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2018 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Main Event Day 3: David Peters Trails Karl Stark as Money Bubble Pops

 2018 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Main Event Day 3: David Peters Trails Karl Stark as Money Bubble Pops

The money bubble popped during Day 3 at the 2018 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure on Thursday, with the first payouts from the $ 5.8 million prize pool being handed out. There are some that are looking a bit deeper into the payout schedule, however, as poker professional and former Poker Player of the Year David Peters is in pursuit of Sweden’s Karl Stark.

Thursday’s action kicked off with 101 players remaining from the 582-player field, but the mood was tense. Like any tournament that has the money bubble looming at the start of the day, there were those in the crowd whose return would not only be short but unfulfilling. With 87 players receiving a payout, that meant that 14 players would take the walk from the Atlantis Resort Spa’s tournament arena with nothing to show for their efforts.

While those unfortunate souls were being determined, the chip lead changed. Michael Stashin hooked up in a three-way hand with Oliver Weis and Gleidibe Goncalves, with his sweat holding pocket Kings paid off on a Q-5-2-6-5 board. After scooping up the 180K pot, Stashin took over the lead with 565,000 in chips as the drama intensified.

Peters and Stark also began to make their moves during the bubble period. Peters would knock off a tough opponent in Chris ‘Big Huni’ Hunichen to get to 560,000 in chips, while Stark took down Charles Furey prior to the bubble to reach 555,000 in chips. Stashin, however, kept his foot on the pedal in winning a race against Joao Simao (Big Slick vs. pocket Queens) to nearly crack the million-chip mark. As Simao exited the tournament, the board read 90 players left to go.

More than two hours after the day’s start, the field reached the final 88 players and went hand-for-hand. Barry Greenstein had a miraculous double up during the hand-for-hand period, rivering a set of eights against his opponent’s pocket Aces, to stay alive in the event with only 19K in chips. It would take over 90 minutes for the unfortunate “bubble boy” to be determined in Nikita Neliubin, who ran his A♥ 3♥ into Luc Greenwood’s A-K off suit. Despite catching two hearts by the turn (and Greenwood hitting trip Kings), Neliubin couldn’t find another heart and was out in 88th place ($ 0).

With everyone now assured of a $ 17,500 payday, the cash out cage became a popular place. Gavin O’Rourke, Keith Lehr, Leo Margets, Kevin MacPhee and Harrison Gimbel all hit the rail with some money in their pockets as the tournament wound into the evening. Greenstein was able to grind out that 19K in chips and make it to the next payout level ($ 22,020), while Liv Boeree and Maria Konnikova both were able to work their way to the end of the night and get the right to bag for Day 4.

The day was marked by the performances of Peters and Stark, however. Both men climbed throughout the Day 3 action and, by the time the final hand was dealt, were the only two men over the million-chip mark. Along with Day 2 leader Oleg Titov, these three men bear the most watching as we move into the endgame for the tournament.

1. Karl Stark, 1.148 million
2. David Peters, 1.117 million
3. Oleg Titov, 938,000
4. Bartosz Stasiewicz, 802,000
5. Jonathan West, 765,000
6. Maria Lampropulos, 758,000
7. Koray Aldemir, 757,000
8. Michael Farrow, 691,000
9. Michael Stashin, 646,000
10. Christian Banz, 621,000

The remaining 43 players will return to the felt this afternoon as they look to find the next champion of the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure. While those that return today earn that $ 22,020 that Greenstein picked up, the dream for all is to take the million-dollar prize ($ 1,081,100, to be exact) up top.

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Money Bubble Pops at PokerStars Championship Barcelona, Benjamin Richardson Holds Chip Lead

 Money Bubble Pops at PokerStars Championship Barcelona, Benjamin Richardson Holds Chip Lead

After taking a break for this summer’s World Series of Poker, the PokerStars Championships have come back with a bang. After Day 3 at the Casino Barcelona in Spain, Benjamin Richardson is holding down the top slot on the leaderboard with 2.804 million in chips.

