Archive for May, 2016

Daily 3-Bet: All About Matt, Anybody But Mercier, Eugene Moves On

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Today in the 3-Bet we find Matt Berkey taking the Super High Roller Bowl by storm, Jason Mercier feels good heading into the WSOP and Eugene Katchalov and PokerStars part ways.

1) Berkey Riding High

The ultra-prestigious $ 300k Super High Roller Bowl at Aria is down to its final 16 players with just 7 to be paid and only one claiming the $ 5m prize up top.

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Berkey making splash.

Erik Seidel is second in chips. Jason Mercier is in the Top 5. Fedor Holz, Phil Hellmuth and Phil Galfond are all still alive.

Who’s everybody talking about? Matt Berkey, of course.

You might remember Berkey as one of Russell Thomas’ training stand-ins in Jason Somerville’s The Final Table doc from 2012, but of course his poker pedigree goes well beyond that.

With $ 1.7m in live tournament earnings and cashes dating back to 2006 Berkey’s obviously been around the game and excelled for a long, long time. His true vocation, though, is cash games and he’s a regular in the $ 300/$ 600/$ 1,200 game at the Aria.

He doesn’t have all of his action in this one but with 2.8m in chips (out front of Seidel’s 1.3m), he’s been an action hero so far and it’ll be interesting to see if he can hold on today.

Check this clip from Poker Central below when he registered for the event back in February. Tune in to Poker Central’s Twitch channel for live action for the Super High Roller Bowl starting at 2 PM PT today.

2) Bet Against Mercier at Your Own Peril

After all of the “bad reg” talk surrounding Jason Mercier over the past week it’s pretty fitting he’s top 5 in chips in the Aria Super High Roller Bowl.

The guy who started all the talk, Doug Polk, has also long been on the rail.

Urbanovich: No fool.

Mercier doesn’t boast about his abilities very often but when challenged by those who claim he’s just “run good” for the past 8 years or so his hackles fairly come up.

His confidence in his game is well earned, though, and he continually puts his own money on the line to prove it.

He famously put a ton of money on himself in the 2013 WSOP and it looks like he’s doing it again for 2016:

Looking to get 3 to 1 on winning a bracelet this Wsop (Vegas only) any takers? Lmk, will need escrow / post if I don’t know u well etc

— Jason Mercier (@JasonMercier) May 31, 2016

Oh I’ll also do myself vs any player to win a bracelet … Will cap the action on certain players, but everyone is avail at 1st#ComeNgetIt

— Jason Mercier (@JasonMercier) May 31, 2016

He’s had at least a few takers so far, and we’d expect Polk & the Gang will also pony up. Someone who doesn’t want to try his luck against Mercier, though:

I’ll do myself vs anyone except Mercier who win more #WSOP bracelets this year. If both got same amount (0-0, 1-1, 2-2…) bet is off. DM me

— Dzmitry Urbanovich (@Urbanovich_Dima) May 31, 2016

We side with Urbanovich on this one.

3) Eugene Katchalov and PokerStars Part Ways

After five years and some incredible progress for poker in the Ukraine, Eugene Katchalov will no longer be a Team PokerStars Pro after tomorrow:

Some news about me …

— Eugene Katchalov (@EugeneKatchalov) May 31, 2016

A positive and inspiring voice for poker over the past five years, we also hope to see a lot more from Katchalov in poker including as a part of the LA Sunset in the Global Poker League.


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Kuznetsov Crashes, Berkey Leads Final 16 in Super High Roller Bowl

Former chip leader Timofey “Trueteller” Kuznetsov’s momentum in the 2016 Super High Bowl came to an abrupt end while the underrated Matt Berkey sized control of the chip lead on Day 2.

Berkey put in a dominant performance on Day 2 of the $ 300k buy-in tournament and finished with 2.8 million chips, more than twice his nearest competitor.

The rest of the pack is relatively close together with Erik Seidel (1.29m), Dan Shak (1.24m), Jason Mercier (1.2m) all within a breath of each other.

With just 16 players left the final table (and money bubble) is looming.

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Day 2 of the 2016 Super High Roller Bowl began with 35 players but that number was shaved all the way down to 16, which meant a ton of eliminations.

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Phil Hellmuth and the Golden State Warriors survived.

Daniel Negreanu, Dan Colman, Ben Tollerene, Pratyush Buddiga and Dominik Nitsche were among the high rollers who ended up busting.

Reigning SHRB champ Brian Rast also fell out of contention in the later portion of the evening.

There are still plenty of notables in the field, however, including Phil Hellmuth who finished with 936,000 chips.

Hellmuth had the pleasure of watching his Golden State Warriors win a game seven in the NBA Western Conference Finals while punching his ticket to Day 3 of the SHRB.

The Poker Brat let out a cry of “Woooo! Warriors!” in the middle of play, after the Warriors locked up a return trip to the finals.

The always entertaining Phil Laak also made it to Day 3 finishing with 936,000 chips.

Perkins Still Live for Super High Roller Title

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Bill Perkins

Businessman and recent prop bet king Bill Perkins also survived with 367,000 chips.

A win in the SHRB would go a long ways to paying off his recent prop bets against Dan Bilzerian and Brian Rast.

Antonio Esfandiari and Jeff Gross were both on hand to cheer for their buddy as he secured his seat for Day 3.

Action resumes tomorrow at 5 p.m. ET on Twitch and then CBS Sports from 8 p.m. onward.

Here’s a complete look at the chip counts:

1. Matt Berkey – 2,816,000
2. Erik Seidel – 1,299,000
3. Dan Shak – 1,243,000
4. Jason Mercier – 1,208,000
5. Dan Smith – 1,152,000
6. Bryn Kenney – 1,097,000
7. Andrew Robl – 1,075,000
8. Phil Hellmuth – 936,000
9. Fedor Holz – 751,000
10. Rainer Kempe – 740,000
11. Phil Laak – 509,000
12. Phil Galfond – 436,000
13. Ben Lamb – 415,000
14. Bill Perkins – 367,000
15. Dan Perper – 344,000
16. Tom Marchese – 321,000


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