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It may be time to admit that there is more than a lucky mohawk involved in George Danzer’s ongoing heater.
This weekend, Danzer won his third WSOP bracelet in Australia. Danzer defeated Scott Clements heads-up to win $74,193 and enough WSOP Player of the Year points take the lead in the race. That makes three bracelets in one year, an accomplishment only a handful of people in history have achieved.
Meanwhile, the UKIPT and EPT have hit London to make for one of the bigger weekends of news we have had in some time. Here’s a complete look at the big stories from the weekend.
Here are the results from all the biggest online action: October 11-12, 2014 PokerStars weekend tournament results.
Good luck to everyone in London, and again, congratulations to George Danzer on his third WSOP bracelet.
Brad Willis is the PokerStars Head of Blogging
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Isai Scheinberg, PokerStars’ founder and former owner, won a poker tournament last weekend. The UKIPT tour made a return stop to the Isle of Man where Scheinberg and 14 other people put up £2,200 apiece for the chance to win the £13,850 first prize.
Scheinberg’s victory would’ve been a story on its own. He is only a few weeks removed from the selling the company that under his direction became the world’s largest online poker site. It was he who moved the entire company to the Isle of Man and made PokerStars the island’s biggest employer.
But there was something else that came out of that moment.
For many years, media around the world complained that they could find no recent pictures of the PokerStars founder. Scheinberg preferred to stay in the background and let the cameras focus on the players.
But now, with the company now in someone else’s hands, Scheinberg was just that: a poker player who had won a poker tournament, one who was expected to sit for a winner’s photo.
And that’s really where this story is.
Something happened a few years back. I can’t say when it started exactly, but my first memory of it was when Alex Gomes won Brazil’s first WSOP bracelet in 2008. As he took a seat for his winner photo, every Brazilian in the room rushed to be in the shot. It was an individual achievement, certainly, but for the country of Brazil, it was a milestone. The celebrated together in what would be an historic photo for Brazilian poker.
In the six years that have passed since that day, the group winner photo has become standard. The photographers on scene take a standard usual snap and then stand by for the assembly of the group shot. Countrymen, friends, crews, entourages, and hangers-on crowd in to be part of the moment. Each smile in each frame says one thing: “We were rooting for you the whole way.”
So, when Isai Scheinberg won the UKIPT High Roller last weekend, this happened.
You have to look closely to even find Scheinberg. If you look for the glint of the trophy in the light, you can find the smiling man holding it. Around him, heads poke out in every direction, straining to see the lens, wanting more than anything to be part of that moment. Some of the faces you may know. Some of them you won’t. All of them are people who owe their smiles to Scheinberg and his vision. They are players, friends, and PokerStars employees who trusted Scheinberg to lead them and PokerStars on the right path. He did not steer them wrong.
All along, Scheinberg let others have the limelight, and even when it was time for him to step up and collect his trophy, he let himself be surrounded–engulfed, even–by the people he trusted enough to let them be a part of PokerStars. Yes, he is in the picture, but true to his way, it’s the crowd around him that gets the glory.
Each of those faces represented hundreds more people around the world who wished they could’ve been there to celebrate the moment. Indeed, it was a relatively small field and a relatively small first prize, but it was a moment Scheinberg deserved.
In the the most literal way, that picture said, “We were rooting for you the whole way, Isai.”
Brad Willis is the PokerStars Head of Blogging
Something happened to me during the last half of this year’s WSOP.
I had a little bit of a wake-up call in Vegas where I was in the middle of playing several long days in a row, drinking a lot of coffee and generally not paying too much attention to my health. Then one day in the middle of a tournament I felt a little weird. I realized I was feeling sweaty and my heart rate went up. So I said okay, that’s enough, and I started getting on the treadmill every morning and kept at it all of the way to the end.
Now that I’m back in London I’m running outdoors almost every day, as the weather’s been great — just a few miles per day, gradually building back up. There is also a weekly soccer game here with PokerStars employees on a rented pitch which has been a ton of fun and great exercise, too.
