Lvl 13 – 1200/2400/300 – av stack 106k
Action is underway here at Casino Malta, with 2 eliminations before we could even publish the first post.
Panagiotis Fantousis and Georgi Bozhidarov have made early exits, but with other side events to play today, they needn’t get bored. With late entries, 116 players started Day2.
The levels are 60 mins long today, and the atmosphere in the room is different to the Day1s. Maybe this is because players know eachother from meeting on previous days, maybe it’s because they are all one step closer to the money!
It’s absolute carnage here as short stacked players get it in and try to double up… the move proved unsuccessful for the following players who have been eliminated: Christos Leantzis, Jacques Balzan Demajo, Jean Bertrand Fabre, Szymon Kuczerski, Quentin Olivier Thierry Loic Laugt, Georgiou Georgios, Norbert Berent and Sean Sammut.
Nam Giao Pham got it allin against Konstantinos Kotsaris after Kotsaris opened from MP for 6k and Pham 3-bet shoved for 41k. Kotsaris called without hesitation and it was a good old race as Pham showed AhKs and Kotsaris turned pocket 10s.
Kotsaris was happy until the turn but the river dropped an Ace for Pham to get his double up.
Kotsaris was clearly frustrated, as he banged his chips on the table; it’s to be expected, because these crucial flips make the difference between winning the tournament or busting early. Kotsaris was left with around 20k, and we hope he can now fall on the right side of a few flips!
Pham busted 2 hands later after getting involved with big stack, Lukasz Grzegorz Skora on a flop of 8h4s3d with Ah4h. Skora called his allin bet on the flop with pocket fives and Pham did not improve.
Angelov Rosen managed a nice double up against Szymon Jakub Bujok after getting it all in with AdQd against Bujok’s KQos. Ace high was good enough for Rosen to put more power in his poker punch.
After an initial mad flurry of exits, it has calmed down a bit here on Day 2. The tournament team has broken 3 tables and there are now ten tables left in play.
Dennis Berglin proves he is not scared of big stack, Kyriakos Papadopoulos after 3-betting Papadopoulos’s open and continuing on 6c4dJs. Papadopoulos called the c-bet on the flop, but when Berglin went all in for 50k in a 60k pot, you could see Papadopoulos wanted the chips, but could not call Berglin’s bet. NO FEAR is the key to NLHE!
Lvl 14 – 1500/3k/300 – av stack 136k
90 players remaining, and the last bustouts in lvl 13 were: Piesiewich Bartojl, Kim Devos, Efstathios Komitas, Anthony Elemoso, Karl Jonas Pontus Magnusson, giulio antonio Spampinato, Arnaud Enselme, Alessandro Pichierri, Nam Giao Pham, Dawid Borkowski, Clint Sammut, Petros Theodosiou, David Laurence Kilmartin Lappin, Kamil Mateusz Szoen, Vicente Delgado Zamorano and Marios Mansour.
Like we said, lvl 13 was CARNAGE!
TD “Like a Boss” Retamero has announced the payout structure and it is as follows:
A nice pot for Luca Beretta as he raised all-in for 130k after Mateusz Fajdasz bet 30k into an 85k pot on a board of 7s7c6h7d9d. Fajdasz clearly hated the bet from Beretta, as he sighed, asked for a count of Beretta’s stack, counted his own chips, sighed again, rubbed his eyes and looked generally pained.
Eventually, Dennis Berglin called the clock and Retamero began the 60 second countdown. Fajdasz folded reluctantly about half way through the clock, and Beretta did not show his cards, which we are VERY sure that Fajdasz would have loved to see!
There was a very interesting hand on table 7 after Marcin Tomasz Szewczyk opened UTG for 6200 and was called by Raigo Aasmaa from MP, Jacek Marek Zielinski from the button and Angelov Rosen from BB.
The flop was 4hJdKd and all four players checked to the turn which appeared as 7d. Rosen and Szewczyk checked and Aasmaa bet 13k which did not deter Zielinski, but got rid of the other two.
The heads-up river was 10c and Aasmaa checked. Zielinski bet 45k and Aasmaa groaned and quickly counted his remaining chips, he would have to put around half his stack in to call.
Aasmaa did call, and Zielinski showed him Ad5h for ace high, Aasmaa showed JhQs for a pair of Jacks.
