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Day 2 completed

Shakerchi Leads Final Table

[user101598] • Level 20: 8,000-16,000, 2,000 ante
Talal Shakerchi - Chip Leader
Talal Shakerchi - Chip Leader

On Friday, Season 9 of the PokerStars.com European Poker Tour continued with Day 2 of the £10,000 High Roller. Leading the final nine players is Talal Shakerchi, who bagged 1,706,000 chips. Joining him on Day 3 will be Team PokerStars Pro Vicky Coren, 2013 PokerStars Caribbean Main Event winner Dimitar Danchev, EPT Barcelona €50,000 Super High Roller runner-up JC Alvarado, EPT Prague €10,000 High Roller runner-up Fabian Quoss, and Paul Volpe, who is coming off of back-to-back World Poker Tour final tables.

Shakerchi abused the bubble, more than doubling his stack at a short-handed table full of professionals, and will enter Day 3 looking for his second-career High Roller victory - he took down the €10,000 Turbo High Roller (€223,000) at the Season 8 PokerStars and Monte-Carlo® Casino EPT Grand Final.

EPT London High Roller Final Table

PositionPlayerChip Count
Seat 1Gautam Sabharwal1,113,000
Seat 2JC Alvarado750,000
Seat 3Talal Shakerchi1,706,000
Seat 4Dimitar Danchev246,000
Seat 5Vicky Coren262,000
Seat 6Faraz Jaka957,000
Seat 7Fabian Quoss804,000
Seat 8Eric Sfez565,000
Seat 9Paul Volpe448,000

Day 2 began with 75 players, but there were 10 re-entries/late registrants, bringing the total field size to 137. Team PokerStars Pro Daniel Negreanu was one of the late entrants, but he only lasted two hands. On the second hand he played, Negreanu lost a flop with ace-ten against an opponent’s pocket eights, and that was all she wrote for Kid Poker.

Fellow Team Pro Jason Mercier exited quickly on Day 2 as well. Mercier found himself all in on the turn of a queen-high board holding pocket kings, but was dominated by Danchev’s pocket aces. The river was no help to Mercier and he hit the rail.

Other players who busted before the money include Ike Haxton, Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier, Marc-Andre Ladouceur, Bryn Kenney, Andrey Gulyy, and Marvin Rettenmaier. Rettenmaier four-bet shoved over a three-bet from Danchev with ace-king, and Danchev called with ace-jack. There was a jack on the flop, and Rettenmaier couldn’t improve. While Rettenmaier busted short of the money, Danchev saw his stack grow above 400,000 chips.

Roberto Romanello and Anaras Alekberovas played the sickest hand of the day in Level 13. Romanello opened to 8,100 from middle position with the blinds at 1,500/3,000/400. Alekberovas called in position, Coren called from the big blind, and the flop fell {6-Clubs}{6-Spades}{4-Spades}. Coren checked, Romanello checked, and Alekberovas fired 21,000. Coren folded, Romanello check-raised to 65,000, and Alekberovas called. The turn was the {3-Diamonds}, Romanello checked again, and Alekberovas bet just 35,000. Romanello check-raised all in, and Alekberovas snapped it off.

Romanello: {4-Clubs}{4-Hearts}
Alekberovas: {6-Diamonds}{6-Hearts}

Romanello had flopped a full house, but was drawing dead against Alekberovas’ flopped quads. Romanello hit the rail short of the money, while Alekberovas’ stack ballooned to nearly 600,000 chips.

Coren won a massive hand at the end of Level 15, eliminating Robert Haigh and Steven Silverman. The money all went in preflop, with Coren holding jacks, Haigh holding kings, and Silverman ace-king. There was a jack on the flop, giving Coren a leading set, and the turn and river were both fives. Suddenly, the Team Pro was among the chip leaders, while her two opponents left The Vic with empty pockets.

The bubble finally came in Level 17, and Faraz Jaka made a hero call against Alekberovas to stay alive in the tournament. Over at the other table, it was Philipp Gruissem, winner of this event in Season 8, who would bubble. Gruissem four-bet shoved over a three-bet from Alvarado, and Alvarado snapped it off with two kings. Gruissem was well behind holding two threes, and was eliminated when he couldn’t catch up.

Shortly after Gruissem bowed out on the bubble, Scott Seiver exited in 14th place and Alekberovas was bounced in 13th place. Besides being hero-called by Jaka, Alekberovas lost a massive pot to Gautam Sabharwal, while Seiver was unlucky to have his kings cracked by Alvarado’s ace-ten.

Albert Draher was next to go when he three-bet jammed from the small blind with king-queen. Danchev, the original raiser, called with ace-nine and held, eliminating Draher in 12th place. Team PokerStars Pro Barry Greenstein was eliminated in 11th place when he three-bet jammed with ace-six. Sabharwal, the original raiser, called with ace-ten, and held.

There were two minutes left on the clock in Level 20 when Johan van Til bubbled the official final table of nine. He got the remainder of his chips in preflop as a favorite with ace-king, and was ahead of Shakerchi’s ace-queen, but a queen on the turn sent the Dutchman to the rail in 10th place.

