The second biggest tournament on the mammoth 78 event schedule was a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it affair. A one day €50,000 Super High Roller which carried a first prize of €936,500. They went from two tables to one fairly quickly and the first hand of the final table set the tone for what was to come. It would be capped off with a win for Italian Mustapha Kanit, but there was plenty of action beforehand to make it a day to remember.
The money bubble was also the final table bubble, so finalists could at least play on knowing they were in the money. Scott Seiver didn’t have time to get his seat warm though as on the first deal he shoved all-in for around nine big blinds with K♦10♣. Both Martin Finger and Mustapha Kanit called with pocket queens. No king came to Seiver’s rescue and he was out. Fifteen minutes later so was Ivan Luca. His 12 big blind shove with A♣5♣ picked off by Fedor Holz with A♥Q♣.
Kanit and Holz had now moved away from the chasing pack but with a chip leading stack of 40 big blinds each it was clear things could change very quickly and the players then traded turns at doubling up. First Kanit doubled up Martin Finger and Holz then doubled up Fabian Quoss. Then Mark Telstcher doubled through Andrei Streltsou before Finger then doubled through Teltscher. All these hands were all-in pre-flop and only in the case of Finger doubling through Kanit – aces versus ace-ten – did the best hand hold.
The theme of the best hand getting beat would be Teltscher’s downfall. It folded to Mustapha Kanit in the small blind and he set Teltscher in for his final 12 big blinds, the Brit had a big decision and called it off with K♥10♦. The Italian opened 9♦2♠ a hand Teltscher had cracked [A] with earlier. The ‘magic’ hand would win again as a Q♦6♥4♦7♣9♥ board meant Kanit hit the river to send Teltscher out in seventh for a €156,900 pay day.
Just five minutes later the best hand went down in flames again. Andrei Streltsou shoved from the small blind for nine big blinds with A♠5♥ and Fedor Holz gave him a spin with K♠5♠. The J♠4♠3♠ flop was gin for Holz but Streltsou had a re-draw to a higher flush. He missed all his outs though on the 4♥ turn and 7♣ river and had to settle for €198,500.
The streak of the best hand losing would continue when Fabian Quoss went out in fifth. He three-bet all-in for around 10 big blinds with K♦Q♥ and Mike Watson, who’d already invested two big blinds, called with 10♦9♦. The 9♣4♦2♦8♥7♥ board favoured the Canadian and Quoss was on his way to the payout desk to collect €256,100.
Four handed play is where the action slowed somewhat. The four players had 100 big blinds between them with Finger and Kanit both with around 35 each and Holz and Watson with 15 each. The difference between fourth and first – over €600,000. At times the rail was as star studded as those at the table as the likes of Dan Smith, Benny Spindler, Salman Behbehani and Giuliano Bendinelli watched on.
But this is where it would all go wrong for Holz. First he doubled up Watson with his K♦9♦ losing out to A♦K♣ and then it was Kanit’s turn to get a double. Holz shoved with A♠7♥ from the button for around 15 big blinds and Kanit called all-in for nine big blinds with A♠7♥ and held. Soon after it was Holz’s turn to be all in with ace-seven against Watson’s Q♠10♠. A ten on the flop and another ten on the turn meant Holz failed to hold and it was down to the final three.
At this point Martin Finger was chip leader, but he’d lose that – and the vast majority of his chips – in a big hand against Mike Watson. With blinds at 80,000/160,000, 20,000 ante the Canadian limped the small blind and called when Finger raised to 460,000. Watson the proceeded to check call bets of 410,000, 1,000,000 and 2,080,000 on a A♣10♠3♥Q♣2♥ board. Finger had kings, but Watson had Q♦3♦ for two pair. Down to around five big blinds he got them in with pocket fours but lost to Kanit’s A♦5♦ when the Italian flopped an ace.
So when heads-up play got under way Watson had a big lead but he’d lose it on the first hand. Kanit opened with A♦K♣, Watson shoved with K♥Q♦ and Kanit snap called. A 2♠A♥4♠J♣8♥ board meant Kanit doubled up to take a slim chip lead. The momentum would really shift in his favour a short time later when he rivered a straight and got paid off.
That left Watson short, he got one double but not a second. Watson’s K♦5♣ looked good for a chop against Kanit’s K♣7♥ but the 7♦7♣6♦3♥10♣ board gave Kanit the win and the fans who’d stayed to rail him went wild.
EPT One-Day €50,000 Results:
Entrants: 66 (54 uniques and 12 rebuys
Places paid: 9
1st. Mustapha Kanit, Italy, €936,500
2nd. Mike Watson, Canada, €672,300
3rd. Martin Finger, Germany, €437,000
4th. Fedor Holz, Germany, €329,800
5th. Fabian Quoss, Germany, €256,100
6th. Andrei Streltsou, Belarus, €198,500
7th. Mark Teltscher, UK, €156,900
8th. Ivan Luca, Argentina, €121,700
9th. Scott Seiver, USA, €92,860
Stephen Bartley is a staff writer for the PokerStars Blog.