2017 PokerStars Championship Prague

€10,000 High Roller
Day: 2
Event Info

2017 PokerStars Championship Prague

Final Results
Event Info
Prize Pool
Level Info
60,000 / 120,000

€10,000 High Roller

Day 2 Completed

Aido Takes Big Lead into Final Day of Prague High Roller

Level 20 : 8,000/16,000, 2,000 ante
Sergio Aido
Sergio Aido

The PokerStars Championship Prague €10,300 High Roller is down to its final 16 competitors, and everyone's looking way up at Spanish super high roller Sergio Aido. Aido bagged 2,147,000 to give himself a wide lead over second-place Danny Tang (1,593,000).

The Spaniard has been one of the more successful players on the nosebleed circuit this year, totaling over $3 million in cashes across all of his tournaments. The only player north of 100 big blinds, he's certainly positioned himself as well as possible after the long Day 2 grind that lasted about 12 hours.

Christopher Kruk was the player looking most dominant for much of the day as he racked up an absurdly large stack with crushing play in the early levels. However, Aido victimized him in the penultimate level, flopping bottom set of eights in a three-bet pot and barreling down. Kruk called a river shove with king-queen on the board that contained two aces, a king and a queen.

Tang also chipped up courtesy of a set against Kruk, getting a huge river bet paid off after playing top set in a tricky fashion with a flop check-raise and a turn check.

Despite the devastating series of losses, Kruk still maintains a pulse, going into the final day of play as the shortest stack with a little under 12 big blinds.

Other players of note in the final 16 include Hossein Ensan, JC Alvarado and David Peters.

Ensan won the EPT Prague Main Event in this very venue back in 2015 for €754,510. This wouldn't be quite as handsome a prize — first place is €498,000 — but Ensan and his fellow Day 2 survivors certainly wouldn't sneeze at pocketing half a million euro.

Pocket nines proved to be Ensan's lucky hand, as he put a sick beat on PokerStars Team Pro Jake Cody when each player flopped a set but Ensan turned quads to beat Cody's queens full. Ensan then flopped another set of nines against the aces of Antoine Saout to bust him in the money.

Hossein Ensan
Hossein Ensan

Some other players cashing among the 39 paid spots were Anton Wigg, Anthony Zinno, Ryan Riess, and Sam Greenwood.

Day 3 play commences with just under seven minutes remaining in Level 16 (8,000/16,000/2,000) as the players bagged up at the two-table redraw. They'll play down to a winner who will claim the aforementioned prize, and you can find all the updates here on PokerNews.

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End-of-Day Chip Counts and Day 3 Table Draw (full)

Level 20 : 8,000/16,000, 2,000 ante
TableSeatPlayerCountryChip Count
11Sergio AidoSpain2,147,000
12Kfir IvgiUnited Kingdom700,000
13JC AlvaradoMexico692,000
14David PetersUnited States515,000
15Hossein EnsanGermany1,130,000
16Orpen KisacikogluTurkey619,000
17Preben StokkanNorway778,000
18Christopher KrukCanada186,000
21Tsugunari TomaJapan292,000
22Guillaume Pau DavyFrance741,000
23Ben HeathUnited Kingdom966,000
24Roman EmelyanovRussia446,000
25Viliyan PetleshkovBulgaria939,000
26Danny TangHong Kong1,593,000
27Liwei SunItaly778,000
28Igor YaroshevskyyUkraine710,000
Player Chips Progress
Sergio Aido es
Sergio Aido
2,147,000 87,000
Day 2 Chip Leader
Danny Tang hk
Danny Tang
1,593,000 -107,000
Hossein Ensan de
Hossein Ensan
1,130,000 280,000
WSOP 1X Winner
EPT 1X Winner
Ben Heath gb
Ben Heath
966,000 24,000
WSOP 1X Winner
Viliyan Petleshkov bg
Viliyan Petleshkov
939,000 -61,000
Preben Stokkan no
Preben Stokkan
778,000 252,000
Liwei Sun it
Liwei Sun
778,000 521,000
Guillaume Pau Davy fr
Guillaume Pau Davy
741,000 81,000
Igor Yaroshevskyy ua
Igor Yaroshevskyy
710,000 63,000
Kfir Ivgi gb
Kfir Ivgi
700,000 -5,000
JC Alvarado mx
JC Alvarado
692,000 3,000
Orpen Kisacikoglu tr
Orpen Kisacikoglu
619,000 -3,000
WSOP 1X Winner
David Peters us
David Peters
515,000 25,000
WSOP 2X Winner
Roman Emelyanov ru
Roman Emelyanov
446,000 -10,000
Day 1 Chip Leader
Tsugunari Toma jp
Tsugunari Toma
292,000 -58,000
Christopher Kruk ca
Christopher Kruk
186,000 -110,000

Kruk Pays Off Tang's Big Bet

Level 20 : 8,000/16,000, 2,000 ante

In a battle of the blinds, Christopher Kruk bet 25,000 on a {10-Spades}{4-Clubs}{2-Hearts} flop and Danny Tang check-raised to 76,000. Kruk peeled and both checked the {q-Diamonds}, bringing a {2-Spades}. Tang used a time extension then slid forward 243,000. Kruk flicked in a call after about 20 seconds.

Tang showed {10-Hearts}{10-Diamonds} for tens full. Kruk shook head repeatedly after mucking.

Player Chips Progress
Danny Tang hk
Danny Tang
1,700,000 450,000
Christopher Kruk ca
Christopher Kruk
296,000 -478,000

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Benjamin Chalot Eliminated in 18th Place (€26,800)

Level 20 : 8,000/16,000, 2,000 ante
Benjamin Chalot
Benjamin Chalot

Danny Tang was first to act and raised to 35,000. Big blind Benjamin Chalot called to see a flop heads up.

Chalot checked on {9-Spades}{K-Clubs}{4-Clubs} and saw Tang continuation bet for 29,000. Chalot check shoved for about 270,000 and Tang called.

Danny Tang: {K-Diamonds}{Q-Clubs}
Benjamin Chalot: {7-Clubs}{3-Clubs}

Chalot picked up some extra outs with the {5-Diamonds} on the turn but the {K-Spades} on the river wasn't one of the cards he was looking for and he exited in 18th place. The remaining 17 players are guaranteed €30,500 from here on out.

Player Chips Progress
Danny Tang hk
Danny Tang
1,250,000 370,000
Benjamin Chalot fr
Benjamin Chalot

Tags: Benjamin ChalotDanny Tang

Kisacikoglu Doubles Through Stokkan

Level 20 : 8,000/16,000, 2,000 ante
Orpen Kisacikoglu
Orpen Kisacikoglu

Orpen Kisacikoglu opened for 35,000 in the cutoff and tanked briefly before calling all in for 297,000 when Preben Stokkan jammed in the small blind.

Stokkan: {10-Spades}{10-Clubs}
Kisacikoglu: {a-Hearts}{q-Hearts}

The flip was a short one as Kisacikoglu flopped the nut flush on {4-Hearts}{k-Hearts}{5-Hearts} and locked it up with the {7-Clubs} turn.

Player Chips Progress
Orpen Kisacikoglu tr
Orpen Kisacikoglu
622,000 413,000
WSOP 1X Winner
Preben Stokkan no
Preben Stokkan
526,000 -149,000

Tags: Orpen KisacikogluPreben Stokkan