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Martin Kozlov Wins 2017 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open Championship

 Martin Kozlov Wins 2017 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open Championship

It looked like it was going to be a long final table at the 2017 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open Championship (SHRPO) Tuesday as even though Aaron Mermelstein had a comfortable chip lead, almost everyone at the table had a fairly deep stack. And with nine players beginning the last day of play, there was a chance it could go on for a while.

And for a while it did. Only one player was knocked out in each of the first four hour and a half-long levels; by the time Martin Kozlov collected all the chips to win three-quarters of a million dollars, the final table had spanned 13 hours.

The SHRPO was also organized in quite a unique way, adding more emphasis to how slow the pace of the Championship final table really was. The tournament festival had what it called the “Big 4” events: the $ 1,100 No-Limit Hold’em Re-entry event, the $ 5,250 Championship Event, the $ 2,650 Freeze Out, and the $ 25,500 High Roller Re-entry event. Though the other three events began before the Championship, they were all scheduled in such a way so as to have all of their final tables play out in the same room on Tuesday.

Joe Keuther, the short stack at the Championship final table and the first one to be eliminated, was actually at two final tables at the same time, so while he was likely disappointed to finish ninth, he was able to just saunter over to the $ 1,100 No-Limit Hold’em final table and keep going (he finished eighth there).

Kozlov commented on the four final table arrangement and the pace of his table in his post-game interview with SHRPO officials, saying:

They had The Big 4, and after two or three hours all the tables of the other three were down to four or five players, and it took us six hours to lose two players. It was super slow, and you just had to play it one hand at a time. The structure was so good you could afford to take some beats, you could afford to lose some pots. Patience was the most important thing I guess.

He needed that patience, too, as he found himself very short stacked with five players remaining, holding barely more than 10 big blinds.

“The thing that affects my mental state the most is if I’m getting downward momentum, if I’m getting upward momentum it just kind of clears my mind to focus on the strategy,” Kozlov said afterward. “So when things are going right I’m thinking more clearly about what to do strategy-wise, if things are going bad I’m just steaming.”

“Five handed I didn’t have many chips at all, and I was a bit tilted on break. I was talking to my wife, and I was like, ‘What am I going to do now. There’s not much left, I’m going to have to win a couple of all ins.’ And then I came back and won every all in, and now I’ve won the tournament.”

What was that about a chip and chair again?

Kozlov entered heads-up play against Dylan Drazen with a 6 million chip lead, 16.325 million to 10.325 million. He never fell behind during the one-on-one match, though Drazen did pull within less than 1.5 million. Interestingly, it was when Drazen was at his closest that the whole thing ended.

Kozlov raised to 600,000 pre-flop and Drazen called. On the flop of K-Q-8, Drazen checked and then called Kozlov’s 400,000 chip bet. It was the same action on the turn when a 4 was dealt, this time for 2.6 million chips. And then again, when a 2 landed on the river, Drazen called, Kozlov moved all-in, and then Drazen called all-in. Kozlov revealed pocket Kings for flopped top set, while Drazen had just J-8 for third pair, almost a bluff call.

The win put Kozlov well over $ 2 million in career live earnings, increasing his total to $ 2,680,977.

2017 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open Championship – Final Table Results

1. Martin Kozlov – $ 754,083
2. Dylan Drazen – $ 528,322
3. Matt Berkey – $ 341,618
4. Yi Chi Li – $ 252,481
5. Michael Aron – $ 191,437
6. Aaron Mermelstein – $ 152,547
7. Adam Levy – $ 126,305
8. Luke Brererton – $ 100,408
9. Joe Kuether – $ 75,413

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Jay Lee Wins 2017 WPT Choctaw Main Event

 Jay Lee Wins 2017 WPT Choctaw Main Event

After Day 2 of the 2017 World Poker Tour (WPT) Choctaw Main Event, Michael Stashin was lapping the field. After Day 3, Josh Kay was head and shoulders above everyone else. And because this is poker, neither of them ended up winning. Instead, it was 27-year old Texan Jay Lee who rose from third place going into the final table to win the whole thing and nearly $ 600,000.

