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[user249920] • Nivo 26: 20,000-40,000, 5,000 ante

Players are on break for 15 minutes.

Eugenio Mattar Eliminated in 12th Place ($81,760)

[user249920] • Nivo 26: 20,000-40,000, 5,000 ante
Eugênio Mattar - 12th Place
Eugênio Mattar - 12th Place

Shyam Srinivasan limped in from middle position, and Chance Kornuth followed suit in the cutoff. Eugenio Mattar completed, and Rami Boukai checked. Action checked to Srinivasan on the {3-Hearts}{a-Clubs}{10-Diamonds} flop, and he bet 85,000. Kornuth called, Mattar made it 250,000, and Boukai jammed for 820,000. That flurry of action prompted folds from Srinivasan and Kornuth, and Mattar called.

Mattar: {a-Diamonds}{j-Hearts}
Boukai: {a-Hearts}{10-Clubs}

Boukai was in fantastic shape, and the {5-Diamonds}{8-Spades} run out was clean for him, reducing the former chip leader to just over two big blinds. He lost those last two one hand later when he got in {9-Diamonds}{8-Diamonds} against the {q-Clubs}{j-Hearts} of Kevin Schulz, and neither player hit anything to leave queen-high best.

Rami Boukai us
Rami Boukai
us 2,000,000 990,000
Kevin Schulz us
Kevin Schulz
us 1,400,000 -325,000
Eugenio Mattar BR
Eugenio Mattar
BR Izpadel

Oznake: Chance KornuthEugenio MattarKevin SchulzRami BoukaiShyam Srinivasan

Pastor Takes a Profitable Line

[user249920] • Nivo 26: 20,000-40,000, 5,000 ante

Juan Martin Pastor opened to 70,000 in middle position and got three calls. Everyone checked the {k-Diamonds}{8-Diamonds}{7-Diamonds} flop, and Pastor bet 180,000 on the {k-Spades} turn, getting a call from only Chance Kornuth on the button. Pastor then fired bigger with 410,000 on the {6-Spades} river, and Kornuth made the call after briefly thinking.

Pastor revealed {k-Hearts}{q-Diamonds} for trips, and Kornuth mucked.

Chance Kornuth us
Chance Kornuth
us 4,300,000 -300,000
Juan Martin Pastor ar
Juan Martin Pastor
ar 3,200,000 600,000

Oznake: Chance KornuthJuan Martin Pastor

Ritter Doubles Through Linde

[user249920] • Nivo 26: 20,000-40,000, 5,000 ante

Dylan Linde opened to 90,000 in middle position and was called by two players. Everyone checked the {q-Diamonds}{7-Hearts}{2-Clubs} flop, and Linde bet 150,000 on the {8-Diamonds} turn after Pratyush Buddiga checked. Uwe Ritter raised to 325,000, chasing Buddiga out, and Linde shoved. Ritter called with {7-Diamonds}{7-Spades}, locked into a double against Linde's {q-Clubs}{j-Clubs}.

Uwe Ritter DE
Uwe Ritter
DE 1,510,000 780,000
Dylan Linde us
Dylan Linde
us 1,400,000 -1,130,000

Oznake: Dylan LindePratyush BuddigaUwe Ritter

Ratharam Sivagnanam Eliminated in 13th Place ($81,760)

[user249920] • Nivo 26: 20,000-40,000, 5,000 ante
Ratharam Sivagnanam - 13th Place
Ratharam Sivagnanam - 13th Place

Pratyush Buddiga opened for 90,000 in the cutoff, and Diego Ventura called on his left. Ratharam Sivagnanam shoved it in for 995,000 in the big, and Buddiga called.

Buddiga: {a-Diamonds}{q-Spades}
Sivagnanam: {a-Spades}{9-Diamonds}

Sivagnanam found himself dominated, and his three-outer was nowhere to be found on the {k-Hearts}{6-Clubs}{4-Diamonds}{7-Hearts}{10-Clubs} community.

Pratyush Buddiga us
Pratyush Buddiga
us 4,350,000 1,400,000
Ratharam Sivagnanam ca
Ratharam Sivagnanam
ca Izpadel

Oznake: Diego VenturaPratyush BuddigaRatharam Sivagnanam

Emrah Cakmak Eliminated in 14th Place ($73,840)

[user249920] • Nivo 26: 20,000-40,000, 5,000 ante
Emrah Cakmak - 14th Place
Emrah Cakmak - 14th Place

Former chip lead Emrah Cakmak opened for 85,000 on the button and four-bet all in to 1.28 million after Diego Ventura three-bet to 240,000 in the big blind. Ventura snapped it off with {a-Spades}{a-Hearts}, and Cakmak had {k-Hearts}{q-Clubs}. A run out of {j-Spades}{4-Hearts}{3-Diamonds}{j-Diamonds}{9-Hearts} left Cakmak drawing stone dead on the turn.

Diego Ventura pe
Diego Ventura
pe 2,860,000 995,000
Emrah Cakmak fr
Emrah Cakmak
fr Izpadel

Oznake: Diego VenturaEmrah Cakmak

Scott Baumstein Eliminated in 15th Place ($73,840)

[user249920] • Nivo 26: 20,000-40,000, 5,000 ante
Scott Baumstein - 15th Place
Scott Baumstein - 15th Place

Scott Baumstein raised it up to 80,000 in the small blind, and Chance Kornuth made it 205,000 in the small blind. Baumstein shipped it in for 1.325 million, and Kornuth took off his glasses, thought briefly, and made the call.

Kornuth: {a-Spades}{q-Diamonds}
Baumstein: {k-Spades}{j-Clubs}

Baumstein's cards were live, but that's all he had going for him still after the {6-Hearts}{6-Spades}{8-Spades} flop missed both. The {2-Hearts} turn and {10-Spades} river did likewise, leaving ace-high best.

Chance Kornuth us
Chance Kornuth
us 4,600,000 1,345,000
Scott Baumstein us
Scott Baumstein
us Izpadel

Oznake: Chance KornuthScott Baumstein

Finding Little Edges

• Nivo 26: 20,000-40,000, 5,000 ante

In the stacked PCA High Roller field, there are few if any soft spots to target at any given table. It's like an advanced game of Step on a Crack, with danger lurking no matter which way one turns. See what Team PokerStars Pro Jake Cody suggests for negotiating a path through such a treacherous field on the PokerStars Blog.

Linde Climbing

[user249920] • Nivo 26: 20,000-40,000, 5,000 ante
Dylan Linde
Dylan Linde

Dylan Linde opened for 90,000 in middle position and was called by three players. He wasn't afraid to continuation-bet the {8-Diamonds}{6-Hearts}{2-Diamonds} flop though, and Ratharam Sivagnanam made the call from the cutoff for 190,000. Linde's 370,000 bullet on the {10-Hearts} took it down.

Dylan Linde us
Dylan Linde
us 2,530,000 410,000
Ratharam Sivagnanam ca
Ratharam Sivagnanam
ca 1,000,000 -305,000

Oznake: Dylan LindeRatharam Sivagnanam

Quads Chops it This Time

[user249920] • Nivo 26: 20,000-40,000, 5,000 ante

Two players have been eliminated by quads already, and this time Scott Baumstein was the one happy with quads even though he only got half the pot. He four-bet all in preflop from the cutoff against Kevin Schulz in the small blind, and Baumstein's {a-Spades}{q-Spades} found a board of {9-Hearts}{9-Clubs}{9-Spades}{9-Diamonds}{8-Clubs} against {a-Hearts}{k-Diamonds}.

Oznake: Kevin SchulzScott Baumstein