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Javier Gomez Outlasts Pavel Plesuv to Take Down WPT Prague Championship

 Javier Gomez Outlasts Pavel Plesuv to Take Down WPT Prague Championship

After a lengthy heads up battle which saw the combatants each hold the lead with the potential to end the tournament, Spain’s Javier Gomez was finally able to outlast Moldova’s Pavel Plesuv  to take down the championship of the World Poker Tour’s stop in Prague, the Czech Republic Sunday evening.

Saturday’s action saw 18 men come back to try for the honor of being one of the six players on Sunday and, of the twelve men that departed, some of them were fairly prominent names. Steve O’Dwyer, who was looking to add points to his 2015 resume for Player of the Year, was eliminated in 14th place for a small payday and Sergio Aido was knocked off in eighth place. Of the notables who came into Saturday’s action, only Denmark’s Henrik Hecklen would see the official WPT final table and he was on the short stack with 256,000 in chips.

There was a long look to the top of the leaderboard for Hecklen before the cards flew on Sunday. Leading the way for the final six was Bulgaria’s Fahredin Mustafov, who dominated the final table at the start of the day with his 2.84 million in chips. Portugal’s Pedro Marques, who unbagged 1.756 million in chips for play on Sunday, was in a distant second place (more than a million chips back) and even further in the rearview mirror was Algeria’s Abdelkader Benhalima, holding third place to start the day with his 1.271 million chips. Plesuv (895K) and Gomez (665K) weren’t exactly looking like champions at the start of the day, but they would soon show their mettle.

Gomez was actually responsible for the first knockout of the final table, running his K-Q against Hecklen’s A-4. The Dane’s slim lead pre-flop disappeared on the K-8-6 flop and didn’t improve any with a trey on the turn. Once a measly seven came on the river, Hecklen was gone from the tournament in roughly the first hour of play and Gomez was off to the races.

After a break following Hecklen’s departure, Gomez continued to fire away. He doubled through Benhalima, his pocket Queens outlasting Benhalima’s K-Q, to climb out of the basement in the tournament and take over second place in the process. That wasn’t enough for Gomez, however, as he returned to clash with Benhalima again only a couple of hands later. This time around, Benhalima mustered an A-9 for the fight this time, but pocket tens were sitting up for Gomez; once the Queen high board ran out, Gomez had knocked out his second player in Benhalima fifth place and seized control of the tournament.

Gomez wasn’t done yet, eyeing his remaining opponents for who would be his next victim. Although Mustafov tried to draw Gomez into a battle, he stayed away. After raising in the cutoff against Marques – and seeing Marques drop his stack in the center – Gomez made the call and led once again with his pocket sixes against Marques’ A J. An Ace would come on the flop, but it was joined by a 6 to propel Gomez into a set. A second diamond would come with the 7, opening the door to a nut flush draw for Marques and a red five on the river sent titters through the audience. Alas, it was the 5, ending the tournament for Marques in fourth place.

On the very next hand, heads up play was set. Gomez continued to draw action as Mustafov pushed his stack to the center with pocket sevens against Gomez’s A-9. The 6-8-Q-Q flop and turn was good for Mustafov but, just as he was ringing up the chips in his mind, a nine came on the river to once again give Gomez the best hand. After starting the day as the chip leader, Mustafov had to be disappointed with the third place finish.

Going to heads up play, Gomez held more than a 4.5:1 lead over Plesuv, but the battle would not be a short one. After an hour of play, Plesuv had fought back to take over the chip lead and, a few hands later, had Gomez all in. Plesuv’s pocket fours, however, were dominated by Gomez’s pocket Kings, and after the board brought no surprises, the men were virtually back to even after almost three hours of play.

On the first hand after the break, Plesuv suddenly sprung to life. He doubled up through Gomez, his A-9 in power over Gomez’s A-7, to take his own 4.5:1 lead in the event. Now it was Gomez’s turn to fight back and, over the next 15 minutes, he would flip the tables back to his advantage. On the final hand, Plesuv pushed his stack while holding an A-3 and Gomez, sitting on an A-10, took little time in calling. After the 6-5-K-5-2 board ran out, Gomez’s railbirds roared their approval and celebrated as the championship was decided.

1. Javier Gomez, €175,000
2. Pavel Plesuv, €120,000
3. Fahredin Mustafov, €77,500
4. Pedro Marques, €57,400
5. Abdelkader Benhalima, €43,000
6. Henrik Hecklen, €34,100

With the close of the WPT Prague, the tour now treks almost half the world to its next stop. The Bellagio in Las Vegas will play host to the Five Diamond World Poker Classic from December 14-19, an event that usually draws one of the more pro-laden fields of the year. The WPT event will be held in coordination with the first WPT Alpha8 event of its third season, with its $ 100,000 buy in a lock to have a few tables of the biggest names in the game. Following the conclusion of these events, the 2015 calendar will be complete but Season XIV will continue in January 2016.