Not only was this Lee’s first World Poker Tour title, it was only his third recorded cash in a live tournament, according to records kept by TheHendonMob.com. Those other two cashes amounted to just over $ 10,000, so needless to say, this was different territory for him.

As mentioned, Lee was third in chips going into Tuesday’s action, which is good, but he was significantly behind the chip leaders. Josh Kay was a one-man wrecking crew on Monday to enter the final table as the chip leader with 11.105 million chips. Next was Day 2’s runaway chip leader, Michael Stashin, with 7.685 million. The remaining four players, led by Lee, barely had more combined than Stashin did by himself. Lee was third with 3.455 million, Eric Bunch was fourth with 2.020 million, Paul Fisher was fifth with 1.700 million, and Jeb Hutton was the short stack with 1.645 million chips.

It certainly looked like it was going to be the Kay and Stashin show.

The two chip leaders maintained their edge on the field for the most part through nearly 50 hands and called Eric Bunch’s all-in, checking it through the river. Kay won the hand, lifting his stack above 13 million chips, while Stashin fell to around 5.5 million and Bunch was eliminated in sixth place.

On Hand 73, Paul Fisher raised to 260,000 and Stashin called to bring on a flop of 6-J-K. Fisher bet 375,000, Stashin moved all-in, and Fisher called-in, putting his tournament on the line. Fisher had a nice hand, K-7, for top pair, but Stashin nailed the flop, holding J-6 for two pair. He upped that to a boat on the river to knock out Fisher in fifth place and get his stack back up to 7.44 million while Kay was around 14 million.

In the meantime, Lee was letting the chip leaders do their thing, waiting for a good spot to make a move. He found it on Hand 89, when he was all-in pre-flop with pocket Sevens and called by Stashin and his A-9 suited. The pair held and Lee doubled to 4.740 million, sending Stashin down to 5.470 million.

Lee took off from there, continuing to grow his stack through the next dozen hands to move into second place. On Hand 101, he and Stashin got into another pre-flop raising war before getting all their chips in. Lee had another pair, Queens, and Stashin had pocket Eights. No drama here and all of a sudden, Michael Stashin was out of the tournament in fourth place and Lee was in the chip lead with 12.825 million, barely more than a big blind better than Kay.

It looked like Jeb Hutton had no chance at that point, down to only around 2 million chips, but he hung on, doubling through Lee, falling back, then doubling through Lee again. It was a wild ride from that point. On Hand 128, Lee doubled through Kay to surge to 17.225 million chips versus Kay’s 6.225 million and Hutton’s 4.150 million.

On Hand 142, Hutton kept it going, doubling through Kay to turn the tables, moving up to second place and 8.725 million chips, while Kay was down to 8.150 million. Lee himself had seen his stack recede to 10.725 million and just like that, it was a close race again.

At the break after Hand 154, Lee had extended his lead, building his stack to 12.85 million at the expense of Kay, who was down to 6.775 million.

And then, a dozen hands later, Jeb Hutton pulled into the lead – just barely – over Lee, a concept that would’ve been unheard of about 60 hands earlier. Kay was fading and eventually, on Hand 180, Lee knocked him out in third place to setup the heads-up match with Hutton, the guy who was the short stack going into the final table.

As long and nuts as the final table was, heads-up only lasted ten hands. On the final hand, Hutton raised to 550,000 pre-flop and Lee called. On the flop of J-4-4, both players checked, bringing on a 7 on the turn. Both checked again and a 9 was dealt on the river, making a flush and a straight possible. Lee bet 750,000 and then watched as Hutton raised to 2 million. Lee then moved all-in for 19.425 million and a surprised Hutton called for 7.025 million. Well now.

Hutton had reason to be confident, as he had made a Queen-high flush. It was Lee, though, whose heart had probably been pounding since the flop, as he had J-4 for a flopped full house and the WPT Choctaw Main Event title.

