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Who Has The Higher Flush?

Posted 2012-05-01 GMT+2 • Level 25: 25,000-50,000, 5,000 ante

Igor Kurganov raised to 120,000 and Daniel Negreanu called. The flop was {J-Clubs} {10-Hearts} {5-Clubs} and both players checked. The turn card was the {7-Clubs} and Negreanu bet 150,000; Kurganov called. The final card was the {Q-Clubs}, putting a four flush on board and Negreanu check-called a 280,000 Kurganov bet. When the cards were turned over Negreanu had a slightly higher flush.

Negreanu{K-Hearts} {8-Clubs}
Kurganov{5-Spades} {3-Clubs}

Negreanu Takes Charge

Posted 2012-05-01 GMT+2

Daniel Negreanu has taken charge of the early heads up action. After Igor Kurganov had won three of the first five hands played, Daniel Negreanu came over the top of Kugranov with a three bet and Kurganov folded.

The Kurganov raised to 100,000 on the button and Negreanu three-bet to 305,000 once more. This time Kurganov made the call and we went to a flop of {Q-Spades} {10-Spades} {3-Diamonds} wherewith players checked.

The turn card was the {J-Hearts} and Negreanu bet 370,000 and Kurganov folded.

Then Negreanu took the next five hands including three consecutive, and uncontested, three-bets after Kurganov had come into the pot with a raise.

Chip Counts
Daniel Negreanu 4,800,000 900,000 pos
Igor Kurganov 1,800,000 -950,000 neg

Philipp Gruissem Eliminated in 3rd Place (€366,000)

Posted 2012-05-01 GMT+2
Philipp Gruissem - 3rd Place
Philipp Gruissem - 3rd Place

Team PokerStars Pro Daniel Negreanu raised to 100,000 on the button and Philipp Gruissem three-bet to 500,000 from the small blind. Negreanu moved all in and Gruissem made a quick call. When the cards were over turned Gruissem was behind but did have the one card Negreanu did not want to see.

Negreanu: {K-Clubs} {K-Spades}
Gruissem: {A-Hearts} {3-Clubs}

Board: {8-Hearts} {6-Diamonds} {6-Clubs} {9-Diamonds} {4-Clubs}

Gruissem was eliminated and play is now heads up for the title and €1 million first prize.

Chip Counts
Daniel Negreanu 3,900,000 875,000 pos
Igor Kurganov 2,750,000 -50,000 neg
Philipp Gruissem Busted

Negreanu vs. Bonomo

Posted 2012-05-01 GMT+2 • Level 25: 25,000-50,000, 5,000 ante

Justin Bonomo Eliminated in 4th Place (€266,000)

Posted 2012-05-01 GMT+2
Justin Bonomo - 4th Place
Justin Bonomo - 4th Place

Team PokerStars Pro Daniel Negreanu raised to 100,000 from the button and Justin Bonomo moved all in from the small blind. After Philipp Gruissem folded from the big blind, Negreanu called.

"Good luck, Justin," said Negreanu as he tossed in the chips to make the call. Bonomo was all in for around 500,000.

Bonomo: {A-Clubs}{K-Diamonds}
Negreanu: {A-Hearts}{10-Spades}

The flop, turn and river ran out {9-Hearts}{8-Clubs}{5-Clubs}{10-Clubs}{Q-Spades} and Bonomo was eliminated.

Chip Counts
Daniel Negreanu 3,025,000 575,000 pos
Justin Bonomo Busted

Gruissem Folds to Negreanu's Shove

Posted 2012-05-01 GMT+2

From the button, Philipp Gruissem raised to 100,000. Daniel Negreanu called from the big blind and the flop came down {A-Hearts}{9-Spades}{5-Spades}. After Negreanu checked, Gruissem bet 110,000. Negreanu check-raised to 250,000 and Gruissem called.

The turn was the {5-Hearts} and paired the board. Negreanu moved his entire stack of 1.705 million into the middle. Gruissem had 950,000 left and tanked. He eventually folded and Negreanu won the pot.

Chip Counts
Daniel Negreanu 2,450,000 450,000 pos
Philipp Gruissem 950,000 50,000 pos

Gruissem Putting Pressure On Bonomo

Posted 2012-05-01 GMT+2 • Level 25: 25,000-50,000, 5,000 ante

From the small blind, Justin Bonomo completed the bet and Philipp Gruissem checked his option in the big blind. The flop came down {K-Spades}{9-Diamonds}{3-Diamonds} and Bonomo bet 70,000 with Gruissem making the call.

The turn was the {J-Hearts} and Bonomo checked. Gruissem bet 140,000 and Bonomo called.

The river was the {A-Diamonds} and Bonomo checked. Gruissem fired 280,000 and Bonomo tank-folded.

Kurganov Goes From Bottom to Top

Posted 2012-05-01 GMT+2
Igor Kurganov
Igor Kurganov

Igor Kurganov has been the shortest stack for the past few levels, but he has fought his way back to become our new chip leader.

Igor Kurganov raised to 100,000 on the button and Team PokerStars Pro Daniel Negreanu three-bet to 240,000 in the small blind. The action folded to Kurganov and he decided to see a flop.

Flop: {10-Hearts} {8-Diamonds} {6-Spades}

Negreanu checked to Kurganov who bet 230,000 and Negreanu made the quick call.

Turn: {K-Spades}

This time Kurganov bet 550,000, when checked too, and the bet was enough to force Negreanu to fold his hand.

Chip Counts
Igor Kurganov 2,800,000 500,000 pos
Daniel Negreanu 2,000,000 -735,000 neg

Bonomo All In

Posted 2012-05-01 GMT+2 • Level 25: 25,000-50,000, 5,000 ante

Justin Bonomo moved all in on the button and the two blinds folded.
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Philipp Gruissem raised to 100,000 on the button and Daniel Negreanu defended his big blind. The flop was {A-Diamonds} {8-Hearts} {4-Clubs} and a 100,000 c-bet did the job for Gruissem.

Gruissem Bounces Right Back; Bonomo at The Bottom

Posted 2012-05-01 GMT+2

Igor Kurganov raised to 100,000 in first position before Justin Bonomo moved all-in from the small blind. Philipp Gruissem decided he wanted a piece of the action and also moved in from the big blind. Kurganov folded and we had a showdown with Gruissem at risk of elimination.

Gruissem{7-Hearts} {7-Clubs}
Bonomo{A-Diamonds} {Q-Hearts}

Board: {K-Hearts} {4-Diamonds} {3-Diamonds} {6-Hearts} {9-Hearts}

Gruissem doubled up one hand after losing most of his stack to Kurganov. The man who started the day as the chip leader is now propping up the leaderboard.

Chip Counts
Igor Kurganov 2,300,000 -50,000 neg
Philipp Gruissem 900,000 670,000 pos
Justin Bonomo 700,000 -610,000 neg
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Winner

Winner Igor Kurganov
Winning Hand ♦K♠3
Prize 1,080,000

Level Info

Level 26
Blinds 30,000 / 60,000
Ante 5,000

Players Info

Prize Pool 3,325,000