It was supposed to be an one-day event, but after 16 hours of play the conclusion of the €25,500 Single-Day High Roller at EPT Barcelona was postponed until Thursday. Three players remain, all former EPT-champions: Martin Finger, Mark Teltscher and Liv Boeree. With €865,000 ($992,793) up top for the winner Boeree is looking to capture the second largest score of her career. The largest being the $1,698,300 she won, when she was crowned EPT winner in San Remo in 2010.
The event saw 152 entries, but with only 23 players getting paid most would leave penniless. Among the players in the stacked field were Martin Jacobson, Isaac Haxton, Steve O’Dwyer, Adrian Mateos, Fedor Holz, Ben Tollerene, Erik Seidel, Davidi Kitai, Jason Mericier and the two football superstars Neymar Jr. and Gerard Piqué.
While Neymar Jr. and Gerard Piqué were not able to score this time around, others climbed the chip counts. Liv Boeree was not one of them, and after the dinner break she was one of the shorter stacks with 384,000 to her name, while chip leader Kevin Stani was sitting with 1,220,000. Fortunately Boeree found a double up with a pair of eights against Fedor Holz’ AQ. Boeree now had 820,00 in chips.
The turbo structure secured a lot of action – and eliminations. On the money bubble Boeree won a nice pot with AK vs. Ankush Mandavia’s A8. Boeree was suddenly among the chip leaders, and cruising towards the final table. When the final table was set with Mike McDonald, Kevin Stani, Martin Finger, Iacopo Brandi, Ike Haxton, Jeff Rossiter, Mark Teltscher, Jani Sointula and Liv Boeree the plan was still to play down to a winner.
Kevin Stani was the first player out after one hour of play, and Italy’s Iacopo Brandi and Jeff Rossiter were the next to go. Even though Ike Haxton was the first player to reach 3 million in chips at the start of the final table, he was eliminated in 6th place after doubling up Teltscher and then running into the Englishman’s aces. With Mike McDonald eliminated in 5th and Finland’s Jani Sointula in 4th, play continued three-handed for an hour until it was decided to call it a day and continue Thursday (Boeree is playing Day 2 of EPT Barcelona Main Event today, Wednesday).
Liv Boeree will enter the final day second in chips with 3,860,000, but hot on her heels is Mark Teltscher with 3,700,000. Martin Finger is the man to catch with 7,640,000. The players are guaranteed €391,000 at this point.
PokerWomenNews wish Liv Boeree the best of luck and rungood on Thursday.