£10,300 High Roller
£10,300 High Roller
Dia 2 Terminado

Vojtech Ruzicka Leads Final Four in the £10,300 High Roller Into Extra Day

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Vojtech Ruzicka leads the final four musketeers
Vojtech Ruzicka leads the final four musketeers

The first highlight of the 2017 partypoker MILLIONS Nottingham festival at the Dusk Till Dawn saw 56 players out of a 93-entry strong field return to the tables for Day 2 of the £10,300 High Roller and the registration remained open for another two levels. During that period, four new players entered the competition, and an additional 13 re-entries boosted the total attendance to 110 entries in total.

The prize pool of £1,067,000 was to be shared among the top 11 spots, and at 4.15 a.m. local time the remaining four hopefuls called it quits to bag up for the night and add an extra day to the schedule in order to determine the champion. 2016 World Series of Poker Main Event November Niner Vojtech Ruzicka will be the man to beat when play resumes, as the Czech claimed 4,198,000. Bartlomiej Machon follows in second place with 3,059,000 while Tom Hall (1,943,000) and Chris Backhouse (1,798,000) are the other two musketeers after a marathon day of more than 15 hours.

Seat Assignments for Day 3 of the £10,300 High Roller

SeatPlayerCountryChip CountBig Blinds
3Chris BackhouseUK1,798,00022
6Bartlomiej MachonPoland3,059,00038
7Tom HallUK1,943,00024
8Vojtech RuzickaCzech Republic4,198,00052

Among the early casualties during the re-entry period was Ema Zajmovic, who failed to get there with ace-king against the pocket kings of partypoker pro Joao Simao. Anatoly Filatov, the High Roller regulars Charlie Carrel, Orpen Kisacikoglu, Adrian Mateos, Paul Newey and [Removed:17] also never managed to run up their stacks. Kisacikoglu turned a full house with ace-queen only to see Chris Backhouse turn over pocket aces for the superior full house and the rest was history.

2016 November Niner Kenny Hallaert, as well as the partypoker ambassadors Roberto Romanello and Sam Trickett then followed suit once the registration was closed. Romanello rivered a flush with five-three suited in three-way action and Max Silver snap-called with ace-ten suited for the nut flush. Trickett put his hopes on ace-jack, and was drawing dead on the turn of a queen-high board against the set of queens of Dominik Nitsche.

Rainer Kempe bowed out before the dinner break and once all players had returned, seven further hopefuls were gone within just 20 minutes. Max Silver and Dominik Nitsche then got short and ran out of chips before the final two tables were set and Ben Heath followed suit while not even all players had taken their new seats yet. Late on Day 1, Heath doubled through Tom Hall and the latter busted right before bagging and tagging, before then re-entering on Day 2. This time, Hall got his revenge when calling the four-bet shove of Heath with pocket queens and leaving Heath with pocket jacks no chance.

Keith Johnson, start-of-the-day chip leader Niall Farrell and Paul Byrne also missed out on the money and it was Jan-Eric Schwippert who ended up as the buble boy. Schwippert was one of three short stacks at outer table and defended his big blind with king-deuce suited, then shoved a seven-high flop with his flush draw. Bartlomiej Machon called with pocket sixes for an open-ended straight draw and the bubble burst after two blanks on turn and river.

Govert Metaal was the first player in the money and Oliver Waters also had to settle for the min cash worth £20,000. At 1 a.m. local time, the unofficial nine-handed final table was set with the following seat assignments:

SeatPlayerCountryChip CountBig Blinds
1Daniel MerrileesUK210,0005
2Joao SimaoBrazil1,076,00027
3Chris BackhouseUK727,00018
4Laszlo BujtasHungary1,634,50040
5Stefan SchillhabelGermany1,624,50040
6Jason WheelerUSA1,424,50035
7Bartlomiej MachonPoland1,500,50037
8Tom HallUK1,081,00027
9Vojtech RuzickaCzech Republic1,721,50043

All players agreed to play down to the last six and then bag up for the night, however that plan would later see a slight amendment. Daniel Merrilees, who was one of the four new entrants of Day 2, was the far shortest stack but managed to first chop and then triple up in fortunate fashion soon after. However, Merrilees then saw his pocket queens cracked by the pocket tens of Vojtech Ruzicka and the Brit was gone in 9th place.

