EPT Barcelona Super High Roller: Final day updates

August 27, 2018

Read a full recap of the week’s event: Mikita Badziakouski bags another monster. Click for full results.

5:30pm: That’s a wrap!

We’ll have a full wrap of the entire event up shortly. –JS

5:25pm: Badziakouski turns around chip deficit to win his second high roller title of the year
Level 22 – Blinds 60,000/120,000 (BB ante 120,000)

Mikita Badziakouski is the EPT Barcelona Super High Roller champion after he eliminated his last remaining opponent, Ahadpur Khangah.

Champion Mikita Badziakouski embraced by Ahadpur Khangah

Khangah limped in from the button and Badziakouski checked his option. The flop spread K♣Q♠9♦ and Badziakouski check-called 300,000 to head to the 2♣ turn. Khangah bet another 700,000 and called all-in for an additional 1.6 million after Badziakouski shoved.

Badziakouski: K♦2♦ for a turned two pair
Khangah: K♥5♣ for top pair

The 7♥ river changed nothing nothing and Khangah was very gracious in defeat. The two players obviously had a lot of respect for each other and that was on display as they embraced. Khangah took home €1,191,900 and Badziakouski €1,650,300, making them both Barcelona millionaires. –MC

Badziakousi: can’t stop winning

5:15pm: Badziakouski back in front
Level 22 – Blinds 60,000/120,000 (BB ante 120,000)

And just like that, Mikita Badziakouski had recaptured the lead. He now sits with almost three-times Khangah’s stack.

The hand began with a limp from Khangah on the button and a raise to 350,000 by Badziakouski from the big blind. Khangah made the call, and when the flop came 8♣7♦2♠ Khangah checked out of turn. Badziakouski continued for 200,000 and got called.

The turn came the K♦ and again, Khangah checked out of turn. Badziakouski fired 900,000 and couldn’t shake off Khangah, bringing the 10♥ river.

Badziakouski loaded the gun and slid out a big bet worth 2 million. Khangah snap-called, but Badziakouski’s A♠K♠ for top pair had his K♣J♣ outkicked.

That brings Khangah down to 3.46 million, and gives Badziakouski 10.04 million to play with. –JS

5:10pm: Badziakouski loses more, gets a few back
Level 22 – Blinds 60,000/120,000 (BB ante 120,000)

Mikita Badziakouski limped in and called after Ahadpur Khangah raised to 455,000. Both checked the J♥8♠4♠ flop before Khangah check-called 250,000 on the J♠ turn. The 9♦ river was checked and Khangah opened A♣8♣ for two pair. Badziakouski mucked and dropped to 5.5 million.

Badziakouski got a few chips back the very next hand. Khangah called and then called again after Badziakouski raised to 375,000. The flop fell J♠6♣2♥ and Badziakouski took the pot with a 400,000 bet. He moved back up to 6.1 million. –MC

5:05pm: Quads for Khangah
Level 22 – Blinds 60,000/120,000 (BB ante 120,000)

We’ve had our first big exchange heads-up, and it’s seen Ahadpur Khangah jump out in front.

Mikita Badziakouski made it 250,000 to go on the button and Khangah just called bringing an 8♠J♠J♦ flop. It checked to the raiser and Badziakouski continued for 150,000, only for Khangah to raise it up to 700,000. Call.

The turn was the 2♠ and it checked through, resulting in a river card: J♣. With three jacks on board, Khangah led out for 800,000, and Badziakouski didn’t take too long to make the call.

He’d wish he hadn’t though, as Khangah flipped over K♥J♥ for quads. Badziakouski shook his head, and showed the 8♦ for jacks full of eights.

Badziakouski is down to 6.2 million now, while Khangah has 7.3 million and the lead. –JS

5pm: The glorious silverware
Level 21 – Blinds 60,000/120,000 (BB ante 120,000)

Here’s what they’re playing for. This and €1.6m, of course.

