EPT12 Grand Final: Fabian Quoss wins €50k SHR after defeating Ole Schemion

May 02, 2016


Quoss winning another high roller
They’ll be no second super high roller title of the festival for Ole Schemion after Fabian Quoss made quick work of turning around his younger opponent. Schemion still managed a victory of kind by securing a deal that means he takes home the larger share of the prize pool.

The final hand saw Schemion move all-in for 4.8 million from the button and Quoss snap call from the big blind.

Quoss: A♦Q♠
Schemion: K♣5♣

The board ran A♠4♥8♦Q♣3♠.

It was all over by the turn and the two German stars embraced and both celebrated with supporters on the rail.


Here’s how much they took home after the deal and the €50,000 they left to play for:

1st. Fabian Quoss – €848,059
2nd. Ole Schemion – €857,241

Full payouts

9:32pm: Quoss extends lead
Level 27 – Blinds 150,000/300,000 (40,000 ante)

Fabian Quoss has the momentum after that double up and won another post off Ole Schemion.

The latter limped in from the button and Quoss checked before a 10♠4♥3♦ flop appeared. Quoss led for 400,000 and called after Schemion raised to 1.175 million. No more chips ventured forwards as the 10♣K♠ turn and river were checked down.

Quoss opened 6♠6♥ beating Schemion’s 9♥8♠. –MC

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9:30pm: Quoss doubles to even things up
Level 27 – Blinds 150,000/300,000 (40,000 ante)

The players managed to squeeze ten hands in before the level went up, and that will tell that the pots were quick and small. Until the last hand of the level that was.

Fabian Quoss limped in from the button and then called all-in for 3.56 million after Ole Schemion shoved.

Schemion: K♠3♠
Quoss: A♠7♥

The board ran 10♥A♥10♠3♦K♥ to make both players two pair. Quoss has the best of it and just took over the lead. Game on! –MC

9:14pm: Cards are in the air!
Level 27 – Blinds 150,000/300,000 (40,000 ante)


Schemion & Quoss in battle
There’s still 15 minutes of Level 27 to play.

Ole Schemion – 8.77 million (29bb)
Fsabian Quoss – 5.23 million (17bb)

The players have also decided to deal. They’re chopped according to the numbers and will play for €50,000 and the trophy.

Schemion – €857,241
Quoss – €799,059

8:45pm: Schemion and Quoss back to finish their duel
Welcome back to “Day 2” of the €50,000 single-day high roller coverage. After a 17-hour day yesterday, the 70-entry field was whittled down to two players, and two very familiar ones at that.

If you ever need to prove to someone that poker is (largely) a game of skill then get them to look at the record of Ole Schemion and Fabian Quoss, the two players who will be back at 9pm to finish their heads up battle. Their general poker record is outstanding, but what about in high roller events where they’re facing the best of the best? The PokerStars Blog decided to crunch some numbers and look at their record just in high roller events:

Name Country High roller cashes High roller titles Total earned in high rollers
Ole Schemion Germany 16 3 $6,362,241
Fabian Quoss Germany 15 4 $6,918,419


Ole Schemion
The table above shows how deadly they are and how closely matched the two are. Schemion had a monstrous couple of years but 2016 has been somewhat dry for him, until this week where he came roaring back into form. He min-cashed in the €10,300 high roller at the beginning of the festival and then went on to win the €100,000 super high roller on Saturday for €1,597,800. Also, by securing at least a third-pace or better finish yesterday, the 23-year-old became Germany’s all-time money winner, surpassing Tobias Reinkemeier. Quoss, meanwhile, is mister consistent. Since cashing in his first high roller event back in 2010, he’s averaged three HR cashes a year and already has a title this year – the AU$100,000 Challenge at the Aussie Millions back in January.

Right, that’s enough profiling them. I hope you’re convinced, like we, that these two guys deserve to be where they are. Can Quoss win his second high roller title of the year, or can Schemion win his second of the week? Tune in from 9pm to find out.

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Fabian Quoss
The story of yesterday

Play started at 12:30pm and many tables filled up a lot quicker than they did last season. Players knew that it was a single re-entry turbo tournament with 30-minute levels and that (no doubt) affected the way the players approached the game. From the off there was no shortage of players willing to gamble.

Mustapha Kanit won last season’s event for €936,500 and he was one of eight players to enter twice, the others being Nick Petrangelo, Jean-Noel Thorel, Ivan Luca, Fedor Holz and Dan Shak. Holz was the only one of these players that managed to turn their second chance into a cash, finishing fifth for €271,670. Nine players have/will split the €3,395,700 prize pool, here’s who have won their share already:

3. Aidyn Auyezkanov, Kazakhstan – €463,510
4. Murad Akhundov, Azerbaijan – €349,760
5. Fedor Holz, Germany – €271,670
6. Mikita Badziakouski, Belarus – €210,530
7. Michael Bonzon, Switzerland – €166,400
8. David Peters, USA – €129,050
9. Steve O’Dwyer, Ireland – €98,480

Of course, someone had to come tenth and that person was British pro Max Silver. He was left very short after getting unlucky to double up David Peters and then he found an ace in late position. He moved all in with his ace-deuce but, then chip leader Holz, called with ace-seven in the blinds and sent him to the rail.

Once the bubble burst there was no shortage of action, but the eliminations didn’t come as fast as expected, mainly due to a high percentage of doubles ups. Five of the final nine held the chip lead at one stage as the chips were passed around the table. The atmosphere was very relaxed though as the pressure of cashing was off their shoulders. Aidyn Auyezkanov busted in third at 4:45am and the race to beat the 5:30am deadline was on. The two players tried valiant to win after they failed to reach a deal, but it wasn’t meant to be and they’ll be back soon to try and finish off the job. — MC

6am: Schemion and Quoss will return later to battle it out for another high roller title
The €50,000 single-day high roller event debuted at the EPT Grand Final last season and proved a great success with 66 entries, and this season has proven no different, as when registration closed, that number had grown to 70. Last season’s version managed to crown Mustpha Kanit a champion at around 3:30am but it failed to finish this season after a 17-hour day. Play was halted at 5:30am with two players still in the hunt for the title and €993,200 top prize.


Schemion and Quoss locked in battle
Ole Schemion’s remarkable few days have continued. The German won the super high roller on Saturday for €1,597,800 and he’s favourite to win again as he’ll take a 8.77million to 5.23 million chip lead over Fabian Quoss forward to 9pm today, when the match will play out.

Max Silver was the unfortunate bubble boy. He got unlucky in doubling up David Peters and then busted to Fedor Holz a short while after, his ace-deuce failing to come from behind to beat Holz’s ace-seven.

Here’s who have already made the money and collected their cash:

3. Aidyn Auyezkanov, Kazakhstan – €463,510
4. Murad Akhundov, Azerbaijan – €349,760
5. Fedor Holz, Germany – €271,670
6. Mikita Badziakouski, Belarus – €210,530
7. Michael Bonzon, Switzerland – €166,400
8. David Peters, USA – €129,050
9. Steve O’Dwyer, Ireland – €98,480

Join us back here at later on today and see which German can take down yet another high roller title. — MC

5:30am: No champion crowned, yet
Level 27 – Blinds 150,000/300,000 (40,000 ante)

The deadline came and we had no result so the players will be coming back tomorrow at 9pm to play it out. A short wrap of the day’s play will be up shortly, and a fuller one – plus the end of the end heads up battle coverage – will be on the blog later on this evening. — MC

5:26am: Quoss dominates to double
Fabian Quoss’ stack had shrunk a little further before he and Ole Schemion got it all-in. Quoss had the better of it and doubled his 2.5 million stack.

Schemion moved all-in from the button with A♥6♠ and Quoss snap called all-in with A♣J♠. The board ran 8♦2♣10♣5♠4♥.

The 5:30am deadline is almost upon us, will a winner be crowned tonight/this morning? — MC

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5:10am: Schemion takes commanding lead
Level 27 – Blinds 150,000/300,000 (40,000 ante)

Ole Schemion has around 11 million of the 14 in play after picking off a Fabian Quoss river bluff.

