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Dusk Till Dawn was designed and built specifically for poker players, and events like the 6-max UKIPT Main Event today made it clear why.
It may not have been rammed, with just nine tables in action on what is the first of three opening flights, but the atmosphere was one of friendliness, which is not always present for a game that pits individuals against each other. If you’re a poker player at Dusk Till Dawn you’re among friends (even down to a complimentary buffet). There are worse places to find yourself defeated.
Dusk Till Dawn
Johnson, from nearby Derby, is usually a cash game player at DTD but today dipped his toe into the Main Event. It was a good decision. Moments before the end of play he scored a big pot against “Greek Jack” Kyriacos Dionysiou to bag up an impressive 171,500 chips at the close, a high watermark that will be difficult to top before Day 2.
Ben Vinson did not have an easy start, losing a few high-wire pots early in the day. But he rallied, and rallied well, leading at the last break of the day and showing just why he was out front in the run-up to the bell. He may not lead, but his 82,700 was well-earned today. That’s good for fourth place behind Adam Reynolds on 93,100 (see below) and Dave Jones on 92,300.
Most notable among them was Team PokerStars Pro Liv Boeree. She openly stated her fondness for 6-max events at the start of the day and demonstrated just what’s so good about them, increasing her stack to around 50,000 with two levels to play. But the wheels came off in the last level when the Team Pro was sent to the rail by second-placed Adam Reynolds with queens vs. ace-queen.
Elsewhere there were good days for Tamara King (65,800), David Clifton-Burraway (75,800) and John Bousfield (66,000), all of whom finished well with stacks at fighting weight and ready for the weekend. A full list of counts for those who finished today can be found on our chip count page.
In the meantime, you can catch up on the events of the day by clicking on the link to our coverage of levels 1 to 4, and also levels 5 to 8.
Dusk Till Dawn today
Day 2 of the 2013 PokerStars.net Latin American Poker Tour Colombia National Poker Championship was a weird, weird day. To give you a sense of how weird it was, I can’t remember the last time that the field played down to the final 24 players on Day 2 at an LAPT Main Event. Usually Day 2 is a full 10 levels on the LAPT, with about 30 players returning for Day 3. Yet today, the field collapsed to 24 three minutes into the 9th level of the day. At that point, Colombian German Arias had the biggest stack in the room. By far.
Arias was featured earlier in the day on the PokerStarsBlog. While all of the well-known players found themselves congregated under the bright lights of the feature table, squaring off against one another, Arias used several sets of kings to go from 115,000 to 400,000 to 700,000. I believe his high-water mark was around 1.3 million before he settled back to his chip leading stack of 1.1 million.
Also unusual: four Team PokerStars Pros started Day 2, and three remained in contention at the end of the day. In that sense it’s almost a repeat of LAPT6 Brazil, when Andre Akkari, Angel Guillen, Jose Barbero and Leo Fernandez all made Day 3. Guillen finished 23rd; Barbero busted 11th. Akkari and Fernandez advanced to the final table, though neither won the event.
Here in Medellin, Cristian de Leon started the day as the chip leader and finished with 440,000. That’s well off the lead, but it’s above the 367,000-chip average and gives “El Grillo” some maneuverability at the start of the day tomorrow. He shared the spotlight on the feature table today with fellow Team Pros Guillen and Fernandez until Fernandez was broken to an outer table. Guillen (451,000) and Fernandez (338,000) will have a similar amount of breathing room as El Grillo at the start of the day tomorrow.
Even more unusual: we had no photos in the blog today. Some technical issues prevented us from being able to bring any of Carlos Monti’s wonderful photos of this event to brighten up the blog. Hopefully we’ll have that resolved tomorrow, but please indulge us while we work out the problem.
All of these unusual developments happened on day that required intense concentration of the type displayed by Rafa Nadal in his French Open seminfinal this morning. The biggest distraction of the day was undoubtedly the Colombia-Argentina World Cup qualifier.
A scan of the starter list revealed just five players from outside the Americas. One of them, LAPT5 Colombia champion Robbie Renehan, worked his way to a 49th-place finish and some prize money. Another was Main Event Passport winner James Demhall, who went even deeper than Renehan. Unfortunately for Demhall, he will not return for Day 3.
Renehan and Demhall both busted after the money bubble burst. The unfortunate bubble boy distinction this time around went to Gustavo Jimenez, who had to wait and wait before being knocked out by Mayu Roca.
Stack sizes started changing in the middle of the day, and quite a bit at that. It was enough to wonder who might be winning, even though every tournament veteran knows that nobody wins a four-day poker tournament on Day 2. We sprinkled in some bite-sized updates after that, just long enough to decide that actually German Arias was winning. Arias built a huge stack going into the dinner break, although he suffered a few setbacks in the two-plus hours of post-dinner play.
That’s where things stand right now. When players return at noon tomorrow, they will be 24 strong. There will be 57 minutes remaining in Level 19, 5000-10000, and the average stack will be 367,000. Given how quickly the field collapsed from 143 to 24 today, I’d expect that tomorrow will be roughly a six-hour day.
