Phil Laak Wins The First Group A Heat
Andy Frankenberger moves his last 5BB across the line, holding and Phil Laak calls with .
It was as exciting as watching two snails making love, but in the end you have to give credit to Phil Laak for winning the first event. For his troubles, he accrues 16-points and $32,000, while Andy Frankenberger takes 11-points and $22,000.
- Phil Laak – 16 points ($32,000)
- Andy Frankenberger – 11 points ($22,000)
- Mathew Frankland – 8 points ($16,000)
- Sam Trickett – 6 points ($12,000)
- Tony G – 4 points ($8,000)
- Eugene Katchalov – 3 points ($6,000)
- Erik Seidel – 2 points ($4,000)
- Luke Schwartz – 0 points
Phil Laak Takes a Huge Lead
Phil Laak raises to 160,000, holding , Andy Frankenberger moves all-in, holding and Phil Laak calls.
The commentators were begging the poker gods to avoid a split pot, and luckily they were listening. Laak takes a commanding lead and this should be all over bar the shouting.
Laak ~ 2,050,000
Frankenberger ~ 350,000
Andy Frankenberger moves all-in with and Phil Laak folds king-rag.
Frankenberger Winning The Post Flop Hands
Phil Laak raises to 135,000, holding and Andy Frankenberger calls holding . Both players check at the sight of the flop and we see the on the turn, Frankenberger bets 130,000 and Laak fold.
Another Shove From Laak
Phil Laak has finally woke up, and about time. Andy Frankenberger raises with and Phil Laak moves all-in with resulting in a fold from Frankenberger.
In the next hand Laak open shoves with a king high hand and Frankenberger fold once more
Phil Laak, 1,280,000
Andy Frankenberger, 1,120,000
All-in and Fold (Again)
Andy Frankenberger raises to 120,000 holding , Phil Laak moved all-in and Frankenberger folded.
All-In and Fold
Phil Laak raises to 120,000 holding , Andy Frankenberger shoves holding and Phil Laak folds.
Open Shove by Frankenberger
Andy Frankenberger open shoves with and Phil Laak folds.
Frankenberger Draws Level
Phil Laak raises to 125,000 holding and Andy Frankenberger calls holding . Once again the action checks to the river on a board of , Frankenberger bets 110,000 and Laak folds.
Another Pot For Frankenberger
Phil Laak raises to 120,000 holding and Andy Frankenberger calls with . The action checks all the way to the river on a board of and Frankenberger takes the pot.
Laak Still Limping
Phil Laak limps into the pot with and Andy Frankenberger checks with .
Laak bets 55,000 and Frankenberger just calls.
Laak check/folds to a 90,000 Frankenberger bet.
Laak Forces Frankenberger to Fold
Andy Frankenberger raises to 80,000 holding and Phil Laak raises to 640,000 holding . Frankenberger folds and we move on to the next hand.
Laak Tells It How It Is
Phil Laak limps into the pot holding and Andy Frankenberger raises to 110,000 holding .
“I played this so terribly. Firstly, I should raise that hand…now I should call…maybe I should just fold pre flop,” said Laak as he folds his hand.
Trips For Frankenberger
We catch the action on the turn, on a board of , Frankenberger bets 40,000 and Laak calls. On the river we see the and Laak pays off a 85,000 value bet.
Andy Frankenberger raises to 80,000 holding and Phil Laak moves all-in. We didn’t see his cards but Frankenberger folded anyway.
Heads Up: Andy Frankenberger v Phil Laak
Phil Laak ~ 1,615,000
Andy Frankenberger ~ 785,000
Mathew Frankland Eliminated by Phil Laak
Mathew Frankland raises to 80,000, Phil Laak moves all-in, holding and Frankland snap-calls with [Ax] [Kx]. We have an all-in and amazingly it is Frankland who is at risk of elimination.
“Why didn’t I just flat call and go all-in on the flop?” Laak asks himself.
Laak takes the lead and Frankland is on his way out.
The river is favourable to Laak and the man who was seemingly head and shoulders above the rest is out. Frankland takes 8 points and $16,000 for his third place finish.
Andy Frankenberger raises to 85,000, on the button, holding and Phil Laak folds with less than 20BBs.
Mathew Frankland moves all-in from the small blind holding [Ax] [2x] and Andy Frankenberger folds.
The blinds are now $20,000/$40,000.
Mathew Frankland raises to 70,000, in the small blind, holding and Andy Frankenberger three-bets, from the big blind, holding and Frankland folds.
Frankland Gets His Chips Back
Mathew Frankland raises to 65,000, in the small blind, holding and Andy Frankenberger calls in the big blind, holding .
Frankland bets 40,000 and Frankenberger calls.
Frankland moves all-in and after some time in the tank Frankenberger makes the call and doubles Frankland up.
Frankland and Frankenberger Bluffing The Hell Out of Each other
Mathew Frankland raises to 75,000, from the small blind, holding and Andy Frankenberger calls, in the big blind, holding .
