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Event #4: £10,350 No-Limit Hold'em High Roller Heads-Up

Event Info

Players 103

Level Info

Level 17
Blinds 1,500 / 3,000
Ante 0

Tomorrow's Draw


Here are the next pairs facing off tomorrow at the Empire:

Howard Lederer vs. Shawn Buchanan
Ilari Sahamies vs. Huck Seed
Martin Kabrhel vs. Matt Jarvis
Jim Collopy vs. Scott Fischman
Sondre Svanevik vs. Daniel Steinberg
Kevin Eyster vs. Ludovic Lacay
Justin Adams vs. Marius Torbergsen
Ram Vaswani vs. Yevgeniy Timoshenko
Amit Makhija vs. McLean Karr
Neil Channing vs. Chris Moorman
Jani Sointula vs. Phil Ivey
Mark Everett vs. Gus Hansen
Mori Eskandani vs. Andrew Feldman
Saar Wilf vs. Talal Shakerchi
Andrew Robl vs. Touko Takala
Chance Kornuth vs. Daniel Negreanu

Day 2 Survivors

Justin Adams us 120,000
Neil Channing gb 120,000
Mark Everett 120,000
Jani Sointula fi 120,000
Ludovic Lacay fr 120,000
Andrew Feldman gb 120,000
Talal Shakerchi gb 120,000
Marius Skoglund Torbergsen 120,000
Kevin Eyster us 120,000
Daniel Negreanu ca 120,000
Huck Seed us 120,000
Sondre Svanevik 120,000
Gus Hansen dk 120,000
McLean Karr us 120,000
Yevgeniy Timoshenko ua 120,000
Ilari Sahamies fi 120,000
Matthew Jarvis 120,000
Chris Moorman gb 120,000
Howard Lederer us 120,000
Daniel Steinberg 120,000
Saar Wilf il 120,000 120,000
Ram Vaswani gb 120,000
Amit Makhija us 120,000
Jim Collopy us 120,000
Mori Eskandani 120,000

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32 Remain


It's been a high-speed two rounds of heads-up hold'em in the Empire, and from 103 hopefuls we are down to just 32.

Some lucky folks arrived to discover that their scheduled opponent was the elusive "BYE" - among those who progressed straight to Round 2 were Chris Ferguson, Howard Lederer and John Juanda - of those three, though, only Lederer progressed to Day 2.

Tom "durrrr" Dwan, Michael Mizrachi and Phil Hellmuth were among the other big names who won't be seeing their £10,000 again. Among the famous faces who did get through their one or two matches and will be looking to turn their £10,000 into £288,409, though, are Phil Ivey, Daniel Negreanu and Neil Channing.

Only 16 places pay out, meaning that half the remaining field will have to return tomorrow only to leave with nothing. The stacks are going to be bigger, and the blind levels longer, at 30 minutes. Tomorrow we'll also be playing three rounds instead of the two we played today, meaning that we're in for a late one - but it's shaping up to be a very interesting tournament so far.

Join us back here from 3pm local time when we'll be playing down to a semi-final.

It's All Over - Ziigmund Wins Final Match

Mike Matusow - two longest matches
Mike Matusow - two longest matches

After yet again fighting through the longest match of the session, Mike Matusow finally succumbed to the top pair of Ilari Sahamies to bring our second day of heads-up action to a close. Sahamies bet 6,300 on the {7-Clubs} {J-Diamonds} {A-Clubs} flop, called by Matusow. On the {5-Diamonds} turn Matusow immediately tipped his remaining stack over the line. It was called quickly, and Sahamies now having gained a very slight chip lead now found his {A-Diamonds} {J-Hearts} on the brink of winning him the match.

"Pair and a flush draw," said Matusow, and that's what he showed: {Q-Diamonds} {7-Diamonds}. "Diamond or a seven..."

But the river was the {10-Spades} and after a quick countdown Matusow drifted towards one group of friends on the rail while Sahamies drifted towards another, to return tomorrow.

Tags: Ilari SahamiesMike Matusow

Back to Even

Mike Matusow - still here as everyone packs up around us
Mike Matusow - still here as everyone packs up around us

Sahamies had actually evened the stacks when he check-called 2,400 from Mike Matusow on the {k-Hearts}{9-Spades}{8-Spades} flop. He checked the {k-Diamonds} turn as well and this time Matusow bet 4,100. Sahamies finally folded, and the chip lead (slight though it was) returned to Matusow.

We could still be here for a while...

Tags: Mike MatusowIlari Sahamies


River Rolls in a Double for Sahamies


Ilari Sahamies was just saved on the river when his out-kicked {K-Spades} {6-Diamonds} was a whisker away from sending him to the rail courtesy of Mike Matusow's {K-Diamonds} {9-Spades}. On the turn there was some out-of-seat expectancy: {3-Diamonds} {4-Clubs} {A-Spades} {5-Hearts}... and the river was the {6-Spades}. Only a brief flicker of frustration for Matusow who just doubled him to 46,000 and carried on.

Meanwhile Ziigmund continues to have what looks like a forehead-only massage which seems pretty robust - his face and scalp resemblings at times a sphinx cat.

Tags: Ilari SahamiesMike Matusow

Max Flushed Away

Gus Hansen
Gus Hansen

Gus Hansen has finally ended his relatively long match against Max Steinberg on a positive note. All the chips went in pre-flop with Steinberg at risk with the shorter stack of 37,300. Showdown:

Hansen: {k-Spades}{10-Spades}
Steinberg: {k-Clubs}{j-Clubs}

The board ran {8-Spades}{7-Diamonds}{q-Spades}{j-Spades}{4-Spades}. It was all over by the turn with Hansen making a flush to advance to round three tomorrow.

Tags: Gus HansenMax Steinburg

Matusow - Last Man Standing, Again


With the demise of Will Failla to Yevgeniy Timoshenko, we are down to just one table upstairs - and just like in Round 1, it's Mike Matusow who's holding up proceedings, as it were. He's done a fone job of whittling down Ilari Sahamies' stack, but they're still going, Matusow holding around 95,000 to Sahamies' 25,000. With the chips thus distributed, there's going to have a showdown soon - although one double up for Sahamies and we could be here all night.

Please stand by.

Tags: Mike MatusowIlari Sahamies