Day 3 Completed
Day 3 Completed
The 2018 Super High Roller Bowl is down to its final six runners in contention for the monstrous $5 million top prize, and none other than poker icon Daniel Negreanu remains in contention among the leaders.
It's essentially a three-way tie at the top with high roller superstar Mikita Badziakouski holding a slight lead toting 4,205,000 into the final day. Negreanu trails with 4 million and the player with a big lead on the 2018 money list, Justin Bonomo — $8,907,138 already — has 3,965,000.
Shorter stacks looking to overtake the leaders will be Jason Koon (1,185,000), Nick Petrangelo (600,000) and Christoph Vogelsang (445,000). Vogelsang advanced to his second straight SHRB final table after claiming victory last year for $6 million in a slightly larger field.
It's certainly an intimidating field, with nearly $120 million in combined tournament cashes. Going into deep-stacked play — nearly 40 minutes remain at 10,000/25,000/25,000 — with the likes of Bonomo and Badziakouski represents a challenge for even the most battle-hardened player. However, it's a moment for which Negreanu has spent months preparing.
"The structure being as deep as it is...I didn't work on short-stack play the entire three months of training," Negreanu told PokerNews. "All I worked on was 100 big blinds. I feel very confident that the preparation is going to pay off."
"Kid Poker" said he's experienced surprisingly smooth sailing considering the ultra-elite nature of the field.
"I really feel great about this tournament. I got off to a big chip lead early. I was able to hang on to those chips without having any real big adversity."
A few huge hands helped. Negreanu made at least two sets, hit trips and got lucky with a straight in select key pots. However, he also made a big calldown in a tough spot against Petrangelo in one of the more memorable hands of the day.
Petrangelo limped and called a big raise, flopping an open-ender and backdoor flush draw against Negreanu's top pair of aces with a backdoor flush draw and ten kicker. Petrangelo check-raised, barreled turn and then barreled river when a third spade hit the board.
Holding the ten of spades as his kicker and a blocker, Negreanu called the last barrel of 580,000.
"It's an interesting situation," he said. "It's a call where in 2004, if you would have said you called because you had the ten of spades, people would have said what kind of stupid logic is that?
"It was before the game evolved to where combinations of cards mattered in that people understood them. I basically had the best bluffcatcher I could, so if I fold that, what the hell am I doing?"
Badziakouski looked like he might bag a huge lead after a midday heater saw him far outdistance his competitors. He got lucky and flopped top set with eights against Bonomo's kings in a three-bet pot and earned a full double despite an ace appearing on the turn.
Then, he flopped top set again in a four-bet pot with aces against Chidwick, who flopped a combo draw and jammed the turn and bricked.
Badziakouski then had his own savage moment as he bluffed Chidwick off kings on the bubble after missing a straight draw and three-barreling off with third pair.
Chidwick did manage to sneak into the money as he busted seventh for $600,000, but that'll likely be small comfort to him after he had a massive stack early in Day 3. Seth Davies also got a little money, but only $90,000 in forfeited deposits for an eight-place finish. Steffen Sontheimer was the final player to bust and leave empty-handed.
As for Bonomo, he had a swingy day that included a massive sweat on the big bubble for the $600,000 payout. He got it in with ace-ten shoving over a Badziakouski open only to have Vogelsang wake up with kings. Bonomo flopped a ten and hit an ace on the river to survive, running his stack up again from there.
The tournament resumes at noon with a delayed stream to follow on PokerGO and updates synched with the stream here on PokerNews.
Play will resume with 39 minutes and 42 seconds remaining in this level of 10,000/25,000, and a 25,000 big blind ante.
The button will be on Jason Koon.
|Seat||Player||Country||Chip Count||Big Blinds|
|1||Justin Bonomo||United States||3,965,000||159|
|5||Nick Petrangelo||United States||600,000||24|
|6||Jason Koon||United States||1,185,000||47|
Down to crumbs, Stephen Chidwick posted the mandatory big blind ante along with his big blind.
When action folded around to Jason Koon in the small blind, he put Chidwick all-in for 235,000 effectively. Chidwick found a great hand to call with, the . Koon's were, however, very much live cards.
And it proved already in the window as a nine popped up, with the flop reading . The turn meant Chidwick was hoping for one of the three aces in the deck to stay afloat.
The dealer rolled over the river, officially ending Chidwick tournament run. The US Poker Open leaderboard winner took home $600,000 for his efforts.
With the official final table set, the action was halted for the day end the final six players bagged their belongings.
In a big blind-versus-button spot, big stacks Mikita Badziakouski and Justin Bonomo tangled on a flop of . They both had a hand suited in clubs but Badziakouski's caught the better of the flop than Bonomo's . However, it was Bonomo who bet 125,000 in position and Badziakouski called.
The turn gave Badziakouski two pair but Bonomo checked back this time.
Badziakouski took the betting lead on the river, blasting 575,000. Bonomo had to make an easy decision and quickly sent his cards to the muck.
Another four-way pot emerged as Mikita Badziakouski raised the lowjack to 65,000, getting calls from Daniel Negreanu (hijack), Nick Petrangelo (cutoff) and Jason Koon (button).
The was nearly perfect for Negreanu as he had while two of his opponents' hands included an ace. Negreanu himself fired 75,000 and only Petrangelo with and Badziakouski with called.
The turned ceased fire as all three players tapped but the river was another fantastic card for Negreanu, who got filled up with a boat.
He went for a small bet of 150,000 and Petrangelo called. Badziakouski had trips but figured out that he'd lose the pot with his bad kicker and escaped.
Justin Bonomo opened under the gun with , earning three calls; from Mikita Badziakouski, Nick Petrangelo and Jason Koon.
Four-way to the flop, it was checked to Badziakouski who bet 75,000 in hijack after hitting the middle set with . Petrangelo called with while the remaining two players folded.
Badziakouski priced the turn to 240,000 and Petrangelo gave up.
Stephen Chidwick found under the gun and he made it 50,000 to go. Mikita Badziakouski peeled and three-bet to 130,000.
Chidwick started the hand with just over 20 big blinds and he tried to trick his hand, just calling.
Unfortunately for him, the put Badziakouski ahead. The round was, however, checked and Chidwick saw the turn for free.
Badziakouski fired a delayed cbet and Chidwick called the offered 80,000 before they both checked the river.
Small blind Mikita Badziakouski called and Daniel Negreanu checked in big blind.
Negreanu connected better to the flop, spiking a wheel draw with . He bet 25,000 in position but Badziakouski check-raised to 100,000. Negreanu called.
The landed on the turn and Badziakouski now had a flush draw with . He fired 225,000 and Negreanu finally backed off.
Photo courtesy of Drew Amato / Poker Central
|Table||Seat||Player||Country||Chip Count||Big Blinds|
|Main Stage||1||Justin Bonomo||USA||4,095,000||164|
|Main Stage||2||Christoph Vogelsang||Germany||555,000||22|
|Main Stage||3||Mikita Badziakouski||Belarus||3,400,000||136|
|Main Stage||4||Daniel Negreanu||Canada||3,395,000||136|
|Main Stage||5||Nick Petrangelo||USA||1,285,000||51|
|Main Stage||6||Jason Koon||USA||1,140,000||46|
|Main Stage||7||Stephen Chidwick||UK||530,000||21|