Quoss opened to 500,000 and Schemion defended his big blind. The flop fanned 7♠6♣A♦ and Schemion check-raised Quoss’ 350,000 c-bet up to 775,000. Call. The turn was the 9♠ and Quoss called a 900,000 bet before betting 1.6 million on the J♣ river when Schemion checked to him. The super high roller champion from yesterday cut out the calling chips and seemed to build himself up before making the call.

Quoss opened 8♣3♣ and smiled; Schemion just stared his opponent down. –MC

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4:50am: Schemion doubles into the chip lead
Level 26 – Blinds 120,000/240,000 (30,000 ante)

It didn’t take long for the first all-in and call. At the end of the hand, the players had swapped places.

Fabian Quoss raised from the button and then called once Schemion moved all-in for 4.37 million.

Quoss: A♦J♦
Schemion: A♠9♠

The board ran 9♦10♦10♣6♠2♠ to make Schemion two pair. –MC

4:33am: Heads up counts and no deal
Level 26 – Blinds 120,000/240,000 (30,000 ante)

Fabian Quoss – 9.66 million.
Ole Schemion – 4.34 million.

The two players looked at the numbers but Schemion didn’t like what Quoss was willing to offer so they’re playing it out aux natural. — M

4:47pm: Aidyn Auyezkanov eliminated in third place (€463,510)
Level 26 – Blinds 120,000/240,000 (30,000 ante)

Auyezkanov – third place
This final table has seen a lot of rivers decide hands and it was a river that cost Aidyn Auyezkanov his tournament life. He could see the funny side of it though and just sat there laughing after he was rivered. It also his first ever tournament so why not laugh!

He raised to 700,000 from the button and called all-in after Fabian Quoss shoved.

Quoss: K♠9♠
Auyezkanov: 10♦10♥

The board ran 6♥2♥5♥7♦K♦.

Auyezkanov went and collected his money, came back for a quick photo with the two remaining players and then sprinted out of the room as he has a flight to catch at 7am. –MC

4:43am: Chip counts
Fabian Quoss – 6,665,000
Ole Schemion – 4,310,000
Aidyn Auyezkanov – 3,025,000

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4:35am: Short break
The players are taking a short break. The venue has to close at 5:30am so if no result is reached by that time then the tournament will be concluded tomorrow night at 9pm, once Day 2 of the main event has concluded. –MC

4:30pm: Murad Akhundov eliminated in fourth place (€349,760)
Level 25 – Blinds 100,000/200,000 (30,000 ante)

Akhundov fourth place
It came down to a race for Murad Akhundov and Aidyn Auyezkanov. The former was one card away from doubling up and you could hear the disappointment from his fans on the rail when the river did for him.

He had open-shoved for 1.475 million from under the gun and Auyezkanov called from the big blind – he had 1.56 million.

Auyezkanov: K♠J♦
Akhundov: 5♥5♣

The board ran 8♠2♠10♦6♥J♣. Auyezkanov moved up to 3.195 million. –MC

Fedor Holz eliminated in fifth place (€271,670)
Level 25 – Blinds 100,000/200,000 (30,000 ante)

Holz – fifth place
Former long-time chip leader Fedor Holz has gone in fourth after both his countrymen called his all-in. It was for 790,000 from the button, the calls came in the blinds from Ole Schemion and Fabian Quoss.

The board ran out 9♦3♥A♠5♦4♣.

Holz: Q♣J♠ for queen high.
Schemion: K♣J♦ for king high.
Quoss: 8♠4♠ for a pair of fours.

Quoss settled on 5.68 million and Schemion 4.8 million. –MC

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4:03am:Yet another double!
Level 25 – Blinds 100,000/200,000 (30,000 ante)

The chips have ants in their pants as they can’t sit still. Fabian Quoss has taken the chips off Murad Akhundov, just after he won them.

Akhundov opened to 400,000 from second position and called after Quoss three-bet all-in for 1.995 million.

Quoss: A♣K♥
Akhundov: A♣10♥

The board ran J♦9♦3♣J♠A♦ to send Quoss up to 4.25 million and Akhundov back down to 2.5 million. –MC

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3:57am: Akhundov doubles into the chip lead
Level 24 – Blinds 800,000/160,000 (30,000 ante)

A third chip leader of the level, and it’s Murad Akhundov after a battle of the blinds with Fedor Holz. He open-jammed for 2.365 million from the small blind and the move prompted Holz to say, “Good bet……good bet.”

The German star took a look at everyone else’s stacks and then said gamble as he called.

Akhundov: 7♠7♥
Holz: A♣7♦

The board ran 5♣3♥9♣5♥J♣ and Holz dropped to 1.22 million. –MC

3:45am: Ole calls for an ace, gets it
Level 24 – Blinds 80,000/160,000 (30,000 ante)

It’s a new level and Fabian Quoss’ luck has run out. He doubled up Ole Schemion to drop to 2.2million. Quoss opened from under the gun and called Schemion’s 1.885-million big blind shove.

Quoss: K♦Q♣
Schemion: A♠9♣

The board ran Q♥J♦J♥6♠A♣. After the turn was dealt, Schemion pointed both index fingers towards the sky and called the ace in in German. He’s up to just over 4 million. –MC

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3:29pm: Mikita Badziakouski eliminated in sixth place (€210,530)
Level 23 – Blinds 60,000/120,000 (20,000 ante)

Badziakouski – sixth place
Fabian Quoss has continued his crushing level after eliminating Mikita Badziakouski. He opened to 250,000 from the cutoff and called after Badziakouski three-bet all-in from the big blind.

Quoss: 5♠5♦
Badziakouski: A♣Q♣

The board ran a blank 7♥2♦10♥J♣9♠. Quoss has taken over the chip lead (just) with 4.35 million. –MC

3:24pm: Michael Bonzon eliminated in seventh place €166,400
Level 23 – Blinds 60,000/120,000 (20,000 ante)

Michael Bonzon won his seat into this event in last night’s live satellite and you could tell he was delighted with his performance despite busting.

He three-bet all-in for 720,000 from the big blind after Fabian Quoss opened from under the gun. The German called and came from behind to take the pot and rise to 3.3 million.

Bonzon: A♦2♦
Quoss: K♣Q♦

The board ran Q♠8♦6♣2♣K♦ to make Quoss trips. — MC

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Bonzon – seventh place
3:15pm: Quoss dents Holz’s stack with double up
Level 23 – Blinds 60,000/120,000 (20,000 ante)

Fabian Quoss sat there as cool as you like sipping coffee while his tournament future was decided over the course of five cards. Fedor Holz had raised and then called Quoss’ shove for 845,000.

Holz: K♥J♣
Quoss: A♦J♠

The board came 8♥7♣5♥2♠5♠ and Holz dropped to just below 4 million. — MC

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3am: Chips for the final seven
Seat 1. Fabian Quoss – 905,000
Seat 2. David Peters – 8th
Seat 3. Aidyn Auyezkanov – 2,680,000
Seat 4. Murad Akhundov – 1,945,000
Seat 5. Mikita Badziakouski – 750,000
Seat 6. Fedor Holz – 4,850,000
Seat 7. Ole Schemion – 1,930,000
Seat 8. Michael Bonzon – 890,000
Seat 9. Steve O’Dwyer – 9th

2:49am: Break time
The players are on a 15-minute break.

2:47am: David Peters eliminated in eight place (€129,050)
Level 22 – Blinds 50,000/100,000 (10,000 ante)

David Peters took a good amount of time to call all-in for 615,000 in the big blind, but he did, and then busted. Fedora Holz had shoved from the cutoff.

Peters: J♦10♦
Holz: Q♠9♠

The board 6♥2♠8♠A♥9♥ to see Holz’s hand hold. –MC


Peters (right_ cam eighth
2:40am: Auyezkanov on the double
Level 22 – Blinds 50,000/100,000 (10,000 ante)

Fabian Quoss was applying pressure when he moved all-in from the hijack but he ran into a bigger hand behind him.

His move was for 1.895 million and Aidyn Auyezkanov called all-in for 1.25 million.

Quoss: A♠8♦
Auyezkanov: A♥J♥

The board ran 2♦3♥A♦6♣2♠. Quoss had 645,000 left to play with. –MC

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2:25am: Steve O’Dwyer eliminated in ninth place (€98,480)
Level 22 – Blinds 50,000/100,000 (10,000 ante)

Steve O’Dwyer doesn’t go easily. We should know that given his record. It took two more hands to get rid of him.

