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By far, the 8-Game High Roller draws more stars per table than any other WCOOP event. A quick scroll through the list revealed COOP champions, WSOP bracelet winners, cash game legends, and plenty for whom all three apply. Defending champion Jason Mercier was ready to go back-to-back while Daniel Negreanu hoped to improve on last year’s third-place finish. But history did not repeat itself tonight. Rather, this year’s 8-Game champ is a first-time WCOOP champion, but certainly no stranger to mixed games. A regular in high-stakes cash games on PokerStars, Alexandre “BiatchPeople” Luneau denied TCOOP winner Tridynamo a double-COOP tonight, defeating him heads-up to win $ 235,350 and a WCOOP bracelet.
A small but lethal field of 86 players turned out for the $ 10k 8-Game, the prize pool reaching $ 860,000.00. It was divided among the final twelve, with first place set to earn $ 234,350.00 and a WCOOP bracelet. Red Spades represented a little over 10% of the field, among them Jason Mercier, Daniel Negreanu, Eugene Katchalov, Alex Kravchenko, George “Jorj95″ Lind III, ElkY, George Danzer, Ville Wahlbeck and Sebastian Ruthenberg.
Mercier’s run at back-to-back titles lasted to the final 25 players, when RaiseOnce barreled fifth, sixth, and seventh street in a stud hi/lo pot with trip eights showing. Mercier folded the river and fell to 11,000 in chips. A few hands later, WCOOP bracelet winner David “Gunslinger3″ Bach finished him off in no-limit hold’em, his pocket eights holding vs. Mercier’s [Kh][Qc].
With 16 remaining, the money bubble loomed large and George “Jorj95″ Lind III’s stack had shrunk to only 16,462. Lind committed the rest of his chips on a [Kc][7s][4c][2s] board in Omaha Hi/Lo vs. kuhns89 and Tridynamo. The river fell the [Ks] and kuhns89 turned up [Ac][4d][Jd][Kd], scooping the pot with kings full of fours. Tridynamo took the low with [Ah][5c][9s][Kh] and Jorj95 was eliminated in 16th place, four spots shy of the money.
Bubble boy honors went to Jon “PearlJammer” Turner. After Andy McLEOD raised him on fifth in a stud pot, PearlJammer called him to the river, but couldn’t beat Andy McLEOD’s buried jacks. Left with 510 in chips, PearlJammer was all-in from the ante on the next hand and went out in 13th place.
From twelve to six
Our lone remaining Team Pro, Sebastian Ruthenberg, dealt a double blow to RaiseOnce and David “Gunslinger3″ Bach in the stud hi/lo round. Gunslinger3 committed the last of his chips on third street and both RaiseOnce and Ruthenberg called. RaiseOnce led fourth, fifth, and sixth streets before check-calling the river, but his hand couldn’t stand up to Ruthenberg’s rivered pair of aces. No one made a low and Gunslinger3 busted in 12th place, while RaiseOnce was crippled to only 390 in chips. All-in from the ante, he busted in 11th place on the next hand.
Kostritsyn’s elimination left us on the final table bubble, where Elia001 was the short stack with 60,000 in chips. However, Elia001 switched chip positions with Sebastian Ruthenberg when the game turned to PLO. Elia001 three-bet to 13,000 preflop and led for 18,990 on a [Qs][7d][4d] flop. Ruthenberg made a pot-size raise and Elia001 called off his remaining 27,800 with [Ad][6d][Tc][Qh]. Ruthenberg revealed [4c][5s][6c][7h] for bottom two pair, but they shriveled up on the turn when Elia001 made the nut flush with the [Jd] and doubled to 120,652.
Ruthenberg’s slide continued through the 2-7 triple draw level and by the time the game switched to limit hold’em, he was down to 28,430 in chips. Ruthenberg bet the last of his chips on a [Ah][7d][6s] flop and Andy McLEOD looked him up. Ruthenberg’s [Qc][7c] led Andy McLEOD’s [Jh][6h] and he improved to queens up when the [Qd] turned. However, Andy McLEOD spiked a two-outer on the river, the [6d] falling to eliminate Ruthenberg in seventh place.