I never really focused too much on exercise before, but now I’ve gotten into a routine where it feels weird to go a day without some sort of physical activity. I’ll get that restless feeling if I’m not running or playing some kind of sport, and I’m really enjoying getting out and staying active.
It’s probably not a coincidence, either, that I’ve had some poker success lately, too. I had a win in the Sunday six-max and the cash games online are going quite well, too. I’m not the first to notice that being physically fit can translate to better concentration and performance at the tables.
In other words, no matter how I run in WCOOP, I know one thing — I’m going to keep up my “run good” when away from the tables, for sure.
Matthias de Meulder is a member of Team PokerStars Pro
Flopping the nuts is great; however, a lot of players really struggle with getting the most value out of the hand. Questions arise as to whether it’s better to smooth-call an opponent’s raise or should we re-raise instead?
In this new edition of Poker Bites at PokerSchoolOnline we hear the thoughts of Ike Haxton, Felix Schneiders and Tyler Frost from Team Online on a hand played recently by Tyler in a 200NL full ring cash game.
He’s dealt a marginal hand holding King, Jack of hearts so let’s see how the hand plays out.
So, Tyler hit the Royal Flush, we don’t see that every day! However, the most important aspect we need to learn from this hand is whether or not we got the most value from it? Would you have played it differently? It certainly leaves us with a lot to chew on.
For more Poker Bite videos from the Pros visit PokerSchoolOnline and register today for free.
So far so good for WCOOP 2014. In two weeks you might say it has delivered on what it promised–some familiar and some not familiar winners, but the best of online poker on display at each day. Oh and Russians. There have been six Russian champions so far, more than any other nation, just as we *ahem* predicted.
Alright, that might have drawn some obvious conclusion, but could we really have expected what we’ve seen in the past even days? Repeat winners, several of them actually, and two players who scored double WCOOP wins just days apart.
The first of those came for Scott “Aggro Santos” Margereson who, fresh off a win in Event #18 ($320 NLHE Turbo Zoom) topped that with a win in Event #22 three days later (Sunday Warm-Up Special Edition), adding $202,000 to the $106,861 he’d already collected.
“I’m not sure the reality has set in for me yet,” said Margereson. “I didn’t even plan on playing that much of WCOOP but now I think I have to play pretty much every event to try and lock up the leader board.”
This turned out to be a similar theme among winners, including Assad91. He equalled Margereson’s double in Event #28 ($320 Mixed hold’em) (LINK) and promptly set about shoring up his lead in the Player of the Year leader board. It’s as though the idea of being Player of the Year never even crossed their minds until they found themselves catapulted into contention.
Elsewhere there were wins for players who you kind of just assumed had already earned a first WCOOP title. Players like Sami Kelopuro.
Kelopuro, who plays as the familiar Lars Luzak (Lrslzk) online, had two SCOOP titles to his name (including the Main Event in 2011) but had yet to secure WCOOP gold. He put that right in Event #20 with a display of complete domination at the final table, where he saw off six players. And, like a lot of great players, he absolved himself of much of the credit.
“To be honest, knocking out so many players was partly just being lucky and running good – as it always is when you go deep in any tournament.”
In a similar position to Kelopuro was David Baker. Baker is one of those players who seems to win whatever he chooses–two WSOP bracelets so far and you suspect whatever he chose on the EPT if he cared to travel so far to play it. But up until this week a WCOOP title eluded him. It came in Event #33 ($320 8-Game), earning him $34,909.
To do so he had to fend off another player in great form right now, and seemingly always in great form come to think of it, Mikal “mikal12345″ Blomlie.
Blomlie, a former WCOOP Player of the Year from 2012, missed out in the Baker final but bagged his third career WCOOP title. Somehow with Blomlie you get the impression that he makes his way through any tournament with his feet up, on the table, fearless to everything that comes his way.
“I always get motivated and work harder if things are not going my way,” he said. “I can also play most of the games both live and online. So if I’m running bad at one place I can change game or place and get a ‘fresh’ start.”
As far as tournaments go though it was the $10,300 NLHE High Roller that stole the show. With a field of 365 it amassed a prize pool of $3650,000, easily the biggest of the Championship so far.