He moved all-in from middle position with K♠4♠ and Aidyn Auyezkanov called all-in from the button with Q♠Q♥. O’Dwyer opened 9♦3♥Q♦J♦K♣ to make Auyezkanov a set.

That left O’Dyer with 50,000 and he moved all-in with 8♣2♠ the very next hand. Murad Akhundov, who did big damage to O’Dwyer’s stack a short while ago, made the call with K♣J♠ and held on a K♠]3♣2♦A♠7♠ board. He moved up to around a million. — MC

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O’Dwyer – ninth place

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2:10: Bonzon smokes some of Peters’ stack
Level 21 – Blinds 40,000/80,000 (10,000 ante)

Michael Bonzon moved all-in for 420,000 and David Peters re-shoved from the button. The blinds folded.

Bonzon: A♦9♣
Peters: K♥9♥

The board ran 4♦Q♦A♣K♣8♠ and Peters dropped to 810,000. –MC

2:11am: O’Dwyer doubles
Level 21 – Blinds 40,000/80,000 (10,000 ante)

Steve O’Dwyer had 215,000 and was in the big blind. He wasn’t going to fold much. Aidyn Auyezkanov raised to 300,000 with A♥7♥ and O’Dwyer called with J♥5♥ and hit on a 3♦3♣9♣5♥8♦ board. Auyezkanov dropped to 585,000. –MC

2:05am: Akhundov doubles twice
Level 21 – Blinds 40,000/80,000 (10,000 ante)

Murad Akhundov has doubled twice, to 1.2 million, and both times he came from behind to beat A♥J♦.

His under-the-gun all-in with K♣4♣ was called by Fedor Holz but he couldn’t hold. Then the very next hand he called all-in for 540,000 with K♥10♦ from the big blind after Steve O’Dwyer shoved from the hijack. The board ran 6♣7♥4♥Q♥K♣.

O’Dwyer dropped down to 265,000 and gave his opponent some evil looks. — MC

1:55am: Play resumes
Level 21 – Blinds 40,000/80,000 (10,000 ante)

Final nine seat draw:

Seat 1. Fabian Quoss – 2,090,000
Seat 2. David Peters – 1,260,000
Seat 3. Aidyn Auyezkanov – 1,010,000
Seat 4. Murad Akhundov – 195,000
Seat 5. Mikita Badziakouski – 2,370,000
Seat 6. Fedor Holz – 4,600,000
Seat 7. Ole Schemion – 920,000
Seat 8. Michael Bonzon – 670,000
Seat 9. Steve O’Dwyer – 885,000

1:45am: Max Silver is the bubble boy
Level 21 – Blinds 40,000/80,000 (10,000 ante)
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No Silver lining on this one
Max Silver got unlucky in doubling up David Peters but the poker gods didn’t do him the same favour when he was all-in. He shoved for fewer than five big blinds with A♥2♦ and Fedor Holz called with A♣7♥ and survived the 2♠6♥3♠8♦8♠ board.

Everyone is now guaranteed €98,480. The final nine players will redraw onto one table. That re-draw and official chip counts coming up after a short break.

1:40am: Kenney goes in 11th place
Level 21 – Blinds 40,000/80,000 (10,000 ante)

The tournament in now on the stone-cold bubble after Bryn Kenney went in 11th place.

He was down to 380,000 when he shoved from the cutoff with A♣2♠. Mikita Badziakouski was in the small blind and made the call with A♠K♣. The board ran 4♣9♣10♣8♠9♦ to seal Kenney’s fate. –MC

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Kenney got killed

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1:33am: Silver super-short after doubling Peters
Level 20 – Blinds 30,000/60,000 (10,000 ante)

David Peters shoved from the hijack and got it through. The next hand he moved all-in for 460,000 from under the gun and Silver moved all-in from the button. The blinds folded.

Peters: Q♦10♣
Silver: A♦K♦

The board ran 2♥10♥J♣3♠J♥ to make Peters two pair. He moved up to 1.05million whereas Silver dropped to 405,000. –MC

1:22pm: Badziakouski doubles his 10 big blind stack
Level 20 – Blinds 30,000/60,000 (10,000 ante)

Your opponent has to find a good hand to call with and, unfortunately for Steve O’Dwyer, Mikita Badziakouski found one and called all-in.

The action folded around to O’Dwyer in the small blind and he set the Belorussian in. Badziakouski took a minute and called with A♠9♦. O’Dwyer opened J♦4♠ but couldn’t improve on the 4♠8♣6♠2♠2♥ board. O’Dwyer had left himself with just over a million. –MC

1:05am: Kenney left sort after all-in but doubles back up
Level 20 – Blinds 30,000/60,000 (10,000 ante)

Bryn Kenney has been left with fewer than three big blinds after a preflop all-in confrontation with Michael Bonzon.

Kenney open shoved for 605,000 from the cutoff and Bonzon gave a little shrug and called from the big blind. He had 465,000.

Bonzon: A♣9♣
Kenney: K♥J♦

The board ran 6♣4♣7♦8♥4♥.

Kenney got his stack in with A♠9♣ the very next hand and Murad Akhundov re-shoved from the small blind with Q♣9♠. The board ran 8♦4♣J♣5♥5♠. Kenney’s up to 360,00 whereas Akhundov dropped t0 425,000. –MC

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12:52am: Holz sends Cates back to the jungle, man
Level 19 – Blinds 25,000/50,000 (5,000 ante)

We’re just three off the money now after Daniel Cates fell in 12th to chip leader, Fedor Holz.

Cates opened to 100,000 from the hijack before Holz three-bet all-in from the small blind. Cates had 940,000 and tanked for a while then called them off.

Holz: A♣K♠
Cates: A♥9♠

The board ran J♦7♥4♦5♥6♠ and Holz extended his lead and moved up to 3.45 million. –MC

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Cates called, busted
12:45am: Brazilian hopes dashed with Moraes exit
Level 19 – Blinds 25,000/50,000 (5,000 ante)

Rafael Da Silva Moraes, the last remaining Brazilian, has departed in 13th place after losing a race to Fabian Quoss.

He three-bet all-in for 450,000 after Quoss had opened to 110,000 from under the gun. Snap call.

Quoss: 10♣10♥
Moraes: A♠J♥

The board ran K♦10♦4♥4♠6♠. Quoss had him drawing dead by the turn and his stack has grown to 2.07 million. –MC

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12:30am: Chips ahoy

Table Seat Player Country Chips
1 1 Rafael Da Silva Moraes Brazil 495,000
1 2 Daniel Cates USA 1,325,000
1 3 Max Silver UK 1,170,000
1 4 Ole Schemion Germany 1,075,000
1 5 Fedor Holz Germany 2,570,000
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1 7 Fabian Quoss Germany 1,430,000
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2 1 Michael Bonzon Switzerland 585,000
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2 3 Murad Akhundov Azerbaijan 1,000,000
2 4 Aidyn Auyezkanov Kazakhstan 480,000
2 5 Bryn Kenney USA 1,475,000
2 6 Steve O’Dwyer Ireland 1,105,000
2 7 Mikita Badziakouski Belarus 690,000
2 8 David Peters USA 825,000

12:10am: Break and moving time
The players are on a slightly extended break as they are all being moved up into the main tournament room from the America room which is the current location. It will be roughly 20 minutes long.

12:08am: Bonomo busto
Level 18 – Blinds 20,000/40,000 (5,000 ante)

Justin Bonomo was down to his last 531,000 when he made his move from the small blind with a pretty hand. Full houses are way prettier though and that’s what Fabian Quoss ended up making after he called in the big blind.

Bonomo: 7♣5♣
Quoss: K♥J♠

The board ran K♦J♥4♠J♣7♠ and Quoss moved up to 1.43million. –MC

12:01am: Watson rivered to bust
Level 18 – Blinds 20,000/40,000 (5,000 ante)

Mike Watson came second in this event last season but there’s going to be no repeat time around after he suffered a bad beat to bust.

Ole Schemion opened 85,000 and then called after Watson moved all-in for 413,000 with K♦K♣. Schemion called with A♠Q♣ and got there on a 9♠4♥7♠10♦A♥ board to see his stack leap up to 1.15 million. — MC

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11:55pm: Auyezkanov gets lucky to double
Level 18 – Blinds 20,000/40,000 (5,000 ante)

Aidyn Auyezkanov was one of the shortest players in the room and needed to shift them. He found an ace and used it to double up.