Final table chip counts
Seat 1: BiatchPeople (250,474 in chips)
Seat 2: hotmark777 (190,543 in chips)
Seat 3: Tridynamo (140,514 in chips)
Seat 4: Elia001 (231,552 in chips)
Seat 5: Andy McLEOD (241,722 in chips)
Seat 6: Enon (235,195 in chips)
Enon exits in sixth
Tonight’s final table hosting duties fell to last year’s winner, Jason Mercier, who deadpanned:
JasonMercier (TeamPro): congrats everyone
JasonMercier (TeamPro): ill be your host
JasonMercier (TeamPro): can you believe it?
Over an hour passed before the first player was eliminated. Elon couldn’t get any traction at this final table and suffered a long, slow slide, falling from 235,000 to 38,000 before BiatchPeople took him out. The game was stud hi/lo and Enon called two bets on third street, another on fourth, and committed the rest of his chips on fifth.
Enon ([7c][Ac]) [8d][3d][6c][4c] ([9s])
BiatchPeople ([Ah][8c]) [4h][2c][3h][As] ([5d])
BiatchPeople improved to a wheel on the river and Enon was out in sixth place, earning $ 45,150.00.
Andy McLEOD busts in fifth
Elia001 held the chip lead with 487,000 going into five-handed play, but didn’t hang on to it for long. BiatchPeople wrested it away in another stud hi/lo hand, making fives full of fours on sixth street to scoop against Elia001. Down to 247,000, Elia001 doubled short stack hotmark777 in a NLHE hand. All the money went in pre flop and hotmark777′s [Ks][Qh] flopped a king to snap off Elia001′s pocket nines. Elia001 fell to 123,000 after the hand.
Meanwhile, Andy McLEOD was also losing ground. Tridynamo sent him reeling in this NLHE hand where he flopped TPTK and turned trips:
Tridynamo takes out Elia001 in fourth
Although Elia001 rebounded slightly when he eliminated Andy McLEOD, he was still the short stack. By the time the game changed to 2-7 triple draw, Elia001 was down to 90,500 and was soon crippled when he check-folded to Tridynamo’s bet after the third draw:
Tridynamo just outpipped Elia001 with a 9-8-5 vs. a 9-8-6 and Elia001′s run came to an end in fourth place ($ 81,700.00).
hotmark777 burns out in third
As three-handed play commenced, Tridynamo was the chip leader with 567,000, hotmark777 was close behind with 499,000 and BiatchPeople was the short stack with 224,000. In a series of limit hold’em hands, Tridynamo demolished hotmark777′s stack, leaving him on only 61,000. Although hotmark77 doubled through BiatchPeople to get back up to 151,000, BiatchPeople knocked him right back down when he rivered two pair. Hotmark777 three-bet pre flop with [Ad][Js] and called BiatchPeople’s cap, then committed the rest of his chips on the [Qh][9d][2s] flop. BiatchPeople turned up [4d][4s] and they held up through the [Kd] turn and [6s] river to eliminate hotmark777 in third place ($ 120,400.00).
Heads-up chip counts
Seat 1: BiatchPeople (807,181 in chips)
Seat 3: Tridynamo (482,819 in chips
BiatchPeople ramped up his aggression right out of the gate, winning seven of the first eight hands to chip up to 1.13 million. Down to 159,000, Tridynamo rebounded to 311,000 when BiatchPeople folded the river in Omaha Hi/Lo, but soon enough, BiatchPeople whittled him back down to 46,000. Tridynamo doubled to 93,000 on the next hand, and to 187,000 on the one after that when his [2c][6d][Tc][Qs] made aces up and a 7-6 low on a [As][Th][7c][Ac][5s] board.
Tridynamo hit another upswing and chipped up to 395,000 but fell back to 139,000 over the course of ten hands. After a long slog of small pots, BiatchPeople at last closed it out, making a T-9 low in Razz to seal his WCOOP win.
PokerStars 2013 WCOOP Event #65 ($ 10,300 8-Game [High Roller]) results
Prizepool: $ 860,000.00
Places paid: 12
1. Alexandre “BiatchPeople” Luneau (United Kingdom) $ 234,350.00
2. Tridynamo (Sweden) $ 156,950.00
3. hotmark777 (Lebanon) $ 120,400.00
4. Elia001 (Russia) $ 81,700.00
5. James “Andy McLEOD” Obst (Australia) $ 60,200.00
6. Enon (Canada) $ 45,150.00
It was an explosive day in the EPT Barcelona High Roller with minds blown left, right and centre. Now then, we’re certainly not saying that a man can’t lose his temper from time to time, nor a woman for that matter, but when a brain blow-up costs you a €10,000 High Roller bullet you’ve got to ask yourself some questions. Daniel Negreanu is not someone afraid of asking questions, and an early outburst and exit may have lead to some introspection. But first, let’s ask a couple of different questions.
