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NAPT PCA Bounty Shootout

  • Jan 13, '11 - Jan 16, '11
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Updates on Final Day (Jan 16, 11)

 
 

2011 PCA $25K High Roller: Day 3, level 23 updates (15,000-30,000, 3,000 ante)

PCA-2010-thumbnail.jpg2:54pm: Chip leaders tangling


With seven players remaining, Leo Fernandez and Max Lykov sit atop the leaderboard. They have apparently decided there is no such thing as Team Pro or chip lead respect to be observed. Just now, Fernandez came in for a raise to 80,000 and Lykov called. On a KDiamond Suit3Club Suit3Spade Suit flop, Fernandez made it 104,000 and Lykov called. The turn was the 7Spade Suit. Fernandez didn’t shrink and led out for 210,000. This time, Lykov relented and sent the pot over to his fellow Team Pro. —BW

2.50pm: Marafioti busts


Matt Marafioti is out in seventh place, dispatched by Team PokerStars Pro Leo Fernandez.

Fernandez opened for 80,000 in middle position before Marafioti raised all-in from the button, saying . The blinds folded leaving Fernandez with the decision. He called showing 8Diamond Suit8Heart Suit to Marafioti’s AClub SuitQSpade Suit for a classic race.

The board ran 5Heart Suit7Club Suit2Club Suit6Club Suit7Diamond Suit sending Marafioti to the rail, earning $166,480. – SB

2.40pm: Metaal bites into Fernandez


It was folded around to Govert Metaal on the button and he raised it up to 63,000. William Molson gave up his small blind but Leo Fernandez, our chip leader, called to defend his big blind. Both checked the [10c]KDiamond Suit[10h] flop, and also the 6Spade Suit turn. On the QDiamond Suit river Fernandez seemed to have given up and checked once more, then folded when Metaal bet 101,000. — SY

2:33pm: Jason Mercier eliminated


With play folded around to the blinds, Jason Mercier moved all-in from the small blind for 330,000. Govert Metaal called in the big blind with pocket sevens. Mercier turned up QClub Suit6Spade Suit. He failed to catch a queen and was gone in eighth place for $129,480. As he left, Mercier asked David Baker, “Do you ship there?” After Baker confirmed the size of Mercier stack, he announced, “Yes.” So, Mercier has that going for him…which is nice. —BW

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2.30pm: De Vries out in ninth


Shander de Vries becomes out ninth place finisher, making way for our official final table of eight.

He moved all-in on the small blind with 610,000 which was called by Eric Seidel in the big blind.

De Vries KSpade Suit8Spade Suit


Seidel KHeart SuitQHeart Suit

The board ran 2Club Suit3Club Suit6Spade Suit2Heart Suit10Spade Suit to send the chips to Seidel and left De Cries almost out.

“You have like two chips left,” said Jason Mercier helpfully. He was wrong. De Vries had six chips left, yellow ones worth 6,000, half of which would go on the ante on the next hand, the other half to go all-in with 7Diamond Suit4Diamond Suit. Govert Metaal called with KHeart SuitJHeart Suit and flopped trips.

De Vries out in ninth place, earning $110,985. – SB

2.25pm: How they sit


As they begin nine-handed play on the last table, here’s how they sit:

Seat 1: David Baker, 560,000


Seat 2: Jason Mercier, 324,000


Seat 3: Govert Metaal, 755,000


Seat 4: William Molson, 645,000


Seat 5: Leo Fernandez, 2,050,000


Seat 6: Max Lykov, 1,548,000


Seat 7: Matt Mariofioti, 355,000


Seat 8: Shander de Vries, 654,000


Seat 9: Erik Seidel, 625,000

Here’s how they look… — SY

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2.15pm: Back again


That’s the end of the break and players are settling back in their seats. Just one table is left, but the basic math of this thing is that our nine remaining players need to be whittled down to eight, and then we can start the final table proper.

Team PokerStars Pro Leo Fernandez is our current chip leader with 2,050,000. But there’s a long way to go before he can start dreaming about the $1,072,850 first prize.

This is level 23, and blinds are now 15,000-30,000 with a 3,000 ante. — SY

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Leo Fernandez

PokerStars Blog reporting team (in order of current feeling of being unloved)Simon Young, Brad Willis and Stephen Bartley (all in equal measure)



This EPT is brought to you by PokerStars, the official sponsor of the European Poker Tour. Win your way into the biggest events Europe has to offer at Europe.

 

2011 PCA $25K High Roller: Day 3, level 23 & 24 updates (20,000-40,000, 4,000 ante)

PCA-2010-thumbnail.jpg3:51pm: Lykov nips into Fernandez’s stack


After play folded to Leo Fernandez in the small blind, he made it 120,000 to play. Max Lykov called in the big blind and they saw a flop of 2Heart SuitJDiamond Suit3Heart Suit. Both players checked to the AHeart Suit on the turn. Fernandez check-called a 130,000 bet. When the river came as the 6Diamond Suit, Fernandez checked, and Lykov pushed out a stack. Fernandez looked up at the dealer and asked, “How much?”

“Two ninety-five,” the dealer replied.

“I call,” said Fernandez.

The problem was this: the bet was actually 395,000. After the floor came over, the bet was re-stated and Fernandez still called. Lykov showed him KHeart Suit7Heart Suit for second nuts and the win. —BW

3.40pm: All quiet


A quiet spell, all things considered. There are still the all-ins we’ve seen since the start it’s just no one is calling them.

Will Molson is doing the shoving. He’s the short stack and pushed first for 764,000 and then a few hands later with 571,000. Neither time did a caller step forward.

Leo Fernandez also shoved. He did it behind a button raise by Govert Metaal. The Dutchman folded leaving Fernandez just short of 3,000,000 chips. — SB

3.27pm: Every little helps


Erik Seidel has inched up to 1,560,000 after taking two small pots. First William Molson bet 60,000 and Seidel call from the big blind to see a 9Diamond Suit[10d]8Heart Suit flop. The turn was a dangerous 6Diamond Suit and Seidel bet out 60,000. Molson gave it a bit of thought but mucked.

Next hand Seidel opened from the small blind for 95,000 and Govert Metaal defended his big blind. On the 7Diamond Suit9Club Suit7Diamond Suit flop Seidel made a continuation bet of 115,000 and Metaal folded sharpish. — SY

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Erik Seidel

3:22pm: Level up


The five remaining players have just moved up to 20,000-40,000-4,000 blinds.—BW

3:18pm: Seidel puts Lykov in his place


Just because Erik Seidel is from the old school doesn’t mean he can’t throw down with the young’uns. Witness his recent confrontation with Max Lykov. The Russian Team Pro came in for a min-raise to 60,000 and faced a quick three-bet from Seidel to 140,000. Lykov wasted little time before making the bet 262,000. This time Seidel just called. On a flop of KSpade Suit5Spade Suit3Heart Suit, Lykov checked, then folded to a 250,000 bet from Seidel. —BW

3.12pm: Bye bye Baker


David Baker is the latest player to be eliminated, sent to the rail by Leo Fernandez.


Baker moved all-in from early position for just short of 500,000 chips. The action was folded to Fernandez in the small blind. He checked his cards, protected them and waited for the count to be confirmed. Then he raised all-in making it a heads-up showdown.

Fernandez AClub SuitQHeart Suit


Baker 4Spade Suit4Diamond Suit

The board ran 3Diamond SuitKHeart SuitJSpade SuitQClub SuitJDiamond Suit to send Baker to the rail in sixth place, earning $203,475. – SB

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David Baker, busto

3.06pm: Shoving


A little lull, peppered only by pre-flop raises and takes, is broken by William Molson moving all-in from under the gun for 503,000. Max Lykov looked semi-interested, but folded like everyone else. — SY

3:02pm: That didn’t take long


Within minutes of busting out of the $25,000 High Roller in eighth place, Jason Mercier was registered for and sitting in the last 2011 PCA event, a—get this—$10,000 turbo tourney. Why not, right?—BW

2:54pm: Chip leaders tangling


With seven players remaining, Leo Fernandez and Max Lykov sit atop the leaderboard. They have apparently decided there is no such thing as Team Pro or chip lead respect to be observed. Just now, Fernandez came in for a raise to 80,000 and Lykov called. On a KDiamond Suit3Club Suit3Spade Suit flop, Fernandez made it 104,000 and Lykov called. The turn was the 7Spade Suit. Fernandez didn’t shrink and led out for 210,000. This time, Lykov relented and sent the pot over to his fellow Team Pro. —BW

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2.50pm: Marafioti busts


Matt Marafioti is out in seventh place, dispatched by Team PokerStars Pro Leo Fernandez.

Fernandez opened for 80,000 in middle position before Marafioti raised all-in from the button, saying . The blinds folded leaving Fernandez with the decision. He called showing 8Diamond Suit8Heart Suit to Marafioti’s AClub SuitQSpade Suit for a classic race.

The board ran 5Heart Suit7Club Suit2Club Suit6Club Suit7Diamond Suit sending Marafioti to the rail, earning $166,480. – SB

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Matt Marafioti

2.40pm: Metaal bites into Fernandez


It was folded around to Govert Metaal on the button and he raised it up to 63,000. William Molson gave up his small blind but Leo Fernandez, our chip leader, called to defend his big blind. Both checked the [10c]KDiamond Suit[10h] flop, and also the 6Spade Suit turn. On the QDiamond Suit river Fernandez seemed to have given up and checked once more, then folded when Metaal bet 101,000. — SY

2:33pm: Jason Mercier eliminated


With play folded around to the blinds, Jason Mercier moved all-in from the small blind for 330,000. Govert Metaal called in the big blind with pocket sevens. Mercier turned up QClub Suit6Spade Suit. He failed to catch a queen and was gone in eighth place for $129,480. As he left, Mercier asked David Baker, “Do you ship there?” After Baker confirmed the size of Mercier stack, he announced, “Yes.” So, Mercier has that going for him…which is nice. —BW

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2.30pm: De Vries out in ninth


Shander de Vries becomes out ninth place finisher, making way for our official final table of eight.

He moved all-in on the small blind with 610,000 which was called by Eric Seidel in the big blind.

De Vries KSpade Suit8Spade Suit


Seidel KHeart SuitQHeart Suit

The board ran 2Club Suit3Club Suit6Spade Suit2Heart Suit10Spade Suit to send the chips to Seidel and left De Cries almost out.

“You have like two chips left,” said Jason Mercier helpfully. He was wrong. De Vries had six chips left, yellow ones worth 6,000, half of which would go on the ante on the next hand, the other half to go all-in with 7Diamond Suit4Diamond Suit. Govert Metaal called with KHeart SuitJHeart Suit and flopped trips.