Frankland makes the c-bet when he bets 75,000 and Frankenberger clicks it back and makes it 150,000 to play. Frankland doesn’t believe Frankenberger’s line and makes it 245,000 to play but Frankenberger doesn’t believe Frankland’s line and makes it 330,000 to play! Frankland gulps down some spit and folds his hand and Frankenberger scoops in the pot and takes the chip lead.
Laak Doubles Up Through Frankland
Phil Laak limps in from the small blind holding and Mathew Frankland moves all-in from the big blind holding . Laak makes the call and we have a showdown with Laak a huge favourite to double up.
A piece for each but Laak’s is bigger and he doubles up to 840,000 and Frankland now has 720,000.
Mathew Frankland raises to 60,000, holding and folds to a three-bet by Andy Frankenberger, who was holding
Waste of Chips From Laak
Phil Laak raises to 70,000, on the button, holding and Mathew Frankland three-bets, from the big blind to 185,000, holding and Laak folds.
Sam Trickett Eliminated by Mathew Frankland
Sam Trickett moves all-in for 515,000, on the button, holding and Mathew Frankland snap-calls in the big blind, holding .
Trickett is eliminated and takes 6 points ($12,000) and Frankland becomes our chip leader with 1,100,000 chips.
The players are back in their seats so action will start in 15-minutes.
What is Going On Behind The Scenes?
While we wait for the action to re-commence, take a look at what is happening behind the scenes.
Group A Update
There is a slight delay here at the Montesino Casino, Vienna. As soon as things get moving we will let you know so don’t go anywhere.
The players are now on a 60-minute dinner break.
Here are the current chip standings and when we come back we will be playing $15,000/$30,000
- Mathew Frankland, 585,000
- Andy Frankenberger, 782,000
- Sam Trickett, 509,000
- Phil Laak, 524,000
Andy Frankenberger raises to 42,000, under the gun, holding and Sam Trickett three-bets to 106,000, from the button, holding . Frankenberger moves all-in and Trickett folds.
Trickett Limps and Loses
Sam Trickett limps into the pot, from the small blind, holding and Phil Laak calls, in the big blind, holding .
Both players check.
Trickett bets 20,000 and Laak calls.
Trickett check/folds to a 47,000 Laak value bet.
Frankland Forces Laak To Fold
Phil Laak raises to 50,000, on the button, holding , and Mathew Frankland three-bets to 127,000, from the big blind, holding and Laak folds.
Light Three Bet by Laak
Sam Trickett raises to 40,000, on the button, holding and Phil Laak three-bets from the small blind holding and Trickett folds.
Thin Value From Trickett
Sam Trickett raises to 40,000, on the button, holding and Phil Laak elects to just call with in the small blind. The flop is and Laak check-calls a 40,000 Trickett bet. The on the turn is checked through and the final card is the . Laak checks for the third time and Trickett goes for a thin value bet (70,000). Laak gets a little too curious and calls and Trickett is now up to 825,000; Laak, meanwhile has 434,000.
Laak With The Limp/Shove
Phil Laak limps into the pot with and Mathew Frankland isolates, on the button, holding . Back to Laak and he moves all-in. Frankland realises his mistake and folds instantly.
Blind War Part 2: Frankland v Frankenberger
Mathew Frankland raises to 53,000, from the small blind, holding and Andy Frankenberger calls, in the big blind, holding .
Frankland flops the stone cold nuts, bets 46,000 and Frankenberger calls.
Frankland makes a two-thirds pot bet (138,000) and Frankenberger folds.
Frankland on a Little Rush
Andy Frankenberger raises to 33,000, in the cutoff, holding and Mathew Frankland three-bets to 82,000, from the big blind, holding and Frankenberger folds.
Frankland With a Great Play
Mathew Frankland raises to 30,000, on the button, holding and Phil Laak defends his big blind with . The flop is and Laak leads right into Frankland with a bet of 32,000. Frankland stares at Laak before raising to 82,000 and he wins the pot.
Both Phil Laak and Sam Trickett have some food delivered and they get stuck in. The action falls to Laak, who swallows some chicken, and raises to 43,000 with . Back to Sam Trickett, who has some chicken on his fork, and he raises to 108,000 holding .
The two players laugh and converse about the chicken play before Laak folds.
Laak Tells HImself Off
Andy Frankenberger raises to 30,000, on the button, holding and Phil Laak defends in the big blind.
A great flop for a pair of threes…except in the mind of The Unabomber who decides to check/fold instead, and then gives himself an admonishment.
Mathew Frankland raises on the button, making it 30,000 to play, holding and Sam Trickett three-bets to 82,000, in the big blind, holding and Frankland folds.
Frankenberger With Aces
Andy Frankenberger raises to 33,000, under the gun, holding and Mathew Frankland calls with in the big blind.
A Frankenberger c-bet wins the pot.
Tony G Eliminated by Mathew Frankland
Mathew Frankland open shoves for around 15BB, in first position, holding and Tony G calls in the blinds holding . We have a showdown with Tony G at risk of elimination.
