Day 2 completed
Day 2 completed
There are seven very happy players in Monaco tonight as the PokerStars and Monte-Carlo® Casino EPT9 Grand Final Super High Roller reached the money. Seven is way less than those who fell along the way and they are thinking about how much money they left behind. That's poker though! Team PokerStars Pro Jason Mercier led when 30 players remained last night and he leads with seven remaining tonight after a very profitable day saw him close with 4,165,000.
Two more players bought in this morning to take the total number up to 50 and they all helped create a prize pool close to the five million Euro mark (€4,851,000). Samir Taouint drove in from France in his Ferrari and nearly missed the buy-in deadline after struggling to find a parking space this morning. Phil Ivey was the other player to stump up €100,000, his third bullet of the event, and the only one in for so much.
Mercier, rightly so, spent the whole day on the feature table and either watched or helped as players fell all around him. Igor Kurganov and Mikhail Smirnov went early before Mercier's great day was set up by a cooler of a hand that saw him elminate Faraz Jaka. Mercier flopped a set and managed to fade Jaka's open-ended flush draw to win a massive pot for that stage of the tournament. Mercier was in cruise mode (or "BeastMode" as he described it) for most of the day and only briefly lost the chip lead to Sorel Mizzi who was making a nuisance of himself at the outer table.
Ivey took his third bullet all the way to tenth place but that was as far as he went. He four-bet all in with ace-jack only for Mercier to call with ace-queen and hold. After his elimination the remaining players were moved onto the TV table but, as only seven places paid, the tournament went through a double-bubble period.
As all the remaining players were on one table, finishing in ninth seemed just as bad as eighth. It was high roller specialist, Fabian Quoss, who had to deal with busting in that spot and the lost of €200,000. Yet again it was Mercier who did the damage. He flopped top set in three-bet pot and faded Quoss' nut flush draw.
It took another two hours for the second stage of the bubble to burst and it ended up with Mercier busting another player. Erik Seidel was down to just four big blinds when he shoved with queen-eight. Mercier called from the big blind with ace-ten and flopped an ace to finish the day. All the remaining players are guaranteed a bumper €218,300 payday.
Heres how the final seven looks heading into the final day:
|1||Timothy Adams||United States||830,000|
|4||Jason Mercier||United States||4,165,000|
|6||Scott Seiver||United States||625,000|
They will return tomorrow at 1 p.m. CET where a cards face-up live stream production will be in progress. As with the Main Event final table, the integrity of the tournament needs to be protected so there will be a one-hour delay on the stream and all updates appearing on PokerNews. That means our coverage will begin at 2 p.m. For now, here's a reminder on the large amounts of money going to be won tomorrow
Erik Seidel was blinded down to just 165,000 when he decided to move all in from under the gun plus two. Team PokerStars Pro Jason Mercier called from the big blind and the showdown went as following.
The board ran out and Seidel was knocked out in eight place. The seven remaining players are guaranteed €218,300 while there's €1,746,400 up to for the eventual winner.
Scott Seiver put his tournament at risk but managed to double up through Jason Mercier.
Mercier raised from the cut-off and called when Seiver shoved or 330,000 from the small blind.
The board ran to make Seiver two pair.
Sorel Mizzi raised from the cutoff to 100,000 after which Team PokerStars Pro Jason Mercier three-bet to 270,000. Max Altergott four-bet all in for right around 1.5 million. Both Mizzi and Mercier quickly folded giving the pot to Altergott.
Jason Mercier has twice been the pre flop aggressor and checked back the flop before raising an opponent on the turn. It's a confusing and powerful line to take given the circumstances.
He raised to 80,000 from the button and Max Altergott called from the small blind. Scott Seiver couldn't believe that he had to fold from the big blind.
Both players checked the flop before Altergott led for 85,000 on the turn. The Team PokerStars Pro raised to 315,000 and Altergott folded.
Team PokerStars Pro Jason Mercier raised under the gun to 80,000 and Sorel Mizzi called from the small blind.
The flop brought and Mizzi check-called 75,000. On the turn the hit and this time Mizzi check-called 115,000. The river brought the and both players checked. Mizzi showed and took down the pot.
As he liked to call it himself, Team PokerStars Pro Jason Mercier is currently mashing the final table bubble. We are on the money bubble and Mercier keeps taking down small pots. The pressure is on everyone else while the Main Event finalist has a great position to accumulate more chips.