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The slow down in the main event is significant enough that the High Roller has now caught it up. Almost precisely at the time that they final 16 main event players redrew for the last two tables, they did exactly the same in the High Roller event.
Of course, all things aren’t precisely equal. When the main event started today with 24 players, we were in level 23 and deep into the money. When the High Roller reconvened with 53 today, they were only in level 11 (which are one-hour long) and still a long way off the bubble.
Indeed, only 12 are paid at all, so there might be a slow-down of their own over there pretty soon.
When the redraw took place, the final two tables of the High Roller looked like this…
1 – Martin Jacobson
2 – Vicky Coren
3 – Davidi Kitai
4 – Bryn Kenney
5 – Vladimir Troyanovski
6 – Timothy Reilly
7 – Ilan Boujenah
8 – Vojtech Ruzicka
1 – Steven Silverman
2 – Adrian Mateos
3 – Jonathan Duhamel
4 – Kevin MacPhee
5 – Alain Goldberg
6 – Andras Nemeth
7 – Janos Nagygyorgy
8 – Alexandre Reard
…but in the early going, both Vladimir Troyanovski and Ilan Boujenah bust.
With all due respect to Boujenah (who lost with ace-king against Vicky Coren’s aces), the elimination of Troyanovski is the one that will have surprised observers the most.
Not only was Troyanovski second in chips coming back this morning, but he has also of late become something of a big buy-in monster, having made the final table of the High Roller and the Super High Roller at the PCA. Three in a row would have been one hell of an achievement, but one suspects the former World of Warcraft player would have expected even more. He came second in the the second of those PCA events, so was surely expecting to win this time.
Not to be.
Even after those two left us, the line up here still boasts two former EPT Champions, a former WSOP Main Event champion, a two-time EPT runner-up, the youngest ESPT winner, a WCOOP main event runner up, and a luck sack. Pass the time trying to match player with description. Answers are at the bottom of the page.
The Badugi title belongs to Russia as pahancik defeated a field of 2,233 to claim the first prize of $ 923.27. By virtue of scoring the knock out that reduced the field from nine to eight to start the final table the Russian took the chip lead to the final table. He soon lost it but in between hung tough, hung around and scored the all important final knock out to claim the title.
Pretty big for Badugi
The field of 2,233 for event #56 was a fraction of some other Micro Millions II fields, indeed the entire prize pool of $ 6,699.00 was less than many first places. But, this is Badugi, a field of over 2,200 meant this was like the Woodstock or Glastonbury of Badugi, this was big. For an overview of the rules of Badugi please click here.
It took over seven and a half hours to whittle the field down to the final eight, by this time the stakes had reached 80,000 – 160,000. This is how the players, drawn from eight different nations, stacked up:
Seat 1: Thiesao58, Germany, 1,667,175
Seat 2: WPT_Champ111, Canada, 1,951,594
Seat 3: rewind2007, India, 965,077
Seat 4: rock_it_bad, Australia, 719,112
Seat 5: huli2, Bulgaria, 553,086
Seat 6: enavy, Portugal, 1,023,360
Seat 7: dawe092, Hungary, 1,941,212
Seat 8: pahancik, Russia, 2,344,384
Indian out first
The stakes had risen to 120,000 – 240,000 by the time we had the first exit. Down to just 60,924 rewind2007 was all-in from the big blind, huli2 raised to 240,000 and recieved calls from dawe092 and WPT_Champ111. On the first draw this is what happened:
WPT_Champ111: stood pat
Rewind2007: drew two
huli2: stood pat
dawe092: drew one
It was checeked to huli2 who bet 120,000, dawe092 was the only caller. On the second draw all three players repeated their action from the first draw, huli2 bet 240,000 and dawe092 folded. On the final draw rewind2007 yet again drew one, whilst huli2 stood pat, showdown:
huli2: [Qc][9h][5d][4s] – a queen high badugi
rewind2007: [10h][3h][7d][5s] – a three card 7,5,3
For finishing eighth rewind2007 collected $ 66.99.
enavy ejected in seventh
Next to go was enavy, the Portuguese player’s stack had slipped to just 83,360 and after posting the small blind of 60,000 he had little choice but to go with his hand.
Unfortunately for him pahancik had been dealt [Ts][6d][2c][Ah] – a T,6,2,A Badugi – and despite three draws, where he took just one card on each occasion, enavy could only muster a three-card 6,4,A come showdown and had to be content with $ 133.98 for finishing seventh.