2017 World Poker Tour Choctaw Main Event – Final Table Results

1. Jay Lee – $ 593,173
2. James “Jeb” Hutton – $ 366,895
3. Josh Kay – $ 270,801
4. Michael Stashin – $ 202,617
5. Paul Fisher – $ 153,508
6. Eric Bunch – $ 117,761

Lead photo credit: WPT.com/Joe Giron

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Raffaele Sorrentino Wins PSC Monte Carlo Main Event Championship

 Raffaele Sorrentino Wins PSC Monte Carlo Main Event Championship

In what turned out to be a rather quick and dominant final table, PokerStars qualifier Raffaele Sorrentino crushed the opposition to face Andreas Klatt heads up, with the duo brokering a deal for nearly all the money, and Sorrentino continuing his dominant play to take down the PokerStars Championship Monte Carlo Main Event trophy.

Sorrentino was in good shape at the start of the six-handed final table with his 4.16 million in chips. Only Michael Kolkowicz (4.6 million) and Andrey Bondar (4.35 million) were in front of him, while Andreas Klatt (3.58 million), Maxim Panyak (3.345 million) and the short stack of Diego Zeiter (1.78 million) rounded out the roster on the felt. With such deep stacks – even Zeiter had more than 20 big blinds left to work with – it was thought that the players would gradually work up to speed. That, however, wasn’t the case.

Zeiter was quiet for the first 16 hands of the tournament, but he thought he’d found an opportunity to move when he picked up A-J off suit one seat beyond being under the gun. He pushed his stack and found a dance partner in Kolkowicz, who turned out to have the goods when he tabled his A-Q for a dominant lead. That lead became all but decisive when the 3-Q-A flop hit the table to give Kolkowicz two pair and, after the turn failed to bring a Jack, left Zeiter drawing dead. Once the meaningless river card was dealt, Zeiter was gone in sixth place as Kolkowicz extended his lead.

Kolkowicz tried to maintain his momentum from that hand, but it only saw him lose chips when his opponents had the goods. After Kolkowicz saw a turned two pair counterfeited by Sorrentino’s better two pair on the river on Hand 33, his once dominant lead (almost five million chips) had been reduced to only 400K. Twelve hands later, Sorrentino would snatch the lead away from Kolkowicz and never look back.

Sorrentino blasted past the ten million chip mark on Hand 84 and, on the very next hand, would eliminate his nemesis Kolkowicz. After Sorrentino opened the betting, Kolkowicz pushed all in for about two million chips. After Sorrentino called, the cards came up and at least one participant surprised the audience with what they were holding. Sorrentino’s A♣ 5♣ wasn’t out of line at a five-handed table, but Kolkowicz’s 6-2 off suit surprised many, especially since he pushed all in. Two fives came on the 5-4-5 flop, but a seven on the turn brought a tinge of drama to the proceedings. Those disappeared once the river brought another seven to give Sorrentino a boat, eliminate Kolkowicz in fifth place and push Sorrentino over 12 million chips.

Keeping the pressure on the table, Sorrentino would continue to indiscriminately wipe out his opposition. Panyak was the next to go in fourth place on Hand 102, Sorrentino’s K♠ J♠ flopping the world on a K 4♠ 2♠ flop against Panyak’s A 10 that never improved. Six hands later, Sorrentino would bring the action to heads up after knocking out Bondar in third place, his 6-5 off suit catching against Bondar’s J-8 on a 4-5-8-6-9 board.

Starting heads up, Sorrentino held nearly a 2.5:1 lead over Klatt, sparking discussions of a deal between the two remaining players for the rest of the prize pool. Sorrentino gave his opponent Klatt a very nice deal, taking a guaranteed €451,714 while giving Klatt €402,786. The twosome left €15K in the center, along with the PSC Monte Carlo Main Event trophy, to play it out, but it didn’t make much of a difference as Sorrentino continued to ride the steamroller.

On the final hand, Klatt woke up with pocket Queens and made a raise to 450K. Unfortunately for Klatt, Sorrentino was getting hit with the deck as he looked down on pocket Aces and popped the action up to two million chips. Thinking he had his opponent trapped, Klatt pushed all in and found a welcome call in Sorrentino. With his 81/19 edge, the 8-2-2-K-2 board never came close to pairing Klatt, giving the remaining 15K Euros in the prize pool and the PSC Monte Carlo Main Event trophy to Raffaele Sorrentino.

