High Roller: Day 2 Ready to Go

$25,000 High Roller No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Level 17: 8,000/16,000 with a 2,000 ante
Players Remaining: 13 of 94

Brian Benderoff
Brian Benderoff leads the High Roller for the restart

The $25K High Roller event drew a huge crowd yesterday with nearly 100 entries to easily surpass the numbers we saw for this event in August. That meant there was a lot of play and the field didn’t reach the money with 13 players remaining until 5:30am when Florida #1 Jason Mercier went out on the stone-cold bubble in the wee hours of the morning.

Because of the late stoppage of play, those 13 players are returning at 4pm instead of the regularly scheduled 2pm restart.  Brian Benderoff has the lead when they return but there is plenty of skill left in the game with big names from top to bottom.

They are slowing making their way to the meeting room and cards will fly shortly.

Returning seat assignments:

Table 83
Seat 1: Nick Petrangelo – 860,000 (54 bb)
Seat 2: Brian Benderoff – 1,279,000 (80 bb)
Seat 3: Dan Shak – 544,000 (34 bb)
Seat 4: Steffen Sontheimer – 490,000 (31 bb)
Seat 5: Fedor Holz – 188,000 (12 bb)
Seat 6: Empty
Seat 7: Yevgeniy Timoshenko – 1,140,000 (71 bb)
Seat 8: Nick Yunis – 771,000 (48 bb)

Table 90
Seat 1: Empty
Seat 2: Lazaro Hernandez – 764,000 (48 bb)
Seat 3: John Dolan – 887,000 (55 bb)
Seat 4: Sylvain Loosli – 636,000 (40 bb)
Seat 5: Jake Schindler – 358,000 (22 bb)
Seat 6: Tim West – 731,000 (46 bb)
Seat 7: Empty
Seat 8: David Malka – 758,000 (47 bb)

Returning chip counts:

Brian Benderoff – 1,279,000 (80 bb)
Yevgeniy Timoshenko – 1,140,000 (71 bb)
John Dolan – 887,000 (55 bb)
Nick Petrangelo – 860,000 (54 bb)
Nick Yunis – 771,000 (48 bb)
Lazaro Hernandez – 764,000 (48 bb)
David Malka – 758,000 (47 bb)
Tim West – 731,000 (46 bb)
Sylvain Loosli – 636,000 (40 bb)
Dan Shak – 544,000 (34 bb)
Steffen Sontheimer – 490,000 (31 bb)
Jake Schindler – 358,000 (22 bb)
Fedor Holz – 188,000 (12 bb)

Payouts:

1st: $658,000
2nd: $481,750
3rd: $298,450
4th: $206,800
5th: $133,950
6th: $101,050
7th: $82,250
8th: $70,500
9th: $68,150
10th: $65,800
11th: $63,450
12th: $61,100
13th: $58,750

High Roller: Brian Benderoff Leads the Final 13 In the Money

$25,000 High Roller No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Level 17: 8,000/16,000 with a 2,000 ante
Players Remaining: 13 of 94

Brian Benderoff
Brian Benderoff

After a long, 15-hour day of poker, Day 1 of the $25,000 High Roller No Limit Hold’em comes to a close with the final 13 players all in the money.

Brian Benderoff is leading the pack with 1,279,000 in chips and is joined at the top of the leaderboard by Yevgeniy Timoshenko (1,140,000) and John Dolan (887,000).

The tournament was played eight-handed and Day 1 was originally scheduled to play down to the final table of eight players, but as the day moved along, the staff decided to alter the schedule and play until they burst the money bubble.

The money bubble burst just after 5 a.m. on Wednesday morning to wrap up the day’s action and leave the remaining 13 players all in the money.

The survivors of the day will come back on Wednesday afternoon at 4 p.m. to play down to a winner. They are all guaranteed at least a min-cash of $58,750, but they all have their sights set on the first place prize of $658,000.

Here are a look at the chip counts for the start of Day 2:

  • Brian Benderoff – 1,279,000
  • Yevgeniy Timoshenko – 1,140,000
  • John Dolan – 887,000
  • Nick Petrangelo – 860,000
  • Nick Yunis – 771,000
  • Lazaro Hernandez – 764,000
  • David Malka – 758,000
  • Tim West – 731,000
  • Sylvain Loosli – 636,000
  • Dan Shak – 544,000
  • Steffen Sontheimer – 490,000
  • Jake Schindler – 358,000
  • Fedor Holz – 188,000

High Roller: Jason Mercier Eliminated on the Bubble

$25,000 High Roller No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Level 17: 8,000/16,000 with a 2,000 ante
Players Remaining: 14 of 94

Jason Mercier
Jason Mercier

Action folded around to the blinds where Jason Mercier moved all in for about 145,000 in the small. David Malka called in the big, putting him at risk.

Mercier: Qh7c
Malka : As9s

The flop came Jh5h4h, giving Mercier a flush draw in addition to his two live cards. He could not catch up, though, as the turn Jd and river Ad completed the board. Malka won the pot with aces up, eliminating Mercier on the direct money bubble.

The 13 remaining players are now guaranteed to earn at least $58,750, but the payouts will have to wait until tomorrow. The bags are out on the tables, signaling the end of Day 1.