Ole Schemion, whose rise to the top of the game has been high octane to say the least. Over the last year he’s won more than $ 3m and was final table chip leader in the €50,000 Super High Roller here just a few days ago. Schemion leads with 393,600 but just behind him is – prepare to have your mind blow – Barcelona FC and World Cup winner Gerard Piqué with 308,500. The footballer had played a solid Main Event game but running up a big stack in this is quite the validation of his fledging poker skills.
A lot. There’s currently more than 160 €10,000 bullets in the pot, good for a million-and-a-half euro, but with registration open until the start of play tomorrow we could yet see that number swell. This single re-entry event means that you can bust once and buy back in later whenever the moment takes you. For some that means dipping their hand into a man bag straight away, for others that means they can blow off some steam, eat a bowl of lentils and regroup.
Negreanu was very much in the latter camp having had an extreme (and extremely expensive) blow up over the ‘first card off the deck’ rule, as detailed extensively here by Martin Harris. It was ranting Negreanu at his most vitriolic, but calm soon returned. That rule, as explained by Neil Johnson in this opinion piece that he wrote for the PokerStars Blog, looks set to continue to be a contentious one for some time. Expect tub thumping on a regular basis.
“Hey buddy, I’m back!” said Negreanu to EPT floor man Nick O’Hara.
The Canadian flung his arms around the tall O’Hara who returned the hug with a wide grin. You wouldn’t have thought that angry words had flown just a few hours earlier. For O’Hara who cut his teeth in lively Irish tournaments – where the clock is used as often remind to beat the rush to the bar than it is to know when the blind levels are going up – it was fairly regular stuff.
No wonder Negreanu had returned in such good spirits. He’d studied the rules and felt he had them beat. He slung the chair over his shoulder and walked around the room with it claiming that his hand could not be killed. Well, it was within arm’s length.
“A player must be at his seat when the first card is dealt on the initial deal or he will have a dead hand. A player not then at his seat is dealt in, he may not look at his cards, and the hand is immediately killed after the initial deal. His blinds and antes are posted and if dealt the bring-in card in a stud-type game he will post the bring-in*. A player must be at his seat to call time. “At your seat” means within reach of your chair. This rule is not intended to condone players being out of their seats while involved in a hand. [*Note: In stud, house rules may require additional card(s) be dealt to the killed hand in certain situations.]”
– European Poker Tour rules and regulations
Now then, don’t go thinking that every pro out there is anti this rule. Most are ambivalent about it and don’t see what the fuss is about. Mickey Petersen and Andrew Chen were among the shrugging high rollers. Petersen, taking on his first High Roller, suggested that perhaps there was a more simple approach.
Random thought of the day: If you want to play poker, maybe stay in your seat and play poker # #SitDown #everybodyrelax #mountainmolehole
— Mickey Petersen (@mickeydp) September 5, 2013
The High Roller is a curious beast, one loaded with the biggest names and toughest players that act as a canvas to pull out the players that you don’t normally see in these things. It’s going to be fascinating tomorrow to see if Piqué can convert his stack into a final table. It won’t be the same as getting his hand on the Ballon d’Or, but it would certainly be an achievement that he should be proud of: this is one helluva tough field. Join us Friday at midday for live coverage to see how it plays out.
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After the waiting the tenth season of the European Poker Tour finally got underway today . A record breaking Estrellas main event ramped-up the excitement earlier this week, but the Super High Rollers heralded the proverbial ribbon cutting, as the summer break came to a close.
Season 9 was book-ended by Super High Rollers and Season 10 will likely be no different. The usual cast was in town and in their seats at the noon bell, intending to mimic the work of Dan Smith 12 months ago, who got his season off to a start worth more than a million dollars.
The tournament room
Chief among those at the close tonight were Samdor Demjan, Fabian Quoss, Daniel Negreanu and Jean-Noel Thorel.
Demjan, the former Hungarian “Man of the Year”, took everyone by surprise to grab top spot, taking chips from Negreanu and then sent Igor Kurganov to the rail set over set to take the lead with a stack worth more than a million.
