EPT12 Dublin: €10K Single-Day High Roller live updates

February 15, 2016


4:00am: That’s a wrap!

Check out a full rundown of today’s action here. –JS

3:56am: It’s all over! Carrel is the winner!
Level 24 – Blinds 80,000/160,000 (10,000 ante)

Both Carrel and Nitsche had been going back and forth with the all-ins, the raise and take-its, and the limp-raise-folds. In our final hand, Nitsche limped and Carrel made it 400,000 to play. Nitsche didn’t waste time shoving for 2.1 million and the call from Carrel was even quicker – “Aces!” he said gleefully.

Nitsche had a good hand too – A♥Q♦, and the board gave him hope. It came 10♠5♦J♣, so a king would give Nitsche the win. It wasn’t to be though – the 4♠ turn and 8♣ river ended it right here.

Congratulations to Charlie Carrel, the winner of the €10K Single-Day High Roller, who takes home €164,100 and the trophy following the deal, and to Dominik Nitsche – who gets €139,450 for 2nd. –JS

3:36am: Carrel takes control
Level 24 – Blinds 80,000/160,000 (10,000 ante)

After a few audacious bluffs (one in which Carrel shoved all-in on the river of a 7♣J♠2♥8♣2♦ board, only to show a ten and a three) he now has the chip lead with 5.7 million to Nitsche’s 3.2 million. –JS

3:19am: Chip counts
Level 23 – Blinds 60,000/120,000 (10,000 ante)

Dominik Nitsche 5,525,000
Charlie Carrel 3,375,000

3:15am: It’s heads up! Radoja busts in 3rd
Level 23 – Blinds 60,000/120,000 (10,000 ante)

We’ve just lost Mark Radoja. He moved all in from the small blind for 1 million with Q♠6♥ and was called by Charlie Carrel in the big blind with A♣8♠. The board ran out 8♦4♣K♣5♣9♥ and pair of eights won it for Carrel. Radoja banks €144,180 for third following the deal. –JS

3:05am: Nitsche draws more blood
Level 23 – Blinds 60,000/120,000 (10,000 ante)

Picking up the action on the turn, Dominik Nitsche led for 320,000 on a J♦4♦5♠2♦ board and Mark Radoja – who had chipped up a little – made the call. The river was the 10♠ and now Nitsche checked, allowing Radoja to bet 410,000. Nitsche snap-called with Q♠Q♥, while Radoja flashed his J♠6♦. The queens were best and Nitsche is now up to 5.6 million, while Radoja has just 1 million left. –JS

2:55am: Nitsche takes huge pot from Radoja, and chip lead
Level 23 – Blinds 60,000/120,000 (10,000 ante)

Mark Radoja opened to 210,000 on the button. “How much do you have?” asked Dominik, in the bb. “About 3 million,” came the reply. Nitsche made the call.

The flop was the 5♣A♠4♠ and Nitsche checked. Radoja continued for 205,000, but Nitsche bumped it up to 525,000. After Radoja made the call, the two saw the 6♠ land on the turn. Now Nitsche led for 600,000, and Radoja matched the bet. The river was the A♦ and Nitsche shoved.

“This is the first tough decision I’ve had all night!” said Radoja, who’d eventually give it up.

Dominik Nitsche 4.8 million
Mark Radoja 1.6 million –JS

Mark Radoja moved all-in from the small blind with A♥3♣ and was called by Charlie Carrel – who had slipped to 1.1 million – in the bb with K♣10♣. There was a king on the flop and Carrel secured the double up to 2.2 million. –JS

2:34am: Three-handed chip counts
Level 22 – Blinds 50,000/100,000 (10,000 ante)

Here are some unofficial counts:

Mark Radoja 3.4 million
Dominik Nitsche 3 million
Charlie Carrel 2.7 million –JS

2:24am: Billard is bust; finishes 4th
Level 22- Blinds 50,000/100,000 (10,000 ante)

Mark Radoja opened to 210,000 and Francois Billard shoved, which Radoja called. It was A♦10♣ for Billard, so he was ahead, but he’d lose to Radoja’s K♥Q♠ when the latter made a full house on the 7♠Q♣K♦Q♦8♥ board.

Good game Francois. He’ll take home €128,120 for his 4th place finish following the deal the guys made earlier. –JS


Billard settles for 4th
2:10am: Dreaming of a flop
Level 22- Blinds 50,000/100,000 (10,000 ante)

It seems to be either aise 3-bet fold, or raise and take it right now. Dominik Nitsche is out in front right now with around 3.1 million. –JS

1:57am: We have a deal!
Level 21- Blinds 40,000/80,000 (10,000 ante)

All four players have shook hands on a deal. Here’s how much each player is guaranteed:

Mark Radoja €144,180
Dominik Nitsche €139,450
Charlie Carrel €134,600
Francois Billard €128,120

They’re still playing for €29,900 plus the trophy. The cards will be back in the air shortly. –JS

1:27am: Pause the clock
Level 21- Blinds 40,000/80,000 (10,000 ante)

The clock has been paused as the four remaining players are taking the opportunity to discuss deal options (and order some beers). They are currently waiting to see numbers, but here’s how they stack up:

Mark Radoja 2.67 million
Dominik Nitsche 2.37 million
Charlie Carrel 2.1 million
Francois Billard 1.76 million –JS

Mark_Radoja_EPTdub_1DHR2.jpgRadoja leads the final 4

1:20am: Nitsche doubles and takes chip lead!
Level 21- Blinds 40,000/80,000 (10,000 ante)

Tricky old Dom Nitsche. He limped his small blind, and Mark Radoja raised to 300,000. Nitsche then shoved and Radoja called with A♠10♣, way behind Nitsche’s A♣K♠. There was a king on the flop and that was all Nitsche needed to get the win.