Canadian ‘champ’ sent packing in sixth
Just a few hands later the field was reduced to five as WPT_Champ111 was sent to the rail, pahancik yet again the executioner. The former moved all-in pre-draw for 221,594 and was called by huli2 and pahancik. On all three draws all three players took one card. Then, with all draws completed, pahancik bet 240,000 and huli2 mucked his hand.
pahancik: [Kd][9c][7h][As] – a K,9,7,A Badugi
WPT-Champ111: [8h][7d][3c][2c] – a three-card 8,7,2
The Canadian took home $ 200.97 for finishing sixth.
huli2 takes over
During five-handed play huli2 would take control getting paid off on every draw by pahancik when holding a 9,4,3,2 badugi, the Bulgarian’s stack climbed over the 4,000,000 mark with Thiesao58 closest on just over 3,000,000.
The stakes were now 140,000 – 280,000 and the three other stacks – including pahancik – were hovering between 1,200,000 and 1,600,000.
Something had to give and the next to fall was dawe092, the Hungarian’s stack had slipped to 741,058 at the start of the hand. The pot was opened by huli2 who raised to 280,000, dawe092 three-bet to 420,000 and huli2 made the call.
On the first draw they both took one card, dawe092 bet 140,000, huli2 check-raised to 280,000, dawe092 committed the last of his chips and huli2 made the call.
On the second and third draws both players stood pat, huli2 showed [7c][6s][2h][As] for a 7,6,2,A Badugi, which was ahead of dawe092′s [Qh][7d][4s][3c] – Q,7,4,3, Badugi, the Hungarian pocketed $ 334.95 for finishing fifth.
As four handed play started the limits rose to 160,000 – 320,000 and stacks looked like this:
Seat 1: Thiesao58, Germany 3,730,773
Seat 4: rock_it_bad, Australia, 2,013,644
Seat 5: huli2, Bulgaria, 4,281,423
Seat 8: pahancik, Russia, 1,139,160
Eventual winner pahancik was in big trouble, but the biggest pot of the tournament thus far was just around the corner and would see pahancik go from short stack to big stack, whilst huli2 would slide in the opposite direction. By the time the pot of 3,680,000 occurred, pahancik had climbed to 2,259,160 whilst huli2 had slipped to 3,401,423. The heavy action occurred after the second draw when both players put 1,280,000 into the pot. See the whole hand below.
Final three make a deal
By this time stakes had risen to 200,000 – 400,000 and the stacks looked like this:
Seat 1: Thiesao58, Germany, 6,679,975
Seat 4: rock_it_bad, Australia, 967,288
Seat 8: pahancik, Russia, 3,517,737
At this point the tournament paused as the players wished to discuss a deal. The shortest stack of the three – rock_it_bad – was not happy with his cut according to the chip chop deal, but after a bit of negotiating the two bigger stacks agreed to give up a bit of their portion and a deal was struck which left $ 100 to play for and the following pay outs:
Seat 1: Thiesao58, Germany, $ 950,00
Seat 4: rock_it_bad, Australia, $ 729.03
Seat 8: pahancik, Russia, $ 823.27
Chip leader Thiesao58 seemed to sense that he’d given up a bit too much in the deal (given that first place was originally $ 1,151.98) saying: ‘wtf this is soo bad for me but i dont really know this game.’
On the second hand after the deal was locked short stack rock_it_bad exited in third, all-in for less than two big bets the Aussie made a three-card 8,3,A but lost out to Thiesao58′s Q,8,6,2 Badugi.
The stakes were still 200,000 – 400,000 when heads-up play started:
Seat 1: Thiesao58, Germany, 7,047,263
Seat 8: pahancik, Russia, 4,117,737
Almost immediately though the momentum would start to swing pahancik’s way. The Russian won a 3,600,000 chip pot with a K,9,7,4 Badugi to draw almost level in chips and soon after took a 4,000,000 chip pot with a three-card 4,2,A against a three-card 8,4,A to take the chip lead.
Two more three-million chip pots went the Russian’s way, leaving Thiesao58 with just 22,263 and forced all-in at the start of the final hand.
