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Event #6: High Roller for One Drop - $111,111 No-Limit Hold'em



Event #6: High Roller for One Drop - $111,111 No-Limit Hold'em
Day 3 Completed

Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier Holds a Commanding Chip Lead as Day 3 Concludes

123md • Level 19: 60,000-120,000, 20,000 ante
Bertrand Grospellier
Bertrand Grospellier

Day 3 of Event #6: High Roller for One Drop - $111,111 No-Limit Hold'em began with 23 players remaining from the starting field of 130 entries. After more than four levels of play, only nine players remain in hopes of capturing the first-place prize of $3,686,865 and a prestigious World Series of Poker bracelet.

Only 20 players made the money, and it was Dan Shak who was the unfortunate bubble boy. He committed his short stack with ace-jack against the jack-five held by Scott Seiver, but running straight cards delivered a devastating beat to Shak and sent the remaining players into the money. Among those who busted afterward were Big One for One Drop Champions Dan Colman and Antonio Esfandiari.

Unable to gain any traction before the money was reached, Colman steadily dropped down the leaderboard before committing his remaining 11 big blinds with pocket deuces. Chris Moore looked him up with ace-jack, and a jack on the flop sent the 2014 Big One for One Drop Champion to the rail in 16th place. Esfandiari made an ill-timed move with a jack-high flush draw and ran into Rainer Kempe's aces and ace-high flush draw, ending the 2012 Big One for One Drop Champion's tournament in 11th place.

Down to 10 players, 14-time bracelet winner Phil Hellmuth and Haralabos Voulgaris exchanged turns as the short stack. Ultimately, it was Hellmuth who bowed out in 10th place and bubbled the unofficial final table. Hellmuth committed his final five big blinds with ace-four, but 2014 Main Event Champion Martin Jacobson woke up with ace-king and ended Hellmuth's bid for a third One Drop final table.

Jacobson will begin the final table second in chips, but well out in front with the chip lead is Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier. Grospellier began the day as the chip leader and quickly extended his lead when the money was reached, eliminating Igor Kurganov, Charlie Carrel, and Seiver to reach the 17-million-chip mark. He dipped slightly below that mark by the time play ended, but commands a sizable chip lead for Monday's action.

Here is the table and seat assignments for the unofficial final table of nine players:

SeatPlayerCountryChip CountBig Blinds
1Dario SammartinoItaly7,975,00050
2Bertrand GrospellierFrance16,825,000105
3Rainer KempeGermany5,760,00036
4Andrew RoblUnited States6,670,00041
5Doug PolkUnited States6,090,00038
6Haralabos VoulgarisCanada2,865,00018
7Michael KamranUnited States3,470,00021
8Chris MooreUnited States7,600,00047
9Martin JacobsonSweden8,890,00055

Play resumes at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, so be sure to keep it here as we provide hand-for-hand action as the quest to crown the newest One Drop Champion concludes.

Tags: Andrew RoblAntonio EsfandiariBertrand GrospellierDan ColmanDan ShakPhil HellmuthRainer KempeScott Seiver

Phil Hellmuth Eliminated in 10th Place ($312,006)

Webjoker • Level 19: 60,000-120,000, 20,000 ante
Phil Hellmuth
Phil Hellmuth

At a five-handed table, Dario Sammartino was first to act and raised to 360,000. His neighbor, 14-time bracelet winner and two-time One Drop final tablist Phil Hellmuth, shoved for 785,000. Martin Jacobson, on the button, min-raised to 1,210,000. Both blinds folded, and so did Sammartino.

Phil Hellmuth: {A-Hearts}{4-Spades}
Martin Jacobson: {A-Clubs}{K-Hearts}

"Nice hand," Hellmuth said gracefully.

The board ran out {A-Diamonds}{6-Spades}{J-Spades}{8-Hearts}{7-Hearts}, and Hellmuth said, "Good game!"

After finishing fourth for $2,645,333 in 2012 and sixth in 2015 for $696,821, it's now a 10th-place finish for the "Poker Brat". It earns him $312,006 this time.

The nine remaining players are bagging and tagging for the night and will return to the felt tomorrow, all guaranteed $312,006 as they'll battle for the $3,686,865 first-place prize.

Martin Jacobson se
Martin Jacobson
se 8,890,000 1,440,000
Phil Hellmuth us
Phil Hellmuth
us Busted

Tags: Dario SammartinoMartin JacobsonPhil Hellmuth

Andrew Robl vs. Dario Sammartino

Mateusz_Pater • Level 19: 60,000-120,000, 20,000 ante

Andrew Robl raised to 320,000 from under the gun and was called by Dario Sammartino on the button.

The flop came {2-Diamonds}{6-Diamonds}{8-Clubs}, and Robl checked. Sammartino slid out 350,000. Robl called.

Both players checked the {3-Spades} on the turn before the {4-Spades} river completed the board.

Robl went into the tank for over a minute before checking. Sammartino didnt take as long but also checked.

Robl flipped over {4-Hearts}{4-Diamonds} for a set of fours on the river, which was enough to take down the pot after Sammartino mucked his hand.

