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Blowout Series: $530 NLHE [8-Max, The Big Blowout!], $5M Gtd.
Blowout Series: $530 NLHE [8-Max, The Big Blowout!], $5M Gtd.
Dia 2 Concluído

Duarte and Kelopuro Bag Top Five Stacks for Day 3 of the PokerStars Blowout Series: $530 NLHE [8-Max, The Big Blowout!

Sami Kelopuro
Sami Kelopuro

Day 2 of the PokerStars Blowout Series: $530 NLHE [8-Max, The Big Blowout!] came to an end after more than eight hectic hours of play with 16 players making it through to the final day.

Day 1 attracted 12,095 entries to the $5,000,000 guaranteed prize pool and another 843 entries were collected before the start of Day 2. With 9,986 unique players reentering 2,952 times, the total number of entries tallied up to 12,938 to get to a whopping prize pool of $6,469,000 in the end.

Claiming the Day 2 chip lead is "DrawindDead" from Poland with 41,507,102 which is worth 69 big blinds when the players come back for Day 3. They are followed closely on their heels by "Gwolde" from the Netherlands with 41,155,298. Completing the top five in the counts are Mathias "mdf92" Duarte (35,414,899), Sami "Lrslzk" Kelopuro (25,504,194), and "Uivelo88" (25,344,164) as the only players with an above-average stack.

Andras "probirs" Nemeth (13,374,993) and Marc-Andre "FrenchDawg" Ladouceur (4,253,540) are also still left in the running but with pretty short stacks so they'll need to get to work once the action resumes on Day 3. All remaining players have secured at least $19,765 but will all be focussing on that first-place prize of $818,484.

Blowout Series: $530 NLHE [8-Max, The Big Blowout!] Top Ten Chip Counts

RankPlayerCountryChip CountBig Blinds
3Mathias "mdf92" DuarteUruguay35,414,89959
4Sami "Lrslzk" KelopuroFinland25,504,19443
7Andrew "dawhiteninja" WoolUnited Kingdom17,795,26430
9"Escapemissio"United Kingdom15,305,85226

Race to the Final Day

With 3,693 players in the field when things kicked off today and only 1,823 getting paid, the road to the bubble was going to be a fast-paced and messy one. Many familiar names and faces failed to make it to the bubble with players like Julien "L1VeYRdrEamS" Perouse, Gary "quiditbear" Hasson, Christian "WATnlos" Rudolph, Lucas "YRWTHMELTHR" Greenwood, Marty "TheLipoFund" Mathis, Dzmitry "Colisea" Urbanovich, and Damian "pampa27" Salas all busting before.

Fintan "EasyWithAces" Hand had reentered at the start of the day but couldn't make things work as he fell to the hands of Peter "Apathy123" Jetten. Arlie "Prince Pablo" Shaban followed him to the rail when he lost all his chips to "AK8783" also didn't make it to the bubble stages.

Lex Veldhuis and Ben Spragg
Lex Veldhuis and Ben Spragg both cashed

Ben "Spraggy" Spragg cashed for $1,487 when he busted to David "MissOracle" Yan before Lex "L. Veldhuis" Veldhuis was eliminated by "Uivelo88" in 464th place. But they weren't the only ones to cash but fail to make Day 3. Mike "SirWatts" Watson, Thomas "MarToMchat" Boivin, Kenny "SpaceyFCB" Hallaert, Florian "AAgoodfold" Duta, Tom "hitthehole" Middleton, Jerry "Perrymejsen" Odeen, Laszlo "omaha4rollz" Bujtas, Thomas "WushuTM" Muehloecker, and Nick "Bot35" Marchington are just some of the many poker stars who busted in the money.

After almost eight hours, the tournament was already down to the final three tables. In fewer than 20 minutes only 17 players were left and Julian "jutrack" Track would bubble Day 3 when he three-bet shoved his last 20 big blinds in with jack-ten and was looked up by "Gwolde" who held pocket kings. No help from the board came as Track would collect $27,727 for his efforts over the past two days to signal the end of Day 2.

Plan for the Final Day

When play resumes at 6:05 p.m. GMT on Tuesday, January 12, the 16 remaining players will finish Level 51 which features a small blind of 300,000, a big blind of 600,000, and a running ante of 75,000. Once that is done, the level duration will increase to 25-minutes each and play will continue until a new champion can be crowned on PokerStars.

The PokerStars Twitch Stream will be back to bring you cards-up coverage with commentary provided by James Hartigan and Joe Stapleton with a 30-minute security delay and PokerNews will be right here to bring you all the live updates as they happen so make sure to follow along.