Another Super Tuesday, another super-sized field. A total of 585 entrants came out this time, again creating a prize pool ($ 585,000) that was close to twice the $ 300K guarantee. In the end two players — Allinpri of Brazil and the U.K.’s KrazyKiddo — would agree to an even chop, with Allinpri going on to win to earn a handsome $ 98,793.75 payday.
It took almost five-and-a-half hours for them to play down to 72 and for the cash bubble to burst, at which point Grindation led all with a little more than 200,000 chips, billmanth1 was next with about 158,000, and KaptianKush third with just over 130,000.
Over the next two hours the field would shrink down to 18, with both Grindation (26th) and KaptianKush (23rd) among those eliminated, each earning $ 3,510.
Also hitting the rail during that stretch were Carlos “Djalminha” López (69th, $ 1,930.50), Bryan “bparis” Paris (64th, $ 1,930.50), Calvin “cal42688″ Anderson (63rd, $ 2,047.50), Toby “810ofclubs” Lewis (56th, $ 2,047.50), Marty “TheLipoFund” Mathis (48th, $ 2,340), Mayu “marroca5″ Roca Uribe (42nd, $ 2,632.50), Anatoly “NL_Profit” Filatov (41st, $ 2,632.50), Mona “sexyhands” Harb (37th, $ 2,632.50), Laurence “rivermanl” Houghton (33rd, $ 2,925), and Dani “supernova9″ Stern (25th, $ 3,510).
Meanwhile KrazyKiddo had moved up into first position with more than 387,000, Nick “FU_15″ Mamoine into second with about 315,000, and Allinpri third with a little less than 275,000.
It would take more than an hour more for those 18 to play down to nine, with PIUlimeira and “FU_15″ Maimone leading much of that way before Allinpri grabbed the top spot just before they reached the final nine.
OffpoZition (18th), Gladiator77 (17th), and pokerkluka (16th) each cashed for $ 4,680; AMELPADRINO (15th), snipersvd78 (14th), and J. Guilherme “Guithome” Thome (13th) made $ 5,850; and Spow07 (12th), billmanth (11th), and SeeYouWrong (10th) took away $ 7,020 apiece.
About eight hours and 45 minutes after the tourney had begun, the final table was underway.
Seat 1: proFISHnal (India) — 174,283
Seat 2: Caio “caio_pimenta” Pimenta (Brazil) — 213,691
Seat 3: Leqenden (Belarus) — 219,661
Seat 4: PIUlimeira (Brazil) — 554,816
Seat 5: PaDiLhA SP (Brazil) — 143,569
Seat 6: KrazyKiddo (United Kingdom) — 156,755
Seat 7: Mike “StrungOut1″ Wasserman (Mexico) — 263,764
Seat 8: Nick “FU_15″ Mamoine (Honduras) — 578,590
Seat 9: Allinpri (Brazil) — 619,871
With Season 6 of the Latin American Poker Tour getting set to kick off in Chile tomorrow, this week’s Super Tuesday final table had a decidedly LAPT feel with four Brazilians, plus the two American pros Mamoine playing from Honduras and Wasserman from Mexico.
On just the third hand of the final table, Mike “StrungOut1″ Wasserman opened with a min-raise to 14,400 and it folded around to Legenden who reraised to 31,456 from the small blind. PIUlimeira stepped aside by folding the big blind, then Wasserman made it 57,777 to go. Legenden responded with an all-in push for 209,861, and StrungOut1 called.
The flop came [9d][6d][Th], then the [Js] fell on the turn to improve Wasserman to a set of jacks. The river then brought a [Kd], giving Legenden a pair but it was too little, too late and they were quickly down to eight.
It would take about a half-hour for the next to fall. With the blinds up to 4,500/9,000, it was PaDiLhA SP open-raising all in for 79,919 from middle position with [2c][2h] and getting a single caller in chip leader Allinpri who was dealt [Ac][Qd] in the small blind.
The flop came [6h][3h][Ks] and the turn the [9s], meaning PaDiLhA SP’s deuces were still ahead. But the [As] came on fifth street to pair Allinpri and send PaDiLhA SP packing in eighth.
The remaining seven carried on past the 10-hour mark, and about 20 minutes after that Mike “StrungOut1″ Wasserman raised 2x to 28,000 from the cutoff seat, then Nick “FU_15″ Mamoine reraised all in for 261,110 from the button. It folded to proFISHnal in the big blind who called all in for 160,250, and Wasserman let his hand go.
proFISHnal had the preflop edge with [Ac][Qd] versus FU_15′s [Qh][Jh]. But the flop came [Jd][2s][7h] to hit Mamoine’s hand, and after the [3s] turn and [7d] river proFISHnal’s tourney run had ended in seventh.
Just two hands later, Mamoine opened to 29,820 from early position, then Caio “caio_pimenta” Pimenta reraised all in for 208,441 from a couple of seats over. It folded back around to FU_15 who called, showing [6h][6d] to Pimenta’s [As][4c].
The community cards came [Ks][3h][2c], then [Td], then [Ts], and Mamoine’s sixes had held to send Pimenta railward in sixth.
FU_15 appeared to have gathered some momentum after those two knockouts, but just a half-dozen hands later his tournament would come to an abrupt end.