The full list of the end of day counts can be found on our live coverage page, as well as details from the entire day’s play, which passed by like any other Super High Roller, in a calm and relaxed fashion at odds with the amount of money at stake. The 40-plus survivors will return tomorrow for more.
Throughout the day there were stories from behind and beyond the rail. While the queue for the side events reached Space Mountain proportions, Daniel Negreanu was talking mobile phones with Sarah Grant, who also set out to discover Who is David Benefield?.
The line for the side events or the Harrods sale?
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After months toiling away at the Titan Poker online cash tables, scraping and scurrying your way to a bigger bankroll, you finally feel supremely confident in your game. So what is a newly confident player with a large bankroll to do? Why not try your hand at any of the high stakes poker tournaments in Las Vegas happening every day? Though your skills are sharp and you’ve got your strategies down, players hoping to make a splash in their first major tournament will want to keep a few things in mind before they saddle up to the felt to play their first hand.
Know Your Opponents
In any tournament it’s important for you to assess your competition at the table early. This is only further enhanced by the high-stakes you’ll be playing for. While the increased buy-in and larger payouts might suggest that you’ll be dealing with more serious professionals, realize that Las Vegas also attracts a vast array of tourists from around the world. Thus, in principle, you are just as likely to be sitting across from a wealthy tourist who makes the kind of sloppy mistakes you’ve learned to avoid at the virtual tables on Titan Poker. Establish a read on your tablemates, but be quick about it – tables can break quickly in larger tournaments, meaning you could be facing 8 or 9 new faces at a moment’s notice.
Play to Cash or Play to Win?
When it comes to high-stakes tournaments, there are effectively two goals for every player: to win (obviously) and to finish in the money. While you must do one to achieve the other, playing to win can often inspire more reckless plays and daring calls then playing in order to cash. If you’re solely trying to make it past the bubble, then it’s wise to adopt a turtling strategy, playing tight aggressive and stealing blinds but otherwise staying out of the action unless you’ve got nut holdings. Conversely, playing to win allows players to be somewhat more versatile in their strategies. The real distinction between the two styles of play comes into play if you find yourself low on chips. While some pros would argue that you should always play to win, there’s no shame in simply cashing in your first poker tournament in Las Vegas; especially when playing for high-stakes.
Be Prepared for the Physical Aspects of Tournament Poker
If you’ll be playing is your first live poker tournament, then you may not realize how demanding the experience can be on your body and mind. Though you likely won’t be breaking a sweat, sitting in one place and staying mentally focused for hours on end can definitely take its toll on a player. One way to prepare for this is via the proper diet. Be sure to eat right and steer clear of heavy foods that can sit in your stomach and make you sleepy before a tournament. Alcohol is also something to avoid, as it tends to dull the senses and affect your judgment. Players would be wise to make use of all the breaks offered throughout the tournament as well.
Watch the Poker Tournament Clock
Poker tournaments are progressive, meaning the blinds and antes will climb after a certain amount of time. Though you should begin the tournament with enough chips to weather several rounds of blinds, as those costs begin to climb, you may find yourself getting blinded away faster than you thought. Being conscious of the tournament clock is a great way to monitor how active you should be being and ensure that you know when to make moves and when to hang back.
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.
Brand new to the World Series of Poker Europe schedule is a non-bracelet event that has attracted some of the most talented, and richest, poker players in the world. The €50,000 Majestic High Roller has a hefty entry fee that only a few can afford, but what makes it even more expensive for many is the fact that re-buys are available through Level 9.
Forty-three players paid the high entry buy-in yesterday and only five were totally eliminated on the first day of the three-day event. According to media reports, there were many Asian businessmen in Cannes and some of them decided to play the high stake poker tournament.
John Juanda was the chipleader at the end of the first day of play, having soared to the top after eliminating former Team Titan star Marvin Rettenmaier (who immediately forked over the cash to re-enter the tournament). Juanda finished the day with 538,000 chips, followed by Richard Yong with 408,200 and David Benefield with 375,000.
Familiar names in the tournament were Tony G, Daniel Negreanu, Erik Seidel, Sam Trickett, and Tom Dwan. Many of the players had previously been eliminated from the 2012 WSOPE Event #7: €10,450 No-Limit Hold’em Main Event, which is currently in its fourth day of play at the Majestic Barrière in Cannes, France.
