Dia 2 Terminado
Dia 2 Terminado
Day 2 of the record-breaking PokerStars Festival London £990 Main Event at the Hippodrome London saw a total of 314 players out of a 944-entry strong field return to the tables and after 11 levels of one hour each, only 24 hopefuls bagged up chips with Alexis Fleur in the lead. The Frenchman claimed 2,635,000 for the overnight spotlight, edging past Smit Trivedi (2,500,000) and Lam Van Trinh (2,420,000) in the last few hands of the night.
Other big stacks and notables still in contention include Daniel Harwood (1,870,000), Guillem Cusco Bach (1,780,000), Ludovic Geilich (1,500,000), start-of-day chip leader James Mitchell (1,410,000), High Roller 4th place finisher Yuriy Boyko (1,275,000) and Clement Tripodi (1,100,000).
Especially at the start of the day in four different tournament tables of the casino, the players were being eliminated very quickly and such big names as Chris Moorman, Daniel Wilson, Slaven Popov, Julien Sitbon and Adrian Mateos were all sent to the rail before the money. The bubble then burst in level 15 when Marc Hunter was all in for just two antes with pocket tens. Ibrahim Ilksoy had pocket jacks and Jose Ruben Rubio Garnito the eight-seven suited. The board ran out jack-high and both Hunter as well as Ilksoy made a set only to see Rubio Garnito scoop the pot with a straight and let the bubble burst.
Among the first to join the rail in the money were 2016 United Kingdom & Ireland Poker Tour London champion Usman Siddique, PokerStars Team Pro Felipe Ramos, Benjamin Philipps and Philipp Gruissem. William Kassouf made one pay jump and finished in 141st (£1,690). Luca Pagano received the same payout for his 104th place finish, the Italian failed to improve with pocket fours against the pocket eights of Mladen Ivanov. James Akenhead fell victim to the hot run of Geilich and PokerStars Team Pro Liv Boeree lost a big flip with ace-king suited against the pocket jacks of Jose Astima.
After eight levels, less than 40 players remained and the dinner break kicked in with Geilich atop the leader board. Day 1a chip leader Mihaita Croitoru had to settle for 38th place and Matt Perrins' run came to an end in 32nd. Due to the big field size, an additional 11th level was played and that would see the field cut down to just 24. Naoufel Bennani-Smires failed to hold up with ace-king against the ace-queen of Boyko and the last woman in the field, Sally Stephens, followed right after during the last hands of the night.
The biggest post of the event so far saw Adam Harsanyi hero-call the shove of Fleur on the river of a queen-high board containing four diamonds with king-jack for just a pair of jacks. Fleur had turned the second nut flush with king-jack suited and skyrocketed into the lead.
Main Event Day 3 Seat Draw
|1||1||Ludovic Geilich||United Kingdom||1,500,000|
|1||2||Kevin Steward||United Kingdom||1,880,000|
|1||4||Jonathan Solomon Somekh||United Kingdom||580,000|
|1||7||Smit Trivedi||United Kingdom||2,500,000|
|2||1||James Mitchell||United Kingdom||1,410,000|
|2||2||Paul Skipper||United Kingdom||575,000|
|2||4||Bobinder Sohal||United Kingdom||305,000|
|2||5||Edgar Drozdov||United Kingdom||310,000|
|2||6||Guillem Cusco Bach||Spain||1,780,000|
|2||7||Chun Law||United Kingdom||470,000|
|2||8||Rehman Kassam||United Kingdom||875,000|
|3||1||Daniel Harwood||United Kingdom||1,870,000|
|3||2||Lam Van Trinh||United Kingdom||2,420,000|
|3||5||Bappie De Haas||Netherlands||795,000|
A thorough success, the tournament smashed the initial guarantee and more than doubled the prize pool to massive £824,112 with £4,250 locked up for all finalists thus far. However, all eyes are set on the first-place payout of £112,720, the coveted trophy as well as the honor of being the first ever PokerStars Festival champion on European soil.
The action will recommence on Sunday January 29th as of 12 p.m. local time with blinds of 15,000-30,000 and a running ante of 5,000. As usual, the PokerNews live reporting team will provide all the action until the winner is crowned.
Day 2 ends with 24 players and the redraw for the final three tables will be done over night. Below are the full chip counts of all remaining hopefuls.
A recap of today's action and the seat draw for Day 3 will follow shortly.
Picking up the action on the flop, Adam Harsanyi checked out of the big blind and initial raiser Alexis Fleur continued for 42,000. Harsanyi check-raised to 125,000 and Fleur called.
The fell on the turn and Harsanyi now led for 160,000 to pick up a call by Fleur. The final community card was the on the river and Harsanyi checked with around 550,000 behind. Fleur announced all in and Harsanyi hero-called with the for a bluff catcher only to see Fleur turn over for the second nut flush.
That massive pot skyrocketed Fleur's stack to more than 2.5 million and he may very well be the chip leader at the end of the day.
Sally Stephens moved all in for 150,000 and got a call from Kevin Steward.
Stephens had but was dominated by the of Steward.
The board ran out and Stephens was out just before the end of play.
The race for the chip lead at the end of the day just got some more spice after Lam Van Trinh took down a pot against Edgar Drozdov. The latter bet the turn for 125,000 from the cutoff and Trinh called on the button. Both checked the river and Drozdov showed for a busted double gutshot.
Trinh had and scooped the pot.
The clock has been stopped and six more hands will be played tonight.
Jonathan Solomon Somekh was all in and at risk for 306,000 with the and Edgar Drozdov looked him up with the . The board came and Somekh found the ace to double.
One table over, Naoufel Bennani-Smires moved all in for what looked like 353,000 and the action folded to Yuriy Boyko in the small blind. He put up his sunglasses and stared over at the other side of the table before eventually moving all in himself. The big blind folded and the cards were tabled.
"I know I am supposed to fold, but I can't," Boyko admitted and improved on a flop of . Both the turn and river failed to improve Bennani-Smires and he was knocked out just shy of making Day 3.
David Kahan raised from the cutoff and short stack Marko Simic moved all in for 252,000 from the small blind. Kahan called with the and had two over cards against the of Simic. The board came and Simic held up.
Soon after, Jose Ruben Rubio Garnito got his last 49,000 in with the and Simic called on the button with . The board fell and the kicker played to eliminate Rubio Garnito.
James Mitchell opened the betting and then faced an all-in for 236,000 from David Johnson. Mitchell thought, gave a shrug, and called to put Johnson at risk.
The board ran out and Mitchell spiked to bust Johnson.
“I’ve got it in bad so many times this tournament.” Mitchell confessed to his neighbour.