5:52pm: More for Colillas
Level 35 – Blinds 250,000/500,000 (BB ante 500,000)

On a flop of T♣T♠2♠

Ramon Colillas checked with T♥6♣ while Julien Martini, holding 8♣5♥, raised to 500,000.

Not done himself, Colillas raised to 1.7 million, which Martini called for the Q♠ on the turn.

Both checked that, and did the same on the 8♠ river card.

Colillas won the hand on the showdown and moves up to 24 million chips. Martini has around 37 million. – SB

5:40pm: Collilas collects one
Level 35 – Blinds 250,000/500,000 (BB ante 500,000)

Ramon Colillas picked up 9♦9♣ on the button and made it 1.25 million to go. Julien Martini looked down at 4♥3♥ and called the raise, and the flop came J♠8♣3♣.

Martini checked, and Colillas bet 800,000. Martini paused just a few seconds and called, then checked again after the A♥ turn card. Colillas sat with his hand over his mouth — a characteristic pose for the Spaniard — and after 15 seconds or so bet 1.6 million. Martini riffled a short while, then tossed out the call to push the pot up to 7.8 million.

The river T♥ went check-check, and Colillas collected the pot. He’s up to 21.9 million, while Martini has 39.55 million. –MH

5:35pm: Two hands go Martini’s way.
Level 35 – Blinds 250,000/500,000 (BB ante 500,000)

In the first they saw a flop of T♥4♣2♦. Colillas, holding 7♠6♠ made it 800,000 before Martini, playing T♦7♣ raised to 2.7 million, winning the pot.

In the next they saw a flop of 8♠3♠Q♣

Colillas with A♥4♥ checked to Martini who bet 1.6 million with J♠9♣. That was enough. – SB

5:26pm: Platinum Pass winner Marc Rivera’s journey ends in third ($2,168,000)
Level 35 – Blinds 250,000/500,000 (BB ante 500,000)

Julien Martini picked up A♦K♥ on the button and raised to 1 million, and after Marc Rivera looked down at A♠3♦ he reraise-pushed from the big blind for 8.225 million. Ramon Colillas folded from the big blind, and Martini was quick to call.

The board brought little drama, coming 7♥Q♠2♦, then T♠, then T♦, and just like that they are down to two players.

After starting the day in eighth place, Marc Rivera, a Platinum Pass winner, goes out in third for $2.168 million, while Martini has 42 million and Colillas 19.45 million to start heads-up play.

Remember… there’s $5.1 million awaiting the winner, and $2.974 million for the runner-up.

Julien Martini is now heads up with Ramon Colillas. Martini holds a significant chip lead.

–MH

A kiss before leaving

5:20pm: Colillas fighting back against Martini
Level 35 – Blinds 250,000/500,000 (BB ante 500,000)

Ramon Colillas made it 1 million to play from the button with A♦K♣. Julien Martini was in the big blind and called with Q♣7♣.

The flop came T♣J♣K♠ which promised something to both players. Martini checked, but then raised to 2.9 million after Colillas made it 800,000.

Colillas, still liking his hand, called for the 4♦ turn, which both players checked.

Now the 3♠ river card.

Martini checked. Colillas went to his stack and bet 1.6 million. Martini could do nothing but fold. – SB

5:00pm: Colillas doubles through Rivera
Level 35 – Blinds 250,000/500,000 (BB ante 500,000)

On the first hand of the new level, Marc Rivera was dealt A♥4♦ on the button and raised to 1.1 million. It folded to Ramon Colillas in the big blind who had picked up K♣5♥ and he called.

The flop came 2♣5♦J♦, and without hitting it Rivera shoved all in. Colillas had 3.7 million left, and after pausing just a few seconds he chose to call with his pair of fives.

Colillas was ahead at that point, and after the 9♦ turn and 6♣ river Colillas doubled to 10.35 million. Rivera now has 11.425 million. –MH

4:58pm: Rivera river call against Colillas
Level 34 – Blinds 200,000/400,000 (BB ante 400,000)

Marc Rivera just made a useful call on the river after a Ramon Colillas bluff.

Rivera opened on the button for 800,000 with T♥8♠. Colillas called from the big blind with K♦J♠ for a flop of 5♣9♣3♥. Both checked.

