With just over 26 minutes left in Level 24, Day 2 of Event #8: €25,500 Platinum High Roller No-Limit Hold’Em has bagged up with six players making it through to the final day. All six players are guaranteed at least €95,962 but they will all be focused on that first-place prize of €596,883 and the gold WSOP bracelet. With 67 big blinds, Kahle Burns is ahead of the pack as he bagged 33,650,000 in chips.
Burns has already collected two cashes here in Rozvadov, missing out on the final table twice. He finished in 12th place in the WSOP International Circuit Event for €12,250 and in 9th place in Event #5: €2,500 8-Game Mix. Right now, he’s already pocketed more than that combined but a win here would take him close to $6.5 million in lifetime earnings. The most notable eliminations Burns can lay claim to are probably the ones of Phil Ivey and Tony G.
Burns is followed in the chip counts by the current WSOP Main Event Champion, Hossein Ensan. Ensan was short during the bubble but after doubling up during it and then winning four successive all-ins versus Daniel Negreanu got him to the top of the chip counts. Ensan was also responsible for ending the day when he eliminated Anton Morgenstern who held ace-six. Ensan was behind with ace-four but the seven-seven-ten-seven-four board gave him a full house to jump ahead and go into the final with 22,000,000 in chips.
The remaining players on the final table are all very accomplished with loads of High Roller experience but Timothy Adams, Alex Foxen, Abdelhakim Zoufri, and Sam Trickett have all bagged fewer than 20 big blinds so have got some work ahead of them.
This is what they are still playing for:
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Start of the Day
With 54 entries collected over the first day, the first two levels and the break that followed allowed for players to register late or reenter. And the fact that reentries were still possible didn’t fall on deaf ears. Instead, the eliminations and reentries were flying all over the place during the first eighty minutes of the day bringing 29 extra entries to the total number of 83 to create a prize pool of €1971,250.
After the dust had settled down, the eliminations slowed down a little bit but not much. After the final two table redraw, Adrian Mateos and Ivey fell to bring the field down to 14 and the bubble.
With fourteen players left, it was time for the bubble. First Negreanu doubled through Laszlo Bujtas with pocket kings, then Ensan hit a ten on the turn with jack-ten, and Foxen’s pocket tens held against the king-seven of Zoufri. Ensan then doubled again though Burns this time with ace-eight. Burns’ ace-king couldn’t beat the turned pair of eights.
Burns also paid the double-up for Christopher Frank who held aces during the bubble. But Johannes Becker ended up becoming the bubble boy when he shoved his last six blinds in with ace-jack and was looked up by Zoufri who held ace-six. The six on the flop burst the bubble to guarantee the rest of the field at least €37,275.
After the Bubble
Cary Katz’s pocket fives couldn’t hold up against Foxen’s ace-eight, Frank busted with pocket nines while Burns held pocket sixes and flopped a set before turning a full house, and Robert Campbell hit a royal flush against Ensan to double up. Anthony Zinno’s rockets ran into the king-queen of Adams who had rivered two pair when all the chips went in.
As mentioned before, Negreanu lost his whole stack to Ensan in four hands and he bubbled the final table. Bujtas left the field in ninth place and Campbell in eighth place. With this cash, Campbell is back in the lead in the WSOP Player of the Year race, followed by Shaun Deeb and Negreanu.
The six remaining players will return to the King’s Resort to continue play at 2 p.m. local time at Level 24 which features a small blind of 250,000, big blind of 500,000, and a big blind ante of 500,000. Play will continue until a winner has been crowned and all the action can be followed right here as the PokerNews live reporting team will be bringing you all the updates on a delay to be in line with the PokerGO stream with hole cards.
Final Day Seat Draw
|Seat||Player||Country||Chip Count||Big Blinds|
|2||Alex Foxen||United States||7,200,000||14|
|5||Abdelhakim Zoufri||The Netherlands||5,500,000||11|
|6||Sam Trickett||United Kingdom||4,975,000||10|