Play will start here at 14:00.
Blinds will be 800/1600/100 and the average stack is 74.5k.
29 players will start the day and the seating draw:
Lvl 13 – 800/1600/100 – 29/72 remaining – av stack 74.5k
Clock started bang on 14:00 level 13 at with 29 players who will now play through to completion of the tournament for a top prize of €3600.
The tournament clock waits for no man, nor woman, nor any other gender.
Early bath for Christian Johansen as he runs his turned straight into Mikael Thomas’s turned flush.
Christian Johansen eliminated in 29th place.
Marek Olejnik eliminated in 28th place.
We now move down to three tables as this tournament is 9 handed.
Kitai No Boei eliminated in 27th place.
Artur Okon eliminated in 26th place.
Antoine DeGiorgio rocks up at 14:18 like a boss.
Daniel Clemente eliminated in 25th place.
Lvl 14 – 1000/2000/200 – 24/72 remaining – av stack 90k
With tournament average stack of 45 bigs, there is no real pressure on most players left. The shortstacks that started the day have not been running well and they have fallen.
The other players now have enough chips and elbow room to settle in for the afternoon of poker.
Antoine DeGiorgio eliminated in 24th place. He doesn’t seem to mind and claims he’s now going to go and sleep.
Claudio Fagone eliminated in 22nd place.
Simone Saracino eliminated in 21st place.
Lvl 15 – 1200/2400/200 – 20/72 remaining – av stack 120k
Domenico Speranza eliminated in 20th place.
Alesio Bergamo eliminated in 19th place.
Puking about an ugly ruling here.
Player all in, and one player calls – everyone else folds.
The cards go on the backs, and everyone present sees them.
The dealer has a moment and randomly mucks the whole lot and pushes the pot to the player who had the best pre-flop hand.
The rule that was, finally, made, was that the cards would be rescued (both sets cos no-one had live cards at that point) and the hand dealt from the remaining full 48 cards.
The player with A7 was eliminated and not happy.
What a mess. Can you think of a fairer resolution… one you would think was right if you were either player?
Totti Lind eliminated in 18th place.
BREAK – 15mins
Lvl 16 – 1500/3000/300 – 17/72 remaining – av stack 127k
Lvl 17 – 2000/4000/400 – 17/72 remaining – av stack 127k
No-one is budging, despite lots of pots being played. The deep structure is making the poker fun and giving everyone a chance to play some hands without having to shove a short stack once an orbit.
Jason Aquillne eliminated in 17th place. This will not be surprising to him or his opponents… as he did not actually arrive to play Day 2 and his 62k stack has blinded out down to zero.
Somer Venelderson eliminated in 16th place.
Salvatore Ritavaro eliminated in 15th place.
Lvl 18 – 2500/5000/500 – 14/72 players remaining- av stack 154k
Micheal Edge eliminated in 14th place.
Tomasz Brzezinski eliminated in 13th place, two tables of six players remain in this tournament and the side event starts in one hour.
There are already a couple of entries for this, so if you want to play, we recommend a prompt arrival.
Jonus Larsson eliminated in 12th place after some dirty action against Onno Vrijburg after Larsson got a large stack in preflop with KK versus Vrijburg’s QQ.
The queen on the flop was a slap in the face for Larsson, and the queen on the turn really finished off the job.
Daily Quads for Vrijburg and the rail for Larsson.
BREAK – 30 mins
Players are now on a 30 minute dinner break.
Chip counts of the remaining 11 players
Lvl 19 – 3000/6000/500 – 11/72 players – av stack 196k
Conor Oldroyd eliminated in 11th place after working his short stack like an ninja for the last few orbits.
Lvl 20 – 4000/8000/500 – 10/72 players – av stack 216k
The side event is underway with twenty players and the main is rumbling on. The remaining players are now hand for hand until the 9 handed final table is reached.
Lvl 21 – 5k/10k/1k – 10/72 – av stack 216k
Deep structure + Players who know ICM = long bubble
Onno Vrijburg eliminated in 10th place after being crippled by a lost race pre-flop.
