€10,300 High Roller
€10,300 High Roller
Dag 2 fuldført

Philip Sternheimer Leads the Last €10K High Roller of the EPT

• Level 19: 6,000-12,000, 2,000 ante
Philip Sternheimer
Philip Sternheimer

The 2014 PokerStars.it European Poker Tour Sanremo Main Event played down to a final table today, as did the €10,300 High Roller. The last €10K buy-in High Roller of the season attracted two late reentries, which brought the field up to 105 entries (88 unique/17 reentries) and created a prize pool of €1,029,000. The top 15 would make the money, with the eventual winner taking home €265,000.

After nine one-hour levels of play on Day 2, the field was whittled down to the final table of eight. The man best positioned to make a run at the top prize is Philip Sternheimer, who is the chip leader with 938,000. That said, he faces some stiff competition that includes Griffin Benger (892,000) and Ole Schemion (831,000).

As previously mentioned, just two players opted to reenter before the start of play – Olivier Busquet and Team PokerStars Pro Vanessa Selbst. The latter was eager to amass some EPT10 Player of the Year points, but it proved a quick and fruitless endeavor.

Vanessa SelbstNo one should let me play 22bb poker on no sleep. Made terrible jam pre with KQ and busted within 10 min. Worst part is now I'm in San Remo.

Busquet lasted quite a bit longer, but ultimately fell short of the money. Others who left empty handed included Connor Drinan, Jeff Rossiter, Martin Finger, Sylvain Loosli, Martin Jacobson, Yann Dion, Steve O'Dwyer, Mickey Petersen, Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier, Day 1 chip leader Alexander Kopylkov, and Ognjen Sekularac, who ended up as the bubble boy.

Sekularac was eliminated in Level 17 (4,000/8,000/1,000) when he was all in and at risk for 96,000 with the {A-Clubs}{J-Spades} and Sternheimer made a reluctant call with the {A-Hearts}{8-Diamonds}. The {6-Hearts}{10-Diamonds}{2-Diamonds} flop kept the Serbian in the lead, but then the {8-Hearts} appeared on the turn. No jack on the river and Sekularac was out in 16th place with nothing to show for it.

From there the in-the-money eliminations began to mount and included Dmitry Yurasov (15th - €17,500), Thomas Muhlocker (14th - €17,500), Artem Litvinov (13th - €19,050), Ismail Erkenov (12th - €19,050), Jason Lavallee (11th - €21,600), David Vamplew (10th - €21,600), and Dimitar Danchev (9th - €26,750), who lost a flip to finish as the final table bubble boy.

The third and final day will kick off at 12 p.m. local time on Sunday and the remaining eight players will play down to a winner. The the PokerNews Live Reporting Team will be on hand to capture the action in both the High Roller and the Main Event.

Join us then, but while you wait be sure to check out this video where your favorite pros explain what they do to prepare for the day:

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Final Table w/ Chip Counts

• Level 19: 6,000-12,000, 2,000 ante

The final table has been reached, which means play has been halted for the night. Stay tuned for a full recap of the day's action.

1Philip Sternheimer938,000
2Tamer Kamel638,000
3Max Greenwood714,000
4Alex Bilokur502,000
5Imed Ben Mahmoud151,000
6Griffin Benger892,000
7Mustapha Kanit607,000
8Ole Schemion831,000
Philip Sternheimer us 938,000 238,000
Griffin Benger ca 892,000 97,000
Ole Schemion de 831,000 -139,000
Max Greenwood ca 714,000 184,000
Tamer Kamel gb 638,000 -2,000
Mustapha Kanit it 607,000 -193,000
Alex Bilokur ru 502,000 -218,000
Imed Ben Mahmoud fr 151,000 7,000

Dimitar Danchev Eliminated in 9th Place (€26,750)

• Level 19: 6,000-12,000, 2,000 ante
Dimitar Danchev
Dimitar Danchev

In the last hand of Level 19, Dimitar Danchev moved all in for 150,000 or so from middle position and Max Greenwood called from the button. The blinds both folded and it was off to the races.

Greenwood: {9-Diamonds}{9-Hearts}
Danchev: {a-Hearts}{q-Diamonds}

According to the PokerNews Odds Calculator, Greenwood was a slight 54.74% favorite while Danchev would survive 44.79% of the time. The {10-Clubs}{3-Clubs}{2-Clubs} flop was no help to Danchev, and his chances fell to 25.45% while Greenwood's jumped to 70%.

The {3-Diamonds} turn was another blank, which made Greenwood an overwhelming 86.36% favorite. Danchev needed either an ace or queen — something that would happen 13.64% of the time — but it wasn't in the cards as the {8-Spades} blanked.