Here’s how they’re stacked right now;

Dominik Nitsche 4,100,000
Mark Radoja 2,600,000
Charlie Carrel 900,000
Francois Billard 1,000,000 –JS

1:05am: Tedeschi is our 5th place finisher
Level 21 – Blinds 40,000/80,000 (10,000 ante)

He only had 75,000 left, so it wasn’t hard for Paul Tedeschi to stick it in with any old two. We never even saw them in the end! Dominik Nitsche won the tiny pot with just ten high! Tadeschi successfully laddered up this final table having come in super short, and was all smiles with his 5th place finish for €66,480. –JS

1:00am: Demetrio Barreca out in 6th – and we reveal Radoja’s stack!
Level 20 – Blinds 30,000/60,000 (10,000 ante)

Demetrio Barreca is now gone at the hands of Mark Radoja – who is the absolute monster chip leader now with 4.95 million!

It was kings again for Radoja and queens again for Barreca – the hand he’d doubled with not too long ago. No help came on the board and he’s gone in 5th for €51,800. –JS

12:55am: Double elimination! We’re down to 6!
Level 20 – Blinds 30,000/60,000 (10,000 ante)

Wow, what a hand!

Jeff Rossiter shoved, Senh Ung re-shoved, and Mark Radoja shoved again!

Jeff Rossiter A♦Q♥
Senh Ung J♦J♣
Mark Radoja K♣K♠

The board ran out 9♠4♥4♦8♥10♦ and Radoja eliminates both players. It’s €31,940 for Rossiter for 8th and €41,000 for Ung for 7th, as Ung had more chips.

Radoja now has a crazy chip lead! We’ll be right back when he finishes counting! –JS

12:52am: Huge double for Barreca through Rossiter
Level 20 – Blinds 30,000/60,000 (10,000 ante)

Demetrio Barreca opened to 150,000 and Jeff Rossiter made it 350,000 to play. It was folded back around to Barreca who shoved for 800,000 and Rossiter snapped. It was Q♥Q♣ for Barreca and A♣K♣ for Rossiter, but the Q♦9♠5♣A♠7♠ board gave Barreca a set of queens. He doubled up to 1.6 million, while Rossiter was down to 650,000. –JS

12:40am: Nitsche out in front
Level 20 – Blinds 30,000/60,000 (10,000 ante)

Domink Nitsche is our current chip leader with 1.7 million, followed by Jeff Rossiter (1.5 million) and Mark Radoja (1.3 million). –JS

12:30am: Goryachev gone in 9th
Level 20 – Blinds 30,000/60,000 (10,000 ante)

Viacheslav Goryachev got all in with the 10♣8♥ against Charlie Carrel’s 3♠3♥, but as the board ran out 6♥A♠J♦2♦9♠ it was bye bye to the Russian, who takes home €24,170. –JS

12:20am: Final 9 chip counts
Level 19 – Blinds 25,000/50,000 (5,000 ante)

Mark Radoja 1,840,000
Dominik Nitsche 1,425,000
Demetrio Barreca 1,220,000
Senh Ung 1,000,000
Jeff Rossiter 930,000
Charlie Carrel 825,000
Francois Billard 670,000
Viacheslav Goryachev 400,000
Paul Tedeschi 375,000

12:10am: We have our final table; Lebedev gone in 10th
Level 19 – Blinds 25,000/50,000 (5,000 ante)

Sergey Lebedov shoved for 590,000 and Mark Radoja snap-called from the big blind with J♦J♣. It was a race as Lebedev turned over the K♥A♠, but there was nothing for him on 5♥3♣9♣4♥8♣ board, meaning he was our 10th place finisher. He’ll take home €18,560 for his efforts.

The players are now redrawing for the last table, so we’ll have that info shortly. –JS

12:00am: We’re back! And then there were 10…
Level 19 – Blinds 25,000/50,000 (5,000 ante)

We’re up to level 19 and Dominik Nitsche, fresh from a win in the UKIPT High Roller last night, is our chip leader.

Could he make it two High Roller titles in two days? –JS

11:55pm: Official chip counts

Here’s how the final ten players stack up:

Dominik Nitsche 1,425,000
Demetrio Barreca 1,170,000
Mark Radoja 1,010,000
Francois Billard 1,005,000
Senh Ung 920,000
Charlie Carrel 825,000
Jeff Rossiter 825,000
Sergey Lebedev 600,000
Paul Tedeschi 585,000
Viacheslav Goryachev 535,000

11:45pm: Players on break

Our final 9 players have gone on a 15-minute break. We’ll have the official counts shortly. –JS

11:44pm: Brito felted
Level 18 – Blinds 20,000/40,000 (5,000 ante)

We’ve lost Fernando Brito 11th, who will take home €18,560. –JS

11:34pm: Nitsche felts MacPhee, takes chip lead
Level 18 – Blinds 20,000/40,000 (5,000 ante)

We’ve just lost Kevin MacPhee in 12th place after he got his last 450,000 in the middle with A♥6♥, but ran into Dominik Nitsche’s A♦Q♦. Two queens on the board meant that it was for Kev, who collects €17,270 for 12th.

