Event #1 has ended with triumph for Mathew Frankland. Follow the Premier League main event live updates here.

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16:05

Mathew Frankland Wins a $125,000 Premier League V Seat

 

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Rizzo raises to 160,000 holding and Frankland moves all-in for 2,115,000, holding . Rizzo sighs, leans back in his chair, scratches his head, recounts his stack and eventually calls.

The dealer pulls in the two players cards, shuffles the deck and the first card in the door is the ! Rizzo takes the shocking lead, but it only lasts mere seconds because there is a in the window! The makes up the flop and Rizzo looks in pain and Frankland looks just plain dumbstruck.

Turn:

Just a few outs for Rizzo

River:

Mathew Frankland has just secured himself a $125,000 seat in the Premier League V where he will battle it out with Tony G, Luke Schwartz, Phil Laak, Andy Frankenberger, Erik Seidel, Eugene Katchalov and Tom Dwan!

Commiserations to Giovanni Rizzo who once again came so close and played so well.

16:04

Blinds Are Up

The blinds are now $40,000/$80,000

16:03

Rizzo raises to 120,000, holding and Frankland three-bets to 285,000, holding and wins the pot.

16:00

Mathew Frankland raises to 60,000 holding and Giovanni Rizzo three-bets to 235,000, holding and wins the pot.

Frankland raises to 120,000 holding and Rizzo calls holding .

Flop:

Rizzo check-calls a 85,000 Frankland bet.

Turn:

Both players check.

River:

Rizzo bets 140,000 and Frankland makes the call and scoops the pot.

14:43

Amatos Gomila Eliminated in 3rd Place

 

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Giovanni Rizzo has just gone from no-one man to someone man in less than 30-minutes. The player who has had to move out of the way to allow Rizzo his moment of glory is his PartyPoker stablemate Amatos Gomila.

Rizzo raises to 80,000, holding and Gomila moves all-in for 860,000, holding . Rizzo snap-calls and Gomila doesn’t like it one little bit.

Board:

The stacks are counted and it is confirmed that the Spaniard is out. Meanwhile, Rizzo takes a slight chip lead into his heads up battle with Mathew Frankland which will take place after a 30-minute dinner break.

14:33

Giovanni Finds The Card of His Life

 

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Giovanni Rizzo has been wearing the body language of the most unfortunate man in the world. He has looked like a beaten man, but suddenly there is a spring in his step.

Rizzo limped into the pot from the small blind, holding , and Amatos Gomila wakes up with in the big blind. The inevitable happens and all of the chips are in the middle a few moments later.

Flop:

It is difficult to describe the pained expression on the face of the Italian. It screams, “Oh no, not again!”

Turn:

Rizzo is out of the door, unless he can find a ten and Gomila is going to have a 2:1 chip lead against Mathew Frankland.

River:

The set explodes as does the heart of Rizzo. He puffs up his collar, collects his booty and it is game on.

  1. Mathew Frankland 1,420,000
  2. Giovanni Rizzo 1,100,000
  3. Amatos Gomila 1,000,000

14:19

Three Barrel Bluff By Gomila

Giovanni Rizzo limps in from the small blind holding and Amatos Gomila checks in the big blind, holding .

Flop:

Rizzo check-called a 40,000 Gomila bet.

Turn:

Once again Rizzo doesn’t believe his stable mate, and he calls a 100,000 bet.

River:

Rizzo checks for the third time and Gomila bets 240,000. Rizzo must have known it was coming, but he cannot bring himself to call and folds his hand.

Gomila is now over 2,000,000 chips and has all of the momentum.

  1. Amatos Gomila 1,865,000
  2. Mathew Frankland 1,110,000
  3. Giovanni Rizzo 625,000

14:15

Gomila Three-Bet

Giovanni Rizzo opens for 80,000, on the button, holding and Amatos Gomila three-bets, from the small blind, to 175,000, holding and Rizzo mucks his hand.

14:00

The Binds Are Up

The blinds are now $20,000/$40,000

14:02

Peter Muehlbek Eliminated

 

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Poker is so fickle. After leading both of his heats for so long, Peter Muehlbek is eliminated a few short hands after Mathew Frankland crushed his soul.

Amatos Gomila raised to 60,000 in the cutoff, holding and Peter Muehlbek took his stand holding . Gomila called his shove and we had a showdown with Muehlbek at risk of elimination.

Flop:

An amazing lifeline for Muehlbek and Gomila looks distraught.

Turn:

No change and Muehlbek is heading for second place and over one million chips.

River:

Gomila hits his straight and after a quick shake of the hands, Muehlbek is gone.

  1. Mathew Frankland 1,665,000
  2. Amatos Gomilla 1,440,000
  3. Giovanni Rizzo 495,000

13:55

Frankland High Variance Shoves

Amatos Gomila raises to 60,000 from the cutoff, holding and Mathew Frankland moves all-in from the button, holding . Everyone folds, including Rizzo holding [Kx] [Qx].

Giovanni Rizzo raises to 60,000 holding pocket deuces and Mathew Frankland moves all-in holding [Ax] [4x] and Rizzo folds.

13:50

Rizzo Dumps Some Chips

Amatos Gomila raises to 60,000 in the cutoff, holding , and Giovanni Rizzo defends the big blind, holding .

Flop:

Rizzo brings out the check-raise for 95,000 and Gomila – who had c-bet 40,000 – moves all-in and Rizzo is forced to fold.

13:40

We Have a New Chip Leader – Mathew Frankland

 

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Mathew Frankland raises to 60,000, on the button, holding and Peter Muehlbek cold calls, from the small blind, holding .

Flop:

What a flop! There is only one outcome here and it ends with all the chips in the pot. Muehlbek checks, Frankland bets 75,000, Muehlbek says, “raise”, Frankland says, “all-in” and Muehlbek says, “call”.

Turn:

Frankland hits his flush and is now our chip leader.

River:

Muehlbek loses his chip lead for the first time – in a very long time!

Frankland 1,550,000
Muehlbek ~ 725,000

13:38

Blinds Up

The blinds are now $15,000/$30,000

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13:35

Three-Bet City

Peter Muehlbek raises to 40,000, on the button, holding . Giovanni Rizzo is seated in the small blind, and he three-bets to 100,000, holding and Muehlbek folds.

Amatos Gomila raises to 45,000, holding and Mathew Frankland three-bets to 100,000 holding ace-rag and Gomila folds.

13:31

Frankland Starts To Shove

Mathew Frankland has just pushed his 550,000+ stack across the line in two different spots. The first was a three-way squeeze against Giovanni Rizzo and Amatos Gomila and then this happened.

Frankland raises to 40,000 on the button, holding and Peter Muehlbek three-bets to 100,000 from the small blind, holding . Back to Frankland and he moves all-in for 610,000 and Muehlbek goes into the same hero pose that we witnessed during his amazing hand against Lellouche. He tanks for at least four minutes before eventually folding and Frankland was up to 730,000.