After losing a decent-sized pot to Wasserman, Mamoine came back with a 2x raise to 32,000 from under the gun, then saw Allinpri reraise to 67,980 right beside him. It folded back to FU_15 who four-bet to 113,000, and when Allinpri pushed all in, FU_15 called with his last 348,645.
Mamoine had [Qs][Qc] and Allinpri [Ah][Kh], meaning the race was on. The [7d][3d][9s] flop was fine for FU_15. Then came the turn… the [Kd]. Allinpri had seized the advantange, and when fifth street came the [4s], they were down to four.
That hand gave Allinpri the chip lead with more than 1.04 million, nudging in front of Mike “StrungOut1″ Wasserman’s stack of about 938,000. PIUlimeira was in third position with a little less than 365,000 and KrazyKiddo fourth with about 364,000.
StrungOut1 next enjoyed a mini-heater, claiming pots from PIUlimeira then Allinpri to move over 1.5 million and into first. Then just before the 11-hour break, Wasserman opened with a 3x raise to 54,000 from the button, PIUlimeira reraised all in for 165,000 from the big blind, and Wasserman called.
PIUlimeira had [5c][5d] and was hoping the pair would hold up versus StrungOut1′s [Td][9d]. The flop came [7c][Qh][8s] to give Wasserman a straight draw, and the [8h] turn card meant PIUlimeira was still ahead. Then came the river… the [Jh], completing the straight and sending PIUlimeira out in fourth.
Then it was Allinpri’s turn to take pots and reclaim the chip lead. The blinds increased again to 10,000/20,000, and StrungOut1 raised to 40,000 from the small blind. Allinpri called from the big blind, and the pair saw the flop come [3d][6d][7h].
Wasserman led for 46,250, Allinpri raised to 99,550, Wasserman made it 226,455, Allinpri raised to 1.2 million, and Wasserman called with the 525,617 he had left.
Wasserman had [Kh][Kc] for an overpair of kings while Allinpri held [Td][9d] for a flush draw plus a gutshot draw to a straight. The turn brought the [9h], pairing Allinpri. Then the river brought the [Kd] — a set for Wasserman, but a flush for Allinpri, and StrungOut1 was out in third.
They played on a little longer, then decided to pause the tournament to discuss a deal at a point when Allinpri sat with 1,483,895 and KrazyKiddo 1,441,105. The pair quickly agreed to an even chop with each player guaranteed $ 92,793.75 and $ 6,000 left for which to play, and soon cards were back in the air.
Shortly after the deal was made, Allinpri again began to chip back in front, moving up over 1.8 million while KrazyKiddo slipped to about 1.1 million. Then came the final hand of the night — yet another “all-in pre” for Allinpri, with this one proving the last hand of the tournament.
With the blinds 12,500/25,000, KrazyKiddo limped in from the button, then Allinpri raised to 70,444. KrazyKiddo responded with an all-in push for 1,112,980, and Allinpri made the call.
Allinpri showed [Kc][Qc] and KrazyKiddo [Ad][6c]. The flop came [9h][Kh][6d], giving both pairs but Allinpri the better one. The turn was the [9d] and river the [Th], and after more than 11-and-a-half hours of poker, Allinpre had won.
3/12/13 Super Tuesday final table results (*reflects two-way deal):
1st: Allinpri (Brazil) — $ 98,793.75*
2nd: KrazyKiddo (United Kingdom) — $ 92,793.75*
3rd: Mike “StrungOut1″ Wasserman (Mexico) — $ 59,670.00
4th: PIUlimeira (Brazil) — $ 45,045.00
5th: Nick “FU_15″ Mamoine (Honduras) — $ 31,590.00
6th: Caio “caio_pimenta” Pimenta (Brazil) — $ 24,862.50
7th: proFISHnal (India) — $ 19,012.50
8th: PaDiLhA SP (Brazil) — $ 13,162.50
9th: Lequenden (Belarus) — $ 8,950.50
Prize pool: $ 585,000.00
Places paid: 72
As mentioned, the LAPT kicks off its sixth season on Wednesday in Chile. Be sure to check the PokerStars blog for the rest of the week for reports from the Enjoy Casino & Resort in Viña del Mar, Chile. And of course EPT London is already underway as well, so check those reports, too.
There are barometers for a poker player’s abilities. Most of these benchmarks are left for tournament play since the tournament rankings tend to be much easier to measure than asking a player to post their spreadsheets from every cash game they have played live and online. Tonight’s $ 500,000 guaranteed Sunday Warm-Up champion has a World Series of Poker bracelet (last year’s Event #36 winning $ 368K). And now, Craig “mcc3991″ McCorkell can claim a Sunday Major victory as well, after taking down $ 80,203.81 in tonight’s tournament after a five-way chop. Read below for his path to the win.
Down to three tables a little past the eight hour mark of the shortened day for most folks saw a few familiar faces to big tournament success here at PokerStars. Denmark’s vmnielsen has been at the final table of Sunday Warm-Up before and came close a second time last April still holding an average stack. Supernova Elite Ankush “pistons87″ Mandavia already has a WCOOP and SCOOP victory and scored a side event victory at the EPT Prague in December for €19,600 would take a bit of a beat with kings versus Al Magellan’s jacks when a jack flopped and all the money went in on the turn knocking Mandavia down to under 200,000 chips with blinds at 20K/40K ante 4K.