On the T♦ turn Colillas bet 1.1 million, which Rivera called for the 9♠ on the river.

Colillas, hoping it would be enough, bet 1.4 million. Rivera was not deterred. He called, turning over a winner.

Colillas down to 5.5 million. Rivera up to 17.4 million. – SB

4:45pm: Martini extends lead
Level 34 – Blinds 200,000/400,000 (BB ante 400,000)

Another orbit of hands to tell you about.

Ramon Colillas was dealt 4♦4♣ on the button and raised to 800,000, and only Marc Rivera called from the small blind with 9♦7♦.

The flop brought Rivera a flush draw, coming 6♦T♦2♠, and he checked. Colillas bet 600,000, and Rivera check-raised to 2 million, getting a fold from Rivera.

Rivera then won a small one with a preflop raise, then it was Martini raising to 800,000 with 7♥6♥ from the button, Colillas called from the small blind with K♦Q♥, and the flop came 8♥7♥Q♠ to give both a pair. Both players checked, then the turn brought the 6♠ to give Martini a second pair.

Colillas led for 1.4 million (half the pot), and after eyeing his opponent for a while Martini raised to 4.1 million. Colillas used a time bank card, then called, pushing the pot up to 10.6 million — just a bit more than what Colillas had behind.

The river was the A♠, keeping Martini in front. Colillas checked, and Martini said “king-jack? king-queen?” before checking as well. He’d guessed right with king-queen, and Martini collected the pot.

Martini has a big grin and 37.725 million chips. Colillas has 10 million even. And Rivera is down to 8.9 million. –MH

4:40pm: Small pot to Rivera
Level 34 – Blinds 200,000/400,000 (BB ante 400,000)

Marc Rivera just clawed a few back against Roman Colillas.

He opened from the button and Colillas called for a flop of 9♠K♣A♣

Colillas, with K♠3♠, checked. Rivera, playing 7♠7♦, bet 700,000 and got the call.

On the J♣ turn Colillas checked again. And when Rivera bet 2 million Colillas made a fold. – SB

4:35pm: One for Rivera, two for Collilas
Level 34 – Blinds 200,000/400,000 (BB ante 400,000)

Here’s how the last three-handed orbit went.

First, Ramon Colillas limped from the small blind with Q♠6♣, Marc Rivera checked from the big blind with T♥3♥, and the latter flopped a pair as the first three cards came T♦J♥2♥.

Colillas led for 450,000 and Rivera called. Then after the A♥ turn Colillas checked, Rivera bet 800,000, and Colillas folded.

Colillas won the next hand, given a walk in the big blind and thus getting to play the pocket sixes he’d been dealt.


Ramon Colillas: Is the $5.1m heading his way?


Then it was Rivera opening from the button for 800,000 with J♦, Colillas calling from the big blind with 9♥7♠, and the pair watching the flop came 9♦4♣2♠ to give each player a pair.

Colillas check-called a bet of 600,000 from Rivera, then the turn brought the A♣ and Colillas check-called again, this time a bet of 1.2 million from Rivera. The river was the 6♦, both checked, and Colillas won the pot.

Collilas has 18.6 million, Rivera 10.025 million. –MH

4:20pm: Rivera pulls some back
Level 34 – Blinds 200,000/400,000 (BB ante 400,000)

Marc Rivera has pulled some back against Julien Martini.

Rivera opened from the small blind with A♠K♠. He was called by Martini, holding 5♠4♦, on the big blind for a flop of K♥3♥2♦.

They each checked that for the T♣ turn card. Rivera made it 400,000 to play which Martini called for the 8♣ on the river.

Rivera checked, then called Martini’s bet of 650,000. It was good enough to take his stack up to 12 million. Martini drops a little to 35 million. – SB

4:18pm: Scott Baumstein out in fourth ($1,657,000)
Level 34 – Blinds 200,000/400,000 (BB ante 400,000)

Julien Martini was dealt K♦Q♣ under the gun and raised to 800,000, and after it folded to Scott Baumstein in the small blind he looked down at A♥9♦ and chose to push all in for 6.625 million total. Marc Rivera folded the big blind, and the action was on Martini.

Martini thought a bit and then called, and Baumstein was up out of his chair to see how the board cards would determine his fate.


