EPT12 Grand Final: super high roller live coverage

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* There are ten 60-minute levels of play scheduled for today (unless the final table is reached).
* Registration closed. There are 61 entries (including 15 re-entries)

2:25pm: News in brief
Level 10 – Blinds 4,000/8,000 (1,000 ante)

– We ran into Isaac Haxton in the hallway. Not a good sign for him. He told the blog that he was down to 15 big blinds when he moved all-in with pocket sixes. Bryon Kaverman called with ace-ten and Haxton failed to hold.
– Ivan Luca tried to bluff Sam Greewood but it didn’t work. The two had made it to the river where the board read [4s][kc][kh][qd][5c] and Luca bet 42,000 from the small blind. Greenwood called on the button with [6c][6h] beating Luca’s [jh][8h]. Luca still has a million, whereas Greewood has 700,000.
– Mike Watson and Dan Smith have been seen having breakfast together this week and tangled in a pot where they showed each other (some) respect. Watson raised his button and Smith peeled from the big blind before the action was checked to the river. The board rested as [9c][8s][jh][4h][9h] and Smith led for 26,000 with [kd][8d]. Watson said e thought about raising but just called with [qd][9s]. He rose to 287,000 whereas Smith dropped to 745,000. –MC

2:10pm: Quoss‘ luck runs out
Level 10 – Blinds 4,000/8,000 (1,000 ante)

First we thought Mustapha Kanit was getting luck from Fabian Quoss; then we thought it was actually Quoss who’d picked up some good fortune from Kanit. It seems our first thought was true, as Quoss has now been eliminated.

The hand started with an open by Ivan Luca, which was then three-bet to 54,000 by Byron Kaverman. Quoss then piped up with a cold four-bet to 125,000, and Luca moved all-in for 442,000. He had both players covered.

Kaverman gave it up, but Quoss called. He got the bad news quickly; his [js][jh] needed help to beat Luca’s [kc][kh], but found none on the [7h][as][9h][qc][7d] board. Luca is up to 900,000 now. –JS

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2pm: Peters‘ hero-call goes awry
Level 10 – Blinds 4,000/8,000 (1,000 ante)

Players are falling fast here on Day 2, with David Peters the latest to bust.

He was in a heads-up pot with Dan Smith, and the flop was the [jc][5h][9s]. Both checked, taking us to the [8c] on the turn. Now Smith put out a bet, which Peters called, before the [2d] river fell.

Smith put Peters all-in and he went deep into the tank for about five minutes. He eventually announced „I call“ and Smith quickly turned over his [qd][th] for a straight. Peters could only muster the [ah][8s], so with two overcards and potential straight draws I don’t think it’s strange to assume it was a bit of a hero call. It didn’t work out this time for Peters – on to the next one. –JS

1.55pm: Negreanu is gone
Level 10 – Blinds 4,000/8,000 (1,000 ante)

We’ve lost Team PokerStars Pro Daniel Negreanu from this super high roller, in which he’d invest 200K having entered twice yesterday. This hand took place at the end of Level 9.
Negreanu kicked off his final hand with a 14,000 open, which was called by Ivan Luca and Stephen Chidwick from the blinds. The flop fell [6h][5c][3h] and it checked to Negreanu, who put out a 25,000 c-bet. Luca gave it up but Chidwick stuck around, and the turn was the [8d]. Negreanu didn’t slow down, betting 48,000, but then Chidwick set him all-in. That bet was called and Negreanu showed [jd][js], which had been out-drawn on the turn as Chidwick hit a set with his [8s][8h]. There was no jack on the river and Negreanu made his exit.

Chidwick is up to 445,000 now. –JS

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1:50pm: Petrangelo takes out Muehloecker
Level 9 – Blinds 3,000/6,000 (1,000 ante)

Nick Petrangelo has been one of poker’s standout performer over the last 18-months and he was the prominent figure in busting Thomas Muehloecker.

Petrangelo raised from under the gun and was called by Paul Newey and Muehloecker en route to a [7s][4d][qh] flop. Newey folded to a Petrangelo 25,000 c-bet but Muehloecker check-raised all-in for 77,000 from the big blind. Call.

Muehloecker: [8h][6d] for a gutshot straight draw.
Petrangelo: [kd][qs] for top pair.

The board ran out [4c][2s] and Muehloecker made a swift exit. –MC

1:42pm: Kanit rubs off on Quoss
Level 9 – Blinds 3,000/6,000 (1,000 ante)

Maybe it was Fabian Quoss who took some of Mustapha Kanit’s luck (see 1:22pm post) as the German just doubled through Byron Kaverman.

Kaverman opened to 17,000 from the button and then shoved after Quoss three-bet to 46,000 from the small blind. Quoss snap called all-in for 183,000.

