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Tournament action was paused at the iPOPS #5 $ 500,000 Guaranteed on May 6, 2012, when only 27 players remained in the action. This tournament, part of Titan Poker’s online iPOPS events with $ 1,000,000 in total guaranteed prizes, was staged as a $ 125+$ 10 freezeout and attracted 2,480 starters.
The final 27 players each received a €1,800 travel package to Barcelona where the tournament continues at the Gran Casino de Barcelona starting at 17:00 GMT on June 1st.
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Play will continue on June 1st until only six players remain. The final table of iPOPS #5 $ 500,000 will be staged on June 2 from 17:00 GMT.
The final table of the iPOPS #5 $ 500,000 Guaranteed is being streamed live as iPOPS live poker truly lives up to its name. In addition, highlights will be streamed of the iPOPS Live Main Event, a €700+€70 No Limit Hold’em freezeout tournament that kicks off on June 2nd.
Satellites for the iPOPS Live Main Event were staged as part of Titan Poker’s tournament schedule.
“Barcelona is my favorite city and I’ve been here six times to play poker,” says Michael Schuchardt, one of Titan Poker’s players who participated in the recently staged iPOPS Live Barcelona event. “The hotel was really great and the tournament schedule was perfect.”
Michael, who plays under the nickname “parlo”, previously represented Titan Poker at ECPokerTour Malta and ECPokerTour Salzburg. The iPOPS Live Main Event staged at the Gran Casino de Barcelona drew a starting field of 179 players and unfortunately, Michael didn’t finish in the money.
“Never risk your tournament life with a pair,” he says, recalling the hand which busted him out of the action.
Michael was doing well at the beginning of the tournament. “At my first table I got along great, all Spaniards, and surprisingly tight. At the second table’s it was no longer so easy and a lot of 3- and 4-bets were played,” he says, noting that the action became very aggressive.
“Still, I got along very well and I was average at Level 17 with just under 100K.”
And then came the hand that would determine Michael’s fate.
“Blinds were 3,000/6,000 and the ante was 100,” Michael recalls. In cutoff position he was dealt A Q. A very aggressive Spaniard raised to 13,000, and Michael called.
The flop came A T 2 rainbow.
“The Spaniard bet half the pot. I raised and he went all-in. At this stage, in Level 17, I was actually about average on Day 2. Now I’ve been thinking a long time and came to the conclusion that a player with a set or two pair wouldn’t play that way. The only danger was that he had A K, but I thought he had a lower card. My tournament life was hanging on this call. I called and he had A K, and unfortunately I did not get any more help from the board. Finished!”
The theory is true, Michael concludes: “Never risk your tournament life with a pair.”
The iPOPS #5 $ 500,000 Guaranteed event was won yesterday by American Jesse Rockowitz in a nice 33 vs 22 hand. Jesse is no stranger to live poker winnings being the owner of a WSOP bracelet from a $ 1,500 NLH event in 2010. With a $ 100,000 boost to his bankroll he is headed to Vegas this year as well. Runner up is Noel Hayes from Ireland with $ 56,350.
At the start of the day the chip leader with 5,960,000 was Titan Poker qualifier from Sweden Gustav Nordh, who eventually left in 5th place and took $ 22,000 for his efforts. Gustav was playing his first ever live tournament. His last hand went down as follows: Gustav raised and all folded except for Noel Hayes, who pushed all in. Nordh contemplated before calling and the two of them saw a board of K♤ T♦ 3♣ 5♣ 2♤ to which Gustav’s J♤ J♣ did not hold up against the K♥ K♦ of Hayes.
Seventeen players played the iPOPS Live Barcelona Main Event on behalf of Titan Poker. For some of them, this was the first time they had played a land-based poker tournament, while others had previously represented Titan Poker at poker tournaments in Malta, Dublin, Austria, or even in Barcelona itself.
“Barcelona is my favorite city and I’ve been here six times to play poker,” one of the players said. “The hotel was really great and the tournament schedule is perfect.”
Included here are more videos from iPOPS Live Barcelona, where our players tell about how they qualified for the event and speak about their experiences.