The EPT Barcelona Super High Roller trophy

4:40pm: Badziakouski takes one before another break
Level 21 – Blinds 60,000/120,000 (BB ante 120,000)

The players are taking another unscheduled break, but not before Mikita Badziakouski won a small pot.

He called off the button and Ahadpur Khangah checked. Badziakouski bet 120,000 on an 8♠9♦7♥ flop and Khangah check-called. Both players checked the 4♥ turn and Badziakouski got another 200,000 called on the Q♣ river and took the pot with J♥8♦, as his opponent mucked. Badziakouski moved up to 7.87 million and Khangah dropped to 5.630 million. –MC

4:35pm: Khangah pushes the action
Level 22 – Blinds 60,000/120,000 (BB ante 120,000)

The first hand of note in this heads-up battle went a little something like this.

Mikita Badziakouski made it 250,000 on the button, which Ahadpur Khangah called. That brought a 6♠5♦J♦ flop, and Khangah checked it before Badziakousi made a 300,000 c-bet.

“How much?” asked Khangah, and when the dealer told him he immediately announced a raise to 900,000.

“Why raise me?” asked Badziakouski. “Because I like you,” Khangah replied. –JS

4:30pm: Heads up counts
Level 22 – Blinds 120,000/80,000 (BB ante 120,000)

Here’s how they stack up with two left:

Name Country Chips BBs
Mikita Badziakouski Belarus 7,700,000 64
Ahadpur Khangah Iran 5,800,000 48

4:35pm: Table turning sees Eibinger go in third for €759,680
Level 21 – Blinds 60,000/120,000 (BB ante 120,000)

Matthias Eibinger had a fair bit of the luck on his side earlier on today. The bad side of variance just came back to haunt him as he was outdrawn by Ahadpur Khangah to bust in third place.

The music stops for Matthias Eibinger

Once more, it was a three-way limped pot. The flop came 10♠9♣3♦ and Eibinger check-raised Khangah’s 400,000 bet all-in for 1.5 million. Khangah made a quick call.

Eibinger: 10♣3♥ for two pair
Khangah: J♥9♠ for second pair

The J♣ turn saw Khangah jump into the lead and stay there through the 5♦ river.

Matthias Eibinger: Time to head away

The Super High Roller has reached the heads up stage with Badziakouski leading with 7.7 million to Khangah’s 5.8 million. Eibinger has now headed to the cash desk, looking for €759,680. –MC

4:30pm: Khangah stares into Badziakouski’s soul
Level 22 – Blinds 120,000/60,000 (BB ante 120,000)

We’re used to seeing Mikita Badziakouski stare people down, but it’s not something Ahadpur Khangah has done too often. That made this hand a nice change of pace.

Mathias Eibinger made it 250,000 on the button and Khangah just called, before Badziakouski shoved with the chip-leading stack. Eibinger quickly folded, but Khangah seemed interested.

He asked for a count of Badziakouski’s stack, and gave him a look before commenting that Badziakouski wasn’t wearing his trademark sunglasses.

“Ahhh! You’re reading my eyes!” said Badziakouski. “You got a good feeling this time?”

Soul reader Ahadpur Khangah

Khangah said he couldn’t tell him. “But I’m all-in already!” Badziakouski replied. “There’s nothing I can do anymore.”

With that, Khangah laid down his K♥9♥, showing it to the table. Badziakouski flipped over J♥J♣, which got a tap on the table.

Khangah is now on 4.15 million, while Badziakouski increases to 6.98 million. –JS

4:20pm: Back to it
Level 22 – Blinds 60,000/120,000 (BB ante 120,000)

After that unscheduled break, they’re back to it and playing Level 22.


4:10pm: Another one for Badziakouski
Level 21 – Blinds 50,000/100,000 (BB ante 100,000)

The ominous accent of Mikita Badziakouski continued with a second win off Matthias Eibinger in quick succession, albeit only a small one.