Meanwhile, Nitsche is now our chip leader with 1.3 million. –JS

11:14pm: Riess is outta here
Level 18 – Blinds 20,000/40,000 (5,000 ante)

Now that the bubble has burst we might see a few fast exits. The first was Ryan Riess, who after being crippled in a big pot found himself all-in with king queen against Taderschi’s ace seven. No help for Riess and the 2013 WSOP Main Event champ cashes for €17,270.

11:04pm: Dvoress is our bubble boy, gone in 14th
Level 17 – Blinds 15,000/30,000 (4,000 ante)

Well, that didn’t take too long at least. We’ve just lost Daniel Dvoress as our bubble boy, meaning all remaining players are in the money and have locked up €17,270. Here’s how it happened:

Francois Billard opened to 60,000 and Dvoress shoved for his last 385,000. Kevin MacPhee then shoved as well for 357,000. Billard got out of the way and it was jacks against MacPhee’s kings. No help on the board meant Dvoress was crippled, down to just 28,000.

He’d hang around for a couple of hands, but with the blinds looming he made his move and put his last 20,000 in. Billard and Nistche would play a small side pot, but in the end Dvoress’ pocket tens had been outflopped by Billard’s A♣7♣ (hitting a set of sevens), and that was all she wrote for Dan.

MacPhee now has around 780,000, while Billard is up to about 600,000. Demetrio Barreca from Italy is still our chip leader with 1.1 million. –JS

Blinds are up! Who will be our bubble boy? –JS

10:45pm: Blinds up
Level 17 – Blinds 15,000/30,000 (4,000 ante)

Blinds are up! Who will be our bubble boy? –JS

10:40pm: Down to 14; Wheeler busts and we’re on the bubble!
Level 16 – Blinds 12,000/24,000 (3,000 ante)

We thought we were going to bring this hand to you sooner, but Jason Wheeler is resiliant! Not resiliant enough though, as he’s just busted in 15th. Let me explain.

Demetrio Barreca opened to 55,000 and Wheeler 3-bet to 135,000 (one of the first hands after the dinner break). Barreca made the calle and the two saw a flop of K♠Q♠4♣. It was checked to Wheeler who put out a c-bet of 110,000, which Barecca called again. The turn was the K♥ and now both players checked. But on the 2♠ river Barecca shoved. He started the hand with 565,000 while Wheeler had 541, so this was essentially it if Wheeler called. He would, turning over A♥A♣. His aces had been cracked though by Barecca’s Q♣Q♥.

Barecca is now the chip lead with 1,100,000.

Wheeler was left with a single 1K chip in front of him, but he managed to double up and pick up the antes twice, bringing his stack back to up 38,000. However, a few hands later he was toast. Paul Tadeschi opened to 50,000, Jeff Rossiter shoved for 365,000. It was folded around to Wheeler who stuck his last few in the middle, and Tadeschi folded. Rossiter had A♠K♣ while Wheeler had 3♦4♣. There was no help for Wheeler and we’re no on the money bubble. Rossiter has 740,000 now. –JS

10:10pm: We’re back!
Level 16 – Blinds 12,000/24,000 (3,000 ante)

Our 15 remaining players have taken their seats and the cards are back in air. Only two more bust outs until the money! How long will it take the bubble to burst? –JS

8:50pm: Dinner time – official chip counts

Our 15 remaining players have now gone on a 75-minute dinner break. Here’s how the field shape up, just two away from the money:

Paul-Francois Tedeschi 888,000
Ryan Riess 777,000
Fernando Brito 729,000
Daniel Dvoress 760,000
Mark Radoja 673,000
Dominik Nitsche 637,000
Sergey Lebedev 633,000
Kevin MacPhee 529,000
Sehn Ung 606,000
Demetrio Barreca 565,000
Jason Wheeler 541,000
Kevin MacPhee 529,000
Charlie Carrel 500,000
Jeffrey Rossiter 348,000
Viacheslav Goryachev 210,000

Goryachev, Riess, Barreca, Lebedev, Wheeler, Tedeschi, Rossiter and Radoja are at one table.

Ung, MacPhee, Carrel, Brito, Billard, Nitsche and Dvoress are at the other.

See you in an hour! –JS

8:35pm: Bryn Kenney and more out
Level 15 – Blinds 10,000/20,000 (3,000 ante)

Bryn Kenney (16th), Parker Talbot (17th), the aforementioned Jyri Merivirta (18th) and Bryan Paris (19th) have all been knocked out of the tournament in the last level.

