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Daniel Daniyar Takes Down WPT Amsterdam, Andreas Klatt Earns “MonteDam Swing” Championship

 Daniel Daniyar Takes Down WPT Amsterdam, Andreas Klatt Earns “MonteDam Swing” Championship

The World Poker Tour has wrapped up its pre-World Series of Poker schedule with the close of action at the Holland Casino in Amsterdam. As to their WPTDeepStacks Main Event, Daniel Daniyar started the day with the second biggest stack and finished it with all the chips to take the title, while Andreas Klatt celebrated an outstanding run of poker between Monte Carlo and Amsterdam to win the “MonteDam Swing.”

As previously stated, Daniyar (1.8 million) started the day with the second biggest stack, trailing only Jan Jansma (2.365 million) on the leaderboard. They were the only two players above a million chips as Jorn Walthaus (845K), Louis Salter (735K), Jonathan Rozema (495K) and Shyngis Satubayev (430K) rounded out the final table on Saturday. From the start, Daniyar was on the offensive, starting a run that would only end with him winning the title.

Daniyar set the tone from the first hand of action, calling Rozema’s all-in and proving to be correct in the call when his K-Q was besting Rozema’s 7-5 pre-flop. There was a seven on the flop, but it was joined by a King to keep Daniyar in the lead. After an uneventful turn and river, Rozema would hit the rail in sixth. Ten minutes later, it was Walthaus’ turn to hit the exits, with Daniyar pulling off another knockout with K-Q. With Walthaus leading pre-flop with his A-8 off suit, the 10-3-5 flop looked innocent enough. After a nine came on the turn, Daniyar now had outs to a straight along with his potential to pair his paint. The river not only was paint, it was a Jack, giving Daniyar a winning straight and sending Walthaus out in fifth place.

Now with the lead, Daniyar did not take his foot off the gas. Although Salter would take down Satubayev in fourth, Daniyar dived right back into the pool in bumping off Jansma in a shocker of a hand. After doubling up both his opponents, it looked as if Daniyar would do it again when he made a bit of a questionable play. In that hand, Jansma put out a raise, Daniyar three-bet and, after Jansma moved all in, made the call. His 6♠ 3♠ shrunk up against the red Kings of Jansma, but the fates held another story. A 6-3-4 flop hit Daniyar squarely and, by the time the river brought another trey to give him a boat, Daniyar had vanquished the mighty Cowboys of Jansma, ending Jansma’s night in third place.

Everyone thought it would be a quick heads up session – Daniyar held a monstrous 6.2 million stack to Salter’s 500K – but Salter would prove to be a worthy opponent. Three double ups over a half-hour span would shoot Salter to the lead and another half-hour would put him up by a margin similar to what Daniyar started with. Daniyar would recompose himself and got back in the game, however, and with a flourish. Another half-hour of play would see Daniyar not only retake the lead after he hit a flush to best Salter’s Kings, but stunningly win the tournament.

On the penultimate hand, Salter pushed all in with a J-8 off suit and Daniyar was happy to look him up with a leading A-4. The board never presented any threats, coming down 10-2-3-K-6, to keep Daniyar in the lead, making him the first champion of the WPT to hail from Kazakhstan.

1. Daniel Daniyar, €152,600
2. Louis Salter, €106,710
3. Jan Jansma, €65,570
4. Shyngis Satubayev, €39,885
5. Jorn Walthaus, €30,800
6. Jonathan Rozema, €25,525

Along with Daniyar’s victory was the awarding of the PokerStars Championship/WPT “MonteDam Swing.” The WPT and PokerStars teamed up for a joint promotion in which players had the opportunity to win excellent prizes if they competed in both the PSC Monte Carlo and the WPT Amsterdam. Two events in Monte Carlo – the €5000 Main Event and the PokerStars National Championship – and two in Amsterdam – the WPTDeepStacks Main Event and a smaller buy in event prior to the Main – were used to compile points for the players, with the caveat that the winner had to have cashed in both Monte Carlo and Amsterdam.