It also ensured that the winner–vicenfish, from Portugal–would top the list of highest earners, with a first prize of $637,436.88. In fact so big was the event that second placed Ankush “pistons87″ Mandavia went second on the earnings list having secured a $585,313.12 payday (his biggest career cash), with third Mustapha “lasagnaaammm” Kanit behind them, with $392,375. Read the full High Roller report here.
That’s the half way stage gone. But there’s still plenty of action left to come, with 30 more events concluding with the $5,200 Main Event on Sunday September 28, with a guaranteed prize pool of $10,000,000.
For all the details you’ll ever need about tournaments, satellites, statistics and the leader board, go to the WCOOP website. For full coverage of each final table there’s the WCOOP page on the PokerStars Blog
Stephen Bartley is a staff writer for the PokerStars Blog.
No tournament series ever transpires without a few key moments that stick in the memory and define the championship. It can be one of many things: a quote, a single hand, or just a name. Then there are those players who stand out for their remarkable performances. Such as Scott “Aggro Santos” Margereson, who earlier this week became the first player to win two titles during WCOOP 2014.
Perhaps it says something about those of us on the rail that it takes two WCOOP wins to get our attention, as if winning the first wasn’t a monumental achievement enough. But while we instinctively know that one title is close to impossible, two takes on an almost supernatural quality–thousands of opponents brushed aside with apparent ease, and all in the space of three days.
It may be too early to say that Margereson’s two wins will be the thing we remember most when we look back on WCOOP 2014 (at the time of publication another player had just scored their second title), but it will certainly be one of them. We were all witness to a rare achievement by a player at the start of their poker career.
We spoke to Margereson about his incredible week, one which had an understandable effect of shock on the 21-year-old from Chesterfield, who only a few years ago was sacked from his job washing dishes in a restaurant. It turns out that was probably a good day, leading him to pursue his love of poker. As he put it himself “I haven’t looked back.”
Q. Two wins in a handful of days. Do you have a “can’t lose” feeling at the moment? Should you now just be playing everything you possibly can?!
A. Thanks, I’m extremely happy with both results but I’m not sure the reality has set in for me yet. I didn’t even plan on playing that much of WCOOP but now I think I have to play pretty much every event to try and lock up the leader board.
Q. Can you talk a little about the two wins? How did each tournament play out for you? What were the high points and low points?
A. The first win was a lot more swingy, as it was a turbo. I went into the final table I think second of nine? Quickly gained the chip lead, but then was on the losing end of kings vs. aces which was a low point at the final table, and I think with six left I was in sixth place. I remember being pretty mad at the time, which is understandable as it was one of the biggest final tables I had made in my career. From then a few players made some ICM mistakes to allow me to jump up a couple of spots. I then won a few all-ins and got really lucky to come out winning the event.
The second WCOOP was more smooth sailing. I remember being short around the bubble, and then doubled up a couple of times one way or another after it burst and finished day one coming back with roughly 25 big blinds. As day two started I lost a couple of pots and was down to 15 big blinds straight away, but managed to double up and then cooler another player to double up again, and I was back in it.
From then on I just held in every all-in pot, and was also able to get steals through a lot of the time as most the players were inexperienced at being in this position and were just folding too much.
The final table started badly for me, as I lost half my stack before any bust-outs, meaning that now I had to sit tight and wait for other players to bust. It started to get shorter and shorter stacked and I inevitably coolered come AA vs AK to win a decent sized pot and give me the chip lead, and with the short stacks around this put me in a great position and luckily I was able to close it out.
Q. Can you describe the feeling you got with the first bracelet and how that compared with the second?
A. The feeling of winning the first bracelet was great. I was overjoyed that I had finally got that six figure score, and also leading up to that I was having a bad year in MTTs, so it was a confidence boost as well for me. After winning the second I didn’t really feel much, it just didn’t feel like real life. Twelve hours later its beginning to sink in. I’m just really fortunate to have somehow managed to win two bracelets in one series, particularly in NL hold’em.
Q. For your first win you had a pretty active final table – taking the lead after knocking out two players, then dropping down to the short stack before rallying to win – albeit after nearly losing the heads-up. Is that an accurate description? What was it like to play such a volatile final table?
