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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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2017 WPT L.A. Poker Classic Day Four: Daniel Strelitz Tops Field for Second Straight Day

 2017 WPT L.A. Poker Classic Day Four: Daniel Strelitz Tops Field for Second Straight Day

Daniel Strelitz went into Day 4 of the 2017 World Poker Tour (WPT) L.A. Poker Classic as the chip leader and ended it in the same spot as just 18 players remain in one of the WPT’s original tour stops. Finishing with 2.02 million chips, he nearly exactly doubled his chips from the start of the day to the finish.

After Day 3, Strelitz was the only player with more than 1 million chips. Similarly, he ended Day 4 as the only one with more than 2 million. The next closest player is Allan Le, with 1.68 million. After the two of them, just four other players have at least 1 million.

After the night was over, Strelitz spoke with WPT.com about his day, saying that he didn’t expect to be the chip leader again, as he had lost a large chunk of chips early. When asked how he ran his stack up again, Strelitz replied, “I just kept making lots of strong hands. I was opening a lot, and they were letting me kind of just win the blinds over and over, and then I made two straights, made a flush, and got paid off a bunch.”

Both of those straights came late in the evening. The first was against Visnja Luetic, who raised pre-flop to 35,000 and was called by Strelitz. The flop was J-9-5, at which point Luetic bet 75,000 and Strelitz called. The turn was a 7 and once again, Luetic bet 125,000 and was called by Strelitz. I think you can see what’s coming. It was the same betting on the river after a 4 was dealt and Strelitz showed T-8 for a straight, beating Luetic’s J-9, two pair. That hand got Strelitz over 2 million chips.

The second straight was ALSO against Luetic, though Luetic didn’t take as much damage this time. Luetic once again raised to 35,000 and both Strelitz and Rainer Kempe called. The flop was Q-8-8 and this time Luetic checked. Strelitz bet 55,000, Kempe bailed, and Luetic called. Both players checked the King on the turn. Luetic checked the river 9, but called Strelitz’s 140,000 chip bet. Strelitz showed J-T for a straight Luetic mucked her cards.

Strelitz could have finished Day 4 with even more chips, but doubled-up Matt Schultz late to retreat back to the 2 million mark.

One interesting, non-Strelitz note for the day: after the re-draw for the final three tables, Allan Le was seated next to his brother, Nam Le. After Nam was eliminated in 27th place (not by his brother), he told WPT.com of the experience having to compete directly against Allan, “It’s kind of awkward, but it’s bound to happen if we keep playing tournaments and get deep.”

Day 5 will begin at noon PT Wednesday and will conclude when the official six-handed final table is determined.

2017 World Poker Tour L.A. Poker Classic Main Event – Day 4 Chip Counts

1.    Daniel Strelitz – 2,020,000
2.    Allan Le – 1,680,000
3.    Jesse Martin – 1,581,000
4.    Joe Serock – 1,157,000
5.    Matt Berkey – 1,118,000
6.    William Vo – 1,081,000
7.    John Cynn – 922,000
8.    Mike Sexton – 908,000
9.    Rainer Kempe – 798,000
10.    Richard Tuhrim – 753,000
11.    Donald Maloney – 727,000
12.    Jared Griener – 618,000
13.    Matt Schultz – 577,000
14.    Simeon Naydenov – 448,000
15.    Visnja Luetic – 365,000
16.    James Calderaro – 318,000
17.    Dzmitry Urbanovich – 288,000
18.    Dean Baranowski – 273,000

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2015 WSOP Europe Event #1 – Makarios Avramidis Tops Tough Table in Winning €2000 Six Handed No Limit Hold’em

 2015 WSOP Europe Event #1 – Makarios Avramidis Tops Tough Table in Winning €2000 Six Handed No Limit Hold’em

Defeating a difficult final table, Makarios Avramidis emerged as the victor of the first event at the 2015 World Series of Poker Europe, the €2000 Six Handed No Limit Hold’em tournament, on Saturday night.

Six men (hence the name of the tournament) returned on Saturday to determine the champion of this event with Paul Michaelis, who won a bracelet in Las Vegas earlier this year ($ 1500 Pot Limit Hold’em), heading the pack by a wide margin. Holding more than a third of the chips on the table, Michaelis (670K) would face challenges from Ricardo Alvarado (435K) and Stephen Chidwick (354K), while Frederic Schwarzer (242), Avramidis (179K) and a short-stacked Marvin Rettenmaier (90K) rounded out the contenders.