Bryn Kenney opened to 80,000 from under the gun and snap called after Auyezkanov three-bet all-in for 298,000 from the big blnd.

Auyezkanov: A♠7♣
Bryn Kenney: J♣J♠

The board ran 9♦K♥A♣6♥7♠. Auyezkanov gave a little fist pump to himself. Kenney dropped to 1.45million. — MC

11:45pm: Schemion doubles through Bonomo
Level 18 – Blinds 20,000/40,000 (5,000 ante)

Ole Schemion didn’t hang around in his efforts to get those lost chips back — he open-shoved for his last 224,000 and was looked up by Justin Bonomo.

Schemion: A♦2♦
Bonomo: Q♣10♥

The board ran A♣2♥8♥4♠5♦ to make Schemion two pair. Bonomo dropped to 770,000. –MC

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Ole, Ole, Ole

18 20,000 40,000 5,000

11:35pm: Ole lets it go on the river
Level 17 – Blinds 15,000/30,000 (4,000 ante)

Ole Schemion has dropped down to 345,000 after he folded on the river to Dan Cates. The latter raised to 60,000 off the button and Schemion defended his big blind. The board ran out 4♣10♦5♠2♣5♣ with Cates betting 40,000, 145,000 and 265,000 on each street. Schemion called to the river where he tank-folded. Cates’ stack grew to 1.25 million. –MC

11:20pm: Sammartino runs into kings to bust
Level 17 – Blinds 15,000/30,000 (4,000 ante)

Dario Sammartino found a great spot to get his stack in but one can’t predict what players behind you will wake up with.

The Italian moved all-in for 370,000 from the cutoff and was called by Murad Akhundov before Bryn Kenney snap shoved for 815,000 from the big blind. Akhundov made an agonising fold.

Kenney: K♣K♠
Sammartino: A♥Q♣

The board ran 5♣10♥10♣9♣J♦ and that was that for Sammartino. Kenney moved up to around 1.6 million. –MC

17 15,000 30,000 4,000

11:05pm: Re-draw of final 16
Level 16 – Blinds 12,000/24,000 (3,000 ante)

Table Seat Player Country
1 1 Rafael Da Silva Moraes Brazil
1 2 Daniel Cates USA
1 3 Max Silver UK
1 4 Ole Schemion Germany
1 5 Fedor Holz Germany
1 6 Justin Bonomo USA
1 7 Fabian Quoss Germany
1 8 Mike Watson Canada
2 1 Michael Bonzon Switzerland
2 2 Dario Sammartino Italy
2 3 Murad Akhundov Azerbaijan
2 4 Aidyn Auyezkanov Kazakhstan
2 5 Bryn Kenney USA
2 6 Steve O’Dwyer Ireland
2 7 Mikita Badziakouski Belarus
2 8 David Peters USA

11pm: Two tables left after Vogelsang falls
Level 16 – Blinds 12,000/40,000 (3,000 ante)

Christoph Vogelsang hasn’t had much luck so far this festival and he’s busted here today to continue the form.

He open-shoved from the button for his last 266,000 and was called by Fedor Holz in the big blind. Vogelsang opened 6♠8♠ and was behind to Holz’s A♣7♥. He stayed that way too as the board ran 9♦5♣2♣J♦2♥. Holz moved up to 1.68 million. — MC

10:55pm: Kuznetsov’s comeback short-lived
Level 16 – Blinds 12,000/40,000 (3,000 ante)

Timofey Kuznetsov’s stack now belongs to Justin Bonomo.

Mike Watson raised to 50,000 from first to act and Bonomo called from the small blind before the Russian moved all-in from the big blind. Watson folded but Bonomo made the call.

Bonomo: A♥K♣
Kuznetsov: 9♣9♦

The board ran A♣K♥4♣10♣J♠ to make Bonomo two pair and he rose to 1.1 million. –MC

10:46pm: Adams no longer part of the family
Level 16 – Blinds 12,000/40,000 (3,000 ante)

Timothy Adams was next to go, falling to Steve O’Dwyer. The latter opened from the button and called after Adams shoved for 400,000 from the small blind.

Adams: K♥9♥
O’Dywer: A♣Q♦

The board ran J♦2♣6♣4♦8♣. Adams said goodbye to some buddies and made his exit. O’Dwyer’s sticking around with 1.12 million. –MC

10:40pm: Mo doubles, then busts
Level 16 – Blinds 12,000/24,000 (3,000 ante)

Mohsin Charania got the much-needed double up he required. Down to 72,000, he moved all-in from early position with A♦8♦ and Timofey Kuznetsov shoved behind with A♠J♦. The board ran 10♥8♠8♣9♦3♣ to make Charania two pair.

He was out the very next hand though, to the same player. The action was the same and the cards were on their backs.

Charania: 9♠9♦
Kuznetsov: Q♠Q♣

The board ran 8♥8♣6♥A♦J♥. Kuznetsov moved up to around 550,000. –MC

16 12,000 24,000 3,000

10:25pm: Final 20 dinner time chip counts

Name Chips
Fedor Holz 1,450,000
Max Silver 1,385,000
Dario Sammartino 1,300,000
Bryn Kenney 1,250,000
Murad Akhundov 1,020,000
Justin Bonomo 875,000
Mikita Badziakouski 790,000
David Peters 745,000
Steve O’Dwyer 730,000
Mike Watson 650,000
Michael Bonzon 630,000
Ole Schemion 600,000
Fabian Quoss 560,000
Aidyn Auyezkanov 520,000
Timothy Adams 500,000
Dan Cates 500,000
Timofey Kuznetsov 450,000
Christoph Vogelsang 355,000
Rafael Da Silva Moraes 81,000
Mohsin Charania 78,000

9:17pm: Dinner break
The players are on a 75-minute dinner break. –MC

9:13pm: Kaverman falls to O’Dwyer
Level 15 – Blinds 10,000/20,000 (3,000 ante)

World top-ten poker players, Steve O’Dwyer and Byron Kaverman just clashed in an all-in showdown. Once the dust settled, O’Dwyer had 865,000 and Kaverman had none.

O’Dwyer opened to 42,000 and called after Kaverman three-bet all-in for 310,000.

Kaverman: A♠10♠
O’Dwyer: A♣Q♣

The board ran 7♦K♦K♥7♣A♥. The pot was a chop on the turn but the river cost Kaverman even though his hand improved. –MC

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O’Dwyer (right) looking for another high roller title
9:05pm: More Silver for Max
Level 15 – Blinds 10,000/20,000 (3,000 ante)

Max Silver has moved up to 1.58million after getting Fabian Quoss to fold on the river.

The pot started with an under-the-gun raise to 40,000 from Mike Watson. Quoss and Silver called from the next two seats and the three players headed to a 10♥3♦8♣ flop. Quoss bet 75,000 and only Silver called to the 5♦ turn where he bet 110,000 when checked to. Quoss called and then tank-check-folded to a 280,000 bet on the 9♥ river. He dropped to 580,000. — MC

15 10,000 20,000 3,000

8:45pm: Hajiyev busts in blind battle
Level 14 – Blinds 8,000/16,000 (2,000 ante)

Ramin Hajiyev didn’t last log at his new table after busting to Justin Bonomo.

The action folded around to Hajiyev in the small blind and he moved all-in for 215,000. Bonomo peeked at his cards and made the call.

Hajiyev: A♦5♣
Bonomo: 6♦6♠

The board ran K♠Q♦2♥9♥4♦ to hand the scalp and the pot to the pink-haired American. — MC

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8:36pm: Great call from Silver
Level 14 – Blinds 8,000/16,000 (2,000 ante)

Max Silver has moved up over a million after making a great call against Murad Akhundov.

Akhundov opened to 35,000 from utg+1 and it folded to Max Silver in the cutoff. He made it 100,000, to play and both Dan Cates (big blind) and Akhundov came along.

The flop came the 4♣K♥2♣ and everyone checked, so the dealer burned and turned the J♥. Now Akhundov checked and Silver put out a delayed c-bet of 165,000. Akhundov took his shades off to get a better look at Silver and his chips, before making the call.

