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Shurane Vijayaram Defeats Ben Heath Heads Up, Wins Aussie Millions Main Event

 Shurane Vijayaram Defeats Ben Heath Heads Up, Wins Aussie Millions Main Event

Coming into the final table with a sizeable chip lead, Shurane Vijayaram rode that stack to battle the second biggest chip stack to start the day – that of Ben Heath – for the championship of the 2017 Aussie Millions Main Event. In the end, that advantageous stack played to Vijayaram’s advantage in his eventual victory.

The seven men that came to the table on Sunday afternoon at the Crown Casino in Melbourne were the survivors from the 725-player field that started the tournament just a week ago. Along with Vijayaram and Heath, Jeff Rossiter was a threat for the title with his 3.105 million chip stack; Rossiter was looking to improve on his third-place finish in this tournament from 2011. Tobias Hausen (2.995 million), David Olson (2.35 million) and Luke Roberts (1.305 million) were in the mix, but at the bottom of the standings – but with many eyes on him – was Fedor Holz, looking to rise from this situation and add to his bounty from the Aussie Millions after yesterday’s third place finish in the $ 100,000 Challenge.

The start was slow for the players as the table looked to find its dynamic. Holz survived two all in moves – one time chopping with Olson when both held A-J – as Roberts dropped into the basement. It would take almost 30 hands before the first casualty of the final table would occur and it would be one of these two men.

On Hand 29, Hausen would raise the action to 135K and Roberts decided it was time to make his stand, pushing his remaining 675K in from the small blind. Hausen made the call and was in a bit of trouble, his 10♠ 9♠ facing an uphill climb against Roberts’ A-10. The J-5-J flop kept Roberts in the lead but the two spades opened many more doors for Hausen to take down the hand. The 6♠ on the turn slammed that door on Roberts, leaving him drawing dead. After the formality of the river was dealt – the A♠ – Roberts headed to the door as the seventh-place finisher.

Only a few hands later, six men would become five in a big clash. Heath popped the betting first, raising from under the gun, and Vijayaram called out of the cutoff. Rossiter put the squeeze on with a three-bet on the button, but Olson didn’t hesitate before four-betting the action to 1.3 million. Nearly immediately Heath and Vijayaram sent their cards to the muck, but Rossiter paused to ponder his action. After a few moments, Rossiter made the call and the cards came were turned up.

The battle turned out to be a classic race:  Rossiter’s pocket Queens held the edge over Olson’s Big Slick and the board would provide no salvation for Olson. The Jack-high board kept Rossiter in the lead all the way as Olson left the festivities in sixth place and Rossiter rocketed into the lead over Vijayaram.

Holz’s time at the table ended almost 20 hands after Olson’s departure. Rossiter raised the action and Holz would defend his big blind to see a monochrome 6♠ 3♠ 7♠ flop. Holz would check-raise all in after a Rossiter bet, which was met with an immediate call from Rossiter. Both men had hit the flop, but Holz’s A-6 off suit was behind Rossiter’s A-7, with the A♠ held by Rossiter. The King on the turn and a four on the river would not help Holz, sending the German superstar to the rail in fifth place as Rossiter’s lead grew.

The foursome left then went into a lengthy battle. Everyone except Heath would have a spell as the chip leader before the remainder of the final table went to dinner break and 85 hands would elapse before the next competitor was sent home. The elimination would prove to be the “turning point” of the tournament as it would send Vijayaram into a lead he wouldn’t let go.

On Hand 137, Rossiter raised from under the gun and ALMOST made it around – until Vijayaram moved all in from the big blind. Rossiter called off his chips with pocket sixes and was in the lead pre-flop against Vijayaram’s K-J off suit. The board had different thoughts, however, coming with a King on the flop and a Jack on the river to thoroughly crush Rossiter’s sixes. After a chip count, it was found that Rossiter was the all-in stack, sending him out in fourth place and stacking Vijayaram with a mountain of ammunition.

Once Vijayaram knocked off Hausen in third – his J-10 turning a Broadway straight against Hausen’s A-J – Vijayaram had nearly a 3:1 lead over Heath as they headed to heads up action. The duo jousted for 29 hands, with Heath never drawing significantly closer that the starting stacks but with Vijayaram looking for the right chance to put away a difficult opponent. On the final hand, Vijayaram fired bullets pre-flop and on the flop and turn, but Heath wouldn’t go away in check-calling each bet. With the board reading 6-9-7-3-Q, Heath suddenly woke up with an all-in move, sending a perplexed Vijayaram into the tank.