We’ll be back with official dinner break chip counts shortly. –JS

8:25pm: Merivirta crushed, eliminated
Level 15 – Blinds 10,000/20,000 (3,000 ante)

A big all-in pre-flop confrontation between Jyri Merivirta and Francois Billard resulted in a pretty sick run out. It was queens for Merivirta (Q♥Q♦) and A♥K♦ for Billard, and the flop was the 2♥Q♣7♥. It looked like a big double up was in the bag for Merivirta – after all, both players started the hand aroun the 200,000 mark. But the turn was the J♠ and the river the 10♣, delivering a brutal knock-out blow. Billard shot up to roughly 430,000, while Merivirta was down to 20,000. He’d be knocked out in the next hand in unspectacular fashion. –JS

8:15pm: New level
Level 15 – Blinds 10,000/20,000 (3,000 ante)

It’s now the last level before players go on a 75-minute dinner break. –JS

8:05pm: Carrel controversy
Level 14 – Blinds 8,000/16,000 (,000 ante)

There was a bit of controversy going on over at Charlie Carrel’s table. It turned out he’d folded out of turn in a hand, and then left the table before a ruling could be made. When he returned he said that the out-of-turn fold was an honest mistake due to the way another player had moved their hands, but the controversy was over the way he allegedly said sorry afterwards.

The floor was under the impression he’d said sorry in a sarcastic manner before leaving the table, but actually he was apologising for folding out of turn and then said sorry that he had to leave the table. It’s all a bit confusing, but this is Charlie Carrel we’re talking about – one of the best. It’s all been straightened out now. –JS

7:55pm: Top five stacks right now
Level 14 – Blinds 8,000/16,000 (2,000 ante)

There are 20 players left in this event, and here are the top quarter:

Ryan Riess 895,000
Dominik Nitsche 745,000
Jason Wheeler 675,000
Paul-Francois Tedeschi 560,000
Daniel Dvoress 520,000 –JS


Ryan Riess leads the pack
7:45pm: Up again
Level 14 – Blinds 8,000/16,000 (2,000 ante)

We’re now playing 8,000/16,000 with a 2,000 ante. –JS

7:34pm: A couple for Riess
Level 13 – Blinds 6,000/12,000 (2,000 ante)

Ryan Riess is having a good level. He just won a nice pot against Sergey Lebedov – here’s how it played out.

Riess limped from the sb and Lebedov checked from the bb. The flop was the 3♠J♠7♥, and both players checked. The same thing happened on the 8♣ turn. Then, on the 4♥ river, Riess checked but Lebedov bet 20,000. But now Riess decides to 3-bet to 75,000, and finds a caller. Riess flipped over his 4♦4♣ for a set of fours confidently, and Lebedov let out a wince and a sigh.

The next hand, Mark Radoja opened to 28,000 and Riess 3-bet to 64,000, taking it down. He’s up to 600,000 now, while Lebedev has slipped a little to 760,000. –JS

7:25pm: A whole lot of 3-bets
Level 13 – Blinds 6,000/12,000 (2,000 ante)

3-betting is the order of Level 13 – all the cool kids are doing it. Everywhere we look it’s happening.

Sam Greenwood opens to 30,000, Dominik Nitsche 3-bets to 77,000, Greenwood folds.

Mark Radoja opens to 30,000, Jeff Rossiter 3-bets to 82,000, Radoja folds.

Paul-Francois Tedeschi opens to 26,000 Reiner Kempe makes it 81,000 to play, and Tedeschi gives it up.

All three of this took place on different tables. We’ve only got three tables left! –JS

7:15pm: Level 13 is a go
Level 13 – Blinds 6,000/12,000 (2,000 ante)

We’re down to 26 players as we enter Level 13. –JS

7:00pm: Lebedev takes the chip lead
Level 12 – Blinds 5,000/10,000 (1,000 ante)

We just caught the end of a huge pot between Sergey Lebedev and Orpen Kisacikoglu. The board read 10♥A♥4♥5♣K♠ and Kisacikoglu checked over to Lebedev (bear in mind there was around 427,000 already in the middle!). Lebedev put out a bet of 200,000 and Kisacikoglu had a long think. He’d eventually make the call, but mucked when Lebedev flipped over the K♥3♥ for the stone-nuts.

With that hand, Lebedev has taken a good chip lead with 960,000, while Kisacikoglu has 245,000 remaining. –JS

6:50pm: Players are back – except this lot
Level 12 – Blinds 5,000/10,000 (1,000 ante)

We now have 29 players remaining. Adrian Mateos, Jean-Noel Thorel, Piotr Franczak, Rocco Palumbo, Scott Margereson, Georgios Sotiropoulos, Davidi Kitai, Alexandru Papazian, Dzmitry Urbanovich, Martin Jacobson, and Max Silver have all been eliminated. –JS

6:40pm: A few chip counts
Level 12 – Blinds 5,000/10,000 (1,000 ante)

Here are a few unofficial chips counts at the break:

Jason Wheeler 520,000
Daniel Dvoress 510,000
Sam Greenwood 430,000
Dominik Nitsche 400,000
Paul-Francois Tedeschi 375,000
Viacheslav Goryachev 344,000
Kevin MacPhee 288,000


Wheeler leads at the break
6:30pm: Break time

Players are now on a 20 minute break. When we return the blinds will be 5,000/10,000 with a 1,000 ante. –JS

6:24pm: Nitsche wins big from Zisimopoulos, then doubles Sormunen
Level 11 – Blinds 4,000/8,000 (1,000 ante)

The clock had been called on Georgios Zisimopoulos, as he was taking a heckuva long time to make a decision as to call Dominik Nitsche’s all-in shove. The board was Q♥8♥4♦2♥8♠, the bet was for 185,000 more and the pot was already huge, but with just 191,000 himself it would basically be for Zisimopoulos’ tournament. As it ticked down to 5 seconds his hand hit the muck.