Quoss: [jd][js]
Kaverman: [td][tc]

The board ran [6c][jh][5s][8c][3h] and Kaverman dropped to 290,000. –MC

1:37pm: Smith’s custom back-pack
Level 9 – Blinds 3,000/6,000 (1,000 ante)

It’s not a big hand that’s making heads turn today; it’s Dan Smith’s custom-made Tumi T-Pass back-pack. Haralabos Voulgaris and Team PokerStars Pro Jason Mercier were particularly interested in the bespoke leather bag with ‚DS‘ branded on it. So, Tumi – don’t be surprised if you get orders for ‚HV‘ and ‚JM‘ bags very soon. –JS

1:27pm: More from Negreanu
Level 9 – Blinds 3,000/6,000 (1,000 ante)

Daniel Negreanu’s aggression continues to pay off. After Ivan Luca opened to 14,000, Ike Haxton made the call only for Kid Poker to shove once again. He got two folds and scooped in another pot. –JS

1:22pm: Kanit needs some Quoss
Level 9 – Blinds 3,000/6,000 (1,000 ante)

Touching Fabian Quoss must be a good luck charm, because Mustapha Kanit just got out of his seat solely to walk over to the German, touch him on the shoulder, and bow his head in respect. Let’s see if it pays off for the Italian. –JS

1:20pm: Negreanu on the up
Level 9 – Blinds 3,000/6,000 (1,000 ante)

Fabian Quoss opened under the gun to 14,000 and it folded to Ike Haxton in the small blind. He made the call, as did Daniel Negreanu from the big blind.

All three saw the [9h][kh][2c] flop fall, and it was a friendly game as all checked. That took us to the [jc] on the turn, which Ike would lead at with a bet of 25,000. Negreanu then jammed for 83,000 total, Quoss mucked, and Haxton had a decision. He eventually gave it up, and Negreanu continued his slow but steady ascent up the chip counts. –JS

1:18pm: Nitsche busts in blind battle
Level 9 – Blinds 3,000/6,000 (1,000 ante)

Sergey Lebedev was one of the new entries here on Day 2 and is freerolling after his fourth-place finish in the single re-entry high roller event last night. He’s brought that good form into today after winning a big pot by eliminating Dominik Nitsche.

It was as simple a hand as he could have possibly hoped to play too. The action folded around to Nitsche in the small blind who raised all-in for 120,000 or thereabouts. Lebedev looked down at [as][kh] and made the call. Nitsche opened a dominated [ad][ts] but failed to catch up on a board than ran [5s][8h][7c][7d][4d]. — MC

1:05pm: Mercier aggression pays
Level 9 – Blinds 3,000/6,000 (1,000 ante)

Jason Mercier had his foot to the floor all the way in a hand and accelerated up to 780,000 chips.

Salman Behbehani opened to 13,000 from the button before Christoph Vogelsang three-bet to 45,000 from the small blind. The Team PokerStars Pro was in the big blind and cold four-bet to 92,000. Bebehani folded but Vogelsang called to a [5d][6d][js] flop where he checked. Mercier continued for 67,000 and Vogelsang called.

The turn came as the [7s] and Vogelsang was set in for his remaining 215,000 after he checked once more. Two minutes passed and he folded saying, „Nice hand!“ — MC

12:50pm: Sammartino sprints
Level 9 – Blinds 3,000/6,000 (1,000 ante)

Dario Sammartino was the last man to arrive today, sprinting through the massive France Poker Series Day 2 field. He sat down, a little out of breath, and immediately hopped in a pot, calling Mike Watson’s 12,000 open on the button. Sean Winter called from the big blind.

The flop came the [kh][qh][5s], it checked to Sammartino and he took it down with a 24,000 bet. –JS

12:40pm: Two new faces, and a few familiar ones
Level 9 – Blinds 3,000/6,000 (1,000 ante)

The field has been confirmed – we’ve had a total of 61 entries in this event. Fedor Holz and Sergey Lebedev are the only new names in the field that wasn’t here yesterday (Holz shipped a seat in a 10K satellite last night, while Lebedev chopped the 10K high roller).

Meanwhile, Max Altergott, Nick Petrangelo, and Timofey ‚trueteller‘ Kuznetsov have all re-entered here on Day 2. –JS

12:35pm: Negreanu doubles in first hand of the day
Level 9 – Blinds 3,000/6,000 (1,000 ante)

A perfect start for Team PokerStars Pro Daniel Negreanu. He’s just doubled up through Timothy Adams after essentially talking his fellow Canadian into calling his shove with a lesser hand.

Negreanu’s jam was for 51,000 with the [ac][jd] and Adams made the call with his [ad][7d]. The flop was a dream one for Kid Poker and when all was said and done the board read [2s][jh][jc][9s][kd].

„Woo-hoo! I essentially saved myself 100K by not shipping it all-in last night!“ an excited Negreanu told his table. He’s up to 124,000 now. –JS

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12:15pm: Welcome to Day 2

It was an action-packed day yesterday here at the EPT Grand Final in Monte Carlo. We had a colossal field in the France Poker Series (FPS) main event (more than 1,000 players!); we had an epic final stretch of the 10K high roller (which Chance Kornuth ended up winning); but a lot of eyes in the room were fixed on the 100K super high roller, in which many of the best players in the world assembled.

Fifty-six entries from 44 players have already created a massive prize pool, and we’ll have 38 players returning to the felt today. However, registration was open until today (12.15pm in fact) – and we already know we’ll have some new faces in the crowd. One in particular is Fedor Holz, fresh off a fourth place finish in last night’s 10K.

Mikita Badziaksouski comes into the day as our chip leader; the Belarussian quietly amassed a big stack of 951,000. Meanwhile, Max Silver won a big pot at the end of the night when he eliminated Justin Bonomo so he’s back in second with 785,000. Other players with big stacks include Igor Kurganov (755,000), John Juanda (744,000), and Ivan Luca (660,000).

Team PokerStars Pro Daniel Negreanu comes into Day 2 our shortest stack with just 52,000 – but, hey, this is Kid Poker we’re talking about. Time to spin it up.

Cards will be in the air at 12:30pm so don’t go anywhere! –JS

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

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