13:24

The Animal is Gone – Lellouche is Eliminated

 

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The man Jesse May christened An Animal has been eliminated from the Premier League V.

Antony Lellouche put 40,000 across the line while holding and his nemesis, Peter Muehlbek, woke up with . The writing was on the wall when Muehlbek min-raised to 80,000, but Lellouche had already made his mind up pre flop. Lellouche moved all-in for 250,000 and Muehlbek called.

“I have ace-king,” said Muehlbek.

Lellouche just nodded, the actions of a man who has been there, seen it and bought the t-shirt many times before.

Board:

So there was a flush sweat but Lellouche was eliminated and Muehlbek increases his lead at the top to 1,540,000.

13:17

Gomila Tires of Frankland

Amatos Gomila raised to 60,000 on the button, holding , Mathew Frankland three-bet from the small blind, holding , Gomila moved all-in and Frankland folded.

13:13

Lellouche Doubles Up

Antony Lellouche moves his final 100,000 into the middle with the mediocre and Peter Muehlbek isolates with in the big blind. Lellouche was the man at risk but the board was very kind to the Frenchman.

Board:

Lellouche ~ 220,000
Muehlbek ~ 1,280,000

13:00

Blinds Up

The blinds are now $10,000/$20,000

  1. Peter Muehlbek 1,400,000
  2. Mathew Frankland 785,000
  3. Giovanni Rizzo 655,000
  4. Amatos Gomila 630,000
  5. Antony Lellouche 100,000

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12:49

An Amazing Pot Between Muehlbek and Lellouche

 

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Peter Muehlbek has gotten used to his position of power. He spent most of his heat, yesterday, seated on the top of the throne and today he has done exactly the same. He has been dealt some fantastic cards, he has demonstrated patience and the ability to do the simple things well. Just a few minutes ago, he showed the whole world he also has balls of steel!

Muehlbek raises to 32,000, on the button, holding and Antony Lellouche defends his big blind, holding .

Flop:

Both players check.

Turn:

Lellouche taps the felt, once more, and Muehlbek bets 40,000. Back to Lellouche who check-raises to 120,000 and Muehlbek makes the call.

River:

Lellouche goes through his options and then selects one, and boy was it a move we were not expecting! Antony Lellouche moves 440,000 into a pot of 304,000 and Muehlbek rocks back in his seat. Despite the physical reaction to the bet Muehlbek is not seemingly willing to fold! He thinks about his decision for a few minutes and makes a call of amazing courage. Lellouche is devasted, even more so when he sees the pocket eights of Muehlbek.

You can’t help but feel that the rest of the table are more than happy with the outcome of this hand.

Muehlbek ~ 1,417,000
Lellouche ~ 107,000

12:35

Mr Cool Doubles Up

 

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Giovanni Rizzo has just found a much needed surge, and this is how the action went down.

Rizzo raised to 31,000 in the cutoff, holding and Antony Lellouche cold called on the button, holding .

Flop:

An all action flop and the two players didn’t disappoint. Rizzo bets 35,000, Lellouche pops it up to 77,000, Rizzo moves all-in for 267,000 and Lellouche calls.

Turn:

Rizzo leans back in his chair and clears his lungs – he has hit his flush.

River:

Rizzo has doubles up and a little step backwards for Lellouche.

Rizzo ~ 618,000
Lellouche ~ 699,000

12:32

Dmitry Tretyakov Eliminated In a Huge Flip

 

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The tide may well have just turned in this Event #1 final.

Mathew Frankland started all of the fun and festivities when he raised to 30,000 in first position holding and Dmitry Tretyakov three-bets on the button to 67,000, holding . Antony Lellouche is seated in the small blind and looks down to see and he four-bets to 144,000. Last but certainly not least is Amatos Gomila in the big blind, who looks down and sees ! Gomilla analyses the action before him and reluctantly mucks his jacks, Frankland also mucks, Tretyakov moves all-in for 408,000 and Lellouche snap-calls. So we have a showdown with Tretyakov at risk of elimination.

Flop:

The case Jack pops his head up on the flop and Gomilla just wants to crawl into a ditch and die!

Turn: & River:

Tretyakov cannot find his six outs and Lellouche now has 997,000 chips and a scalp on his belt.

12:27

Frankland Lays Down The Best Hand

Mathew Frankland opens to 30,000 in the cutoff, holding and Dmitry Tretyakov defends his big blind, holding .

Flop:

Tretyakov check-calls a 27,000 Frankland bet.

Turn:

Checkity-check

River:

Tretyakov leads into Frankland (we missed the bet size) and Frankland lays down the best hand.

12:20

Gomilla Steps Up a Gear

 

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Antony Lellouche raises to 30,000, holding and Amatos Gomilla three-bets to 63,000 from the cutoff, holding . Lellouche has not been in this situation often and he decides to make the call.

Flop:

Lellouche quickly checks and Gomilla bets 51,000. You just knew that Lellouche was not done with this pot yet and he check-raised to 127,000 with his underpair. Then just seconds later Gomilla made the call!

Turn:

A fantastic card for the hand of Gomilla, who bets when checked to, and Lellouche folds his hand.

Gomilla ~ 779,000
Lellouche~ 559,000

12:14

An Unconventional Play By Tretyakov

Dmitry Tretyakov opens up to 30,000, in early position, holding and Antony Lellouche three-bets to 69,000, one seat to his left, holding . Tretyakov makes the call and we have a flop with Lellouche in the dominating position.

Flop:

Tretyakov is first to act and he decides to bet straight into Lellouche. The amount is 70,000 and the action gets Lellouche’s mind working overtime. The Frenchman views it as a sign of weakness and pumps it up to 186,000. You can tell by the reaction of Tretyakov that he believes Lellouche is at-it but he just cannot pluck up the courage to do anything about it and eventually folds.

12:09

Another Pot For Gomilla

Peter Muehlbek opens to 30,000 from early position, holding and Amatos Gomilla defends with in the big blind. The flop is and Gomilla check-calls a 40,000 Muehlbek c-bet. The turn is the and the same action ensues, this time the price Meuhlbek sets is 55,000 and Gomilla brings the action to a close with a 150,000 check-raise.

Gomilla ~ 568,000
Muehlbek ~ 841,000

12:05

Consecutive Three Bets By Frankland

Amatos Gomilla opens up to 30,000 from the cutoff, holding and Mathew Frankland three-bets to 73,000, holding on the button and Gomilla folds.

Antony Lellouche opens to 30,000 from first position, holding and Frankland three-bets from the cutoff holding forcing a fold from Lellouche.

12:00

A Nice Pot For Gomilla

Antony Lellouche raises to 30,000, holding , Amatos Gomilla three-bets to 66,000, holding , Peter Muehlbek calls, holding and Lellouche folds.

Flop:

A flop that saves Muehlbek some chips and he folds after a 40,000 Gomilla c-bet.