The flop was bad for him, coming 3♥K♠8♥ to pair Martini’s hand. The turn was the 4♠ and river followed with the T♠, and that’s the end of the road for Baumstein who earns a huge payday of $1,657,000 for his finish.


Scott Baumstein: The heavens can’t help


Baumstein gave Martini the knitted heart that Jennifer Carter made back on Day 2, and now he has that plus a huge leading stack of 36.775 million, way ahead of Ramon Colillas 14.55 million and Rivera’s 10.125 million. –MH

4:15pm: Martini extends his lead against Rivera
Level 34 – Blinds 200,000/400,000 (BB ante 400,000)

Marc Rivera opened with 5♥5♠ under the gun for 1 million. Julien Martini found A♥J♦ on the button and called for a flop of 9♦9♠6♦

Rivera check-called Martini’s bet of 825,000 for the J♥ on the turn. They each checked that for the 8♥ on the river.

Rivera checked, but when Martini bet 3.8 million he couldn’t call, and spent a time-bank card to be sure.

Martini is up to 29.3 million. – SB

4:10pm: Baumstein shoves and gets it through twice
Level 34 – Blinds 200,000/400,000 (BB ante 400,000)

With four players left, start-of-day leader Scott Baumstein is now the short stack, and after picking up K♠Q♥ in the small blind he jammed all in and won.

Ramon Colillas won the next hand, raising with A♠K♠ and watching everyone fold.

Then it was Baumstein shoving again from under the gun with A♦7♣ and it got through again, and he’s at 7.425 million now. –MH

4:05pm: Rivera doubles through Colillas
Level 34 – Blinds 200,000/400,000 (BB ante 400,000)

On the first hand after Jason Koonce’s knockout, Marc Rivera jammed all-in again, this time from under the gun for 6.475 million with A♦T♦, and after Ramon Colillas looked down at Q♦Q♥ in the small blind he called and Rivera was at risk.

The flop came A♣T♣J♦ to give Rivera two pair. As they waited for the turn a light bulb over the table went out, plunging the players into partial darkness. It was easy enough to see, however, the 5♦ turn and 9♦ river, and Rivera survived.

Rivera bumps up to 13.75 million with that pot, while Colillas slips to 14.55 million. –MH

4pm: Koonce out in fifth ($1.304 million)
Level 34 – Blinds 200,000/400,000 (BB ante 400,000)

Jason Koonce has fallen in fifth place, winning a tiny bit more than $1.3 million.


His elimination came in a hand against Ramon Colillas. Koonce opened by shoving from the button with T♦7♦ for 5 million. Colillas had 5♥5♠ and called, which meant Koonce was actually flipping for his tournament.

But he lost it as the board came 2♣4♠9♥4♣6♦


Jason Koonce leaves the action


Koonce was out for a cash finish some 300 times bigger than his previous best. Colillas meanwhile is up to 21 million. — SB

3:55pm: Back at it
Level 34 – Blinds 200,000/400,000 (BB ante 400,000)

The five players are re-seated and they are playing again. — HS

3:33pm: Take 20

Players are taking a 20-minute breather. When they return, the big blind is 400,000 and here’s how they stack up:

Name Country Status Chips BBs
Julien Martini France 28,525,000 71
Ramon Colillas Spain Platinum Pass winner 15,800,000 40
Scott Baumstein USA 6,425,000 16
Marc Rivera Philippines Platinum Pass winner 5,475,000 14
Jason Koonce USA 5,225,000 13

It has been a very, very good level for this man:

Julien Martini: Chip leader

3:30pm: Colillas takes big pot from Koonce to end level
Level 33 – Blinds 150,000/300,000 (BB ante 300,000)

Ramon Colillas raised to 650,000 from the cutoff seat with K♣T♣, and it folded to Jason Koonce in the big blind who called with A♠5♠.

The board came 2♠3♦K♦, giving Koonce a gutshot to a wheel and Colillas top pair. Koonce chose to lead out with a bet of 1.1 million, and Colillas called.

The turn was the T♥, making a second pair for Colillas. Koonce studied the situation for a bit, then fired once more for 2.7 million.

Colillas sat with his hand over his mouth, riffling his chips as he spent two time bank cards. At last Colillas called, pushing the pot up to 9.35 million.

