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Eric Afriat Earns Second WPT Title in Coming from Short Stack to Win WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open

 Eric Afriat Earns Second WPT Title in Coming from Short Stack to Win WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open

Defying the odds by coming off the short stack, Eric Afriat earned his second World Poker Tour championship on Friday by winning the WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open in Atlantic City.

To say (and don’t groan) the deck was stacked against Afriat would be an understatement. He scraped into the final table with a 2.28 million chip stack and needed a telescope to see chip leader Zach Gruneberg and his 17.6 mountain of chips. There were also other obstacles for Afriat, including former World Champion Joseph McKeehen (5.955 million), Justin Zaki (5.565 million), Stephen Song (2.74 million) and local favorite Michael Marder (3.08 million), that he would have to overcome.

Things would get worse for Afriat from the start. After picking up some chips, he turned around and doubled up Marder to make his task more difficult. Afriat would rectify that by taking down Song in sixth place after flopping a boat against Song’s flush draw that didn’t come home. Afriat continued to be active on the felt as his chip stack fluctuated wildly as he tried to work his magic.

It would take more than 40 hands before the next elimination would occur and, when it did happen, the rich would only get richer in a stunner of a hand. After Gruneberg raised from the cutoff, Marder would call from the big blind to see an 8♣ 8♠ 6♣ flop. Marder would check-call another 300K out of the chip leader and, after a 5♠ on the turn, both players checked the straight possibilities. When the 9♣ came on the river, the fireworks would go off.

After checking the action on the previous two streets, Marder would suddenly wake up with a big 425K bet of his own. Gruneberg, however, was undaunted and moved all in over the top of Marder’s bet. Marder took a moment to ponder the situation, chucking a Time Bank chip into the hand, before making the call and showing his K♣ 3♣ for a King-high flush. That wasn’t good enough, however; Gruneberg turned up a 10♣ 7♣ for the stone nuts, the ten-high straight flush, to take down the hand and send Marder to the rail in fifth place.

At this point in the tournament, Gruneberg had nearly a 2:1 lead over McKeehen, more than a 2:1 lead over Afriat and a 2.5:1 lead over Zaki. It was going to be interesting to see who would come from the three pursuers to challenge Gruneberg, with any of the trio with enough experience to pull off a massive comeback. It almost turned out otherwise, however, as Gruneberg’ s “run good” continued.

On Hand 72, Gruneberg raised under the gun to 450K and McKeehen dropped his stack in the center from the button. Once again, Gruneberg wasted no time in making the call, tabling Big Slick to go up against McKeehen’s A-J (approximately a 70/30 edge). The Queen-high board never came close to giving McKeehen any options on winning the hand and, as he departed in fourth place, Gruneberg stacked up an even 20 million chips, more than his other two competitors had together.

That, however, would be the apex of Gruneberg’s final table. Over the next 20 hands, that 20 million in chips became 16 million as Afriat began to climb the standings. Just as quickly, however, Afriat would get knocked back as Zaki began to move up the ladder. On Hand 121, the tournament’s tide changed as Gruneberg’s mojo began to run out.

After raising the pot off the small blind, Afriat saw Gruneberg call his 525K bet and the resulting ragged rainbow 9-5-3 flop. As he had done the entire tournament, Afriat continued his aggressive play in firing another half-million pot bet, which Gruneberg called. On a turn four, another 750K came out of Afriat and, once again, Gruneberg called. The river seven put many straight options on the table, but Afriat continued to fire with a two million chip bet. Gruneberg, after a moment of pause, didn’t believe Afriat and called. He would then muck his cards as Afriat showed pocket sixes for a runner-runner straight as Afriat scooped the 7.6 million chip pot.

A few hands later, it was over for Gruneberg. Whether a slight bit tilted from the Afriat hand or what, Gruneberg pushed all in over a Zaki raised that Zaki wanted to see. Zaki’s pocket tens were ahead of Gruneberg’s A-9 off suit and the Jack-high flop didn’t do anything to improve Gruneberg. After riding high for most of the tournament, in the span of four hands Gruneberg was out in third place as heads up play was set.

After eliminating Gruneberg, Zaki was nearly a 2:1 leader (24.4 million) over Afriat (12.925 million). For almost 100 hands, Zaki maintained his lead but couldn’t lengthen it out. When the penultimate hand – the hand that truly determined the champion – came down, it brought the drama.