“I knew had A of diamonds,” said Aasmaa, “the only hand I’m realistically scared of there is J10.”
There was a fun hand on table 8 after Hubert Ryszard Olszewski opened allin UTG for 36k, Jan Sederman called from MP and Fernando Perez Castro shoved over the top for a total of 75k.
Castro accidentally showed his cards, which were pocket kings. Perhaps Sederman did not see them, or perhaps he just fancied a punt, because he called anyway… Olszewski then showed the other two Kings and Sederman turned pocket nines.
Castro sweated when the turn brought a third spade, with Olszewski holding Ks, but the fourth one never came, and Olszewski and Castro profited from Sederman’s call.
Lvl 15 – 2k/4k/400 – av stack 165k
74 players remaining as the following contenders were booted from the party during lvl14: Francois Guillaume Narbonne, Alexis Wicen, Torgny Per Rikard Andersson, Simon Anthony Forster, Michal Zdzislaw Baranowski, Daniel Nathan Wood, Antoine Degiorgio, Robert Hana, Oihan Ruiz De Laramendi, Marcin Spychalski, Szymon Jakub Bujok, Dariusz Marcin Szoen, Konstantinos Kotsaris, Wiktor Edmund Depta, Piotr Pawel Mank and Angelov Rosen.
Unfortunate times for Daragh Davey as he bet 18k on a flop of JdQh3c and Mateusz Fajdasz min-raised him; Fajdasz initially put in an under-raise of 35k but was corrected by the dealer.
Davey re-raised to a total of 65k and was quickly called by Fajdasz. Davey showed AhAs, but was sickened to see that Fajdasz had 3s3d for bottom set.
The turn was 9d and the river Ks, which was no help to Davey and he was eliminated in 71st place.
A huge pot developed between Rafal Lubczynski and Mate J Adamic as action limped to Adamic on SB and he elected to just call the 2k.
With his stack of nearly 300k, Lubczynski wasn’t having it, and raised to 11k, which Adamic called.
The flop was Qc3cQd and Adamic checked; Lubczynski continued for 7500, which Adamic raised to 21k. Lubczynski called his opponent’s check-raise, and the turn was 5h.
Adamic bet 45k on the turn and caused Lubczynski to think carefully for a couple of moments before raising all in; he easily covered Adamic’s 131k stack.
Adamic called instantly and turned over Qh6h for trips, which had Lubczynski dead with Queens and fives; the river was Ad just to give Lubczynski an unnecessary rub-down and Adamic earned himself a massive double-up.
Lvl 16 – 2500/5k/500 – av stack 194k
63 players remaining after the following casualties in lvl 15: Salvatore Ritrovato, Wing K Tang, Marko Tabak, Daragh Davey, Jacek Marek Zielinski, Neville Grech, Eleftherios Sinnos, Johan Axel Soderberg, Krzystof Andrzej Stuchlik, Pawel Michal Hymos and Mark Anthony Vella.
Kamil Lukasz Walus jammed his teeny-tiny stack of 13.8k UTG and Raigo Aasmaa raised to 25k UTG+1. Jan Sederman then 4-bet cold allin for 160k, which got rid of Aasmaa.
Walus had Ac2s and Sederman had AsKd. Walus flopped a deuce and trebled his micro-stack after the dealer couldn’t find a King for Sederman. Sederman seemed mildly annoyed, but he still profited from the hand, if only marginally!
A very anoyed Aasmaa said he had folded 88 pre-flop. Walus’s treble still left him very short stacked, and he busted next hand; still, the dream was alive for a few minutes longer, which is something… sort of… okay, not at all.
The play here at the Main Event is getting more aggressive, sometimes in difficult spots.
Dennis Berglin started the day as a short-stack, and has worked hard to keep himself in. He opened a pot from HJ for 11k and was 3-bet to 33k by Luca Beretta, who is a strong, aggressive player.
Berglin wasn’t about to be bullied by the bigger stack, and instantly 4-bet shoved allin for around 110k with 4s4c. Beretta snapped the shove and turned JhJs. The Jc5d5c flop all but murdered Berglin, and there were no miracle back-door quads for the guy who’d worked so hard to build his stack.
Lvl 17 – 3k/6k/500 – av stack 254k
48 players remaining.