There were going to be some unhappy campers who came back to the felt on Thursday. 287 players remained from the sizeable 1682 player field, but only 247 of those players would partake of a piece of the €8,157,700 prize pool that was built. At the start of the day, Mauricio Salazar Sanchez was the chip leader with 507,000 in chips, but he faced challenges from such pros as WSOP bracelet winner Asi Moshe (411,500), Patrick Leonard (394,000), Kyle Bowker (392,500), Dario Sammartino (355,500) and Juha Helppi (335,000), just to name a few.

With 40 players to eliminate, it was natural that the play was deliberate. It took more than 90 minutes to work down to 250 players, at which point the tournament went into hand-for-hand mode. Although 2017 WSOP bracelet winner Upsheka De Silva was quickly dispatched from the festivities (after getting his final chips in good with pocket Aces only to see Ramon Miguel Munoz call with pocket nines and flop a set), it was a grind to find the other two unfortunate souls who would depart with nothing to show for their efforts.  After another 90 minutes of action, Roi Pereira Conde found himself drawing thin with his 10♠ 7♠ against Alexandros Papadopoulos’ A♠ 3♠ on a J J♠ 4♠ board. It went from thin to out by the river once a K♠ hit the river, giving Papadopoulos an unnecessary nut flush to send Conde to the rail in 248th place (€0).

Once the remaining 247 players were guaranteed the minimum payday of €9400 (for a €5000 buy in tournament), the cash out cage became a busy place. Paul Newey, Adrian Mateos, Thomas Muehloecker, Saar Wilf, and Sammartino all collecting their own pieces of the prize pool prior to the dinner break. After the sustenance Moshe, Maksim Prokhorov, and Helppi would hit the rail. By the time the final elimination was made on Thursday night, only 70 players remained:

1. Benjamin Richardson, 2.804 million
2. Tsugunari Toma, 2.448 million
3. Scott Wellenbach, 2.032 million
4. Aleksandr Gofman, 1.915 million
5. Patrick Leonard, 1.785 million
6. Nadia Wanzi, 1.657 million
7. Mesbah Guerfi, 1.552 million
8. Brian Kaufman Esposito, 1.465 million
9. Albert Daher, 1.381 million
10. Aeragan Arunan, 1.345 million

The plan for Friday is for the remaining 70 players to battle through another five levels of play (90-minute levels) and try to reduce the field to a manageable number. The final table is set for Sunday, meaning that bringing the field to roughly four eight-handed tables (32 players) by the end of play on Friday would leave a manageable number for Saturday’s efforts. It is also possible that, if the players are particularly itchy to get their gamble on, that the day on Friday could end earlier if the field is culled quickly.

The PokerStars Championship Barcelona is the biggest yet for what used to be called the European Poker Tour and it remains to be seen if this is a trend that will continue. For now, officials with PokerStars are pleased and the players are quite happy as well, having the opportunity to play for a €1,410,000 first place prize (and a final table where each participant will receive a six-figure payday) and, at least for a moment, rekindle the past greatness of the European circuit.

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2017 World Series of Poker: Championship Event Money Bubble Pops, Patrick Lavecchia Tops Field

 2017 World Series of Poker: Championship Event Money Bubble Pops, Patrick Lavecchia Tops Field

Late Thursday evening, the 2017 World Series of Poker Championship Event reached its second milestone. After becoming the third-largest WSOP Championship Event of all time (the first milestone), the first players to take a bit of the more than $ 67 million prize pool (and get a new mark on their Hendon Mob poker resumes) have been determined with the popping of the money bubble.

That didn’t look like it would happen when Day 3 started Thursday morning. 2600 players were still in contention when the cards hit the air, leaving some wondering if they would be able to make it to the money during Thursday’s play. Leading the pack when they went off the line was Artan Dedusha, but that Day 2 overall lead and a $ 1.50 would get him a cup of coffee and not much more until the money was reached.