After Monte Carlo, there was pretty much no reason to go on. Germany’s Andreas Klatt, who won the National Championship in Monte Carlo and cashed in the Main Event, didn’t even know there was a special competition going on when he traveled to Amsterdam for the WPT festivities. Once informed that he was in line to take the “MonteDam Swing,” Klatt made the most of it, finishing tenth in the WPTDeepStacks Main Event to earn the qualifying cash to meet the requirements and pick up the “MonteDam Swing” championship. As a reward for his efforts, Klatt earned his buy-in for the PokerStars Championship Barcelona Main Event, which will be contested later this year.

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Raffaele Sorrentino Wins PSC Monte Carlo Main Event Championship

 Raffaele Sorrentino Wins PSC Monte Carlo Main Event Championship

In what turned out to be a rather quick and dominant final table, PokerStars qualifier Raffaele Sorrentino crushed the opposition to face Andreas Klatt heads up, with the duo brokering a deal for nearly all the money, and Sorrentino continuing his dominant play to take down the PokerStars Championship Monte Carlo Main Event trophy.

Sorrentino was in good shape at the start of the six-handed final table with his 4.16 million in chips. Only Michael Kolkowicz (4.6 million) and Andrey Bondar (4.35 million) were in front of him, while Andreas Klatt (3.58 million), Maxim Panyak (3.345 million) and the short stack of Diego Zeiter (1.78 million) rounded out the roster on the felt. With such deep stacks – even Zeiter had more than 20 big blinds left to work with – it was thought that the players would gradually work up to speed. That, however, wasn’t the case.

Zeiter was quiet for the first 16 hands of the tournament, but he thought he’d found an opportunity to move when he picked up A-J off suit one seat beyond being under the gun. He pushed his stack and found a dance partner in Kolkowicz, who turned out to have the goods when he tabled his A-Q for a dominant lead. That lead became all but decisive when the 3-Q-A flop hit the table to give Kolkowicz two pair and, after the turn failed to bring a Jack, left Zeiter drawing dead. Once the meaningless river card was dealt, Zeiter was gone in sixth place as Kolkowicz extended his lead.

Kolkowicz tried to maintain his momentum from that hand, but it only saw him lose chips when his opponents had the goods. After Kolkowicz saw a turned two pair counterfeited by Sorrentino’s better two pair on the river on Hand 33, his once dominant lead (almost five million chips) had been reduced to only 400K. Twelve hands later, Sorrentino would snatch the lead away from Kolkowicz and never look back.

Sorrentino blasted past the ten million chip mark on Hand 84 and, on the very next hand, would eliminate his nemesis Kolkowicz. After Sorrentino opened the betting, Kolkowicz pushed all in for about two million chips. After Sorrentino called, the cards came up and at least one participant surprised the audience with what they were holding. Sorrentino’s A♣ 5♣ wasn’t out of line at a five-handed table, but Kolkowicz’s 6-2 off suit surprised many, especially since he pushed all in. Two fives came on the 5-4-5 flop, but a seven on the turn brought a tinge of drama to the proceedings. Those disappeared once the river brought another seven to give Sorrentino a boat, eliminate Kolkowicz in fifth place and push Sorrentino over 12 million chips.

Keeping the pressure on the table, Sorrentino would continue to indiscriminately wipe out his opposition. Panyak was the next to go in fourth place on Hand 102, Sorrentino’s K♠ J♠ flopping the world on a K 4♠ 2♠ flop against Panyak’s A 10 that never improved. Six hands later, Sorrentino would bring the action to heads up after knocking out Bondar in third place, his 6-5 off suit catching against Bondar’s J-8 on a 4-5-8-6-9 board.

Starting heads up, Sorrentino held nearly a 2.5:1 lead over Klatt, sparking discussions of a deal between the two remaining players for the rest of the prize pool. Sorrentino gave his opponent Klatt a very nice deal, taking a guaranteed €451,714 while giving Klatt €402,786. The twosome left €15K in the center, along with the PSC Monte Carlo Main Event trophy, to play it out, but it didn’t make much of a difference as Sorrentino continued to ride the steamroller.

