9-Clubs} on the turn sent Kanit into raptures.

"Eh!" he cried jubilantly. Kurganov covered his friends eyes from the river card.....of the {10-Diamonds}!

"Ehhhh!" yelled Kurganov, as his hand improved to a full house. He flipped Kanit's cap from his friends head and wore it triumphantly like a crown.

"I deserve to wear this now. You are a loser. Mathematically, you've only had one buy-in yes? - OK - Mathematically, you should shove any two next hand."

As it happened, Kanit did so, piling his remaining 17,500 into the middle and being snap-called by Anthony Zinno. Zinno had {J-Clubs}{J-Spades}, but Kanit was racing again, holding the almost-identical-to-his-last-hand {A-Diamonds}{K-Clubs}.

The flop of {10-Diamonds}{2-Hearts}{4-Spades} offered little hope. The turn of {5-Spades} didn't improve the actual odds dramatically. But the {3-Spades} on the river gave Kanit a runner-runner straight and he jumped back up, took back his hat and cried 'Who's the boss? Who's the boss?!"

To be fair to Kurganov and Kanit, and with deference to the everlasting good humour of Zinno, all of it happened with riotous sense of good humour and the trio were all happy to progress to the next day. Kurganov, Kanit, Zinno and of course Boeree and other friends by now on the rail who were watching the drama unfold all burst into peals of laughter at the conclusion the two hilarious hands of poker.

Igor Kurganov ru
Igor Kurganov
ru 97,000 47,000
Mustapha Kanit it
Mustapha Kanit
Winamax Team Pro
it 40,000 -40,000
Anthony Zinno us
Anthony Zinno
us 33,800 -26,200

Tags: Igor KurganovMustapha Kanit

Bernard Lee Tries to Drown Mike Watson on the River

Chad_Holloway • Level 10: 800-1,600, 200 ante
Mike Watson
Mike Watson

With a board reading {4-Spades}{10-Spades}{6-Hearts}{k-Hearts}, 2016 PCA champ Mike Watson got his last 14,800 all in and was at risk against Bernard Lee.

Watson: {k-Clubs}{q-Spades}
Lee: {a-Hearts}{5-Hearts}

Watson was ahead with a pair of kings, but Lee was drawing to both an ace and hearts. The dealer burned one last time and put out the {2-Spades}. Lee missed and Watson doubled through.

Mike Watson ca
Mike Watson
ca 44,000 23,000
Bernard Lee us
Bernard Lee
us 40,000 -35,300

Tags: Mike WatsonBernard Lee


The Brits Are On a Comeback?

MrPaulSeaton • Level 9: 600-1,200, 200 ante
Liv Boeree
Liv Boeree

Both PokerStars Team Pros Jake Cody and Liv Boeree have struggled at points during this $25,000 High Roller, with the run of the cards more than anything. But there's building momentum behind each British superstar and with one level to go anything could happen.

Jake Cody doubled up when he had pocket queens in the blinds and doubled up, holding against {K-}{9-} to bounce from ten big blinds to just over 20 big blinds.

Liv Boeree wasn't all-in, but won an interesting hand against Justin Bonomo. Boeree raised under the gun pre-flop to 2,600 and only Bonomo called from the big blind. The flop of {A-Hearts}{4-Clubs}{8-Diamonds} saw Boeree continue for 2,200, but she was raised to 7,000 by Bonomo. Boeree called, and both players checked the {J-Hearts} turn. The river of {K-Hearts} saw Bonomo check to Boeree who made it 8,000 and Bonomo folded, meaning Boeree won without a showdown - valuable currency in mystery to add to the chips at this stage of the night.

Liv Boeree gb
Liv Boeree
gb 69,000 19,000
Jake Cody gb
Jake Cody
gb 25,000 6,300

Tags: Jake CodyJustin BonomoLiv Boeree

Pierre Neuville Check-Raises All In

Chad_Holloway • Level 9: 600-1,200, 200 ante

Bryn Kenney and Pierre Neuville each put in 6,600 preflop and saw a flop of {k-Hearts}{5-Diamonds}{7-Hearts}, which they both checked. After the dealer burned and turned the {4-Spades}, Neuville check-called a bet of 10,200 and then checked for a third time on the {8-Spades} river.

Kenney bet 20,000, leaving himself just 29,000 behind, and Neuville snap-raised all in for right around 50,000. Kenney seemed frustrated, shook his head, and folded his cards.

Pierre Neuville be
Pierre Neuville
be 105,000 55,000
Bryn Kenney us
Bryn Kenney
us 29,000 -107,000

Tags: Bryn KenneyPierre Neuville