Nitsche scraped in the pot and now had 430,000. “I had ace queen, you had king queen,” he said afterwards. Juding by Zisimopoulos’s reaction, he may have been on the money.

The next hand Nitsche was right in the thick of the action again, opening and then calling a shove from Pasi Sormunen for 48,000. Nistche held A♦5♦ while it was K♠Q♣ for the Finnish player, and a king on the flop secured him the double up.

Dominik Nitsche 375,000
Pasi Sormunen 108,000
Georgios Zisimopoulos 191,000 –JS

6:14pm: Habib busts to Lebedev
Level 11 – Blinds 4,000/8,000 (1,000 ante)

Walid Bou Habib was all-in with A♥K♥ but would need to hit to beat Sergey Lebedev’s 2♥2♦. The board ran out 5♦3♦J♠8♠J♣ and the deuces held, eliminating Habib, while giving Lebedev around 600,000. –JS

6:04pm: Prize pool and pay-outs
Level 11 – Blinds 4,000/8,000 (1,000 ante)

The 89 entries in this event created a prize pool of €863,300, and 13 people will be paid. Here’s a look at how the pay-outs breakdown:

1. €229,200
2. €159,280
3. €105,320
4. €82,450
5. €66,480
6. €51,800
7. €41,000
8. €31,940
9. €24,170
10. €18,560
11. €18,560
12. €17,270
13. €17,270

There are 37 players remaining. –JS

6:00pm: Level 11 underway
Level 10 – Blinds 4,000/8,000 (1,000 ante)

The blinds continue to go up, and many stacks are entering the danger zone. Don’t go anywhere – we’ll be back with knock-outs and the prize pool/pay-outs in just in a sec. –JS

5:50pm: Buddiga loses the race
Level 10 – Blinds 3,000/6,000 (1,000 ante)

Pratyush Buddiga had got it all-in with Q♥Q♦ against Orpen Kisacikoglu’s A♥K♠, and the two were off to the races. Kisacikoglu has an interesting look today – a ski woolly hat and a scarf covering everything but his eyes. The board ran out 9♣A♠5♥4♣2♥ and that ace ended Buddiga’s tournament. It was a pretty large pot, and Kisacikoglu now has more than 500,000. –JS

5:45pm: Kanit can’t make it two in a row
Level 10 – Blinds 3,000/6,000 (1,000 ante)

The enigmatic, entertaining, and effervescent Mustapha Kanit won’t win two High Rollers in a row, as he has been eliminated from this event. Will we see him hop into the Main Event on Day 1B? –JS

5:40pm: Mercier eliminated – no chance to re-enter
Level 10 – Blinds 3,000/6,000 (1,000 ante)

What an annoying time to bust your first bullet – right after entry is closed! Team PokerStars Pro Jason Mercier is gone and will have to find new plans for the day. –JS

5:30pm: Level 10 begins
Level 10 – Blinds 3,000/6,000 (1,000 ante)

Play has now entered Level 10 which means there are no more entries allowed. A total of 66 players entered this event, with 23 re-entering. As it stands 43 remain – we’ll have the prize pool details as soon as they’re announced. –JS

5:23pm: Greenwood doubles through Vogelsang
Level 9 – Blinds 2,500/5,000 (500 ante)

Jean-Noel Thorel kicked off the action with an open to 12,000, before Sam Greenwood decided to shove for 98,000 on the button. Christoph Vogelsang looked interested, and thought for a little while before raising to 225,000. Thorel quickly got out of the way, and the cards were on their backs.

Sam Greenwood 7♦7♠
Christoph Vogelsang A♥10♣

There was an ace in the window on the flop, but also a 7 – giving Greenwood a set. At the end, the board read A♠4♦7♥Q♦K♠ and Greenwood doubled up. He now has 124,000.

There are 45 players remaining. –JS


Sam’s happy
5:10pm: McDonald, Kurganov, Drinan, Chartier, Charania – all eliminated
Level 9 – Blinds 2,500/5,000 (500 ante)

There have been plenty of bust-outs since the players have returned for Level 9. Igor Kurganov, Connor Drinan, Sam Chartier, Mohsin Charania, and Mike McDonald have all been felted.

In Mike McDonald’s case, it was by the hands of Davidi Kitai. McDonald had got all his chips in with A♣5♣ on the turn of the 4♠K♦2♣9♣ board, and needed an ace, club or 3 to beat Kitai’s 10♦10♣. The river was the 9♠ though and McDonald is outta here. Kitai now has 115,000.

52 players remain, with one more level before entry is closed. –JS

4:50pm: One last hand

While all other players had gone on their break, two remained. I went over to see what was going on and found Francois Billard and Sergey Lebedev playing a pot together which would stretch five minutes into their comfort time.