EPT London High Roller Payouts

PositionPlayerPrize
1st £436,330
2nd £241,670
3rd £147,690
4th £107,410
5th £87,270
6th £67,130
7th £53,700
8th £40,280
9th £29,540
10thJohan van Til£29,540
11thBarry Greenstein£26,850
12thAlbert Draher£26,850
13thAnaras Alekberovas£24,170
14thScott Seiver£24,170

Play will resume on Saturday at 13:00 GMT at The Vic, where the remaining nine players will play for £436,330 and the Shamballa bracelet. Join the PokerNews Live Reporting Team as we bring all of your live, up-to-the-minute updates to you directly from the tournament floor.

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Johan van Til Eliminated in 10th Place (£29,540)

• Level 20: 8,000-16,000, 2,000 ante
Johan van Til
Johan van Til

During Vicky Coren's double up, there was action going on at the other table as Johan van Til aka 'Busto_soon' got into a raising war against chip leader Talal Shakerchi. Eventually all their chips ended up in the middle.

van Til: {A-Diamonds}{K-Diamonds}
Shakerchi: {A-Spades}{Q-Clubs}

The {J-Clubs}{5-Hearts}{7-Diamonds} flop looked good for the Dutchman but the {Q-Hearts} on the turn spelled disaster although van Til did pick up a gutshot draw. The river was the {4-Diamonds} and with that the day was done.

Chip counts, redraw and wrap-up to follow.

Talal Shakerchi gb 1,700,000 515,000
Johan van Til nl Busted

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Sfez Jams Flop

[user101598] • Level 20: 8,000-16,000, 2,000 ante

Eric Sfez opened to 32,000 in the cutoff, Dimitar Danchev three-bet to 83,000 on the button, and Sfez tank-called, leaving just 180,000 behind. The flop fell {4-Diamonds}{q-Diamonds}{9-Spades}, Sfez moved all in, and Danchev folded.

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Volpe Hurting

[user101598] • Level 20: 8,000-16,000, 2,000 ante

Flop: {a-Spades}{5-Hearts}{10-Clubs}

There was about 160,000 in the middle when Talal Shakerchi led out for 84,000. Paul Volpe called, and the turn brought a repeat ace - the {a-Diamonds}.

Shakerchi fired put 126,000, and Volpe reached into his stack, pulled out a handful of orange T25,000 chips, added a single yellow T1,000 chip, and made the call.

The {8-Clubs} completed the board, and Shakerchi quickly checked. Volpe knuckled behind.

Shakerchi showed {10-Diamonds}{8-Diamonds} for aces and tens with an eight kicker, and Volpe mucked his hand.

Talal Shakerchi gb 1,185,000 255,000
Paul Volpe us 385,000 -315,000

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Barry Greenstein Eliminated in 11th Place (£26,850)

• Level 20: 8,000-16,000, 2,000 ante
Barry Greenstein
Barry Greenstein

Gautam Sabharwal raised to 32,000 from the cutoff and Barry Greenstein moved all in from the big blind, Sabharwal didn't take long to make the call for the additional 100,000.

Greenstein: {A-Spades}{6-Hearts}
Sabharwal: {A-Hearts}{10-Clubs}

The board ran out {2-Spades}{K-Hearts}{4-Clubs}{9-Diamonds}{9-Spades} and Sabharwal's ten-kicker played. We're down to ten players. Team PokerStars Pro Vicky Coren has been moved to the empty seat in between Faraz Jaka and Eric Sfez to balance the tables.

Gautam Sabharwal IN 950,000 150,000

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Jaka Wins a Monster

[user101598] • Level 20: 8,000-16,000, 2,000 ante
Faraz Jaka
Faraz Jaka

Dimitar Danchev opened to 24,000 from the cutoff seat, Faraz Jaka three-bet to 61,000 from the small blind, and Eric Sfez removed his headphones before cold four-betting to 152,000 from the big blind. Danchev quickly mucked, and the action was back on Jaka.

He asked the dealer to pull the bets it, and once the dealer obliged, Jaka five-bet to 251,000. Sfez took a long drag from his electric cigarette, stared off into the nothingness, then made the call.

The dealer fanned {5-Hearts}{4-Diamonds}{10-Hearts}, and Jaka led out for 115,000. Sfez instantly called.

The turn was the {a-Clubs}, Jaka checked, and Sfez tanked for nearly two minutes before checking behind.

The {q-Hearts} completed the board, Jaka checked again, and Sfez once again sat quietly for over a minute or so then knuckled behind. Jaka turned over {k-Diamonds}{k-Clubs} for a pair of kings, and Sfez mucked his hand.

Jaka, who was once down to 70,000 chips, is now up to 1.1 million, while Sfez stumbled down to 450,000.

Faraz Jaka us 1,100,000 500,000
Eric Sfez fr 450,000 -750,000

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Van Til Doubles

[user101598] • Level 20: 8,000-16,000, 2,000 ante
Johan van Til
Johan van Til

In the previous level, Talal Shakerchi opened to 25,000 in the cutoff seat. Johan van Til three-bet jammed for 228,000 from the small blind, and Shakerchi tank-called.

Shakerchi: {6-Hearts}{6-Clubs}
Van Til: {q-Clubs}{j-Spades}

There was a queen in the window of the {2-Diamonds}{5-Clubs}{q-Hearts} flop, and van Til held as the turn and river came {4-Hearts}, {8-Spades} respectively.

Van Til doubled to around 465,000 chips, while Shakerchi is down below one million chips once again.

Talal Shakerchi gb 930,000 -120,000
Johan van Til nl 465,000 160,000

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