A. The description is pretty accurate, when you’re at a final table of a turbo you just have to accept that the variance is really high, and whatever happens happens. Even if you’re short in a turbo you’re still not out of the tournament.
Q. You were second in chips for the first final, and chip leader for the second, but they appeared to be two completely different experiences. Is that an accurate way to describe it?
A. Yes the experiences were totally different. I felt much more relaxed at the second final table, as after winning the first event anything was a bonus, and also because the stacks were deeper which suits my game a lot more than when the stacks are shallow.
Q. You must have felt pretty confident heads-up with such a big lead. Is it easy to lose concentration in those spots, or are you still so zoned in until the job is done?
A. I actually feel like having a commanding chip lead going into a heads-up adds pressure slightly. After the deal was made I had received a lot of messages from friends congratulating me, and I kind of lost my focus at the start of the match. It took one of them to tell me to focus as there was still 20k left to play for to really zone in again.
Q. You’re now top of the WCOOP leader board. Will you now be paying close attention to that is it is something you don’t really think about as a player?
A. I think at this point after winning two events almost halfway through the series and being top of the leader board, it would be a huge mistake to not go for the win in it. So you’ll be seeing me in some games which I’m pretty bad at!
Stephen Bartley is a staff writer for the PokerStars Blog.
Two years ago this week, Jerry “hummylun” Wong was one of eleven players remaining in the WCOOP Main Event and one card away from a double-up that would put him on a 104 big-blind stack. Holding pocket aces against pocket sixes, he was a 95.5% favorite; all he had to dodge were two outs. One million dollars in equity evaporated in an instant when a six hit the river and Wong made a devastating exit, just short of the final table. Remarkably, Wong finished 13th in the WCOOP Main the next year, but that first bracelet was still just out of reach. Wong may not ever get that million in Sklansky bucks back, but tonight he earned a well-deserved victory and finally joined the ranks of WCOOP champions with a win in Event #29 ($320 Limit Badugi).
276 players entered the lone Badugi event of the 2014 WCOOP, their $320 buyins combining to create a, $82,800.00 prize pool. 40 places were paid with first place set to earn $16,146.00. The Red Spade Army had five bannermen in the field: Caio Pessagno, Marcin Horecki, George Danzer, Matthias “Mati312″ Brandner, and Naoya “nkeyno” Kihara. Unfortunately none of them finished in the money. Other notable cashes included Daniel “DazzleO” Ospino (32nd), Greg “DuckU” Hobson (26th), WCOOP TLB contender Mr Negreanu (20th), David “WhooooKidd” Baker (17th), James “Andy McLEOD” Obst (14th), and four-time WCOOP bracelet winner Dan “djk123″ Kelly (13th).
When play went hand for hand on the final table bubble, nine players remained and the betting limits were up to 5,000/10,000. Gieras opened for a raise to 10,000 and H.Oussalé moved all-in for 11,695 from the small blind. RolldUpTrips called from the big and gieras called, making it three ways to the first draw. H.Oussalé stood pat, while RolldUpTrips and gieras each discarded one. RolldUpTrips led out for 5,000 and gieras folded, leaving him heads-up with H.Oussalé. Both players stood pat on the second and third draws. H.Oussalé turned up a 9-8-4-2 badugi, but RolldUpTrips outpipped him with a 9-7-3-2. H.Oussalé hit the rail in ninth place and the final table was set.