De Vries out in ninth place, earning $110,985. – SB

2.25pm: How they sit


As they begin nine-handed play on the last table, here’s how they sit:

Seat 1: David Baker, 560,000


Seat 2: Jason Mercier, 324,000


Seat 3: Govert Metaal, 755,000


Seat 4: William Molson, 645,000


Seat 5: Leo Fernandez, 2,050,000


Seat 6: Max Lykov, 1,548,000


Seat 7: Matt Mariofioti, 355,000


Seat 8: Shander de Vries, 654,000


Seat 9: Erik Seidel, 625,000

Here’s how they look… — SY

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2.15pm: Back again


That’s the end of the break and players are settling back in their seats. Just one table is left, but the basic math of this thing is that our nine remaining players need to be whittled down to eight, and then we can start the final table proper.

Team PokerStars Pro Leo Fernandez is our current chip leader with 2,050,000. But there’s a long way to go before he can start dreaming about the $1,072,850 first prize.

This is level 23, and blinds are now 15,000-30,000 with a 3,000 ante. — SY

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Leo Fernandez

PokerStars Blog reporting team (in order of current feeling of being unloved): Simon Young, Brad Willis and Stephen Bartley (all in equal measure)



This EPT is brought to you by PokerStars, the official sponsor of the European Poker Tour. Win your way into the biggest events Europe has to offer at Europe.

 

2011 PCA $25K High Roller: Day 3, level 23, 24 & 25 updates (25,000-50,000, 5,000 ante)

PCA-2010-thumbnail.jpg4.53pm: Lykov wins, loses


The first hand of four-handed play saw Max Lykov raise and take the blinds and antes. Next hand Erik Seidel limped and everyone folded while Lykov checked his option in the big blind. Both checked the 7Club SuitJDiamond Suit5Spade Suit flop, then Lykov bet 125,000 on the [kh[ turn. Call. On the KDiamond Suit river it was Seidel who bet out, picking up the pot. — SY

4:45pm: Metaal gone in fifth


After being crippled, tripling up, then doubling up again, Dutchman Govert Metaal has gone bust. He shoved it in with AHeart Suit3Diamond Suit. Will Molson over-shoved with pocket jacks. Metaal was dead on the flop when Molson flopped quads. Metaal earns $240,470 for his efforts. —BW

4.36pm: Cards in the air again


Blinds are now up to 25,000-50,000 with a 5,000 ante. — SY

4.30pm: Team PokerStars Pro news


Some happy news from the side events, where Team PokerStars Pro Victor Ramdin has just shipped the $1,500 No Limit Hold’em event for $49,000. He was up against Kevin O’Donnell heads-up and took it down when he flopped the nuts with 4Diamond Suit5Diamond Suit on 2-3-6 flop. — SY

4.25pm: Break


That’s the end of the level. There is now a 15-minute break while the 1,000 chips are colored up. — SY

4.22pm: Pedal to the Metaal


Two hands to keep Govert Metaal alive in the High Roller final. The first involved Metaal moving all-in from under-the-gun for 207,000 with AClub Suit3Diamond Suit. He was called by Will Molson next to him who showed ADiamond Suit5Diamond Suit but the board of 7Club Suit9Diamond SuitASpade Suit7Heart Suit6Club Suit ended with a split pot.

On the next hand Eric Seidel opened for 270,000 in the small blind which Metaal called in the big blind, turning over QDiamond Suit10Diamond Suit to Seidel’s KDiamond SuitQSpade Suit.

It looked to be over for Metaal on a board of AClub SuitJClub Suit7Club Suit3Diamond Suit until the river card KHeart Suit gave him the straight. Metaal back up to 500,000 chips. – SB

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Happier now: Govert Metaal

4.18pm: Full Metaal Jacket


Just when he needed it most, Govert Metaal come out all guns blazing for a triple up. He was only on 65,000, I grant you, but a triple up is a triple up.

After being crippled in the hand described below, it was folded around to the Dutchman on the button and he moved all-in. Will Molson liked his hand and re-raised to 120,000 from the small blind, only for Leo Fernandez to raise again – all in, covering Molson. Molson looked disgusted and mucked.

Fernandez: 4Club Suit4Heart Suit


Molson: QSpade Suit[10h]

The flop was kind to Metaal, coming QClub Suit8Club Suit5Spade Suit, the turn was 2Spade Suit and the QHeart Suit river made him trips. He’s back up to 300,000 but that’s still only five big blinds. — SY

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William Molson can’t believe it

4:12pm:Metaal cripples himself, Molson back in the hunt


Play folded to the blinds where Govert Metaal looked at his cards and thought for a long time before putting in a huge raise, one that would commit him to any shove by Will Molson. So, when Molson looked at his hand and shoved for 564,000, Metaal insta-called with 7Heart SuitJSpade Suit. Molson had AHeart SuitKDiamond Suit, ended up pairing his king, and doubled to more than 1.1 million. Metaal, meanwhile, is crippled. —BW

4.10pm: Seidel picks up chips from Fernandez


On a flop of ADiamond Suit5Spade Suit10Heart Suit Eric Seidel checked from the big blind before Leo Fernandez made it 100,000 to play. Seidel called for a 9Club Suit turn card which both players checked. On the 3Diamond Suit river Seidel bet 250,000. Fernandez moved in his seat a little before eventually calling, giving a hindsight nod when Seidel turned over AHeart Suit9Spade Suit. – SB

4.05pm: Some little chunks of action


Max Lykov made it 90,000 on the small blind and Erik Seidel called to see a QHeart Suit2Heart SuitKSpade Suit flop. Lykov, first to act, checked then folded when Seidel bet 100,000.

William Molson then decided to shove all-in for 560,000 but got no customers. Seidel took the next hand, raising from the button and getting no action.

Finally, Lykov made it 80,000 from under the gun and Leo Fernandez called from the big blind. Both checked the AHeart Suit5Diamond Suit[10s] flop, and on the 9Club Suit turn Fernandez check-folded Lykov’s 100,000 bet. — SY

3:51pm: Lykov nips into Fernandez’s stack


After play folded to Leo Fernandez in the small blind, he made it 120,000 to play. Max Lykov called in the big blind and they saw a flop of 2Heart SuitJDiamond Suit3Heart Suit. Both players checked to the AHeart Suit on the turn. Fernandez check-called a 130,000 bet. When the river came as the 6Diamond Suit, Fernandez checked, and Lykov pushed out a stack. Fernandez looked up at the dealer and asked, “How much?”

“Two ninety-five,” the dealer replied.

“I call,” said Fernandez.

The problem was this: the bet was actually 395,000. After the floor came over, the bet was re-stated and Fernandez still called. Lykov showed him KHeart Suit7Heart Suit for second nuts and the win. —BW

3.40pm: All quiet


A quiet spell, all things considered. There are still the all-ins we’ve seen since the start it’s just no one is calling them.

Will Molson is doing the shoving. He’s the short stack and pushed first for 764,000 and then a few hands later with 571,000. Neither time did a caller step forward.

Leo Fernandez also shoved. He did it behind a button raise by Govert Metaal. The Dutchman folded leaving Fernandez just short of 3,000,000 chips. — SB

3.27pm: Every little helps


Erik Seidel has inched up to 1,560,000 after taking two small pots. First William Molson bet 60,000 and Seidel call from the big blind to see a 9Diamond Suit[10d]8Heart Suit flop. The turn was a dangerous 6Diamond Suit and Seidel bet out 60,000. Molson gave it a bit of thought but mucked.

Next hand Seidel opened from the small blind for 95,000 and Govert Metaal defended his big blind. On the 7Diamond Suit9Club Suit7Diamond Suit flop Seidel made a continuation bet of 115,000 and Metaal folded sharpish. — SY

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Erik Seidel

3:22pm: Level up


The five remaining players have just moved up to 20,000-40,000-4,000 blinds.—BW

3:18pm: Seidel puts Lykov in his place


Just because Erik Seidel is from the old school doesn’t mean he can’t throw down with the young’uns. Witness his recent confrontation with Max Lykov. The Russian Team Pro came in for a min-raise to 60,000 and faced a quick three-bet from Seidel to 140,000. Lykov wasted little time before making the bet 262,000. This time Seidel just called. On a flop of KSpade Suit5Spade Suit3Heart Suit, Lykov checked, then folded to a 250,000 bet from Seidel. —BW

3.12pm: Bye bye Baker


David Baker is the latest player to be eliminated, sent to the rail by Leo Fernandez.


Baker moved all-in from early position for just short of 500,000 chips. The action was folded to Fernandez in the small blind. He checked his cards, protected them and waited for the count to be confirmed. Then he raised all-in making it a heads-up showdown.

Fernandez AClub SuitQHeart Suit


Baker 4Spade Suit4Diamond Suit

The board ran 3Diamond SuitKHeart SuitJSpade SuitQClub SuitJDiamond Suit to send Baker to the rail in sixth place, earning $203,475. – SB

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David Baker, busto

3.06pm: Shoving


A little lull, peppered only by pre-flop raises and takes, is broken by William Molson moving all-in from under the gun for 503,000. Max Lykov looked semi-interested, but folded like everyone else. — SY

3:02pm: That didn’t take long


Within minutes of busting out of the $25,000 High Roller in eighth place, Jason Mercier was registered for and sitting in the last 2011 PCA event, a—get this—$10,000 turbo tourney. Why not, right?—BW

2:54pm: Chip leaders tangling


With seven players remaining, Leo Fernandez and Max Lykov sit atop the leaderboard. They have apparently decided there is no such thing as Team Pro or chip lead respect to be observed. Just now, Fernandez came in for a raise to 80,000 and Lykov called. On a KDiamond Suit3Club Suit3Spade Suit flop, Fernandez made it 104,000 and Lykov called. The turn was the 7Spade Suit. Fernandez didn’t shrink and led out for 210,000. This time, Lykov relented and sent the pot over to his fellow Team Pro. —BW

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2.50pm: Marafioti busts


Matt Marafioti is out in seventh place, dispatched by Team PokerStars Pro Leo Fernandez.

Fernandez opened for 80,000 in middle position before Marafioti raised all-in from the button, saying . The blinds folded leaving Fernandez with the decision. He called showing 8Diamond Suit8Heart Suit to Marafioti’s AClub SuitQSpade Suit for a classic race.

The board ran 5Heart Suit7Club Suit2Club Suit6Club Suit7Diamond Suit sending Marafioti to the rail, earning $166,480. – SB

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Matt Marafioti

2.40pm: Metaal bites into Fernandez


It was folded around to Govert Metaal on the button and he raised it up to 63,000. William Molson gave up his small blind but Leo Fernandez, our chip leader, called to defend his big blind. Both checked the [10c]KDiamond Suit[10h] flop, and also the 6Spade Suit turn. On the QDiamond Suit river Fernandez seemed to have given up and checked once more, then folded when Metaal bet 101,000. — SY

2:33pm: Jason Mercier eliminated


With play folded around to the blinds, Jason Mercier moved all-in from the small blind for 330,000. Govert Metaal called in the big blind with pocket sevens. Mercier turned up QClub Suit6Spade Suit. He failed to catch a queen and was gone in eighth place for $129,480. As he left, Mercier asked David Baker, “Do you ship there?” After Baker confirmed the size of Mercier stack, he announced, “Yes.” So, Mercier has that going for him…which is nice. —BW

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2.30pm: De Vries out in ninth


Shander de Vries becomes out ninth place finisher, making way for our official final table of eight.