On the first draw Thiesao58 drew one, whilst pahancik drew two. On the second draw Thiesao58 stood pat, pahancik again drew two. On the third and final draw both players discarded one and it was time for showdown:
pahancik: [8d][6s][4h][2s] – for a three-card 8,4,2
Thiesao58: [Kh][Qh][Qs][4c] – for a three-card K,Q,4
MicroMillions II event #56 $ 3.30 FL Badugi
Number of players: 2,233
Total prize pool: $ 6,699.00
Places paid: 288
Final table payouts:
1st. pahancik, Russia,*$ 923.27
2nd. Thiesao58, Germany, *$ 950.00
3rd. rock_it_bad, Australia, *$ 729.03
4th. huli2, Bulgaria, $ 468.93
5th. dawe092, Hungary, $ 334.95
6th. WPT_Champ111, Canada, $ 200.97
7th. enavy, Portugal, $ 133.98
8th. rewind2007, India, $ 66.99
*denotes that payouts were adjusted due to a deal
There’s still plenty of Micro Millions events to come, check out the full schedule here.
Team PokerStars Online’s Andre ‘acoimbra’ Coimbra didn’t trouble the scoreboard in this event as he busted in 1,247th place. But through event #53 he’d had 13 in the money finishes and is over the half-way mark in his quest to play all 100 Micro Millions II events. Check out his diary here.
With the World Series of Poker in full swing, most of the world’s professionals have descended upon Las Vegas for their chance at fame and fortune. That has provided some relief for those who have opted to stay at home and grind online, with the usual shark-infested waters of the Super Tuesday perhaps now a little safer for swimming.
Adam “Roothlus” Levy is one who would be very familiar with the torturous WSOP grind, but his decision to grind online has paid off handsomely with an impressive victory today.
A total of 349 players took the opportunity in the weekly $ 1,050 Super Tuesday event on PokerStars, eclipsing the $ 300,000 guarantee.
The top 45 players would see cash added to their accounts, with ch0ppy from Canada the unfortunate bubble of the $ 2,094 min-cash.
Previous Super Tuesday winners wizowizo (38th – $ 2,094), Gambit360 (32nd – $ 2,268.50), zwacke (20th – $ 2,617.50) and PKaiser (17th – $ 3,490) were amongst the money finishers while Nicholas “rounder63″ Carrillo (28th – $ 2,268.50) and James “Jaylee18″ Lee (15th – $ 4,362.50) also returned a handy profit.
After a little over seven and a half hours of play, it was Austrian young_diam18 who bubbled the final table. young_diam18 four-bet and then called it off with [jd][jh], only to discover that tonkaaaa held a monster [kd][kc]. The board ran out without another jack to see our final table of nine set:
Final Table Lineup
Seat 1: Glebarm (341,317 in chips)
Seat 2: muttern3k (194,482 in chips)
Seat 3: tonkaaaa (358,768 in chips)
Seat 4: Roothlus (120,748 in chips)
Seat 5: Openshoves85 (241,153 in chips)
Seat 6: zapacanov (219,461 in chips)
Seat 7: NeillyAA (103,700 in chips)
Seat 8: moukari6 (78,274 in chips)
Seat 9: claudioney18 (87,097 in chips)
With that elimination, tonkaaaa had taken the chip lead, but with the blinds at 2k/4k with a 500 ante, there was still plenty of play ahead of us.
moukari6 was the short stack, and the first to be eliminated. moukari6 opened with a min-raise before claudioney18 three-bet to 19,777 next to speak. Action folded back to moukari6 who didn’t hesitate to move all in with [ac][kc] as claudioney18 made the call holding [7h][7c].
moukari6 was looking for some help, and got it when the flop landed [2d][ah][4c], but the [7s] turn card was the nail in the coffin as moukari6 was drawing dead. The river was the [2s] as moukari had to be content with $ 6,107.50 for 9th place.
Adam “Roothlus” Levy was one to give up WSOP glory in favour of the online grind, and he made a nice early double up through zapacanov. Levy moved all in with pocket kings which held against zapacanov’s pocket jacks to bring Levy back into contention.
One of the more interesting hands saw NeillyAA find a big double up with pocket aces against the pocket tens of muttern3k. Perhaps it wasn’t the hand itself, but the banter in the chat box that followed.
NeillyAA said, “ill take 62.25k now”
NeillyAA said, “or play out”
NeillyAA said, “ur choice;”
muttern3k said, “sounds fair”
NeillyAA said, “k click deal”
muttern3k said, “done”
Roothlus said, “lol”
NeillyAA said, “sick offer imo”
muttern3k was crippled after that hand, but managed to catch a couple of double ups to stay alive. It was all for nothing though as muttern3k got tangled up in a pot against Levy. The board read [Kh][3s][8c][Tc] after muttern3k had raised preflop and fired bets on the flop and turn. From the big blind, Levy check-raised all in and muttern3k went deep into the tank before emerging with a call holding [ts][9c] for just a pair of tens. He trailed the [ks][qd] of Levy and it stayed that way when the river bricked the [js]. muttern3k collected $ 8,376 for 8th place.