The board had already reached the river, showing Q♥10♦J♦ and Billard checked, before Lebedev put out a 36,000 bet into a 90,000 pot. Billard went deep into the tank – for so long that Ryan Reiss – who had hung back to watch his tablemates play – had a chance to do an interview and still come back in time to catch the end of the hand. Billard would eventually fold though, and now sits with 168,000, while Lebedev is up to around 205,000. –JS

4:46pm: Break time

Level 8 has concluded and players are on another 15-minute break. This will be the last chance for anyone to enter or re-enter, as that window will close with the start of Level 9. –MH

4:42pm: Mercier doubles through Kurganov
Level 8 – Blinds 2,000/4,000 (500 ante)

Jason Mercier was just now all in and at risk holding A♦K♣ versus Igor Kurganov’s A♣J♦. The 9♥Q♦9♣3♣10♣ board was okay for Mercier, and he doubles to about 180,000 while Kurganov slips to just over 85,000. –MH

4:37pm: Assorted chip counts
Level 8 – Blinds 2,000/4,000 (500 ante)

They are about halfway through Level 8 — almost four hours into the tournament — and at the moment Daniel Dvoress looks like the leader as he’s pushing up toward the 500,000-chip mark.

Here’s a glimpse at how several of the stacks look at present, including all the big ones:

Daniel Dvoress – 475,000
Jason Wheeler – 390,000
Christoph Vogelsang – 328,000
Charlie Carrel – 318,000
Martin Jacobson – 353,000
Senh Ung – 290,000
Pratyush Buddiga – 244,000
Adrian Mateos – 220,000
Ryan Riess – 196,000
Jeffrey Rossiter – 186,000
Nick Petrangelo – 145,000
Sam Greenwood – 120,000
Igor Kurganov – 118,000
Rocco Palumbo – 107,000
Bryn Kenney – 105,000
Connor Drinan – 91,000
Mustapha Kanit – 88,000
Steve O’Dwyer – 82,000
Dominik Nitsche – 80,000
Max Silver – 75,000
Davidi Kitai – 73,000
David Peters – 60,000
Jason Mercier – 54,000

With about 15 minutes of late registering and re-entering to go, there are 89 total entries so far. –MH

4:35pm: Jacobson felts Watson, while Heath hits the rail again
Level 8 – Blinds 2,000/4,000 (500 ante)

Two more players have exited this event, one of whom has become our first to bust twice.

Ben Heath, who has now used both of his entries and can’t re-enter, was putting on his backpack and making his way out of the tournament area while we were watching a hand between Martin Jacobson and Mike Watson.

Jacobson min-raised from UTG and it folded around to Watson in the big blind. He made the call the two saw the 4♣3♣10♦ flop, which Watson would check to the pre-flop raiser. Jacobson c-betted for 13,000, but Watson 3-bet shoved for around 40,000. Jacobson made the call with the 10♠Q♣ and was ahead with a pair of tens against Watson’s A♣8♣. The 8♥ on the turn gave SirWatts some hope, but the 6♠ river sealed his fate.

It’s likely we’ll see Mike Watson again in this event, but he only has one and a bit levels to re-enter. Meanwhile, Jacobson is storming up the counts with 350,000. –JS

4:22pm: Kanit’s back in
Level 8 – Blinds 2,000/4,000 (500 ante)

There may only be one Mustapha Kanit, but there are two Mustapha Kanit buy-ins in this event. The Italian High Roller champ is back in with 100,000. –JS

4:17pm: Zisimopoulos doubles through Silver
Level 8 – Blinds 2,000/4,000 (500 ante)

Before Level 7 ended, Georgios Zisimopoulos found a double up when he shoved from the small blind into Max Silver’s bb. It was only for 26,300, so Silver made the call with 8♥6♥, in bad shape against Zisimopoulos’ 10♥8♦. It would get worse for Silver on the flop as Zisimopoulos flopped the nut straight. The board ran out 9♣J♥7♠A♠K♥ and Zisimopoulos is up to 54,000, while Silver is in trouble with 33,500. –JS

4:16pm: Level 8 begins
Level 8 – Blinds 2,000/4,000 (500 ante)

They’re up to Level 8 now, the last full level before late registration and the ability to re-enter ends. –MH

4:12pm: Gieles felts Kanit
Level 7 – Blinds 1,500/3,000 (400 ante)

We’re trying to keep our cool and not get too excited around here whenever someone loses an all-in. Not yet, anyway. With late registration and the ability to re-enter available through the start of Level 9, nothing is final, really… unless, of course, a player busts for a second time, which is something we haven’t seen happen yet.

Case in point, just now we were reporting how Steve O’Dwyer had responded to being knocked out once by re-entering and knocking out Luuk Gieles. Well, Gieles then performed a similar feat, immediately buying back in and then felting yesterday’s €25K High Roller champ, Mustapha Kanit.

Following an open from the button, Kanit had shoved for about 58,000 from the small blind, and Gieles reshoved from the big to isolate. Kanit had A♠8♦ and Gieles 9♠9♦. The 7♦4♥6♦8♥5♥ put a straight on the board, but Gieles was able to make a better one and Kanit was out… but likely not for long.

Gieles is at 145,000 now. –MH

3:58pm: O’Dwyer felts Gieles
Level 7 – Blinds 1,500/3,000 (400 ante)

Steve O’Dwyer was nursing a short stack up through the last level when he finally busted and then re-entered. Shortly after that, he was the one felting another in a hand versus Luuk Gieles.