The river was the 10♦ and Akhundov led for 260,000. Silver was clearly put in a tough spot, and thought for a couple of minutes, squirming all the while. Eventually though, he talked himself into making a call and it turned out to be a great one. “Nice call,” announced Akhundov as he tabled just the A♦2♦, and Silver’s K♠Q♥ was best.

He’s up to around 1.1 million now, while Akhundov has 852,000. –JS

8:25pm: The king of poker is dead, long live the king
Level 14 – Blinds 8,000/16,000 (2,000 ante)

You’ll notice a glaring gap in the last three tables re-draw and that’s because the reigning champion, Mustapha Kanit was eliminated as every one readying themselves for the move to their new seat assignment.

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The moustache let him down
Murad Akhundov opened from mid position and Kanit peeled from the big blind to see a Q♥3♦8♦ flop appear. Kanit check-called 40,000 there and another 83,000 on the 9♣ turn. The board completed with the 9♠ and Kanit called off his last 110,00 with K♦K♥. Akhundov opened 8♥8♠ for flopped set that morphed into a full house. — MC

8:20pm: Last three tables
Level 14 – Blinds 8,000/16,000 (2,000 ante)

Table Seat Name
1 1 Mark Teltscher
1 2 Steve O’Dwyer
1 3 Timothy Adams
1 4 Michael Bonzon
1 5 Mikita Badziakouski
1 6 Byron Kaverman
1 7 empty
1 8 Rafael Da Silva Moraes
2 1 Bryn Kenney
2 2 Mohsin Charania
2 3 Ramin Hajiyev
2 4 Justin Bonomo
2 5 Timofey Kuznetsov
2 6 Mike Watson
2 7 Fabian Quoss
2 8 Ole Schemion
3 1 Max Silver
3 2 Fedor Holz
3 3 David Peters
3 4 Dan Cates
3 5 Dario Sammartino
3 6 Murad Akhundov
3 7 Christoph Vogelsang
3 8 Aidyn Auyezkanov

8:11pm: Three eliminations to tell you about
Level 14 – Blinds 8,000/16,000 (2,000 ante)

1. Team PokerStars Pro Jason Mercier

Byron Kaverman opened and Mercier moved all-in for 158.000 with the 6♦6♣. It folded back to Kaverman and he made the call with A♥Q♦.

The board came the A♠7♣2♦5♠9♠ and Mercier was out, while Kaverman moved up to 390,000 – incredible as just half an hour ago he was down to 35,000!

2. Yingui Li

He moved all-in from the under the gun with the K♥7♥ and Steve O’Dwyer just flatted with the A♥K♠. Everyone else folded and the board ran out 7♦10♠A♦J♣3♠. O’Dwyer now has 772,000.

3. Dan Smith

Smith moved all-in from middle position with the 8♣9♣ for 105,000 and David Peters re-shoved from the small blind with the 7♠7♦. By the end the board showed the 8♠7♥6♣A♣6♦, and with his flopped set Peters moved up to 698,000. –JS

14 8,000 16,000 2,000

7:54pm: Schemion stops Timex
Mike McDonald’s ride has come to an end by the unstoppable Ole Schemion.

Michael Bonzon, Schemion and McDonald all took to a 3♠9♠J♥ flop where Bonzon bet 40,000 from the hijack. Schemion was in the next seat and raised to 94,000 before McDonald moved all-in for 142,000. Bonzon folded but Schemion made a quick call.

McDonald: Q♥9♥
Schemion: K♠10♠

The German needed to hit and he did so as the board ran out 6♦10♣. He moved up to 675,000. –MC

7:45pm: What’s occurring?
Level 13 – Blinds 6,000/12,000 (2,000 ante)

The two biggest stacks in the room right now belong to Bryn Kenney (1.1 million) and Dan Cates (just shy of a million).

Kenney just eliminated Daniel Dvoress, while Ike shoved the small blind with the K♣8♥ for 66,000 and Cates called from the big blind with the A♦K♠. Big slick held up. –JS

7:40pm: Recent bustouts
Level 13 – Blinds 6,000/12,000 (2,000 ante)

This is a turbo event so the rate of eliminations will be steady throughout the day. Those recently busted include: Paul Newey, Dong Zhao, Anthony Zinno, Salman Behbehani, Haralabos Voulgaris, Stephen Chidwick, Andrew Pantling, Ivan Luca, Hady El Asmar and Nick Petrangelo. — MC

13 6,000 12,000 2,000

7:35pm: Performance enhancing moustache?
Level 12 – Blinds 5,000/10,000 (1,000 ante)

“That was good bro, that was good!” said a smiling Mustapha Kanit after he bluffed Mike Watson off a hand.

Kanit raised to 35,000 from middle position and Watson called on the button to see a 10♦4♥2♦ flop. Kanit check-called 35,000 and both went on to check the 6♦ turn. The board competed with the 8♠ and Kanit jammed for 124,000. Warson folded and Kanit opened Q♥J♥ as he made his speech. Watson dropped to 285,000. –MC

7:30pm: The last Greenwood standing
Level 12 – Blinds 5,000/10,000 (1,000 ante)

Max Greenwood is the sole remaining member of the Greenwood family left in this field, as his brother Luc has just been eliminated, while Sam made his exit earlier.

Luc Greenwood got it in with the A♦K♥ against Murad Akhundov’s 6♦6♠, and couldn’t hit a thing on the 10♠6♥7♥J♥2♠ board. Akhundov has 775,000 now, which will put him near the top of the chip counts. –JS

7:25pm: Silver doubles through Sergey
Level 12 – Blinds 5,000/10,000 (1,000 ante)

Sergey Lebedev had got short – down to his last 104,000. However, Max Silver was even shorter with 72,000, and the two just clashed.

Lebedev jammed from under the gun, and it folded to Silver in the small blind. He made the call, so Lebedev got a few chips back. He held the A♥Q♦ while Silver had the 4♠4♦, and the fours would win the race on the 8♦5♠K♥9♦8♠ board.

Silver’s up to 162,000, while Lebedev has just 32,000 left. –JS

7:15pm: Pique felted by SirWatts
Level 12 – Blinds 5,000/10,000 (1,000 ante)

Sadly I have to report that Gerard Pique has busted this 50K. He opened to 25,000 from utg+1, and Justin Bonomo three-bet to 70,000 on the button. Mike Watson then moved all-in for 212,000, Pique snap-called for his 97,000 stack, and Bonomo thought for a minute before letting his hand go.

Pique – K♠J♥
Watson – J♣J♦

Pique would need to hit a King or some kind of straight or flush to survive, and he was almost there by the turn on the 4♠4♥10♥Q♣ board. Any King, Ace or nine would do it, but the river was the 6♥ and the Barcelona defender was sent packing. Watson now has 406,000. –JS

12 5,000 10,000 1,000

6:51pm: Break time
The players are on a 15-minute break. –MC

6:50pm: O’Dwyer trips up SirWatts
Level 12 – Blinds 4,000/8,000 (1,000 ante)

Steve O’Dwyer has moved up 630,000 after he picked off a Mike Watson bluff.

These two players and Gerard Pique made it to the river with 125,000 in the middle. The board read 8♠9♠Q♥5♣Q♣. O’Dwyer and Pique checked from the blinds before Watson bet 90,000 from the button. O’Dwyer called with K♦Q♠ for trips, beating out Watson’s 10♥6♦.

Watson dropped to 240,000 and Pique to 84,000. –MC

6:47pm: Prize pool revealed
Level 11 – Blinds 4,000/8,000 (1,000 ante)

We had a total of 70 entries in this event, including eight re-entries, and that amassed a €3,395,700 prize pool. Only nine players will get paid, and here’s how the money looks:

1. €993,200
2. €713,100
3. €463,510
4. €349,760
5. €271,670
6. €210,530
7. €166,400
8. €129,050
9. €98,480 –JS

6:45pm: Pique-ture this…Gerard Pique doubles up
Level 11 – Blinds 4,000/8,000 (1,000 ante)

Barcelona’s Gerard Pique shoved all-in under the gun for 61,500 and it folded all the way around to Steve O’Dwyer in the big blind. He insta-called with the A♦10♠ and was ahead of Pique’s K♦J♦.

