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Nick Petrangelo Outlasts Mike Watson, Fedor Holz to Win Aussie Millions $100,000 Challenge

 Nick Petrangelo Outlasts Mike Watson, Fedor Holz to Win Aussie Millions $100,000 Challenge

In a rather rapid final table of five hours, Nick Petrangelo got his 2017 tournament poker season off to a good start by outlasting Mike Watson and Fedor Holz to win the Aussie Millions $ 100,000 Challenge on Saturday at the Crown Casino in Melbourne.

Steffen Sontheimer was the leader of the event with 451,000 in chips as it entered its final day, but that lead was a tenuous one. Hot on his heels were Holz (394,500) and Petrangelo (381,000), with the remainder of the table filled out by Sam Trickett (265,000), Watson (146,000), 2016 Player of the Year David Peters (96,000) and David Steicke (78,500) rounding out the field. With only three players getting paid, the desire to remain at the final table for even the shortest of the stacks was high.

Steicke was looking for that proverbial “double up and go home” early on and he would get that (against Sontheimer), but that would be the highlight of his day. On Hand #5 after Holz had raised and Watson three-bet the action, Steicke pushed all in from the big blind and only found Watson willing to play. Watson’s Big Slick was slightly behind Steicke’s pocket Queens, but the Ace on the flop changed everything in favor of ‘SirWatts.’ A ten on the turn presented more outs for Steicke to a Broadway straight, but the river Ace instead gave Watson trips; left with 5000 in chips, those would go to Holz on the next hand as Steicke went home empty handed in seventh place.

It would take almost two dozen more hands before the next combatant left. Watson was once again the beneficiary as, after raising from the cutoff, Peters would defend his big blind. The 7-2-10 flop brought a check-call from Peters, an action that was duplicated when a Jack came on the turn. The river brought a King and Peters checked for a third time, at which time Watson put Peters to a decision for his tournament life by moving all in. Peters mulled the decision for a lengthy time, even using a ‘time bank’ chip being employed in this tournament, before calling off his stack. Whatever Peters was thinking, he didn’t put together than Watson had rivered the nuts with his Q-9 for a King-high straight. Sending his Q-10 (pair of tens) to the muck, Peters was done in sixth place.

With two more eliminations to the money, the remaining players tightened up a bit. Trickett would double through Sontheimer to put the German on the short stack, but that would be the most action for the next 20-plus hands. On Hand 52, Sontheimer’s short stack became “no stack” when he clashed with Watson.

Sontheimer raised off the button with pocket sevens, only to see Watson three-bet out of the big blind, which Sontheimer called. A 6-8-5 flop saw Watson utilize the c-bet and Sontheimer, pondering his action, burned a ‘time bank’ chip before moving all in. Watson nearly beat Sontheimer into the center with his call, turning up pocket tens for an over pair to the board. Sontheimer, however, was in good shape with his pocket sevens; the open-ended straight draw, along with his pocket pair, gave Sontheimer 10 outs to taking the hand. Alas, another five on the turn and the Queen on the river weren’t one of those 10 outs, sending the start of day chip leader to the rail in fifth place.

Trickett would be next to head home (and without any money) as, on Hand 57, Watson’s A-J picked up a Jack on the turn to leave Trickett drawing dead with his Q-9. With a $ 1.76 million prize pool to split amongst each other, Watson (holding a significant lead), Petrangelo (rather quiet) and Holz (continuing his rush from 2016) took care of their business rather quickly.

Holz would be first to go as he decided to challenge Petrangelo. Holz correctly pushed all-in against Petrangelo (holding A-8 off suit) while holding pocket fours but, after Petrangelo called, the “poker gods” weren’t with him. An Ace showed up on the flop and a second came on the turn, leaving Holz drawing to one of the two fours to vanquish Petrangelo. The river six ended that hope and sent Holz out of the event in third place, but with some money for his efforts. Holz will look to add on to his Aussie Millions trip by playing in the Main Event final table on Sunday.

Down to heads up, Watson held a slight advantage against Petrangelo, one that he would extend to a million chips only 10 hands into play. Petrangelo spent the next 10 hands getting back to even before taking the lead on Hand 96 when he forced Watson to fold the better hand (8-6) by over betting a pot on a 5-6-3-Q-5 board when Petrangelo only held a K-7. Now roughly even, the twosome would keep action to pre-flop as three-bets took down many of the next 20 hands.