Ten minutes later with the blinds up to 25K/50K ante 5K clerckyTD would start the bidding with a raise to 100,800 as Ankush would shove a stack of 379,944 from the cutoff holding pocket sixes [6d][6c]. clerckyTD called with [Qc][Ac] and was greeted with two clubs on the flop and an ace on the turn [7c] [Jh] [2c] [Ah] [Ks] to take down the 879,888 chip pot ending Mandavia’s run in 25th place ($ 1,723.80). Following Mandavia closely out the door was 2011 EPT Berlin champ Ben “NeverScaredB” Wilinofsky in 24th place ($ 1,723.80) whose story about the successful online and live tournament player’s struggles by Brad Willis last month is something everyone should read.
Despite 17 players receiving a quick five minute nap after the ninth hour of play, the first two hands back featured Vampboy and redislav making quick exits in 16th and 17th place both earning $ 2,028.00 for their efforts.
vmnielsen would fall short of another Sunday Warm-Up final table after doubling up two players and losing a 1.6 million chip pot holding [As][Jh] against NigDawG’s [Ks][Tc]. All in preflop, vmnielsen was safe on the flop [Qs][4h][7d] but not on the turn [Kc] and claimed $ 3,042.00 in 13th place after the [3c] stopped the return trip for the Dane.
Three-way action would burst the final table bubble tonight. 25 minutes into the ninth place with the first hand at the new 65K/130K ante 13K blind level, LilFishAtL would shove for 1.21 million, akb1 fresh off doubling up Quentin73 joined the party for 351,245 chips, and |__Pr@nK__| covering both players called with big slick [Ks][Ah]. akb1′s [Jh][Th] would find a ten and two hearts on the flop [2h][9h][Ts] but blanked the rest of the rest as LilFishAtL’s set of nines [9s][9d] collected the full 2.9 million chip pot and started up the final table below:
Seat 1: |__Pr@nK__| (6308197 in chips)
Seat 2: Quentin73 (3175304 in chips)
Seat 3: mouksli (8320373 in chips)
Seat 4: NigDawG (2576999 in chips)
Seat 5: clerckyTD (2189704 in chips)
Seat 6: mcc3991 (3703038 in chips)
Seat 7: LilFishAtL (2912927 in chips)
Seat 8: Al Magellan (1963174 in chips)
Seat 9: pirlo3625 (2650284 in chips)
Needed some shelter
After doubling up clerckyTD, pirlo3625 became the hunted player at the final table slipping to under 500,000 chips and blinds at 65K/130K ante 13K. Five hands after the double up and down to 317,580 chips in the big blind, pirlo3625 would call all-in after Al Magellan raised from the small blind. pirlo3625′s [Qc][Td] looked good after hitting top pair on the flop [3d][7h][Th] against Al Magellan’s [Ad][6c]. However the turned ace [Ah] and blank river [Jd] shipped the million chip pot to Al Magellan leaving pirlo3625 to explore other tournaments in ninth place ($ 5,408.00). After snagging third place in MicroMillions III Event # 29 for $ 6,642.13, we will likely see the Columbian here next week for the start of MicroMillions IV.
Watch below as NigDawG and LilFishAtl both hit the club flush but only one player is happy about it:
With the blinds moving up to 80K/160K ante 16K NigDawG’s [Tc][9c] needed some help against LilFishAtL’s [Jc][Ac]. Help came on the [Kh] [Ad] [4c] [8c] [5c] board, but since LilFishAtL’s flush was slightly higher, NigDawG headed home earning $ 8,450.00 in eighth place. Chris “NigDawG” Brammer will add this Sunday Major final table to his $ 64K Sunday Tuesday victory in 2011.
Quick exit for Quentin73
Just the second hand back from the tenth hourly break with the blinds up to 100K/200K ante 20K, Quentin73 open shoved for 1.6 million chips as two chairs over clerckyTD followed suit and also shoved for 2.57 million holding [Jh][Ad]. Quentin73′s [Tc][Qs] would find nothing to help on the nine-high [3s] [4c] [5s] [9h] [2s] board taking home $ 15,210.00 in seventh place.
Only slightly less expedient departure for Al Magellan
The very next hand, despite pleas for a deal from Al Magellan that started on the previous hand, Al Magellan would shove for 2.16 million and was immediately called by |__Pr@nK__| holding [Qh][Ad]. Al Magellan would try to navigate the five card board with pocket tens [Td][Ts] and take home the 4.75 million tournament chips. During the last the stop of the journey an ace appeared [2h] [3s] [9s] [4c] [Ac] sending Al Magellan to a watery (and costly) tournament grave in sixth place ($ 21,970.00).