Mikita Badziakouski: A very dangerous chip leader

He limped in from the small blind and Eibinger checked his option. The flop fanned 4♥A♥2♣ and Badziakouski led for 100,000. Call. He bet another 300,000 on the 7♠ turn and was called again before the 5♦ river was checked through. The semi-bluffing Badziakouski had found some showdown value on the river with 9♠5♥ and took the pot as Eibinger mucked.

Badziakouski jumped up to 4.4 million and Eibinger dropped to 2.5 million –MC

4pm: Badziakouski at the top
Level 21 – Blinds 50,000/100,000 (BB ante 100,000)

Mikita Badziakouski just won his first sizeable pot of three-handed play, costing Matthias Eibinger more than a million chips and slipping the formerly dominant Austrian into third place.

It started when Eibinger opened the button to 210,000 and calls from both Ahadpur Khangah in the small blind and Badziakouski in the big turned this into a family pot.

The three of them saw a flop of 3♠6♦2♦ and there were two checks followed by a bet of 220,000 from Eibinger. Khangah folded, but Badziakouski called.

The A♦ fell on the turn and the two remaining players checked it. Then the 10♠ river completed the board and Badziakouski bet 900,000.

This gave Eibinger a tough decision and he went through three time-bank cards as he pondered his options. Eventually, with one second left on his latest countdown, he put forward a calling chip.

Matthias Eibinger: Tough decision

“Two pair,” Badziakouski said, tabling his A♠2♠. Eibinger flashed an ace of his own as he mucked.

Badziakouski moves up to 4.8 million after that and into the chip lead. Eibinger has 3.12 million. — HS

3:55pm: Eibinger gets one back
Level 21 – Blinds 50,000/100,000 (BB ante 100,000)

Another three-way limped pot brought about an 8♣7♠Q♠ flop. Mikita Badziakouski led out for 100,000 from the small blind and both opponents called. No more chips ventured the the middle of the table as all three players checked the 7♦3♦ turn and river.

Ahadpur Khangah opened K♣J♣ but Matthias Eibinger took the pot with 8♠4♠. That put him back up to 4.6 million and dropped Khangah down to 5.5 million and Badziakouski to 3.3 million. –MC

3:40pm: The slowdown
Level 21 – Blinds 50,000/100,000 (BB ante 100,000)

Obviously the rate of action established earlier could never be sustained, and this three-handed battle has slowed right down. The three of them are keeping it small ball now, with stacks having evened out a bit. — HS

Three-handed play

3:25pm: Baby flush good for Khangah
Level 21 – Blinds 50,000/100,000 (BB ante 100,000)

Ahadpur Khangah has over-taken Matthias Eibinger at the top of the counts after his baby flush was good in a three-way limped pot.

Ahadpur Khangah: Back into the chip lead

The J♠4♠7♠ flop was checked by all three players before Eibinger (big blind) led for 125,000 on the Q♠ turn. Khangah was the only caller from the button and both then checked the 8♣ river. Khangah opened A♦2♠ and moved up to 5.2 million, with Eibinger dropping to 4.8 million. –MC

3:10pm: Khangah wins battle of the blinds on first hand back
Level 21 – Blinds 50,000/100,000 (BB ante 100,000)

Ahadpur Khangah won a chunky pot off Mikita Badziakouski on the first hand back from break.

The two players were in the blinds and took to an A♣7♣2♥ flop after no preflop raise. Badziakouski bet 100,000 and called after he was check-raised to 300,000. The 5♣ turn was checked through to the A♥ river where Khangah led for 800,000. Badziakouski used two time bank chips, groaned a couple of times and then made the call. Khangah opened A♠6♣ for trips and Badziakouski mucked.

Khangah moved up to 4.7 million and Badziakouski dropped to 3.7 million. –MC

3:05pm: Back to it
Level 21 – Blinds 50,000/100,000 (BB ante 100,000)

Off they go again!