He moved all-in on the small blind with 610,000 which was called by Eric Seidel in the big blind.

De Vries KSpade Suit8Spade Suit


Seidel KHeart SuitQHeart Suit

The board ran 2Club Suit3Club Suit6Spade Suit2Heart Suit10Spade Suit to send the chips to Seidel and left De Cries almost out.

“You have like two chips left,” said Jason Mercier helpfully. He was wrong. De Vries had six chips left, yellow ones worth 6,000, half of which would go on the ante on the next hand, the other half to go all-in with 7Diamond Suit4Diamond Suit. Govert Metaal called with KHeart SuitJHeart Suit and flopped trips.

De Vries out in ninth place, earning $110,985. – SB

2.25pm: How they sit


As they begin nine-handed play on the last table, here’s how they sit:

Seat 1: David Baker, 560,000


Seat 2: Jason Mercier, 324,000


Seat 3: Govert Metaal, 755,000


Seat 4: William Molson, 645,000


Seat 5: Leo Fernandez, 2,050,000


Seat 6: Max Lykov, 1,548,000


Seat 7: Matt Mariofioti, 355,000


Seat 8: Shander de Vries, 654,000


Seat 9: Erik Seidel, 625,000

Here’s how they look… — SY

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2.15pm: Back again


That’s the end of the break and players are settling back in their seats. Just one table is left, but the basic math of this thing is that our nine remaining players need to be whittled down to eight, and then we can start the final table proper.

Team PokerStars Pro Leo Fernandez is our current chip leader with 2,050,000. But there’s a long way to go before he can start dreaming about the $1,072,850 first prize.

This is level 23, and blinds are now 15,000-30,000 with a 3,000 ante. — SY

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Leo Fernandez

PokerStars Blog reporting team (in order of current feeling of being unloved): Simon Young, Brad Willis and Stephen Bartley (all in equal measure)



This EPT is brought to you by PokerStars, the official sponsor of the European Poker Tour. Win your way into the biggest events Europe has to offer at Europe.

 

2011 PCA $25K High Roller: Day 3, level 23-26 updates (30,000-60,000, 5,000 ante)

PCA-2010-thumbnail.jpg5:37pm: Playing higher


The players have now moved on to 30,000-60,000-5,000 blinds. Will Molson remains the chip leader.

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Will Molson

5:32pm: Approximate chip counts


With three players remaining, here are some rough counts on the stacks:

Will Molson: 3.9 million


Max Lykov: 2.3 million


Leo Fernandez: 1.3 million

5:27pm: Molson and Seidel race to the death, Seidel loses


Erik Seidel raised to 125,000 in the small blind, leaving himself around 1 million behind. Will Molson checked his cards and announced, “All-in.” Seidel didn’t look necessarily pleased about it, but said, “I call.” Molson turned up pocket fives to fight against Seidel’s AHeart SuitQDiamond Suit. The board ran out 9Club Suit10Spade Suit2Diamond Suit3Diamond SuitJClub Suit and Seidel was gone in fourth place for $295,960. —BW

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5.15pm: State of play


Still four-handed and Will Molson continues to apply the pressure. On this one he made it 100,000 from the button and Max Lykov called from the big blind. The flop was AClub Suit7Diamond Suit[10c] and Lykov check-called Molson’s 130,000. Both checked the 8Club Suit turn, but on the 7Heart Suit river Lykov checked then folded when Molson reached for 275,000 more.

Here are the approximate stacks right now:

Will Molson, 2,650,000


Max Lykov, 2,200,000


Erik Seidel, 1,600,000


Leo Fernandez, 980,000


Fernandez has gone from the big stack to the shortie in recent levels. — SY

5:06pm: Molson picking on Fernandez


Now that Will Molson has some chips, his days of having to worry about tangling with Leo Fernandez are over. The two just saw a flop out of the blind reading ASpade Suit5Spade SuitJHeart Suit. Molson led at it for 60,000 and got the call. The amount was 140,000 from Molson on the QHeart Suit turn. Fernandez called again. When the 10Diamond Suit hit on the river, Molson put 280,000 in the pot, well enough to get Fernandez to fold. —BW

5pm: Seidel slips while Molson has the Will


Seidel opened for 125,000 in the small blind. Will Molson called from the big blind for a flop of 10Heart SuitKDiamond Suit6Diamond Suit.

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Eric Seidel


Seidel then bet another 165,000 which Molson raised to 350,000. Seidel paused before announcing all-in, which Molson snap called. “Wow,” said Seidel, as Molson turned over ADiamond SuitASpade Suit. Seidel could only manage AClub Suit6Spade Suit.

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Will Molson


The turn came 5Diamond Suit and the river 8Diamond Suit to double up Molson who now sits with around 2,550,000, the all in being for 1,130,000. Seidel paid him off, his own stack down to 1,450,000. – SB

4.53pm: Lykov wins, loses


The first hand of four-handed play saw Max Lykov raise and take the blinds and antes. Next hand Erik Seidel limped and everyone folded while Lykov checked his option in the big blind. Both checked the 7Club SuitJDiamond Suit5Spade Suit flop, then Lykov bet 125,000 on the [kh[ turn. Call. On the KDiamond Suit river it was Seidel who bet out, picking up the pot. — SY

4:45pm: Metaal gone in fifth


After being crippled, tripling up, then doubling up again, Dutchman Govert Metaal has gone bust. He shoved it in with AHeart Suit3Diamond Suit. Will Molson over-shoved with pocket jacks. Metaal was dead on the flop when Molson flopped quads. Metaal earns $240,470 for his efforts. —BW

4.36pm: Cards in the air again


Blinds are now up to 25,000-50,000 with a 5,000 ante. — SY

4.30pm: Team PokerStars Pro news


Some happy news from the side events, where Team PokerStars Pro Victor Ramdin has just shipped the $1,500 No Limit Hold’em event for $49,000. He was up against Kevin O’Donnell heads-up and took it down when he flopped the nuts with 4Diamond Suit5Diamond Suit on 2-3-6 flop. — SY

4.25pm: Break


That’s the end of the level. There is now a 15-minute break while the 1,000 chips are colored up. — SY

4.22pm: Pedal to the Metaal


Two hands to keep Govert Metaal alive in the High Roller final. The first involved Metaal moving all-in from under-the-gun for 207,000 with AClub Suit3Diamond Suit. He was called by Will Molson next to him who showed ADiamond Suit5Diamond Suit but the board of 7Club Suit9Diamond SuitASpade Suit7Heart Suit6Club Suit ended with a split pot.

On the next hand Eric Seidel opened for 270,000 in the small blind which Metaal called in the big blind, turning over QDiamond Suit10Diamond Suit to Seidel’s KDiamond SuitQSpade Suit.

It looked to be over for Metaal on a board of AClub SuitJClub Suit7Club Suit3Diamond Suit until the river card KHeart Suit gave him the straight. Metaal back up to 500,000 chips. – SB

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Happier now: Govert Metaal

4.18pm: Full Metaal Jacket


Just when he needed it most, Govert Metaal come out all guns blazing for a triple up. He was only on 65,000, I grant you, but a triple up is a triple up.

After being crippled in the hand described below, it was folded around to the Dutchman on the button and he moved all-in. Will Molson liked his hand and re-raised to 120,000 from the small blind, only for Leo Fernandez to raise again – all in, covering Molson. Molson looked disgusted and mucked.

Fernandez: 4Club Suit4Heart Suit


Molson: QSpade Suit[10h]

The flop was kind to Metaal, coming QClub Suit8Club Suit5Spade Suit, the turn was 2Spade Suit and the QHeart Suit river made him trips. He’s back up to 300,000 but that’s still only five big blinds. — SY

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William Molson can’t believe it

4:12pm:Metaal cripples himself, Molson back in the hunt


Play folded to the blinds where Govert Metaal looked at his cards and thought for a long time before putting in a huge raise, one that would commit him to any shove by Will Molson. So, when Molson looked at his hand and shoved for 564,000, Metaal insta-called with 7Heart SuitJSpade Suit. Molson had AHeart SuitKDiamond Suit, ended up pairing his king, and doubled to more than 1.1 million. Metaal, meanwhile, is crippled. —BW

4.10pm: Seidel picks up chips from Fernandez


On a flop of ADiamond Suit5Spade Suit10Heart Suit Eric Seidel checked from the big blind before Leo Fernandez made it 100,000 to play. Seidel called for a 9Club Suit turn card which both players checked. On the 3Diamond Suit river Seidel bet 250,000. Fernandez moved in his seat a little before eventually calling, giving a hindsight nod when Seidel turned over AHeart Suit9Spade Suit. – SB

4.05pm: Some little chunks of action


Max Lykov made it 90,000 on the small blind and Erik Seidel called to see a QHeart Suit2Heart SuitKSpade Suit flop. Lykov, first to act, checked then folded when Seidel bet 100,000.

William Molson then decided to shove all-in for 560,000 but got no customers. Seidel took the next hand, raising from the button and getting no action.

Finally, Lykov made it 80,000 from under the gun and Leo Fernandez called from the big blind. Both checked the AHeart Suit5Diamond Suit[10s] flop, and on the 9Club Suit turn Fernandez check-folded Lykov’s 100,000 bet. — SY

3:51pm: Lykov nips into Fernandez’s stack


After play folded to Leo Fernandez in the small blind, he made it 120,000 to play. Max Lykov called in the big blind and they saw a flop of 2Heart SuitJDiamond Suit3Heart Suit. Both players checked to the AHeart Suit on the turn. Fernandez check-called a 130,000 bet. When the river came as the 6Diamond Suit, Fernandez checked, and Lykov pushed out a stack. Fernandez looked up at the dealer and asked, “How much?”

“Two ninety-five,” the dealer replied.

“I call,” said Fernandez.

The problem was this: the bet was actually 395,000. After the floor came over, the bet was re-stated and Fernandez still called. Lykov showed him KHeart Suit7Heart Suit for second nuts and the win. —BW

3.40pm: All quiet


A quiet spell, all things considered. There are still the all-ins we’ve seen since the start it’s just no one is calling them.

Will Molson is doing the shoving. He’s the short stack and pushed first for 764,000 and then a few hands later with 571,000. Neither time did a caller step forward.

Leo Fernandez also shoved. He did it behind a button raise by Govert Metaal. The Dutchman folded leaving Fernandez just short of 3,000,000 chips. — SB

3.27pm: Every little helps


Erik Seidel has inched up to 1,560,000 after taking two small pots. First William Molson bet 60,000 and Seidel call from the big blind to see a 9Diamond Suit[10d]8Heart Suit flop. The turn was a dangerous 6Diamond Suit and Seidel bet out 60,000. Molson gave it a bit of thought but mucked.