Al Magellan’s exit ramped up the chop talks for our five remaining players. After some squabbles about the small amounts the final five would lock up the majority of funds according to the breakdown below leaving $ 10,000.00 for our champ tonight.
mcc3991: $ 70,203.81
|__Pr@nK__|: $ 65,775.53
LilFishAtL: $ 57,282.87
mouksli: $ 54,180.26
clerckyTD: $ 51,151.53
No prank here
Down to 848,325 chips in the hijack seat and blinds at 100K/200K ante 20K, mouksli would open shove finding callers in clerckyTD and |__Pr@nK__| in the big blind. After a 925,887 bet from |__Pr@nK__| and a call after an ace-high flop [Qc][As][6s], the players dialed down the aggression and checked down the [Kh] turn and [2s] river. |__Pr@nK__| showed the flopped pair of aces [7h][Ad] and everyone else mucked including mouksli who claimed $ 54,180.26 from the five-way chop in fifth place.
Tournament death with extreme prejudice
Winning a coin flip late in a tournament happens every week. Ace-something hits an ace against the small pocket pair or the pair weaves through the board unscathed. Tonight’s big flip for a 10.1 million chip pot preflop would pit |__Pr@nK__|’s [Th][Ah] against LilFishAtL’s pocket sixes [6h][6d]. LilFishAtL would notch a full house on the final board thanks to the three of a kind showing. Unfortunately, four those cards on the [3c] [Ts] [Tc] [Td] [As] board matched the ones in |__Pr@nK__|’s hand as the quad tens kicked LilFishAtL to the curb in fourth place ($ 57,282.87).
Misclicked the exit button
clerckyTD said “wow misclicked again” after handing over an 18 million chip pot to mcc3991 after pushing on the turn with an inside straight draw.
|__Pr@nK__| was at least two tabling after replying “im playing sm“. “sm” stood for the Sunday Million and |__Pr@nK__| was very much still in with 172 players left out of 8,755 runner and a sizable $ 257,572.10 up top and a possible double Sunday Major final table still in play.
Two hands later with the blinds up to 125K/250K ante 25K clerckyTD would three-bet a small blind raise by mcc3991 as mcc3991 came back with a four-bet all-in. Holding 6.6 million chip left and covered by mcc3991, clerckyTD made call with [As][8s]. mcc3991 held one pip higher and also suited [Ah][9h] as both players hit two pair on the [9d] [Th] [8c] [7d] [Ad] board. $ 51,151.53 for clerckyTD in third place left |__Pr@nK__| in a unique position to grab both the Sunday Warm-Up and Million titles in the same night!
Craig “mcc3991″ McCorkell says no double tonight
10 hours and 45 minutes of play in this tournament and |__Pr@nK__| was still going strong in the Sunday Million with an above average stack and under 150 players remaining. $ 10,000.00 was on the line in this heads-up match against mcc3991 who held 27.3 million chips after clerckyTD seemed to donate them. |__Pr@nK__| would need to use any and all skills after surviving over seven hours in the Sunday Million and being only one player away from victory here but under a big chip deficit holding 6.49 million chips.
Four minutes into heads-up play with the blinds moving up to 150K/300K ante 30K and |__Pr@nK__| now down to 3.2 million chips and facing a bullying all-in raise by mcc3991, |__Pr@nK__| found an ace [6h][As] in the big blind and made the call facing off against mcc3991′s [Kh][9h]. Watch below for the results:
A nine on the flop and a king on the river [Jh] [Ts] [9c] [2c] [Kc] to seal the $ 80,203.81 Sunday Warm-Up victory!
$ 500,000 guaranteed Sunday Warm-Up results (03-10-13)
(* notes part of five-way chop)
Players entered: 3,380
Places paid: 495
Buy-in: $ 215.00
Prize pool: $ 676,000.00
First place: *$ 80,203.81
1. mcc3991 (United Kingdom) *$ 80,203.81
2. |__Pr@nK__| (Russia) *$ 65,775.53
3. clerckyTD (Belgium) *$ 51,151.53
4. LilFishAtL (Mexico) *$ 57,282.87
5. mouksli (F.Y.R.O.M) *$ 54,180.26
6. Al Magellan (Ukraine) $ 21,970.00
7. Quentin73 (Germany) $ 15,210.00
8. NigDawG (United Kingdom) $ 8,450.00
9. pirlo3625 (Colombia) $ 5,408.00
We’re a global operation, I’m sure you’ll agree. So while there is much attention focused on the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure right now, it should come as no surprise that another live event is happening somewhere else. And that place is the Italian Poker Tour, where IPT Campione began yesterday.
The Casino Municipale is home to the fifth stop of the PokerStars IPT’s fourth season, and 105 players showed up for Day 1A, 17 of them being PokerStars qualifiers who would have taken their seats for much less than the €2,200 buy-in.
When it was all said and done, 44 of those who sat down at the start were still sitting down at the end. Top of the pile was Giuseppe Esposito with 207,000 chips, followed by Raz Friedrich with 149,600 and Nicolo Caramatti with 123,300.
You can follow all the action over on our sister Italian blog. To do so would require mastery of the Italian language, or at the very least a working knowledge of Google Translate.
The Partouche Poker Tour (PPT), one of the leading poker tournament tours in Europe, has been canceled after its organizers failed to honor the €5,000,000 guaranteed prize pool of its Main Event in Cannes. The PPT Main Event only attracted 580 players at a €8,500 buy-in, leaving organizers with a €700,000 overlay.