More than half of the field that came back on Thursday left the Rio tournament poker arena with nothing more than shattered dreams. Of those that didn’t even come close to the money bubble, former World Champion Greg Raymer was one of the surprises. Coming back from the dinner break with a healthy stack of chips around 300K and looking to drive deep in the Championship Event once again, Raymer would get gutted in back to back hands that led to his demise. First, Raymer’s pocket tens were clipped by a rivered set of sixes to take about 40% of his stack, then saw his pocket Kings get topped by an opponent’s pocket pair of nines that found a third on the flop.

Raymer had plenty of company to join him on the rail to watch the bubble pop. 2005 World Champion Joe Hachem, two-time World Champion Johnny Chan, 1983 World Champion Tom McEvoy, Brandon Shack-Harris, Brian Rast, Mike Matusow, Adrian Mateos, Pierre Neuville, Kristin Bicknell, Juha Helppi, Doug Polk (who will have much more time for commentary on the WSOP broadcasts now), Loni Harwood and Rainer Kempe all would be sent off before the money was in sight. They also weren’t part of the decision that faced WSOP players and officials late in the night.

The original plan for the day was to play five levels (at two hours each) and quit around roughly midnight, but tournament officials decided that, with only 18 players left to the 1084 players who would earn a cash, that one more level on the night would be enough. The players adjusted to this change and, befitting of the decision, battled it out through the two hours of the extra level with several players benefitting from the extra time.

Dominik Nitsche made his statement in the extra level, knocking off Jesus Maceira Gonzales to move his stack up to 745K, while Tom Cannuli aided the field in eliminating another player when his pocket Queens stood over his opponent’s Big Slick on an eight-high board. As the end of the level approached, there were two more players to eliminate to get to the money and WSOP officials decided to go hand-for-hand.

Just before that hand-for-hand process began, there was a particularly interesting hand between, surprisingly, two pros. On a Q-3-2-7-9 board and facing a 63K bet from former “November Niner” Antoine Saout into a healthy pot, Scott Seiver heard the tournament director call for hand-for-hand play as he made his decision. More thought didn’t seem to help Seiver as he could never find the reason for a call as he chucked his cards to the muck. Saout showed some larceny in his soul as he showed Seiver a J-4 for complete air as the table moved on to hand-for-hand action.

The very first deal of hand-for-hand action brought Day 3 to a close. Two players, former WSOP Championship Event final tablist “Tex” Barch and Jason Funke, were able to double up through their hands and stay in the tournament, but two others didn’t. Davidi Kitai rivered an unnecessary full house to eliminate Quan Zhou short of the money and, simultaneously, Roger Campbell couldn’t get a fourth heart on the board for his A as Kenny Shilh’s Queen-high flush eliminated him from the tournament.

With those two eliminations, the final 1084 were determined as a wild celebration ensued (Zhou and Campbell played one hand for a seat to next year’s WSOP Championship Event – Zhou would win that). As everyone celebrated the fact that they had $ 15,000 in their pockets, these players were looking to take much more than the minimum cash:

1. Patrick Lavecchia, 1.552 million
2. Pawel Brzeski, 1.546 million
3. Antoine Saout, 1.529 million
4. Jeremiah Fitzpatrick, 1.523 million
5. Derek Bowers, 1.376 million
6. Mickey Craft, 1.345 million
7. Edward Nassif, 1.345 million
8. Scott Blumstein, 1.34 million
9. Artan Dedusha, 1.288 million
10. Greg Dyer, 1.276 million

Bubbling under the Top Ten is one of last year’s “November Nine” combatants Kenny Hallaert (1.256 million, eleventh place), joined by such other notables as Kitai (1.116 million), Ben Lamb (1.016 million) and Andrey Pateychuk (1 million) over the million-chip mark. Sofia Lovgren (997K), Cannuli (990K), Nitsche (829K) and Jared Jaffee (811K) are all in good shape to make a long run.