11:57

Rizzo Sick of the Sight of Lellouche

Giovanni Rizzo decides to get funky with , in first position. The action folds around to Antony Lellouche who three-bets to 69,000 from position. Rizzo knows that Lellouche was owning him all night long yesterday but still manages to fold once more. Luckily he did because Lellouche was holding pocket aces.

11:55

Stack Sizes After 36 Hands

The blind are now $7,000/$15,000

  1. Peter Muehlbek 1,042,000
  2. Mathew Frankland 711,000
  3. Antony Lellouche 617,000
  4. Dmitry Tretyakov 512,000
  5. Amatos Gomilla 367,000
  6. Giovanni Rizzo 351,000

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11:52

Three Bet For Tretyakov

Mathew Frankland opens to 21,000, holding and Dmitry Tretyakov stops him dead in his tracks with a 60,000 three-bet, from the small blind, holding

11:49

Confidence Booster For Rizzo

Amatos Gomilla raises to 20,000 in the cutoff, holding and Giovanni Rizzo defends his big blind with . The flop falls down and Rizzo leads for 17,000; Gomilla calls. The turn is the and Rizzo fires again, this time for 27,000, and Gomilla folded.

11:41

Frankland and Lellouche Clash For The First Time

Mathew Frankland raises to 20,000 in the cutoff, holding and Antony Lellouche defends his big blind with . The flop is a good one for Lellouche – – and a check-raise to 57,000 by Lellouche extracts 26,000 chips from Frankland and the hand ends right there.

11:34

Strange Play For Muehlbek

Peter Muehlbek has been pretty solid for the past two days, but he has just made a rather strange play. He opens up for 20,000, holding in first position and Giovanni Rizzo three-bets one seat to his left, holding . Back to Muehlbek for the easy fold, but instead he folds his arms and decides to get involved playing out of position with a weak hand. He makes the call and a very happy Rizzo heads to the flop of . Muehlbek checks, Rizzo bets 40,000 and sense finally prevails when Muehlbek folds.

11:31

Frankland Pounces On Gomila

Amatos Gomilla is another opponent that Mathew Frankland seems to be pushing around. Gomilla raises to 20,000, holding and Frankland three-bets to 51,000, holding . Interesting spot for Gomilla but one where he decides to fold.

11:23

Blinds Are Up

The blinds are now $5,000/$10,000

  1. Peter Muehlbek 1,004,000
  2. Mathew Frankland 866,000
  3. Antony Lellouche 549,000
  4. Dmitry Tretyakov 542,000
  5. Amatos Gomilla 396,000
  6. Giovanni Rizzo 243,000

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11:22

Last Hand of The Level

Giovanni Rizzo raises to 12,000 in the cutoff holding . Antony Lellouche asks for a count from the small blind holding and when he gets his answer he just makes the call. The flop is and it is an easy c-bet from Rizzo to win the pot.

11:20

Tretyakov Bounces Back

Amatos Gomilla comes into the pot with a 12,00 raise and two little duckies. Dmitry Tretyakov three-bets from the small blind for 38,000, holding and Gomilla folds.

11:17

Frankland Picking on Tretyakov

Mathew Frankland has done his homework and seems to be singling out Tretyakov for some rough treatment. Tretyakov opens up for 12,000 in first position, holding and Frankland shuts him down from the button with a three-bet to 31,000 holding .

11:15

A Mis-timed Four Bet From Rizzo

 

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Giovanni Rizzo raises to 12,000 from first position and Mathew Frankland three-bets to 32,000 from the small blind holding . Rizzo has the look of a man who wants to make a stand, and he four-bets to 66,000 placing the pressure back onto Frankland.

“I am all-in,” says Frankland.

Rizzo mucks instantly and his eyes roll to the ceiling.

11:12

Did We Say Muehlbek Was Hitting Hands?

 

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Peter Muehlbek continues to demonstrate just how hot you can run in poker. He opened up for 12,000, holding in first position and Mathew Frankland makes an opponent related call from the big blind, holding .

Flop:

Frankland leads with his gut-shot, for 17,000 and Muehlbek calls with his trips.

Turn:

Muehlbek hits quads and that was the end of the action. The turn checked through and Frankland folded to a river value bet.

11:09

Light Four Bet By Frankland

Mathew Frankland has started this final with a very aggressive strategy. He opens the action in first position, holding the pretty looking and Amatos Gomilla three-bets from the big blind, holding the mighty . Back to Frankland and he four-bet to 56,000. Gomilla was asked the question and he came up with the answer. He five-bet to 105,000 and Frankland quickly folded.

11:06

Aces For Lellouche

Amatos Gomilla raises to 12,000, holding , Giovanni Rizzo cold called on the button with and Antony Lellouche three-bet squeezed for 37,000. Nominally Lellouche would be holding trash in this spot, but not this time, instead he had the pocket aces. No action for the Frenchman though as both PartyPoker Team Pros folded very quickly.

11:02

Light Three Bet By Frankland

Dmitry Tretyakov makes his first play of the day. He opens up to 12,000 from first position, holding and the action folds around to Mathew Frankland on the button. Frankland has and he uses his position and knowledge of Tretyakov to make the three-bet to 38,000. Tretyakov makes the call and the pair of them share a flop of . Tretyakov gets excited at the sight of the flop and he leads for 38,000 creating an easy fold for Frankland.

10:57

Muehlbek Continues to Find Premium Hands

Mathew Frankland opens up for 12,000 with . Seated to his direct left is the chip leader Peter Muehlbek and he three-bets to 31,000, holding and Frankland folded.

Antony Lellouche opens up for 12,000 with and Peter Muehlbeck finds pocket queens. One quick three-bet later and the chips were being skirted over to his stack.

10:49

We Are Off

Antony Lellouche opened the action for 12,00 on the button holding and Mathew Frankland called in the big blind, holding . Lellouche took down the pot in a standard c-bet and fold spot.

In the next hand, Lellouche once again started the action. He made it 12,000 to play from the cutoff, holding . Peter Muehlbek defended his big blind with the dominating . The flop was and Muehlbek check-called a 14,000 c-bet. Those were the last chips that the Frenchman put in the pot. A turn card resulting in a lead from Muehlbek and a fold from Lellouche.

Amatos Gomilla opens his first hand from the cutoff and Mathew Frankland shuts him down with a light three bet on the button, holding [7x] [5x].

“This is the most wired table in history,” says Giovanni Rizzo who breaks the silence for the first time.

Premier League Poker V Event 1 – The Final

 

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Good morning ladies and gentlemen of the pokerverse.

Yesterday the Montesino Casino, Vienna, Austria stretched out its open arms and in walked the pomp and circumstance that is Premier League Poker V. The event began with the Global Qualifiers, and two groups of six players exchanged checks, raises and folds as they tried desperately to secure entry into their final shootout.