With both players playing quite strong, the ending came rather suddenly. After a raise from Watson, Petrangelo (holding a slight lead) called to see an 8-2-5 flop. Both players checked their options to see a seven come on the turn, which brought a 45K bet from Petrangelo and a call from Watson. A Jack on the river presented flush possibilities, but Petrangelo didn’t hesitate in popping 150K into the center. At this point, Watson made a move, waiting until the last possible minute to move all in. After an exact count, Petrangelo made the call and showed J-8 for two pair. All Watson could muster with his gutsy move was an A-4 for only Ace high as Petrangelo took the championship.

1. Nick Petrangelo, $ 882,000
2. Mike Watson, $ 529,200
3. Fedor Holz, $ 352,800

(all amounts in Australian dollars)

With the conclusion of the $ 100,000 Challenge, the Aussie Millions Main Event will return for its conclusion on Sunday. Shurane Vijayaram will take a big chip lead to the final table, one that will also include Holz and Jeff Rossiter amongst its notables. It promises to be an exciting day as the champion of one of the poker world’s most coveted titles – Aussie Millions Main Event champion – will be decided.

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Mike Watson Outlasts Anthony Gregg to Capture PokerStars Caribbean Adventure EPT Championship

 Mike Watson Outlasts Anthony Gregg to Capture PokerStars Caribbean Adventure EPT Championship

They came into the final table as the top two players, so it was only natural that they would be the ones who would decide the championship. After all was said and done, Mike ‘SirWatts’ Watson emerged as champion of the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure European Poker Tour Main Event over Anthony Gregg, who was denied the championship in his third ever trip to the PCA EPT Main Event final table.

The duo had paced the play through Day 5, ending up 1-2 with Watson’s 6.585 million chip stack taking the top of the leaderboard over Gregg’s 5.68 million at the close of business on Wednesday night. Someone else who had been fighting with Watson through the course of Wednesday’s play was Vladimir Troyanovskiy, who lurked in the middle of the pack with his 5.025 million in chips, while Toby Lewis looked to add a second EPT title to his resume with his 4.665 million chip stack. Phillip McAllister (3.04 million) and Randy Kritzer (2.575 million) had nice stacks but had to get active or get left behind.

It was the shorties who got busy early as McAllister and Kritzer started the day off by throwing their chips about. For McAllister, it worked as he took an early pot off of Gregg to get a bit healthier, but not so much for Kritzer as he lost two consecutive hands to McAllister and Gregg. On Hand 8, the twosome quit playing around the table and dealt with each other in the blinds, with Kritzer raising out of the small and McAllister defending the big. What seemed to be an innocent 9 6 Q flop brought out the fireworks, however.

After a check from McAllister, Kritzer fired off 325K and McAllister pushed his roughly three million stack to the center, which Kritzer called. His Q♠ 10♣ (top pair) was ahead of McAllister’s 8♠ 7 (open ended straight draw), but things would get worse for Kritzer. A 4 came on the turn to open up a flush draw for McAllister, which came home on the 8 that landed on the river. After the chips were counted, Kritzer was determined to be the one at risk and he was eliminated in sixth place.

Now flush with newfound chips, McAllister got a bit frisky. Raising the button with an off suit J-8, McAllister found a welcome opponent in Watson, who called with a J-5. The flop nailed McAllister square, J-8-4, and Watson check-called a bet from McAllister. This action would repeat itself on a 7♣ and, for Watson, a 5 river and, once Watson saw he was behind the entire way, was dismayed to see that he had put in more than 1.5 million in chips voluntarily. Those chips allowed McAllister to take over the lead ten hands into the final table.

McAllister dominated the play over the next 80 hands, sitting as the only player over 10 million in chips, before the next elimination took place. After a tough beat when his A-J was eclipsed by Watson’s pocket Queens on a J-4-8-10-6 board, Troyanovskiy attempted to revive his stack against Gregg. On an A♣ 8 4 flop Troyanovskiy, holding a 7 3, looked to pull a flush out of the magician’s hat against Gregg’s A-Q. With nine outs twice, Troyanovskiy instead saw a ten and a nine – neither of them hearts – come on the turn and river to end his stay in the Bahamas in fifth place in the tournament.