Next hand Seidel opened from the small blind for 95,000 and Govert Metaal defended his big blind. On the 7Diamond Suit9Club Suit7Diamond Suit flop Seidel made a continuation bet of 115,000 and Metaal folded sharpish. — SY

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Erik Seidel

3:22pm: Level up


The five remaining players have just moved up to 20,000-40,000-4,000 blinds.—BW

3:18pm: Seidel puts Lykov in his place


Just because Erik Seidel is from the old school doesn’t mean he can’t throw down with the young’uns. Witness his recent confrontation with Max Lykov. The Russian Team Pro came in for a min-raise to 60,000 and faced a quick three-bet from Seidel to 140,000. Lykov wasted little time before making the bet 262,000. This time Seidel just called. On a flop of KSpade Suit5Spade Suit3Heart Suit, Lykov checked, then folded to a 250,000 bet from Seidel. —BW

3.12pm: Bye bye Baker


David Baker is the latest player to be eliminated, sent to the rail by Leo Fernandez.


Baker moved all-in from early position for just short of 500,000 chips. The action was folded to Fernandez in the small blind. He checked his cards, protected them and waited for the count to be confirmed. Then he raised all-in making it a heads-up showdown.

Fernandez AClub SuitQHeart Suit


Baker 4Spade Suit4Diamond Suit

The board ran 3Diamond SuitKHeart SuitJSpade SuitQClub SuitJDiamond Suit to send Baker to the rail in sixth place, earning $203,475. – SB

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David Baker, busto

3.06pm: Shoving


A little lull, peppered only by pre-flop raises and takes, is broken by William Molson moving all-in from under the gun for 503,000. Max Lykov looked semi-interested, but folded like everyone else. — SY

3:02pm: That didn’t take long


Within minutes of busting out of the $25,000 High Roller in eighth place, Jason Mercier was registered for and sitting in the last 2011 PCA event, a—get this—$10,000 turbo tourney. Why not, right?—BW

2:54pm: Chip leaders tangling


With seven players remaining, Leo Fernandez and Max Lykov sit atop the leaderboard. They have apparently decided there is no such thing as Team Pro or chip lead respect to be observed. Just now, Fernandez came in for a raise to 80,000 and Lykov called. On a KDiamond Suit3Club Suit3Spade Suit flop, Fernandez made it 104,000 and Lykov called. The turn was the 7Spade Suit. Fernandez didn’t shrink and led out for 210,000. This time, Lykov relented and sent the pot over to his fellow Team Pro. —BW

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2.50pm: Marafioti busts


Matt Marafioti is out in seventh place, dispatched by Team PokerStars Pro Leo Fernandez.

Fernandez opened for 80,000 in middle position before Marafioti raised all-in from the button, saying . The blinds folded leaving Fernandez with the decision. He called showing 8Diamond Suit8Heart Suit to Marafioti’s AClub SuitQSpade Suit for a classic race.

The board ran 5Heart Suit7Club Suit2Club Suit6Club Suit7Diamond Suit sending Marafioti to the rail, earning $166,480. – SB

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Matt Marafioti

2.40pm: Metaal bites into Fernandez


It was folded around to Govert Metaal on the button and he raised it up to 63,000. William Molson gave up his small blind but Leo Fernandez, our chip leader, called to defend his big blind. Both checked the [10c]KDiamond Suit[10h] flop, and also the 6Spade Suit turn. On the QDiamond Suit river Fernandez seemed to have given up and checked once more, then folded when Metaal bet 101,000. — SY

2:33pm: Jason Mercier eliminated


With play folded around to the blinds, Jason Mercier moved all-in from the small blind for 330,000. Govert Metaal called in the big blind with pocket sevens. Mercier turned up QClub Suit6Spade Suit. He failed to catch a queen and was gone in eighth place for $129,480. As he left, Mercier asked David Baker, “Do you ship there?” After Baker confirmed the size of Mercier stack, he announced, “Yes.” So, Mercier has that going for him…which is nice. —BW

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2.30pm: De Vries out in ninth


Shander de Vries becomes out ninth place finisher, making way for our official final table of eight.

He moved all-in on the small blind with 610,000 which was called by Eric Seidel in the big blind.

De Vries KSpade Suit8Spade Suit


Seidel KHeart SuitQHeart Suit

The board ran 2Club Suit3Club Suit6Spade Suit2Heart Suit10Spade Suit to send the chips to Seidel and left De Cries almost out.

“You have like two chips left,” said Jason Mercier helpfully. He was wrong. De Vries had six chips left, yellow ones worth 6,000, half of which would go on the ante on the next hand, the other half to go all-in with 7Diamond Suit4Diamond Suit. Govert Metaal called with KHeart SuitJHeart Suit and flopped trips.

De Vries out in ninth place, earning $110,985. – SB

2.25pm: How they sit


As they begin nine-handed play on the last table, here’s how they sit:

Seat 1: David Baker, 560,000


Seat 2: Jason Mercier, 324,000


Seat 3: Govert Metaal, 755,000


Seat 4: William Molson, 645,000


Seat 5: Leo Fernandez, 2,050,000


Seat 6: Max Lykov, 1,548,000


Seat 7: Matt Mariofioti, 355,000


Seat 8: Shander de Vries, 654,000


Seat 9: Erik Seidel, 625,000

Here’s how they look… — SY

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2.15pm: Back again


That’s the end of the break and players are settling back in their seats. Just one table is left, but the basic math of this thing is that our nine remaining players need to be whittled down to eight, and then we can start the final table proper.

Team PokerStars Pro Leo Fernandez is our current chip leader with 2,050,000. But there’s a long way to go before he can start dreaming about the $1,072,850 first prize.

This is level 23, and blinds are now 15,000-30,000 with a 3,000 ante. — SY

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Leo Fernandez

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2011 PCA $25K High Roller: Day 3, level 23-25 updates (25,000-50,000, 5,000 ante)

PCA-2010-thumbnail.jpg5:37pm: Playing higher


The players have now moved on to 30,000-60,000-5,000 blinds. Will Molson remains the chip leader. We’ve begun a new post, which you can find here.

5:32pm: Approximate chip counts


With three players remaining, here are some rough counts on the stacks:

Will Molson: 3.9 million


Max Lykov: 2.3 million


Leo Fernandez: 1.3 million

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Will Molson

5:27pm: Molson and Seidel race to the death, Seidel loses


Erik Seidel raised to 125,000 in the small blind, leaving himself around 1 million behind. Will Molson checked his cards and announced, “All-in.” Seidel didn’t look necessarily pleased about it, but said, “I call.” Molson turned up pocket fives to fight against Seidel’s AHeart SuitQDiamond Suit. The board ran out 9Club Suit10Spade Suit2Diamond Suit3Diamond SuitJClub Suit and Seidel was gone in fourth place for $295,960. —BW

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5.15pm: State of play


Still four-handed and Will Molson continues to apply the pressure. On this one he made it 100,000 from the button and Max Lykov called from the big blind. The flop was AClub Suit7Diamond Suit[10c] and Lykov check-called Molson’s 130,000. Both checked the 8Club Suit turn, but on the 7Heart Suit river Lykov checked then folded when Molson reached for 275,000 more.

Here are the approximate stacks right now:

Will Molson, 2,650,000


Max Lykov, 2,200,000


Erik Seidel, 1,600,000


Leo Fernandez, 980,000


Fernandez has gone from the big stack to the shortie in recent levels. — SY

5:06pm: Molson picking on Fernandez


Now that Will Molson has some chips, his days of having to worry about tangling with Leo Fernandez are over. The two just saw a flop out of the blind reading ASpade Suit5Spade SuitJHeart Suit. Molson led at it for 60,000 and got the call. The amount was 140,000 from Molson on the QHeart Suit turn. Fernandez called again. When the 10Diamond Suit hit on the river, Molson put 280,000 in the pot, well enough to get Fernandez to fold. —BW

5pm: Seidel slips while Molson has the Will


Seidel opened for 125,000 in the small blind. Will Molson called from the big blind for a flop of 10Heart SuitKDiamond Suit6Diamond Suit.

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Eric Seidel


Seidel then bet another 165,000 which Molson raised to 350,000. Seidel paused before announcing all-in, which Molson snap called. “Wow,” said Seidel, as Molson turned over ADiamond SuitASpade Suit. Seidel could only manage AClub Suit6Spade Suit.

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Will Molson


The turn came 5Diamond Suit and the river 8Diamond Suit to double up Molson who now sits with around 2,550,000, the all in being for 1,130,000. Seidel paid him off, his own stack down to 1,450,000. – SB

4.53pm: Lykov wins, loses


The first hand of four-handed play saw Max Lykov raise and take the blinds and antes. Next hand Erik Seidel limped and everyone folded while Lykov checked his option in the big blind. Both checked the 7Club SuitJDiamond Suit5Spade Suit flop, then Lykov bet 125,000 on the [kh[ turn. Call. On the KDiamond Suit river it was Seidel who bet out, picking up the pot. — SY

4:45pm: Metaal gone in fifth


After being crippled, tripling up, then doubling up again, Dutchman Govert Metaal has gone bust. He shoved it in with AHeart Suit3Diamond Suit. Will Molson over-shoved with pocket jacks. Metaal was dead on the flop when Molson flopped quads. Metaal earns $240,470 for his efforts. —BW

4.36pm: Cards in the air again


Blinds are now up to 25,000-50,000 with a 5,000 ante. — SY

4.30pm: Team PokerStars Pro news


Some happy news from the side events, where Team PokerStars Pro Victor Ramdin has just shipped the $1,500 No Limit Hold’em event for $49,000. He was up against Kevin O’Donnell heads-up and took it down when he flopped the nuts with 4Diamond Suit5Diamond Suit on 2-3-6 flop. — SY

4.25pm: Break


That’s the end of the level. There is now a 15-minute break while the 1,000 chips are colored up. — SY

4.22pm: Pedal to the Metaal


Two hands to keep Govert Metaal alive in the High Roller final. The first involved Metaal moving all-in from under-the-gun for 207,000 with AClub Suit3Diamond Suit. He was called by Will Molson next to him who showed ADiamond Suit5Diamond Suit but the board of 7Club Suit9Diamond SuitASpade Suit7Heart Suit6Club Suit ended with a split pot.

On the next hand Eric Seidel opened for 270,000 in the small blind which Metaal called in the big blind, turning over QDiamond Suit10Diamond Suit to Seidel’s KDiamond SuitQSpade Suit.

It looked to be over for Metaal on a board of AClub SuitJClub Suit7Club Suit3Diamond Suit until the river card KHeart Suit gave him the straight. Metaal back up to 500,000 chips. – SB

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Happier now: Govert Metaal

4.18pm: Full Metaal Jacket


Just when he needed it most, Govert Metaal come out all guns blazing for a triple up. He was only on 65,000, I grant you, but a triple up is a triple up.

After being crippled in the hand described below, it was folded around to the Dutchman on the button and he moved all-in. Will Molson liked his hand and re-raised to 120,000 from the small blind, only for Leo Fernandez to raise again – all in, covering Molson. Molson looked disgusted and mucked.