2010 WSOP Main Event 3rd place finisher Joseph Cheong continues to lead the 2012 WSOPE Main Event, in which players are competing for a €1,022,376 first place prize.
Until the re-buy stage of the Majestic High Roller closes it will not be clear what the final prize pool is and how many players will be paid.
In one of the last hands on Day 1, Juanda showed pocket aces when he called Rettenmaier, who was holding A K. Nothing helpful came up on the flop, turn, or river, and Rettenmaier busted. According to media reports, Rettenmaier wasn’t happy about needing to re-buy immediately, but that kept him in the action and he finished Day 1 with a stack of 112,400 chips.
Our good friend Josef Rantamäki over at PokerBlog decided here in a guest post that it was high time he told us just who we he thought were the Top 5 High Stakes Poker Players:
1) Phil Ivey:
Now granted his legacy, of late, has been tarnished with his sabbatical from the scene. Some wonder if his gambling so high like he had a bottomless pit of money behind him finally caught up to him. Let’s not forget, one thing that hasn’t changed is the fact he’s still Phil Ivey. It’s true, stories of epic craps rolls by Ivy have gone the way of the dingo and now sightings of the great one is instant news, but… he’s still Phil Ivey.
The naysayers may ask these last couple of years, if he’s so great where’s he been, and why hasn’t he still been dominating? That’s silliness or contrived retrospective analysis, and perhaps ignorance of everything Ivey has gone through. Not just the upheaval in the industry but personal conflicts. Embroiled in a still simmering divorce, Ivey’s been distracted, that will change soon enough. His peers almost universally named him as the best, and in a game where it’s so difficult to separate yourself he makes that separation look easy.
He’s earned his accolades it by being the best in the world. The face of the glory years of poker will always be Phil Ivey. He won live, he won online, he won tournaments, and he won cash games basically excelling in every aspect of the new world of poker.
2) Tom Dwan:
The Durrrr Challenge, his internet fan boys, and his savvy, contemplative, aggressive, fearless style of play consumed the poker media recently. Touted as an amalgam of past greats, Dwan in a short time elevated himself to their equal. He is unflappable. Granted as a tournament player, arguably hundreds are better, but as a high stakes cash game player he rarely leaves a loser. He might get an escort out of Macau if he keeps winning multi-million dollar pots there.
The Moneymaker effect transformed online poker and Dwan perhaps more than anybody else rose up through this new form of poker to dominate as no one had before him. If Ivey is the face of the era, Dwan is a close second.
Viktor Blom rose to prominence as a screen name: Isildur1. He destroyed players in a meteoric rise that transfixed the world. “Who is Isildur1?” was the question every poker fan, writer, and player was asking at the end of this era. When Viktor Blom admitted, as many people suspected, he was the mysterious high stakes player capable of punting new found millions as easily as he earned them, not many were surprised, but legions of fans now had a face to root for.
Blom’s placement on this list, is likely the most debatable, as his accomplishments pale compared to the other four. What can’t be questioned is the fact he is living proof of the meritocracy of online poker, and talent having a short wait for success during poker’s heyday.
4) Patrik Antonius:
The Finnish professional poker player started to make news with results in 2005 and continued to be a star all the way through 2011. He battled Tom Dwan in a high stakes online challenge that never completed but transfixed observers. Antonius, like Ivey, played almost as competently in the nosebleed cash games, be it live, or online as he did in tournaments.
He has the good fortune and misfortune to be a part of some of the biggest pots of all time. Winning or losing his ever stoic face never changes
5) Erik Seidel:
The only player on this list to not been a part of, or express an interest in being a part of a huge online poker heads up challenge. His loss to Johnny Chan in the Main Event was immortalized in the movie Rounders but since then, it’s been him and not Chan that has dominated High Stakes Poker tournaments.
Seidel’s run of success in recent years has him sitting atop the all time money winners list. He also is just a few bracelets shy of Phil Hellmuth’s record 11. Seidel, no matter the stakes, wins. He has a track record of excellence that is second to none.
6+: Jason Mercier, Daniel Negreanu, Phil Hellmuth, John Juada, Gus Hansen, Bertrand Grospellier, Jonathan Duhamel, Michael Mizrachi… All great players, but not quite great enough for this list. For more on high stakes players and high stakes news head on over to PokerBlog.