2:40pm: Break time

That’s the end of a frantic first couple of levels and they’re taking a 30-minute tournament break while the officials do a colour up. Here are the stacks when they return, with a 100,000 big blind.

Name Country Chips BBs
Matthias Eibinger Austria 5,050,000 51
Ahadpur Khangah Iran 5,030,000 50
Mikita Badziakouski Belarus 3,400,000 34

2:35pm: The fightback begins
Level 20 – Blinds 40,000/80,000 (BB ante 80,000)

After Timothy Adams’s elimination Mikita Badziakouski told him that he’d do his best to fight back. His quest has got off to a great start.

Mikita Badziakouski: All in

He limped the small blind and Mathias Eibinger raised it to 270,000. Back to Badziakouski, he let his 30 seconds tick away before announcing all-in, which Eibinger snap-called.

Badziakouski let out a big groan at this news, but saw it was a flip with his A♣Q♠ up against 10♣10♥. The 4♣4♦2♦ flop kept the pair in front, but the A♠ turn put Badziakouski in great shape. The 6♦ completed the board, doubling Badziakouski to 5.03 million.

Mikita Badziakouski: Big stack

Eibinger now dips to 5.3 million. –JS

2:30pm: Adams falls in fourth for for €576,300
Level 20 – Blinds 40,000/80,000 (BB ante 80,000)

When you’re hot, you’re hot. Matthias Eibinger now has 7.7 million chips after taking out Timothy Adams.

Timothy Adams: The end of the road

Eibinger open-jammed from under the gun and got two folds before Adams called all-in for around 1.45 million in the big blind.

Adams: 8♦8♥
Eibinger: K♣Q♣

The board ran 6♣5♣10♣K♥K♠. Whichever way you look at it, Adams was well and truly beat on that board.

Time to say goodbye to Timothy Adams

As he was leaving, he said to Ahadpour Khangah, “Take down the big stack!”

Mikita Badziakouski added, “It will be hard, but we will try our best.” –MC

2:20pm: Khangah takes one down
Level 20 – Blinds 40,000/80,000 (BB ante 80,000)

Mathias Eibinger opened it up to 170,000 from under the gun and Ahadpur Khangah just called on the button. Timothy Adams came along from the big blind too, and the three saw an 8♦4♥5♥ flop. It checked through.

The J♠ then hit the turn, and Adams used up a time-bank card before leading for 200,000. That shook off Eibinger, but Khangah stuck around to see the 5♣ complete the board. Both checked quickly this time, and Khangah showed Q♥J♥ for a flopped flush draw which turned top pair. Adams tapped the table and mucked.

Ahadpur Khangah is no slouch

Khangah is up to 3.8 million now, while Adams sits with 1.71 million. –JS

2:15pm: Pollak busts to Eibinger, wins €445,300
Level 20 – Blinds 40,000/80,000 (BB ante 80,000)

Matthias Eibinger’s latest victim in this one-man show is Benjamin Pollak. And it was customarily grim.

Matthias Eibinger: One more scalp

Timothy Adams opened the pot, making it 160,000 to go in the cutoff. Eibinger then three-bet his button, making it 460,000. Pollak pondered for a few seconds, but then committed his last 860,000, which included his 40,000 small blind.

Adams shied away but Eibinger then asked for a count, much to Pollak’s amusement. “He wants a count!” Pollak said.

Eibinger was clearly on the steal with his three-bet, and chuckled. But he also determined that he was now priced in. He called.

Eibinger was behind with 8♣6♣ to Pollak’s A♦J♣. But the board of 5♥8♦K♠4♦6♥ was all about Eibinger and Pollak hits the rail in fifth.

No more Benjamin Pollak, survival bid ends

He takes €445,300, while Eibinger now stacks about 5.5 million. — HS

2:10pm: Pollak’s a survivor
Level 20 – Blinds 40,000/80,000 (BB ante 80,000)

Benjamin Pollak described himself as a survivor to Cary Katz earlier and this hand shows the French pro couldn’t be more accurate.