On the final hand, Klatt woke up with pocket Queens and made a raise to 450K. Unfortunately for Klatt, Sorrentino was getting hit with the deck as he looked down on pocket Aces and popped the action up to two million chips. Thinking he had his opponent trapped, Klatt pushed all in and found a welcome call in Sorrentino. With his 81/19 edge, the 8-2-2-K-2 board never came close to pairing Klatt, giving the remaining 15K Euros in the prize pool and the PSC Monte Carlo Main Event trophy to Raffaele Sorrentino.

1. Raffaele Sorrentino, €466,714*
2. Andreas Klatt, €402,786*
3. Andrey Bondar, €271,500
4. Maxim Panyak, €199,900
5. Michael Kolkowicz, €147,120
6. Diego Zeiter, €108,300

* – heads up deal struck

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PokerStars Championship Monte Carlo Day 2: Kolkowicz Takes Over, Petrangelo Out

 PokerStars Championship Monte Carlo Day 2: Kolkowicz Takes Over, Petrangelo Out

The field of the 2017 PokerStars Championship presented by Monte-Carlo Casino Main Event (man, I hate that name) was cut by two-thirds on Tuesday, as the 134 players that began the day are now just 45. France’s Michael Kolkowicz is the chip leader of the first PokerStars Championship Main Event in Europe with 1.445 million chips. Not far behind is Stefan Schillhabel with 1.380 million. Davidi Kitai is also above the million chip mark.

One of the more stunning developments of Day 3 was the busting of Nick Petrangelo, who was the chip leader going into the day. Now, early-to-mid tournament chip leaders often hit the rail well before the final table, but in this case, it is the suddenness of Petrangelo’s departure that was so surprising.

It was just two hands, really, that did him in, though doesn’t every hand in a tournament ultimately contribute to the end result? In the first hand, Petrangelo raised pre-flop and then Alexandru Papazian three-bet to 30,000 chips. Romain Nardin then moved all-in for 135,000 and Petrangelo shoved all-in over the top. Papazian folded and Petrangelo showed A-K suited, way ahead of Nardin’s A-8 offsuit. Nardin, though, flopped an 8, sucking out on Petrangelo and staying alive while Petrangelo saw his chip stack fall to 230,000.

Not long thereafter was a bombshell of a hand.

One player raised to 11,500 pre-flop, 2014 World Series of Poker Main Event champ Martin Jacobson re-raised to 40,000, leaving himself very thin. Petrangelo called, Nardin then four-bet, and Jacobson called off the rest of his chips, the obvious play at that point. Petrangelo proceeded to move all-in for 350,000 (he had chipped up since the suckout hand) and Nardin stayed right with him, calling.

Nardin held A-K, Petrangelo had pocket Jacks, and Jacobson, the shortest stack of the three, had pocket Tens. Nardin was behind, but he was very much drawing live. The flop was 9-4-9, helping nobody and keeping Petrangelo in the lead. The 5 on the turn changed nothing. That all just served to build up the drama, as an Ace was dealt on the river, giving Nardin the best pair and knocking two fantastic players out of the tournament.

That massive pot took Nardin up to 800,000 chips. He wasn’t able to keep up his hot streak, but he is still alive going into Day 4 with 577,000 chips.

The plan for Wednesday is for the 45 remaining players to gather at noon local time at play through five 90-minute levels, each followed by a 20-minute break. Everyone at this point is guaranteed at least €15,420. That figure does not increase until there are 31 players left in the field. Six-figure prizes are not awarded until the final six, so there may be some big moves made early as players jockey to build up their stacks.