Final table chip counts
Seat 1: RolldUpTrips (140,686 in chips)
Seat 2: hummylun (335,415 in chips)
Seat 3: gieras (196,709 in chips)
Seat 4: octane190 (180,384 in chips)
Seat 5: tRaMp$d0PrAy (331,330 in chips)
Seat 6: Pekka3 (49,754 in chips)
Seat 7: adkaf (100,312 in chips)
Seat 8: ihsan89 (45,410 in chips)
ihsan89 exits in eighth place
Ihsan89 chipped up to 80,000 in the early going, but lost half his stack when he rapped pat then bet out on the second draw, only to fold to gieras’s 24,000 raise. Another second-draw fold to adkaf a few hands later left ihsan89 on only 13,000 in chips. Down to only 4,910, ihsan89 moved in on the button, RolldUpTrips raised from the small blind and hummylun called from the big. RolldUpTrips stood pat while hummylun and ihsan89 both drew two. RolldUpTrips led out for 6,000 and hummylun called. On the second draw, RolldUpTrips was pat and both his opponents drew one. Again, RolldUp trips fired out, but hummylun folded to his 12,000 bet. RolldUpTrips rapped pat again on the third draw and ihsan89 drew one card. Ihsan89 missed, revealing a three-card 6-5-3. RolldUpTrips turned over a J-9-8-6 Badugi and sent ihsan89 to the rail in eighth place ($2,070.00).
Adkaf lost a significant chunk of his stack when he doubled up Pekka3. Adkaf stood pat three times with J-T-8-4 Badugi, but Pekka3 made a 9-3-2-A Badugi on the second draw and doubled to 111,500.
Holding 77,500 behind, adkaf three-bet to 21,000 before the first draw and UTG raiser gieras called. Both players drew one card. Gieras bet 7,000 and adkaf called. Gieras and adkaf took another card apiece on the second draw and gieras led out for 14,000. Adkaf called. Gieras was pat on the third draw and adkaf again discarded one. Gieras led out, adkaf raised to 28,000, gieras three-bet to 42,000 and adkaf called off his remaining 7,500 with an 8-6-5-2 Badugi. Unfortunately for him, gieras rolled over a 6-5-2-A Badugi and adkaf was out in seventh place ($2,484.00).
RolldUpTrips fell to 73,500 in chips when he drew one three times and called down tRaMp$dPrAy’s bets on each street. TRaMp$d0PrAy’s J-7-3-A Badugi was good and RolldUpTrips mucked. RollUpTrips couldn’t get any traction after that and with 17,600 remaining, he opened for a raise to 14,000. Gieras called from the small blind and drew one card while RolldUpTrips took two. Gieras bet 7,000 and RolldUpTrips called all-in for 3,600. On the second and third draws, gieras discarded one and RolldUpTrips drew two. While gieras made a J-8-5-4 Badugi, RolldUpTrips showed down a three-card 7-5-2 and ended his run in sixth place ($3,312.00).
Pekka3 picked off
Eight hands later, tRaMp$d0PrAy opened for 14,000 and Pekka3 reraised to 21,000 from the small blind. TRaMp$d0PrAy called and drew two while Pekka3 drew one. Pekka3 led out for 7,000, tRaMp$d0PrAy raised, and the chips kept flying into the pot until the betting was capped at 28,000 apiece and Pekka3 was all-in. Both players took one card on the second and third draws and both whiffed on their Badugis; Pekka turned over a three-card 9-2-A, but it was no match for tRaMp$d0PrAy’s three-card 4-3-2. For fifth place, Pekka3 took home $4,554.00.
gieras gutted in fourth
With the betting limits up to 8,000/16,000, hummylun opened, gieras raised and hummylun capped the betting at 32,000. Gieras called and drew won while hummylun stood pat. Hummylun led out for 8,000 and gieras called off his remaining 1,863 in chips. Gieras discarded one on the second draw and one on the third while hummylun remained pat with his K-Q-9-2 Badugi. Gieras missed his draw and turned up a three-card 8-2-A, sealing his fourth-place elimination ($6,624.00).
octane190 gasses out
When play turned three-handed, tRaMp$d0PrAy led the way with 649,000, hummylun was second with 437,000 and octane190 was the short stack with 294,000.
Octane190 slipped to 191,000 in a three-way pot vs. tRaMp$d0PrAy and hummylun. Octane190 drew two, two and one, but fell to tRaMp$d0PrAy’s 9-6-3-A Badugi. Hummylun peeled another 100k off octane190’s stack when a raising war broke out after the second draw. Hummylun led out, octane190 raised, hummylun three-bet and octane190 called. While hummylun stood pat, octane190 drew one, but folded to hummylun’s 16,000 bet.