Ahadpur Khangah limped from under the gun and picked up two callers before Pollak shoved for more than 700,000 from the big blind. Khangah was the only caller.

Pollak: K♣J♥
Khangah: 5♦5♦

The flop fell 5♥6♥7♥ to make Khangah a set but the 9♥8♥ turn and river put a straight flush on the board meaning they chopped it up! –MC

2:05pm: Badziakouski gets there versus Khangah
Level 20 – Blinds 40,000/80,000 (BB ante 80,000)

Ahadpur Khangah limped from the cutoff before Mikita Badziakouski made it 250,000 to go on the button. Back to Khangah, he made the call to see a 10♥Q♣K♥ flop.

Badziakouski let his entire clock tick down when it checked to him, and at the last second he announced a bet of 225,000. Khangah stuck around to see the 2♥ on the turn, and with three hearts on board both checked.

The A♥ river completed any single-heart draws, but both would check again. Khangah turned over K♣7♣ for a flopped top pair, but Badziakouski had overtaken him with A♦9♣ to take it down.

He’s up to 2.24 million now, while Khangah dips back to 2.9 million. –JS

2pm: Second Ferreira busted by Khangah, takes home €340,550
Level 20 – Blinds 40,000/80,000 (BB ante 80,000)

We’ve seen Ahadpur Khangah charges before in this tournament and the Iranian is on one again. He’s taken out Rui Ferreira to rise to 2.9 million.

Khangah limped in before Ferreira three-bet to 500,000, leaving himself just 150,000 behind. Khangah called and the rest of the chips went in on a K♠8♠9♥ flop.

Khangah: K♦Q♦
Ferreira: Q♣Q♥

Another Ferreira down

Khangah’s one over-card hit and the board completed with the A♣ turn and 3♦ river to seal Ferreira’s fate. –MC

1:45pm: Badziakouski halts Eibinger’s charge
Level 20 – Blinds 40,000/80,000 (BB ante 80,000)

It looked like there was no stopping Matthias EIbinger, but Mikita Badziakouski has just proven he can indeed lose a pot.

Eibinger’s aggression has been relentless, opening huge from late position, and opening small from early position. In this hand he was in the big blind though, and when it folded to Badziakouski on the button it was he who did the big open.

Turned out nice for Mikita Badziakouski

Badziakouski announced “600” and slid out 600,000, leaving himself 275,000 behind. Eibinger took one look at his cards and put him all-in, which Badziakouski called.

It was 10♥10♣ for Badziakouski up against A♣Q♥ for Eibinger, and after the 7♦K♣5♣J♠[6g] runout the pocket pair remained in front. That doubles Badziakouski up to 1.87 million, and drops Eibinger to 4.4 million. –JS

1:40pm: Jean Ferreira smoked by Khangah, min cashes for €275,050
Level 20 – Blinds 40,000/80,000 (BB ante 80,000)

The short-stacked Jean Ferreira was the first player out in the money.

He moved all-in for his last 420,000 from second position and was called by Ahadpur Khangah in the cutoff.

Ferreira: A♣J♥
Khangah: K♥K♦

Jean Ferreira: First man out

It was a case of bad timing for Ferreira, and despite flopping top pair, he busted as the board ran 7♦J♠8♥5♦2♦. Khangah moved up to 2.4 million. –MC

1:35pm: Money makers
Level 20 – Blinds 40,000/80,000 (BB ante 80,000)

Byron Kaverman’s elimination meant these seven are now in the money:

Clockwise from left: Mikita Badziakouski, Timothy Adams, Matthias Eibinger, Jean Ferreira, Benjamin Pollak, Ahadpour Khangah, Rui Ferreira

1:30pm: Eibinger unstoppable, busts Kaverman to burst bubble
Level 19 – Blinds 30,000/60,000 (BB ante 60,000)

They’re now in the money and, unsurprisingly, it was Matthias Eibinger who got them there.