But Pique’s luck was in, and he paired his king. By the end the board read 3♣8♥K♥9♥9♠ and he moved up to 135,000. –JS

6:42pm: Vogelsang turns Silver into tin
Level 11 – Blinds 4,000/8,000 (1,000 ante)

Christoph Vogelsang has more than doubled up after a squeeze play worked out very well for him.

Byron Kaverman opened to 18,000 and was called in two spot before Vogelsang pushed for 146,100. Kaverman tank folded to leave Max Silver to make a quick call.

Vogelsang: A♣J♣
Silver: K♠Q♠

The board ran K♣7♠3♦10♣8♣ to make Vogelsang a flush after falling behind. Silver dropped to 65,000 after the loss. –MC

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Vogelsang (left) a happy doubler
6:40pm: Timex doubles through Schemion; then Schemion doubles through Smith
Level 11 – Blinds 4,000/8,000 (1,000 ante)

Mike McDonald had almost run out of time(x), but he got a little lucky to double through 100K SHR champ Ole Schemion.

They got it all-in pre-flop, and McDonald’s was the effective stack for 130,000. He was behind with his A♠J♠ against Schemion’s A♣Q♦, but a kind run-out saw him pair his jack on the 2♠J♥6♣K♣7♠ board. McDonald now has around 270,000, while Schemion plummeted to 30,000.

He’d get it all-in in the very next hand, and Dan Smith made the call. It was a race as Smith had the 4♠4♥ and Schemion the J♥8♦ – and now it was he who hit a jack. The board ran out J♣5♥7♦2♥10♣ and he’s up to about 80,000 having picked up the blinds and antes too. –JS

6:28pm: Seidel down but not out (or is he?)
Level 11 – Blinds 4,000/8,000 (1,000 ante)

Erik Seidel was crippled when his 10♦10♣ couldn’t win a race against Mohsin’s Charania’s A♦K♣. Charania had moved all-in under the gun for 69,500 and Seidel called from the small blind. The board ran out A♠4♣K♠3♦J♣ and Seidel was left with just 13,000.

However, he then doubled up on the next two hands, first with the A♠5♠ against Charania’s J♦2♥, and then with nines against Daniel Dvoress’ Ace-ten.

Edit: He’s down and very out now. –JS

11 4,000 8,000 1,000

6:20pm: Kurganov off to play cash games
Level 10 – Blinds 3,000/6,000 (500 ante)

“That’s good actually, I can go and play cash games!” said Igor Kurganov after he was eliminated by Thomas Muehloecker.

Haralabos Voulgaris had opened from under the gun and was called by Muehloecker before Kurganov squeezed all-in for 130,000. Voulgaris folded but Muehloecker called.

Kurganov: A♥K♥
Muehloecker: 10♣10♠

The board ran 7♠9♣A♣A♠10♦.

On the turn, Kurganov said, “That’s a good card,” quickly followed by, “Oh, I always see it first!” after the river card. Muehloecker’s stack grew to 550,000. –MC

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6:13pm: The ladies aren’t good enough for Troyanovskiy
Level 10 – Blinds 3,000/6,000 (500 ante)

Bryn Kenney opened under the gun and it folded to Vladimir Troyanovskiy in the big blind. He was short and moved all-in for 70,000 with his Q♥Q♣, which normally would be a great plan. This time, however, Kenney had the A♥A♠ in front of him.

Those pocket rockets would hold up on the K♣2♦7♣7♥J♥ run-out and Troyanovskiy hit the rail. –JS

6:10pm: Can the world cope with a double-Musta?
Level 10 – Blinds 3,000/6,000 (500 ante)

They’re going to have to as Mustapha Kanit has doubled up on his second bullet.

Dong Zhao opened from the hijack and Kanit called on the button to head to a 2♦7♣9♦ flop. Kanit called a c-bet and then raised all-in for 99,500 on the 2♥ turn after Zhao fired 40,000. He called with 10♣7♥ but was behind to Kanit’s K♠9♠ and the pot was pushed to the latter when the board completed with the 3♥. –MC

6:05pm: O’Dwyer pays off Bonomo
Level 10 – Blinds 3,000/6,000 (500 ante)

I arrived at the table to find a pot in development between old friends Steve O’Dwyer and Justin Bonomo. The board showed the 3♥4♠8♠8♦9♣ and Bonomo had led into the 85,000 with basically a pot-sized bet – 80,000. O’Dwyer was in the tank when I get there and remained so for a couple of minutes. Bonomo had left himself just 28,000 behind – something which O’Dwyer pointed out aloud in his though process.

Eventually he counted out calling chips and threw them in the middle, and Bonomo confidently turned over the 6♦8♥ for trips. O’Dwyer mucked and is down to 85,000, while Bonomo now has around 270,000. –JS

6:02pm: Why does it always Rainer on Kemper?
Level 10 – Blinds 3,000/6,000 (500 ante)

Byron Kaverman has taken out another player — Rainer Kemper — and his stack has risen up to 180,000.

Kemper moved his short stack all-in with A♠3♠ and Kaverman followed him in with A♣K♣. The board ran out Q♠6♥9♦7♦5♣ improving neither player. — MC

6pm: Petrangelo’s not steaming
Level 10 – Blinds 3,000/6,000 (500 ante)

“Did you write that he was steaming?” Igor Kurganov just asked me, pointing at his next-door neighbour Nick Petrangelo.

I replied that I hadn’t.

“Oh, it’s just because he’s really red, you see,” said Kurganov.

Petrangelo chuckled. He does perhaps look like he has caught a bit too much sun, but it’s nothing a bit of after-sun can’t take care of. –JS


Igor Kurganov

10 3,000 6,000 1,000

5:55pm: 50k gets you two hands of play in Monaco
Level 9 – Blinds 2,500/5,000 (500 ante)

“Fifty-thousand doesn’t get you much these days!” said a philosophical John Juanda after he busted to Mikita Badziakouski.

Badziakouski opened to 12,000 from middle position and called after Juanda three-bet to 30,000 from the button. The flop fell A♥Q♠8♣ and Badziakouski check-raised Juanda’s 30,000 bet up to 70,000. Juanda jammed and Badziakouski called.

“Ah, you’ve got me I think,” said Juanda.

He was right as Badziakouski opened A♠8♠ for two pair, bettering Juanda’s A♥J♣. The board ran out 6♠K♥ and Badziakouski moved up to 520,000. — MC

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JJ in and out in a flah
5:50pm: Time to go home JNT
Level 9 – Blinds 2,500/5,000 (500 ante)

Jean-Noel Thorel’s second chance has ended as his first – in defeat. Steve O’Dwyer moved up to 600,000 after he emptied the clip on the Frenchman. The board ran queen high and Thorel check-called all three streets with king-queen but O’Dwyer had kings and that was all she wrote. — MC

5:42pm: No mo’ for Kho
Level 9 – Blinds 2,500/5,000 (500 ante)

Wouldn’t it be great if all three Greenwood brothers make this final table? Well, thanks to a bit of luck, Luc is on good course.

It was small blind to big blind, and Kho jammed from the big blind for 95,000. Greenwood called with the A♣9♥, but Kho was ahead with the A♠Q♥. Only until the turn though, as Greenwood had made a straight by then to eliminate Kho and send his stack up to 370,000. –JS

5:35pm: Musta and Holz bust just in time to re-enter, Juanda in last
Level 9 – Blinds 2,500/5,000 (500 ante)

Mustapha Kanit and Fedor Holz were the last two players to bust, and they did so just before the end of level 8 so were allowed to re-enter.

Dan Shak took care of Kanit when he spiked a queen on the river with king-queen. Kanit had bet turn (an 8) and all-in on the river with ace-eight. Holz three-bet all-in with 8♠9♠ and was called by Byron Kaverman who had opened wth K♦J♠.

John Juanda was the last player to enter, for the first time, and it looks like the final number of entries is 70 but we’re waiting conformation on that. — MC

5:20pm: Quoss’ rockets carry him to a double-up
Level 9 – Blinds 2,500/5,000 (500 ante)

Andrew Pantling called Fabian Quoss’ all-in pre-flop with the Q♥Q♦; only trouble was that Quoss had the A♦A♥.