Gieles had open-pushed his last 38,000 from early position and O’Dwyer called from late, with the blinds stepping aside. Gieles showed A♣3♣ while O’Dwyer had picked up A♥A♦. The board ran out 2♠3♦4♣7♣6♥, and Gieles moved to the rail.

On his second try, O’Dwyer has 142,000 now. –MH

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Steve O’Dwyer
3:48pm: Seeking more silver spades
Level 7 – Blinds 1,500/3,000 (400 ante)

They’re up to Level 7, and as it happens there are now 77 total entries in the event. Which will be the lucky one?

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3:43pm: Seeking more silver spades
Level 6 – Blinds 1,200/2,400 (300 ante)

“You guys play the Main yet?”

So asked Dominik Nitsche, one of the late arrivers for this event. Most at the table had, but Nitsche said he hasn’t as yet. At that revelation, Bryn Kenney — another of the latecomers — had a ready rejoinder.

“Sick brag, bro.”

The table laughed, as they all knew along with Kenney why it was Nitsche has yet to play the EPT Dublin Main Event. The German was otherwise occupied during yesterday’s first Day 1 flight, busy winning the €2K UKIPT High Roller where he topped a 416-entry field to earn a cool €156,160.

Speaking of players who collected silver spades a day ago, another one has also now joined the €10K SDHR field — Mustapha Kanit, winner of the EPT Dublin €25K High Roller. –MH

3:27pm: Kempe snares Neuville’s stack
Level 6 – Blinds 1,200/2,400 (300 ante)

In a battle of the blinds, Pierre Neuville found himself all in and at risk with K♦2♠ versus Rainer Kempe’s 3♦3♣.

The 7♣2♣J♥ flop gave Neuville one pair, but the 8♠ turn and 9♥ river provided no further improvement and he was felted. Kempe has about 120,000 at present. –MH

3:18pm: Level 6 begins
Level 6 – Blinds 1,200/2,400 (300 ante)

As Level 6 begins the big board shows 67 total entries, with 57 players in action. –MH

3:16pm: Vogelsang stacks Silver
Level 5 – Blinds 1,000/2,000 (300 ante)

Christoph Vogelsang opened for 4,800 from under the gun and Nicholas Palma called from the next seat over. It folded around to Max Silver in the big blind who then reraise-shoved for 42,000 total.

Vogelsang paused about a half-minute, studying Silver’s bet and the counting through his own chips. Finally he reraised all in over the top, and Palma quickly folded.

Silver: 10♠10♦
Vogelsang: A♦A♥

Silver immediately stood from his seat at the sight of Vogelsang’s rockets, and five cards later — J♠8♥7♣3♠K♦ — he departed. Vogelsang now has about 290,000, while Silver is already re-entering to try and take a second crack. –MH

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Christoph Vogelsang
3:05pm: Jacks hold for Luca
Level 5 – Blinds 1,000/2,000 (300 ante)

Following a Martin Jacobson open from the button, Ivan Luca reraised all in from the big blind for 12,900 and after thinking for a short while the 2014 World Series of Poker Main Event champion called.

Jacobson showed A♣Q♣ while Luca had J♣J♦. The board came K♠4♠K♣8♠8♥ — safe for Luca who doubled to just under 30,000. Meanwhile Jacobson slips to about 75,000. –MH

2:59pm: Surveying the big stacks
Level 5 – Blinds 1,000/2,000 (300 ante)

A quick survey of the tables seeking the biggest stacks reveals that Senh Ung — one of the players who has re-entered — looks to have the most chips at present. An unofficial top five:

Senh Ung – 310,000
Daniel Dvoress – 290,000
Jeff Rossiter – 220,000
Nicholas Palma – 215,000
Christoph Vogelsang – 215,000

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Daniel Dvoress
2:48pm: Level 5 begins
Level 5 – Blinds 1,000/2,000 (300 ante)

Players are back and cards are in the air once again. Now the total number of entries is up to 61, with late registration continuing to stay open through the start of Level 9.

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2:33pm: Break time

Players are now taking their first 15-minute break of the day. –MH

2:23pm: Field increases, becomes increasingly tough
Level 4 – Blinds 800/1,600 (200 ante)

Some more latecomers to tell you about — Steve O’Dwyer, Martin Jacobson, Igor Kurganov, Sam Greenwood, Ivan Luca, and Jared Jaffee are further helping fill out a stellar field in this one.

Right now there are 58 total entries with 50 players sitting behind stacks. –MH

2:11pm: Serving treys
Level 4 – Blinds 800/1,600 (200 ante)

With the board showing 3♥3♣9♦9♣3♦ and a small pot having developed, Team PokerStars Pro Jason Mercier made bet from the small blind with the full house on the board and Georgios Zisimopoulos couldn’t resist calling from the button.

Mercier then showed Q♣3♠ for quads and Zisimopoulos mucked. Mercier is at about 118,000 right now while Zisimopoulos sits with just over 160,000. –MH

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Jason Mercier
2:01pm: Level 4 begins
Level 4 – Blinds 800/1,600 (200 ante)

Another half-hour level has started. After this one, players will be taking their first 15-minute break of the day. –MH

1:53pm: More KOs, Dvoress chips up
Level 3 – Blinds 600/1,200 (200 ante)

We just saw Daniel Dvoress claiming the last of Sam Chartier’s stack to send the latter to the rail. Dvoress has about 245,000 now. Ben Heath was also standing with his backpack, having likewise lost the last of his starting stack.