He open-raised to 2 million from the hijack, putting everyone behind to the test. It folded to Byron Kaverman in the small blind, and after giving it some thought he called all-in for his last 420,000 or so.

Kaverman flipped A♦8♦, and that was in great shape versus Eibinger’s 8♣7♥. But, y’know, this is poker after all.

Hope for Byron Kaverman, but…

The flop fell 2♣J♠8♠, giving both middle pair. But when the 7♠ turn hit, Eibinger had made two pair and left Kaverman drawing to an ace. No dice, as the river was the 9♠.

Kaverman is our Super High Roller bubble boy, while Eibinger climbs to 5.25 million.

Bad news for Byron Kaverman

“Appreciate it,” said Jean Ferreira, as he’s now guaranteed a €275,050 payday. –JS

1:25pm: Polarising
Level 19 – Blinds 30,000/60,000 (BB ante 60,000)

While the rich get richer, it’s getting a little shallow for a few of them here, and with the 80,000 blind level just about to begin, it’ll be very tough to make anything work from here.

Name Country Chips BBs
Matthias Eibinger Austria 4,600,000 58
Timothy Adams Canada 2,750,000 34
Ahadpur Khangah Iran 2,050,000 26
Benjamin Pollak France 1,215,000 15
Mikita Badziakouski Belarus 975,000 12
Rui Ferreira Portugal 850,000 11
Jean Ferreira Canada 420,000 5
Byron Kaverman United States 400,000 5

Wrecking ball: Matthias Eibinger

1:20pm: Eibinger takes Katz’s cream in brutal fashion
Level 19 – Blinds 30,000/60,000 (BB ante 60,000)

Matthais Eibinger has showed no signs of slowing down his super aggressive approach today, and it just cost Cary Katz his tournament life in brutal fashion.

Katz opened to 135,000 from middle position and then called all in for 1.2 million after Eibinger jammed from the hijack.

Katz: Q♦Q♥
Eibinger: K♣10♣

Cary Katz: Brutal run-out ends his day

The Q♠2♥6♣ was the flop of dreams for Katz but the A♣ then 4♣ runout was the stuff of nightmares. Running cards to make Eibinger a flush that put him him to 4.6 million. Katz said: “All right” and made a rapid exit. –MC

1pm: Eibinger’s big open backfires versus Pollak
Level 19 – Blinds 30,000/60,000 (BB ante 60,000)

This might well be the easiest double up of Benjamin Pollak’s year.

Action had folded to Mathias Eibinger in the lojack and the big chip leader let all of his 30-second clock tick down before sliding in another huge open, this time to 2.5 million. This was essentially a shove, as no player on the table has more than that.

It folded to Pollak in the cutoff and he snap-called his last 610,000. Everyone else folded, and the cards were flipped: A♠Q♠ for Pollak, A♣J♦ for Eibinger.

Benjamin Pollak: Easy to double

The 3♣K♠2♣6♣Q♥ board did provide some fear on the turn, as Eibinger had the nut flush draw. But in the end it was Pollak who remained best, and without any real difficulty the Frenchman doubles up to 1.37 million.

Eibinger’s stack takes a hit, down to a little more than 3 million. –JS

12:50pm: Kaverman in a tricky spot
Level 19 – Blinds 30,000/60,000 (BB ante 60,000)

Raise and take hands are not normally that interesting and rarely make the live updates. One just happened, though, that had some very interesting dynamics behind it.

Back story: Two hands previously, Matthias Eibinger button-raised for 130,000 into the short stacks of Jean Ferreira and Benjamin Pollak. Both players folded.

Fast forward two hands and Eibinger open-raised to 1.9 million. The action got to Byron Kaverman in the small blind and he obviously had a big hand. Kaverman kept looking at Ahadpur Khangah’s stack in the big blind, which totalled the raise amount.

