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$300,000 Super High Roller Bowl



$300,000 Super High Roller Bowl
Day 1 Completed

Timofey Kuznetsov Leads 35 Survivors After Day 1 of the 2016 Super High Roller Bowl

MartyDerby • Level 7: 2,000-4,000, 500 ante
Timofey Kuznetsov
Timofey Kuznetsov

A group of 49 of the wealthiest and best poker players on the planet descended upon the ARIA Resort & Casino in Las Vegas on Sunday afternoon for the opening day of the 2016 Super High Roller Bowl.

The $300,000 negative-rake event, featuring a $15,000,000 prize pool, kicked off just after 1 p.m. local time and it didn't take long before the first player fell.

Jason Mercier took a huge chunk out of Antonio Esfandiari's stack in the early part of the first level, and by the end of it, Esfandiari ran queens into 2015 Super High Roller Bowl champ Brian Rast's big slick. Rast spiked a king on the river, and before the first 75 minutes were up, Esfandiari was out.

Igor Kurganov was the next to go, calling off with top pair against a Dan Smith boat in Level 2, and before long, Isaac Haxton, Christoph Vogelsang, David Einhorn, Brandon Steven, and 2015 Super High Roller Bowl runner-up Scott Seiver joined them on the rail.

Others who busted in the latter half of the seven-level day included 2016 PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker $10,000 Main Event champion Talal Shakerchi, sports-betting sharp Haralabos Voulgaris, businessman John Morgan, and high roller regs Connor Drinan, Jason Les, and Sam Soverel.

Twitter beef foes Mercier and Doug Polk spent most of the day seated right beside one another, with Mercier building a big stack and Polk heading into the last level short. Eventually, Mercier was moved, and Polk joined the group on the outside looking in soon after.

2014 Big One For One Drop winner Daniel Colman, and that particular event's runner up, the one and only Daniel Negreanu, also had solid days, booking spots among the bigger stacks.

But this day truly belonged Russian Timofey "Trueteller" Kuznetsov, who finished fourth in this event last year, and is just two days removed from a $748,446 win in a $50,000 Super High Roller here at ARIA.

Kuznetsov bagged 1,129,500 and will lead the 35 players remaining when Day 2 kicks off just after 1 p.m. on Monday, with plans to play seven more levels.

Of course, the PokerNews Live Reporting team will be back at that time to provide live updates from start to finish and you are welcome to follow it all, right here in this space.

Tags: Antonio EsfandiariBrandon StevenBrian RastChristoph VogelsangConnor DrinanDan SmithDaniel ColmanDaniel NegreanuDavid EinhornDoug PolkHaralabos VoulgarisIgor KurganovIsaac HaxtonJason MercierJohn MorganSam SoverelScott SeiverTalal ShakerchiTimofey Kuznetsov

Day 2 Seat Draw and End-of-Day Chip Counts (full)

123md • Level 7: 2,000-4,000, 500 ante
TableSeatPlayerCountryChip Count
11Ben LambUSA504,500
 2Bobby BaldwinUSA126,000
 3Justin BonomoUSA544,000
 4Pratyush BuddigaUSA99,000
 5Daniel ColmanUSA666,500
 6Timofey KuznetsovRussia1,129,500
 7Dan SmithUSA289,000
21Dominik NitscheGermany136,500
 2Daniel NegreanuCanada653,500
 3Jake SchindlerUSA306,000
 4Vitaliy RizhkovUSA202,500
 5Stephen ChidwickUK156,500
 6Phil LaakUSA527,000
 7Bryn KenneyUSA519,000
31Andrew RoblUSA382,500
 2Matt BerkeyUSA745,500
 3Tom MarcheseUSA432.500
 4Nick PetrangeloUSA360,000
 5Tony GreggUSA342,500
 6Cary KatzUSA106,000
 7Kathy LehneUSA293,500
41Dan ShakUSA235,500
 2Rainer KempeGermany445,000
 3Brian RastUSA535,000
 4Ben TollereneUSA187,500
 5Erik SeidelUSA396,500
 6David PetersUSA522,500
 7Bill PerkinsUSA613,500
51Dan PerperUSA559,000
 2Fedor HolzGermany736,500
 3Keith GipsonUSA282,000
 4Phil HellmuthUSA403,000
 5Jason MercierUSA568,500
 6Byron KavermanUSA81,000
 7Phil GalfondUSA578,500
Timofey Kuznetsov ru
Timofey Kuznetsov
ru 1,129,500 139,500
Matt Berkey us
Matt Berkey
us 745,500 -144,500
Fedor Holz de
Fedor Holz
de 736,500 -3,500
Daniel Colman us
Daniel Colman
us 666,500 21,500
Daniel Negreanu ca
Daniel Negreanu
ca 653,500 -151,500
Bill Perkins us
Bill Perkins
us 613,500 193,500
Phil Galfond us
Phil Galfond
us 578,500 178,500
Jason Mercier us
Jason Mercier
us 568,500 8,500
Dan Perper US
Dan Perper
US 559,000 4,000
Justin Bonomo us
Justin Bonomo
us 544,000 74,000
Brian Rast us
Brian Rast
us 535,000 175,000
Phil Laak us
Phil Laak
us 527,000 -23,000
David Peters us
David Peters
us 522,500 97,500
Bryn Kenney us
Bryn Kenney
us 519,000 149,000
Ben Lamb us
Ben Lamb
us 504,500 194,500
Rainer Kempe de
Rainer Kempe
de 445,000 185,000
Tom Marchese us
Tom Marchese
us 432,500 -17,500
Phil Hellmuth us
Phil Hellmuth
us 403,000 33,000
Erik Seidel us
Erik Seidel
us 396,500 156,500
Andrew Robl us
Andrew Robl
us 382,500 52,500
Nick Petrangelo us
Nick Petrangelo
us 360,000 -85,000
Tony Gregg us
Tony Gregg
us 342,500 -37,500
Jake Schindler us
Jake Schindler
us 306,000 11,000
Kathy Lehne us
Kathy Lehne
us 293,500 153,500
Dan Smith us
Dan Smith
us 289,000 -91,000