2017 PokerStars Championship Monte-Carlo Casino Main Event – Day 3 Chip Leaders

1.    Michael Kolkowicz – 1,445,000
2.    Stefan Schillhabel – 1,380,000
3.    Davidi Kitai – 1,087,000
4.    Maxim Panyak – 921,000
5.    Marius-Catalin Pertea – 860,000
6.    Moritz Dietrich – 821,000
7.    Bertrand Grospellier – 766,000
8.    Sergio Aido – 719,000
9.    Hossein Ensan – 718,000
10.    Alexandru Papazian – 670,000

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PokerStars Championship Monte Carlo Day 2: Nick Petrangelo Assumes the Chip Lead

 PokerStars Championship Monte Carlo Day 2: Nick Petrangelo Assumes the Chip Lead

The PokerStars Championship is back in action, now in sunny Monte Carlo, Monaco. I am not there, personally, so I cannot guarantee that it is sunny, but I would like to think so because whenever I see anything about Monaco on television or perhaps in a James Bond film, it is always wonderful from a weather standpoint. I suppose I could check a weather report on the internets, but that would be a waste of bandwidth. This event is called the PokerStars Championship presented by Monte-Carlo Casino, which is painfully inelegant. I much prefer the standard live tournament naming convention using the city or country rather than the casino name (and the awful “presented by”), so therefore, as you can see in the title of this article, I am siding with my colleague Earl Burton and calling it “PokerStars Championship Monte Carlo.” At any rate, after Day 2, Nick Petrangelo is the chip leader with 562,000, so congratulations to Nick for the time being.

There were two starting flights, but frankly, we are going to ignore those because they occurred when I wasn’t schedule to write and therefore for all intents and purposes* never happened. When registration closed Monday, there were a total of 727 entries for the €5,300 Main Event, creating a €3,525,950 prize pool. 143 players will make the money, but first place will get half a million Euro plus another €800. That’s nice.

Everybody playing on Tuesday has already made the money, as the money bubble burst at the very end of Day 2. Salvatore Candido Graziano had just 28,100 chips with blinds and antes at 1,500/3,000/500. Davidi Kitai made the call, showing A-K against Graziano’s pocket Queens. Race! An Ace flopped and that was it for Graziano, who went home with nothing after many hours of poker.

Odds are (ha, that’s kind of a gambling pun) most of the remaining players are sleeping fairly well Monday night, knowing that they have made the money. One might expect that there will be a bunch of quick eliminations early in Tuesday’s action as the short stacks go all Leeroy Jenkins to try to make amazing happen.

Start time is noon in Monte Carlo and the plan is to play five hour and a half levels. Stay tuned for more hard-hitting coverage!

*I was going to make a joke along the lines of Donald Trump probably thinking the phrase is “all intensive purposes,” but let’s be honest, his vocabulary isn’t advanced enough to even string those words together incorrectly.

2017 PokerStars Championship Monte-Carlo Casino Main Event – Day 2 Chip Leaders

1.    Nick Petrangelo – 562,000
2.    Michael Kolkowicz – 470,500
3.    Patrik Antonius – 452,500
4.    Faraz Jaka – 416,500
5.    Mark Teltscher – 408,000
6.    Stefan Schillhabel – 402,000
7.    Sebastian Malec – 382,500
8.    Andreas Klatt – 375,000
9.    Fabrice Soulier – 364,500
10.    Dmytro Shuvanov – 353,000

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PokerStars Championship Monte Carlo: Bryn Kenney Wins 100K Euro Super High Roller as Main Event Opens Action

 PokerStars Championship Monte Carlo: Bryn Kenney Wins 100K Euro Super High Roller as Main Event Opens Action

Riding the strength of his start of day chip lead, Bryn Kenney continued to be the “Master of the High Rollers” as he captured the 100,000 Euro Super High Roller at the PokerStars Championships Monte Carlo on Saturday. As Kenney added over 1.7 million more Euros to his bankroll for 2017, the 5000 Euro Main Event opened its action.