Rettenmaier was game fighting off the short stack, getting a key double up through Chidwick just prior to the price of poker going up (Level 20, 4K/8K blinds, 1K ante), but just as he started to make a charge he got coolered. After upping the action out of the cutoff, Rettenmaier saw Michaelis three-bet him out of the big blind. Rettenmaier put his newfound chips from Chidwick at risk by moving all in and couldn’t have been happy that Michaelis quickly made the call. It was Rettenmaier’s pocket nines against Michaelis’ pocket Aces and, after an Ace on the flop, Rettenmaier was basically drawing dead. A Jack on the turn officially had Rettenmaier drawing dead as he left the table in sixth place.

That would be the highlight for Michaelis as his 800K chip stack would never grow bigger. Just before jumping to Level 21, Michaelis doubled up Chidwick, giving a strong player a new lease on life. Chidwick would use those chips to go against Alvarado in what would be an intriguing hand, coming down with what looked to be an innocent board of 6♠ 5♣ 2 Q♠ 10♠. Chidwick would move all in on the river representing the flush, but Alvarado didn’t believe him in making the call with his Q 2. Chidwick didn’t have the flush but he did have the goods, turning up a Q 5 for a better two pair to take the lead and knock out Alvarado in fifth place.

Chidwick, now holding about half the chips in play with his 1.03 million stack, got more aggressive on the felt as the afternoon wore on. He picked chips out of the stack of virtually every other player on the felt on his way to building up a 1.4 million stack but, after another level up, he too would falter. Doubling up Michaelis once and Schwarzer twice, Chidwick saw his stack reduced to 753K in rapid fashion. Instead of taking some time to regroup, Chidwick would continue to charge with disastrous results.

Chidwick dropped to 450K in chips in doubling up Michaelis again and sent a smaller stack of chips to him on the very next hand. The twosome would square off again on a third consecutive hand, with Michaelis opening on the button and Chidwick moving all in from the big blind. Michaelis made the call and showed Big Slick to go up against Chidwick’s Big Chick (A-Q); after the resulting A-7-6-4-4 board, Michaelis’ hand had stood up and Chidwick’s rapid descent sent him out of the tournament in fourth place.

Michaelis’ return to the top of the ladder didn’t appear to bode well for his opponents. Both Schwarzer (430K) and Avramidis (400K) didn’t appear to be well-stacked to take on Michaelis (1.17 million), but all it would take was one double up to change the game. That occurred when Michaelis and Avramidis got their chips in pre-flop, with Michaelis showing pocket tens and Avramidis opening up pocket Jacks. The Q-J-9 flop brought something for both men, but the Ace on the turn and the four on the river didn’t bring Michaelis back to pass Avramidis for the victory. After the hand, Avramidis took over the lead as Michaelis dropped to the short-stack.

After doubling up Avramidis, the news didn’t get any better for Michaelis. He would open the betting up and Schwarzer immediately came back at him with a three-bet. Michaelis popped his stack in the center and, just as vociferously, Schwarzer did the same. It was a repeat of the hand with Avramidis as Michaelis held the pocket tens again and Schwarzer this time held the Jacks. For a second time the Jacks held up on the Q-3-3-3-K board and Michaelis was gone in third place.

Despite going to heads up play at a 2:1 disadvantage, Avramidis wasted little time in seizing control of the match. Within 10 minutes he had worked his way into the lead over Schwarzer and, after another hour of work, Avramidis would complete the win. On the last hand, Avramidis opened up the betting and, after Schwarzer pushed all in, called with his leading A-6. Schwarzer had two live cards with his K-6, but it was worthless after an Ace came on the flop. Once the board failed to connect with Schwarzer on the turn, he was drawing dead as Avramidis, a Greek who resides in Germany, took home the championship.

1. Makarios Avramidis, €105,00
2. Frederic Schwarzer, €64,930
3. Paul Michaelis, €45,860
4. Stephen Chidwick, €32,600
5. Ricardo Alvarado, €23,310
6. Marvin Rettenmaier, €16,740

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