This is what they are all still playing for:


End-of-Day 2 Chip Counts

DrawindDead PL 41,507,102 7,905,950
Gwolde NL 41,155,298
Mathias "mdf92" Duarte uy 35,414,899 -4,305,000
Sami "Lrslzk" Kelopuro fi 25,504,194 870,000
Uivelo88 FI 25,344,164 5,775,000
end2end17 ca 20,103,700 5,055,000
Andrew "dawhiteninja" Wool GB 17,795,264 -2,400,000
Kudgel DE 16,115,984
Escapemissio GB 15,305,852 1,875,000
sp3edy14 IE 14,990,223 -2,325,000
Pharmo81 GB 14,862,492 -2,625,000
taartjekomt NL 14,286,144
Aalexxs nl 13,469,152 11,475,000
Andras "probirs" Nemeth hu 13,374,993
FivebetGAMER ru 9,966,999 3,825,000
Marc-Andre "FrenchDawg" Ladouceur ca 4,253,540 -1,200,000

Julian "jutrack" Track Eliminated in 17th Place ($19,765)

Gwolde vs Track
Gwolde vs Track

Blinds: 300,000/600,000

"Gwolde" raised to 1,200,000 from the button and Julian "jutrack" Track three-bet shoved from the big blind for the 12,327,206 he had behind which "Gwolde" called with the bigger stack.

Julian "jutrack" Track: {j-Clubs}{10-Hearts}
"Gwolde": {k-Spades}{k-Clubs}

The board ran out {7-Diamonds}{7-Spades}{6-Spades}{3-Clubs}{3-Spades} for Track to become the last player of the day to bust as "Gwolde" held with the pocket kings for the higher two pair than on the board.

The full chip counts and a recap of today's action are to follow as play has now ended.

Gwolde NL 41,155,298 14,877,206
Kudgel DE 16,115,984 -1,875,000
taartjekomt NL 14,286,144
Andras "probirs" Nemeth hu 13,374,993
Julian "jutrack" Track de Eliminado

"flerrehuve" Eliminated in 18th Place ($19,765)

Kudgel vs flerrehuve
Kudgel vs flerrehuve

Blinds: 300,000/600,000

"Kudgel" raised to 1,200,000 from the cutoff and "flerrehuve" three-bet shoved from the small blind for 2,571,394 which only "Kudgel" called.

"flerrehuve": {10-Spades}{10-Diamonds}
"Kudgel": {k-Diamonds}{q-Diamonds}

The board ran out {7-Spades}{2-Hearts}{k-Spades}{8-Clubs}{5-Spades} for "flerrehuve" to bust in eighteenth place as "Kudgel" flopped the higher pair.

Gwolde NL 26,278,092 -725,950
Kudgel DE 17,990,984 4,808,894
taartjekomt NL 14,286,144 -1,487,500
Andras "probirs" Nemeth hu 13,374,993 -1,762,500
Julian "jutrack" Track de 13,002,206 -2,687,500
flerrehuve se Eliminado

"bor4eto144" Eliminated in 19th Place ($19,765)

Duarte vs bor4eto144
Duarte vs bor4eto144

Blinds: 300,000/600,000

Mathias "mdf92" Duarte raised to 1,380,000 from the hijack and "bor4eto144" defended their big blind.

The flop came {8-Diamonds}{j-Diamonds}{3-Diamonds}, "bor4eto144" shoved for 1,656,781 which Duarte quickly called.

"bor4eto144": {k-Diamonds}{7-Spades}
Mathias "mdf92" Duarte: {q-Clubs}{j-Clubs}

The rest of the board was completed with the {a-Hearts} on the turn and the {5-Hearts} on the river for "bor4eto144" to bust in nineteenth place.

Mathias "mdf92" Duarte uy 39,719,899 5,653,771
Sami "Lrslzk" Kelopuro fi 24,634,194 -1,125,000
Andrew "dawhiteninja" Wool GB 20,195,264 10,135,132
end2end17 ca 15,048,700 -10,135,132
Marc-Andre "FrenchDawg" Ladouceur ca 5,453,540 -525,000
bor4eto144 hu Eliminado

"butajlka_sof" Eliminated in 20th Place ($19,765)

Uivelo88 vs butajlka_sof
Uivelo88 vs butajlka_sof

Blinds: 300,000/600,000

"Uivelo88" shoved from the button having both opponents in the blinds covered and "butajlka_sof" called in the big blind for the 3,935,358 they had left.

"butajlka_sof": {a-Hearts}{8-Clubs}
"Uivelo88": {k-Spades}{q-Clubs}

The flop came {a-Clubs}{10-Diamonds}{8-Spades} for "butajlka_sof" to hit two pair but "Uivelo88" picked up the gutshot to a straight.