Take a look at what our players have to say.
Interview with Romanian player Alexandru Marcu:
Interview with German player Steffen Carl:
Interview with Dutch player Leon Piso:
Interview with Spanish player Marc Grau:
The verdict is in = players loved the Barcelona setting for the recently completed iPOPS (iPoker Online Poker Series) Live tournament. The players loved the hotel, the food, the beach, and most especially, the poker action.
Included here are some videos from iPOPS, introducing the iPoker Live Barcelona event and interviewing some of the players who participated in the tournament.
We hope to see you at the next iPOPS Live tournament!
iPOPS Live Barcelona introduction:
Interview with Swedish player Gustav Nordh, who finished in 5th place in the iPOPS #5 $ 500,000 Guaranteed:
Interview with Jesse Rockowitz, winner of the iPOPS #5 $ 500,000 Guaranteed:
A weekend of grueling poker action has been completed with Romanian Dany Parlafes taking home the title, the trophy and €22,000. Here is a retrospect overview of how the events unfolded.
On Day 1 179 players entered into the Main Event and by the end of the day and 18 levels of play the field had shrank to 45. Chip leader going into Day 2 was Latvian poker player Juris Bonders. From the 17 qualifiers Titan had sent to the Main Event, 13 did not survive Day 1.
Alexandru Marcu from Romania, who started Day 2 with 101,600 chips, was doing quite well during Day 1 and was chip leader for some time. He lost a significant amount of chips when he paid 2 all-ins (KQ vs A10 and KJ suited vs AK), one of them to fellow Titan Poker qualifier Steffen Carl. The latter had his stack drop to 18K during the late levels on Day 1 but managed to climb up to 155,800 by the time the last level for the day had completed (level 18, blinds 2500-5000, ante 500). Marcu also lost a big portion of his towering stack with Ad6d vs 3s3c on a board 4c7s2cAs3. However he did eliminate a couple of players which led to him having a very healthy stack going into Day 2. For example: a player in seat 3 shoves for 16K with As10c and Alex calls with 10s10d, the board comes 8c6c7dQc8h.
Another hand went down like this: UTG+1 (Conny Forsberg) raised to 1700 (blinds 400-800) and Alex calls, everyone else folds; the flop comes 744, UTG+1 bets ½ pot and Alex calls; the turn is a 3 and Conny Forsberg bets 5250; Alex calls and the river is a King. Cony bets 11 000 and Alex shoves 21K: Conny has K7 and Alex has 33.
He also eliminated Pro Player Paco ‘El Tren’ Torres: Level 14, blinds 1-2K, ante 200; Alex raised to 4K from UTG+2 and Paco re-raised to 10K from MP. Marcu asked him to count his chips (35K) and shoved all-in. Paco had QhQc vs Marcu’s KdKh. The board they saw was Kc3d6c5c5s and El Tren was out.
Titan qualifier Leon Piso from the Netherlands, who frequents live poker events around the globe, finished ITM for €1700. He started Day 2 with 135,200. Some hands he played during Day 1:
- Level 12: 150 ante, 600/1200 blinds, 112 players left; Leon from LP bets 2525 pre and 3K on the flop (3 9 A), the guy folds and Leon picks up the pot with A4. He was folding hands like QJo and playing really tide in an attempt to climb up to a substantial stack.
- Leon raised to 9K from UTG+1, UTG calls, flop comes 9s4d6d and UTG bets 8K. Leon raised to 21 600 (having 20K left after that, the other player had 50-60K stack) and UTG folded. Leon mucked AdQd.
On Day 2 Leon (short-stacked) was eliminated by Steffen Carl. Carl shoved with AK pre-flop and Leon called with QQ. The turn card was a King and Leon had to shove next with 77 against again Steffen Carl, who called with 39 suited and caught a 9 on the flop. Steffen Carl finished 12th for €2300.
Another Titan qualifier who made it to Day 2 and in the money is Maciej Winkler from Poland, who started Day 2 with 194,800 and finished 21st for €1450.
Frequent Titan qualifier Gorka Romero busted in an ironic way when he bet on a Jh h h flop with his JJ and his opponent shove, Gorka called the all-in and a heart fell on the river to complete his opponents flush.