Day 4 will begin at 11AM (Pacific Time) as the remaining players decide who gets what piece of the monstrous prize pool. While making it to this point is an achievement, all who are surviving – even Jeff Del Castilho, who sits with EXACTLY 2000 in chips to start the day – still have the dream of becoming poker’s next World Champion. That still is a long way away, however, as the 2017 World Series of Poker grinds onward.

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2016 WSOP Championship Event Day 3: Money Bubble Pops, Kenny Hallaert Takes the Lead

 2016 WSOP Championship Event Day 3: Money Bubble Pops, Kenny Hallaert Takes the Lead

The 2016 World Series of Poker Championship Event saw the entirety of the field come together for the first time. The 2186 players who had been fortunate enough to battle through the alphabet soup mix of Day Ones and Twos were now faced with the challenge of surviving another large field and actually making it to the money. With only 1011 players taking home any cash from the Championship Event’s $ 63,327,800 prize pool, more than half of those sitting in the Rio on Thursday afternoon were going to depart disappointed.

As usual with the opening hours of a lengthy tournament, the smaller stacks in “double up or bust” mode populated the early action. Martin Staszko and Hasan Habib were a part of the early movers, with Habib forcing an opponent off a hand and commenting that he’d flopped a set. The story wasn’t as good for Matt Affleck, however, as he ran his pocket Jacks into Federico Butteroni’s Big Slick that ran the pair down on a K-Q-2-9-3 board.

The news also wasn’t good for some of the former World Champions in the field. Alive on Day 3, Phil Hellmuth was only on a stack of 57,000 to start the day, which put the “Poker Brat” in a rather foul mood throughout the day. Going from “declaring war” on his opponents to tossing his cell phone in the air after having to muck a hand, Hellmuth’s torturous journey was finally ended by WSOP Circuit ring-winner Sara Hall, whose pocket Jacks were better than Hellmuth’s A-J off suit on a King-high board.

Hellmuth wasn’t the only former World Champion to find his way to the doors of the Rio on Thursday. Defending champion Joe McKeehen had arguably the cruelest beat on his way to elimination when, holding pocket Aces, he got three-time World Poker Tour champion Anthony Zinno to commit his stack with only a K-Q off suit after an 8-3-5-K flop and turn. A Queen on the river saved Zinno and took a chunk of McKeehen’s stack; moments after that, McKeehen would take tens up against Dave Farah, whose pocket Aces finished off the 2015 champion.

These two gentlemen weren’t the only notable names who would leave without anything for their time at the tables. Adrian Mateos, Vanessa Selbst, Tony Dunst, Brandon Shack-Harris and Scott Seiver were eliminated prior to the money bubble popping. Another player who many assumed would be “in the money” on Day 3, Michael Mizrachi (who started the day ninth in chips), instead was long gone when it came to crunch time.

During the last level of play for the night, the money bubble would actually burst. Pushing all in for his last 6000 in chips, Adam Furgatch and his Q-9 was looked up by George Zisimopoulos’ A-7. After the board ran out sans a Queen or a nine, Zisimopoulos’ Ace played to send Furgatch out in 1012th place ($ 0, although he does receive a free seat to the 2017 WSOP Championship Event) and send the survivors of the day’s action to the money.

After that action, the second flood of the day – to the payout window – occurred for the players. Such names as Scott Clements, Alex Kravchenko, Shannon Shorr, Kitty Kuo and many others picked up a little money for themselves and a new entry on their Hendon Mob resume. By the end of play early on Friday morning, only 800 players remained with Kenny Hallaert (who masterfully avoided detection throughout the day) as the chip leader.