Dimitar Danchev bg Ude

Tags: Dimitar DanchevMax Greenwood

Griffin Grows, Mustapha Chops

[user38873] • Level 19: 6,000-12,000, 2,000 ante

After a button raise from Griffin Benger, Ole Schemion defended his big blind. Both checked the {4-Hearts}{K-Spades}{3-Diamonds} flop and then Schemion took the lead on the {9-Hearts} turn for 26,000. Benger called and then bet 46,000 on the {J-Clubs} after the German checked to him. Schemion called and mucked versus the {K-Diamonds}{7-Spades} of the Canadian.

Only a few minutes later we had some fireworks. Alex Bilokur raised to 24,000, Mustapha Kanit made it 62,000 on the cutoff and Philip Sternheimer three-bet to 140,000 in the big blind. Bilokur folded and Kanit moved all in for 521,000. Sternheimer tank called with {A-Diamonds}{K-Clubs} and chopped the pot versus the {A-Hearts}{K-Diamonds} of Kanit.

Griffin Benger ca 900,000 105,000

Tags: Alex BilokurGriffin BengerMustapha Kanit

Great Call Brings Benger near the top

[user38873] • Level 19: 6,000-12,000, 2,000 ante

From under the gun, Mustapha Kanit raised to 24,000 and Griffin Benger called in the big blind. On the {6-Hearts}{7-Diamonds}{5-Hearts} flop, the Canadian check-called 26,000. Kanit continued with the second barrel on the {A-Diamonds} turn for 62,000 and Benger did check call once again.

With the {K-Diamonds} on the river, Benger checked and had about 370,000 chips behind. Kanit grabbed chips and made it 165,000 to go. Almost half of the stack for his opponent and that obviously needed some consideration.

Ultimately, Benger made the call and it was a great one with the {A-Clubs}{Q-Clubs}. Kanit showed {7-Hearts}{8-Hearts} as last aggressor and dwindled to about half a million.

Griffin Benger ca 795,000 301,000

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The Kicker Plays

[user38873] • Level 19: 6,000-12,000, 2,000 ante

Philip Sternheimer raised to 26,000 from the hijack and Max Greenwood on the button as well as Alex Bilokur in the small blind called. On the {K-Spades}{3-Clubs}{8-Clubs} flop Bilokur check-called 38,000 and Greenwood folded.

On the {4-Clubs} turn both players checked and Sternheimer then called 63,000 on the {9-Spades} river. Bilokur showed the {K-Diamonds}{6-Diamonds} but it was no good versus {K-Clubs}{J-Clubs}.

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Danchev Doubles Through Mahmoud

• Level 19: 6,000-12,000, 2,000 ante

Imed Ben Mahmoud opened for 29,000 under the gun and action folded to Dimitar Danchev, who moved all in from the hijack. Action folded back to Mahmoud and he made the call.

Danchev: {a-Diamonds}{q-Diamonds}
Mahmoud: {a-Clubs}{j-Spades}

Danchev was in a dominating spot, and he reaped the rewards after the board ran out a dry {k-Diamonds}{3-Spades}{6-Spades}{10-Diamonds}{5-Clubs}.

Dimitar Danchev bg 170,000 89,000
Imed Ben Mahmoud fr 144,000 -106,000

Tags: Imed Ben MahmoudDmitar Danchev

The Unofficial Final Table

• Level 19: 6,000-12,000, 2,000 ante
1Philip Sternheimer700,000
2Tamer Kamel640,000
3Max Greenwood530,000
4Alex Bilokur720,000
5Imed Ben Mahmoud250,000
6Griffin Benger494,000
7Mustapha Kanit800,000
8Ole Schemion970,000
9Dimitar Danchev81,000
Ole Schemion de 970,000 70,000
Mustapha Kanit it 800,000 -119,000
Alex Bilokur ru 720,000 148,000
Philip Sternheimer us 700,000 138,000
Tamer Kamel gb 640,000 -133,000
Max Greenwood ca 530,000 34,000
Griffin Benger ca 494,000 -6,000
Imed Ben Mahmoud fr 250,000 -28,000
Dimitar Danchev bg 81,000 -59,000

David Vamplew Eliminated in 10th Place (€21,600)

[user38873] • Level 19: 6,000-12,000, 2,000 ante
David Vamplew
David Vamplew

We have reached the unofficial final table of nine players.

It happened when David Vamplew three-bet to 60,000 after an open-raise from Griffin Benger and Ole Schemion moved all in. Benger quickly tossed his cards into the muck and the call from Vamplew was even faster.

Schemion: {A-Diamonds}{Q-Spades}
Vamplew: {Q-Hearts}{Q-Spades}

The EPT Player of the Year (POY) contender flopped the nuts on {J-Diamonds}{K-Hearts}{10-Hearts} flop and the {3-Spades} turn and {4-Hearts} river both blanked. Schemion had more than 500,000 in chips and Vamplew was covered. Vamplew was eliminated in ninth place and we now have the last redraw in this tournament.

Ole Schemion de 900,000 290,000
David Vamplew gb Ude

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