The river was the A♣ giving Koonce a pair, and he checked this time. Colillas took almost 30 seconds before pushing all in. Koonce then spent two time banks card before finally letting his hand go.

Colillas chips up to 15.8 million on that one, while Koonce is now down to 5.25 million. –MH

3:20pm: Colillas shoves (again), Martini folds
Level 33 – Blinds 150,000/300,000 (BB ante 300,000)

Leader Julien Martini was dealt 4♥4♣ in the cutoff, then Ramon Colillas in the dealer’s spot looked down at A♥Q♦ and reraised all in. All folded, including Martini, and Colillas now has 10.9 million. –MH

3:15pm: Colillas three-bet shoving
Level 33 – Blinds 150,000/300,000 (BB ante 300,000)

After picking up pocket kings for at least the third time, Ramon Colillas found A♦Q♣ in the small blind and three-bet shoved for 8.3 million after Marc Rivera opened for A♣3♠.

Rivera wasn’t interested, and folded. — SB

3:05pm: Sixth-place, seven figures for Marc Perrault ($1,012,000)
Level 33 – Blinds 150,000/300,000 (BB ante 300,000)

Under the gun, Ramon Colillas picked up K♥K♠ (not the first time he’s gotten kings today), and he raised to 650,000. It folded to Julien Martini in the small blind who called with 9♦5♠, and Perrault called all-in from the big blind as well for just 425,000 with 6♠3♦.


The flop came J♣Q♥4♠. Martini checked, Colillas bet 475,000 into the side pot, and Martini got out of the way.

The players flipped their cards and Perrault stepped away from the table, seeing he only had about 4 percent equity. The board ran out 8♣ and 4♥, and Perrault is out. Colillas has 9.95 million now.


Marc Perrault: Road ends in sixth


By surviving to finish sixth Perrault earns a handsome $1.012 million payday, the first of six players to make at least a million dollars today. Of course all five of those remaining are eyeing that $5.1 million up top. –MH

2:55pm: Martini up to 30 million after forcing Rivera fold
Level 33 – Blinds 150,000/300,000 (BB ante 300,000)

A huge hand, and one that may haunt Marc Rivera. Either way, it extends Julien Martini’s lead to more than 30 million.

Martini opened from under the gun with Q♦5♣. Rivera found Q♠Q♥ in the small blind and called for a flop of 7♦6♠7♣.

After Rivera checked, Martini bet another 600,000 and got the call. On the 3♣ turn it was the same pattern. Rivera checked, Martini bet – 2.3 million – and Rivera called.

The river came 6♣.

Rivera checked once again before Martini (who said later he put Rivera on queens) moved all-in, easily covering Rivera.

Had Rivera called all-in, he would have won the hand. Instead he spent three time-bank cards and then folded, dropping to 5 million.

Martini continues to fly. He now has 30.23 million, which is around 100 big blinds. – SB

2:50pm: Farid Jattin eliminated in seventh place ($746,000)
Level 33 – Blinds 150,000/300,000 (BB ante 300,000)

Julien Martini picked up another big hand — A♥K♣ — and opened for 600,000 from the hijack seat. Farid Jattin was next to act with A♠J♠ in the cutoff and after taking some time chose to shove all-in for 6.2 million.


It folded to Scott Baumstein in the big blind who had 8♠8♣, and he had to think about it for a while before letting his cards go. Martini then made the call and the players tabled their cards.

The flop came 6♠2♦5♠, giving Jattin a flush draw, but the turn was the Q♦ and river the T♣, and Jattin is out in seventh for $746,000.

Farid Jattin’s day is done

Martini extends his chip lead and now has 25.35 million. That means Marc Perrault — down to just over two big blinds — has laddered up at least one spot.

That also means the remaining six players are all guaranteed seven-figure cashes! –MH

2:45pm: Perrault in trouble after hand against Martini
Level 33 – Blinds 150,000/300,000 (BB ante 300,000)

Marc Perrault is down to less than three big blinds after a hand against Julien Martini.

Martini opened on the button for 600,000 with K♥T♣. Farid Jattin spent a time bank card folding leaving the action on Marc Perrault.

Perrault had 9♥5♣ on the big blind and called for a 4♥3♥7♥ flop. That was checked, as was the J♥ turn, which gave both players a flush.