Literally five minutes passed as Vijayaram rolled the hand over in his mind, trying to figure out if Heath was bluffing or if he simply drew Vijayaram in. As more time passed, Vijayaram finally reached the conclusion that it was a bluff and made the call. Heath’s shoulders slumped as he sheepishly revealed his K-8 off suit straight bluff that didn’t come home while Vijayaram showed pocket fives for the winning pair and a winning hand for the Aussie Millions title.

1. Shurane Vijayaram, $ 1,600,000
2. Ben Heath, $ 1,000,000
3. Tobias Hausen, $ 620,000
4. Jeff Rossiter, $ 440,000
5. Fedor Holz, $ 335,000
6. David Olson, $ 270,000
7. Luke Roberts, $ 210,000

Vijayaram enjoyed a ROI (return on investment) that would make any poker player envious. Vijayaram entered the Aussie Millions Main Event through winning a $ 130 super-satellite to the Main Event, earning more than 12,000% (12,307%, to be exact) ROI. It also was his first ever live tournament cash, per the Hendon Mob database. If he never plays another hand of poker, Shurane Vijayaram can say he once won one of the premiere events on the international tournament calendar.

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Editorial: Do We REALLY Need to See Stacy Matuson and William Kassouf Heads Up?

 Editorial: Do We REALLY Need to See Stacy Matuson and William Kassouf Heads Up?

It is early in the 2017 poker calendar, so there have been few things that have grasp the attention of the poker world. There’s discussion as to whether the PokerStars Caribbean…whoops!…the PokerStars Championship Bahamas was a success or not (when you have a premier high roller in Paul Newey dissing the offering, you might have a problem) and there’s the Aussie Millions Main Event, which begins Sunday in Melbourne. Beyond that, there’s not much else other than the latest state in the States of America to tease its citizens with online poker regulation. That must be the only reason that the news regarding Stacy Matuson and William Kassouf has gotten so much attention.

After their public tête-à-tête during the 2016 World Series of Poker Championship Event – in which Kassouf, utilizing what has become his increasingly irritating habit of talking every hand up like it’s a decision whether to fire nuclear weapons or not, badgered and berated Matuson during a key hand late in the event – the poker community has drawn up battle lines as to which side they were on. For those who thought Kassouf was out of line with his actions, they’ve found a pleasant person to support in Matuson, who has been around the poker world for some time and built up some goodwill. For those who believe that Kassouf was just “playing the game,” it was an opportunity to cry about how the game of poker has gotten too “politically correct” (sound familiar?). So, what is the logical next step? That’s right…a heads-up match!

Matuson, who will be at the 888Live festival at the King’s Casino in Rozvaodov, Czech Republic to start February, challenged Kassouf to a best-of-three heads up match while she is in the country. Kassouf, who never met a camera he didn’t want to suck up to, accepted the challenge. Here’s the question, however…do we REALLY need to see Matuson and Kassouf play?

It is one of the most boastful things – and usually it never happens – when there’s a dispute online regarding the play of a hand, someone feels their manhood has been assaulted or they are just generally a jerk. “HU for rollz” has arguably become the most typed sentence in an online poker chat room box – exceeded only by the insincerity of “nice hand” – and it usually ends when one player or the other loses their table stake or they are knocked out of the tournament. In live events, it rarely reaches this stage because…well, in public you act like an adult.

To be honest, Kassouf has come off like a massive tool during and since the WSOP. Prior to the 2016 event, his “best achievement” had been a sixth-place finish at the 2009 Irish Open (a $ 133K score). EVERY OTHER FLAG Kassouf had on his Hendon Mob resume prior to the 2016 WSOP were in the four or five-digit range, with the largest one a $ 32K win on the Grosvenor UK Poker Tour in 2014. So it isn’t like Kassouf was lighting up the European poker scene prior to his “moment in the spotlight” in Las Vegas last summer. (Add in his “bought” win in the final High Roller event at the European Poker Tour event in Prague in December and the “tool factor” rises to immaculate levels.)

Matuson shouldn’t escape scrutiny here, either. What purpose does it serve her to keep this “rivalry” going on? She’s well respected in the poker community, she pretty much had the “people’s support” on her side after the WSOP and, by being the one to make the challenge, comes off as the aggressor in the situation rather than the aggrieved. She could have just sat back and waited until the next time her path crossed with Kassouf, bust him there and get even more attention and glory…instead, she chose to unnaturally push the issue now.

Finally, what does it say about us in the poker community? We continually state we want the game of poker to be taken seriously as a “mind sport” or whatever your particular vernacular would be, but then we support things like this (and other “prop betting”) that make those in the game of poker look like sideshow freaks rather than accomplished members of society. We want to get more women in the game, but then we promote someone such as Kassouf who denigrated a woman at the table AND FURTHER REWARD HIM by letting him buy championships and probably go even further into his “speech play” in this heads-up match than what he did previously. We want to hold ourselves to a higher standard but it seems we always end up sinking to the depths of depravity.