1. Raffaele Sorrentino, €466,714*
2. Andreas Klatt, €402,786*
3. Andrey Bondar, €271,500
4. Maxim Panyak, €199,900
5. Michael Kolkowicz, €147,120
6. Diego Zeiter, €108,300

* – heads up deal struck

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PokerStars Championship Monte Carlo: Bryn Kenney Wins 100K Euro Super High Roller as Main Event Opens Action

 PokerStars Championship Monte Carlo: Bryn Kenney Wins 100K Euro Super High Roller as Main Event Opens Action

Riding the strength of his start of day chip lead, Bryn Kenney continued to be the “Master of the High Rollers” as he captured the 100,000 Euro Super High Roller at the PokerStars Championships Monte Carlo on Saturday. As Kenney added over 1.7 million more Euros to his bankroll for 2017, the 5000 Euro Main Event opened its action.

With nine men in the mix and only eight paying spots, someone was leaving the Super High Roller tournament disappointed. That man would turn out to be Isaac Haxton, who got a bit short and shoved with Big Chick from the small blind. The big blind, David Peters, woke up with pocket Jacks and made the call, looking to eliminate a dangerous player from the event. There was a Queen as the dealer fanned the flop, but there was also a Jack to keep Peters in the lead with a flopped set. After the turn failed to bring anything useful for Haxton, he was out of the tournament in ninth place for the big goose egg (zero Euros).

Everyone left at the table was guaranteed a 237,950 Euro payday and those men set about determining just who would get what piece of it. Viacheslav Buldygin, who came into the final table with the second largest chip stack, went on a rampage at this point in knocking out Sam Greenwood in eighth and Martin Kabrhel in seventh to take the lead from Kenney. Kenney, for his part, had been quiet up to this point, but made himself known in chopping a massive chunk of chips from Buldygin after rivering two pair, Kings up, against Buldygin’s pocket Aces.

Now it was Kenney’s turn to pound the opposition and he did just that. Kenney bumped off Steffen Sontheimer in sixth place and shot down Ole Schemion in fifth to extend his lead. After he eliminated Peters from the tournament in fourth place with his Queens standing over Peters’ A-7, he had taken three straight opponents down and held a monstrous lead. Even after Buldygin matched his feat in eliminating three players by taking out Daniel Dvoress, Buldygin still was at a 5-1 chip disadvantage as heads up play began.

The twosome would shuffle some chips back and forth between each other before they paused the action to discuss a deal. The right numbers couldn’t be agreed on by the two gentlemen and, with that, they decided to play on. On the final hand, the aggressive Kenney – he had been punishing his short-stacked tablemates with all-in moves to force them to make decisions for their tournament lives all afternoon – once again moved all in with pocket deuces and, with a suited K-Q, Buldygin made his stand. That stand lasted all of the flop when a deuce landed to give Kenney a set. When the turn blanked, Buldygin was drawing dead and the championship was Kenney’s to celebrate.

1. Bryn Kenney, 1,784,500 Euros
2. Viacheslav Buldygin, 1,290,800
3. Daniel Dvoress, 832,800
4. David Peters, 630,600
5. Ole Schemion, 487,715
6. Steffen Sontheimer, 380,700
7. Martin Kabrhel, 303,350
8. Sam Greenwood, 237,950

The PokerStars Championship Monte Carlo Main Event also saw Day 1A action on Saturday with some of the same players from the Super High Roller jumping over to take part in the action. Ole Schemion used part of the proceeds from the Super High Roller to buy into the Main Event and he did quite well, finishing the day with 144,900 in chips to sit in seventh place. Haxton also made the jump, not finishing quite as well on the day as Schemion but in the game with 65,700 in chips.