Fernandez: 4Club Suit4Heart Suit


Molson: QSpade Suit[10h]

The flop was kind to Metaal, coming QClub Suit8Club Suit5Spade Suit, the turn was 2Spade Suit and the QHeart Suit river made him trips. He’s back up to 300,000 but that’s still only five big blinds. — SY

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William Molson can’t believe it

4:12pm:Metaal cripples himself, Molson back in the hunt


Play folded to the blinds where Govert Metaal looked at his cards and thought for a long time before putting in a huge raise, one that would commit him to any shove by Will Molson. So, when Molson looked at his hand and shoved for 564,000, Metaal insta-called with 7Heart SuitJSpade Suit. Molson had AHeart SuitKDiamond Suit, ended up pairing his king, and doubled to more than 1.1 million. Metaal, meanwhile, is crippled. —BW

4.10pm: Seidel picks up chips from Fernandez


On a flop of ADiamond Suit5Spade Suit10Heart Suit Eric Seidel checked from the big blind before Leo Fernandez made it 100,000 to play. Seidel called for a 9Club Suit turn card which both players checked. On the 3Diamond Suit river Seidel bet 250,000. Fernandez moved in his seat a little before eventually calling, giving a hindsight nod when Seidel turned over AHeart Suit9Spade Suit. – SB

4.05pm: Some little chunks of action


Max Lykov made it 90,000 on the small blind and Erik Seidel called to see a QHeart Suit2Heart SuitKSpade Suit flop. Lykov, first to act, checked then folded when Seidel bet 100,000.

William Molson then decided to shove all-in for 560,000 but got no customers. Seidel took the next hand, raising from the button and getting no action.

Finally, Lykov made it 80,000 from under the gun and Leo Fernandez called from the big blind. Both checked the AHeart Suit5Diamond Suit[10s] flop, and on the 9Club Suit turn Fernandez check-folded Lykov’s 100,000 bet. — SY

3:51pm: Lykov nips into Fernandez’s stack


After play folded to Leo Fernandez in the small blind, he made it 120,000 to play. Max Lykov called in the big blind and they saw a flop of 2Heart SuitJDiamond Suit3Heart Suit. Both players checked to the AHeart Suit on the turn. Fernandez check-called a 130,000 bet. When the river came as the 6Diamond Suit, Fernandez checked, and Lykov pushed out a stack. Fernandez looked up at the dealer and asked, “How much?”

“Two ninety-five,” the dealer replied.

“I call,” said Fernandez.

The problem was this: the bet was actually 395,000. After the floor came over, the bet was re-stated and Fernandez still called. Lykov showed him KHeart Suit7Heart Suit for second nuts and the win. —BW

3.40pm: All quiet


A quiet spell, all things considered. There are still the all-ins we’ve seen since the start it’s just no one is calling them.

Will Molson is doing the shoving. He’s the short stack and pushed first for 764,000 and then a few hands later with 571,000. Neither time did a caller step forward.

Leo Fernandez also shoved. He did it behind a button raise by Govert Metaal. The Dutchman folded leaving Fernandez just short of 3,000,000 chips. — SB

3.27pm: Every little helps


Erik Seidel has inched up to 1,560,000 after taking two small pots. First William Molson bet 60,000 and Seidel call from the big blind to see a 9Diamond Suit[10d]8Heart Suit flop. The turn was a dangerous 6Diamond Suit and Seidel bet out 60,000. Molson gave it a bit of thought but mucked.

Next hand Seidel opened from the small blind for 95,000 and Govert Metaal defended his big blind. On the 7Diamond Suit9Club Suit7Diamond Suit flop Seidel made a continuation bet of 115,000 and Metaal folded sharpish. — SY

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Erik Seidel

3:22pm: Level up


The five remaining players have just moved up to 20,000-40,000-4,000 blinds.—BW

3:18pm: Seidel puts Lykov in his place


Just because Erik Seidel is from the old school doesn’t mean he can’t throw down with the young’uns. Witness his recent confrontation with Max Lykov. The Russian Team Pro came in for a min-raise to 60,000 and faced a quick three-bet from Seidel to 140,000. Lykov wasted little time before making the bet 262,000. This time Seidel just called. On a flop of KSpade Suit5Spade Suit3Heart Suit, Lykov checked, then folded to a 250,000 bet from Seidel. —BW

3.12pm: Bye bye Baker


David Baker is the latest player to be eliminated, sent to the rail by Leo Fernandez.


Baker moved all-in from early position for just short of 500,000 chips. The action was folded to Fernandez in the small blind. He checked his cards, protected them and waited for the count to be confirmed. Then he raised all-in making it a heads-up showdown.

Fernandez AClub SuitQHeart Suit


Baker 4Spade Suit4Diamond Suit

The board ran 3Diamond SuitKHeart SuitJSpade SuitQClub SuitJDiamond Suit to send Baker to the rail in sixth place, earning $203,475. – SB

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David Baker, busto

3.06pm: Shoving


A little lull, peppered only by pre-flop raises and takes, is broken by William Molson moving all-in from under the gun for 503,000. Max Lykov looked semi-interested, but folded like everyone else. — SY

3:02pm: That didn’t take long


Within minutes of busting out of the $25,000 High Roller in eighth place, Jason Mercier was registered for and sitting in the last 2011 PCA event, a—get this—$10,000 turbo tourney. Why not, right?—BW

2:54pm: Chip leaders tangling


With seven players remaining, Leo Fernandez and Max Lykov sit atop the leaderboard. They have apparently decided there is no such thing as Team Pro or chip lead respect to be observed. Just now, Fernandez came in for a raise to 80,000 and Lykov called. On a KDiamond Suit3Club Suit3Spade Suit flop, Fernandez made it 104,000 and Lykov called. The turn was the 7Spade Suit. Fernandez didn’t shrink and led out for 210,000. This time, Lykov relented and sent the pot over to his fellow Team Pro. —BW

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2.50pm: Marafioti busts


Matt Marafioti is out in seventh place, dispatched by Team PokerStars Pro Leo Fernandez.

Fernandez opened for 80,000 in middle position before Marafioti raised all-in from the button, saying . The blinds folded leaving Fernandez with the decision. He called showing 8Diamond Suit8Heart Suit to Marafioti’s AClub SuitQSpade Suit for a classic race.

The board ran 5Heart Suit7Club Suit2Club Suit6Club Suit7Diamond Suit sending Marafioti to the rail, earning $166,480. – SB

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Matt Marafioti

2.40pm: Metaal bites into Fernandez


It was folded around to Govert Metaal on the button and he raised it up to 63,000. William Molson gave up his small blind but Leo Fernandez, our chip leader, called to defend his big blind. Both checked the [10c]KDiamond Suit[10h] flop, and also the 6Spade Suit turn. On the QDiamond Suit river Fernandez seemed to have given up and checked once more, then folded when Metaal bet 101,000. — SY

2:33pm: Jason Mercier eliminated


With play folded around to the blinds, Jason Mercier moved all-in from the small blind for 330,000. Govert Metaal called in the big blind with pocket sevens. Mercier turned up QClub Suit6Spade Suit. He failed to catch a queen and was gone in eighth place for $129,480. As he left, Mercier asked David Baker, “Do you ship there?” After Baker confirmed the size of Mercier stack, he announced, “Yes.” So, Mercier has that going for him…which is nice. —BW

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2.30pm: De Vries out in ninth


Shander de Vries becomes out ninth place finisher, making way for our official final table of eight.

He moved all-in on the small blind with 610,000 which was called by Eric Seidel in the big blind.

De Vries KSpade Suit8Spade Suit


Seidel KHeart SuitQHeart Suit

The board ran 2Club Suit3Club Suit6Spade Suit2Heart Suit10Spade Suit to send the chips to Seidel and left De Cries almost out.

“You have like two chips left,” said Jason Mercier helpfully. He was wrong. De Vries had six chips left, yellow ones worth 6,000, half of which would go on the ante on the next hand, the other half to go all-in with 7Diamond Suit4Diamond Suit. Govert Metaal called with KHeart SuitJHeart Suit and flopped trips.

De Vries out in ninth place, earning $110,985. – SB

2.25pm: How they sit


As they begin nine-handed play on the last table, here’s how they sit:

Seat 1: David Baker, 560,000


Seat 2: Jason Mercier, 324,000


Seat 3: Govert Metaal, 755,000


Seat 4: William Molson, 645,000


Seat 5: Leo Fernandez, 2,050,000


Seat 6: Max Lykov, 1,548,000


Seat 7: Matt Mariofioti, 355,000


Seat 8: Shander de Vries, 654,000


Seat 9: Erik Seidel, 625,000

Here’s how they look… — SY

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2.15pm: Back again


That’s the end of the break and players are settling back in their seats. Just one table is left, but the basic math of this thing is that our nine remaining players need to be whittled down to eight, and then we can start the final table proper.

Team PokerStars Pro Leo Fernandez is our current chip leader with 2,050,000. But there’s a long way to go before he can start dreaming about the $1,072,850 first prize.

This is level 23, and blinds are now 15,000-30,000 with a 3,000 ante. — SY

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Leo Fernandez

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PCA 2011 $5,000 Bounty Shootout: Final table, level 1 updates (blinds 400-800, ante 100)

PCA-2010-thumbnail.jpg2.50pm: Binger loses more


Michael Binger has lost his second pot out of two to drop to 69,600 chips. Andrew Chen opened the pot again with a 2,200 raise from the cut-off. Binger three-bet to 6,100 from the small blind and was cold called by Marko Neumann in the big blind and that priced in Chen who called as well. The flop came 2Diamond Suit4Club Suit7Heart Suit and Binger led for 8,000. Neumann called again but Chen folded. The turn came 9Diamond Suit and Binger slowed to a check and faced a 16,100 bet from his German opponent. Binger likes to think about every decision and this one seemed to really get his attention. He stared at his opponent and decided it wasn’t worth it and folded. Neumann is the early chip leader now with 118,00 chips. — MC

2.32pm: Chen takes early lead


Andrew Chen has taken an early lead after hitting a full-house on a four club board versus Michael Binger. It was the second hand. Chen raised to 2,200 from the cut-off and was called by Michael Binger in the small blind. The flop came 4Club Suit2Club SuitKClub Suit and Binger check-called a 3,200 bet. Both checked the QClub Suit turn before Binger tank check-called a 8,500 bet on the QDiamond Suit river. Chen tabled 2Heart Suit2Diamond Suit for the pot as Binger mucked. — MC




2.28pm: Seat draw


The final six players, who have battled through a field of 216, line up as follows. — RD

1. Andrew Chen


2. Shaun Deeb


3. Mike Binger


4. Marko Neumann


5. Scott Baumstein


6. William Pilossoph




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The final six players




2.20pm: Players in their seats


Players are in their seats and play is finally set to start. It’s being streamed on PokerStars.tv.

1.45pm: Set to start at 2pm


Welcome back for the final tournament to held be held on the stunning feature table that has already seen Eugene Katchalov win the Super High Roller for $1.5 million and Galen Hall take down the the Main Event for a staggering $2.3 million.

There’s not quite that much money on offer today but $213,000 is not to be sniffed at. In true shootout format, this is the only prize on offer – winner takes all. A reminder though that each player is already $10,000 richer for winning their first table and up another $40,000 for winning their second table.