In the first group we saw the power of mass online tournament experience. Mathew Frankland eats online poker tournaments faster than Dominik NItsche buys skinny jeans in the flea market in Dortmund, and yesterday that experience shone through. Frankland booked himself in today’s final with 887,000 chips. At the opposite end of the spectrum you had Dmitry Tretyakov. Tretyakov was playing in his first live event of any note but he look unfazed and found his way through to the final with 519,000 chips. Joining Frankland and Tretyakov was the newly crowned member of Team PartyPoker. The Spaniard Amatos Gomilla seemingly cruising to the final with 394,000 chips.

In the second group it was experienced pro Peter Muehlbek who bested the rest. Muehlbek had one of those days where the Poker Gods were handing him premium spots for fun, and he starts today as the overall chip leader with 922,000 chips. While Muehlbek was getting plenty of premium hands, Antony Lellouche couldn’t find one for love or money. Despite not having a playable hand of note, Lellouche was by far the most impressive specimen on show and comes into the final with 557,000 chips. Last but not least we have the Mr Cool of poker. The suave PartyPoker Team Pro Giovanni Rizzo comes into the final as the lowest chip stack on 321,000 chips but with the blinds starting at $3,000/$6,000 the Rizzo still has over 50 big blinds.

AT 10:45 (CET) we will be bringing you the final table of the Global Qualifiers Event #1. This six man shootout will end with five sour faces and one happy face. The happy face will have booked himself a $125,000 seat in the Premier League. Then at 19:45 this evening we will be bringing you full coverage of the Global Qualifiers Event #2 Heat A, where we start this qualifying process all over again.

Here is the seat draw for the final table

  1. Amatos Gomila 394,000
  2. Mathew Frankland 887,000
  3. Peter Muehlbek 922,000
  4. Giovanni Rizzo 321,000
  5. Dmitry Tretyakov 519,000
  6. Antony Lellouche 557,000


21:15

It’s a Wrap

So that’s a wrap for Event Number 1 Group A and Group B. We return tomorrow at 10:30 for the final of Event 1 where one lucky player will secure himself a $125,000 seat in the coveted Premier League V.

Here is the line up (in chip order)

  1. Peter Muehlbek 922,000
  2. Mathew Frankland 887,000
  3. Antony Lellouche 557,000
  4. Dmitry Tretyakov 519,000
  5. Amatos Gomila 394,000
  6. Giovanni Rizzo 321,000

21:13

Event 1 Group B Final Standings

  1. Peter Muehlbek 922,000
  2. Antony Lellouche 557,000
  3. Giovanni Rizzo 321,000

21:06

Diego Zieter Is Out On The Bubble

 

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Antony Lellouche raises to 42,000 holding , Peter Muehlbek three-bets to 110,000, holding , Diego Zieter moves all-in for 133,000, holding , Lellouche folds and Muehlbek makes up the loose change.

So Zieter is at risk of elimination and the bad news arrives on the flop.

Board:

Zieter is out and it’s smiles all around for Peter Muehlbek, Antony Lellouche and PartyPoker Team Pro Giovanni Rizzo.

21:01

The Enigma is Cracked

 

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The Enigma has just exited stage left in one of the strangest hands of the tournament so far.

With only six big blinds The Enigma min-raises in early position with . Peter Muehlbek calls in the big blind holding and we were off to the flop.

Flop:

Muehlbek checks, The Enigma moves all-in and Muehlbek calls. When the cards are turned over The Enigma must thinks it’s Christmas.

Turn:

More outs for Muehlbek

River:

Muehlbek hits his straight and The Enigma is out, but doesn’t realise it and thinks he has won the hand! Someone points the bad news out to The Enigma and he leaves the building in 5th place.

20:56

Antony Lellouche Takes The Chip Lead With

This is turning into a one man show.

The Enigma limps into the pot from the small blind, holding , and Antony Lellouche checks in the big blind with . The Enigma takes the opportunity to fire three barrels into the open arms of the Frenchman and his timing could not have been worse.

The board was turn and river and the betting amounts were 20,000, 25,000 and 40,000. Lellouches moves over 600,000 and The Enigma is left languishing at the bottom with Diego Zieter.

20:50

Zieter Stays Alive

Diego Zieter moves all-in for 133,000 and and Peter Muehlbek wakes up with in the big blind. The man with half of his spectacles missing asks for a count but then eventually folds.

20:48

Chip Counts After 90 Hands

Blinds now $10,000/$20,000

  1. Peter Muehlbek 615,000
  2. Antony Lellouche 498,000
  3. Giovanni Rizzo 307,000
  4. The Enigma 247,000
  5. Diego Zeiter 133,000

20:41

Zieter All-In Once More

Diego Zieter has moved all-in for 133,000 and and Giovanni Rizzo has a decision with in the big blind. In the end Rizzo folds and Zieter survives to fight another day.

20:44

Lellouche is an Animal

Antony Lellouche is a man on fire right now. He has not had a hand worth playing and yet here he is in 2nd place with 520,000 chips.

He raises on the button holding and Giovanni Rizzo three-bets from the small blind to 73,000, holding . The cameras move back to Lellouche and he pushes enough chips across the line to put Rizzo all-in. Rizzo mucks his hand in disgust and Lellouche takes in the pot with a smirk wedged all over his face.

20:41

Zieter All-In Once More

Diego Zieter has moved all-in for 133,000 and and Giovanni Rizzo has a decision with in the big blind. In the end Rizzo folds and Zieter survives to fight another day.

20:36

Diego Zieter – Two Uncontested Shoves

The title says it all!

20:32

The Enigma Dusts Off Some Chips

Peter Muehlbek raises to 31,000 on the button, holding , and The Enigma makes the call in the big blind, holding .

Flop:

The Enigma check-calls a 35,000 Muehlbek bet.

Turn:

Checks for everyone.

River:

The Enigma check-calls a very quick 40,000 bet by Muehlbek.

Muehlbek takes down the pot with his ladies and The Enigma falls down the leaderboard.

Muehlbek ~ 617,000
The Enigma ~ 219,000

20:26

Lellouche Pushes The Enigma Around

The Enigma raises to 30,000 in the small blind, holding and Antony Lellouche puts him firmly in his place with a 73,000 three-bet, holding . The Enigma looks like he has just swallowed a wasp and eventually, after a lot of dithering, folds his hand.

20:21

Blinds Up

The blinds are getting juicy – $7,000/$15,000.

  1. Peter Muehlbek 511,000
  2. The Enigma 405,000
  3. Giovanni Rizzo 373,000
  4. Antony Lellouche 356,000
  5. Diego Zeiter 155,000

20:18

Open Shove For Zeiter

Diego Zieter open shoves for 110,000 and and it manages to eek through.

20:15

Does Lellouche Have Rizzo’s Number?

Antony Lellouche raises to 11,000 in the cutoff, holding and Giovanni Rizzo three-bets on the button for 45,000, holding . Action back to Lellouche and he moves all-in and Rizzo mucks instantly.

