There are good days to run well in a poker tournament, and it’s easy to argue that the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Super High Roller is one of the best in which to catch fire.
That’s just what happened for Sorel Mizzi on Day 2 Wednesday. A fortunate flopped set of queens to Jason Koon’s overpair earned Mizzi a massive pot and he wouldn’t look back from there. He cleared 5 million at one point late in the day, but the 4.8 million he’ll take into Day 3 still gives Mizzi a comfortable lead at this final table.
Mizzi’s most closely trailed by Roger Sippl, who busted a player and got a full double late in the day to climb the chip counts in short order. Sippl’s followed by a number of poker heavyweights in Steve O’Dwyer and Bryn Kenney, and the final table is rounded out by Christoph Vogelsang, Andrew Robl and Day 1 chipleader Sam Greenwood. Each of these players has had significant success in tournament poker, but each would benefit greatly from the massive first place prize that awaits the champion.
Tuesday’s concluded with 61 total entries and 39 players remaining, but five more either joined or rejoined the fray to push the field to 66 before Day 2 began – with 50 unique players all told. With the first card of the day in the air registration officially closed – and the total prizepool reached just over $6.4 million.
Nine players would ultimately be paid, and the top two would each leave Atlantis with a seven-figure payday – $1.87 million and $1.34 million, to be more precise. There was still a lot of poker to be played, and star after star fell by the wayside over the course of Day 2. Newly crowned 2014 BLUFF Player of the Year Dan Colman was an early casualty, followed soon after by 2013 BLUFF POY (and Colman’s heads-up opponent in the 2014 Big One for One Drop) Daniel Negreanu.
The field kept inching closer and closer to the money bubble, and the field was reduced to two tables of five with Fedor Holz’s elimination in 11th. After a few hands dealt during hand-for-hand play on the button, action folded around to David Peters in the small blind and he raised. Mizzi three-bet enough to put Peters all in, and with a number of shorter stacks in play Peters called for his tournament life with T T. Mizzi’s Q 7 was well behind, but the Q 6 2 flop was all he needed to take control and ultimately take the pot, sending Peters home empty-handed.
Jake Schindler was the first to go out in the money, falling to a bad beat as his A K failed to hold off Sippl’s A J on an A 8 6 flop. The J river gave Sippl two-pair and a big pot – one that would ultimately start his move towards the top. Sippl soon received a full double through Kenney as his A Q held off Kenney’s A 6 flush draw on a Q T 2 flop.
Scott Seiver would be the last casualty of the day after O’Dwyer opened and he three-bet all in with K 7. O’Dwyer called for less than twice his opening raise with A Q, and though Seiver added a number of outs on the A K J flop, there’d be no further help as it ran out T J.
The final seven players return at 1 pm ET to battle it out for the title Wednesday, and full coverage of the final table with hole cards will air on a one hour delay on PokerStars.tv.
2015 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure $100,000 Super High Roller – End of Day 2 Chip Counts
- Sorel Mizzi – 4,800,000
- Roger Sippl – 3,255,000
- Steve O’Dwyer – 2,925,000
- Bryn Kenney – 2,410,000
- Christoph Vogelsang – 1,540,000
- Andrew Robl – 1,370,000
- Sam Greenwood – 705,000
- Scott Seiver – $243,280 (out)
- Jake Schindler – $185,660 (out)
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