The event was eventually won by Romanian Dany Parlafes who also plays on Titan but instead of qualifying on Titan Poker, this time he bought-in directly.
Barcelona is undoubtedly one of the best places to be during the summer months. The sea breeze, the sunshine, the nightlife and just the overall beauty of the place have made it one of the truly wonderful locations for poker. iPOPS have chosen wisely to bring their players to the heaven of Port Olimpic.
Today Casino de Barcelona welcomed the finalists of the iPOPS #5 for 7 hours of intense play before we got down to 6 players, whose battle for the 1st place will be live streamed tomorrow and accompanied by Jesse May’s commentary. The event began with 25 players and by the time the dinner break started, they were only 10.
Titan Poker has 3 qualifiers among the iPOPS #5 finalists: Brendan Grimwood from the UK, Gustav Nordh from Sweden and Alexey Russo from Russia. The latter could not attend so he was blinded out and will receive $ 2,700.
Brendan and Gustav put up a fight in this tournament and Brendan won $ 9,200 for finishing in 8th place. He was short stacked for a while and decided to shove pre flop with AcKc shortly into the 1st level after the dinner break. Gustav Nordh had opened for 150,000, Gustavo Battistoni had called from the button and Jesse Rockowitz from the SB. Brendan shove for 825,000 which made Nordh and Bettistoni give up their hands. Rockowitz made the call with Td Th and the board came 4h8d3s6c4c.
Before the break Brendan had around 1,200,000. His chip stack was fluctuating between short and average for most of the day leaving him
with the obvious choice to shove with any good cards when the opportunity arose. Earlier during Level 3 he doubled up to 530 000 from German player Fabian Quoss with KcKs vs Fabian’s Js5s. Fabian was later eliminated by the other Titan player, Gustav Nordh.
Gustav is going into Day 2 as the chip leader with 5,960,000 in chips. He maintained a steady lead throughout the day being the chip leader half the time and having an above-average stack for the rest. During Level 6 (blinds 30/60k, ante 10K) he doubled up off of Kane Kalas, who was on his right. The flop was Ts3s9s and Kalas bet from the cutoff. Gustav shoved from the button and got a snap call. The turn and river were 8c and Ad respectively. Kane’s 10d9c were crushed by Gustav’s JdQd that gave him a straight and he doubled to around 3 million, whereas Kalas was down to 600 000. The last hand Kane played was quite interesting. Mateusz Maciak (in seat 7) shoved and Kalas followed with an all-in as well. Willem Müller-Hofstede form the SB did the same and eliminated his 2 opponents when his AsTd held up against Maciak’s Ac8c and Kane’s KhQd on a 2s3s2dKsJs board. This lucky coin flip bumped up his stack to about 3.2 million.
Back to Gustav. He eliminated well-known German player Fabian Quoss on a 9d5s3d6c board, when Quoss bet 375 000 and after some contemplation Nordh went all-in, got snap-called and showed Qd6d vs Fabian’s Ad9c. Luckily for Gustav the river was a diamond and completed his flush and eliminating Quoss in 10th place.
Play will resume tomorrow at 5 pm. The clock was stopped at 25:52 during level 8, blinds 40k/80k and ante 10K. The stacks are:
Seat 2 Willem Müller-Hofstede – 3,970,000
Seat 3 Gustavo Battistoni – 3,705,000
Seat 5 Jesse Rockowitz – 4,265,000
Seat 7 Noel Hayes – 1,715,000
Seat 8 Ilmari – Sukanen – 4,965,000
Seat 9 Gustav Nordh – 5,960,000
After its huge success in November and December, iPOPs (iPoker Online Poker Series) returns with five online tournaments awarding $ 1,000,000 in guaranteed prizes and a live event to be staged at the Gran Casino de Barcelona in June.
Satellites are running now at Titan Poker to the five online iPOPS tournaments, which run from April 29th to May 6th, and in parallel to the iPOPS Live Main Event in Barcelona.