The board ran out J♣J♦7♥10♥J♥ and Quoss doubled to 140,000, while Pantling now has 130,000. –JS

9 2,500 5,000 500

5pm: Newey takes one from Schemion
Level 8 – Blinds 2,000/4,000 (500 ante)

Ole Schemion and Paul Newey, both of whom made the final table of the 100K super high roller yesterday, are sat next to each other, and just had a battle of the blinds.

Schemion made it 10,000 to go and Newey matched it from the big, so they saw a Q♥A♣K♣ flop fall. Schemion checked it to Newey who led for 15,000, and the German stared right at Newey intently – from about five inches away. He must have seen something as he made the call, and the 5♦ hit the turn. Newey bet 23,000 when it checked to him, and Schemion called – saving the dealer a job by taking his own change from Newey’s bet. The 4♠ hit the river, and both checked so the cards were revealed.

Newey had the winner with his A♦8♣, while Schemion showed his Q♦J♦ despite losing the pot. The Brit now has 255,000, while Schemion has 190,000. –JS

4:49pm: Half an hour to go for re-entry
Level 8 – Blinds 2,000/4,000 (500 ante)

There are 60 remaining, and they’ve all now re-taken their seats. Erik Seidel has bought back in, as has Dan Shak who busted in the last hand of the last level. –JS

This is the last level for re-entry, after that it’ll be a freezeout. –JS

8 2,000 4,000 500

4:29pm: Second break of the day

We’ll be back in 20 minutes. Don’t go anywhere. –JS

4:21pm: Luca dominated by Nitsche, busts
Level 7 – Blinds 1,500/3,000 (400 ante)

Ivan Luca made a move, but it didn’t work out for him and he busted.

The Argentine, who made the super high roller final table yesterday, opened to 6,600 from under the gun before Dominik Nitsche three-bet to 20,000 off the button. Luca tanked and then jammed for around 77,000. Call.

Luca: Q♠10♣
Nitsche: A♦Q♣

The board ran 4♦2♠4♥9♦A♠.

Nitsche’s stack rose to 380,000 and Luca’s stack was reset to 250,000 after he re-entered. — MC

4:16pm: Thorel jams on Watson; Seidel busts
Level 7 – Blinds 1,500/3,000 (400 ante)

The always colourful Jean-Noel Thorel just took a nice pot from SirWatts himself, Mike Watson.

Thorel opened to 7,000 and Watson three-bet to 18,500. Thorel went nowhere and the first three community cards were the K♦5♥2♣. It went check-16,000-call and then both players checked the 6♠ turn. The Q♦ hit the river and Thorel jammed. Watson folded so fast we never even saw how much the shove was, but we do know that Thorel now has 170,000, while Watson is playing 128,000.

Meanwhile, Erik Seidel has been eliminated. Apparently he got it in with a gutshot against Daniel Cates’ flopped set and couldn’t get there. –JS

4:10pm: First signs of Pique, but Kempe wins the pot
Level 7 – Blinds 1,500/3,000 (400 ante)

We’ve been lingering around to catch Gerard Pique get in a hand, and we just caught one.

Andrew Pantling opened to 7,000 and Pique called on the button. Reiner Kempe then three-bet to 26,000 and both players folded.

What?! I never said it was an interesting hand, did I? –JS


Gerard Pique in the field (poker, not football)
4pm: Two more names
Level 7 – Blinds 1,500/3,000 (400 ante)

Rafael Da Silva Moraes and Yingui Lee are our latest entrants. –JS

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3:45pm: Holz crippled by Akhundov
Level 6 – Blinds 1,200/2,400 (300 ante)

What a start to the tournament for Murad Akhundov. He’s barely been in for 20 minutes and has already doubled up.

He opened to 6,000 and Fedor Holz came along on the button, taking us to a 6♣K♠2♣ flop. Akhundov checked it over to Holz who put out a c-bet of 13,000, and it was called.

Now we saw the 5♥ hit the turn and Akhundov checked once more. Holz’s bet increased to 21,500, but was raised to 81,000. Holz went nowhere.

The river was the 8♥ and Akhundov jammed all-in for 80,500. Holz didn’t take too long to make the call, but was a little grossed out when Akhundov turned over the 9♥7♥ for a runner-runner straight. Holz had led with the K♣Q♣, but sent most of his stack to his opponent.

The young German did manage to get lucky to double through Andrew Pantling on the very next hand, but he’s still short with 30,000. Meanwhile, Akhundov has 400,000. –JS


Holz is short-stacked
3:33pm: Hey bro!
Level 6 – Blinds 1,200/2,400 (300 ante)

Mustapha Kanit has made his entrance, bro. However, two players have now made their second and final entrances – Max Silver and Jean-Noel Thorel. –JS

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3:28pm: Let me Pique your interest…
Level 5 – Blinds 1,000/2,000 (300 ante)

Barcelona legend and Spanish international football star Gerard Pique has just taken his seat in this 50K high roller. This isn’t his first rodeo, so we look forward to seeing how he gets on here today. –JS

3:22pm: Cheeky check-raise from Chidwick
Level 5 – Blinds 1,000/2,000 (300 ante)

Ivan Luca raised the button to 4,300 and Stephen Chidwick made the call out of the small blind. The flop came the 8♣7♥A♠ and Chidwick checked to the raiser. Luca continued for 6,200 but Chidwick wanted to play higher. He made it 20,000 to go and got a quick fold from Luca. –JS

3:17pm: Quick update
Level 5 – Blinds 1,000/2,000 (300 ante)

OK – NOW Dan Cates has sat down. So has Mohsin Charania and Tobias Reinkemeier. –JS

3:13pm: Welcome to the jungle, man
Level 5 – Blinds 1,000/2,000 (300 ante)

The Jungleman Daniel Cates, known on PokerStars as ‘w00ki3z’, is in the building with a ticket in hand. He hasn;t sat down just yet, but one new players who has is Dan Shak. –JS

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3:09pm: Carrel’s bluff costs him his tournament
Level 5 – Blinds 1,000/2,000 (300 ante)

Charlie Carrel has just been eliminated. He started the hand by limping in, followed by a call from Sergey Lebedev on the button and a check from Daniel Dvoress in the big blind. The flop came K♥6♠7♦ and it checked to Lebedev, who bet 3,500. Both called.

The turn was the 9♦ and now Dvoress led for 13,500. Both Carrel and Lebedev called to see the 8♥ hit the river. Now Dvoress slowed down with a check, and Carrel shoved all-in for his last 43,400. Lebedev gave his hand up, and after getting a count Dvoress made the call.

Carrel turned over the A♦4♦ for a busted nut flush draw, while it was the K♦2♣ in front of Dvoress that would take it down. He’s up to 280,000 now, while Carrel exited the tournament room. –JS

2:59pm: Back to business
Level 5 – Blinds 1,000/2,000 (300 ante)

Play has kicked off once again. New additions to the line-up include Team PokerStars Pro Jason Mercier and Kitson Kho, while Nick Petrangelo has re-entered.

Chip leaders at the break are Christoph Vogelsang (380,000) and Michael Bonzon (400,000). –JS

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2:38pm: Break time

Players have gone a 20-minute break. –JS

2:35pm: Table 2 dynamics
Level 4 – Blinds 800/1,600 (200 ante)

There’s some good battles going on over at Table 2. Thomas Muehloecker and Daviel Dvoress are developing a little rivalry, as are Charlie Carrel and Sergey Lebedev.

In the last hand before the break Lebedev opened to 4,000 and was three-bet to 14,000 by Carrel in the small blind. Lebedev called and the flop fell 10♦K♠3♦. Carrel opted to check, allowing Lebedev to take control with a 14,000 bet. Carrel made the call, the turn came the 2♥, and both players checked.