Marvin Rettenmaier scored two cashes at high roller poker tournaments this month, but his Team Titan teammate Sam Trickett busted out of the European Poker Tour’s highest buy-in tournament ever. The World Series of Poker announced a $ 1 million buy-in bracelet event this summer, while the Asian Poker Tour staged the Manila Millions.
What’s up with high roller and super high roller tournaments? Why are the top poker players attracted to play them at such high entry costs?
Marvin Rettenmaier finished in 5th place in the €9,700 No Limit Hold’em – High Roller Event at WPT Vienna for a payout of €25,670. This week he finished in 3rd place in the European Poker Tour (EPT) Berlin €10,000 High Roller event. Marvin didn’t cash in the Main Events staged in Vienna and Berlin.
Sam Trickett canceled his plans to travel to Manila to play the Manila Millions, the high roller event staged as part of the Asian Poker Tour (APT) Philippines 2012, and which was the highest buy-in tournament ever to take place in Asia. Instead, Sam traveled to Monte Carlo to play the Monte Carlo EPT Super High Roller a €100,000 buy-in event. Unfortunately, Sam busted out on the first day of the event, long before the money was reached.
Meanwhile, the World Series of Poker will stage a charity event called the BIG ONE for ONE DROP, this summer as part of the WSOP schedule. The event will feature a $ 1 million buy-in and has already attracted 30 committed participants. Even though the event will raise a significant amount for the ONE DROP charity organization, which fights poverty by promoting worldwide access to water, a huge prizepool will be available to the winning players. First prize is expected to take home well over $ 12,000,000, which will be the highest poker prize ever.
What attracts poker players to these high roller events, especially the super high roller events with exorbitant buy-ins?
The playing fields at high roller events are small, and even though the starting chip stack is high, the tournament lasts a more management length of time in comparison to a Main Event. The prizes are very lucrative, so even if a player must pay a high buy-in, his finish could result in a huge winning. And finally, although the high roller events attract some of the best-known poker professionals, in many cases, and certainly in the super high roller events, some of the participants are not good poker players at all, giving a huge advantage to a skilled professional.
Last year, Sam Trickett placed 2nd in the Aussie Millions $ 250,000 Super High Roller and took first place in the Aussie Millions $ 100,000 Challenge. The playing fields were small, but the huge cash prizes Sam won (nearly $ 3 million in total), propelled him into the ranks of the top poker players in the world.
More perfect poker plays and this time from Exan13 as he cashes for $25k in our $100K High Roller Tournament.
Once again it’s time for some more perfect poker talk as we’re back at the virtual rail, and this week we’re catching up Exan13 who recently cashed for $ 25k in our $ 100K High Roller Tournament.
DW: Welcome to the PartyPokerBlog Exan13, so the usual first question, how’d you get started?
EX: Well I began to play poker in June 2009 via the pokerstrategy forum, where I got $ 50 starting bonus. Step by step, playing on micro-limits, I managed to become a successful MTCT player.
DW: Do you mainly play online poker, live poker, or a mixture of both?
I started to pay attention to off-line poker only the last summer, when I visited a couple of Russian FTP sessions. I enjoyed it a lot, but then FTP kept blocked all my bankroll and I stopped to make sallies to off-line series. I started to play off-line from time to time (cash + S&G) in my city. I spend a lot more time on online gaming. I haven’t visited WPT, EPT and WSOP yet.
DW: Do you have a day job or do you play poker professionally? Still in school? Some combination of all of the above?
I’ve never worked professionally. Thanks God I discovered poker and managed to realize myself in it. I would have had to finish studying last year, but I failed one exam and was expelled. Now I resumed study, I am going to take the exam and get a diploma.
DW: Okay sounds good who are some of your favorite professional poker players? Which players would you be most scared to see at your table? Any pros you’d hope to play with?
EX: I don’t like much TV-poker. So I don’t have favorite players. I would like to play with many of pros in poker tourneys to find mistakes in their game and be proud of myself. And, probably, to learn something in our trade.
DW: Okay here’s the fun question I love to ask say if you won a big live event what is the first thing you’d buy with the prize money?
EX: If I won a big live event, first of all I would build a big wooden nice house at the ocean. I would also invest in a business, to have income not only from poker.
DW: Sounds wise to me, good planing there, Can you tell us how you ended up winning this prize (maybe you could describe how you heard about the promotion, and how you prepared)
EX: I found out about the promotion in the forum, the promotions on party are great
DW: Well as usual thanks for your time Exan13, and have a great trip in Bali. It looks like some practice makes some perfect poker which a few of us out there could learn a thing or two from.