With nine men in the mix and only eight paying spots, someone was leaving the Super High Roller tournament disappointed. That man would turn out to be Isaac Haxton, who got a bit short and shoved with Big Chick from the small blind. The big blind, David Peters, woke up with pocket Jacks and made the call, looking to eliminate a dangerous player from the event. There was a Queen as the dealer fanned the flop, but there was also a Jack to keep Peters in the lead with a flopped set. After the turn failed to bring anything useful for Haxton, he was out of the tournament in ninth place for the big goose egg (zero Euros).

Everyone left at the table was guaranteed a 237,950 Euro payday and those men set about determining just who would get what piece of it. Viacheslav Buldygin, who came into the final table with the second largest chip stack, went on a rampage at this point in knocking out Sam Greenwood in eighth and Martin Kabrhel in seventh to take the lead from Kenney. Kenney, for his part, had been quiet up to this point, but made himself known in chopping a massive chunk of chips from Buldygin after rivering two pair, Kings up, against Buldygin’s pocket Aces.

Now it was Kenney’s turn to pound the opposition and he did just that. Kenney bumped off Steffen Sontheimer in sixth place and shot down Ole Schemion in fifth to extend his lead. After he eliminated Peters from the tournament in fourth place with his Queens standing over Peters’ A-7, he had taken three straight opponents down and held a monstrous lead. Even after Buldygin matched his feat in eliminating three players by taking out Daniel Dvoress, Buldygin still was at a 5-1 chip disadvantage as heads up play began.

The twosome would shuffle some chips back and forth between each other before they paused the action to discuss a deal. The right numbers couldn’t be agreed on by the two gentlemen and, with that, they decided to play on. On the final hand, the aggressive Kenney – he had been punishing his short-stacked tablemates with all-in moves to force them to make decisions for their tournament lives all afternoon – once again moved all in with pocket deuces and, with a suited K-Q, Buldygin made his stand. That stand lasted all of the flop when a deuce landed to give Kenney a set. When the turn blanked, Buldygin was drawing dead and the championship was Kenney’s to celebrate.

1. Bryn Kenney, 1,784,500 Euros
2. Viacheslav Buldygin, 1,290,800
3. Daniel Dvoress, 832,800
4. David Peters, 630,600
5. Ole Schemion, 487,715
6. Steffen Sontheimer, 380,700
7. Martin Kabrhel, 303,350
8. Sam Greenwood, 237,950

The PokerStars Championship Monte Carlo Main Event also saw Day 1A action on Saturday with some of the same players from the Super High Roller jumping over to take part in the action. Ole Schemion used part of the proceeds from the Super High Roller to buy into the Main Event and he did quite well, finishing the day with 144,900 in chips to sit in seventh place. Haxton also made the jump, not finishing quite as well on the day as Schemion but in the game with 65,700 in chips.

The story of the day was Jeffrey Hakim, who seemed to draw the chips in like a vacuum. In a five-way pot, Hakim would flop the ten-high nut straight but have to face down the potential of an opponent catching a bigger straight or a flush with his suited J-9. Once the board came up blanks, Hakim stacked roughly 180K in chips but the best was yet to come. During the last level of the night, Hakim flopped quad fours and found a guppy who wanted to stick around. Hakim would check-raise the flop only to have said guppy four-bet the action, which Hakim was happy to call. On a blank turn, the guppy shoved his stack with a draw and Hakim called to deliver the bad news. The resulting chips pushed Hakim over the 300K mark, the only player to reach that point.

1. Jeffrey Hakim, 305,300
2. Stefan Shillhabel, 203,000
3. Manig Loeser, 195,700
4. Michel Pereira Marques, 168,900
5. Pascal Hartmann, 151,200
6. Igor Yaroshevskyy, 147,500
7. Ole Schemion, 144,900
8. Dmytro Shuvanov, 140,000
9. Bradley Marsh, 130,000
10. Vicente Delgado, 130,000

Although these players will be back on Monday to continue the festivities, a plethora of top pros won’t. Anthony Spinella, Freddy Deeb and Team PokerStars Pros Vanessa Selbst and Jake Cody all found the rail during Saturday’s action. While Day 1B is on Sunday at noon, the tournament is a freezeout and the players cannot rebuy.

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