If the winner takes all format isn’t enough to encourage the players to go full throttle then the $25,000 PokerStars have added for the player who claims the most bounties certainly will. Shaun Deeb currently leads the way with seven bounties. The final table structure gives the players a 100,000 starting stack and longer levels; up from 40 minutes to an hour long. Play is due to get underway very shortly.




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PCA 2011 $5,000 Bounty Shootout: Final table, level 1 & 2 updates (blinds 500-1,000, ante 100)

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4.25pm: Baumstein shove closes off the level


Pilossoph has just three-bet Scott Baumstein from the button, raising the young American’s 2,500 open up to 7,800. Baumstein made the call and checked the 6Spade Suit3Spade Suit2Club Suit flop. Pilossoph c-bet 10,200 and Baumstein shoved. Pilossoph passed and we’re now into a 20-minute break. — RD

4.19pm: Thin value betting


Andrew Chen is up to 139,000 after taking a chunk out of chip leader Scott Baumstein’s stack. Baumstein raised from the hijack and Chen called on the button to go to a 3Heart SuitJHeart Suit8Heart Suit flop. Baumstein continued with a 2,900 bet. Call. The turn came 9Club Suit and Baumstein went into pot control mode with a check-call of Chen’s 6,400 bet. The river came QSpade Suit and once more Baumstein check-called, this time to the tune of 13,000. Chen tabled QHeart SuitJDiamond Suit for top two pair and the pot as Baumstein mucked to drop to 147,000. Chen is up to 139,000 now. — MC

4.07pm: Binger all-in, gets it through


Shaun Deeb raised from the hijack and Michael Binger called from the next seat. The flop came 2Club Suit9Club SuitJSpade Suit and Deeb c-bet for 3,200 but folded when Binger shoved for 35,000. — MC

4pm: Baumstein wins a 75k pot


Scott Baumstein’s 25,000 pot-sized bet on the river of a 9Spade Suit4Diamond Suit7Heart Suit7Spade Suit4Heart Suit river felt like an all or nothing wager. Marko Neumann was the player who had the chance to find out. He made the call and was shown AClub Suit7Diamond Suit as Baumstein chipped up to 172,000. — RD




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Scott Baumstein has edged ahead of Deeb into the chip lead




3.58pm: Deeb extends lead


Andrew Chen raised to 2,500 from cut-off and was called by Shaun Deeb in the next seat and Michael Binger in the small blind. The flop came 9Club SuitKHeart Suit7Spade Suit and a Chen 5,000 c-bet was called by both players to go to the 8Diamond Suit turn. Binger now became the aggressor as he led for 12,000 which was enough to scare off Chen but not Deeb who moved all-in. Binger had a lot of his stack invested but made the lay down. Deeb’s aggression is really working for him right now as he extends his lead. — MC

3.52pm: Deeb makes a move on Baumstein


Billy Pilossoph opened the button and was called by Shaun Deeb in the big blind. Pilossoph bet 2,600 on the 5Diamond SuitKDiamond Suit3Heart Suit flop and Deeb check-raised to 6,900 and Pilossoph made the call. Deeb kept up the aggression with a 11,500 lead into the 10Heart Suit turn. Pilossoph passed. Deeb is up to 135,000. — RD

3.48pm: Pilossoph enters and feels the cold


Billy Pilossoph has played his first significant pot but was coolered by Shaun Deeb. Deeb raised from under-the-gun and Pilossoph called from the small blind. The flop came down QDiamond Suit5Heart Suit3Club Suit and Pilossoph check-called a c-bet before both checked through the 7Diamond Suit turn. The river came 7Spade Suit and Pilossoph led for 6,500 only to face a raise up to 30,600 from Deeb. Pilossoph made the call with 6Heart Suit7Heart Suit but lost out to Deeb with10Spade Suit7Club Suit for trips with a higher kicker. Deeb up to 124,600 chips now. — MC

3.40pm: The first all-in move


Andrew Chen is the first player to move all-in but he was effectively putting the shorter stacked Michael Binger all-in. Chen raised to 2,500 before Binger three-bet him for the second time, to 7,200. Chen slid all his chips over the line and Binger threw his cards in the muck. He drops to around 58,000 chips now.— MC

LEVEL UP: BLINDS 500-1,000, ANTE 100


3.32pm: Chen aggression


Andrew Chen has shown his aggressive streak against Marko Neumann to take a pot. Neumann raised to 2,100 from the cut-off only to face a three-bet to 6,300 from Chen in the big blind. He called to see the 3Diamond Suit2Heart SuitQHeart Suit flop but folded to Chen’s 6,700 c-bet. Neumann is down to 91,600 and Chen is up into second spot with 107,800. — MC

3.30pm: Deeb makes a move on Baumstein


Shaun Deeb just got caught at it. He opened from the cut-off to 2,000 and was three-bet by Scott Baumstein in the small blind to 5,800. Baumstein fired 6,400 and called a raise from Deeb of 16,200 on a flop of 10Heart SuitKSpade SuitQHeart Suit. The 7Diamond Suit was checked as was the 10Club Suit. Baumstein showed ADiamond SuitQClub Suit and Deeb 6Club Suit4Club Suit. Baumstein didn’t look like he was going anywhere should Deeb have bluffed the river. Baumstein is up to 136,000. — RD




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The final table is being recorded for ESPN




3.25pm: Deeb wins decent first pot


Shaun Deeb has taken down his first pot and it helps him to leap into the chip lead. He raised to 2,200 from the button and Marko Neumann defended from the big blind to see the 5Heart Suit4Heart Suit5Club Suit flop. The German player check-called a 2,600 Deeb bet and a 6,200 bet on the 9Diamond Suit turn. The river came a scary looking 3Heart Suit and Neumann led for 17,100. Deeb didn’t like it and sat back in chair. He did make the call though and was good. Neumann tabled king high, losing out to Deeb’s ASpade Suit5Diamond Suit. Deeb up to 116,400 and Neumann drops back to 110,000. — MC

3.15pm: Baumstein values aces


Scott Baumstein just extracted a nice bit of value from Andrew Chen with a balanced river bet. Baumstein had opened from the hijack with ADiamond SuitASpade Suit and had been called by Chen in the small blind. A 2,500 c-bet on the QClub Suit10Club SuitKHeart Suit flop was called by Chen before both players checked to the 8Spade Suit3Heart Suit river. Baumstein bet it for 7,700 and Chen took a minute to think whether to call with his bluff catcher. He did, and Baumstein showed him the bullets.

Baumstein is up to 110,000, Chen is down to 93,000. — RD

3.05pm: Neumann makes his mark on Deeb


Shaun Deeb has just found out, like Michael Binger, how tricky it can be to play out of position against Marko Neumann. Deeb raised under-the-gun and Neumann called to go to a 6Club SuitQClub Suit8Heart Suit flop. Deeb continued for 3,200 and Neumann called. The turn came 3Heart Suit and there was no slowing Deeb down as he fired 7,100 only to face a raise up to 16,200 from Neumann. It was too much heat for Deeb to handle and he folded. — MC

2.50pm: Binger loses more


Michael Binger has lost his second pot out of two to drop to 69,600 chips. Andrew Chen opened the pot again with a 2,200 raise from the cut-off. Binger three-bet to 6,100 from the small blind and was cold called by Marko Neumann in the big blind and that priced in Chen who called as well. The flop came 2Diamond Suit4Club Suit7Heart Suit and Binger led for 8,000. Neumann called again but Chen folded. The turn came 9Diamond Suit and Binger slowed to a check and faced a 16,100 bet from his German opponent. Binger likes to think about every decision and this one seemed to really get his attention. He stared at his opponent and decided it wasn’t worth it and folded. Neumann is the early chip leader now with 118,00 chips. — MC

2.32pm: Chen takes early lead


Andrew Chen has taken an early lead after hitting a full-house on a four club board versus Michael Binger. It was the second hand. Chen raised to 2,200 from the cut-off and was called by Michael Binger in the small blind. The flop came 4Club Suit2Club SuitKClub Suit and Binger check-called a 3,200 bet. Both checked the QClub Suit turn before Binger tank check-called a 8,500 bet on the QDiamond Suit river. Chen tabled 2Heart Suit2Diamond Suit for the pot as Binger mucked. — MC




2.28pm: Seat draw


The final six players, who have battled through a field of 216, line up as follows. — RD

1. Andrew Chen


2. Shaun Deeb


3. Michael Binger


4. Marko Neumann


5. Scott Baumstein


6. William Pilossoph




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The final six players




2.20pm: Players in their seats


Players are in their seats and play is finally set to start. It’s being streamed on PokerStars.tv.

1.45pm: Set to start at 2pm


Welcome back for the final tournament to held be held on the stunning feature table that has already seen Eugene Katchalov win the Super High Roller for $1.5 million and Galen Hall take down the the Main Event for a staggering $2.3 million.

There’s not quite that much money on offer today but $213,000 is not to be sniffed at. In true shootout format, this is the only prize on offer – winner takes all. A reminder though that each player is already $10,000 richer for winning their first table and up another $40,000 for winning their second table.

If the winner takes all format isn’t enough to encourage the players to go full throttle then the $25,000 PokerStars have added for the player who claims the most bounties certainly will. Shaun Deeb currently leads the way with seven bounties. The final table structure gives the players a 100,000 starting stack and longer levels; up from 40 minutes to an hour long. Play is due to get underway very shortly.




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2011 PCA $25K High Roller: Day 3, level 21 updates (blinds 10,000-20,000, 2,000 ante)

PCA-2010-thumbnail.jpg12:47pm: Steven lets it go


Brandon Steven raised from under the gun to 50,000 and it was folded around to David Baker in the big blind. He made the call and they saw a [10s]QSpade Suit5Diamond Suit flop. Both checked that, but on the 4Diamond Suit turn Baker sprang to life, betting 68,000. Call. The river was AClub Suit, meaning many hands may have got there, and Baker now bet a hefty 170,000.

“Wow,” said Steven, frowning as he attempted to put together the pieces in the puzzle. After a few minutes, he folded, leaving himself with 430,000. Baker up to 870,000. — SY

12:46: Who is that railbird?


The High Roller event is literally surrounded by a rail today. Who is that guy peering in from the outside? Is he looking for a loan?—BW

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12.30pm: Marchese short


Tom Marchese is now a man in danger. He open-shoved from the small blind and was called by Shander de Vries from the big blind. It did not end well.

Marchese: JHeart Suit5Heart Suit


De Vries: KDiamond Suit8Club Suit

The board ran 4Club SuitAClub Suit2Diamond Suit8Heart Suit7Spade Suit, and De Vries doubled up to around 470,000, leaving Marchese with 240,000. — SY

12:26pm: Nuts!