 On Hand 224, Afriat made it two million to go and Zaki moved all in. Afriat immediately called and tabled his Big Slick, which dominated Zaki’s K-8 off suit. That domination held through the 7-3-2-9-K board as the 34.8 million chip pot was pushed to Afriat. With only scraps left from that clash – 2.5 million – Zaki would succumb to Afriat on the very next hand, his 10-5 off suit falling to Afriat’s K-2 after Afriat miraculously went runner-runner in rivering trip deuces to beat Zaki’s flopped pair of fives.

1. Eric Afriat, $ 651,928
2. Justin Zaki, $ 434,614
3. Zach Gruneberg, $ 321,533
4. Joe McKeehen, $ 240,251
5. Michael Marder, $ 181,329
6. Stephen Song, $ 138,254

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Maxime Heroux Rides Big Stack to Victory at WPT Montreal

 Maxime Heroux Rides Big Stack to Victory at WPT Montreal

Bringing the second largest stack to the final tabl3e on Thursday, Maxime Heroux earned his first major tournament poker championship in winning the World Poker Tour Montreal at the Playground Poker Club last night.

Heroux came to the final table with a 5.345 million stack, good for second place on the leaderboard to start the day. The only player he was looking up at was restauranteur Pat Quinn, who had amassed a 6.145 million stack for battle. These two players held the overwhelming majority of chips on the table; poker professional David Peters (3.345 million), fellow pro Derek Wolters (1.095 million), 2014 WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown champion Eric Afriat (1.04 million) and Brendan Baksh (940K) all added together didn’t have as many chips as Quinn alone and were at a disadvantage to the two top stacks. If they were going to make a move, it would have to be done early.

Peters attempted to cut into the lead of Quinn, but he only received misery for his efforts. He doubled up both Afriat and Wolters within the first 20 hands to sink to the bottom of the standings. As the chips continued to slip through Peters’ fingers, Heroux began to make some moves and, on Hand 36, took over the chip lead when his flopped two pair faded a flush draw from Afriat and put him over the seven million chip mark.

The first elimination would occur on the 40th hand of the day. Peters had survived one all in situation previous to this but, when he moved in from under the gun on this hand, Quinn decided to look him up. Quinn’s A-J off suit held a decent edge (60/40) over Peters’ K Q and, once the flop showed an Ace in the window, the task got more difficult for Peters. Peters would be teased by a second heart on the turn, but the 10♣ ended the dream as Peters headed for the cage in sixth place.

Over the next hour, the leaders seemed happy to shuffle the chips about, but the short stacks felt the need to get into the game. On Hand 58, Afriat opened the betting from the button and Wolters used a Time Chip before deciding to make his stand. Afriat paused for a moment before making the call and, once the cards were up, he realized he made the right decision. Afriat’s A-8 off suit was way out in front of Wolters’ J♠ 9♠, but the “poker gods” would have other ideas.

A Jack came up first for Wolters and the fates weren’t done with him yet. As Afriat’s rail called for an Ace to put him back into the lead, another Jack instead fell to leave Afriat drawing dead to Wolters’ trips. To add further insult, the river was the case Jack, giving Wolters “just” quads to defeat Afriat’s Ace-high and knock him out in fifth place.

Five hands later, arguably the grittiest player at the final table departed. Baksh never got a stack built up but he was able to stay around for a good deal of the action of the day. After Wolters used his newfound chips in a “blind versus blind” battle by going all in, Baksh decided to call and was in good shape for the double. Baksh’s A-4 caught Wolters’ Q-2 in a blatant steal attempt, but the board wouldn’t cooperate. The 10-10-7 flop stuck with Baksh, but the Queen on the turn wasn’t what he wanted to see. Left looking for one of the three remaining Aces, Baksh instead saw a nine on the river to depart the table in fourth place.

Although Wolters had knocked off two players, he still was looking up to Quinn and Heroux. Undaunted, Wolters took on his opponents and, within ten hands, he had pulled in front of both of his opponents. Another ten hands, however, saw Heroux pull back into the lead…it would be the last time he wasn’t the leader of the pack.