20:04

The Enigma Takes One From The Button

Peter Muehlbek raises to 22,000, holding in the hijack seat, and The Enigma calls on the button, holding . The flop is a great one for The Enigma – – and he just calls when Muehlbek c-bets 26,000. The turn card is another dream for The Enigma – – but his 35,000 bet scares Muehlbek away once checked to and he cannot glean any more chips from the chip leader.

19:57

Alexander Petersen is Eliminated

 

Premiere League Heat 2 189

PartyPoker Team Pro Giovanni Rizzo raises to 20,000, holding and Alexander Petersen moves all-in for 130,000, holding . Rizzo asks for a count before making the call and the Dane is at risk of losing his seat along with the luggage he lost on his plane!

Board:

The hyper aggressive Petersen is out and Rizzo is up to 473,000 and is in a great position to coast into the top three spots.

19:53

Three-Barrel Bluff By Lellouche

 

Premiere League Heat 2 209

Antony Lellouche raises to 12,000, holding and both blinds made the call (Peter Muehlbek SB and Alexander Petersen BB). The flop is and Muehlbek is the only caller when Lellouche c-bets for 18,000. On the turn we see the and Muehlbek checks once more. Lellouche believes he can still win the pot and he bets 18,000. Muehlbek makes the call and we reach a river with around 135,000 in the middle. The dealer gives us the and Muehlbek checks for the third time. Lellouche makes a bigger bet of 49,000 and Muehlbek eventually folds his hand.

19:26

Blinds Up

 

Premiere League Heat 2 193

The players are on a ten-minute break while the blinds go up to $5,000/$10000. Here are the current standings:

  1. Peter Muehlbek 606,000
  2. Giovanni Rizzo 333,000
  3. The Enigma 312,000
  4. Antony Lellouche 214,000
  5. Diego Zieter 185,000
  6. Alexander Petersen 150,000

19:30

So What is Going on Behind The Scenes?

19:22

Chip Stacks After 51 Hands

  1. Peter Muehlbek 597,000
  2. Giovanni Rizzo 333,000
  3. The Enigma 321,000
  4. Antony Lellouche 226,000
  5. Diego Zeiter 185,000
  6. Alexander Petersen 138,000

19:14

The Enigma Saves Petersen!

 

Premiere League Heat 2 179

The Enigma raises to 12,000, holding , Peter Muelhbek calls in the small blind, holding and Alexander Petersen calls in the big blind, holding .

Flop:

The action checks to The Enigma and when he bets 14,000 you believe the pot has ended. Petersen has other plans and he check-raises to 29,000. The Enigma makes a very quick call and we move onto the turn.

Turn:

Petersen decides to have a second stab at the pot when he bets 39,000, leaving a pot sized bet on the river. The Enigma gets rather excited and raises to 89,000.

“You have me crushed,” said Petersen before folding.

19:05

Another Rizzo Three-Bet

Alexander Petersen raises to 12,000, holding , Antony Lellouche three-bets to 29,000, holding and Giovanni Rizzo three-bets to 64,000, holding . Both players fold and Rizzo drags in another pot.

19:01

Lellouche Decides He Does Want to Play With Rizzo

 

Premiere League Heat 2 173

In the next hand The Enigma limps into the pot holding . Antony Lellouche isolates from the cutoff holding and Giovanni Rizzo wakes up with on the button. Rizzo three-bets to 33,000, The Enigma folds and Lellouche four-bets to 140,000! Rizzo can’t make the call and Lellouche takes down a very risky pot.

Lellouche ~ 261,000
Rizzo ~ 332,000

18:58

No One Wants to Play With Rizzo

The Enigma raises to 12,000, holding from the hijack seat, and Giovanni Rizzo three-bets to 28,000, on the button, holding . The Enigma thinks for a while before folding the hand.

18:57

Blinds Up

The blinds are now $3,000/$6,000

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18:55

Cold Four Bet by Rizzo

Alexander Petersen opens for 12,000 with trash, Diego Zieter three-bets to 30,000, holding and Giovanni Rizzo serves up a cold four bet for 67,000 holding [Qx] [Qx]. Both players fold and Rizzo picks up another uncontested pot.

18:51

Alexander Petersen On Tilt

18:50

Muehlbek Increase His Lead

We missed the pre flop action but when we got to the flop Peter Muehlbek had flopped a set with on a board of . Muehlbek bets 12,000, Alexander Petersen folds [Tx] [Tx] but Antony Lellouche gets curious with .

The turn is the and you can’t help but feel that Lellouche is going to dump some chips. He starts that sequence by check-calling a 25,000 Muehlbek turn bet, and finishes it by check-calling a 40,000 Muehlbek river bet at the sight of the .

Muehlbek ~ 563,000
Lellouche ~ 216,000

18:42

Well Timed Rizzo Three-Bet

Diego Zeiter raises to 8,000 holding and Antony Lellouche cold calls on the button, holding . Giovanni Rizzo is seated in the small blind looking like a cool member of the mafia, and he three-bets to 23,000 , holding and picks up a nice little pot.

18:37

A Set For Petersen

Alexander Petersen raises to 8,000 in early position, holding , and he receives three-callers. The flop is and all three players check to Petersen who bets 22,000. Lellouche is the only player with a hand , and he makes the call. On the turn we see the and Lellouche checks once more and Petersen bets once more – 47,000. Action back to Lellouche, who smells a rat, and makes a fantastic fold.

18:29

A Few Four Bets

Alexander Petersen opens to 8,000, holding , Diego Zeiter three-bets to 20,000, holding and then The Enigma shuts everyone down with a four bet to 48,000 holding .

Peter Muehlbek continues his streak of picking up every monster hand when he sees . He raises to 9,000 in the cutoff and Alexander Petersen three-bets to 22,000 on the button, holding . Back to Muehlbek and he four-bets to 46,000 and Petersen let’s him have it.

18:26

Chip Stacks

  1. Peter Muehlbek 390,000
  2. Antony Lellouche 313,000
  3. The Enigma 306,000
  4. Giovanni Rizzo 298,000
  5. Alexnader Petersen 280,000
  6. Diego Zeiter 213,000

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18:22

Curious Rizzo

Giovanni Rizzo raises to 4,000 holding and Peter Muehlbek decides to get tricky and cold calls with . Muehlbek’s decision to be sly, backfires, as nearly everybody seated at the table makes the call! Five way to the flop of and Rizzo is the first to bet when he makes it 7,000. Muehlbek makes the call and everyone else folds.

Turn:

Rizzo keeps up his aggressive approach with a 18,000 bet and Muehlbek once again calls.

River:

It seems as though Rizzo is waving the white flag when he checks. Muehlbek makes the bet (35,000) but Rizzo starts to get a little curious and eventually makes the call.

“Fair enough,” he says when he sees the Rockets of Muehlbek.

18:19

Blinds Up

The blinds are now $2,000/$4,000

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18:12

Petersen Plays His Tens Perfectly

Diego Zeiter raises to 5,000 in first position, holding , and Alexander Petersen is the only caller from the big blind, holding . Petersen check calls all three streets and Zeiter tries to steal the pot on each occasion. The bets were 7,000 , 15,000 and 32,000 and they now sit in front of the Dane.