The turn was the {k-Clubs} and "Uivelo88" now also hit a pair before the {j-Hearts} came on the river to give them the straight to bust "butajlka_sof" in 20th place.

Uivelo88 FI 19,569,164 4,397,858
Pharmo81 GB 17,487,492 -1,087,500
sp3edy14 IE 17,315,223 -287,500
Escapemissio GB 13,430,852 -550,000
FivebetGAMER ru 6,141,999 -1,187,500
Aalexxs nl 1,994,152 -15,062,500
butajlka_sof RU Eliminado

"gf0rcall" Eliminated in 21st Place ($19,765)

Duarte vs gf0rcall
Duarte vs gf0rcall

Blinds: 300,000/600,000

"gf0rcall" raised to 1,326,000 from the button and Mathias "mdf92" Duarte called in the small blind while Marc-Andre "FrenchDawg" Ladouceur folded his big blind.

The flop came {6-Hearts}{q-Spades}{a-Diamonds}, Duarte check-raised the 1,258,680 continuation-bet of "gf0rcall" to 3,311,069 and was called.

The turn was the {4-Diamonds} and Duarte barreled a bet of 4,026,413 into the pot. "gf0rcall" decided to shove for 11,870,995 which Duarte called with the slightly bigger stack.

"gf0rcall": {a-Spades}{10-Hearts}
Mathias "mdf92" Duarte: {a-Hearts}{q-Diamonds}

"gf0rcall" had flopped top pair but Duarte had hit top two to leave "gf0rcall" drawing dead.

The river completed the board with the {9-Clubs} as a formality.

Mathias "mdf92" Duarte uy 34,066,128 16,178,574
Sami "Lrslzk" Kelopuro fi 25,759,194 -137,500
end2end17 ca 25,183,832 -137,500
Andrew "dawhiteninja" Wool GB 10,060,132 -137,500
Marc-Andre "FrenchDawg" Ladouceur ca 5,978,540 387,500
gf0rcall AD Eliminado

Chip Counts After the Break

DrawindDead PL 33,601,152 -5,900,612
Gwolde NL 27,004,042 -1,987,500
Sami "Lrslzk" Kelopuro fi 25,896,694
end2end17 ca 25,321,332
Pharmo81 GB 18,574,992 8,787,496
Mathias "mdf92" Duarte uy 17,887,554
sp3edy14 IE 17,602,723 -3,277,500
Aalexxs nl 17,056,652 -6,554,996
gf0rcall AD 16,895,564
taartjekomt NL 15,773,644 9,055,572
Julian "jutrack" Track de 15,689,706 6,432,353
Uivelo88 FI 15,171,306 -1,250,000
Andras "probirs" Nemeth hu 15,137,493 -2,585,572
Escapemissio GB 13,980,852 8,941,676
Kudgel DE 13,182,090 4,634,795
Andrew "dawhiteninja" Wool GB 10,197,632
FivebetGAMER ru 7,329,499 -5,459,176
Marc-Andre "FrenchDawg" Ladouceur ca 5,591,040
butajlka_sof RU 4,222,858 -1,187,500
flerrehuve se 4,008,894 -6,682,500
bor4eto144 hu 3,324,281 -2,966,536

"wnbgambler" Eliminated in 22nd Place ($19,765)

Kelopuro vs wnbgambler
Kelopuro vs wnbgambler

Blinds: 250,000/500,000

Mathias "mdf92" Duarte raised to 1,025,000 from under the gun and Sami "Lrslzk" Kelopuro three-bet to 3,000,000 from the hijack. "wnbgambler" four-bet shoved for 11,619,388 from the button for the blinds and Duarte to fold but for Kelopuro to make the call in the last hand before another 5-minute break.

"wnbgambler": {a-Spades}{a-Hearts}
Sami "Lrslzk" Kelopuro: {10-Hearts}{10-Diamonds}

The board ran out {5-Diamonds}{2-Diamonds}{9-Clubs}{q-Diamonds}{3-Diamonds} for Kelopuro to hit the runner-runner flush to bust "wnbgambler" in 22nd place.

Sami "Lrslzk" Kelopuro fi 25,896,694 13,644,388
end2end17 ca 25,321,332 -1,467,500
Mathias "mdf92" Duarte uy 17,887,554 -3,536,900
gf0rcall AD 16,895,564 1,030,000
Andrew "dawhiteninja" Wool GB 10,197,632 -437,500
Marc-Andre "FrenchDawg" Ladouceur ca 5,591,040 -187,500
wnbgambler fi Eliminado