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2015 WPT Prague Main Event Day 3: Pavel Plesuv Zooms To the Top with Two Tables Left

 2015 WPT Prague Main Event Day 3: Pavel Plesuv Zooms To the Top with Two Tables Left

The third day of the World Poker Tour stop in Prague, the Czech Republic is in the books. After a furious final few moments of action during the day, Pavel Plesuv emerged as the leader with only 18 players (two tables) remaining in contention.

60 players stepped back to the tables in the King’s Casino on Friday, looking to whittle the field down massively. Their first challenge was getting to the final 27 players, who would earn a line on their Hendon Mob resume for their efforts. As the day began, Brian Senie was the massive chip leader with his 759,000 in chips, but Steve O’Dwyer, Byron Kaverman, Yann Dion, Ole Schemion and Dimitar Danchev all lurked behind him, with O’Dwyer and Kaverman in the hunt for one of the Player of the Year awards handed out in tournament poker.

Within a half hour of the start of the day’s play, six ‘shorties’ had been eliminated from the event, including former WPT champion Tony ‘Bond_18’ Dunst. The final two ladies in the tournament, Gaelle Baumann and Aurelie Quelain, headed to the rail soon after Dunst had bitten the dust. By the time the action had reached the final four tables, Senie (who had difficulty all day gaining any traction) had lost the lead to Jerry Odeen, but he still sat decently with 430,000 in chips (Odeen, meanwhile, had racked up 640,000).

Odeen didn’t hold onto the lead for long, however. In a clash against Pavel Veksler, Odeen saw Veksler move all in on a 7-J-6-K-J board and agonized over the decision. Odeen agonized long enough that the clock was eventually called on him and, after he had made the call with the seconds ticking down, you could see why it was a tough decision. Odeen’s pocket Aces looked good on the table, but Veksler’s pocket sevens looked even better as they found a third on the flop to eventually make a boat. Although the hand would seriously dent his stack, Odeen would make it through the remainder of the day’s play.

As the money bubble approached, Schemion was one of the casualties. On an A-4-K flop, Schemion, Aliaksei Boika and Ben Heath all put out 30K to see a turn six. Schemion, with the action on him first, weighed out the issue in his mind so much that the dealer thought at one point he had checked. Heath, after the dealer’s error, checked and Schemion responded that he hadn’t completed his action. After the action was rolled back to Schemion – and with Heath’s check binding at the moment – he decided to push all in. Heath, freed from his previous action, now chucked his cards to the center, but Boika made the call.

If he was looking to bully Heath, Schemion made a mistake in forgetting about Boika. Boika’s pocket fours for the flopped set were a massive favorite over Schemion’s K-4 (flopped two pair) with one card to come; when the river came with a King, Schemion was out of the event just short of the money while Boika firmed up his standing to make some money at the WPT Prague.

The money bubble would pop in a very cruel fashion. Plesuv would open the betting and, after a call from Aleksandar Denishev, Yung Hwang would pop the bet up to 31K. Plesuv responded by making it 70K to go and, after Denishev got out of the way, Hwang shoved his remaining stack. Plesuv responded in kind and was dismayed at the results; his pocket Kings had run into the pocket Aces of Hwang, who just needed to fade five cards to get a key double up.

Alas, it wasn’t to be. A King in the window turned the cooler into a winner for Plesuv, his flopped set now leading the pocket Aces, but a Queen on the turn opened up a Broadway draw for Hwang along with the two Ace outs. A second deuce hit the river, however, ending Hwang’s tournament in brutal fashion as the final 27 celebrated their cash and Plesuv celebrated his newfound lead.

After battling with Odeen through the day, Senie would be one of the last eliminations on Day 3. He would lose a chunk of chips to Odeen to drop to 300K, then battled against Henrik Hecklen in a hand that would prove to be his undoing. On a 5-5-Q flop, Senie bet out and only Hecklen came along for a seven on the turn. Senie fired again, this time for 75K, and Hecklen once again called. On a river deuce, Senie put his stack in the center and Hecklen pondered the response. After the time in the tank, Hecklen made the call.

All Senie could offer for the battle was an A-10 for complete air; meanwhile, Hecklen put up an 8-5 for flopped trips that were good enough to take the hand and eliminate Senie. After a few more hands of action, the final two tables were determined for play today.

1. Pavel Plesuv, 1.229 million
2. Pavel Veksler, 1053 million
3. David Abreu, 627,000
4. Sergio Aido, 595,000
5. Henrik Hecklen, 525,000
6. Ihar Soika, 459,000
7. Steve O’Dwyer, 442,000
8. Anton Afanasyev, 413,000
9. Pavel Savin, 386,000
10. Pedro Marques, 326,000

With his run here, O’Dwyer is looking to put his name in the mix on the POY front. A win in this tournament would probably put him in the Top Five of the CardPlayer Magazine POY race and, depending on how many points he could earn for the win, might be able to break into the Top Three on the Global Poker Index POY rankings. There are 17 other men who are looking to stop O’Dwyer from doing that, however, as the players at the WPT Prague play down to the official final table through Saturday’s action.

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