Perrault bet 1.3 million on the K♦ river, leaving himself 875,000 behind. Martini just called, winning the hand with the better flush and taking his stack up to 18.4 million. – SB

2:35pm: Rivera shoves
Level 33 – Blinds 150,000/300,000 (BB ante 300,000)

Marc Perrault opened for 600,000 in the cut off with Q♦9♥. Marc Rivera looked down at A♣Q♥ and moved all-in for 8.5 million. Perrault made the fold. – SB

2:30pm: Martini three-bets, takes another pot
Level 32 – Blinds 100,000/250,000 (BB ante 250,000)

Marc Rivera raised from early position to 500,000 with 8♠8♣, and Jason Koonce called from the hijack with 9♠9♥. Julien Martini picked up A♥Q♦ in the cutoff and three-bet to 1.85 million, and it folded back around to Rivera.

Rivera thought a bit, then folded. Koonce thought a little longer, using two time-bank cards, but he folded as well. Martini gets back up over 16 million on that one. –MH

2:25pm: Perrault doubles through Martini
Level 32 – Blinds 100,000/250,000 (BB ante 250,000)

In the hand after Talal Shakerchi’s bustout, his vanquisher Julian Martini plucked chips off of his leading stack to raise to 500,000 from the cutoff with K♠J♣. The short stack Marc Perrault re-raise-shoved all in from the big blind for 2,075,000 with A♥7♦, and Martini called.

The flop came 2♠3♠6♠ and it looked like Martini was about to draw another spade flush to score a second knockout. But the turn was the 8♣ and the river the 6♣, and Perrault earned his second double-up today.

Perrault has 4.4 million now, while Martini is still in first with 14.425 million. –MH

2:20pm: Martini cracks aces to bust Shakerchi
Level 32 – Blinds 125,000/250,000 (BB ante 250,000)

Talal Shakerchi is out after four-bet shoving with pocket aces, only to watch Julien Martini’s A♠Q♠ make a flush on the river.

The result leaves Shakerchi on the rail (where he jumped straight into the Super High Roller event), and Martini with 16.5 million – good for the lead.


Marc Rivera opened the hand, betting 500,000 with K♥J♥ from the hijack. Martini was on the button and three-bet to 1.35 million. The action then reached Farid Jattin who found pocket sevens, and spent two time-bank cards before folding.

It was then we saw Shakerchi’s aces. His shove was for 5.2 million. Rivera folded, but Martini came in with the call, albeit as the heavy underdog.


Talal Shakerchi: Unhooked and out


The flop appeared to be of little help, landing 3♣K♥2♥. But the T♠ turn gave Martini more outs, with a jack or any spade putting him ahead. It was the 5♠ on the river that did it.

“Oh well,” Shakerchi said, demonstrating remarkable poise given the circumstances. He then shook the hand of each of his opponents, collecting $509,000 for eighth place.

Martini, as you might expect, had a big grin on his face. — SB

2:10pm: River card hands Martini the lead
Level 32 – Blinds 125,000/250,000 (BB ante 250,000)

Julien Martini has moved into the chip lead after a hand against Marc Perrault.

Perrault opened with K♠J♠ for 500,000 which Martini called from the big blind with 3♦A♦. The flop came 3♥J♣Q♦ and both checked for the Q♥ turn.

Martini checked. Perrault bet 700,000 and got the call. The 3♠ river card changed things.

Now Martini led the betting, making it 525,000. Perrault called and his eyebrows flicked upwards as he noticed Martini’s cards. Perrault drops to 3.2 million, while Martini moves into the lead with 10.45 million. — SB

2:05pm: Rivera out in front
Level 32 – Blinds 125,000/250,000 (BB ante 250,000)

Scott Baumstein opened to 500,000 from the button with T♥7♥, then Marc Rivera called from the small blind with K♦T♦.

The flop came 2♦K♠A♣. Rivera checked, and Baumstein continued for 425,000. Rivera called with his pair of kings.

The turn was the 2♠, pairing the board. Rivera checked again, and this time Baumstein checked behind.

The river brought the 9♣ and both checked again, and Rivera collected the pot. He’s up to 9.8 million now (in the lead), while Baumstein has 8.675 million. –MH

2pm: Pot to Colillas
Level 32 – Blinds 125,000/250,000 (BB ante 250,000)

Ramon Collilas wins a hand against Marc Rivera.