The big board is showing 54 total entries to this point, with 48 players in action. –MH

1:42pm: Lebedev knocked out
Level 3 – Blinds 600/1,200 (200 ante)

Sergey Lebedev has become the third player stacked so far after a confrontation with Georgios Zisimopoulos near the beginning of the day’s third level.

Lebedev was all in and at risk with 9♣9♠ versus Zisimopoulos’s A♥K♥, but the 3♣7♠Q♥7♣K♦ board had brought a better pair to Zisimopoulos, and Lebedev is out. Like the others felted early, he can re-enter up until the start of Level 9.

Zisimopoulos is up to 175,000 now. –MH

1:31pm: Level 3 begins
Level 3 – Blinds 600/1,200 (200 ante)

They continue on into Level 3 without a break, with 40 total entries so far. –MH

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1:27pm: Gieles grabs from Neuville
Level 2 – Blinds 500/1,000 (100 ante)

We arrived on the river to see a provocative-looking board-and-hands combination in a hand between Luuk Gieles and Pierre Neuville.

The board read 8♥K♠8♣A♦4♠, and Neuville’s J♣8♦ meant he’d flopped trips. But Gieles’s A♣A♥ meant he’d turned a full house, and the Dutchman profited well by doing so, earning a big pot off of the Belgian.

Gieles is up around 215,000 now while Neuville slips back to 70,000. –MH

1:20pm: Bleiker bounced
Level 2 – Blinds 500/1,000 (100 ante)

Felix Bleiker has followed Senh Ung to the rail as the second knockout of the day after losing his stack to Kevin MacPhee in a set-over-set situation. –MH

1:17pm: Ung felted; Kempe, Adams on the rise
Level 2 – Blinds 500/1,000 (100 ante)

The day’s first knockout has already occurred here in the middle of Level 2.

A preflop raising war between Senh Ung and Rainer Kempe saw Ung all in and at risk with ace-king versus Kempe’s pocket nines. The nines held, Ung is out (perhaps to re-enter), and Kempe is now sitting with about 200,000 or twice the starting stack.

Meanwhile Timothy Adams took a decent-sized pot off of Charlie Carrel a short while ago, and he sits with about 160,000 in the early going. –MH

1:01pm: Level 2 begins
Level 2 – Blinds 500/1,000 (100 ante)

It’s a new level already, but there’s no increase in either the blinds or antes. –MH

12:53pm: All-ins aplenty
Level 1 – Blinds 500/1,000 (100 ante)

We’ve already seen a couple all-ins even in the first level of the tournament.

In one instance, Mike McDonald raise-shoved over a river bet by Orpen Kisacikoglu to claim a decent-sized pot. McDonald is up around 130,000 at present.

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Mike McDonald
Meanwhile on the next table over, Christoph Vogelsang and Nicholas Palma got it all in on only to discover both had been dealt pocket kings. The board provided no four-flushes, and the pair chopped the pot. –MH

12:46pm: More arrivals
Level 1 – Blinds 500/1,000 (100 ante)

The empty seats are starting to fill and a fifth table has been opened as more than 30 players are in action now. Adrian Mateos, Jeffrey Rossiter, and Anthony Zinno are among the latest to claim seats. –MH

12:39pm: The usual suspects
Level 1 – Blinds 500/1,000 (100 ante)

A couple of minutes into today’s event and the big board is showing 19 players registered so far, with 17 of them in their seats and playing short-handed at four tables. Late registration is open until the start of Level 9.

At one table is Mike McDonald, Daniel Dvoress, Kyle Frey, and Demetrio Barreca. At another we find Sergey Lebedev, David Peters, Ryan Riess, Senh Ung, and Fernando Brito.

Nearby at a third table are seated Pierre Neuville, Christoph Vogelsang, Laui Varonen, and Team PokerStars Pro Jason Mercier. And at the fourth we find Timothy Adams, Pratyush Buddiga, Ben Heath, and Charlie Carrel. –MH

12:31pm: Shuffle up and deal!
Level 1 – Blinds 500/1,000 (100 ante)

The first hands of the €10K Single-Day High Roller are being dealt. Play is eight-handed and players are starting with deep stacks 100,000 chips, but the blinds and antes will start increasing soon thanks to the short 30-minute levels. Also, players can re-enter once, which ought to inspire even more action from the start. –MH

12:00pm: €10K Single-Day High Roller starting soon

Welcome back to the Royal Dublin Society where among today’s busy schedule the €10K Single-Day High Roller will be playing out starting at 12:30pm. With half-hour levels the pace promises to be a quick one, and many of poker’s biggest names are expected to take part today.

Back soon for the beginning… and the middle… and the end, as we bring you start-to-finish coverage of the “SDHR”! –MH

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PokerStars Blog reporting team on the EPT12 Dublin €10K Single-Day High Roller: Jack Stanton and Martin Harris. Photography by Neil Stoddart. Follow the PokerStars Blog on Twitter:@PokerStarsBlog


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