18:08

Trips For Rizzo

Giovanni Rizzo raises to 4,000 with the monstrous looking and Alexander Petersen cold calls with . The flop smacks the Italian upside the head – – and Rizzo wastes no time at all when he comes in with the check-raise. The bet is 13,000 and Petersen calls with jack high! The turn is the and Rizzo bets 18,000. Petersen now picks up a pair and he makes the call. Finally, the duo see the and Rizzo bets 31,000 and it was sufficient enough to win the pot.

18:04

A Set For Rizzo

Giovanni Rizzo raises to 4,000 holding and both Peter Muehlbek and Diego Zeiter make the call. The flop is a good one for Rizzo – – and he bets 7,000. Meuhlbek folds and Zeiter calls and the pair share a turn of . Rizzo changes tact and he check-raises to 36,000, after a 16,000 Zeiter bet, and Zeiter folds.

17:59

Muehlbek Back Doors a Straight

Peter Muehlbek looks down and finds and raises to 5,000 in the cutoff. The aggressive Alexander Petersen is seated on the button and three-bets to 13,000 holding . Muehlbek makes the call and they both find themselves staring at . Muelhbek check-calls a 8,000 Petersen bet and we move onto the turn. The dealer gives us the and the same action ensues, this time for 17,000. On the river Muehlbek backdoors a straight and decides to lead for 36,000 and Petersen makes an easy fold.

17:55

Lellouche Getting Stuck In With Three-High

Antony Lellouche raises with the mighty and Peter Muehlbek three-bet to 11,000 holding . Diego Zieter folds and Lellouche makes the speculative call.

Flop:

Lellouche checks to Muehlbek and he bets 14,000. Lellouche didn’t call with the three-high without a plan and so he came in with a 39,000 check-raise and took down the pot.

17:54

Kings For The Enigma

Diego Zeiter raises to 6,000 holding . Next to play was The Engima and he three-bet again, this time holding and Zeiter let him take it down unchallenged.

17:51

Jacks Will Do For The Enigma

Alexander Petersen raises to 4,000 with and The Enigma three-bets to 12,000 holding . A few folds later and Petersen decides to set mine and the pair share a flop. It is and a 22,000 bet by The Enigma is sufficient enough to win the pot.

17:48

Feint for Lellouche

Antony Lellouche raises to 4,000 with and Alexander Petersen cold calls in position with . The flop is and a feint towards his chip stack was enough for Lellouche to win the pot.

17:45

Petersen Wins The Second Pot

Giovanni Rizzo raises to 4,000 on the button, holding and Alexander Petersen defends his big blind with . The flop is and Petersen wins the pot with a small check raise after Rizzo c-bet 6,000.

17:42

Petersen Wins The First Pot

Alexander Petersen raises to 4,000 holding and he receives two callers in the shape of The Enigma (button), holding , and Giovanni Rizzo (big blind), holding .

Flop:

The action checks to The Enigma who bets 8,000 and only Petersen makes the call.

Turn:

Check-check

River:

Petersen bets 23,000 and The Enigma releases his hand.

So congratulations to Mathew Frankland, Dmitry Tretyakov and PartyPoker Team Pro Amatos Gomila. Who will be joining them in the Event 1 final tomorrow…let’s check out the cast of Group B.

 

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  1. Antony Lellouche
  2. Giovanni Rizzo
  3. Peter Muehlbek
  4. Alexander Petersen
  5. Diego Zeiter
  6. Tony “The Enigma”

Please don’t ask me who Tony “The Engima” is because he is an enigma after all.

Action should be splayed over this blog around 17:30 so please don’t go away.

Event 1 Group B Action

16:39

Bodo Sbrzesny is Our Bubble Boy

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PartyPoker Team Pro Bodo Sbrzesny is our official Event 1 Group A bubble boy. This is how the death knoll rang.

Sbrzesny moved all-in for 143,000 holding and Mathew Frankland had the easiest call of his life with .

Board:

So Sbrzesny is out, Frankland is our overwhelming chip leader and Amatos Gomila and Dmitry Tretyakov think Frankland is the bees-knees, as they join him in the Event 1 final to be held Monday 2nd April 12

  1. Mathew Frankland 887,000
  2. Dmitry Tretyakov 519,000
  3. Amatos Gomila 394,000

16:32

Kollmann’s Luck Runs Out

 

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Mathew Frankland raises to 30,000 holding and next to play is Amatos Gomila holding . He tanks for a while before folding and then Erich Kollmann moves all-in for 156,000 with the mighty . Frankland calls, instantly, and we have a showdown with only two aces left in the deck for Frankland.

Flop:

Kollmann looks devastated and Frankland adds a spot of luck to his wonderful play. The turn and river brick and Kollmann is out. We are now playing the bubble and Frankland is the chip leader with 737,000 chips.

16:30

Kollmann Shove Gets Through

Erich Kollmann moves all-in with pocket nines and wins the blinds.

16:27

Andrew Feldman Eliminated in 6th Place

 

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The action folds around to Amatos Gomilla in the small blind and he moves 150,000 over the line. The amount puts Andrew Feldman all-in and after a quick peek of his cards he makes the call.

Gomilla ~
Feldman ~

So Feldman was ahead, but at risk of elimination, a risk that became a reality on the turn.

Board:

Gomila ~ 394,000

16:24

Blinds Up

We have now reached a very problematic area for the short stacks – $7,000/$15,000.

16:18

Gomila Moves All-In

We are not going to be seeing to many flops folks!

Bodo Sbrzesny opens with and his new stablemate, Amatos Gomila, moves all-in for 192,000 holding . Sbrzesny makes the fold and Gomila wins the pot.

16:14

Kollman All-In

Andrew Feldman open folds for 20,000, holding , versus a 121,000 shove from Erich Kollman, who was holding . This is Feldman’s second open/fold in successive hands.

16:12

Chip Counts After 64 Hands

  1. Mathew Frankland 586,000
  2. Dmitry Tretyakov 548,000
  3. Amatos Gomila 207,000
  4. Bodo Sbrzesny 178,000
  5. Andrew Feldman 160,000
  6. Erich Kollman 121,000

16:06

Feldman All-In

Amatos Gomila raises to 20,000 in the small blind holding and Andrew Feldman calls with in the big blind. The flop is and Gomilla bets 12,000. Feldman moves all-in for 133,000, very quickly, and Gomilla releases his hand.

Feldman ~ 185,000
Gomila ~ 192,000

16:01

Still Zero Luck For That Man Bodo

PartyPoker Team Pro Bodo Sbrzesny continues his run-not-good here at the Premier League V. Mathew Frankland raises from the small blind to 26,000 holding and Sbrzesny decides to call in the big blind with the superior . The flop of is checked through and the is a wonderful card for Sbrzesny. Frankland check-calls a 22,000 Sbrzesny bet but the river card propels Frankland into the lead. The man on a roll checks and the man who cannot win a pot bets 33,000. Frankland snap-calls and takes down the pot.