Over the next 20 hands, the four men gradually drew closer to each other, McAllister coming back to the field and Gregg creeping up the leaderboard. Just before a level up, however, Gregg would get a key double in a race situation against Lewis, his pocket nines outlasting Lewis’ Big Slick, to take over the chip lead. That lead was fleeting, however, as Watson eked out a few chips from Gregg and McAllister before the break to take back the lead from Gregg.

Once Level 33 commenced, Lewis would expire. Four hands into the new level, McAllister limped in from the button and Lewis, in the small blind, read it for weakness and moved all in. He forgot about Watson in the big blind, however, who checked his cards and reshoved for his stack. McAllister slinked off to the corner and, when the hands were turned up, Lewis was in a bit of trouble.

Watson was ahead with his off suit A-J against Lewis’ K-9 (for the record, McAllister folded a 9-6), but there was drama afoot. The 10-6-3 flop was innocent enough, but the King on the turn put Lewis out in front. Looking for an Ace or a Queen to best Lewis, Watson caught lightning in a bottle when a Queen hit the river to deliver an unlikely Broadway straight and send Lewis out of the tournament in fourth place.

Watson slowly put his foot on the pedal at this point, drawing out to nearly a 2:1 lead over Gregg and almost 4:1 over McAllister within 25 hands of knocking off Lewis. Once he eliminated McAllister in third place, his 8♣ 7♣ finding a flush against McAllister’s pocket Jacks after McAllister trapped Watson pre-flop with a limp and a Watson all-in push, he kept his lead at 2:1 over Gregg, but the heads up battle would prove to be arguably the most intriguing part of the overall final table.

First, the duo struck a deal that saw Watson take home $ 695,325 and Gregg sew up $ 612,175, putting $ 33K aside along with the trophy to play for. They then set into a 72-hand matchup that, while Watson stayed in the lead, saw Gregg fight valiantly at several points. While he couldn’t work his way into the lead at any point, Gregg never just tossed in the towel and instead provided excellent competition all the way to the end.

On the final hand, Gregg would limp in and, after Watson checked and the 8 6 2 monochrome flop hit the table, Watson checked again. Once Gregg put a bet in, Watson sprang into action with a check raise. Reviewing the action, Gregg rechecked his cards and, after the moment of consideration, moved all in. Now it was Watson’s turn to think it over and, after he made the call, both men reluctantly turned up their cards. Gregg’s off suit A-8 was in the lead, but Watson’s 7 4♠ had a wealth of redraw options (a heart for the flush, a five for the straight). More outs came for Watson when the 7♠ entered the fray on the turn and, unfortunately for Gregg, there were just too many outs in the mix; the river brought the 5 to bring Watson the heart flush and the victory.

1. Mike Watson, $ 728,325*
2. Anthony Gregg, $ 612,175*
3. Phillip McAllister, $ 356,020
4. Toby Lewis, $ 267,340
5. Vladimir Troyanovskiy, $ 207,940
6. Randy Kritzer, $ 153,920
7. Ken Demlakian, $ 110,220^
8. Timothy Ulmer, $ 78,540^

(* – reflects final table deal)
(^ – official EPT final table finisher, eliminated Wednesday night)

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Javier Gomez Outlasts Pavel Plesuv to Take Down WPT Prague Championship

 Javier Gomez Outlasts Pavel Plesuv to Take Down WPT Prague Championship

After a lengthy heads up battle which saw the combatants each hold the lead with the potential to end the tournament, Spain’s Javier Gomez was finally able to outlast Moldova’s Pavel Plesuv  to take down the championship of the World Poker Tour’s stop in Prague, the Czech Republic Sunday evening.

Saturday’s action saw 18 men come back to try for the honor of being one of the six players on Sunday and, of the twelve men that departed, some of them were fairly prominent names. Steve O’Dwyer, who was looking to add points to his 2015 resume for Player of the Year, was eliminated in 14th place for a small payday and Sergio Aido was knocked off in eighth place. Of the notables who came into Saturday’s action, only Denmark’s Henrik Hecklen would see the official WPT final table and he was on the short stack with 256,000 in chips.

