$300,000 Super High Roller Bowl
$300,000 Super High Roller Bowl
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Rainer Kempe Leads the Final Seven in the 2016 Super High Roller Bowl

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Rainer Kempe
Rainer Kempe

The 2016 Super High Roller Bowl played down to seven players remaining and into the money at the ARIA Resort & Casino in Las Vegas on Tuesday.

When play resumes at 3 p.m. local time Wednesday, German upstart Rainer Kempe will bring more than a third of the chips in play and a healthy lead in with him, after finding himself on the right end of a set-over-set situation with Dan Smith during eight-handed play.

Smith went on to bubble the money soon after.

The day began with 16 players and Matt Berkey enjoying a healthy lead. Tom Marchese had handed Berkey the chips with a big bluff on Monday, and he was the first to exit the big stage on Tuesday, losing a 60-40 flip to Jason Mercier.

Fedor Holz then busted Las Vegas high roller regular Dan Perper, and the field combined at the final two tables.

Phil Galfond, was the next to go, again a victim of Mercier, before the fun-loving Bill Perkins ran a dominated ace into Smith.

Phil Laak lost most of his chips to hedge fund manager Dan Shak when Shak cracked his queens, getting it in with an ace-high flush draw and finding an ace on the river. Laak said goodbye soon after, with Shak getting the better of him once again.

Berkey limp-called a Ben Lamb shove and outdrew him to make it ten handed and Smith took the over the chip lead when he busted Andrew Robl to leave nine players remaining.

They still played at two tables, drawing every 20 minutes to send a player from the five-handed table over to the short-handed affair, and eventually went hand for hand to avoid the players stalling on the final-table bubble.

Soon after that, Mercier found himself on the wrong end of a classic cooler, running kings into Bryn Kenney's aces to set up the final eight and put the players on the stone money bubble.

Thanks to that hand, Kenney took a slight lead over Smith into the final table, but after Smith's set-over-set debacle, he also lost a sizable pot to Kempe, allowing the German to extend his lead.

In the end, Holz busted Smith and it'll be the two Germans sitting on top of five American players when things get going in the finale with everyone guaranteed at least $600,000.

PokerNews will have coverage of the final table from start to finish on Wednesday, so tune in then to see how things end up, and who can capture the 2016 Super High Roller Bowl title and its $5 million first-place prize.

Tags: Andrew RoblBen LambBill PerkinsBryn KenneyDan ShakDan SmithFedor HolzJason MercierMatt BerkeyPhil GalfondPhil LaakRainer KempeTom Marchese

Dan Smith Bubbles The 2016 Super High Roller Bowl

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Dan Smith shoved the {a-Hearts}{9-Hearts} under the gun and Fedor Holz looked him up with the {a-Diamonds}{10-Spades}.

Smith was dominated, and found no joy on the {k-Spades}{7-Spades}{5-Diamonds}{3-Diamonds}{2-Hearts} run out to bow out eighth, and leave empty handed as the rest of the seven players remaining are now in the money.

With that, play was halted and the day's survivors will return to play down to a champion Wednesday at 3 p.m. in Las Vegas.

Fedor Holz de 2,190,000 265,000
Dan Smith us Eliminado

Tags: Dan SmithFedor Holz

Smith Doubles, Still Short

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Dan Smith got it in with the {a-Hearts}{4-Spades} against Bryn Kenney's {k-Clubs}{q-Spades} in a battle of the blinds.

A favorite, Smith held through a {3-Clubs}{3-Hearts}{8-Spades}{7-Diamonds}{8-Hearts} board to stave off elimination.

Dan Smith us 300,000 125,000

Kempe Extends

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Bryn Kenney opened under the gun with a raise to 125,000 and Rainer Kempe defended his big blind.

Both players checked the {5-Diamonds}{j-Diamonds}{q-Spades} flop, and Kempe bet what looked like 175,000 on the {4-Diamonds} turn. Kenney called.

Finally, on the {6-Clubs} river, Kempe bet a healthy 650,000 and Kenney called. Kenney mucked when he saw Kempe's {j-Spades}{4-Spades} two pair.

Rainer Kempe de 5,200,000 950,000
Bryn Kenney us 1,500,000 -1,115,000

Tags: Bryn KenneyRainer Kempe


Smith's Set Over Set Debacle

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Rainer Kempe raised the cutoff and Dan Smith defended from the small blind. Fedor Holz folded the big blind.

Smith checked the {10-Hearts}{6-Spades}{8-Hearts} flop, but when Kempe led for 140,000, he check-raised to 475,000. Kempe jammed it in, and Smith called it off with the {6-Hearts}{6-Clubs} for bottom set.

Kempe had middle set with the {8-Clubs}{8-Spades}, and after an {a-Clubs} turn and {q-Hearts} river, Kempe took the chip lead on over 4 million. Smith was left dangerously short.

Rainer Kempe de 4,250,000 2,380,000
Dan Smith us 175,000 -2,290,000

Tags: Dan SmithRainer Kempe

The Eight-Handed Final Table

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1Phil Hellmuth
2Matt Berkey
3Rainer Kempe
4Bryn Kenney
5Dan Smith
6Fedor Holz
7Erik Seidel
8Dan Shak
Bryn Kenney us 2,615,000 -35,000
Dan Smith us 2,465,000 65,000
Fedor Holz de 1,925,000 -175,000
Dan Shak us 1,895,000 395,000
Rainer Kempe de 1,870,000 370,000
Matt Berkey us 1,500,000 -600,000
Erik Seidel us 1,365,000 465,000
Phil Hellmuth us 1,070,000 330,000

Mercier Bubbles The Eight-Handed Final Table

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Jason Mercier
Jason Mercier

Jason Mercier jammed over a Bryn Kenney open and Kenney called.

It was the ultimate cooler with Kenney holding the {a-Spades}{a-Diamonds} over Mercier's {k-Clubs}{k-Diamonds}. Aces held on an {8-Spades}{j-Diamonds}{7-Spades}{7-Hearts}{9-Hearts} board.

With that, the eight handed final table is set, but they will play on, now on the money bubble.

Bryn Kenney us 2,650,000 450,000
Jason Mercier us Eliminado

Tags: Bryn KenneyJason Mercier