$25,000 High Roller
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$25,000 High Roller
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There are still 14 players in the hunt for the $1,279,880 first place prize but as of right now everyone is guaranteed just $89,560. There's a lot of stake for the remaining players who are lead by none other than Team PokerStars Pro Vanessa Selbst. Selbst's poker accomplishments are nothing short of incredible and besides finishing third in the $100,000 Super High Roller earlier this week she's also defending champion in this one.
While all eyes will be on Selbst as she's looking to become the first back-to-back High Roller champion there are still tons of other players looking to attack her leading position. Portugese pro Joao Vieira showed that he can compete with the best all throughout yesterday and he comes into the day second in chips. Myro Garcia from Brazil is third followed by none other than 2012 WSOP Main Event Greg Merson. Merson's going for his third seven-figure score in the last two years and winning today would put him that much closer to the top 10 on the all-time money ranking.
Someone who's solidified his place in the top 10 of that ranking, Team PokerStars Pro Daniel Negreanu, is also very much alive in this event. Former GPI number 1 Marvin Rettenmaier, Rob Mizrachi, Dani Stern, Dan Smith and Ole Schemion are all coming into today hoping to put another million on their impressive list of tournament results. For high roller Paul Newey this result marks the biggest cash of his live poker career, but it will be a steep uphill battle today as he comes into the day last in chips.
PokerNews will be with you all throughout the day, and night, as the $25,000 High Roller event here at the PCA will crown a champion.
With the blinds at 10,000/20,000/3,000, the cards are in the air for Day 3 of the $25,000 High Roller.
While the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure (PCA) has been playing out in the Western Hemisphere, the ‘PokerStars LIVE Macau’ kicked off the 20th installment of the Macau Poker Cup (MPC) in the East with the series' biggest ever opening weekend.
The weekend saw the first three days of the 12-day schedule play out with the completion of three side events. Those events attracted a combined 743 players and awarded HK $2,456,622 in prize money. The most notable event was the HK $6,000 buy-in 'Baby Dragon' event, which attracted 332 runners and created a HK $1,739,016 prize pool. The tournament was ultimately won by 26-year-old Aussie Bobby Zhang, who took home the HK $340,800 first-place prize.
In the final hand, Zhang moved all-in holding the and China's Stephen Zhou called off with the . The board ran out and Zhang’s two pair sealed the deal after more than 18 hours of play.
"Definitely feels great to win the first Baby Dragon in my first poker tournament of 2014." said the 26-year old Zhang.
|1st||Bobby Zhang||Australia||HK $340,800*|
|2nd||Stephen Zhou||China||HK $230,000*|
|3rd||Bernie Ho||Singapore||HK $250,000*|
|4th||Yue Hin Lam||Macau||HK $126,100|
|5th||Shingo Cho||Japan||HK $100,000|
|6th||Shi Lin||Australia||HK $82,600|
|7th||Alan Wu||Hong Kong||HK $65,200|
|8th||Flo Campones||Philippines||HK $47,800|
|9th||Chen An Lin||Chinese Taipei||HK $39,100|
*Denotes three-handed deal.
The 'Red Dragon' HK $11,000 buy-in main event will kick off on January 16, and the Red Dragon is celebrating MPC20 by guaranteeing a massive HK $8 million (US $1 million) prize pool. Needless to say, expectations are that the turnout will break the main event's 891-player rcord.
"I'm really impressed with the Baby Dragon turnout and the player feedback has been tremendous." said Danny McDonagh, PokerStars Director of Live Poker Operations in the Asia-Pacific. "Our goal to have a 1000-plus field for the Red Dragon main event seems very likely."
Here’e a look at the remaining MCP20 schedule:
|Date & Time||Event|
|Tue, Jan 14 @ 7pm||$5,000 KO Bounty [2-day event]|
|Wed, Jan 15 @ 7pm||$3,000 NLH Turbo|
|Thu, Jan 16 @ 3:30pm||$2,400 Red Dragon MEGA Satellite (20 Seats GTD)|
|Thu, Jan 16 @ 7pm||$11,000 RED DRAGON ($8m GTD) - Day 1A|
|Fri, Jan 17 @ 2pm||$1,500 NLH Turbo|
|Fri, Jan 17 @ 7pm||$11,000 RED DRAGON ($8m GTD) - Day 1B|
|Sat, Jan 18 @ 3pm||$11,000 RED DRAGON ($8m GTD) - Day 1C|
|Sun, Jan 19 @ 6pm||$4,000 NLH [2-day event]|
|Sun, Jan 19 @ 8pm||$20,000 NLH ($1m GTD) [2-day event]|
|Mon, Jan 20 @ 6pm||$2,500 KO Bounty [2-day event]|
|Mon, Jan 20 @ 7pm||$50,000 High Roller [2-day event]|
|Tue, Jan 21 @ 3:30pm||$2,500 Deepstack NLH [2-day event]|
Players can qualify to the Red Dragon at PokerStars LIVE Macau where satellites are running daily. For the complete MPC20 schedule please visit www.PokerStarsLIVEMacau.com.
On one of the first hands of the day Greg Merson raised to 50,000 and Dani Stern called from the button. Team PokerStars Pro Daniel Negrenau was seated in the big blind and he three-bet to 145,000.
Merson did not take long before moving all in and Stern folded immediately. Negreanu snap-called and a huge cooler was upon us.
"I don't think I could've played that any differently," Negreanu said with a smile as he found out in how much trouble he was.
The board ran out and Negreanu was knocked out in 14th place.
"I took some notes from you yesterday," Merson said with a smile to Ole Schemion who is sitting on his right.
"What?" Schemion responded, not understanding what Merson meant.
"Just cooler people," Merson said and Schemion started laughing.
Merson is now the tournament chip leader with just 13 players remaining.
This August, the European Poker Tour (EPT) will celebrate it’s 100th event by throwing Europe’s largest-ever poker festival in Barcelona. From August 16 – 27, 2014, the Casino Barcelona will kick off Season 11 of the EPT, once again partnering up with the successful Spanish regional Estrellas Poker Tour from August 16 - 21 to create a spectacular 12-day Barcelona poker extravaganza.
“The EPT was born in Barcelona so it’s very fitting to celebrate EPT’s 100th event in true style and with unforgettable poker,” said EPT President Edgar Stuchly. “EPT Barcelona is one of the most popular tour stops and attracts players from all over the world for the fantastic mix of beaches, iconic architecture, party atmosphere and world class poker,” he continued.
Last year’s EPT Barcelona event broke all previous records when the Estrellas and EPT Main Events clocked 1,798 and 1,234 entries, sending Soenke Jahn and Tom “hitthehole” Middleton back home with career-besting prizes of €169,136 and €942,000 respectively. This year, the EPT is adding 20 extra tables to accommodate player fields that are likely to beat last year’s records.
From the small blind Ole Schemion just moved all in for about 300,000 and Greg Merson called from the big blind.
Schemion tabled and he was up against Merson's . The river brought a nine for Schemion who stayed alive.
Jacob Carl Schindler raised to 40,000 from the under-the-gun plus one position and Dan Smith was next to act. Smith moved all in for right around 300,000 chips and the action folded back around to Schindler who quickly called.
The board ran out and Smith was knocked out.
Mustapha Kanit limped from the small blind and Dani Stern raised from the big blind to 53,000. Kanit responded by moving all in and Stern called it off for a total of about 500,000 chips.
The board ran out and the ace of the river knocked Stern out. Kanit raked in this big pot as just 11 players remain.