NeillyAA was pretty happy to have reached five figures, but his comments in the chat box rubbed tonkaaaa the wrong way:
tonkaaaa said, “u see my pic bro? thats me”
NeillyAA said, “ur point?”
tonkaaaa said, “dont use that kinda language”
tonkaaaa said, “its offensive”
NeillyAA said, “oh relax”
NeillyAA said, “its not meant in that context.”
tonkaaaa said, “yah whatever you bigot”
NeillyAA said, “get defensive anytime ne one jokes online, u’ll go far!”
There was certainly tension but it was quickly ended just moments later when the two players went to war with their chips. tonkaaaa opened with a min-raise and Levy flat-called. NeillyAA then squeezed in a three-bet from the big blind before tonkaaaa moved all in. Levy escaped and NeillyAA made the call with [jh][Js] – clearly the danger hand of this final table – as tonkaaaa showed [qc][qs]. It didn’t get any better for NeillyAA as the board arrived [Qd][4s][Ah][4h][2c] to give tonkaaaa the last laugh and NeillyAA $ 11,866 for 7th place.
Just one hand later and we were down to five.
Levy opened with a min-raise to 14,400 from early position before Glebarm three-bet to 32,400 from the big blind. Levy made the call and the flop landed [qs][6d][3d]. Glebarm led out for 49,446 and Levy called as the [2d] appeared on the turn. Another bet followed from Glebarm, this time for the discounted price of 43,200. Again Levy paid to see the [8c] river card complete the board. Glebarm released a third barrel worth 72,545 but Levy moved all in. Glebarm called off his last 138,537 only to discover his [as][qc] top pair had been flushed by the [9d][7d] of Levy. Glebarm was out in 6th for $ 15,356 as Levy was suddenly holding a healthy chip lead.
Openshoves85 got lucky with pocket tens spiking a set to again see pocket jacks cracked as Levy took a small hit. Openshoves85 continued the momentum, making the call holding [as][js] when claudioney18 moved all in for eleven big blinds. claudioney18 could only table a dominated [ac][ts] and couldn’t get ahead on the board of [3s][qc][4s][jc][td]. claudioney18 added $ 19,893 for 5th place.
Again it was only a matter of a few hands between eliminations as zapacanov was next to go. Levy opened with a min-raise to 18,000 before zapacanov moved all in for 160,619. Levy called with [as][9s] and it was the right call as zapacanov opened [ah][4d]. It was all-but-over on the flop as the board ran out [2d][9c][ad][qs][6s] to see zapacanov pick up a very nice $ 28,792.50 for 4th place.
A fast deal is a good deal
At this point the three remaining players entertained some deal discussions as they took a quick look at ICM and chip chop numbers with the following stacks:
Seat 3: tonkaaaa (558,518 in chips)
Seat 4: Roothlus (921,911 in chips)
Seat 5: Openshoves85 (264,571 in chips)
Players quickly agreed to an ICM deal and moments later the cards were back in the air with $ 6,000 and the title to play for.
Openshoves85 probably wished to have waited just one more hand to deal after picking up [ah][as] on the very next hand and doubling through tonkaaaa’s [qh][qd] in a rather brutal three-handed cooler.
With the chips pretty even, the three-handed battle was rather intense until tonkaaaa got his revenge to break the deadlock in another epic hand:
The biggest pot of the tournament saw tonkaaaa’s full house grab the chip lead as Openshoves85 was back on the short stack.
Openshoves85 couldn’t recover after a nice play went unrewarded to be next to fall. tonkaaaa min-raised, before Levy three-bet from the small blind. Openshoves85 then cold four-bet jammed all in with [as][6d] and extracted a call from Levy with his ambitious [7c][6c]. However Levy spiked a couple of sevens on the board of [Kd][7d][Qs][9d][7s] to leave Openshove85 with $ 44,844.79 after the deal negotiations for 3rd place.
Heads-up chip counts
Seat 3: tonkaaaa (747,436 in chips)
Seat 4: Roothlus (997,564 in chips)
Levy held the lead but tonkaaaa was able to gain the ascendency in the early stages until the following hand unfolded:
Levy spiked his straight and extracted maximum value from tonkaaaa’s top pair to see Levy take a commanding chip advantage.