On Hand 96, perhaps the penultimate moment of the tournament took place. Quinn opened the action and, after Heroux made the call from the small blind, Wolters three bet the action. Quinn decided to muck but Heroux, after a moment to ponder, moved all in. Wolters would eventually call of his remaining stack and the duo were off to the races:  Wolters’ A-K was running against Heroux’s pocket sevens and the Q-J-9 flop brought a bit more drama. A deuce on the turn left Wolters drawing to 10 outs (any Ace, King or ten), but the river wouldn’t have any of it. Another deuce ended the tournament for Wolters in third place as Heroux went to heads up with Quinn holding a massive lead.

How massive? Heroux at 14.6 million had more than four times the chips of Quinn (3.575 million) and he would make quick work of the situation. Over 16 hands, Quinn’s chip stack never got any larger and, on Hand 112, it would all end. Quinn limped in and Heroux checked his option to see a 6-5-4 flop, which brought another check from Heroux. Quinn responded with an all-in move and Heroux immediately called. Heroux’s 4-2 wasn’t very mighty pre-flop, but catching bottom pair was good enough against Quinn’s 9-7 for the open ended straight draw. A deuce on the turn and another on the river only improved Heroux to a full house and scored him his first major tournament championship.

1. Maxime Heroux, $ 403,570
2. Pat Quinn, $ 271,030
3. Derek Wolters, $ 173,220
4. Brendan Baksh, $ 124,310
5. Eric Afriat, $ 95,370
6. David Peters, $ 78,050

(* – Canadian dollars)

The victory puts Heroux into this spring’s WPT Tournament of Champions but also may give him momentum to the final WPT event of this calendar year. The WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic begins on December 5 and is the final event for 2017 on the WPT Main Tour schedule. As usual, that $ 10,000 buy in event at the Bellagio will be one of the highlights of the tournament poker year and will be well attended by the crème of the tournament poker world.

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Former Online Pro Ryan Hefter Takes Monster Stack Gold, Alex Komaromi Stands Tall at WSOP Europe

 Former Online Pro Ryan Hefter Takes Monster Stack Gold, Alex Komaromi Stands Tall at WSOP Europe

It’s been a busy couple of days at the 2015 World Series of Poker Europe at the Spielbank Berlin Casino in Germany. Two bracelets have been handed out, including a U. S. expatriate earning one and a European taking his first for his country.

Event #4 – €1500 Monster Stack No Limit Hold’em

22 players returned on Wednesday to take on the challenge of the €1500 Monster Stack No Limit Hold’em tournament. Jerry Oedeen was in the lead with his 873K in chips when the cards went in the air, a lead that seemed pretty secure when looking down the leaderboard. Oedeen’s nearest competitor, Diego Ventura (632K), was almost 250K in chips behind him while Richard Shiels (619K), Ryan Hefter (598K) and Henrik Hecklen (554K) rounded out the Top Five.

On the very first hand of the day one of the more notable names alive for final day play, Simon Deadman, was able to get a double up through Oedeen to get back into the fray. Another top pro, Stefan Jedlicka, earned a double through Ventura to get healthy himself, while Yorane Kerignard went in the opposite direction in getting eliminated by Gilbert Diaz. After Diaz took down Erick Scheidt in 18th place, Diaz took over the lead with his 900K in chips.

One of the biggest clashes of the early action was between Deadman and Jedlicka. Moving all in from the button with pocket fives, Deadman had to at least figure to be in a race – if not way behind – when Jedlicka made the call out of the big blind. It turned out he was way behind Jedlicka’s pocket Queens, but the K-J-5 flop pushed Deadman into the lead with a set. Just as fast as he got it, however, Deadman saw his edge disappear when a Queen came on the turn to give Jedlicka a bigger set. After the case five didn’t show on the river, Deadman’s stack was devastated to only 60K; the very next hand, Deadman was out in 16th place.

Oedeen could never get anything going on the day, departing the tournament in eleventh place to bring the 10 survivors to the unofficial final table. Diaz was still the ruler of the roost at this point, but he would give that lead up after doubling David Peters’ stack. Jedlicka was the unfortunate “bubble boy,” eventually leaving in tenth place when Armin Eckl’s pocket eights outlasted Jedlicka’s Big Slick.