Dario Sammartino it
Dario Sammartino
it 8,350,000 -750,000
Andrew Robl us
Andrew Robl
us 5,350,000 -150,000

Tags: Andrew RoblDario Sammartino

Voulgaris Shoves on Kempe Twice

123md • Level 19: 60,000-120,000, 20,000 ante

Rainer Kempe raised to 340,000 from the button, Haralabos Voulgaris reraised all in from the small blind for roughly 1,600,000, and Kempe folded.

Two hands later, Kempe raised to 340,000 from under the gun, and Voulgaris reraised all in for about 2,100,000 from the cutoff. Kempe folded again, giving Voulgaris the pot.

Rainer Kempe de
Rainer Kempe
de 6,000,000 -500,000
Haralabos Voulgaris ca
Haralabos Voulgaris
ca 2,600,000 700,000

Tags: Haralabos VoulgarisRainer Kempe

Doug Polk Doubles Through Rainer Kempe

123md • Level 19: 60,000-120,000, 20,000 ante

Doug Polk raised to about 360,000 from the button, Rainer Kempe reraised all in from the small blind, Haralabos Voulgaris tanked for about two minutes from the big blind before he folded, and Polk instantly called all in for 2,835,000.

Polk: {Q-Clubs}{Q-Diamonds}
Kempe: {A-Hearts}{3-Spades}

The board came down {10-Diamonds}{9-Spades}{4-Hearts}{4-Spades}{Q-Hearts}, giving Polk queens full of fours to double through Kempe.

Rainer Kempe de
Rainer Kempe
de 6,500,000 -2,800,000
Doug Polk us
Doug Polk
us 5,890,000 2,790,000

Tags: Doug PolkHaralabos VoulgarisRainer Kempe

Antonio Esfandiari Eliminated in 11th Place ($257,072)

123md • Level 19: 60,000-120,000, 20,000 ante
Antonio Esfandiari
Antonio Esfandiari

Antonio Esfandiari raised to 400,000 from the button, Chris Moore three-bet to 1,050,000 from the small blind, and Esfandiari tanked for about two minutes before he folded.

The following hand, Esfandiari opened to 375,000 from the cutoff, and Rainer Kempe three-bet to 950,000 from the big blind. Esfandiari called, and the flop came down {8-Clubs}{4-Clubs}{3-Clubs}.

Kempe bet 450,000, Esfandiari raised to 1,700,000, Kempe reraised all in, and Esfandiari called all in for about 3,500,000.

Kempe: {A-Clubs}{A-Hearts}
Esfandiari: {A-Spades}{J-Clubs}

The turn was the {5-Diamonds}, giving Esfandiari a few outs to chop. However, the river was the {Q-Clubs}, and Esfandiari was eliminated in 11th place.

Rainer Kempe de
Rainer Kempe
de 9,300,000 3,600,000
Antonio Esfandiari us
Antonio Esfandiari
us Busted

Tags: Antonio EsfandiariRainer Kempe

Byron Kaverman Eliminated in 12th Place ($257,072)

Webjoker • Level 19: 60,000-120,000, 20,000 ante
Byron Kaverman
Byron Kaverman

Byron Kaverman was first to act and shoved for 1.5 million total. On the button, Michael Kamran asked for a count and shoved over the top. Small blind Dario Sammartino and big blind Phil Hellmuth were both quick to fold.

Byron Kaverman: {K-Spades}{Q-Hearts}
Michael Kamran: {A-Clubs}{K-Diamonds}

The board ran out an uneventful {3-Spades}{5-Diamonds}{2-Spades}{8-Hearts}{6-Clubs}, and Kaverman said his goodbyes.

After his 12th-place finish in 2015, Kaverman matches it in 12th place once again. Two years ago, he took home $332,593; he'll receive $257,072 this time.

Mike Kamran US
Mike Kamran
US 4,300,000 1,550,000
Byron Kaverman us
Byron Kaverman
us Busted

Tags: Byron KavermanMichael Kamran

Hellmuth Triples With Queens

Webjoker • Level 19: 60,000-120,000, 20,000 ante

Action folded to Phil Hellmuth in the cutoff, and the 14-time bracelet winner shoved for 655,000. Byron Kaverman on the button and Andrew Robl in the big blind both called.

Robl and Kaverman checked down the board of {4-Clubs}{7-Spades}{8-Spades} {2-Hearts} {9-Hearts}, and Hellmuth instantly announced he had queens, knowing he was good.

Phil Hellmuth: {Q-Diamonds}{Q-Spades}
Byron Kaverman: {K-Hearts}{J-Diamonds}
Andrew Robl: {K-Diamonds}{10-Diamonds}

Hellmuth tripled, Kaverman now short.

Andrew Robl us
Andrew Robl
us 5,500,000 -500,000
Phil Hellmuth us
Phil Hellmuth
us 2,165,000 1,510,000
Byron Kaverman us
Byron Kaverman
us 1,520,000 -780,000

Tags: Andrew RoblByron KavermanPhil Hellmuth