The story of the day was Jeffrey Hakim, who seemed to draw the chips in like a vacuum. In a five-way pot, Hakim would flop the ten-high nut straight but have to face down the potential of an opponent catching a bigger straight or a flush with his suited J-9. Once the board came up blanks, Hakim stacked roughly 180K in chips but the best was yet to come. During the last level of the night, Hakim flopped quad fours and found a guppy who wanted to stick around. Hakim would check-raise the flop only to have said guppy four-bet the action, which Hakim was happy to call. On a blank turn, the guppy shoved his stack with a draw and Hakim called to deliver the bad news. The resulting chips pushed Hakim over the 300K mark, the only player to reach that point.

1. Jeffrey Hakim, 305,300
2. Stefan Shillhabel, 203,000
3. Manig Loeser, 195,700
4. Michel Pereira Marques, 168,900
5. Pascal Hartmann, 151,200
6. Igor Yaroshevskyy, 147,500
7. Ole Schemion, 144,900
8. Dmytro Shuvanov, 140,000
9. Bradley Marsh, 130,000
10. Vicente Delgado, 130,000

Although these players will be back on Monday to continue the festivities, a plethora of top pros won’t. Anthony Spinella, Freddy Deeb and Team PokerStars Pros Vanessa Selbst and Jake Cody all found the rail during Saturday’s action. While Day 1B is on Sunday at noon, the tournament is a freezeout and the players cannot rebuy.

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Pete Yanhan Chen Wins WPT Beijing to Open WPT Season XVI

 Pete Yanhan Chen Wins WPT Beijing to Open WPT Season XVI

Well, we kind of knew this was going to happen going into the final table of the first event of the World Poker Tour (WPT) Season XVI, but Pete Yanhan Chen made it official Wednesday, winning WPT Beijing. Chen entered the six-handed final table with a prohibitive chip lead, holding more chips than his five opponents combined.

Chen’s lead was never really in doubt the entire final table. He wielded his chip stack like Reinhardt’s hammer in Overwatch, keeping everyone at bay while he chipped up.

The one time it looked like maybe, possibly, Chen could be at risk of coming back to the pack was with four players remaining. According to WPT.com, he raised all-in pre-flop under the gun and Zhang Wenbin called all-in for around a million chips. Zhang had Chen dominated with K-J against K-7 and it held up, allowing him to double-up to 2.2 million. Chen still had 7.4 million, so it wasn’t a big deal.

The very next hand, the 79th of the final table, Zhang raised to 195,000 pre-flop and Chen again shoved, putting Zhang all-in. Zhang called with pocket Queens, way ahead of Chen’s K-J. If Zhang doubled-up on this hand, he would be well within striking distance of Chen. That didn’t happen, though, as Chen flopped a King to give him a better pair and then rivered another King for good measure. Zhang was out of the tournament in fourth place and Chen got his chips back from the previous hand, growing his stack to 9.715 million.

Shortly thereafter, Lu Yingqi was knocked out in third place, setting up the heads-up match between Chen Yanhan and Chen Ke. Yanhan (we’re switching naming conventions now since they are both Chens), of course, had a huge lead, 9.99 million to 2.01 million. Ke held on as long as he could, but it was no contest.

Finally, on Hand #111 of the final table, Ke moved all-in for just over a million chips and Yanhan made the easy call, holding K-4 of spades. Ke was behind with Q-3, but at least had two live cards, which is about all you can ask for in that situation. None of the community cards helped either player, meaning Yanhan won the hand, the pot, and the tournament.

With a first prize worth about USD $ 300,000, Pete Yanhan Chen has now won over $ 1 million in his live tournament career. He has dozens of small cashes dating back to 2011, the vast majority of which are from tournaments in Asia. His largest cash before this won came back in 2014, when he finished fifth place in the Asia Pacific Poker Tour Macau Main Event for $ 74,170.

2017 World Poker Tour Beijing Main Event – Final Table Results

1.    Pete Yanhan Chen – CNY 2,063,454 (USD $ 299,485)
2.    Chen Ke – CNY 1,373,026 (USD $ 199,278)
3.    Lu Yingqi – CNY 882,619 (USD $ 128,101)
4.    Zhang Wenben – CNY 585,468 (USD $ 84,974)
5.    Tan Yancheng – CNY 450,616 (USD $ 65,401)
6.    Bryan Huang – CNY 373,218 (USD $ 54,168)

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