Jason Mercier opened for a min-raise to 40,000 and got a call form Max Lykov in the big blind. On the 7Club Suit9Diamond Suit8Club Suit flop, Mercier was in clover. He was holding JClub Suit10Heart Suit. When Max Lykov led for 52,000, Mercier played his hand slow. The turn changed things for the worse. When the 10Heart Suit came out, Lykov bet 111,000 and Mercier just called. The river was an irrelevant 5Diamond Suit. Lykov thought for a long while before betting 222,000. Mercier didn’t reach for chips. He simply announced, “Call.” Lykov turned over KHeart SuitJHeart Suit for the turned straight. Mercier showed his hand. As the dealer chopped the pot, Mercier simply shook his head. —BW

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12.18pm: Molson shoves


Max Lykov opened from the button for 45,000 and Jason Mercier, perhaps suspecting he was ‘at it’, re-raised from the small blind to 110,000. Will Molson was in the big blind and, perhaps suspecting they were both at it, moved all in. It was 407,000 more to Mercier.

The Team PokerStars Pro went deep into the tank.

“What’s your range, bro?” he joked.


“What do you have?” replied Molson.


“It’s a decent hand. I wish I could tell you.”

But after a little more thought, Mercier tossed it away. — SY

12.11pm: Just turn them over!


Matt Marafioti and Max Lykov were contemplating a 3Diamond Suit8Spade SuitAClub SuitJHeart Suit board. Marafioti made it 50,000 to go before Lykov re-raised to 110,000. Now Marafioti announced he was all-in – call! There then followed a short pantomime.

“You have a set? asked Lykov


“No, you have two pair?” replied Marafioti, who was at risk in the hand.


“Yes.”


“Eights and threes?” said Marafioti.


“No.”


“Jacks and threes?” Marafioti continued.


“No.”

At this point Jason Mercier had had enough. “Just turn them over. Holy sh*t.”

That’s what they did, and it was all a bit of an anti-climax. JDiamond Suit8Club Suit for Marafioti – JSpade Suit8Diamond Suit for Lykov. Chop it up! — SY

12:08pm—Current seat draw


This is all going to change when we get down to eight players anyway, but for now, here’s how the two tables look.—BW

1-Shander de Vries


2-David Baker


3-Brandon Steven


4-Leo Fernandez


5-Erik Seidel


6-Tom Marchese

1-Maxim Lykov


2-Jason Mercier


3-Will Molson


4-Govert Metaal


5-Matt Marafioti




12:04pm: Affleck shows up in time to leave


Matt Affleck was very, very short coming into the day.WIth only 90,000 left in his stack, he got it in with the first decent hand he could find: AHeart SuitQSpade Suit. Jason Mercier did his duty and played with 8Heart Suit9Club Suit. Mercier flopped his eight, Affleck didn’t suck out, and the High Roller is down to 11 players. —BW

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Short day for Matt Affleck

11.30am: Welcome to the final day of the PCA


It’s finals day at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure, and the actual final day. This ten-day jambouree of every type of tournament you can imagine comes to a close today. Tomorrow this place reverts back to the usual fare of exhibitions, award dinners and industrial sanitation conferences.

But while we still have a few tables and chairs we’ll have the conclusion of the $25,000 High Roller event. There’s also the matter of the Bounty Shootout event on the main feature table, coverage of that will start at 2am.

Anyone still following at 2.30am this morning will know that they played down to 12 in this event last night, four short of a final table. Also, as you’d expect from an event like this, the remaining players are some of the best you could put together in one place.

Jason Mercier, Team PokerStars Pro – 1,023,000


David Baker – 853,000


Max Lykov, Team PokerStars Pro – 835,000


Govert Metaal – 792,000


Leo Fernandez, Team PokerStars Pro – 784,000


Tom Marchese – 728,000


Erik Seidel – 632,000


Brandon Steven – 571,000


Will Molson – 526,000


Matt Marafioti – 385,000


Shander de Vries – 325,000


Matt Affleck – 95,000

Jason Mercier leads, on course for another big win. Any one of the 11 obstacles in his way would make a convincing winner.

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Chip leader, Team PokerStars Pro Jason Mercier


It all resumes at 12 noon with coverage here through the very last hand. While you wait, check out the coverage from yesterday.

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2011 PCA $25K High Roller: Day 3, level 21 & 22 updates (blinds 12,000-24,000, 3,000 ante)

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Players are now on a 15-minute break.

1.59pm: Brandon Steven eliminated in tenth place


Brandon Steven is out after a huge all-in from Team PokerStars Pro Leo Fernandez.

Fernandez opened for 65,000 from under-the-gun which was called by Eric Seidel a seat along and Brandon Steven in the big blind. On a flop of 7Heart Suit4Heart SuitASpade Suit Stevens checked to Fernandez who made it 85,000. Seidel passed but Steven called for a KDiamond Suit turn card.

It was here that Fernandez moved all-in after Steven checked. Steven then called but did not like what he saw, showing AHeart Suit8Diamond Suit while Fernandez flipped up AClub SuitKClub Suit.The river card 8Club Suit made no difference. Steven out. Fernandez up to 2,050,000. – SB

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Brandon Steven makes his exit

1.52pm: Lykov shoves over Marafioti boast


Matt Marafioti opened for 66,000 on the button. “I have a big hand,” he said. “I’m not folding.”

Max Lykov in the small blind immediately announced he was all-in.

“You didn’t believe me?” asked Marafioti, who spent a minute agonising before mucking his cards. – SB

1:50pm: De Vries gets some revenge


After losing an ace-king vs. king-queen battle to Leo Fernandez earlier for a massive pot, Shander de Vries just exacted some revenge on Fernandez. It was the same fight this time, with De Vries ADiamond SuitKSpade Suit up against Fernandez’s king-queen. Fernandez couldn’t find the queue this time, and De Vries doubled to around 650,000.—BW

1:46pm: Molson finds new life


Down to 331,000 after the big loss against Max Lykov, Will Molson shoved all-in under the gun with KSpade SuitQHeart Suit. Play folded around to Jason Mercier in the big blind. He peeked at his cards, found two nines, and made the call. The board ran out ADiamond SuitJDiamond SuitQDiamond Suit4Heart Suit2Club Suit and Molson doubled up. —BW

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Mercier sinking

1.33pm: Fernandez doubles


Leo Fernandez raised on the button, was re-raised by Shander de Vries in the big blind before moving all-in for 714,000. De Vries called showing AHeart SuitKClub Suit to Fernandez’s KHeart SuitQClub Suit.


The board ran 10Spade Suit10Heart Suit5Heart Suit3Diamond SuitQHeart Suit, the river card saving Fernandez who moved up to around 1,400,000. De Vries, who had shot up past the million mark a few hands earlier, is now down to around 420,000. – SB

1.25pm: Molson all-in, Marafioti folds


Short-stacked Will Molson just moved all-in for 286,000 form the button. Matt Marafioti was in the big blind and spent a few minutes thinking about the call, eventually folding, saying he had king-jack. On hearing this Molson showed him KHeart SuitQDiamond Suit. – SB

1.20pm: Tom Marchese out in 11th place


Tom Marchese has been fighting the rear-guard battle for most of the level now, moving in once with not takers and getting a call from Shander De Vries the second time, when he moved in on the button.

Marchese KSpade Suit9Diamond Suit


De Vries 5Heart Suit5Diamond Suit

The board ran 3Diamond Suit6Heart SuitJClub Suit6Club Suit10Diamond Suit to send Marchese out in 11th place, while De Vries moves up to nearly 1,200,000. – SB

1:13pm: Lykov doubles thought Molson


Max Lykov came in for a raise to 50,000 and Will Molson re-raised to 115,000 from the button. Molson shoved for a total of 668,000 and Molson snap-called with AHeart SuitKHeart Suit. Lykov had pocket nines, a hand which ended up making an unnecessary set on the river. Lykov now over the 1.3 million mark and holds the chip lead. —BW

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Max Lykov

1.10pm: Pedal to the Metaal


Govert Metaal has been quiet in the opening skirmishes today, but he just won his first decent pot off Max Lykov. Lykov had opened with a raise to 50,000 from the button and Metaal called from the big blind to see a KClub SuitAHeart Suit4Spade Suit flop. Both of then checked that, and they also stalled on the AClub Suit flop. But on the JSpade Suit river, Metaal bet 52,000 and Lykov made the call. He mucked when shown ADiamond Suit8Club Suit. Mataal improved to 850,000, Lykov slips to 680,000. — SY

1:04pm; Level up


The players are now in Level 22 and playing 12k/24k/4k.

1.10pm: De Vries doubles


Shander de Vries has doubled up after he got his chips in pre-flop with JSpade SuitADiamond Suit, getting a call from David Baker next to him who turned over AClub Suit4Club Suit.

The board ran 5Heart Suit8Club Suit6Spade SuitJDiamond Suit5Diamond Suit taking De Vries up to around 720,000 while Baker is down some, on around 590,000. – SB

1:03pm: Marchese doubles short-stack


With only 154,000 left in his stack, Tom Marchese was looking for any opportunity to get it in. He got it just a couple minutes ago when Erik Seidel opened from the button for 42,000. Marchese shoved it in from the small blind and got the auto-call from Seidel.

Marchese: AClub SuitKDiamond Suit


Seidel: ADiamond Suit10Heart Suit.

Marchese ended up hitting his king on the turn and doubled up. —BW

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Tom Marchese doubles up

1pm: Molson closes in on a million


Will Molson took a nice pot off Max Lykov to move up to around 940,000. Lykov is pegged back at 660,000. The Russian had raised to 40,000 from the button, called by Molson in the big blind. Both checked the KSpade Suit7Diamond SuitQHeart Suit flop, and on the 2Diamond Suit turn Molson bet 60,000. Call. The river was 8Heart Suit and now Molson made it 120,000. Lykov went deep into the tank before eventually making the call, only to be shown KHeart Suit4Heart Suit for Molson’s winning top pair. — SY

12.55pm: Marafioti doubles up


Matt Marafioti just doubled up through Jason Mercier to take his stack up to around 680,000. With the action folded to him on the button Marafioti opened for 48,000. Max Lykov folded the small blind leaving any challenge up to Jason Mercier in the big.

Mercier asked Marafioti how much he had, but before he could tell him it was 334,000 Mercier announced all-in. Marafioti called in a blink, turning over KSpade SuitKHeart Suit. Mercier flipped over his 6Spade Suit8Spade Suit and waited for the board.

3Diamond Suit4Diamond Suit10Club Suit3Club Suit8Heart Suit

Will Molson reached over to tap fists with Marafioti who then went on a short walk. No noises, no hoopla. Mercier drops a little to around 750,000. – SB

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Matt Marafioti licks his chops

12:47pm: Steven lets it go


Brandon Steven raised from under the gun to 50,000 and it was folded around to David Baker in the big blind. He made the call and they saw a [10s]QSpade Suit5Diamond Suit flop. Both checked that, but on the 4Diamond Suit turn Baker sprang to life, betting 68,000. Call. The river was AClub Suit, meaning many hands may have got there, and Baker now bet a hefty 170,000.

“Wow,” said Steven, frowning as he attempted to put together the pieces in the puzzle. After a few minutes, he folded, leaving himself with 430,000. Baker up to 870,000. — SY

12:46: Who is that railbird?


The High Roller event is literally surrounded by a rail today. Who is that guy peering in from the outside? Is he looking for a loan?—BW

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12.30pm: Marchese short


Tom Marchese is now a man in danger. He open-shoved from the small blind and was called by Shander de Vries from the big blind. It did not end well.