Byron Kaverman: Six time-banks worth of thought

Kaverman used up six time-bank chips before he elected to fold, maybe thinking that Eibinger’s hand range must be so narrow that he was willing to risk such a big amount. –MC

12:45pm: Adams doubles through Badziakouski
Level 19 – Blinds 30,000/60,000 (BB ante 60,000)

The first major hand of the day has resulted in a full double up for Timothy Adams.

Prior to that, Mathias Eibinger had opened two pots in a row to 130,000 but got no calls. So this time, after Eibinger had folded, it folded to Mikita Badziakouski on the button. He took his time, and when it got to 10 seconds on the clock Cary Katz pointed something out to him: “It’s your turn.”

Badziakouski then opened to 130,000, and it folded to Adams in the big blind. Adams paused, then announced all-in. Badziakouski got a count – 1,185,000 – and quickly made the call.

Badziakouski: 10♦10♣
Adams: A♦J♥

The two were flipping, but it was Adams whose tournament was at risk. Lucky for him he hit a jack right away on the J♣2♥7♠ flop, followed by an ace on the A♥ turn. There were only two outs for Badziakouski on the river, and the 9♠ wasn’t one of them.

Timothy Adams: Early double

With that, Badziakouski’s stack drops down to 1.23 million, continuing the swingy state his chips were in late last night. Adams, meanwhile, is peaking now with 2.4 million. –JS

12:40pm: Rui Ferreira takes the first two pots
Level 19 – Blinds 30,000/60,000 (BB ante 60,000)

Portugal’s Rui Ferreira has gotten off to a fair start by winning the first two pots. They were small, but they’ll all count today.

He opened to 150,000 from under the gun and received no calls.

On the next hand, he checked his big blind option after Ahadpur Khangah completed from the small blind. The board rolled out 4♠3♣A♣A♥5♠ with checks all the way. Khangah opened Q♥7♣ but had kicker issues versus Ferreira’s Q♠9♣.

Rui Ferreira: Picking up the small pots

While the second hand was playing out, Cary Katz said to Benjamin Pollak that he was a grinder, a bit like himself. Pollak redefined himself as a survivor, and on last night’s performance, it’s hard to argue with the Frenchman. –MC

12:15pm: The race to the title is on
Level 19 – Blinds 30,000/60,000 (BB ante 60,000)

Welcome back to the final day of the EPT Barcelona Super High Roller. This is the first time this event has been elevated to a €100,000 buy-in so the stakes are literally twice as big as ever before.

The last nine in Barcelona

The last three and a half hours of play on Day 2 was extremely tense and that was shown as the tournament remained 9-handed for that entire period. That was understandable as the players are just two spots away from a €275,050 payday. Matthias Eibinger leads the way with a massive 3.64 million but the average is only 25 big blinds and that will determine a lot of the strategy we see today.

Matthias Eibinger leading the Super High Roller

Cards will be in the air at 12:30pm so be sure to join us back here then. Full chips counts below. –MC

Name Country Chips
Matthias Eibinger Austria 3,640,000
Mikita Badziakouski Belarus 2,570,000
Ahadpur Khangah Iran 2,105,000
Cary Katz United States 1,425,000
Timothy Adams Canada 1,245,000
Rui Ferreira Portugal 1,020,000
Benjamin Pollak France 765,000
Jean Ferreira Canada 720,000
Byron Kaverman United States 610,000

Buy-in: €100,000 (€98,000 to prize pool; €2,000 fee)
Re-entry: Unlimited (until start Day 2)
Starting stack: 250,000
Day 3 starting blinds: 30,000/60,000 (big blind ante: 6,000)
Shot clock: 30 seconds (six time bank cards per player, with three additional added today)
Schedule: One-hour levels, until we have a winner!

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PokerStars Blog reporting team on the €100,000 Super High Roller: Marc Convey, Jack Stanton and Howard Swains. Photography by Joe Giron/PokerPhotoArchive and Neil Stoddart.


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