This carnival act – along with the vitriolic heads up battle that is forthcoming between Cate Hall and Mike Dentale (and there’s some TRUE animosity between that twosome) – isn’t something that poker should be promoting. Sure, it’s entertaining in that “train wreck” sort of way, but it does nothing to advance the game or the people that populate it. Thus, when the Matuson/Kassouf and Hall/Dentale matches are being streamed online, I won’t be watching. And, if you’re a TRUE poker fan, you’ll ignore the circus also because we really don’t need this to be the focus from those in the “mainstream” world.

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2016 WPT Legends of Poker Main Event Day 3: Final Table Determined, William Vo Heads the Leaderboard

 2016 WPT Legends of Poker Main Event Day 3: Final Table Determined, William Vo Heads the Leaderboard

In a rather quick five-hour session on Wednesday, the players at the World Poker Tour’s latest stop at the Legends of Poker at the Bicycle Casino in Bell Gardens, CA, determined the final table for the event. Leading the way for the final six will be William Vo, but he will face the opposition of five other men who have scrambled their way through the 687-entry field.

13 men came back on Wednesday afternoon, looking to claim the latest title on the Season XV schedule. Local favorite Vo, a 77-year old grinder whose celebrations after winning hands has delighted the railbirds, was the heavy favorite at the start of the day with his 4.125 million in chips. He was going to face several potent challenges, however, mostly in the form of World Series of Poker bracelet winners Upeshka de Silva (2.665 million), Benjamin Zamani (two million), former WSOP-Europe Championship Event victor Barry Shulman (1.865 million) and former WPT champion Garrett Greer (800K).

Only a half hour into the day’s action, one of the biggest clashes of the tournament occurred. After a raise from Todd Peterson, Gary Sewell popped the remainder of his stack to the center and called for less. Shulman called Sewell’s action and, following an all-in from Peterson, didn’t hesitate to make the call and put both Peterson and Sewell in danger of elimination. When the cards came up, it was obvious that the hands played themselves:

Shulman:  pocket Jacks
Peterson:  pocket Aces
Sewell:  K-J off suit

Sewell, acting after Peterson’s raise, was looking to get him to dump a smaller pair, but once Shulman was in the hand Sewell had to realize he wasn’t in good shape. Shulman was looking to isolate Sewell and force Peterson off that smaller pair that Sewell though Peterson was holding, but Peterson – and his Aces – weren’t going anywhere!

When the dealer delivered the flop, he also killed any drama that might have happened. The A-A-10 flop gave Peterson quad Aces and left Shulman and Sewell drawing dead. Once the formalities were completed (running Kings, which gave Sewell a worthless boat of Kings over Aces), Sewell was eliminated from the tournament and Shulman was left with fumes in the tank, with those fumes being sucked up by de Silva moments later.

It would take more than two hours before a flurry of departures brought about the final table. Maintaining his lead, Vo knocked off Will Givens in 11th place when Givens’ flush failed to come home. After the redraw for the final 10 men at the unofficial final table, de Silva would eliminate Ray Quartomy in tenth place and David “The Dragon” Pham fell in ninth place at the hands of Peterson.

With only two players left until the official WPT six-handed final table, the tension only increased for the final eight men. After seeing de Silva make a big bet from the cutoff in front of him, Greer made his stand and, after de Silva made the call and the cards were up, saw that he had made the right decision. Greer’s pocket fours were in the lead against de Silva’s K-Q off suit, but the J-10-7 flop opened several doors for de Silva. One of those doors opened when a nine came on the turn, giving de Silva the unbeatable straight. Another ten came on the river but Greer was already shaking hands with de Silva as he hit the rail in eighth place.

De Silva would also be responsible for ending the evening’s play. Jeremy Kottler would open the betting from early position and, after de Silva defended his big blind, a 6-3-2 flop rolled out. De Silva check-called Kottler’s continuation bet and, on a four turn, de Silva now fired out. Kottler called and, after another trey came on the river, de Silva plopped his remaining chips in the center of the baize.

Kottler now try to reconstruct the hand and, after those thoughts, didn’t buy the story de Silva was telling. He made the call and turned up his pocket Aces, only to see de Silva turn up a 6-3 that had flopped two pair and made a boat on the river to win the hand. As de Silva scooped up the chips, Kottler hit the cashier’s cage in seventh place and the survivors were through to the final table.

