Day 2 Completed
Day 2 Completed
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.
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.
|1||2||Kfir Ivgi||United Kingdom||700,000|
|1||4||David Peters||United States||515,000|
|2||2||Guillaume Pau Davy||France||741,000|
|2||3||Ben Heath||United Kingdom||966,000|
|2||6||Danny Tang||Hong Kong||1,593,000|
Mikalai Vaskaboinikau shoved all in for 290,000 and got action from small blind Kfir Ivgi.
The board ran out , no help to Vaskaboinikau. Players are redrawing for the final 16 seats.
Liwei Sun checked a flop in a battle of blinds, calling the 26,000 bet from David Peters. Sun check-called 63,000 on the turn and checked river. Peters moved all in after using most of his timer and Sun folded fairly quickly.
In a battle of the blinds, Christopher Kruk bet 25,000 on a flop and Danny Tang check-raised to 76,000. Kruk peeled and both checked the , bringing a . Tang used a time extension then slid forward 243,000. Kruk flicked in a call after about 20 seconds.
Tang showed for tens full. Kruk shook head repeatedly after mucking.
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 and saw Tang continuation bet for 29,000. Chalot check shoved for about 270,000 and Tang called.
Chalot picked up some extra outs with the on the turn but the 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.
Kfir Ivgi raised to 40,000 in the cutoff and got action from Guillaume Pau Davy on the button. Ivgi barreled down the runout, betting 45,000 then 65,000 then 100,000. Davy called him down and Ivgi shook his head and showed , losing to .
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.
The flip was a short one as Kisacikoglu flopped the nut flush on and locked it up with the turn.
Xiaoyang Luo shoved his last 102,000 in under the gun and got called by Sergio Aido. Luo had and could not outdraw the of Aido.