Down to 41,768, octane190 called hummylun’s small blind rase and drew two cards. Hummylun also drew two, then led out for 10,000. Octane190 called. Both players took two on the second draw and again, hummylun fired. Octane190 called all-in for 11,768 and drew two more cards. Hummylun discarded one and turned over a three-card 3-2-A. However, octane190 had also missed, and finished with a three-card 6-4-A. For third place, octane190 picked up $9,108.00.
Heads-up chip counts
Seat 2: hummylun (660,162 in chips)
Seat 5: tRaMp$d0PrAy (719,838 in chips)
Hummylun chipped away at tRaMp$d0PrAy’s stack and took a slight chip lead when he made a T-6-5-A Badugi on the first draw and got three streets of value. The two kept this match relatively even until tRaMp$d0PrAy went on a rush and won 12 out of 17 hands. He zoomed up to 1.06 million, but hummylun went back to work and steadily whittled him back down. Back up to 606,000 vs tRaMp$d0PrAy’s 774,000, hummylun made a 9-8-7-4 Badugi on the first draw and raised tRaMp$d0PrAy’s lead bet. TRaMp$d0PrAy called and drew one while hummylun stood pat. Hummylun led out again, tRaMp$d0PrAy raised and hummylun called. Both players were pat on the third draw and hummylun check-called another 24,000 to see tRaMp$d0PrAy’s T-8-6-4 Badugi.
Hummylun climbed to 1.3 million in chips and pushed tRaMp$d0PrAy down to 71,000, but he doubled up with a K-Q-4-3 Badugi vs. hummylun’s three-card 9-4-A. Six hands later, hummylun opened for 28,000, tRaMp$d0PrAy raised and hummylun capped it at 56,000. TRaMp$d0PrAy called and drew now while hummylun stood pat. TRaMp$d0PrAy bet his last 8,676 and hummylun quickly called. Hummylun remained pat on the second and third draws while tRaMp$d0PrAy drew one each time. Unfortunately, tRaMp$d0PrAy missed and finished with 4-2-A, while hummylun turned up a K-Q-9-2 Badugi for the win!
Congratulations to Jerry “hummylun” Wong on his first WCOOP title! He banked $16,146 for the win, while runner-up tRaMp$d0PrAy earned $12,006.00.
WCOOP-29: $320 Limit Badugi
Places paid: 40
1. Jerry “hummylun” Wong (Canada) $16,146.00
2. tRaMp$d0PrAy (Mexico) $12,006.00
3. octane190 (Canada) $9,108.00
4. gieras (Poland) $6,624.00
5. Pekka3 (Sweden) $4,554.00
6. RolldUpTrips (Mexico) $3,312.00
7. adkaf (Slovakia) $2,484.00
8. ihsan89 (Germany) $2,070.00
Kristin Bihr is a freelance contributor to the PokerStars Blog.
Sometimes a username becomes something more than just log-in. It becomes a catchword that means a lot more.
Take “Lrslzk” for instance. On screen it looks like a rushed username, created to relieve the owner from thinking of something more meaningful. It could easily have been “plkilfk” or “trtipoi”, the first keys your fingers land on.
But a while ago Lrslzk began winning so often that his username had to be spoken out loud, as well as just read. So the crumped Lrslzk was stretched out with the help of a few vowels, becoming “lars-lu-zack”, quickly entering the poker lexicon.
It would be used often, and still is. Such as now, this weekend after Event #20 of WCOOP, won by Sami “Lrslzk” Kelopuro*.
Kelopuro already has previous when it comes to ‘COOPs. Winless he was in WCOOP until this weekend perhaps, but he had two SCOOP titles to his name, including the SCOOP 2011 Main Event. He has other stand out performances also, including a Super High Roller appearance in which he made “that fold”, making what seems like an impossible lay down.
But this weekend it was a more aggressive demonstration of his talents. Arriving at the final fourth in chips he would go on to eliminate six of his eight opponents, which historically has proven a pretty good way to win big. Read the full report of Kelopuro’s win to see for yourself.
Elsewhere there were other highlights, including a third WCOOP win for Mikal “mikal12345″ Blomlie.