“At no time did we say that €5 million was secured when it is guaranteed in writing,” said tour head Maxime Masquelier, according to iGamingFrance.
Just last year, Sam Trickett of Titan Poker’s Team Titan, won the 2011 Partouche Poker Tour Main Event tournament and took home the first prize of €1,000,000. At the conclusion of that tournament, the PPT website announced:
“See you next year for season 5 of the Partouche Poker Tour, this time with a guaranteed prize pool of 5 million Euros!”
The Partouche Poker Tour Main Event tournament action began last week and the controversy emerged when organizers announced that the official prizepool was €4,264,580.
Participating players immediately took to Twitter to state their certainty in the €5,000,000 guaranteed prize pool. According to media reports, Partouche Group Marketing Director Jean-Jacques Ichai also mentioned the €5,000,000 in an interview.
Partouche Group CEO Patrick Partouche issued a statement that they [the Partouche Group] will bear the brunt of the shortfall and make up the difference in the prizepool.
As per Bluff Magazine, Partouche “stated that the €5 million was not a guarantee of any kind in advertisements or communications made by the Partouche Group. He also pointed towards the tournament’s success over the last five years and their ability to attract foreign players to this event. Partouche did not accept any blame in the matter and bristled at any accusations of being a thief or a cheater.”
At the same time, Partouche stated that the tour was coming to an end.
After a few weeks on the road, it is great to get back home to Santa Barbara. I ended up sitting next to a famous American TV show host on the plane from Austria to LAX, although given my atrocious lack of knowledge about American pop culture due to the many years I spent living in England, I blithely assumed he was in a band or something. I could tell that he was famous though, as those people do seem to have something sparkly about them, as well as really impressive dental work. He was surprisingly friendly and very good company and in good humour, he let me prattle away at him for hours. He was pretty much the best seat-mate ever; supplying gum, trail mix and technical help whenever he saw me wrestling to try to make my seat or tv screen work. I also managed to drop my phone on his foot no less than 3 times. Yes. I was that person. I promised him a thank you in my not-yet-written memoirs and he seemed bemused.
I can’t even blame Ambien for my somewhat annoying behaviour on this flight. I think it was simply a matter of having reached the absolute limits of my energy. I was dog tired. After a really intense few weeks of work, I was so tunnel-vision focussed on getting home that I was doing a pretty good imitation of Godzilla destroying a city in it’s single-minded pursuit of a goal.
And it is good to be home. I’ve got 3 weeks here and then I’m back on the road pretty much until August so I’m doing my best to enjoy it and spend as much time as I can with my friends. Somehow I also seem to be doing a lot of babysitting right now. I like watching my friend’s kids and all but I’m always shocked that they’d trust me. Lets be honest, I don’t even have a houseplant! Brave people…
It has been a whopping day on the UKIPT, so here’s a double-quick wrap of the earliest stages. Just the facts folks. Just the facts.
It was Day 1A at UKIPT Nottingham, which is always the most popular stop on the entire tour. This year, a £1m guaranteed prize pool – for a £700 tournament! – was dangled as further incentive, and the players responded in their droves.
Of the 532 players who showed up to play, 100 remain after 11 one-hour levels. The man with the most is Marcin Milde, who bagged 278,700 after hitting cruise control, particularly after the dinner break.
Not everyone was smiling of course. We lost the two former UKIPT Nottingham champions Andrew Couldridge and Gareth Walker. EPT Loutraki champion Zimnan Ziyard also arrived very late – into level six – and bust before the day’s end. They were among many others who will not see Saturday at Dusk Till Dawn.
But all that is to come, and right now resting up is the priority. If you’re in need of a soporific, then there’s little better than our level-by-level updates to sooth you into slumber. Take a look back on them with the links below.
Levels 1-4 updates
Levels 5-7 updates
Levels 8-11 updates
Like yesterday’s MicroMillions Event #2, today’s Event #12 followed a similar format — a no-limit hold’em tourney played with a “turbo” structure (5-minute levels) with an inviting $ 1 buy-in. The tourney likewise allowed rebuys for an extended period of 90 minutes, thereby ensuring wild and woolly play from the get-go.
Players started with 3,000 chips and could rebuy as many times as they liked during that first hour-and-a-half, provided they found themselves with 3,000 or less. For another buck they’d get 3,000 more chips, then the add-on period offered a bargain of 30,000 chips for one more dollar.
Small Buy-in, Big Field
As happened with Event #2 — won by waterbee174 who outlasted Kenny “SpaceyFCB” Hallaert after the latter had cashed earlier in the day at EPT Madrid — Event #12 saw a big turnout and a super-sized prize pool that well exceeded the tourney’s $ 75K guarantee.
Take a look at the numbers…
Total entrants: 28,185
Total Prize Pool: $ 144,381.51
Places paid: 3,600
1st place prize money: $ 13,732.90
By the time late registration had closed and the add-on period had ended, there were 13,234 still vying for the title, then led by jony bublle (355,965), STUDENT_BAO (333,385, Bobacadie (315,273).
