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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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2016 WPT Bay 101 Shooting Star Main Event Day 2: Money Bubble Pops as Dylan Linde Seizes the Lead

 2016 WPT Bay 101 Shooting Star Main Event Day 2: Money Bubble Pops as Dylan Linde Seizes the Lead

There are several happy souls in northern California as the sun breaks on Thursday morning, some because they received a cash in the 2016 World Poker Tour Bay 101 Shooting Star tournament in San Jose. The others are among the survivors who are sleeping peacefully as they know they will come back later in the day to play down to the final table, which will be held on Friday afternoon.

280 players came back from the record-breaking 753 player field, ready for a long slog towards the money bubble. The bounty tournament – the traditional format of the event since its inclusion on the WPT circuit in 2004 – still had 33 of the original “Shooting Star” bounties still in the fight (from the original 50 that started), each with $ 2500 on their heads (and a nice tee-shirt) for whomever eliminated them. Some were in great shape – such as overall Day 1 chip leader Ari Engel with his 294,100 in chips, Connor Drinan (222,000) or Mike Matusow (and we must say here at Poker News Daily…WELCOME BACK, MIKE…with 187,400 in chips) – but others weren’t as replete with chips, including defending World Series of Poker National Champion Loni Harwood (37,200), former World Champion Ryan Riess (26,400) and former European Poker Tour Grand Final champion Mohsin Charania (17,400).

Because some of those short stacks were Shooting Stars, the early eliminations brought a little more attention than normal. Harwood fought hard, doubling up in an early hand to bring her stack over the 70K mark, while Charania fell to Alex Rocha and David Fong took down defending WSOP Europe champion Kevin MacPhee to trim the Shooting Star ranks. Riess would drop at the hands of Tyler Jackson (Riess cruelly running his pocket sevens into Jackson’s pocket Aces), while Fedor Holz had to give up his Shooting Star medallion (and his chips) to Hank Sitton after Sitton flopped a set of nines and Holz was dragged into the hand when he turned a set of sixes.

A new chip leader would take over the helm only a couple of hours into the day and he would take a bounty to boot. After a J 9 5♠ flop, Shooting Star Tyler Patterson would get his final chips in the center against Dylan Linde, with Patterson holding an A 6 for the nut flush draw against Linde’s pocket fives for a set. The turn was red for Patterson, but it was a 4 and, after a 7♣ didn’t complete his flush, Patterson turned over his medal, tee-shirt and $ 2500 to Linde as Linde moved close to the 300K mark with his chip lead.

The Stars continued to fall as the tournament worked through the afternoon. Jason Mercier, Daniel Negreanu, Andy Frankenberger, Will Failla, Mukul Pahuja, Aaron Massey, Marvin Rettenmaier and Todd Brunson were all eliminated within hours of the opening bell, soon to be followed by Greg Merson, Faraz Jaka, Joe Kuether and Lee Markholt as the tournament broke for dinner. Even with all the action, there were still 98 players remaining and the money bubble (72 players) was still in the distance.

Following the dinner break, one of the players who is in contention for the WPT Player of the Year crown would meet her demise and in a vicious fashion. Cate Hall, who was also a Shooting Star bounty, called an all-in from the button after Alexander Lakhov pushed in enough chips to commit her to action. Hall had the goods, however, her pocket Aces running roughshod pre-flop over Lakhov’s K-J off suit, but the K-K-4 immediately changed the situation. Lakhov was able to fade the Queen on the turn and the insult-to-injury Jack on the river sealed Hall’s fate, sending her out of the tournament short of the money for only the second time this season in her WPT events.

After Shooting Stars Phil Hellmuth (also in ugly Aces versus Seth Davies’ Jacks fashion when Davies flopped a Jack), Barry Hutter and Matusow were eliminated prior to the close of Level 17, only 74 players remained. With two eliminations to the money, the tension was beginning to show, but it fortunately (unfortunately for a couple of people) didn’t take long to break. After Shooting Star Liv Boeree departed in 74th place and Stuart Marshak was knocked off in 73nd place (both for $ 0), the final 72 finishers – each earning at least the minimum $ 14,900 payday.

With the bubble popped, the floodgates opened to the cash out cage. Harwood, Amir Lehavot, Jake Bazeley, Adam Levy, Kevin Eyster, Jake Schindler, Engel, Garrett Greer, Davies, former NFL football player Richard Seymour and Mike Leah were among those who departed as the field halved itself before stopping for the night. When the smoke had cleared, Linde had emerged as the chip leader for the day of the final 36, but there are plenty of challengers awaiting him on Thursday.

1. Dylan Linde, 1.523 million
2. Noah Schwartz, 1.32 million
3. Ben Dobson, 1.15 million
4. Chang Luo, 1.143 million
5. Stefan Schillhabel, 1.124 million
6. Kyle Julius, 1.074 million
7. Andjelko Andrejevic, 1.062 million
8. Dominik Nitsche, 1.043 million
9. Griffin Paul, 929,000
10. Alexander Lakhov, 888,000

Play will resume at noon (Pacific Time) at Bay 101 in San Jose and the final six will be determined today. All the survivors will be assured of a $ 25,690 payday, but the top prize of $ 1,298,000 that will be awarded on Friday night is what everyone is reaching for.

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