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Doug Polk Eliminated by Andrew Robl

123md • Level 7: 2,000-4,000, 500 ante
Doug Polk - Eliminated
Doug Polk - Eliminated

In a battle of the blinds, Doug Polk was all in for about 75,000 with {K-Diamonds}{5-Clubs} from the small blind against Andrew Robl in the big blind with {A-Hearts}{2-Clubs}.

The flop fell {K-Spades}{6-Hearts}{5-Spades} to give Polk the lead with two pair. The turn was the {4-Hearts} and gave Robl a straight draw. The river was the {3-Diamonds}, giving Robl a six-high straight to eliminate Polk.

Andrew Robl us
Andrew Robl
us 330,000 50,000
Doug Polk us
Doug Polk
us Busted

Tags: Andrew RoblDoug Polk

Jason Les Eliminated; Dan Perper Triples Up

123md • Level 7: 2,000-4,000, 500 ante
Jason Les - Eliminated
Jason Les - Eliminated

Following a flop of {J-Hearts}{10-Spades}{8-Diamonds}, Jason Les checked from the small blind and Phil Hellmuth checked from the big blind. Dan Perper bet 15,000 from middle position, Les check-called, Hellmuth check-raised to 60,000, Perper reraised all in for 176,000, Les reraised all in for 184,000, and Hellmuth tanked for a bit before he called.

Les: {10-Diamonds}{10-Clubs}
Hellmuth: {9-Spades}{7-Hearts}
Perper: {Q-Hearts}{9-Hearts}

Perper led with a queen-high straight and held up through the {4-Diamonds} turn and {6-Hearts} river to triple up. In a small side spot, Les was eliminated by Hellmuth.

Dan Perper US
Dan Perper
US 555,000 400,000
Phil Hellmuth us
Phil Hellmuth
us 370,000 -210,000
Jason Les us
Jason Les
us Busted

Tags: Dan PerperJason LesPhil Hellmuth

Holz Guesses Queens

donpeters • Level 7: 2,000-4,000, 500 ante

From the cutoff seat, Fedor Holz raised to 10,000. Bill Perkins was on the button and reraised to 25,000. Play folded back to Holz, he called, and the dealer dealt the {K-Hearts}{4-Clubs}{3-Spades}. Both players checked, and the turn was the {7-Clubs}. Holz checked, Perkins bet 25,000, and Holz folded.

"Queens?" asked Holz.

"Damn!" responded Perkins right away. "You're good!"

Tags: Bill PerkinsFedor Holz

Lehne Doubles

donpeters • Level 7: 2,000-4,000, 500 ante

Dan Smith made it 10,000 to go, and when it folded to Kathy Lehne in the big blind, she bumped it to 35,000.

Smith pushed in, having Lenhe well covered, and she called off for her tournament life with the {10-Hearts}{10-Spades}.

Smith had the {9-Diamonds}{9-Spades}, and remained behind on a {k-Spades}{2-Spades}{8-Hearts}{a-Hearts}{j-Hearts} run out to hand Lenhe the double up.

Dan Smith us
Dan Smith
us 380,000 -70,000
Kathy Lehne us
Kathy Lehne
us 260,000 188,500

Tags: Dan SmithKathy Lehne


The "Poker Brat" Coming Out

donpeters • Level 6: 1,500-3,000, 500 ante
Phil Hellmuth
Phil Hellmuth

Phil Hellmuth is in peak "Poker Brat" form right now. He was recently seen verbally addressing Timofey Kuznetsov about the aggression Kuznetsov has been applying, with Hellmuth.

"You look young," Hellmuth said. "Like you're looking to make a name for yourself."

The table got a good laugh out of that, but Hellmuth didn't stop with the comments there. He continued with Kuznetsov for a bit before he turned his focus to a hand against Tom Marchese.

On the {J-Hearts}{2-Hearts}{2-Clubs} flop, Hellmuth checked to Marchese, who bet 7,000. Hellmuth called, and the turn was the {A-Hearts}. Both players checked, and the river was the {K-Spades}. Hellmuth checked, Marchese bet 21,000, and Hellmuth folded.

"Show me if you bluffed me," Hellmuth said to Marchese.

Marchese chuckled, but didn't show.

"I should've raised you on the flop," Hellmuth said. "But I figured you'd take another whack at it."

Timofey Kuznetsov ru
Timofey Kuznetsov
ru 1,050,000 -10,000
Phil Hellmuth us
Phil Hellmuth
us 465,000 55,000
Tom Marchese us
Tom Marchese
us 390,000 -125,000

Tags: Phil HellmuthTimofey KuznetsovTom Marchese