In the Money
It would take about a half-hour after that — just past the two-hour mark — for the cash bubble to burst at which point 3,600 remained. The first cashers all scored $ 8.66 for a couple of hours’ work, but all continued to eye the four- and five-figure paydays awaiting those making the final table.
At that point 10 players had crossed the 1 million-chip mark, led by BRODWEI with a little over 1.57 million, 1bandit45 with about 1.24 million, and Mandre123 right at 1.20 million.
Play continued, and as the field shrunk to less than 1,000 the big stacks got bigger. Along the way Team PokerStars Pro Maxim Lykov — the only Team Pro to cash in Event #2 — also became the only one the make the money in Event #12 with a 2,148th-place finish ($ 14.43).
By then the biggest stack around belonged to ray5000222 who had pushed out in front as the first player to 5 million, with otiko101, jamaicaweed, and Cruel Ego not far behind in the rearview mirror.
The Incredible Shrinking Field
By the time they’d reached the four-hour mark the field had swiftly diminished to 197 players. TOM BISHEP went to that break with the chip lead with 13,355,944, smiddie68 was second with 12,887,594, and tiptop444 third with 12,409,907.
A half-hour later just 100 were left. chicoangel71 had ascended to the top spot with nearly 27 million, with mike10226 and karen19852 the closest competitors, both hovering around 18.5 million.
Soon they were down to 50, with lajka1975 setting the pace with about 52.5 million, chicoangel71 still right there with 46.2 million, and SMIRKIND just over 36.9 million.
Players continued to fall, and before long they were down to two tables. By then mike10226 had catapulted way out ahead of the pack to more than 184 million chips — more than 100 million better than second-place PK1589.
The next nine eliminations came in short order, during which stretch egor max won a sequence of pots to close in on mike10266 and then grab the lead. The last nine to go before the final table included lajka197th (18th), qra64 (17th), and V-ZaLin (16th), each of whom took away $ 295.98 for their finishes; chirilaalin (15th), jamaicaweed (14th), and ialnok (13th) who grabbed $ 418.70 apiece; and Dragonvn87 (12th), PK1589 (11th), and chicoangel71 (10th) who earned $ 541.43.
Just nine remained.
Seat 1: Killgamers — 37,305,532
Seat 2: RemasBio — 29,876,430
Seat 3: FortoViuSam — 56,154,769
Seat 4: Piskar88 — 8,982,415
Seat 5: mike10226 — 182,641,346
Seat 6: SMIRKIND — 152,812,620
Seat 7: Trigkin — 32,621,504
Seat 8: Rike Sex — 81,300,853
Seat 9: egor max — 225,658,531
Three Quick Ones
On just the fifth hand of the final table, the blinds were 2.25m/4.5m when Trigkin opened with an all-in push for 30,371,504 from UTG and it folded around to Piskar88 who called from the button with the 14,814,830 he had left. The blinds stepped aside, and Trigkin showed [9s][9h] to Piskar88′s [Ah][Qh].
The flop came [7d][8s][2h] and Trigkin’s nines were still best. But the [Ac] fell on the turn to put Piskar88 out in front. Then came the river — the [9d]! — giving Trigkin a set and ousting Piskar88 in ninth.
On the very next hand, Killgamers opened with a minimum-raise to 9 million from middle position and got one caller in FortoViuSam from a couple of seats over. The flop came [5d][4c][Ad], and Killgamers continued with a bet of 9 million. FortoViuSam promptly shoved all in for nearly 60 million — well more than Killgamers’ 14,355,532 — and Killgamers made the call.
Killgamers had [Ac][Jd] for top pair of aces, but FortoViuSam had flopped a set with his [5s][5c]. The [Ts] turn made the [2d] river no matter, and Killgamers was out in eighth.
On the hand after that came the third elimination in three hands. This time mike10226 opened for 13.5 million from the cutoff, then Trigkin reraised all in for 50,586,334 from the small blind. The BB folded and mike10226 called, tabling the [Kh][Jd] to Trigkin’s [Qs][Qc].
It was a bad flop for Trigkin, coming [8h][Kd][Ks] to give his opponent trips. The [Ac] turn and [Ad] river improved mike10226 to a full house, and Trigkin was eliminated in seventh.
From 6 to 2
The remaining six players would play a couple of orbits’ worth of hands before another knockout came. The blinds had increased to 2.5m/5m when RemasBio open-pushed for 16,382,045 from early position, then SMIRKIND reraised all in from the small blind to force a fold from Rike Sex.
RemasBio had the preflop edge, but when the five community cards came [4s][2c][9s][7c][3s] SMIRKIND had rivered a wheel to send RemasBio to the rail in sixth.
Soon the blinds were 2.75m/5.5m, then came the biggest hand of the tourney thus far, one worth more than 287 million chips!
The hand began with everyone folding around to mike10226 on the button who made it 13.75 million to go. SMIRKIND called the reraise from the small blind, and the pair saw the flop come [7c][9c][9s].
SMIRKIND checked, and mike10226 took a 39,325,000-chip stab — a little over the size of the pot. SMIRKIND responded with an all-in push and mike10226 called with the 86 million or so he had left.