The players kissing the rail during lvl16 were: Oloph Niklas Wernersson, Nils Johannes Jarefjall, Piotr Walkowicz, Arkadiusz Rasiak, Kamil Lukasz Walus, Kyriakos Papadopoulos, Jan Tomasz Przysucha, Alfonso Carlos Timoteo Rubias, Michal Falar, Jonatan Ireneusz Kula, Igor Bogdan Turowski, Jan Sederman, Fernando Perez Castro, Kamil Damian Wolski and Dennis Berglin.
Walks are rare at this stage, but we saw Sebastien Joel Le Port get one on table 2. His approximate stack count is in excessive of 700k… so we wouldn’t fancy taking him on either!
He started the day with just above average stack, and we’re not sure if he’s getting lucky or playing like a God, but either way, he’s got more chips than a 2000 yr old vase!
Some blind on blind action between Raigo Aasmaa and Marcin Koziarek, who started the day as chip leader, and still has a power stack of almost 400k.
Aasmaa limped from SB after it folded to him, and Koziarek checked.
Aasmaa bet 6500 on the 7h9c3h flop and Koziarek called him. Both players checked the 8d on the turn.
The river was 3s and Aasmaa checked. Koziarek bet 12.5k and this was a thinker for Aasmaa, who eventually found a call; he mucked his cards when Koziarek turned over 5c3c for trips.
Bas Wilhelmus Cornelis De Laat is not afraid to take on the big stack when he raised from SB to 28k after Marcin Koziarek limped UTG and two other players follow him.
Koziarek called De Laat’s bet, and the other two limpers folded. The flop was 4d10d5s and De Laat continued for 27k, which did not phase Koziarek, who paid to see the turn, which was 9s.
Both players checked to see the 7h river and both players checked again. Koziarek mucked when De Laat showed Ks10c for a pair of tens.
Lvl 18 – 4k/8k/500 – av stack 292k
41 players remaining. The players are aware of the bubble approaching, and the atmosphere is tense and excited.
There are a few players who don’t care about the bubble, because they busted in lvl 17; those players are: Lukasz Jan Pietraszko, Hubert Ryszard Olszewski, Eirini Kokoni, Emil Sylwester Misiolek, Marcin Bukowinski, Ina Pavlova and Johan Stig Arne Creutz.
Action on table 1 as Lucas Blanco Oliver, playing a stack of around 400k opened from HJ for 16.5k and found one caller, Shaun De Cesare, from BB. The flop fell as Qd,3c,9s and Cesare moved all in for 85.5k.
Oliver asked for a count, and then called the bet; he turned over Jc9c for a pair of nines and Cesare showed Js10s for an up and down straight draw and back-door flush draw.
The 6d on turn killed the dream of a flush, and Cesare exclaimed “Oof”, like he’d been punched in the stomach, when 9d came on the river to eliminate him in 40th place. Oliver added some more chips to his high-rise chip stack.
Lukasz Grzegorz Skora, who started the day as one of the top five chipstacks, found himself allin UTG for 90500.
Andrzej Zakrzeswicki was UTG+1 and had a good, long think before finally passing his cards.
Skora found a caller in Luca Beretta, who put the chips over the line and turned AcJc.
Skora showed 7d7h and he visibly sagged with relief when the dealer flopped Kh7c4h. The 4d turn killed any skinny chance of Beretta outdrawing, and Skora was scooping in his chips as the inconsequential 6h came on the river.
Beretta still had a stack of over 200k, and did not seem to concerned about losing the flip, but if you cry about losing flips then NLHE will surely destroy your soul!
5 players to go until the bubble, the players are getting sweaty and Retamero is prowling like a sharp-eyed guard dog. The atmosphere is tense, everybody wants to make the money, but not everybody can, such is the nature of tournament poker!
There are only 15mins of play until the dinner break, so the players may have a chance to feed and water themselves before the bubble actually bursts.
Krzystof Chojnowski was the RedbetLIVE Main Event Bubble Boy after he pushed all in for 100k preflop with AsJd. He was called by Mieszko Krzysztof Bartz who had AhQs.
The board ran out as QdQh7c8c9c and Chojnowski was eliminated in arguably the worst spot of the tournament.
All players are now in the money and are guaranteed to take home at least €700.