David Malka – 758,000 (47 bb)
Jason Mercier – Eliminated

High Roller: Joe McKeehen Eliminated by Yevgeniy Timoshenko

$25,000 High Roller No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Level 17: 8,000/16,000 with a 2,000 ante
Players Remaining: 14 of 94

Joe McKeehen
Joe McKeehen

Nick Petrangelo opened to 38,000, and the player behind him called. Joe McKeehen moved all in for about 300,000, and Yevgeniy Timoshenko re-shoved for 698,000 in the big blind. The two players in the middle folded, and McKeehen was heads up for his tournament life.

McKeehen: AhQs
Timoshenko: QdQc

The board ran out blanks, and Timoshenko won the pot with his pair of queens. McKeehen was eliminated in 15th place, putting the remaining field squarely on the money bubble.

Play is now being dealt hand for hand to burst the bubble, and Day 1 will conclude following the next elimination.

Yevgeniy Timoshenko – 1,100,000 (69 bb)
Joe McKeehen – Eliminated

High Roller: Bryn Kenney Eliminated

$25,000 High Roller No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Level 17: 8,000/16,000 with a 2,000 ante
Players Remaining: 16 of 94

Bryn Kenney moved all in for 208,000 in the cutoff, and Steffen Sontheimer re-shoved for 215,000 on the button. Larry Klur called both shoves, having Sontheimer covered by just a few chips and seeking the double knockout.

Kenney: AsQd
Sontheimer: QsQc
Klur: AdKs

The board ran out 6s5s4cJd9c, and Sontheimer’s queens held to earn him the knockout and a triple up.

Steffen Sontheimer – 664,000 (42 bb)
Larry Klur – 31,000 (2 bb)
Bryn Kenney – Eliminated

High Roller: Nick Petrangelo Doubles Through Joe McKeehen

$25,000 High Roller No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Level 17: 8,000/16,000 with a 2,000 ante
Players Remaining: 18 of 94

Nick Petrangelo
Nick Petrangelo

Nick Petrangelo opened to 38,000 in early position, and Joe McKeehen three-bet to 100,000. Petrangelo moved all in for 590,000 total, and McKeehen quickly called to put him at risk.

Petrangelo: 5s5d
McKeehen: AdKs

The board ran out Jh3h2hJcJs, and Petrangelo doubled up with jacks full. He’s now the overall chip leader with three tables remaining in play.

Nick Petrangelo – 1,220,000 (76 bb)
Joe McKeehen – 335,000 (21 bb)

High Roller: Fedor Holz Doubles Through Lazaro Hernandez

$25,000 High Roller No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Level 15: 5,000/10,000 with a 1,000 ante
Players Remaining: 21 of 94

Fedor Holz
Fedor Holz

Lazaro Hernandez limped in under the gun, and Fedor Holz raised to 33,000 on the button. Hernandez moved all in with the covering stack, and Holz tank-called all in for 240,000 total.

Hernandez: 9d9c
Holz: AdQh

The board ran out AsKh4dTs2d, and Holz won the race, doubling up with a pair of aces.

Fedor Holz – 502,000 (50 bb)
Lazaro Hernandez – 470,000 (47 bb)

High Roller: Dan Shak Doubles Through Darren Elias

$25,000 High Roller No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Level 15: 5,000/10,000 with a 1,000 ante
Players Remaining: 23 of 94

Dan Shak
Dan Shak

Dan Shak opened the button with a raise, and Darren Elias called from the small blind.

Both players checked through the turn of the Ts7d6s5h board, and the river brought the 6c. Elias led out for 35,000, Shak moved all in for 153,000, and Elias tank-called to put him at risk.

Shak showed Kc6d, winning the pot and doubling up with trip sixes.

Dan Shak – 360,000 (36 bb)
Darren Elias – 415,000 (42 bb)

High Roller: Tony Gregg Doubles Through Jason Mercier

$25,000 High Roller No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Level 15: 5,000/10,000 with a 1,000 ante
Players Remaining: 23 of 94

Tony Gregg
Tony Gregg

Jason Mercier opened to 20,000 in early position, and Tony Gregg three-bet shoved for 131,000 on the button. “That was a pretty quick shove,” Mercier noticed. He tanked for a few seconds, then called to put Gregg at risk.

Mercier: 5d5h
Gregg: 9c9h

The board ran out QsJs3dKs7d, and Gregg’s nines held to earn him the double-up.

Tony Gregg – 284,000 (28 bb)
Jason Mercier – 500,000 (50 bb)

High Roller: Harrison Gimbel Eliminated by Lazaro Hernandez

$25,000 High Roller No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Level 15: 5,000/10,000 with a 1,000 ante
Players Remaining: 23 of 94

Lazaro Hernandez limped in under the gun, and Harrison Gimbel moved all in for about 155,000 next to act. When it folded back around to Hernandez, he called, and Gimbel was at risk once again.

Hernandez: AhKd
Gimbel: 3d3c

The board ran out Ad6s5sQc4c, and Hernandez won the pot with a pair of aces. Gimbel was eliminated.

Lazaro Hernandez – 725,000 (73 bb)
Harrison Gimbel – Eliminated