SMIRKIND had [Kc][4c] for a flush draw while mike10226 held [Qh][Qs]. The [Kd] on the turn was another card that could take the lead away from mike10226, and the [6c] on the river sealed it, knocking mike10266 out in fifth. Take a look:
That hand chipped SMIRKIND just over the 400 million mark, with egor max his nearest challenger with just over 248 million. Rike Sex had third-place chips with about 104 million, and FortoViuSam was last with about 54.7 million.
Those four would play another 30 hands with SMIRKIND continuing to maintain the lead while adding to his stack. Then suddenly in the space of just two hands they went from four to two.
With the blinds 3.5m/7m, SMIRKIND opened with an all-in from the button and RIKE SEX called for 119,203,412 from the small blind. It was [Ac][Kd] for SMIRKIND and [Ad][Qc] for Rike Sex. The flop brought a queen, but a king, too, coming [5s][Qs][Kc]. The turn was the [7h] and the river the [6s], and Rike Sex was bounced in fourth.
Then, on the next hand, FortoViuSam open-pushed for 55,532,572 from the small blind and SMIRKIND called from the BB, showing [Ks][4s] to FortoViuSam’s [Ad][Jd]. The flop came [7d][8s][Ts] to give SMIRKIND a spade draw, and the [6s] completed the flush, making the [Kc] on the river inconsequential and ending FortoViuSam’s run in third.
Two Players, Three Hands
Heads-up play began with SMIRKIND way ahead with 622,897,175 to egor max’s 184,456,825. And on the very first hand of heads-up play SMIRKIND would manage to claim close to half of his opponent’s stack to increase his advantage even further.
In that one SMIRKIND limped from the button and egor max called, meaning there was 15.4 million in the middle when the flop came [7c][Kd][Kh]. Both checked, and when the turn brought the [2h] egor max pushed out a big bet of 28 million which SMIRKIND called.
The river was the [Qs]. This time egor max bet 49 million, and a doubting SMIRKIND called again, turning over [7d][5d] for kings and sevens. It was a good call, as egor max had but [6h][4s] and was suddenly down to just under 100 million.
A small hand followed, then came the tourney’s final hand, not quite six hours and 20 minutes after Event #12 had begun.
This time SMIRKIND raised from the button to 14 million and egor max called. Both again checked the [8d][Th][7d] flop, then when the turn came the [6s] egor max bet 14 million and SMIRKIND called.
The river brought the [5d] and a check from egor max. SMIRKIND took the opening to fire 35 million, then egor max check-raised all in with the 78,756,825 he had remaining. SMIRKIND quickly called, showing [Jd][2d] for a rivered flush, better than the straight egor max had flopped with [9h][6d].
Congratulations to SMIRKIND for topping a huge field of 28,185 and turning a teeny tiny buy-in into a cool $ 13,732.90 score!
MicroMillions Event #12 ($ 1+R No-Limit Hold’em, 3x-Turbo) Results:
1st: SMIRKIND ($ 13,732.90)
2nd: egor max ($ 10,014.30)
3rd: FortoViuSam ($ 6,497.16)
4th: Rike Sex ($ 5,197.73)
5th: mike10226 ($ 3,898.30)
6th: RemasBio ($ 2,598.86)
7th: Trigkin ($ 1,804.76)
8th: Killgamers ($ 1,227.24)
9th: Piskar88 ($ 721.90)
Plenty more MicroMillions to go with events running through March 25th. Check the schedule and join the fun!
Monday’s are not normally this quick, at least it never is back at the office. But there was pace in this here Day 1A of EPT Madrid, a day now complete.
After an afternoon and evening of free soft drinks, all day nibbles and of course poker, it’s Ukrainian player Sergiy Baranov who leads a the close, bagging up 152,500, some 10,000 ahead of the next man, Anton Ionel, in second.
Baranov with chips is a familiar sight, this bundle coming in part courtesy of Konstantin Puchkov, who himself had had a heady start before Baranov relieved him of his advantage.
It was a quiet day by EPT standards, with a field of 130 players making for a much smaller get together than that of nearly a year ago when the Grand Final was staged on the casino floor. Most put this down to the anniversary Sunday Million the night before, with a bumper field predicted tomorrow.
Chip leader, Sergiy Baranov
History suggests that there’s only a slight chance (6 per cent if our back of the envelope maths proves correct) that the chip leader will go on to win. But the chip lead is a morale boost as much as anything, something to work with going into Day 2 on Wednesday.
Zimnan Ziyard seen off by Martins Adeniya
Of the members of Team PokerStars Pro in action today, three of the six will return tomorrow; Marcin Horecki, Martin Staszko and Pierre Neuville off to the rail.
No less grand than it used to be
Starting stacks, levels and dinner info
Look at this picture and tell me what you see
Showcasing the domestic talent
It’s all about the title for Craig Hopkins
Adeniya takes out Zinyard
The view through the lens
Bolshie Baranov battling aggressive Adeniya
Join us tomorrow for Day 1B of the EPT Madrid main event from the Casino Gran Madrid. Play starts at 12 noon.
Make of this what you will