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Derrick Rosenbarger, an Air Force jet pilot from Clovis, New Mexico, will have a Christmas to remember after winning the $ 500,824 first place prize at the televised partypoker World Poker Tour (WPT) Montreal Main Event.
Rosenbarger went into the six-handed final table as the second shortest stack, but he kept his nerve, picked his spots well and kept himself in contention. This is how the final table lined up:
Despite Lily Kiletto starting the final table armed with only six big blinds, it took 34 hands for the first player to head to the rail – and it wasn’t Kiletto. Alexandre Lavigne saw the action fold to him in the cutoff seat and he decided to move all in for 1,100,000 chips with what turned out to be . Serge Cantin was the big blind and he called, showing as he did so. By the river the board read , busting Lavigne who picked up $ 98,574 for his efforts.
One hand later and Kiletto came unstuck. Having doubled up twice early on at the final table, Kiletto was all in for 650,000 and up against two callers in the shape of Mukul Pahuja and Sylvain Siebert. The two active players checked the flop, then Siebert bet 400,000 on the turn. Kiletto revealed the while Siebert flipped up . The completed the board and Kiletto headed to the Playground Poker Club’s cashier to collect $ 121,848.
The remaining four players butted heads for the best part of 35 hands before the play passed around to Siebert on the button and he moved all in. Cantin, in the small blind, called and showed pocket eights, which were ahead of Siebert’s . A board reading saw the pot slid towards Cabntin and left Siebert with nothing but dust where he chips used to be. Sibert won $ 162,936 for his fourth place finish.
Three became two eight hands later when Cantin found himself all in, again with a pair of eights. This time his “snowmen” needed to hold against Pahuja’s , but they couldn’t manage it because the dealer spread the board, Cantin busted and headed to the sidelines armed with $ 220,170 in prize money.
The heads-up battle between Pahuja and Rosenbarger started with the former holding a 17,600,000 to 8,250,000 chip lead. Rosenbarger managed to find a double up and by the time 25 hands of one-on-one poker had played out, Rosenbarger led.
It was then Pahuja’s turn to double-up, but after doing so he still trailed Rosenbarger. Then on Hand 152 of the final table, Rosenbarger set the price to play at 600,000. Pahuja three-bet all in for 6,975,000 and Rosenbarger snap-called. The Air Force pilot flipped up a pair of queens, while Pahuja tabled . The [9dh] flop gave Pahuja some outs to a straight in addition to his overcard; the allowed Pahuja to catch a third four to win, too. The river failed to alter the course of the hand, Pahuja busted ($ 340,928) and Rosenbarger had won the partypoker WPT Montreal Main Event.
WPT Montreal Final Table Results
|1st||Derrick Rosenbarger||$ 500,824|
|2nd||Mukul Pahuja||$ 340,928|
|3rd||Serge Cantin||$ 220,170|
|4th||Sylvain Siebert||$ 162,936|
|5th||Lily Kiletto||$ 121,848|
|6th||Alexandre Lavigne||$ 98,574|
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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
Twenty-two year old Danish pro Younas Rønhoff is on cloud nine right now after turning a $ 265 partypoker satellite win into 610,000 Danish Kroner (approx. $ 100,000) by winning the World Poker Tour National Copenhagen Main Event.
After qualifying for the WPT National Copenhagen Main Event at partypoker, Rønhoff took his seat at the major live event alongside 241 other players, each hoping to become a WPT National champion.
Rønhoff flew under the radar for the first two days of the 10,000 DKK (€1,350) buy-in Main Event at the Casino Copenhagen, but Day 3 saw him storm up the leader board and reach the eight-handed final table as an overwhelming chip leader, one with over 40% of the total chips in play. Rønhoff won a massive pot of around 2.4 million chips late into Day 3 when his held against Simon Nybo’s .
WPT National Copenhagen Final Table
|2||Martin B. Hansen||647,000|
With such a substantial chip lead, it was no surprise that Rønhoff sat back and allowed the other players to knock each other out. Martin B. Hansen was the first player to fall by the wayside and he was followed to the rail by Simon Nybo, Anders Rasmussen, Anders Fraulund and Allan Sandsgaard.
