Gruissem Leads the WSOP €25,600 High Roller Event

October 23, 2013

The second day of the WSOP €25,600 High Roller Event saw German Poker Star, Phillip Gruissem take a commanding lead in the competition, having played his hands perfectly to earn him that position. At the end of the second day, Gruissem was the only player to have more than 1 million chips and have a 650,000 chip lead over his nearest competitor Scott Seiver. Jason Koon, and Erik Seidel are in third and fourth place with 702,000 and 610,000 chips respectively with the five-time gold bracelet winner, David Negreanu holding steady in 7th position with 411,000 Chips. At the close of the second day of the event, 13 players were going into the next round with Poker Super Star, Phil Ivey being the last player to be eliminated. By the end of the competition, the final nine players will earn a minimum prize money of €50,400, while the winner will take the grand total of €725,000 for the title as well as the WSOP Gold Bracelet.

Big flop win for Erik Seidel 

As the second day progressed, the competition only had 16 players vying for their place in the finals. All the players were split into two tables as Gruissem, Seidel, and Phil Ivey were stuck together in one of them. Once the tables were set, the first hand in Gruissem’s table began with the German opening with a 16,000 raise with both the Americans calling in position. The Flop opened with a Jack and 10 of Clubs and a Queen of Spades. Gruissem saw his chance to consolidate and raised further to 36,000 with Seidel calling.

Ivey was more worried about staying in the competition and opted to fold when Gruissem raised. The Turn showed a 3 of Diamonds and Gruissem once again raised to 85,000. Seidel then contemplated his opponent’s hand and after a while, he called the bet. The River showed a Jack of Spades and both players were not willing to put up any more of their chips as they both checked. Gruissem showed his Pocket 9s but that was not good enough against Seidel’s King-Queen suited hand as he won the hand with a better two pair. Gruissem lost the lead while Seidel overtook his opponent to become the leader.

Seiver swoops into the lead 

With 16 of the top players in the world battling it out for the finals place, there was no doubt that there would be a clash between any two of the players. Canadian Poker Star, Negreanu, opened the round with a raise to 18,000, under the gun with Jason Koon calling. Scott Seiver knew that luck was on his side on the day and re-raised to 68,000 which frightened Negreanu as he folded. Koon was in no mood to lose his chance at the WSOP High Roller Finals table and called to see how well he can match his opponent.

The flop showed a 4, 5, and Jack of Hearts in which both players checked. The turn showed a 7 of Spades which prompted Koon to raise to 92,000. Seiver seemed unfazed by the massive raise and called the bet. The River showed a 4 of Spades in which Koon decided to check. Seiver knew that his opponent had not caught anything on the river and pushed the raise even higher as he bet 168,000. Koon was in no position to win as Seiver showed his Pocket Kings which made the American fold his hand. This gave Seiver a huge win and sent him to the top of the Chip count.

Good night, Phil Ivey 

A large number of people, including players, expecting Phil Ivey to make it to the finals table with ease as his career is one to be jealous of. His game throughout the competition was under par and many people present knew that there was something wrong in his gameplay. The competition was reaching the end of day in which 14 players had managed to hold their positions firmly in the game. However, the legendary poker player was not going to be one of the 13 that would make it to the final 13 members going into the third as he was eliminated in an embarrassing fashion. The game was into one of the last few hands of the day and it was David Peters up against Phil Ivey. In his final round, Ivey called the Peter’s raise after being the small blind.

The Board showed a 5 of Clubs, 9 of Spades, and 8 of clubs on the flop and Ivey pushed for a winner by raising to 30,000. Peter called the bet as the turn showed a 6 of clubs. Ivey seeing a chance to make hay while the sun shone, shoved all his chips for 150,000. Peters snap-called and showed his pocket 9s giving him a three of a kind set. The only chance that Ivey had to win was a 7 as he was holding an 8-5 off-suited hand. The river put the nail in Ivey’s coffin as a 6 of Clubs showed, giving Peters the Full House win as it sent the poker legend out of the competition in a meaningless 14th position.