Stefan Schillhabel lost most of his stack when shoving a ten-high flush draw river with pocket eights, and Chris Backhouse called with ace-three for a straight. Schillhabel then shoved king-queen suited and Bartlomiej Machon looked him up with ace-nine off suit to claim the pot after a five-high board. High-stakes Pot-Limit Omaha cash game expert Laszlo Bujtas then got it in with less than eight big blinds and king-jack, only fore Machon to find ace-jack and send the second player to the rail in a row.

Jason Wheeler suggested to play the last 40 minutes of the new level and then finish for the night, and the American pro bowed out just a few minutes later. Wheeler shoved for 15 big blinds with jack-ten off suit and Machon called with ace-seven off suit in the big blind, again a nine-high board changed nothing.

Partypoker pro Joao Simao then became the last casualty of the night. Vojtech Ruzicka shoved from the small blind with ace-jack and the short-stacked Brazilian called with ace-deuce. A jack on the flop all but sealed it, and an ace on the turn left Simao drawing dead.

Payouts of the High Roller

PlacePlayerCountryPayout (in GPB)Payout (in USD)
1  320,000406,984
2  185,000235,288
3  142,000180,600
4  110,000139,900
5Joao SimaoBrazil85,000108,105
6Jason WheelerUSA65,00082,670
7Laszlo BujtasHungary50,00063,590
8Stefan SchillhabelGermany40,00050,870
9Daniel MerrileesUK30,00038,155
10Oliver WatersUK20,00025,437
11Govert MetaalNetherlands20,00025,437

After the elimination of partypoker pro Simao in 5th place, the remaining four players agreed to stop the clock with 14:30 left in level 23 at blinds of 40,000/80,000 with a running ante of 8,000, and they will return tomorrow at 3 p.m. local time to determine the champion.

The PokerNews live reporting team will be there to provide the action until a champion is crowned, and a live stream with hole cards will be available on a security delay of 30 minutes.

Tags: Adrian MateosAnatoly FilatovBartlomiej MachonBen HeathCharlie CarrelChris BackhouseDaniel MerrileesDominik NitscheDusk Till DawnEma ZajmovicGovert MetaalJan-Eric SchwippertJason WheelerJoao SimaoKeith JohnsonKenny HallaertLaszlo BujtasMax SilverMitchell JohnsonNiall FarrellOliver WatersOrpen KisacikogluPaul ByrnePaul NeweyRainer KempeRoberto RomanelloSam TrickettStefan SchillhabelTom HallVojtech Ruzicka

Joao Simao Eliminated in 5th Place (£85,000)

• Nível 22: 30,000-60,000, 6,000 ante
Joao Simao
Joao Simao

It what would turn out to be the last hand of the day Vojtech Ruzicka in the small blind moved all-in with {A-Clubs}{J-Diamonds}, and Brazilian Partypoker Pro Joao Simao made the call for 522,000 in the big blind with {A-Hearts}{2-Spades}.

The flop was terrible news for Simao as it came {7-Spades}{5-Clubs}{J-Hearts}, and it was all over by the {A-Spades} turn. The river was a meaningless {7-Diamonds}, and Simao got out of his chair, emptied his bottle of water and made his way to the cashier. He will get £85,000 for his trouble.

With that elimination, the remaining four players have decided to call it a night and will continue their battle after a good night's sleep. The end of day recap will follow shortly.

Vojtech Ruzicka cz 4,198,000 940,000
Joao Simao br Eliminado

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Tom Hall Gets the Double with Jacks

• Nível 22: 30,000-60,000, 6,000 ante

Tom Hall shoved all-in over the top of Bartlomiej Machon's raise to 160,000, and Machon made the call for 696,000 more.

Tom Hall: {J-Spades}{J-Diamonds}
Bartlomiej Machon: {5-Spades}{5-Clubs}

Hall was a massive favorite to score the double, and with a board of {Q-Clubs}{3-Hearts}{6-Diamonds}{7-Spades}{3-Clubs} that was exactly what happened. Despite the loss, Machon is still above average, while Hall is in the middle of the pack for now.