There was a long look to the top of the leaderboard for Hecklen before the cards flew on Sunday. Leading the way for the final six was Bulgaria’s Fahredin Mustafov, who dominated the final table at the start of the day with his 2.84 million in chips. Portugal’s Pedro Marques, who unbagged 1.756 million in chips for play on Sunday, was in a distant second place (more than a million chips back) and even further in the rearview mirror was Algeria’s Abdelkader Benhalima, holding third place to start the day with his 1.271 million chips. Plesuv (895K) and Gomez (665K) weren’t exactly looking like champions at the start of the day, but they would soon show their mettle.

Gomez was actually responsible for the first knockout of the final table, running his K-Q against Hecklen’s A-4. The Dane’s slim lead pre-flop disappeared on the K-8-6 flop and didn’t improve any with a trey on the turn. Once a measly seven came on the river, Hecklen was gone from the tournament in roughly the first hour of play and Gomez was off to the races.

After a break following Hecklen’s departure, Gomez continued to fire away. He doubled through Benhalima, his pocket Queens outlasting Benhalima’s K-Q, to climb out of the basement in the tournament and take over second place in the process. That wasn’t enough for Gomez, however, as he returned to clash with Benhalima again only a couple of hands later. This time around, Benhalima mustered an A-9 for the fight this time, but pocket tens were sitting up for Gomez; once the Queen high board ran out, Gomez had knocked out his second player in Benhalima fifth place and seized control of the tournament.

Gomez wasn’t done yet, eyeing his remaining opponents for who would be his next victim. Although Mustafov tried to draw Gomez into a battle, he stayed away. After raising in the cutoff against Marques – and seeing Marques drop his stack in the center – Gomez made the call and led once again with his pocket sixes against Marques’ A J. An Ace would come on the flop, but it was joined by a 6 to propel Gomez into a set. A second diamond would come with the 7, opening the door to a nut flush draw for Marques and a red five on the river sent titters through the audience. Alas, it was the 5, ending the tournament for Marques in fourth place.

On the very next hand, heads up play was set. Gomez continued to draw action as Mustafov pushed his stack to the center with pocket sevens against Gomez’s A-9. The 6-8-Q-Q flop and turn was good for Mustafov but, just as he was ringing up the chips in his mind, a nine came on the river to once again give Gomez the best hand. After starting the day as the chip leader, Mustafov had to be disappointed with the third place finish.

Going to heads up play, Gomez held more than a 4.5:1 lead over Plesuv, but the battle would not be a short one. After an hour of play, Plesuv had fought back to take over the chip lead and, a few hands later, had Gomez all in. Plesuv’s pocket fours, however, were dominated by Gomez’s pocket Kings, and after the board brought no surprises, the men were virtually back to even after almost three hours of play.

On the first hand after the break, Plesuv suddenly sprung to life. He doubled up through Gomez, his A-9 in power over Gomez’s A-7, to take his own 4.5:1 lead in the event. Now it was Gomez’s turn to fight back and, over the next 15 minutes, he would flip the tables back to his advantage. On the final hand, Plesuv pushed his stack while holding an A-3 and Gomez, sitting on an A-10, took little time in calling. After the 6-5-K-5-2 board ran out, Gomez’s railbirds roared their approval and celebrated as the championship was decided.

1. Javier Gomez, €175,000
2. Pavel Plesuv, €120,000
3. Fahredin Mustafov, €77,500
4. Pedro Marques, €57,400
5. Abdelkader Benhalima, €43,000
6. Henrik Hecklen, €34,100

With the close of the WPT Prague, the tour now treks almost half the world to its next stop. The Bellagio in Las Vegas will play host to the Five Diamond World Poker Classic from December 14-19, an event that usually draws one of the more pro-laden fields of the year. The WPT event will be held in coordination with the first WPT Alpha8 event of its third season, with its $ 100,000 buy in a lock to have a few tables of the biggest names in the game. Following the conclusion of these events, the 2015 calendar will be complete but Season XIV will continue in January 2016.

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