Frankland ~ 566,000
Sbrzesny ~ 183,000

15:56

Kollmann Doubles Up

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The action folds around to Dmitry Tretyakov in the small blind and he puts Erich Kollmann all-in. Kollmann makes the call and we have a showdown with the Austrian at risk of elimination.

Kollmann:
Tretyakov:

Board:

Kollmann ~ 146,000
Tretyakov ~ 520,000

15:48

Tretyakov Retakes The Chip Lead

Dmitry Tretyakov raises from first position for 21,000 holding . The action folds around to Andrew Feldman in the big blind, and the man who plays any two cards, looks down and finds . Feldman decides to play it slow and makes the call and they share a flop of . Feldman continues to dupe Tretyakov with check and the amateur player bets 22,000. Back to Feldman and he check-raises to 56,000 and Tretyakov is tested for the first time. After a while in the tank he makes the call and they head to the turn. The turn is a great card for Tretyakov but nonetheless both players check. On the river we see the and Feldman leads for 68,000 and Tretyakov calls.

When Feldman sees his opponents hand he is gutted. He gets up from his seat mouths the words, “Wow,” and goes for a little walk to get rid of his frustrated cobwebs.

Tretyakov ~ 596,000
Feldman ~ 158,000

Tretyakov becomes our new chip leader.

15:30

Blinds Up

We are having a short break for ten minutes and then blinds will be $5,000/$10,000

15:27

Flush For Feldman

Andrew Feldman raises to 14,000 holding and the only player fancying a tango is Mathew Frankland in the small blind. He is holding and he makes the call. The action checks down to the river on a board of . Feldman tries a little river value bet but Frankland mucks his hand in a heartbeat.

Feldman ~ 303,000
Frankland ~ 475,000

15:17

Huge Pot For Frankland

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Andrew Feldman raises to 13,000 holding in the cutoff. Erich Kollmann surprisingly calls in the small blind holding and Mathew Frankland finds in the big blind. Frankland makes the squeeze to 39,000 and it looks like such a move. Feldman folds, Kollmann four-bets to 83,000 and Frankland moves all-in for 238,000.

Kollmann flips his shades off and plays with his chips, as he ponders his next move, and he looks like a sick dog. Kollmann asks for a count and the pot is currently 334,000. Kollmann really doesn’t know what to do but eventually he makes the call.

Board:

Frankland’s hand holds and he now has 489,000 and the chip lead. Kollmann is now propping up the other five players with 73,000 chips.

15:14

Kollmann Gets Value From Feldman

Andrew Feldman raises with on the button and Erich Kollmann defends his big blind with . The action is checked all the way to river on a board of and Kollmann squeezes a 10,000 call out of a curious Feldman.

15:11

Kings For Tretyakov

Andrew Feldman limps into the pot from the small blind holding and Dmitry Tretyakov wakes up with in the big blind. A 21,000 raise later and Feldman’s hand is in the muck.

15:03

Chip Counts After 46 Hands

  1. Dmitry Tretyakov 443,000
  2. Andrew Feldman 335,000
  3. Bodo Sbrzesny 273,000
  4. Erich Kollmann 263,000
  5. Amatos Gomila 254,000
  6. Mathew Frankland 232,000

14:52

Tretyakov Turns Gin

Dmitry Tretyakov raises on the button holding the mighty . Mathew Frankland defends his big blind with and the pair share a flop of and they both check. The turn is the and Frankland bets 15,000 and a joyous Tretyakov makes the call. The river is the and Frankland goes for his second street of value with a 34,000 bet. Action back to Tretyakov and he makes a min-raise to 68,000 and Frankland doesn’t even think about it – his hand hitting the muck quicker than a lightweights punch.

Tretyakov – 443,000
Frankland – 208,000

14:47

Bodo Sbrzesny Finds Aces Again

Bodo Sbrzesny picks up aces for the third time and everyone folds – for the third time!

14:45

Frankland Wins a Tricky Hand

Mathew Frankland raises on the button and Amatos Gomila defends his big blind. Frankland has and Gomila has the . The flop is and Gomila check-calls a 19,000 Frankland bet. The turn is checked through and the final card is the on the river. Gomila checks and Frankland decides he needs to bet to win this pot and makes it 43,000 to play. For a while it looks like Gomila is going to call before finally mucking his hand.

Frankland ~ 269,000
Gomila ~ 306,000

14:42

Blinds Up

We are now playing 3,000/6,000

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14:36

Frankland Three-Bets Feldman Light – Again!

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Andrew Feldman opens up to 9,000 in first position holding . The action folds around to Mathew Frankland on the button and he three-bets to 23,000 holding . This is the second light three-bet from Frankland and while everyone was expecting the fold or re-raise, Feldman made the call.

Flop:

Feldman check-calls a 21,000 Frankland bet.

Turn:

Checkity-check.

River:

Feldman checks for the third time and Frankland fires a 34,000 bluff. Feldman raises to 106,000 and Frankland mucks instantly.

Feldman ~ 298,000
Frankland ~ 231,000

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14:32

Tretyakov With Another Three-Bet

Bodo Sbrzesny raises to 8,000 in early position holding . The action folds around to Dmitry Tretyakov in the small blind and he three-bets for the sixth time since we started. The bet is 22,000, the hand is and Sbrzesny folds his hand.

14:25

Sbrzesny Halts Feldman’s Mini Revival

After winning the pot from Erich Kollmann, Andrew Feldman took down the following hand when he raised with trash to take down the blinds and antes. Then he tried it again from the hijack seat holding but Bodo Sbrzesny was onto him. He made the three-bet to 23,000 from the big blind, holding and Feldman quickly folded.

In the next hand Feldman raises with trash from under the gun and wins the blinds and antes.

14:20

Feldman Finally Gets a Pot Under His Belt

Andrew Feldman makes it 9,000 on the button with and Erich Kollmann calls in the big blind with . Feldman flops the nuts – – and gets Kollmann to call a 13,000 c-bet with his second pair. The turn of is checked through and the final card is the . Kollman just wants to get to showdown and checks, but Feldman wants some value and bets 24,000. Kollmann makes the call and Feldman wins his first decent size pot since he sat down.

Feldman ~ 217,000
Kollmann ~ 289,000

14:16

Aces Again – Same Outcome

Bodo Sbrzesny has had aces twice and flopped top two pair and still has less chips than he started with! He will be hoping that his luck picks up soon.

14:08

Unlucky Sbrzesny

Bodo Sbrzesny win the blinds with his pocket aces and then looks down to see . He makes a standard raise and Erich Kollmann defends his big blind with . It is a great flop for Sbrzesny – and Kollmann check-calls a 10,000 Sbrzesny bet.

The turn is the and Sbrzesny’s hand just gets better and Kollmann check-calls a 25,000 bet. The final card is the and the hand is turned on it’s head. Kollman leads for 35,000 with his straight and Sbrzesny makes a very good fold.

