Day 2 of Grand Final High Roller Ends with Nine, Davidi Kitai Leads

Davidi Kitai leads the final nine players of the EPT Grand Final High Roller.

Davidi Kitai leads the final table of the EPT Grand Final High Roller.

Day 2 of the EPT Grand Final €25,000 High Roller began with 95 returning players and added another nine players before the start of play. Eleven levels of action trimmed the field to loaded table of nine players with Davidi Kitai holding the chip lead.

Following Kitai at the top of the counts are Philipp Gruissem, Byron Kaverman and Scott Seiver. On the bottom of half of the leaderboard sit Martin Finger, Chenxiang Miao, Stephen Chidwick, John Juanda and Pascal Lefrancois.

The field of 214 players and numerous re-entries juiced up the prizepool to €5,243,000 with the winner earning €1,105,000. The top 31 players earned a cash of at least €46,150.

Ole Schemion, Angel Guillen, JC Alvarado, David Peters, Mike Watson, Benny Spindler, Benjamin Pollak, Calvin Anderson, Andrew Chen and Noah Schwartz cashed in the event before being sent to the rail.

Daniel Negreanu, Erik Seidel, Bertand Grospellier, Sam Trickett, Viktor Blom and Justin Bonomo were unable to survive the day and did not cash.

Schemion has absolutely destroyed Season Ten of the EPT, with his elimination in 25th place he accomplished a feat never seen before. In three separate EPT tour stops, Barcelona, PCA, and Grand Final, he has cashed in the Super High Roller, the Main Event and the High Roller. He also won the High Roller at EPT San Remo and made final tables in London, Prague and Vienna.

Kitai moved to the top of the counts after he served up a double elimination to Pollak and Alex Bilokur. Kitai had both players covered as all the chips went in the middle preflop. Kitai held pocket jacks, Pollack had K Q and Bilokur tabled A Q. The board cam all rags with 8 7 6 2 3 and Kitai was the first player to break the 2,000,000 mark.

Trickett was eliminated in a cooler against Anderson. The hand began with Guillen opening for a near min-raise, Trickett called in late position, Anderson raised to 25,300 from the button and Guillen called. Then Trickett moved all in, Anderson tanked for a short bit and then moved his stack all in. Guillen mucked his hand, Tricket rolled over K K and Anderson tabled A A. The flop hit Anderson when it fell A 8 5 and the turn gave Trickett hope when it fell K. Both players had a set and Trickett needed the case king on the river to survive, but was eliminated when it fell 6.

The field approached the money bubble in the later part of the day and went on dinner break just two spots away from the money. Shortly after dinner Alexander Kravchenko was eliminated and hand-for-hand play lasted for just one round. Kitai opened in early position and Igor Yaroshevskyy moved his micro stack all in from the big blind holding 8 7. Kitai called, tabled A 9 and watched the board run his way with J T 3 Q J and the rest of the field was guaranteed a payday.

Day 3 of the event has cards in the air at noon local time (6 am ET) and if the Main Event finishes quickly then the remainder of the event will be on the live stream.

Final Nine Chip Counts

  1. Davidi Kitai – 2,208,000
  2. Byron Kaverman – 1,813,000
  3. Scott Seiver – 1,553,000
  4. Philipp Gruissem – 1,470,000
  5. Martin Finger – 1,047,000
  6. Stephen Chidwick – 991,000
  7. Chenxiang Miao – 674,000
  8. Pascal Lefrancois – 596,000
  9. John Juanda – 355,000


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Paul Oresteen

Senior Writer: Paul Oresteen originally joined BLUFF in 2008 as an intern. He covered two World Series of Poker’s before leaving to join After a two year hiatus Oresteen returned to BLUFF in November 2012. Since starting as a poker journalist Oresteen has covered the World Series of Poker, WSOP Circuit, World Poker Tour and European Poker Tour. He graduated from Georgia State University with a B.A. in Communications in 2008.
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