The Norwegian Blomlie, who was WCOOP Player of the Year in 2012, topped a field of 7,801 to win Event #19, including a final table that featured Timothy Weygang” English, who Blomlie would defeat heads-up to earn a chopped top payout of $109,566.28
We’re now just short of a third of the way through the WCOOP 2014 schedule, with 21 winners so far (there will be 66). There are new events set to start today, as well as the second day of play in three events that began yesterday, with details below.
WCOOP 2014: Event #22 (Sunday Warm-Up Special Edition) $215 NL Hold’em
Prize pool: $1,627,800
Places paid: 1,080
1. Senyorita_K – 2,394,011
2. Danny179 – 2,289,315
3. elmelogno4 – 2,269,682
4. GaryT20 – 2,065,545
5. Dodgers plus – 1,845,638
6. Marwetz – 1,798,485
7. BBR123 – 1,716,450
8. Panohanska — 1,588,323
9. IL BRUTTOO – 1,509,090
10. AAngelODeath – 1,487,120
Beyond the top ten Team Online’s Mickey “mement_mori” Petersen remains in the field with 661,665 chips, good for 54th place. Natalie Hof will also return for Day 2 with 90,431 chips.
WCOOP 2014: Event #23 $10,300 NL Hold’em (8-Max, Re-Entry, High Roller) Entrants: 365
Prize pool: $3,650,000
Places paid: 48
1. T-Macha – 529,852
2. pistons87 – 319,601
3. WCG|Rider – 302,691
4. vicenfish – 294,873
5. WushuTM – 226,549
6. CaLLitARUSH – 219,473
7. lasagnaaammm – 204,792
8. Sauce123 – 200,407
9. OLD TIME GIN – 196,389
10. TryToExploit – 184,972
WCOOP 2014: Event #24 $700 NL Hold’em
Prize pool: $2,272,305
Places paid: 432
1. jenbizzle — 692790
2. yurasov1990 — 636402
3. madalain — 553990
4. talitay — 514941
5. KKremate — 461110
6. AK87 — 436858
7. rh300487 — 412545
8. zangbezan24 — 396483
9. Pollopopeye — 393904
10. SHIPP ITT — 391531
Also returning for the final day are Team PokerStars Pros Johnny Lodden with 215169 chips and Liv Boeree with 30,337 chips. Team Online’s Grzegorz “DaWaraw” Mikielewicz will also be back, returning to a stack of 114,911.
Here’s a look at some of the big stories from the weekend.
Ryan “gutshtallin” Welch on winning his first WCOOP bracelet
WCOOP 2014: akuza84 annihilates hi and low in Event #21 ($320 PLO H/L 6-Max)
Paul Findlay wins UKIPT Series 6 London!
Here are all the results from the PokerStars weekend majors from September 14, 2014.
*Okay, Kelopuro has also played under the more readable “Lars Luzak”.
Stephen Bartley is a staff writer for the PokerStars Blog.
4.05pm: Break time!
A hard-fought four levels are in the bag and the players have stampeded out of the card room to avail themselves of the Hippodrome’s multitudinous facilities. We’ll be back in twenty minutes to resume on level five. See you then!
4.02pm: Exciting exiting
Poker these days is an aggressively played game. Twenty thousand chips is no guarantee you’ll survive the early stages, as the following eliminated players have found out. Good game.
Alexander R Johnson
3.48pm: Winter(bottom) is coming
Patrick Winterbottom looks to be enjoying the early stages of the tournament – maintaining his stack over the opening levels. He just won a medium pot without showdown to push him into profit:
The opening of the hand saw Winterbottom raise to 575 preflop and pick up two callers.
His 1,500 continuation bet on the K♣3♠4♦ board thinned the field further – his opposition reduced to a single combatant before an additional 3,000 barrel on the Q♣ saw even this resistance evaporate – his opponent folding to leave Winterbottom up to 21,500.
3.35pm: Ante-s up!
The introduction of the antes is often a big catalyst for action – those extra chips sweetening the pot in the middle just enough to entice players to fight that bit more fiercely for their ownership.
We could see some blind scuffles breaking out over the next level. Keep ‘em peeled poker fans.
