Super High Roller

Event Info

Buy-in $98,500
Prize Pool $3,136,000
Players 32


Level 19
Blinds 30,000 / 60,000
Ante 10,000

Shak Strikes First

Viktor Blom raised to 120,000 on the button and Dan Shak called from the big blind, landing a {Q-Clubs}{9-Spades}{6-Diamonds} flop to the board.

Shak check-called 130,000 from Blom which brought the {Q-Hearts} on the turn. Both checked quickly and the {2-Hearts} hit the river. Both checked again and Shak tabled {Q-Spades}{4-Hearts} for trips, taking down the pot.

Viktor Blom se
Viktor Blom
se 4,390,000 -260,000
Dan Shak us
Dan Shak
us 3,610,000 260,000

Tagovi: Dan ShakViktor Blom

Betting in the Dark

• Level 19: 30,000-60,000, 10,000 ante
Dan Shak
Dan Shak

The two gents are back in their chairs, and one of them is sporting some new gear. Viktor Blom has shown up for the duel in a pair of rose-tinted, white-rimmed sunglasses.

"Oh, we're goin' dark glasses now?" Shak noticed. "Okay." With that, he slipped his own pair of shades over his eyes. "Except I can't see with these on," he laughed, sliding them back on top of his head.

Tagovi: Dan ShakViktor Blom

Galen Hall Eliminated in 3rd Place ($470,400)

Galen Hall - 3rd place
Galen Hall - 3rd place

Dan Shak folded his button, and that was probably a very good idea. Viktor Blom raised to 150,000 in the small blind, and Galen Hall went ahead and shoved all in for 1.54 million from the big. Snap-call! Cards up.

Blom: {A-Hearts} {A-Clubs}
Hall: a big sigh... then {9-Clubs} {9-Spades}

"Those nines do hit though, don't they?" Hall asked rhetorically, hoping to conjure up a set. He could not. The board ran out {5-Clubs} {10-Hearts} {3-Diamonds} {J-Clubs} {K-Clubs}, and that's that.

It's hard to say enough about Galen Hall's efforts here at the PCA. He won $2.3 million by binking the Main Event last time around, and this time, he was just two places from hoisting the Super High Roller trophy. He'll have to settle for a third-place consolation prize worth nearly a half-million dollars for now, but he'll be taking his seat in the Main again tomorrow with an eye on a repeat.

Viktor Blom se
Viktor Blom
se 4,650,000 1,950,000
Galen Hall us
Galen Hall
us Out

Tagovi: Galen HallViktor Blom


Blom Wins From Shak

• Level 18: 25,000-50,000, 5,000 ante

Dan Shak raised to 125,000 from the small blind and Viktor Blom called from the big blind.

The flop came down {A-Diamonds}{8-Spades}{3-Diamonds} and Shak bet 125,000. Blom called, landing the {6-Clubs} on the turn. Shak checked this time, leading to a Blom bet of 175,000. After a few moments Shak gave it up.

Tagovi: Dan ShakViktor Blom

Shak Plays Back

Dan Shak opened to 125,000, and Viktor Blom reraised to 350,000. Shak had a determined look on his face, and he grabbed his bet back and slid out two tall towers of green chips worth 1 million total. Blom shook his head and frowned, then quietly mucked.

Dan Shak us
Dan Shak
us 3,850,000 350,000
Viktor Blom se
Viktor Blom
se 2,700,000

Tagovi: Viktor BlomDan Shak

No Limping on Blom's Big Blind

• Level 18: 25,000-50,000, 5,000 ante

Galen Hall limped on the button and Dan Shak did the same from the small blind. Viktor Blom had none of it, though, and raised to 225,000. Both opponents folded and Blom won the pot.

Tagovi: Dan ShakGalen HallViktor Blom