Those eliminations left Rønhoff to take on Helge Rahbek for the title of WPT National Copenhagen champion. Going into heads-up, Rahbek held a two-to-one chip lead over the partypoker qualifier and after winning the vast majority of the early encounters, increased this lead to a seemingly unassailable 11-to-1 chip lead.
It looked as if Rønhoff was dead and buried and would have to settle for the runner-up prize. That was until his caught an ace on the river to beat the of Rahbek – which had flopped a queen – to double up. From that moment on, Rønhoff never looked back and had soon drawn level, prompting Rahbek to take up Rønhoff’s offer of a deal of adding 55,000 DKK to second place.
Soon after agreeing the deal, Rønhoff secured the title. With the board reading , Rahbek moved all-in with what turned out to be and Rønhoff instantly called having made two pair with his . Rahbek was eliminated and a delighted Rønhoff had won his first major live title.
WPT National Copenhagen Final Table Results
|8th||Martin B. Hansen||80,000|
Shortly after receiving his trophy, Rønhoff revealed that he won’t be investing much of his winnings into larger buy-in tournaments, instead he plans to continue attempting to satellite into them instead – hopefully at partypoker!
Congratulations to Rønhoff from everyone at partypoker.
The all new partypoker Sunday tournament schedule
The all new partypoker has introduced a new Sunday tournament schedule. The key changes are the addition of an action-packed fun $ 10K Super Bounty and a wide range of new low buy-in tournaments featuring the best of the old but also new speed, rebuy, add-on and PLO tournaments – a great Sunday mix if you want to win top prizes and have fun playing tournament poker.
The Asia Championship of Poker (ACOP) Main Event would today see the surviving 169 players come together for the first time inside the PokerStars LIVE at the City of Dreams poker room. Some were nursing sore heads after a memorable pool party the night before, but the poker Gods wait for no one as the cards were in the air at the tick of 5:00pm.
Kahle Burns and Didier Guerin were unlucky early casualties which set the tone for the rest of the day. Roger Spets, Daren Yoon, David Vamplew, Sparrow Cheong, Kyle Cheong, Minh Nguyen, Victor Chong, Jordan Westmorland, Joel Feldman, Lee Nelson, Paul Newey, Kitty Kuo, Ben Lamb, reigning Macau Poker Cup champ Tom Alner and the defending champion Xing Zhou all found themselves heading for the exit as almost 100 players fell in just five levels of play.
There were eight players representing Team PokerStars and Full Tilt who started the day in contention. However Bryan Huang, Celina Lin, Vivian Im, Jonathan Karamalikis and ACOP Beer Pong champion Tom Grigg were all unable to progress any further in this event.
Huang jammed ace-five into a dominant ace-ten, while Lin’s tournament was over when she ran ace-queen into pocket kings. Im lost a race with ace-king against queens, Karamalikis ran into pocket aces, while Grigg’s bustout hand, much like his success in beer pong, still remains a mystery.
At the other end of the scale Peter Chan and Aiden Tan were prominent, but it was American Kevin Schulz who captured attention in the final level of the day.
First, the chips went flying on a [2d][8d][4c] flop with Schulz flopping a set of lucky ducks holding [2s][2h] to crack his opponent’s [Qs][Qh]. The turn and river bricked out and Schulz found himself with a monstrous stack. But he wasn’t done with there.
Moments later Schulz did exactly the same thing to former November Niner Ben Lamb. The flop was [2h][7d][6d] with Lamb’s [td][th] no match for Schulz’s [2s][2c]. Schulz bagged up an impressive 311,600 chips for a clear lead by the end of the day.
Jonathan Depa (254,200), former Red Dragon winner Yoshitaka Okawa (194,400) and Chane Kampanatsanyakorn (186,100) will also be among the chip leaders while Tom Middleton, Terry Fan, Mervin Chan, Keith Ferrera, Winfred Yu, Michael Tureniec, Aaron Lim, Shaq Lin, Billy Argyros and Raiden Kan are a few of the notables to survive.
Eugene Katchalov (83,600), Naoya Kihara (38,800) and Randy Lew (20,800) also successfully navigated through play to ensure red spade representation into Day 3 of play.