LEVEL UP: BLINDS 100-200-25
3.22pm: Early fallers
Some players will be in this for the long haul – others however have failed to make it to the first break.
Here’s some of those who have stumbled over the early hurdles:
Nicholas George Stylianou
Bad luck guys, enjoy your newly-liberated Saturday!
LEVEL UP: BLINDS 75-150
3.05pm: Bank of Sweden
Craig Sweden has lost a few of those chips he made earlier, although he feels like he still has a claim to those lost chips.
“They’re just on loan,” Sweden told his tablemate.
“Any interest or interest free?” his opponent jested back.
“Of course there’s bloody interest!” Sweden thundered, enjoying the early banter at the table.
2.54pm: Mitchell chips up in Ernest
2010 Irish Open winner James Mitchell has had a bright start, picking up a decent pot versus Ernest Jakub Waczkow – without showdown.
Mitchell began the hand opening to 300 preflop, Waczkow calling from the blinds.
The board fell Q♦6♦5♥
Check, 600 from Mitchell, call from Waczkow.
The turned 3♥ saw Mitchell fire a second barrel of 1,100 when his opponent checked – only for Waczkow to spring into action, violently throwing out four 1,000 chips in a suprise check-raise.
Mitchell looked unperturbed, considering a few moments before re-popping to 10,000 himself. Waczkow looked unhappy at this development – rubbing his head several times before surrendering the pot.
Waczkow down to 15,000, Mitchell up to 25,000…
LEVEL UP: BLINDS 50-100
2.35pm: Trifonova goes supernova
The brightest stars burn for the shortest time they say. That being the case the star of Madlena Dimitrova Trifonova must be positively incandescent as she has busted out in the opening level.
We joined her exit hand with her having moved all-in on the river of a K♣Q♠K♦9♠T♥ board, holding T♣J♣ for the straight. Her enthusiasm for her hand however was dampened when Craig Sweden made a snap-call – showing her pocket kings for quads.
“Ooohhh,” gushed the table at this stellar holding.
“Very nice,” the polite Trifonova offered as she collected her things and left.
Meanwhile, Sweden is up to a chip-leading 40,000 in level one.
2.26pm: The naming of the shrew-dies
Some of the better-known players to have thrown their hat into the ring today include Full Tilt Poker Ambassador Martins Adeniya – winner of the previous UKIPT Series event, pundit and well-known face on the UK poker scene Carlo Citrone and two-time UKIPT winner Duncan McLellan, a handful for anyone unlucky enough to share his table.
2.16pm: Tournament wizardry
Demand to play this event is high and the poker room is packed with eager players. Despite this however the tournament director Luca has somehow managed to create space around the tables that didn’t exist yesterday. We doff our hat to his mad logistic skills.
2.05pm: Cards in the air
We’re off! Good luck one and all.
1.55pm: Welcome to the Hippodrome – UKIPT Series 6 Day 1B
Yesterday, The Hippodrome Casino saw 163 players arrive to contend the UKIPT Series 6 title, and after 12 lightning-fast levels, this number had been whittled down to just 48 contenders in quicksmart fashion.
Darren Murphy was the man who found himself atop the pile once the sun had set on Day 1A, his 220,300 setting him well apart from his closest contenders.
Click here to see how the rest of the field was arrayed.
Today, for day 1B we expect an even bigger field to be crammed into the playing arena and this opens up the exciting possibilities of even more big pots, shocking developments and general poker drama to play out here in London.
The players will be allocated a generous 20,000 chips to start with but with the blinds set to rise every half hour, that huge stack dwindles faster than you’d think. The last four levels yesterday saw hordes of players streaming to the rail in the latter stages and there’s no reason not to expect a similar maelstrom as today reaches its denouement.
Play is scheduled to start at 2.00pm, we’re close to cards being in the air. All the major developments will be detailed for you here in the blog, but don’t forget to check our twitter (follow @ukipt) and the PokerStars facebook page for further information about how the day is progressing.
Good luck to all the players, it’s going to be an interesting day ahead!
PokerStars Blog reporting team at UKIPT Series 6 – London:Rod Stirzaker. Photos by Neil Stoddart.
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