Bartlomiej Machon pl 3,271,000 -768,000
Tom Hall gb 1,872,000 968,000

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Jason Wheeler Eliminated in 6th Place (£65,000)

• Nível 22: 30,000-60,000, 6,000 ante
Jason Wheeler
Jason Wheeler

The action folded around to Jason Wheeler in the small blind, and he shoved all in for 1,252,000 total. Bartlomiej Machon woke up with {A-Clubs}{7-Hearts} in the big blind and made the call, and he was ahead the {J-Hearts}{10-Clubs} of Wheeler.

Neither the flop nor the turn or river changed that equation as the board ran out {4-Hearts}{3-Diamonds}{9-Spades}{6-Diamonds}{9-Diamonds}, and Wheeler was sent packing in 6th place.

Bartlomiej Machon pl 4,039,000 826,000
Jason Wheeler us Eliminado

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Laszlo Bujtas Eliminated in 7th Place (£50,000)

• Nível 22: 30,000-60,000, 6,000 ante
Laszlo Bujtas
Laszlo Bujtas

Laszlo Bujtas moved in for 693,000 with {K-Clubs}{J-Diamonds} from early position just to find Bartlomiej Machon waking up with {A-Spades}{J-Spades} in the cutoff. The blinds got out of the way, and the hands were on their back.

The board brought no help for Butjas as it ran out {3-Hearts}{9-Clubs}{5-Diamonds}{10-Spades}{J-Clubs}, and Machon passed 3 million in chips while Bujtas hit the rail in 7th - good for £50,000.

With six players left the original goal was met, but Jason Wheeler suggested to play out the level and the table agreed.

Bartlomiej Machon pl 3,213,000 747,000
Laszlo Bujtas hu Eliminado

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Stefan Schillhabel Eliminated in 8th Place (£40,000)

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Stefan Schillhabel
Stefan Schillhabel

After losing most of his chips previously, Stefan Schillhabel moved all in for 305,000 from under the gun. Bartlomiej Machon called from one seat over, and Joao Simao on the button as well as laszlo Bujtas both folded ace-ten.

Stefan Schillhabel: {K-Diamonds}{Q-Diamonds}
Bartlomiej Machon: {A-Spades}{9-Clubs}

The board ran out {5-Hearts}{5-Spades}{2-Diamonds}{2-Hearts}{3-Clubs} and Machon claimed the pot with kicker ace, sending Schillhabel to the rail in 8th place for £40,000

Bartlomiej Machon pl 2,466,000 425,000
Stefan Schillhabel de Eliminado

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Backhouse Makes a Wheel: Schillhabel Decimated

• Nível 22: 30,000-60,000, 6,000 ante
Chris Backhouse
Chris Backhouse

Stefan Schillhabel raised to 120,000 from early position and Chris Backhouse defended his big blind with {A-Clubs}{3-Spades}. The {4-Clubs}{10-Diamonds}{5-Diamonds} flop brought a gutshot straight draw for Backhouse, and that was enough for the Englishman to pay Schillhabel's bet of 110,000. The players afterwards checked through the {7-Spades} turn.

The {2-Diamonds} on the river was just what the doctor ordered for Backhouse, and he put in a bet of 310,000. Schillhabel thought for a bit before announcing "all-in", and Backhouse wasted no time making the call.

That brings Backhouse up above 1,5 million for the first time this tournament, while Schillhabel is left sporting the shortest stack of the table.

Chris Backhouse GB 1,786,000 1,255,000
Stefan Schillhabel de 311,000 -1,021,000

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Machon Doubles Through Ruzicka

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On the button, Bartlomiej Machon moved all in for 988,000 and chip leader Vojtech Ruzicka called in the big blind.

Bartlomiej Machon: {Q-Diamonds}{J-Clubs}
Vojtech Ruzicka: {A-Clubs}{8-Hearts}

The flop of {J-Diamonds}{7-Clubs}{2-Spades} flop improved Machon, and he stayed in the lead with the {7-Spades} turn and {3-Diamonds} river to double up. Ruzicka took a hit to his stack, but remains in the top spot with eight players remaining.

Vojtech Ruzicka cz 3,258,000 -918,000
Bartlomiej Machon pl 2,041,000 613,000

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