It’s been an action packed first few levels here on the final table of the $25K High Roller. In just two levels (each an hour in length) we’ve gone from nine players to six.
The biggest story of the bunch is that Bryn Kenney won’t be winning his third High Roller in a week. He came into the day as the short stack, and would be the first to leave.
Action folded to Kenney in the cutoff and he jammed for 141,000, just seven big blinds at the 10L/20K level. Chip leader Nick Petrangelo called on the button with the A♣J♣, which was ahead of Kenney’s K♦Q♣.
Two live cards is better than Kenney could have hoped for though. “Fair fight,” is how he described it. But the board ran out 9♦10♥9♠2♦3♠ and the $50K Single Day and $25K shot clock champ was gone. Still, $90,380 isn’t a bad consolation prize.
Next to bust would be Mark Radoja, just a few hands later in fact. Petrangelo played executioner once again, opening to 50,000 under the gun and called the three-bet 385,000 jam from Radoja in the small blind.
When the cards were flipped Petrangelo’s K♠K♣ were in good shape against Radoja’s A♠Q♠. Any ace would save him, but there were no rockets on the 2♥2♣7♥4♦7♦ board and Radoja went to collect his $113,360.
Stephen Chidwick wasn’t far behind him. The Brit opened to 40,000 but was three-bet to 120,000 by Michael Rocco. A four-bet jam was imminent, and Rocco snap-called it with his Q♣Q♠. It was a classic race, as Chidwick held big slick with the A♣K♠.
The 9♠2♠5♦ didn’t help Chidwick, but the 8♠ turn sure did. Any spade, ace or king would now give him the best hand. Alas, the 3♣ floated down on the river to eliminate him in seventh for $154,260.
Here’s how the final six stack up right now. Team PokerStars Pro Daniel Negreanu headlines the pack, yet currently sits with the least chips.
|Nick Petrangelo||USA||Re-entered on Day 1||2,750,000|
|Daniel Negreanu||Canada||Team PokerStars Pro||382,000|
And here’s a reminder of what they’re playing for:
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Jack Stanton is Freelance Contributor to the PokerStars Blog.