14:05

Chip Stacks

  1. Dmitry Tretyakov 392,000
  2. Amatos Gomilla 353,000
  3. Mathew Frankland 315,000
  4. Bodo Sbrzesny 300,000
  5. Erich Kollman 274,000
  6. Andrew Feldman 166,000

14:00

Gomilla v Feldman In The Blinds

Amatos Gomilla decides to pick on the rickety Andrew Feldman when he makes it 11,000 to play from the small blind holding . Feldman is holding and he three-bets to 26,000. Gomilla considers a move – or hollywood – for several minutes and then folds his hand.

13:58

Blinds Up

We are now playing $2,000/$4,000.

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13:55

Two Pots For Frankland

Andrew Feldman raises to 6,000 holding and Mathew Frankland takes down the pot with a three-bet holding .

Frankland raises to 6,000 with and Amatos Gomila defends his blinds with . The flop is and a 9,000 Frankland bet takes it down.

Frankland ~ 315,000

13:50

Feldman Continues His Slide

Andrew Feldman raises to 6,000 in the small blind, with his best hand so far , and Dmitry Tretyakov calls in the big blind with .

The flop is huge for Tretyakov – – and he just calls a 6,000 Feldman c-bet. The turn is the and both players check before we see the on the river. Feldman makes a value bet of 16,000 and Tretyakov just decides to call and takes down the pot. Feldman just puffs out a huge exhalation of air and he is propping up this league table at present.

Tretyakov ~ 393,000
Feldman ~ 171,000

13:39

Aces and Now Kings

Erich Kollman opens up with a 6,000 bet holding and Mathew Frankland calls with . The actions folds around to Dmitry Tretyakov in the big blind and he looks down to see pocket kings. He three-bets to 17,000 and only Frankland makes the call.

Flop:

Tretyakov bets 20,000 and Frankland snap-calls.

Turn:

Tretyakov is relentless and bets 35,000 and Frankland decides to let his straight flush draw hit the muck.

13:35

Another Pot For Frankland

Erich Kollman enters his first pot from the hijack seat. He is holding and he bets 5,000. Mathew Frankland cold calls in the cut off with and the pair head to the flop.

Flop:

Both players check

Turn:

Kollman check-calls a 6,000 Frankland bet.

River:

Kollman checks to Frankland once more and a 14,000 bet gives Englishman the pot.

13:35

Another Pot For Frankland

Erich Kollman enters his first pot from the hijack seat. He is holding and he bets 5,000. Mathew Frankland cold calls in the cut off with and the pair head to the flop.

Flop:

Both players check

Turn:

Kollman check-calls a 6,000 Frankland bet.

River:

Kollman checks to Frankland once more and a 14,000 bet gives Englishman the pot.

13:33

Gomilla Takes One From The Big Blind

Mathew Frankland raises to 6,000 on the button holding and Amatos Gomilla defends his bling blind with . The flop is a good one for Gomilla’s hand – – and he takes it down with a 8,000 lead forcing Frankland to fold his ace high.

13:24

Full House For Frankland

Amatos Gomilla opens up the action with a raise to 5,000 holding . Andrew Feldman makes the call with as does Mathew Frankland holding . So threeway to the flop and it is an interesting one.

Flop:

Frankland checks, Gomilla bets 5,000, Feldman folds and Frankland decides to just call.

Turn:

Frankland checks to Gomilla and he fires his second barrel of 12,000 and once again Frankland bides his time with the call.

River:

Frankland believes his hand his now good enough and leads with a 23,000 bet and Gomilla folds.

Frankland ~ 331,000
Gomilla ~ 361,000

13:21

Aces For Tretyakov

Andrew Feldman opens up from the button for 5,000 and Dmitry Tretyakov three-bets to 13,000 holding pocket aces. The big blind folds and Feldman mucks his garbage .

 

13:19

Feldman Bluffs Off 80,000 Chips In The First Hand

Dmitry Tretyakov opens to 5,000 in early position holding and Amatos Gomila makes an interesting call holding in the small blind. Andrew Feldman squeezes out a three-bet to 18,000 in the big blind with the speculative , Tretyakov folds and Gomilla makes the call.

Flop:

Gomilla smashes the flop right on the nose and checks to Feldman who c-bets 21,000. Gomilla makes the call and the pair see a turn of . Gomilla checks once more and Feldman continues his charade with a bet of 41,000, Gomilla calls and the final card is the . There is 165,000 in the first pot of the heat and Gomilla checks to Feldman for the third consecutive time. After a few minutes thought Feldman also checks and Gomilla turns over the winning hand.

“Wow,” mouths Feldman.

Gomilla – 385,000
Feldman – 220,000

12:00

Brace yourself poker world!

For the next ten days, a collection of the worlds very best poker players will be diverging onto the Montesino Casino in the Austrian capital of Vienna. It is time to find out who is the very best, pound for pound, poker player in the world.

How about this for a who’s who of poker? Tony G, Luke Schwartz, Phil Laak, Andy Frankenberger, Erik Seidel, Eugene Katchalov, Tom Dwan, Sam Trickett, Dan Cates, Patrik Antonius, Vanessa Selbst, Yevgeniy Timoshenko and Scott Seiver are all scheduled to participate in this $125,000 buy-in event.

But before we get to the big boys (and Vanessa) we have a few more seats to fill – it’s time for the qualifying rounds. There are two $125,000 seats up for grabs and a mixture of PartyPoker online qualifiers and specially invited guests will be carrying out their own expensive version of musical chairs.

Let’s Meet The Qualifiers

There will two qualifying rounds today and the first heat will start at 13:00 (CET). How about this for a line up:

The newest member of the PartyPoker Team Pro stable Amatos Gomila, one of the PartyPoker Team Pro stalwarts Bodo Szbresny, Erich Kollman, the young superstar Andrew Feldman and PartyPoker online qualifiers Dmitry Tretyakov and Mathew Frankland.

The Blind Structure

Each player will start with $300,000 in chips and each level of play will consist of 18-hands. Here are the blind levels:

  1. $1,000 – $2,000
  2. $2,000 – $4,000
  3. $3,000 – $6,000
  4. $5,000 – $10,000
  5. $7,000 – $15,000
  6. $10,000 – $20,000
  7. $15,000 – $30,000
  8. $20,000 – $40,000
  9. $30,000 – $60,000

The poker will stop when we reach three-handed play and those players will take their remaining chips forward to the Event 1 final, which will take place on Monday 2nd April at 13:00 (CET). These three players will be joined by the top three players from heat two and the final six will play it out for one $125,000 seat.

We will be providing you with all of the very best action with a 15-minute delay, so keep your eyes focussed on this very blog at around 13:15 (CET) for what promises to be the start of one of the greatest poker events of 2012.

If you would like to participate on the social media networks then please use the hashtag #PLPV

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Photos courtesy of Damien Cooper

 

 

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