From there, Levy was able to close it out with the final hand coming in a preflop war. tonkaaaa four-bet jammed with [ac][jd] only to discover Levy make the call with a superior [ah][ks]. The final board arrived [5h][8s][qd][4c][6h] to leave tonkaaaa to pick up $ 50,874.57 for second place as Adam “Roothlus” Levy adds a Super Tuesday title and $ 60,807.14 to a poker resume that already has over $ 5 million in combined live and online earnings.
Final table results
1st Roothlus (Canada) – $ 60,807.14*
2nd tonkaaaa (Canada) – $ 50,874.57*
3rd Openshoves85 (Colombia) – $ 44,844.79*
4th zapacanov (Russia) – $ 28,792.50
5th claudioney18 (Brazil) – $ 19,893.00
6th Glebarm (Russia) – $ 15,356.00
7th NeillyAA (Costa Rica) – $ 11,866.00
8th muttern3k (Norway) – $ 8,376.00
9th moukari6 (Finland) – $ 6,107.50
If Day 1 introduces the players, Day 2 introduces the likely winners. As the dust settled on another six levels (there really was dust, stoked up by the television people rigging up the set for later this week), a handful of players had separated from the pack to look independently for spoils. They will be the markers for the 99 players returning tomorrow, brightest of the lot being chip leader Balazs Botond, with 646,000.
The Hungarian was giving players at his table the jitters tonight as play reached a conclusion, and Ronny Kaiser was doing the same a table away.
Chip leader: Balazs Botund
While his table grew more and more frustrated Kaiser’s table was under the same pressure, albeit with less antagonism. Ronny ruled though, their table Kaiser, bagging up 505,900 tonight, good for second place.
And that was that.
Others returning include David Vamplew (solid), Liv Boeree (swingy), Andre Benelli (Italian), Dag Palovic (hooded) and Nick Yunis (hatted), as well as other former champions Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier, Nicolas Chouity, Martin Finger, Roberto Romanello and Rupert Elder. Day 2 will puncture the money bubble and create more drama from somewhere, it can only be a good thing that this list of players are still in the mix.
Liv Boeree and David Vamplew in action
Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier
Things hotting up and other Day 2 cliches
Day 2 seat draw, now it’s getting Italian
Hard working, tee-totalling, PoY chasing Romanello
Chip leader Chouity chasing recognition
Swingy Boeree chipping up in shadow of Vamplew
What’s that got to do with the price of tea?
Fighting the postprandial dip
What’s not to like as Antonius returns to the tour
Day 3 continues tomorrow with the traditional celebrations associated with the money bubble which will burst, we expect, within a level of the 2pm start.
For now, full steam ahead and goodnight from Campione.
The WPT Vienna will soon be upon us, and we know that it’s going to be a fantastic trip! Below is a list of the PartyPoker online qualifiers so far, for this huge $ 7,000 WPT Vienna packages, be sure to follow along with all the action at the PartyPoker Blog Live Event page
WPT Vienna Online Qualifiers
Catching Up with new friends!
Earlier we managed to catch up with Bagofsand111 (pictured above) for a quick chat on the subject of Poker, Travel, Ian Frazer and Champagne!
DW: So of course first things first, when did you first get into poker?
BS: About 5 years ago
DW: And what’s your set up like? Online or Live, what kind of structure would we see you playing at?
BS: A mix of both. On line $ 100 to $ 400 dollars, live, anything upto about $ 1500
DW: Ever played a major event before?
BS: No, this would be my first
DW: Excting, so okay outside of Poker then what kind of interests do you have?
BS: Mostly sports, and travelling around the world to watch most sports
DW: Well you sound pretty dedicated to us, we like that on the PartyPoker Blog! So is this a full time gig or passionate hobby, do you do anything full time?
BS. Yes, I run my own company, a recruitment consultancy based in Holland
DW: Who are some of your favorite professional poker players? Any players you hope to play with?
BS. Ian Frazer, hes a bit of a mate. Don’t know any of the others, would hope to play with the best, why not…
DW: Could be to your advantage I hope, okay say you cash big what are you going to do with it all?
BS. Buy Pink Champagne, and loads of it!!!
DW: That’s a unique answer so you get kudos for that at least, good luck and see you in Vienna!
Fancy taking a shot at the WPT Vienna?
There really is no other town in the entire universe you want to be in come April when the poker extravaganza rolls into Vienna.
We’ll be hosting the fantastic Premier League with action leading right into WPT Vienna, which is looking to build on the success it saw in its first stop ever there last year.
Best of all is that PartyPoker online players have a chance of winning a $ 7,000 WPT Vienna trip packages in our weekly online finals that run every Sunday, could this be your weekend?