Players are taking a five minute break before continuing.
Hutuleac Gzauril Bouiel eliminated in 9th place for €250.
Play here is deliciously fast, despite the standard ante. The players are powering through and there are lots of small pots happening.
Mark Berman is the short stack and he’s finding spots to take those blinds without showing us what he’s playing.
There appears to be a 90s megamix on the radio… not sure what we can say about that to be honest!
BREAK – 15 mins
Lvl 22 – 6k/12k/1k – 8/72 players – av stack 270k
8 players remain in contention here and although the average stack is started to approach the 20 big blind mark, there are some big stacks with the power to dominate.
The final table is very friendly, with players laughing and gently teasing eachother.
Lvl 23 – 8k/16k/2k – 8/72 remaining – av stack 270k
Play is solid on this final table, and not one of the remaining is giving one inch to another. There is relentless agression, but we are not seeing many flops, let alone rivers.
Marc Schembri on the line after Pavlova jammed him for his 9 bigs from the small blind. He snapped his big blind with AQ and Pavlova turned over J7.
The flop was ten high and Ina asked for a jack.
The turn was a nine and Ina changed tack and asked for an eight. The dealer obliged and the arrival of her gutter ball meant the exit of Schembri.
Mark Schembri eliminated in 8th place for €360.
All in shove was the right move for Grech with his short stack and A8 in his hand. Grech was called by Mikael Thomas who held 99 and there was no salvation for Grech.
Neville Grech eliminated in 7th place for €620.
Luca Beretti deal a blow to Thomas’s stack by finding AK and getting 15 bigs in pre against Thomas’s JJ.
The turn was an Ace and Beretti sat down with his 300k+ stack and leaving Thomas with around 13bigs.
Mallia doubles to 270k after his A10 won a pre-flop flip against Pavlova’s 88.
Lvl 24 – 10k/20k/2k – 6/72 remaining – av stack 360k
Michele Monrone found a spot to shove 8 bigs from the small blind into Berman’s big blind. Berman snapped his arm of with K8 and was slightly miffed to see that Monrone had AK.
The King high flop didn’t offer much hope for Berman, the the runner-runner straight he made with his 8.
Jeffrey Malia found a suited Ace with less than 10bigs and got it in. Unfortunately for him, Berman found a better Ace on the big blind and Mallia couldn’t even get a sweat on.
Jeffrey Malia eliminated in 5th place for €1100.
We have just learned that Mark Berman has played 5 redbetLIVE at Dragonara events and made the final table FIVE OUT OF FIVE TIMES!
That is a pretty sick statistic.
Beretti gets a saver as he got 15 bigs in with A9 all in pre against Berman’s AJ and survived with a chopped pot when the run out threw down an Ace, two fives and a king.
The very next hand Beretti takes the double from Berman.
Mikael Thomas all in for 86k and Berman calls… it’s K2 v K9 and the K2 survived the rapids to double up Thomas.
Thomas runs another race against Beretti and loses again. Thomas has been unlucky on this final.
Mikael Thomas eliminated in 4th place for €1550.
BREAK – 15 mins
Lvl 24 – 15k/30k/3k – 3/72 remaining – av stack 720k
The players are fairly even stacked and are discussing a deal.
The exact chop value is €2.7k and the TD has announced the ICM chop would be around very close, so marginal chip leader, Berman, wants to forgo the extra and take the trophy because he’s 0/5 on final tables and trophies.
A deal has been agreed for an exact equal split of €2733 with Berman taking the trophy.
Congratulations to all players, and a heads-up for the next event dates at Dragonara are 1st-3rd February 2019. See you all there!
|9th||€ 250||Hutuleac Gzauril Bouiel|
|8th||€ 360||Marc Schembri|
|7th||€ 620||Neville Grech|
|6th||€ 880||Michele Monrone|
|5th||€ 1,100||Jeffrey Malia|
|4th||€ 1,550||Mickael Thomas|
|3rd||€ 2,733||Luca Beretti|
|2nd||€ 2,733||Tsvetelina Pavlova|
|1st||€ 2,733||Mark Berman|