€50,000 Super High Roller
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€50,000 Super High Roller
Dia 2 Terminado

Gieles Leads Final Table; Juanda and Urbanovich Among Stiff Competition

[user153638] • Nível 16: 15,000-30,000, 4,000 ante
Luuk Gieles
Luuk Gieles

Day 2 of the 2015 PokerStars.com European Prague Season 12 €50,000 Super High Roller saw six players take advantage of late registration, which brought the total field up to 56 (46 unique; 10 reentries), an increase over last year's 51 total entries. That created a prize €2,688,840 prize pool that will be distributed to the top eight players with the eventual winner taking home €806,650.

After nearly eight levels of play on Day 2, the final eight were set with the Netherlands' Luuk Gieles, who began the day as the chip leader, and his stack of 2.556 leading the way. Others still in contention – each of who are guaranteed a €107,550 payday – include Steve O'Dwyer, Sam Greenwood, Igor Kurganov, Daniel Dvoress, Thomas Muehloecker, reigning EPT Player of the Year Dzmitry Urbanovich, and EPT12 Barcelona Main Event champ John Juanda.

The day kicked off a with a slew of eliminations including those of defending champ Leonid Markin; Mike "Timex" McDonald, who took down the EPT12 Malta €25,000 High Roller two months back; World Series of Poker bracelet winner Ivan Luca; 2014 WCOOP champ Fedor "CrownUpGuy" Holz; Aleksandr Denisov, who qualified in a satellite the night before; and the sole Team PokerStars Pro in the field, Jason Mercier.

Mercier fell in Level 11 (5,000/10,000/1,000) after Dvoress opened for 21,000 under the gun and Mercier three-bet all in for 136,000 from the hijack. Action folded back to Dvoress, who paused for a few moments before making the call with pocket sixes. Mercier held two overs with king-queen, but he failed to get there after the board ran out lowly cards.

From there, Stephen Chidwick ran nines into the pocket queens of Greenwood to bust, and not long after Tobias Reinkemeier lost a flip with ace-queen to the pocket tens of Anthony Zinno, who according to the Global Poker Index's Eric Danis needed to finish in third place or better to overtake Byron Kaverman for the lead in the GPI Player of the Year race.

Speaking of Kaverman, he made a deep run in the tournament, but busted in Level 13 (8,000/16,000/2,000) after suffering a bad beat. It happened when he raised before the flop and Urbanovich three-bet to 77,000. Action folded back to Kaverman, who moved all in for 285,000. Urbanovich hit the tank, and eventually called with ace-ten offsuit, which was behind Kaverman's pocket queens. However, an ace appeared on the flop, and that was all she wrote for Kaverman.

With ten players remaining, Ole Schemion got his stack in holding a king-high flush draw, but found himself dominated by Greenwood's ace-high flush draw. Schemion failed to get lucky and found himself on the rail in 10th place. With nine remaining, both the money and final table bubbles were in full effect.

Unfortunately for Zinno, his dream of earning coveted GPI POY points came up one spot shy when he got his short stack all in preflop holding ace-jack only to run into the ace-queen of Urbanovich. No jack would come, and a disappointed Zinno made his way to the exit.

SeatPlayerCountryChip Count
1Daniel DvoressCanada1,152,000
2Thomas MuehloeckerAustria1,256,000
3Luuk GielesThe Netherlands2,556,000
4Steve O'DwyerIreland2,277,000
5Dzmitry UrbanovichPoland2,397,000
6Igor KurganovRussia1,497,000
7Sam GreenwoodCanada2,223,000
8John JuandaIndonesia643,000

The third and final day will kick off at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday with 19:41 remaining in Level 16 (15,000/30,000/4,000), and play will continue until a winner is crowned. There won't be a live stream of the event, but you'll be able to follow the updates all day long right here on PokerNews. In addition, the EPT12 Prague Main Event kicks off tomorrow with Day 1a, so we'll also be brining you live updates from that event.

While you wait, check out this video of the chip leader weighing in on the recent changes on PokerStars:

Tags: Luuk Gieles

Anthony Zinno Bubbles the €50,000 Super High Roller

Webjoker • Nível 16: 15,000-30,000, 4,000 ante
Dzmitry Urbanovich - Anthony Zinno
Dzmitry Urbanovich - Anthony Zinno

Dzmitry Urbanovich made it 65,000 from middle position and his neighbor Anthony Zinno shoved all in for 419,000. Urbanovich was again leaning back to grab a bite will the action folded back around to him. He reluctantly called while.

Anthony Zinno: {A-Hearts}{J-Hearts}
Dzmitry Urbanovich: {A-Spades}{Q-Diamonds}

The flop came {10-Hearts}{9-Clubs}{4-Diamonds} and Zinno asked for an eight with a tempered voice. The {7-Spades} on the turn gave him some extra outs but the {5-Spades} on the river wasn't one of them.

Anthony Zinno wished the table good luck, said "That's how it goes" to the media row, and made his exit.

The remaining 8 players started counting and bagging their chips. Exact end of day chip counts to follow as soon as possible.

Anthony Zinno us Eliminado

Don't Miss Tomorrow's Right to Play Charity Event

[user153638] • Nível 16: 15,000-30,000, 4,000 ante
Team PokerStars supports Right to Play
Team PokerStars supports Right to Play

If you're at the EPT12 Prague festival, a great event — one designed to raise money for charity — is set to take place tomorrow on Thursday, December 10.

Jointly hosted with EPT Travel and raising funds for Right to Play, the €150 + €50 unlimited rebuys tournament will take place at 19:30. Prizes include live event tournament credits from €330 to €1,000, iPhone 6 Plus, iPad Air 2, a weekend away for two, an Apple Watch, and dinner for two.

Big Shove From Muehloecker

• Nível 16: 15,000-30,000, 4,000 ante

Dzmitry Urbanovich limped under the gun for 30,000 after which Igor Kurganov raised to 105,000 two seats on his left. The action folded to Thomas Muehloecker on the button and he tanked for a bit before moving all in for 955,000.

Both Urbanovich and Kurganov surrendered their invested chips, and Muehloecker took this pot down to even the field even more so.

Dzmitry Urbanovich pl 1,600,000 -90,000
Igor Kurganov ru 1,600,000 -220,000
Thomas Muehloecker at 1,167,000 167,000

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O'Dwyer Wins a Small One

Webjoker • Nível 16: 15,000-30,000, 4,000 ante

The first pot of the unofficial final table went to Dzmitry Urbanovich who raised the button to 80,000 and picked up the blinds and antes.

The second hand was for Steve O'Dwyer. O'Dwyer called Juanda's under the gun 70,000 raise, and called his 70,000 continuation bet on {3-Diamonds}{8-Diamonds}{10-Diamonds} as well. The turn was the {4-Clubs} and Juanda check folded to O'Dwyer's 180,000 bet.

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Cards Back in the Air

[user153638] • Nível 16: 15,000-30,000, 4,000 ante

Cards are back in the air here in Level 16 with 50:25 remaining on the clock. Action will continue until either one more player busts — which will burst both the final table and money bubbles — or until the clock expires in Level 18.