Marchese: JHeart Suit5Heart Suit


De Vries: KDiamond Suit8Club Suit

The board ran 4Club SuitAClub Suit2Diamond Suit8Heart Suit7Spade Suit, and De Vries doubled up to around 470,000, leaving Marchese with 240,000. — SY

12:26pm: Nuts!


Jason Mercier opened for a min-raise to 40,000 and got a call form Max Lykov in the big blind. On the 7Club Suit9Diamond Suit8Club Suit flop, Mercier was in clover. He was holding JClub Suit10Heart Suit. When Max Lykov led for 52,000, Mercier played his hand slow. The turn changed things for the worse. When the 10Heart Suit came out, Lykov bet 111,000 and Mercier just called. The river was an irrelevant 5Diamond Suit. Lykov thought for a long while before betting 222,000. Mercier didn’t reach for chips. He simply announced, “Call.” Lykov turned over KHeart SuitJHeart Suit for the turned straight. Mercier showed his hand. As the dealer chopped the pot, Mercier simply shook his head. —BW

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12.18pm: Molson shoves


Max Lykov opened from the button for 45,000 and Jason Mercier, perhaps suspecting he was ‘at it’, re-raised from the small blind to 110,000. Will Molson was in the big blind and, perhaps suspecting they were both at it, moved all in. It was 407,000 more to Mercier.

The Team PokerStars Pro went deep into the tank.

“What’s your range, bro?” he joked.


“What do you have?” replied Molson.


“It’s a decent hand. I wish I could tell you.”

But after a little more thought, Mercier tossed it away. — SY

12.11pm: Just turn them over!


Matt Marafioti and Max Lykov were contemplating a 3Diamond Suit8Spade SuitAClub SuitJHeart Suit board. Marafioti made it 50,000 to go before Lykov re-raised to 110,000. Now Marafioti announced he was all-in – call! There then followed a short pantomime.

“You have a set? asked Lykov


“No, you have two pair?” replied Marafioti, who was at risk in the hand.


“Yes.”


“Eights and threes?” said Marafioti.


“No.”


“Jacks and threes?” Marafioti continued.


“No.”

At this point Jason Mercier had had enough. “Just turn them over. Holy sh*t.”

That’s what they did, and it was all a bit of an anti-climax. JDiamond Suit8Club Suit for Marafioti – JSpade Suit8Diamond Suit for Lykov. Chop it up! — SY

12:08pm—Current seat draw


This is all going to change when we get down to eight players anyway, but for now, here’s how the two tables look.—BW

1-Shander de Vries


2-David Baker


3-Brandon Steven


4-Leo Fernandez


5-Erik Seidel


6-Tom Marchese

1-Maxim Lykov


2-Jason Mercier


3-Will Molson


4-Govert Metaal


5-Matt Marafioti




12:04pm: Affleck shows up in time to leave


Matt Affleck was very, very short coming into the day.WIth only 90,000 left in his stack, he got it in with the first decent hand he could find: AHeart SuitQSpade Suit. Jason Mercier did his duty and played with 8Heart Suit9Club Suit. Mercier flopped his eight, Affleck didn’t suck out, and the High Roller is down to 11 players. —BW

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Short day for Matt Affleck

11.30am: Welcome to the final day of the PCA


It’s finals day at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure, and the actual final day. This ten-day jambouree of every type of tournament you can imagine comes to a close today. Tomorrow this place reverts back to the usual fare of exhibitions, award dinners and industrial sanitation conferences.

But while we still have a few tables and chairs we’ll have the conclusion of the $25,000 High Roller event. There’s also the matter of the Bounty Shootout event on the main feature table, coverage of that will start at 2am.

Anyone still following at 2.30am this morning will know that they played down to 12 in this event last night, four short of a final table. Also, as you’d expect from an event like this, the remaining players are some of the best you could put together in one place.

Jason Mercier, Team PokerStars Pro – 1,023,000


David Baker – 853,000


Max Lykov, Team PokerStars Pro – 835,000


Govert Metaal – 792,000


Leo Fernandez, Team PokerStars Pro – 784,000


Tom Marchese – 728,000


Erik Seidel – 632,000


Brandon Steven – 571,000


Will Molson – 526,000


Matt Marafioti – 385,000


Shander de Vries – 325,000


Matt Affleck – 95,000

Jason Mercier leads, on course for another big win. Any one of the 11 obstacles in his way would make a convincing winner.

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Chip leader, Team PokerStars Pro Jason Mercier


It all resumes at 12 noon with coverage here through the very last hand. While you wait, check out the coverage from yesterday.

PokerStars Blog reporting team in the Bahamas (in order of overnight hours spent away from this room):Stephen Bartley (nine and a half), Brad Willis and Simon Young (seven).



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Galen Hall makes historic comeback to win 2011 PCA main event & $2.3 million

PCA-2010-thumbnail.jpgNo one told Galen Hall that Chris Oliver was supposed to win the 2011 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure. No one told Galen Hall that coming back from a huge chip deficit heads-up was going to be impossible. Nobody told Galen Hall that the fates had already determined that he would finish in second place. So, because nobody told Hall he couldn’t win, he did and pocketed $2.3 million for his efforts.

The 24-year-old man from San Francisco came into the day second in chips. His style stood in stark contrast to chip leader Chris Oliver’s wild and crazy approach. It looked as though Hall’s patience and cerebral approach wouldn’t compete with fate, but in the end, he stood as the champion.

Still reeling after his victory, Hall said. “I feel pretty awesome. It still hasn’t set in yet. We played heads up for a really long time, so I haven’t been thinking about the win.”

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2011 PCA main event champion Galen Hall

It looked as though the fates had determined Oliver was always going to win the 2011 PCA. The only question was who would finish in second place. With a giant chip lead and streak of good fortune as long as an airport runway, Oliver’s destiny was revealed on every flop, turn, and river. It looked at most times like Oliver won this tournament three days ago and today’s final table was just a formality.

Oliver brought 42% of chips in play to the final day. He won them in an unconventional fashion that had people shaking their heads. That kind of lead wasn’t unprecedented. In 2007, Isaac Haxton came into the six-handed final table with half the chips in play. He ended up finishing in second place, a testament to the Curse of Isaac Haxton.

PCA main event final table players



This year’s PCA main event was historic for a number of reasons. It was the biggest ever with 1,560 players, it had it’s deepest-ever run by a female player, and 2003 WSOP champion Chris Moneymaker nearly made the final table. The most visible of the history-making events came by way of a big satellite truck in the parking lot outside. For the first time in the PCA’s eight-year history, ESPN broadcast the event live across America (on a one-hour security delay) with the players hole cards exposed.



ESPN picked the right time to take a chance on live poker coverage. The final table did not disappoint. Oliver’s fast and loose style made for some of the most interesting poker. Sadly for Phillipe Plouffe, he didn’t get to see much of it. In the early minutes of the final table, Plouffe got QSpade SuitQHeart Suit all-in against Sam Stein’s AClub SuitKHeart Suit. The flop and turn were nice, but Stein rivered his ace and Plouffe went out in eighth for $202,000.

If ESPN could’ve scripted the event, the following hand would’ve been the writer’s greatest inspiration. Loosey-goosey Oliver came in for a raise with AHeart Suit2Club Suit. Stein called, and Galen Hall re-raised with king-deuce. Mike Sowers seemed to know all three of the guys were full of it and put in another raise with ASpade SuitJClub Suit…this one was all-in. Max Weinberg then woke up with pocket queens and got it in, too. Sowers looked like he might be on his way out the door, but managed to find four spades on the board to cripple Weinberg. A couple of minutes later, he lost his last few chips and went out in 7th place for $300,000.

Max Weinberg, 7th place, $300,000



Despite being very active at the tables in the run-up to the final table, Bolivar Palacios couldn’t seem to get involved when it counted. Finally blinded down to his final 1.7 million chips, he shoved all-in with KDiamond SuitJDiamond Suit. Hall looked him up with ADiamond Suit4Spade Suit. Palacios didn’t catch up and went out in sixth earning $450,000.

Bolivar Palacios, 6th place, $450,000



In one of the more shocking hands of the evening, Mike Sowers came in for a raise with 4Club Suit4Diamond Suit. Oliver, true to form, three-bet with 8Spade Suit2Heart Suit. The flop was just silly: 3Diamond Suit8Heart Suit2Spade Suit. Oliver led for 1.3 million. The only thing quicker than Sowers’ all-in was Oliver’s call. With no four on the turn or river, Sowers went out in fifth place for $700,000.

Mike Sowers, 5th place, $700,000



Sam Stein was on a mission. After two high-profile runner-up finishes last year, Stein was bound and determined to win this event. It was clear from the very beginning that Stein intended to complete the mission using Oliver’s chips. The chip leader’s reputation made him easy to three bet, and Stein did it over and over. It turned into a problem, because Oliver was eventually going to wake up with a hand. When Oliver came in for a raise with ADiamond SuitQDiamond Suit, Stein three-bet with AHeart Suit9Heart Suit. Oliver moved all-in. Stein fell deep in the tank but eventually decided he had the best hand. Stein couldn’t come from behind and he went out in fourth place for a cool million bucks.

Sam Stein, 4th place, $1 million



Romania’s Anton Ionel was a picture of patience. He made it here on a $33 PokerStars satellite and was making sure the return on investment was a good one. He barely played a hand throughout the final table. Down to just a few big blinds, he managed to double up with jacks. Just a few hands later he got his short-stack all-in with KSpade Suit6Spade Suit. Up against Galen Hall’s KClub SuitQSpade Suit, Ionel was drawing slim. He couldn’t find a way to suck out. For his patience, he earned a third place finish and $1,350,000.

Anton Ionel, 3rd place, $1,350,000



That left only Galen Hall between Oliver and the winner’s check. Hall made sure Oliver got no closer to the trophy. At one point down by a margin of more than 4 to 1, Hall battled back. After a lengthy heads-up match, Hall managed two quick double-ups that seemed to tilt Oliver right off the table. The first had Oliver and Hall both flopping two pair and Hall having the best of it. Right after that, Hall doubled up with kings versus Oliver’s AHeart Suit9Spade Suit. Those two pots put Hall in a commanding lead. It didn’t take long for Hall to get it in with AClub Suit8Club Suit versus Oliver’s queens. After cracking big hands for a week, it was finally time for Oliver to get a taste of his own medicine. Hall flopped two pair and Oliver was gone in second place. He was comforted by a prize worth $1.8 million.

Chris Oliver, 2nd place, $1.8 million

To look back on how it all played out, we have the historical record here:

Levels 29-31 updates


Level 32-33 updates

For a complete look at who made all the money, check out the 2011 PCA prize winners page.

If you’d like coverage in some different languages, see our German, Italian, Brazilian and Dutch blogs.

That will do it for our Main Event coverage. Be sure to join us again on Sunday for the $25,000 High Roller and $5,000 Bounty Shootout final tables.

Photography © Neil Stoddart



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