1. William Vo, 5.26 million
2. Pat Lyons, 4.98 million
3. Upeshka de Silva, 4.475 million
4. Benjamin Zamani, 3.21 million
5. Todd Peterson, 1.94 million
6. Rafael Ferreira de Oliveira, 780,000

The six men will reconvene on Thursday afternoon at “The Bike” and look to determine the champion of the Legends of Poker. The player who works their way through the final table to be the “last man standing” will take down the laurels of victory and $ 615,346 in prize money.

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2016 Aussie Millions Main Event Day 1C: Jen Lakemeier Heads Final Flight, James Obst Remains Overall Leader

 2016 Aussie Millions Main Event Day 1C: Jen Lakemeier Heads Final Flight, James Obst Remains Overall Leader

All three starting flights of the 2016 Aussie Millions Main Event are in the bag (as are the chips), so it is finally on to Day 2, where all of the survivors of the day one flights come together in a unified field. 337 players registered for Tuesday’s Day 1C at the Crown Casino in Melbourne, Australia, with 224 making it to the finish with chips still on the table. Thus, the total field is 726 players with 413 (or thereabouts – the reported numbers so far might not be 100 percent accurate) returning for Day 2. Registration is still open until the end of the first level on Wednesday, so final numbers will be in tomorrow. Germany’s Jen Lakemeier led all Day 1C with 175,000 chips, putting him in third place overall behind Day 1A leaders James Obst (212,100 chips) and Terence Clee (183,000 chips).

If the above player totals are correct (and again, we’ll see where the final counts end up), this would be the fourth largest Aussie Millions Main Event in history. The biggest Aussie Millions of all time was in 2008 when 780 players joined the Main Event, won by Alexander Kostritsyn with Erik Seidel finishing as the runner-up. The previous year, the inimitable Gus Hansen won the tournament over Jimmy Fricke and a field of 747. Tyron Krost captured the title of the third largest Aussie Millions Main Event, which had a field of 746 players. This year’s 726 would be next, followed closely by 2011’s Main Event with 721 players. As you can see, if today’s reported figure was just an estimate that came in a little high, the 2016 Aussie Millions Main Event will drop to fifth, barring late entries. For the last several years, the turnout for the Main Event has been in about the mid-600’s.

It is currently about 4:00am Wednesday in Melbourne, so hopefully the returnees for Day 2 are fast asleep, getting recharged for another long day of poker. Cards will be in the air in about eight and a half hours.

2016 Aussie Millions Main Event – Day 1C Chip Leaders

1.    Jens Lakemeier – 175,000
2.    James Broom – 150,500
3.    Dietrich Fast – 142,600
4.    James Mordue – 132,000
5.    Daniel Brown – 124,300
6.    Christian Weichart – 121,900
7.    Rich Bruning – 118,000
8.    Patrick Zellweger – 111,800
9.    Alexandros Kolonias – 110,000
10.    Jack Lee – 108,900

2016 Aussie Millions Main Event – Overall Day 1 Chip Leaders

1.    James Obst – 212,100
2.    Terence Clee – 183,000
3.    Jens Lakemeier – 175,000
4.    Andrew Bassat – 168,000
5.    Josep Maria Galindo – 153,200
6.    Mazyar Misaghian – 152,000
7.    James Broom – 150,500
8.    Dietrich Fast – 142,600
9.    Jack O’Neill – 141,000
10.    Daniel Reijmer – 137,400

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Heads Up (MTT)

 Heads Up (MTT)
Heads Up (MTT)
Considering that there are only two players, it truly is time to combat to acquire the event.
After copper defeat us against a huge quantity of gamers we have reached the final match of the match. Not bad take a handful of seconds to take pleasure in the moment.
But speedily we need to have to focus on our immediate objective, to earn the event.
When you’re playing heads-up there is only 1 actually devastating error: engage in very few hands ready for a top quality hand (what in the jargon is referred to as to enjoy extremely tight). There is a demonstrable truth that should assist to keep away from this. In a final desk mid-level player to earn 11% of the fingers. In heads-up enjoy (or English heads up) will do fifty% of the hands.
There is only a single crucial to accomplish this need, we have to engage in far more than fifty% of hands.
A player who performs several less fingers that 50% is irretrievably condemning almost specific defeat. Playing also a lot of hands and type aggressive after the flop each time we have a piece of the table is the appropriate route.

SUMMARY OF THE Closing Table
View your opponents very carefully. You’ll invest all the rest of the event with them in exactly the exact same placement.
Locate the &quotweaker&quot and more concerned to drop their chips players. Presiónales every thing you can and mercilessly attacked his stack.
Do not enable the greater stacks intimidate you. Try out to play less palms in opposition to them but when you do so with purpose. Oblígales heading to take difficult conclusions all in all you can
As the desk becomes shorter we have to engage in more and far more arms.
Until finally arriving at the heads-up that we have to open up a lot much a lot our variety and be extremely intense

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