DINNER BREAK – 1hr
Lvl 19 – 5k/10k/1k – 407k
30 players remaining after the following people were eliminated in lvl 18: Bart Boris Kuiper, Shaun De Cesare, Marcin Tomasz Szewczyk, Dariusz Piesiewick, Krzysztof Jacyk, Marek Pigula, Pawel Chojnowski, Dominik Martan, Michal Jurgielewicz, Krzystof Chojnowski (bubble) and Rafal Lubczynski (€700).
Blind on blind action between Jiri Smitek and Mateusz Fajdasz when Smitek min-opened from the SB and Fajdasz called. The flop was AhKs6s and Smitek bet 25k, which was quickly raised to 50k by Fajdasz.
Fajdasz had Smitek covered by over 100k and both players checked the 2c turn to see the 5s on the river; Smitek then bet 67k which earned a fold from Fajdasz.
Sylwia Renata Pietraszko found 88 in late position and shipped in for 150k, she was instantly called by Andrzej Zakrzeswicki who had KK.
There was no hope or salvation for Pietraszko on the 10cJc6h4s2c board, and she was eliminated in 29th place.
Lucas Blanco Oliver is playing (and winning) a lot of pots as he terrorises his table with his 1.6mil chipstack. This accounts for about 15% of the chips in play with 23 players remaining!
He may be getting dealt a massive amount of juicy cards, but we suspect an element of bigstack aggression as well.
We watched him open from MP to 25k and get 2 callers, Luigi Knoppers from the c/o and Roland Ekstroem from the BB.
All three players checked the 2c2h9h flop.
Oliver went for his c-bet on the 10d turn and met no resistance from the other two players.
With less than 100k left, Ekstroem needed to win a pot, but obviously felt he could not contend against Oliver’s stack, or his game.
Action on table 2 as Piotr Dominik Wiecek moved in UTG+1 for 110k with Ah9d and was called by Mieszko Krzysztof Bartz who held KK.
The board did not help Wiecek at all, running out 8s5s4c8dJh, and he was eliminated in 23rd place.
Bartz has been a power stack all day, starting Day2 with 260k; he now sits on 1.2mil and is not too far behind the current chip leader, Lucas Blanco Oliver.
Lvl 20 – 6k/12k/1k – av stack 555k
22 players remaining and the players eliminated during level 19 were: Dawid Paczka (€700), Sylwia Renata Pietraszko(€700), Jakub Jozef Filipowski(€700), Michael Andre Jensen(€700), Jaroslaw Chmiel(€700), Sami Aleksi Pulliainen(€700), Apostolos Stylianou(€800) and Piotr Dominik Wiecek(€800).
Raigo Aasmaa is grinding hard with his 450k stack after opening a pot from MP for 25k. He got one caller, table chip lead Lukasz Grzegorz Skora (who we saw allin with 11 bigs just two levels ago!) who had 900k at the start of the hand.
The flop was 7h10c9h and Skora checked, letting Aasmaa continue for 35k. Skora called the flop bet and the turn was 4d, which Skora checked. Aasmaa kept up the aggression and bet 78k, which gave Skora pause for thought, but he eventually called. The river was Kd and Skora checked a the final street, Aasmaa also checked and showed down Ad10s for a pair of tens which was enough to beat Skora’s busted flush draw with 5h3h.
Not many pots are making it to showdown at this stage. It is clear that the players are tired, and very conscious of not making a foolish error.
In addition, with average stack being 40 bigs, there is still a lot of play in this low-stakes game, and nobody wants to bingo it off.
We’re impressed with Roland Ekstroem’s survival skills, because he had less than 100k over an hour ago, and he’s still clinging in there. He is currently tournament short-stack, but he’s obviously harder to get rid of than a family of raccoons living in your attic. How long can he keep his life?
Lvl 21 – 8k/16k/2k – av stack 555k
22 players remaining as absolutely no players bust during lvl 20.
Mate J Adamic open jammed from c/o with As6c for 203k and was called by Mateusz Fajdasz from BB with AdJs.
The flop was 6d3c9s and Adamic perked up straight away. He was insta-crushed on the turn when Jd fell, and the 8c on the river meant he was eliminated in 21st place.
Bartosz Piotr Ferenc just had a tasty double against Lucas Blanco Oliver after jamming his Jack high flush draw on the flop for 329k and getting there on the turn. Ferenc now has over 700k, and Oliver holds around 1.5mil.