2.20pm: Break time
Players are on a 15 minute break.
2.10pm: Barbero claws some back
As the first break arrives Nacho Barbero managed to pull a few chips back after dropping to around 35,000.
On a flop of [5h][td][7c] Barbero bet which Vanessa Selbst called for a [jd] turn card. Both checked this time for a [9c] river. More checking. Barbero showed [as][js] to win the hand, back up to around 40,000.
Elsewhere, on a flop of [tc][jh][4c], Daniel Smith bet 5,100 from the big blind which Scott Seiver called in early position. Tobias Reinkemeier was on the button and passed. The turn came [2c]. Smith checked this time, using a kind of Kruschev fist to bang the table. Seiver looked on intently before betting 11,000 to take the pot. – SB
1.50pm: Jorgensen three-barrel bluffs
Theo Jorgensen has just been picked off by Joseph Cheong after firing three volleys into a [ad][7s][9s][kh][th] board. Cheong check-called every street, Jorgensen insta-mucked the river but was shown [as][js] for good measure. Jorgensen fired 1,200, 3,000 and then 7,000. It didn’t work and he was left with 25,000 with which to nurse his wounds.
Jorgensen, we’ve heard on the grapevine, is engaged in a prop bet where he must run one mile at the average speed of the current world record for the marathon (3 hours 43 minutes). That would mean running a mile in about five minutes, we reckon. Doesn’t sound like much fun to us… — RD
1.32pm: Coren beats Bord
“What terrible hand did you call a four-bet with pre-flop?” Vicky Coren asked James Bord.
The board read [ad][8c][7d][qc][9d] and Coren had bet 8,000 into the river. Bord didn’t look happy, he sighed signalling that there would be no check-raise, just a call or a fold. Bord eventually passed tabling [9c][7c] face up. Coren then accused Dan Shak of not understanding British sarcasm. Why? Some comment that had been made on the flop before we arrived. Shak, sporting some new specs, gave a nod of ‘Ahhh, right, I’ve heard of that.’ — RD
1.25pm: Final word
Things are gradually beginning to settle down with the field in the high roller levelling off at 60 – that’s how many names are on the list. We’re into the second level of the day however the blinds will remain the same. — SB
1pm: Pushing 60
We’re up to 56 players with only a few pots of note taking place. Eugene Katchalov has since arrived and there are more changes as a new table is opened which will be home to Katchalov, Vanessa Rousso, Theo Jorgensen and Eric Seidel.
As soon as the man who knows the answer to the question “How many levels are we playing today?” begins to look less distressed, we will endeavor to find out how many levels we’ll be playing today. — SB
12.40pm: A new look High Roller
Well, having originally said there were 36 players registered in the high roller that number is now up to 54 following the arrival of Barry Greenstein, Eric Seidel, Michael Tureniec, Luke Schwartz and number others.
It also means a few changes here and there. Vanessa Selbst has been moved to a new table, along with Mike McDonald, Seidel, Jonathan Duhamel and Nacho Barbero.
In admin news players start with 50,000 chips and play one-hour levels. — SB
12.20pm: Who’s Who
It’s largely a field of the usual suspects in the High Roller which has 36 players registered so far.
Theo Jorgensen, Vicky Coren and Vanessa Selbst share a table; Johnny Lodden, John Duthie and Vanessa Rousso share another.
Vicky Coren and John Duthie share a moment
Jonathan Duhamel and Joe Hachem are sitting side by side while Nacho Barbero and Viktor Blom are also among those playing. — SB
12.15pm: Cards in the air
12pm: Slow start
We’re going to have a delayed start.
11.45am: High Rolling
Welcome to EPT London, again, where this time the High Rollers take centre stage, albeit if you ignore the massive television table at the end of the room, for what is usually one of the most entertaining battles of the festival.
As of now details are a little sketchy, although the official name for the event is the High Roller “8 Max”, ,meaning play will be eight-handed all the way. There’s also the small matter of the entry fee, which is a very reasonable £20,000, plus £500 for postage and packaging.
The Houses of Parliament, with life belt for emergencies
Play is set to begin at 12 noon, running alongside the main event, coverage of which you can find here, or at the top of the PokerStars Blog home page.