A total of 72 players will return at 3pm (GMT+8) on Thursday as Day 3 of the ACOP Main Event commences. We’re still a long way from the money for the top 25, with some players set to play over three full days of poker, only to go home empty-handed. Ouch. Stay tuned to the Live Updates section of the site for full chip counts and the seating draw for play tomorrow.
Join us again from 3pm (GMT+8) tomorrow as the ACOP Main Event rolls on. Until then, it’s goodnight from Macau!
Day 2 is always good for adding a dash of reality to a poker tournament. EPT10 Barcelona has proven no different. Aside from the trial of surviving six more levels that slashed the field from 697 to 242, there’s the pressure of knowing just what’s at stake.
The talk this week was of setting records. In the end the Main Event fell just short of equalling the biggest field in EPT history (excluding the PCA), but created an enormous prize pool regardless. €5,984,900 will be dished out to the top 183 players, with the winner earning €1,067,000. Closest to that goal tonight is chip leader Pablo Tavitian.
Not far behind is Niall Farrell from Scotland, who is turning 2013 into his own.
After an impressive week at EPT London earlier this year, where he finished second in a side event and tenth in the Main Event, he took to Las Vegas over the summer, earning five World Series of Poker cashes, including a runner-up spot in a $ 3K hold’em event. Now he’s turning his attention to a deep run in Barcelona, bagging up 444,000.
There were also good days for others. The chip counts drop sharply outside the top ten, but Victor Ramdin, Andrew Moreno, Shannon Shorr, Erik Freiberg, Marvin Rettenmaier, Mikalai Pobol and Angel Guillen will all return.
They were followed by the likes of Marcel Luske, Toby Lewis, Vanessa Selbst, Jonathan Duhamel and Jan Heitmann. In turn, Luca Pagano, Fabian Quoss, Benny Spindler, Jake Cody and Theo Jorgensen followed, as did Liv Boeree, Sofia Lovgren and Ville Wahlbeck.
Everything else will have to wait until tomorrow, when play restarts at 12noon local time. See you then.
Click through to live coverage of the EPT Barcelona Super High Roller and the EPT Barcelona Main Event. Check out all the festival results here. Follow the @PokerStarsBlog Twitter account to keep up-to-date with all the EPT action and check out the EPTLive webcast.
Those juicy cash games I was enjoying so much this spring unfortunately dried up. After a few more weeks of great action, a lot of the players moved on to Las Vegas for the World Series of Poker. I traveled there myself in the middle of June to play a few events, but unfortunately I had to skip the Main Event. I had a pretty good reason, though. I was taking a trip to Russia.
Why Russia? I have a friend who has been living in Moscow for the last six months. He’s a Mexican chef and was hired to come over there and open a restaurant. He adapted really well to the country and is already planning a second restaurant. Since moving there, he’s been urging me and our group of friends to come over and visit him. However, our time was running out to take this trip because my roommate is getting married in a few months. So we found a perfect solution. We decided to have his bachelor party in Moscow!
I also had the opportunity to spend a week in London after EPT Monte Carlo. My girlfriend is studying art history and she was about to start a three-month contemporary art program there. When it comes to art, I’m kind of a donk. I love looking at it, but when I’m at a museum, I never know where to go. So having her as my tour guide was perfect. My favorite place we visited in London was the Tate Modern. They had a special exhibit going on, a Lichtenstein retrospective. I really enjoyed it and learned so much. My girlfriend loves to tell me about all the different artists, their backgrounds, what their process is like, and the meanings behind their work. Before I was just looking at paintings on a wall. Now I have some deeper understanding and it makes the whole museum experience so much more interesting. So far, the Impressionists are my favorite.
Next time, I’ll make sure to tell you guys all about our little Mexican invasion of Russia!
I’m pretty excited about the final table of the Main Event this year. After 7 days of intense poker, 6352 players became 9. That’s a feat in itself but when you consider that a former Main Event Champion from 2001 (Carlos Mortensen) bubbled this year’s final table, it’s incredible. I really do wish we would have seen him at the final as he’s a great player and seems like a genuine guy. It would have been a pretty cool story to follow as well – potential two-time champion!