While Eckl, Hecklen and Carlos Chang ruled with more than a million chips each, Hefter began to slowly make a charge up the ladder. He doubled up through Eckl to crack the two million chip mark, but he would find himself on the bottom of the final three with Chang and Diaz. Hefter would grind his stack up to the point that, after he took down Chang in third place, he held a million chip lead over Diaz.

Hefter wouldn’t let Diaz back into the game. Hefter would take most of Diaz’s stack on the second hand after calling with an 8-6 against Diaz’s A-K and miraculously finding an eight on the 3-4-4-10-8 board. Fifteen hands later, Hefter completed the deal when his 8-7 raced down Diaz’s A-J on a 9-7-2-3-2 board to take home the championship.

1. Ryan Hefter, €176,205
2. Gilbert Diaz, €109,625
3. Carlos Chang, €80,170
4. Henrik Hecklen, €59,495
5. Diego Ventura, €44,725
6. Armin Eckl, €34,180
7. Justin Frolian, €26,415
8. Richard Sheils, €20,675
9. David Peters, €16,455

Hefter was a staple of the online scene prior to “Black Friday,” playing online at Full Tilt Poker, but the shutdown of the online game in the U. S. forced him into a “real” job. That job, as an analyst with Credit Suisse, took him to Poland where he couldn’t play as much poker as he might have preferred. “I work, so I don’t have time to tour the circuits,” Hefter noted after his victory…now perhaps he’ll find time to play more often.

Event #5 – €2000 Eight Game Mixed Event

The pace was a rapid one for Event #5 at the Spielbank, rocketing through the final 22 players to the point where, after the final table was determined on Wednesday night, the six men left at the final table decided to keep playing. By the time they stopped, only three men – Alex Komaromi (549K), Noah Bronstein (194,500) and Scott Clements (387K) – remained, with the triumvirate coming back on Thursday afternoon (Berlin Time, six hours ahead of Eastern Time) to settle the score.

After 30 minutes of play, Bronstein would finally succumb to his short stack woes as Komaromi took his final chips in No Limit Hold’em. After a 10-3-2 flop, Komaromi checked-called a Bronstein bet and, after an eight on the turn, Komaromi check-called an all-in from Bronstein. As it would turn out, Komaromi pulled off an excellent trap; his pocket deuces flopped a set against Bronstein’s Q-10 (top pair) and, after that eight on the turn, had Bronstein drawing dead.

Going to heads up play against Clements, Komaromi held more than a 2:1 lead and kept the hammer down. On the final hand in Pot Limit Omaha, Clements’ final chips went into the pot after a 9♠ 7♣ 3♣ and the story didn’t read well for him:

Clements:  Q♣ J♣ 7 4
Komaromi:  A♣ 9♣ Q♠ 5♠

Komaromi’s better pair and better flush draw left Clements looking for a Queen, a Jack, a seven or a four to emerge victorious, but it wasn’t to be. After another trey hit the turn and the board completed with a King on the river, Clements was out in second place and Komaromi captured Uruguay’s first-ever WSOP bracelet with the victory.

1. Alex Komaromi, €65,740
2. Scott Clements, €40,645
3. Noah Bronstein, €29,200
4. Jonathan Duhamel, €21,065*
5. Shaun Deeb, €15,235*
6. Jens Lakemeier, €11,025*

(* – eliminated on Wednesday)

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$4.40 NLHE MTT: what is the maximum stack size that I should commit to calling coin flips preflop

 $4.40 NLHE MTT: what is the maximum stack size that I should commit to calling coin flips preflop
what is the maximum stack size that I should commit to calling coin flips preflop?

Here in this example Villian was loose and crazy and two hands ago I won a big pot against him. He would make this move with 77-JJ AKo AQo,and maybe QQ
With QQ+ he would prabobly be more willing to see the flop.

good play , or my stack 45 BB is too big to go all in ?

If it is too big than what is the right stack size to call him ? I am thinking max 25 ?? I have a problem with that and lose too many chips on coin flips

Thanks for advice.

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JJ Early Pos – MTT – Mid-Trny – Avg Stack

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I was BB lifted 4X. UTG+one Called, two Limpers FOLDED. FLOP arrived w/ all underneath playing cards / no obvious straight / flush menace. I Push, UTG+1CALLS w AQ, he hits Ace on river. I’m felted. Did I perform hand wrong? Need to I have PUSHED pre-flop? I welcome feelings.

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