Tilston Leads WSOP’s $100,000 High Roller Final Table, Negreanu in Contention
19 July 2019
PokerBrave (1135 articles)

Keith Tilston was staring down the barrel of a short stack heading into the final day of Event #83: $100,000 High Roller after getting in kings against the aces of Sergi Reixach in the last hand of Day 2.

However, a king on the turn – followed by another on the river – saw him come from behind and eliminate his opponent to bag the chip lead with six left in the biggest buy-in event of the summer.

Tilston is coming off the back of a sixth-place finish in the Final Fifty $50,000 High Roller for $275,874 and has already guaranteed himself $457,772 for a sixth-place finish in this event! However, with an eye-watering $2,792,406 awaiting the winner, he may be in line for a whole lot more!

Play resumes on July 13th at noon with 15 minutes left at 125,000/250,000/250,000 and will be live-streamed on PokerGO.

Final Six Players Event #83: $100,000 No-Limit Hold’em High Roller

Seat Name Country Chip Count Big Blinds
1 Keith Tilston United States 14,475,000 58
2 Nick Schulman United States 11,650,000 47
3 Daniel Negreanu Canada 3,150,000 13
4 Brandon Adams United States 12,375,000 50
5 Dominik Nitsche Germany 9,850,000 39
6 Igor Kurganov Russia 8,500,000 34

Day 2 Recap Event #83: $100,000 No-Limit Hold’em High Roller

Before play got underway, six players jumped in at, including Main Event 40th place finisher Alex Foxen. That brought the total number of entrants to 99 with 56 seated at the beginning of Day 2.

It didn’t take much time for players to start filtering out towards the exits, with short stacks Brian Rast and Jake Schindler exiting before a double elimination boosted Byron Kaverman as early as the second level of the day, with Adrian Mateos and Mike Lim being sent on their way.

Defending champion Nick Petrangelo was also eliminated before play was down to three tables with Igor Kurganov in the lead. The money bubble was at fifteen, so the pace slowed by the time the tournament reached two tables. Kurganov still led and boosted his stack to around twenty-five percent of the chips in play.

Thomas Boivin was eliminated on the bubble after getting ace-queen in against the ace-king of Kurganov and the remaining fifteen players were guaranteed $156,316.

Eliminations in the Money

Position Name Payout Position Name Payout
7 $353,202 Sergi Reixach 12 $195,862 Kainalu McCue-Unciano
8 $281,025 Christoph Vogelsang 13 $171,936 Sam Grafton
9 $195,862 James Chen 14 $171,936 Jeremy Ausmus
10 $195,862 Danny Tang 15 $156,316 Steven Miranda
11 $195,862 Steffen Sontheimer

Steven Miranda and Jeremy Ausmus were eliminated before Tilston doubled through Kurganov to trim his chip lead. Sam Grafton lost a flip with jacks to bust to Brandon Adams who held ace-king, before Monster Stack champion Kainalu McCue-Unciano exited in twelfth place.

He got it in with king-queen against the jacks of Nick Schulman, with the fellow 2019 bracelet winner’s pocket pair holding. McCue-Unciano added $195,862 to the $1,008,850 he won just over two weeks ago.

Kurganov still led on dinner break, just five eliminations away from the end of the day. When they returned, Steffen Sontheimer and Danny Tang hit the rail in quick succession to bring play down to a table of nine.

With Kurganov still in the lead, James Chen was eliminated in ninth before Tilston doubled through Kurganov again to reign in his chip lead. And although Adams and Schulman both moved into the chip lead briefly, the latter after sending Christoph Vogelsang to the rail, it was Tilston who grabbed it in the very last hand of the night after eliminating Sergi Reixach.