Sometimes It’s Hard To Be Neutral
I’m really proud of my friend and teammate Marvin Rettenmaier who had a pretty incredible run in the Main this year. Because I work on the TV broadcast for it, I’m supposed to be neutral but that’s really hard when friends are creeping closer to a payday of almost 8 1/2 million dollars! He placed in the top 100 and damn fine player that he is, who knows, he might be able to take another run at it next year.
I’ll Be Back
For now, it’s time to try to force all of my clothes and belongings into suitcases that somehow seem way too small now, and head to the airport to say my last goodbyes to the USA for a little while.
Doyle Brunson and The World Series Of Poker go together like gravy to potatoes. Ten bracelets, thirty plus cashes with more to come and those back to back Main Event titles in 1976 and 1977 have more than secured Brunsons rightful place in the eternal poker history books.
He’s still going strong even though the twitter-verse recently brewed up a proper storm in a tea cup over a recently out of context tweet he made about his possible non-participation in this years WSOP.
Ty Steward put an end to all of that this year when he presented Doyle with a bronze bust of him to sit in the WSOP Hall of Fame. So what do you think about his bust?
This is the moment we’ve all been waiting for all year long. Welcome to our coverage of the World Series Of Poker Main Event!
Each and every year thousands of hopefuls make the annual pilgrimage to the mecca of poker Las Vegas to take on each other at the felt and to battle it down in the hopes of showing the world they are the best poker player the world has ever seen. From the last few years it’s been dominated by young males, will we see a shift this year?
Sweat and Tears
One things for sure this is a marathon and not a sprint. Over the course of the next 10 days the journey to that illustrious final table is going to show us a lot of tears, sweat, glory plus of course some choice language that perhaps you wouldn’t want your grandma hearing over Sunday dinner. Then come November one of these players is going to be crowned the champion of the Poker world.
Return of The King – Greg Merson
Speaking of champions it was Greg Merson who opened up the play today here in fabulous Las Vegas. You’ll of course remember it was Merson who crushed a field of around 6,600 players last year and went on to defeat Jesse Sylvia in one of the longest heads up the poker world has ever seen. His reward? The King Of Poker and a cool $ 8,5 Million.
An event like this is so large that in order to accommodate everyone they need what’s called “starting days” meanig they split the “first day” over three actual days, A B and C. Yep it’s that many. And over the next 3 starting days Team PartyPoker will be flying the flag. We’ve got 14 players out there today on 1A of the WSOP ME including:
- Louis Boutin
- Martin Brinkmann
- Jean-François Brûlé
- Christian Delacombaz
- Aymon Hata
- Christopher Kolla
- Ilya Leykin
- Michael McDonald
- Ty Mullins
- Qinghai Pan
- Ingo Paulus
- Pim Wieringen
- Jorn Walthaus
- David Allan
- Michael Feil
Play Along At Home
To look at the main event from a neutral perspective there’s not exactly a lot going on. Nothing reflects this more than the feature table. Far from being the pinnacle of WSOP drama that it will become, the main stage is currently a rest stop for those who want to eat sitting down or read something on their telephones. Here you can do either activity in relative comfort and obscurity.
That goes for the players too. The thumbs of German pro Dominick Nitsche work manically at the screen of the phone he cradles in his hands. Occasionally he looks up, but only to pay for the drink a waiter brought him. The world on the screen is far more interesting than anything taking place on the felt in front of him. At the other end of the table Tatiana Barausova sits alongside Joe Cada. Nobody talks.
Others are resigned to this and subconsciously decide not to let the poker distract them from more engaging pursuits. Three girls on the back row giggle among themselves while passing a bottle of beer to each other. Four people on the front row opposite eat takeaway food.
A man carrying a four gallon carton of water got up to leave, looking disappointed. The brochure had promised the biggest and richest poker tournament in the world. And it is. It’s just that in level three of the opening day it doesn’t necessarily look like it is. As he left another railbird arrived to take his place, eager to see what all the lack of fuss is about.
Two ladies on the opposite side seemed to size up the problem. Too polite to put any talk of monotony into words, they agreed that things would be much better if they could see the hole cards. They both laughed, startled temporarily into silence when noise came from the feature table. Action? An elimination perhaps? No, just a player moving his seat.
They soon got up and left.