Day 2 completed
Day 2 completed
On Friday, the second day of play of the Season 9 European Poker Tour Berlin High Roller event wrapped up. Forty-five hopefuls returned to the felt with hopes of winning one of the most prestigious events at this stop. Play occurred all of the way down to a final table of eight and continued down to the final seven before concluding for the evening. Leading the final seven and representing the red spade is Team Pro Max Lykov with a stack of 1.683 million.
Right on Lykov's heels is the incomparable Martin Kabrhel who is just 40,000 shy of Lykov with 1.643 million. Rounding out the top three is Griffin Benger who will bring 1.128 million back for Day 3.
The field was littered with big-name professional players all seeking the coveted trophy as well as the €429,000 first-place prize. That being said, some fell more quickly than others. Names like Jan Heitmann, Bryn Kenney, Daniel Cates, and Marvin Rettenmaier all fell within the first level of the day. Mike McDonald was also eliminated by Aaron Lim in a relatively brutal fashion. Lim, who recently took down the 2013 APPT Seoul Main Event as well as his first bracelet at the WSOP Asia-Pacific during #4, a $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em Six Max is running hot as of late and it showed when he and McDonald took a flop of together. Lim check-raised McDonald all in and McDonald snapped off with . Lim was behind with his but managed to prevail when he spiked a queen immediately on the turn.
While those players fell in the first level, others continued to drop quickly as the day progressed. Scott Seiver eliminated Ankush Mandavia when his ace-queen held against Mandavia's ace-ten. Not too much later in the day there were a flurry of eliminations that saw the exit of professionals Paul Volpe, Jake Cody, and Dominik Nitsche. Others to bust as the money bubble approached were Fabian Quoss, Paul Berende, Jussi Nevanlinna, and Marc-Andre Ladouceur.
With seventeen players left, the money bubble finally approached. A short-stacked Chris Brammer found a bit of hope when he was able to score a double up through Lim. However, just a few hands later Lim was able to exact revenge and pop the bubble through Brammer's elimination. At 3,000/6,000/1,000, Brammer opened to 19,000 from the cutoff. The Aussie cut out a three-bet to 49,000 out of the big blind and Brammer moved all in over the top for around 200,000. Lim instantly called and the hands were rolled over on the felt.
Brammer was in great shape, and the board missed Lim completely. The on the turn looked like a bad card for Lim, but it actually gave him an extra out to make the best hand. That's exactly what happened, as the struck the felt and suddenly Brammer was the bubble boy.
Everyone from here on out was guaranteed at least €22,000 and that's exactly what Georgios Karakousis and David Peters received. Also finishing in the money were Gautam Sabharwal, Artem Litvinov (€24,700), Igor Kurganov, AP Phahurat (€27,500), and Day 2 chip leader Ronny Voth (€30,300).
Voth's elimination set in motion the unofficial final table of nine. The final table bubble was burst quickly, however, when Kabrhel and Jan-Peter Jachtmann played a 1.4 million-chip pot before the flop. Jachtmann opened from early position to 37,000 and action trickled around to Kabrhel on the button. He made it 101,000 to go and it folded back to Jachtmann. He double fisted all of his chips into the middle of the table for a bet totaling over 700,000. Kabrhel snapped him off.
The board fell down and just like that the official final table was set. The players decided to keep playing rather than stopping at the final table and so the cards continued to fly for two more levels. During that time the final table saw its first casualty in the form of PCA $100,000 Super High Roller champion Scott Seiver. Seiver was very active at the final table but finally saw his demise when he opened a pot with a min-raise at 10,000/20,000/3,000. It folded around to Lykov who made it 92,000 to go. Action came back to Seiver who moved the rest of his stack all in. Lykov quickly tabled his cards and announced a call.
Seiver held and was crushed by Lykov's . Seiver found gin on the flop, however, as he paired up when was spread across the felt. Suddenly Lykov was looking for a king or a spade to send the online legend packing. The on the turn was meaningless but the on the river sealed Seiver's fate.
The final seven will return to the felt on Saturday at 13:00 CET to engage in battle one last time. Be sure to stay tuned to PokerNews as we remain on hand for the exciting conclusion of this massive high roller event!
On the final hand of the day, Max Lykov opened to 40,000 in the hijack seat, and Martin Kabrhel called out of the big blind. Both players knuckled after the flop fell , and Kabrhel led out for 61,000 when the turned. Lykov called.
The completed the board, and Kabrhel cut out 138,000. He then placed it on top of his stack, tanked for a bit, then grabbed the two towers if blue T5,000 chips underneath and lifted the entire 338,000-chip bet and plopped it across the line.
"So stupid," Lykov said.
The Russian cut out enough chips to call the one-and-a-half times pot bet, examined his stack to see what he would have left if he called, then folded. Kabrhel looked at his cards one last time, then tossed them into the muck.
Kabrhel asked Lykov what he had while the two were bagging their chips, and Lykov said he had king-high.
"That's a good fold," Kabrhel told him. "I had ten-seven."
"That was nothing," Lykov returned.
"I know," said Kabrhel.
On the penultimate hand of the evening, Martin Kabrhel opened to 40,000 from under the gun, Griffin Benger three-bet shoved for 532,000 from the hijack seat, and James Mitchell re-shoved from the big blind. Kabrhel quickly folded.
Benger took the lead when the flop fell , giving him a pair of aces. The on the turn gave Mitchell a gut-shot straight draw to go along with his two outs to hit a set, but the bricked on the river.
Benger doubled to 1.131 million, while Mitchell plummeted to 596,000.
Griffin Benger opened to 42,000 on the button, Max Lykov called out of the small blind, and both players checked when the flop came . The turn was the , Lykov led out for 48,000, and Benger tank-called.
The completed the board, both players knuckled, and Lykov unhappily showed for effectively ten-high.
Benger had that beat, but just barely with for effectively jack-high.
Max Lykov made it 40,000 before the flop only to have Philippe Ktorza made it 87,000 from the next seat over. Action fell back around to Lykov and he slid out a four-bet to 140,000. Ktorza called.
The flop brought forth onto the felt. Lykov moved 90,000 into the middle and Ktorza instantly announced that he was all in for 358,000 total.
Lykov folded face up and Ktorza obliged to show his hand as well: .
By picking up that pot, Ktorza is now up to about 670,000 while the Team Pro has fallen to 1.43 million.
Scott Seiver opened to 40,000 from early position and it folded around to Team Pro Max Lykov who made it 92,000 to go. Action went back to Seiver who announced a four-bet all in. Lykov snap called.
Seiver was behind and needed help. On the flop, though, he found exactly that when he paired up through . He would still be eliminated by a king or a spade, however giving Lykov a better pair of a flush.
The turn was the and Seiver was still safe. The river, however, was not as kind. The ripped off onto the felt and Seiver was eliminated by Lykov's nut flush.
Max Lykov raised to 40,000 on the button, Joni Jouhkimainen three-bet jammed for 262,000 from the big blind, and Lykov called.
It looked as if the two were going to chop the pot, until the flop came . Lykov could still make a straight flush if the turn and river came , , but the turned, ending it all.
The completed the board, and Jouhkimainen doubled to 558,000 chips.
Lykov slipped to 1.195 million.
It has been decided that this will be the last level of the evening. The remaining players will then bag and tag, and return tomorrow at 13:00 CEST.