1. Kenny Hallaert, 1.709 million
2. Jared Bleznick, 1.607 million
3. Duy Ho, 1.48 million
4. Kilian Kramer, 1.4 million
5. Mark Zullo, 1.39 million
6. Myung “Mike” Shin, 1.385 million
7. Antonio Esfandiari, 1.381 million
8. Nolan King, 1.355 million
9. Jasthi Kumar, 1.351 million
10. Farhad Jamasi, 1.302 million
(tied) Marc-Andre Ladouceur, 1.302 million

The popular professionals bubbling under the Top Ten are numerous. Two-time WSOP bracelet winner Shaun Deeb (11th place, 1.266 million), Eugene Katchalov (12th, 1.235 million), Ray Dehkharghani (17th, 1.184 million), Tom Marchese (22nd, 1.135 million), Jon Turner (23rd, 1.124 million) and Antoine Saout (24th, 1.111 million) are all in the Top 25 and have the potential to mount a significant threat to the top of the leaderboard. In fact, 40 of the final 800 players are above a million chips and well primed for Day 4 action.

That Day 4 play will begin at noon in the Amazon Room at the Rio All-Suites Hotel and Casino, setting up for a long weekend of action that will determine the next “November Nine” that will contend for the 2016 WSOP Championship Event bracelet.

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2016 EPT Grand Final Main Event Day 3: Marcin Cmielewski Leads as Money Bubble Pops

 2016 EPT Grand Final Main Event Day 3: Marcin Cmielewski Leads as Money Bubble Pops

Poland’s Marcin Chmielewski is having a pretty solid week. Over the weekend, he finished 21st in the France Poker Series High Roller Event (not a huge cash by any means, but still something) and now he is leading the charge to the final table in the European Poker Tour (EPT) Grand Final. With just 74 players remaining after Day 3, Chmielweski is the chip leader, boasting a stack of 1.314 million chips. Two other players have over a million: Natan Chauskin (1.107 million) and Roman Korenev (1.091 million).

One of the more frustrating portions of a live poker tournament can be when the event gets close to the money. At that point, the tournament gets into “hand-for-hand” mode, meaning that all tables must finish their current hand before the next one can be dealt. This helps prevent short-stacked players from simply stalling until the money is reached. Of course, this also bogs down the entire tournaments, as many tables end up waiting several minutes while one table finishes up.

With around 200 players returning for Day 3 and the tournament paying to 159 spots, that hand-for-hand play was inevitable on Tuesday. It took several hours from the start of the day to when the money bubble burst, but, as usual, after it happened, players started getting eliminated left and right. The “bubble boy” yesterday wasn’t a boy at all, but rather a woman named Jinfeng Huo. Aaron Gustavson, who won the Season 6 EPT London Main Event, raised pre-flop and Huo called from the big blind. On the all-heart flop of K-7-2, Huo moved all-in for 100,000 and Gustavson called, showing 6-4 of hearts for a flush. Huo held K-2, giving her two pair and a few outs to make a full house. The 7 on the turn gave her a couple more outs, more chances at a boat, but the river was a brick, giving Gustavson the hand and sending Huo to the rail in 160th place, one spot from the money.

If it makes her feel any better, and it won’t, she is a hero to everybody else who remained in the tournament.

Day 4 of the EPT Grand Final Main Event is already underway, an unfortunate bit of timing for this writer, who is many time zones behind. But no matter. Five more 90-minute levels are in the works today as the final table draws nearer.

2016 European Poker Tour Grand Final Main Event – Day 3 Chip Leaders

1.    Marcin Chmielewski – 1,314,000
2.    Natan Chauskin – 1,107,000
3.    Roman Korenev – 1,091,000
4.    Evangelos Terzoudis – 985,000
5.    Mohamed Aissani – 926,000
6.    Dario Sammartino – 902,000
7.    Thiago Nishijima – 840,000
8.    Erwann Pecheux – 818,000
9.    Adrien Allain – 810,000
10.    Fatima Moreira de Melo – 807,000

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