A weekend of grueling poker action has been completed with Romanian Dany Parlafes taking home the title, the trophy and €22,000. Here is a retrospect overview of how the events unfolded.
On Day 1 179 players entered into the Main Event and by the end of the day and 18 levels of play the field had shrank to 45. Chip leader going into Day 2 was Latvian poker player Juris Bonders. From the 17 qualifiers Titan had sent to the Main Event, 13 did not survive Day 1.
Alexandru Marcu from Romania, who started Day 2 with 101,600 chips, was doing quite well during Day 1 and was chip leader for some time. He lost a significant amount of chips when he paid 2 all-ins (KQ vs A10 and KJ suited vs AK), one of them to fellow Titan Poker qualifier Steffen Carl. The latter had his stack drop to 18K during the late levels on Day 1 but managed to climb up to 155,800 by the time the last level for the day had completed (level 18, blinds 2500-5000, ante 500). Marcu also lost a big portion of his towering stack with Ad6d vs 3s3c on a board 4c7s2cAs3. However he did eliminate a couple of players which led to him having a very healthy stack going into Day 2. For example: a player in seat 3 shoves for 16K with As10c and Alex calls with 10s10d, the board comes 8c6c7dQc8h.
Another hand went down like this: UTG+1 (Conny Forsberg) raised to 1700 (blinds 400-800) and Alex calls, everyone else folds; the flop comes 744, UTG+1 bets ½ pot and Alex calls; the turn is a 3 and Conny Forsberg bets 5250; Alex calls and the river is a King. Cony bets 11 000 and Alex shoves 21K: Conny has K7 and Alex has 33.
He also eliminated Pro Player Paco ‘El Tren’ Torres: Level 14, blinds 1-2K, ante 200; Alex raised to 4K from UTG+2 and Paco re-raised to 10K from MP. Marcu asked him to count his chips (35K) and shoved all-in. Paco had QhQc vs Marcu’s KdKh. The board they saw was Kc3d6c5c5s and El Tren was out.
Titan qualifier Leon Piso from the Netherlands, who frequents live poker events around the globe, finished ITM for €1700. He started Day 2 with 135,200. Some hands he played during Day 1:
- Level 12: 150 ante, 600/1200 blinds, 112 players left; Leon from LP bets 2525 pre and 3K on the flop (3 9 A), the guy folds and Leon picks up the pot with A4. He was folding hands like QJo and playing really tide in an attempt to climb up to a substantial stack.
- Leon raised to 9K from UTG+1, UTG calls, flop comes 9s4d6d and UTG bets 8K. Leon raised to 21 600 (having 20K left after that, the other player had 50-60K stack) and UTG folded. Leon mucked AdQd.
On Day 2 Leon (short-stacked) was eliminated by Steffen Carl. Carl shoved with AK pre-flop and Leon called with QQ. The turn card was a King and Leon had to shove next with 77 against again Steffen Carl, who called with 39 suited and caught a 9 on the flop. Steffen Carl finished 12th for €2300.
Another Titan qualifier who made it to Day 2 and in the money is Maciej Winkler from Poland, who started Day 2 with 194,800 and finished 21st for €1450.
Frequent Titan qualifier Gorka Romero busted in an ironic way when he bet on a Jh h h flop with his JJ and his opponent shove, Gorka called the all-in and a heart fell on the river to complete his opponents flush.
The event was eventually won by Romanian Dany Parlafes who also plays on Titan but instead of qualifying on Titan Poker, this time he bought-in directly.