Collilas opened for 375,000 on the button with what we knew to be only the 6♥. The TV tech didn’t pick up his other one. Rivera called on the button with 3♥3♥.

On the 4♣J♦K♥ flop Rivera checked, then folded when Colillas bet 375,000. Not much action, but still nearly 900,000 to Colillas. – SB

1:55pm: Perrault doubles with big slick
Level 32 – Blinds 125,000/250,000 (BB ante 250,000)

Farid Jattin opened to 625,000 from the hijack with 2♦2♣ and Marc Perrault looked down at A♣K♦ on the button and moved in for 2.15 million. Action folded through the blinds and Jattin called despite only having the smallest pair in the deck.

Perrault was under threat, but he hit immediately on the 3♠T♠K♠ flop. The J♣ turn kept him ahead and the A♥ river gave him two pair. That was a nice early double-up from the Canadian pro, putting him to 4.925 million. Jattin is left with 6.375. — HS

1:50pm: Koonce four-bet shoves ace-king on first hand
Level 32 – Blinds 125,000/250,000 (BB ante 250,000)

Chip leader Scott Baumstein was under the gun for today’s first hand, and he got the action going right away with a raise to 500,000 holding A♦8♦.

The next-biggest stack Marc Rivera was next up, and he three-bet to 1.15 million with A♠6♥.

Jason Koonce was up next, and having been dealt A♣K♥ he four-bet jammed all in for 7.125 million, and that was enough to knock everyone else out including Baumstein and Rivera.

Koonce bumps up into second in the counts after that as he now has 9.4 million while Rivera has 9.2 million. –MH

1:45pm: The quest for $5.1 million begins now
Level 32 – Blinds 125,000/250,000 (BB ante 250,000)

The final day of the PokerStars Players Championship is underway! The final eight players begin with 39 minutes still to go in Level 32. –MH

PSPC final table players (l-r): Marc Perrault, Farid Jattin, Ramon Colillas, Julien Martini, Scott Baumstein, Jason Koonce, Talal Shakerchi, Marc Rivera

1pm: Final 8 of historic tournament prepared to crown PSPC champion

A little more than a year ago, PokerStars made an announcement that no one knew exactly how to take. Daniel Negreanu, from a chaotic scene in Prague, announced that 13 months after his announcement, PokerStars would hold a $25,000 tournament and give away 320 seats to it. Just give them away.

The news, of course, reverberated through the poker world. A tournament designed specifically for the poker community with 320 seats–$8 million worth!–to seed the field.

Tournament organizers had little doubt they could put together the biggest $25,000 poker tournament in history. But until this week, they had no idea just how big it would be. The richest tournament in PokerStars history. The biggest first prize in PokerStars history. Outside of the WSOP Main Event and $1 million buy-in One Drop, the biggest prize pool in poker history.

In all, this freezeout (single entry, one buy-in) drew 1,039 people for a prize pool worth more than $25 million. Then PokerStars added $1 million to first place. Before it’s all said and done, the winners in this tournament will cash out for more than $26 million.

Today, we are watching eight men climb up to the TV stage. You can read all about them here in our PSPC final table player profiles. They’re all competent players with professional backgrounds and lots of winnings to their names. Tonight, six of them will add at least $1 million to their lifetime earnings. The winner is set to win more than $5 million. Two of those players won Platinum Passes and are on 100% freerolls. It is going to be quite a moment.

Here’s how they are seated as we prepared to begin play.

Seat Name Country Status Chips
1 Jason Koonce USA 7,125,000
2 Julien Martini France 8,600,000
3 Farid Jattin USA 8,525,000
4 Talal Shakerchi UK 5,500,000
5 Marc Perrault Canada 2,275,000
6 Ramon Colillas Spain Platinum Pass winner 8,300,000
7 Scott Baumstein USA 10,725,000
8 Marc Rivera Philippines Platinum Pass winner 10,350,000

Though we usually report all action live, we will be reporting in flow with the PokerStars Live Stream today in an effort to avoid spoilers.

If you also want some big money live action, the PCA $100,000 buy-in Super High Roller just kicked off. We’ll have live coverage of that event all day long here: PCA Super High Roller Live Updates.

Ready to do this? We’ll begin in about half an hour. Stick with us for history.–BW

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