The online tournaments kick off with a $ 100+$ 9 No Limit Hold’em Freezeout on April 29th guaranteeing a prize pool of $ 200,000. Other events in the series include a $ 40+$ 4 Pot Limit Omaha 6-max re-buy tournament with a $ 50,000 guaranteed prize pool, and a $ 500+$ 30 No Limit Hold’em 6-max freezeout tournament with a $ 100,000 guaranteed prize pool.
Action at the $ 125+$ 10 iPOPS #5 $ 500,000 GP freezeout on May 6th will pause when only 27 players remain. Similar to the paused tournament last year, action will resume at the Gran Casino de Barcelona on June 1st. The iPoker Network provided live coverage of the continuation of this tournament in Prague in December.
In parallel to the online tournaments, players can already secure their seats to the iPOPS Live Barcelona Main Event, a €770 buy-in event offering participants a starting stack of 30,000 chips. The iPOPS Live Main is a two-day freezeout event that will play June 2nd – June 3rd, 2012.
Titan Poker is staging three weekly iPOPS Live Barcelona Super Satellites awarding winning players with €2,200 prize packages to the event in Barcelona. The prize packages include the €770 buy-in to the iPOPS Live Main Event; €1,000 for 3 nights’ accommodation at the Arts Hotel, June 1st -4th 2012; €30 for handling fees; and €400 for flights and spending. Participating players will be invited to an exclusive players’ party.
Tournament action was paused at the iPOPS #4 $ 500,000 Guaranteed when only 27 players remained in the action. This tournament, part of Titan Poker’s online iPOPS events with $ 1,000,000 in total guaranteed prizes, was staged as a $ 125+$ 10 freezeout and attracted 3,383 starters. The final 27 players received a €1,000 travel package to Prague where the tournament continued at the Ambassador Casino on December 10th.
The final table of the iPOPS #4 $ 500,000 Guaranteed is being streamed live as iPOPS live poker truly lives up to its name. Don’t miss this on Sunday, December 11th, starting at 13:30 Central European Time (CET). (This accounts for live coverage plus a thirty minute delay in the broadcast.)
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$ 1,000,000 in guaranteed prizes and an exciting live poker tournament in Prague are coming your way. Titan Poker has just launched satellites leading to the $ 1,000,000 iPoker Online Poker Series tournaments and the iPOPS Live Main Event in Prague.
iPOPS is a lightning fast online poker tournament series taking place between November 28th and December 4th, 2011, with a total guaranteed prizepool of $ 1,000,000. Tournaments take place very two days with affordable buy-ins, culminating with a $ 500,000 guaranteed prize tournament.
iPOPS #1 on November 28th carries a $ 200,000 guaranteed prizepool and will be staged as a $ 100+$ 9 freezeout tournament, with 6-max tables.
iPOPS #2 will take place on November 30th and have a $ 150,000 guaranteed prizepool. The No Limit Hold’em Turbo tournament will have $ 50+$ 5 buy-ins with re-buys and an add-on available.
iPOPS #3 will be staged on December 2nd. This Pot Limit Omaha tournament will feature 6-max tables, have a $ 100+$ 9 buy-in with one re-buy available, and carry a $ 150,000 guaranteed prizepool.
The series will culminate on December 4th with the iPOPS #4 $ 500,000 GP tournament, a $ 125+$ 10 freezeout.
The last 27 players left in the action of iPOPS #4 will battle it out live at the Corinthia Hotel in Prague on December 10th.
In addition, iPOPS Live is the iPoker Network’s first live tournament and will be staged at the Corinthia Hotel Casino in Prague on December 10th-11th, 2011. This freezeout event carries a €700 + €70 buy-in and will be focused primarily on players from the iPoker Network.
Titan Poker’s IPOPS Live satellites lead to three weekly Super Satellites, each awarding winning players with €1,450 prize packages to the IPOPS Live Main Event in Prague.
Winning players will receive the €700 + €70 Main Event buy-in; €255 for 3 nights’ accommodation at the Corinthia Hotel in Prague, December 9th – 12th 2011; €25 for handling fees; and €400 for flights and spending. In addition, players will be invited to a special Welcome Party on December 9th.