Ike Haxton takes a slight chip lead to Wednesday’s Super High Roller Bowl final table, which won’t include Daniel Negreanu after a less-than-optimal play against Stephen Chidwick proved costly.
Mikita Badziakouski also won’t be back for Day Three, not after losing a race against Chidwick on the money bubble to conclude Tuesday’s session.
Phil Hellmuth, Justin Bonomo, Fedor Holz, and Day One chip leader Rick Salomon were also among yesterday’s 20 eliminations. Holz suffered a tournament-ending bad beat with Q-2 on a Q-2-7 flop against Negreanu’s A-Q. All the chips were in the center of the pot on the flop. But a 7 hit on the river, counterfeiting the German’s flopped two-pair.
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Negreanu, however, didn’t do much with Fedor’s chips other than give them away. After making the fold of the day (year?) on Monday — laying down the nut straight to Badziakouski’s rivered full house — he made a questionable play on Tuesday that cost him his entire stack.
Chidwick, the pre-flop raiser, put out a 50,000-chip continuation bet with 10-9 on a 3-6-2 rainbow flop. Negreanu, holding pocket 7’s, made an interesting decision to min-raise. His opponent, a non-believer, three-bet to 250,000 and got called.
The 9 on the turn gave Chidwick top pair so he confidently led for 150,000. Kid Poker went into the tank and surprisingly decided to ship his remaining 444,000 chips in the pot.
Chidwick pondered his next move. It wasn’t an easy decision given both players were close in chips. But after a brief pause, he made the call and won the pot after a blank landed on the river.
Negreanu, the SHRB runner-up in May, was sent home in ninth place, two spots off the money.
He defended his flop min-raise on Twitter.
Cause I wanted him to spazz out against it. He did. Then he got there. Ouch ?
— Daniel Negreanu (@RealKidPoker) December 19, 2018
“I wanted him to spazz out against it,” Negreanu wrote. “Then he got there. Ouch.”
Perhaps, Negreanu’s play wasn’t as bad as it seems at face value. If any card other than a 9 or 10 hit on the turn, he likely would have won a big pot. Instead, he was out just short of the money.
Coincidentally, Chidwick won another massive pot earlier in the day with 10-9. In that hand, he hit top pair and faded Salomon’s flush and straight draw.
Ike Haxton Final Table Chip Leader
Ike Haxton is a high-roller regular with $20 million in lifetime earnings. And he has a chance on Wednesday to book the biggest score of his career, with nearly $3.7 million going to the winner.
Haxton holds a slim chip lead over Chidwick with seven players remaining. Alex Foxen, the GPI Player of the Year leader, had a massive chip lead midway through Day Two. But he trended downward the rest of the evening.
Aggression pays off more often than not, but it didn’t work for Foxen on Tuesday. His bluffs often ran into big hands and he finished with barely half the size of his stack he had earlier in the day. Still, he has plenty of chips to make a run at the SHRB title today.
Super High Roller Bowl Final Table Chip Counts
- Ike Haxton (USA) 2,415,000
- Stephen Chidwick (UK) 2,405,000
- Alex Foxen (USA) 1,590,000
- Igor Kurganov (Russia) 1,550,000
- Talal Shakerchi (United Kingdom) 995,000
- Adrian Mateos (Spain) 975,000
- Ali Imsirovic (Bosnia) 875,000
Blinds will start at 10,000/15,000 with a 15,000 big blind-only ante.
Play resumes at 1 pm PT on Wednesday. They’ll play down to a winner. Each player is guaranteed at least $540,000. You can watch the action live on the PokerGO app (subscription required).