Roland Ekstroem doubled after 3bet jamming 166k from SB into Bas Wilhelmus Cornelis De Laat’s button open.
Ekstroem had 66 and De Laat called with Ac2c. Ekstroem turned a 6 and doubled up to over 300k.
An ugly double elimination on table 2 after two short stacks, tempted by Mieszko Krzysztof Bartz’s UTG limp, got their stacks allin. Luigi Knoppers jammed from SB with A8os and Pawel Wakuluk re-jammed with Ah10h; Bartz snapped them both with KK.
Both the short stacks flopped their kickers on the 10h flop, but there were no more 8s,10s, or Aces to be found and Bartz eliminated two players in one hand, winning him a nice pot and taking his stack to over 1.5mil.
Lvl 22 – 10k/20k/2k – 715k
17 players remaining after five players were eliminated in lvl 21. Those players were: Jakub Franciszek Szczotka (€800), Mate J Adamic(€800), Adam Plicner(€800), Luigi Knoppers(€800) and Pawel Wakuluk(€900).
Luca Beretta came a cropper on a flop of 6d4c7d after he c-bet into the 230k pot and was raised by Mateusz Fajdasz. Beretta instantly re-raised allin for 400k with AsKd and was snapped by Fajdasz who held 7c7s. The turn brought no diamond and Beretta was half-way out the tournament room before the river was even dealt.
David Roderick Dyson won a lovely pot after he jammed allin for 350k on a board of 6c5c5s8s5d with a pot of nearly 500k.
Nicos Sotiriou was the only other player in the hand, and he clearly had a tough decision to make.
Sotiriou eventually found a fold and Dyson chipped up to almost 900k.
A pot exploded between Sebastien Joel Le Port and Michal Robert Wdowiarski after action passed to Le Port in SB and he limped to Wdowiarski on BB.
Wdowiarski checked and the flop was 9h4h7d. Le Port checked and Wdowiarski bet minimum; Le Port called.
The turn was Ac and Wdowiarski bet 45k after Le Port checked, Le Port called again.
Le Port took the lead on the 4s river, betting 75k but Wdowiarski raised to 150k. Le Port considered his options and then called; he mucked his hand when Wdowiarski turned over 4c2s for trips.
Some sick action after Retamero called last 3 hands of the day with 16 players remaining.
Firstly on table 1, Jiri Smitek doubled his microstack after shoving 75k from SB and getting called by Lucas Blanco Oliver with 75os from BB. Smitek had KK and they held.
The very next hand, Smitek 3bet jammed his 165k stack after Roland Ekstroem opened for 45k. Ekstroem called and showed AdKd to race with Smitek’s 5h5d an Ace on the flop sealed Smitek’s fate and he never improved; he was eliminated in 16th place.
An absolute monster of a pot happened on table 2 when Sebastien Joel Le Port, Mateusz Fajdasz and Bas Wilhelmus Cornelis De Laat went 3 ways to a flop of 5c10d3d after De Laat opened for 45k and the other players called.
Fajdasz checked the flop and De Latt bet 75k. Le Port raised to 170k and Fajdasz re-raised to 400k.
De Laat called Fajdasz and the Le Port raised allin for 1m39k!
Fajdasz called instantly and De Laat did not take long to fold.
Fajdasz turned over pocket threes for bottom set and Le Port flipped pocket tens for top set!
No miracle for Fajdasz, and he was left with 390k to play tomorrow. Le Port ended the hand with a massive chipstack of well over 2m chips. A crazy hand, right at the end of the day!
Eliminated players during lvl 22 were: Luca Beretta(€900) and Jiri Smitek(€900).
15 players made Day3 which will start tomorrow at 1pm. The chipcounts are:
|#1||Sebastien Joel Le Port||2,724,000|
|#2||Lucas Blanco Oliver||1,604,000|
|#3||Mieszko Krzysztof Bartz||1,085,000|
|#4||David Roderick Dyson||851,000|
|#5||Michal Robert Wdowiarski||830,000|
|#6||Lukasz Grzegorz Skora||756,000|
|#9||Bartosz Piotr Ferenc||575,000|
|#10||Bas Wilhelmus Cornelis De Laat||538,000|