The A♣ hit the river, and Carrel checked once more. Lebedev put out 35,000 and Carrel went into the tank, using up almost half of his break to make his decision. He’d end up folding and leaving himself with 50,000, while Lebedev has 170,000. –JS

2:30pm: Vogelsang busts Thorel
Level 4 – Blinds 800/1,600 (200 ante)

Chips are flying. Christoph Vogelsang opened from early position to 4,000 and it folded to Jean-Noel Thorel in the big blind. He three-bet to 11,000, only for Vogelsang to then four-bet to 36,000. Thorel jammed for aruond 70,000, Vogelsang snap-called and the cards were on their backs:


All smiles for Vogelsang
Vogelsang – K♣K♠
Thorel – 10♥10♠

Thorel needed to hit but could find nothing on the 8♥3♠5♥9♠6♠ board. He has an optional re-entry should he wish to use it. Meanwhile, Vogelsang climbs to 380,000. –JS

2:19pm: Fashionably late
Level 4 – Blinds 600/1,200 (200 ante)

The players keep on comin’. Now we have Dzmitry Urbanovich, Bryn Kenney, David Peters, Salman Behbahani, Byron Kaverman, and Mark Teltscher in the field. There are 45 players now. –JS

2:10pm: Pantling doubles through Seidel
Level 4 – Blinds 600/1,200 (200 ante)

I missed the action, but what I didn’t miss was a whole load of chips heading Andrew Pantling’s way. He’d managed to double through last year’s 100K super high roller champ Erik Seidel with fives full of nines and is up to 260,000, while Seidel dropped to 82,000. –JS

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2:05pm: Sammartino wins, but he doesn’t seem happy about it
Level 3 – Blinds 600/1,200 (200 ante)

Mikita Badziakouski kicked off the hand with a 3,000 open and it folded to Dario Sammartino in the big blind. He defended and the flop came the 8♣8♥10♦. It went check-bet 3,000-call, and the turn was the 7♥. Now Sammartino led for 6,500, only to then get raised to 20,000. He made the call and finally the board was completed by the 2♣. Sammartino checked – in hindsight, hoping Badziakouski would bet – but he checked and Sammartino looked like he was going to muck his hand out of frustration. He actually had the 8♦7♦ for a full house, while Badziakouski mucked.

Sammartino now has 220,000, while Badziakouski has 157,000. –JS

1:56pm: Antonius arrives
Level 3 – Blinds 600/1,200 (200 ante)

Patrik Antonius has just entered the poker room with gym bag at hand, looking like he’s come straight from a work out. He’s taking his seat so we’ll bring you some of hands throughout the day.

Dario Sammartino has also joined the field. Who will be next to arrive? –JS

1:50pm: Thorel gets tricky and clicky
Level 3 – Blinds 600/1,200 (200 ante)

New entry Aidyn Auyezkanov opened to 3,500 on the button and both Jean-Noel Thorel and Erik Seidel called from the blinds. The flop came the 5♦Q♦6♥ and it checked around, resulting in a 2♠ turn. Thorel checked and Seidel took a stab with 7,500. Auyezkanov let it go, but Thorel clicked it back to 15,000. It didn’t take Seidel long to fold. –JS

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1:37pm: Big pot for Adams leaves Silver wondering
Level 2 – Blinds 500/1,000 (100 ante)

It’s been an action packed start to this event. Nick Petrangelo has busted, Charlie Carrel is already short with 80,000 left after losing a bit pot to Christoph Vogelsang, and Timothy Adams has just picked up a nice pot from Max Silver.

Silver made it 2,500 to go on the button and Adams bumped up the price of poker to 11,000. Silver wanted to see a flop so came along, and it came all spades – the K♠5♠9♠. Adams continued for 14,000 and again Silver called.

To the turn we went, and it was the 7♣. Now the bet from Adams was 36,000, and Silver didn’t long to match it. The 9♥ landed on the river and Adams jammed for 123,500. Silver went into the tank, albeit not for too long. He moved in his chair to get a better look at Adams as he ran through the hand in his head. Whatever his though process, he ended making the fold leaving him with 115,000. Adams is up to around 260,000 now. –JS

1:26pm: Getting stacked
Level 2 – Blinds 500/1,000 (100 ante)

This stacked field is now even more so. Fresh off his win yesterday in the €100,000 super high roller for more than €1.5 million, Ole Schemion is now hoping to make it two in a row.

Joining him are Dominik Nitsche, Andrew Lichtenberger, Mike Watson, Haralabos Voulgaris, and Timofey ‘Trueteller’ Kuznetsov.

We now have 40 players. –JS

1:16pm: Early exit for Petrangelo
Level 2 – Blinds 500/1,000 (100 ante)

It was a short first bullet for Nick Petrangelo. He got it all-in with pocket jacks against live satellite winner Michael Bonzon’s pocket aces on a nine-high flop, and that was all she wrote. Petrangelo has the option for one more bullet, so we’ll let you know if he returns. Bonzon is now our chip leader with double the starting stack. –JS

1:10pm: Twins
Level 2 – Blinds 500/1,000 (100 ante)

Players are being shuffled around as more people enter, and twin brothers Sam and Luc Greenwood have found themselves sat right next to each other.

Meanwhile, we picked up our first glimpse of their brother Max in action against Daniel Dvoress. The latter opened to 3,000 and Greenwood defended his big blind, taking us to a 6♥2♣A♥ flop. It checked to Dvoress who continued small for 1,700 and got a call. The turn came the Q♥, which both checked, and then the Q♠ hit the river. It went check, bet 10,000, fold, and Dvoress raked in the chips. –JS

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12:59pm: More for your list
Level 1 – Blinds 500/1,000 (100 ante)

Ike Haxton, Reiner Kempe, Ivan Luca, Igor Kurganov, Mikita Badziakouski, Jean-Noel Thorel, and Fabian Quoss are taking their seats. –JS

12:55pm: Brotherly love
Level 1 – Blinds 500/1,000 (100 ante)

All three Greenwood brothers – twins Sam and Luc, and their brother Max – are now playing in this event. Luc and Max are even on the same table! It’ll be interesting to see how the family ties play out. –JS

12:50pm: A few more names
Level 1 – Blinds 500/1,000 (100 ante)

The latest entrants include Anthony Zinno, Christoph Vogelsang, Dan Smith, Nick Petrangelo, Stephen Chidwick, Justin Bonomo, Mike McDonald, Thomas Muehloecker, AND I’ve just been informed that Polish superstar Dzmitry Urbanovich won a satellite ticket into this event. He hasn’t turned up yet though.

There are now 31 players in the field. –JS

12:46pm: Nice start for O’Dwyer
Level 1 – Blinds 500/1,000 (100 ante)

The No.1 ranked tournament player in the world off to a good start in a high roller? No surprises there.

Andrew Pantling opened to 2,500 under the gun and it folded to Steve O’Dwyer, the aforementioned no.1, in the big blind. He three-bet to 9,000 and Pantling made the call.

The flop came the 8♣7♥J♥ and O’Dwyer check-called an 11,000 continuation bet. That brought us the J♠ on the turn, which both checked, resulting in a 10♠ river card. Now O’Dwyer led out for 24,000, which was enough to get the job done. –JS

12:39pm: Cards are in the air
Level 1 – Blinds 500/1,000 (100 ante)

We now have enough players to kick things off. The blinds are 500/1,000 with a running 100 ante.

A few more names to have arrived include Steve O’Dwyer, Luc Greenwood, and Erik Seidel. –JS

12:35pm: Players slowly arriving

We’re still waiting for a few more players to sit down before play kicks off, but right now I can tell you that Charlie Carrel, Paul Newey, Timothy Adams, Max Silver, Vladimir Troyanovskiy, Sergey Lebedev, Andrew Pantling, and Daniel Dvoress are in the mix. –JS

12:10pm: €50K high roller starts today

With the €100,000 super high roller finishing yesterday, there’ll be plenty of players looking for some more big action – particularly those who hopped in Day 1A of the main event. They now have a day off before Day 2 on Monday, so what better way to spend it than a €50,000 single-day tournament?

A few of those names who made it through and therefore have some time to kill include Team PokerStars Pros Jason Mercier and Bertrand ‘ElkY’ Grospellier, high stakes legend Patrik Antonius, PCA main event winner Mike Watson, Fedor Holz, Stephen Chidwick, Tobias Reinkemeier, and Faraz Jaka. You can expect to see a lot of those names in this tournament.

Play starts at 12:30pm today. All players start with a 200,000 stack, and we won’t stop playing until one person has the whole lot. It was Charlie Carrel who won the equivalent to this tournament at EPT12 Dublin in February, but who will be the winner here today? Stay with us on the PokerStars Blog all day, where we’ll be here bringing you all the action until the bitter end. –JS

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PokerStars Blog reporting team on the EPT12 Grand Final: Jack Stanton and Marc Convey. Photography by Neil Stoddart and René Velli. Follow the PokerStars Blog on Twitter: @PokerStarsBlog


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