“Easy…that’s the way to do it…king-jack…great,” Says a disappointed G as he leaves the table. Frankland now has 506,000 chips.
Blind Battle: Frankenberger v Frankland
Mathew Frankland Raises to 30,000, in the small blind, holding and Andy Frankenberger calls with .
Frankland bets 37,000 and Frankenberger calls.
Frankland check-folds to a 77,000 Frankenberger bet.
Phil Laak Doubles Up Through Tony G
Mathew Frankland raises to 30,000, under the gun, holding , Phil Laak moves all-in, for 261,000, holding , Tony G calls, holding and Frankland folds.
Laak doubles up to 552,000 and a very quiet Tony G has 252,000 and a lot more work to do than a few hands ago.
Strange Play From Laak
Sam Trickett raises from the small blind making it 30,000 to play, holding . Phil Laak is seated in the big blind and he calls with and around 18BB.
Trickett bets 30,000, and despite hitting his four, Laak folds.
Blinds Are Up
Leaderboard After 84 Hands; blinds Now $7,000/$15,000
- Sam Trickett 674,000
- Andy Frankenberger 568,000
- Tony G 520,000
- Mathew Frankland 347,000
- Phil Laak 291,000
Trickett Takes G’s Chip Lead
Sam Trickett raises to 20,000, in the cutoff, holding and Tony G calls in the big blind holding .
Tony G check-calls a 20,000 Trickett bet.
Tony G check-calls a 42,000 Trickett bet.
Tony G check-calls a 74,000 Trickett bet.
Sam Trickett takes the chip lead with 669,000 and Tony G is down to 520,000
Frankenberger From Position
Andy Frankenberger raises to 20,000, on the button, holding , Sam Trickett calls, in the small blind, holding and Phil Laak – thinks – and then folds in the big blind.
Trickett checks, Frankenberger bets 22,000 and it is sufficient to win the pot.
Frankland Takes One From First Position
Mathew Frankland raises to 20,000, under the gun, with and Tony G defends the big blind holding . The flop is and Frankland takes down the pot with a 17,000 c-bet.
Nice Squeeze From Trickett
Mathew Frankland raises to 20,000, on the button, holding , Andy Frankenberger calls in the small blind, holding , and Sam Trickett squeezes a three-bet to 55,000, from the big blind, holding , and it wins the pot.
What Just Happened?
Phil Laak limps in from the small blind, holding and Tony G makes a small raise to 20,000, holding and Laak calls.
Laak check-calls a 25,000 G bet.
Same action ensues, this time for 40,000
Tony G hits the nuts, and if you ever wonder how Tony G gets paid here is a fine example. Phil Laak fires 82,000 into the open arms of G who moves all-in.
“What just happened? I called pre flop, that’s what happened!” Laughed Laak before folding.
Two Pair For Trickett
Mathew Frankland raises to 20,000, on the button, holding and Sam Trickett defends the big blind with .
Trickett check-calls a 17,000 Frankland c-bet.
Trickett checks once more and Frankland thinks it’s a good spot for a double barrel and makes it 47,000. Trickett calls and the pair see a river.
Both players check and Trickett drags in the pot.
Tony G – Three Bet
Sam Trickett raises to 20,000, holding , Phil Laak calls with and Tony G squeezes to 78,000 holding and both players fold.
Easy Pot For Tony G
Sam Trickett raises to 20,000, on the button, holding and Tony G defends his big blind with . The action checks down to the river on a board of and G wins the pot with a 20,000 bet and Trickett folds his hand.
Frankland Starts Well
We have just had a short break and when we returned Tony G raised to 25,000, in the cutoff, holding and Mathew Frankland three-bet, on the button, holding 5d] and Tony G folded.
The Blinds Are Up
The blinds are now $5,000/$10,000 and here is the current table.
- Andy Frankenberger, 565,000
- Phil Laak, 543,000
- Tony G 514,000
- Mathew Frankland, 412,000
- Sam Trickett, 351,000
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G Wins The Last Hand of Level Three
Phil Laak opens up to 18,000, in first position, holding and Tony G three-bets to 30,000, on the button, holding . Laak makes the call and the pair share a flop.
Both players check.
Laak check/folds to a 30,000 Tony G bet.
Check-Raises All Round
Tony G opens up , from the button, holding [Jx] [Tx] and Andy Frankenberger defends his big blind holding . The flop is and Frankenberger takes down the pot with a check-raise to 33,000. Tony G waves goodbye to his 15,000 flop bet and mucks his hand.
Phil Laak opens up with and everyone calls. The flop is and the action checks to Mathew Frankland, who bets 37,000, on the button with . Laak decides to end it right there with a check raise and Frankland folds.
Andy Frankenberger raises to 14,000, in first position, holding , Sam Trickett three-bets from the cut off to 36,000, holding , Tony G four-bets, from the small blind, holding [Ax] [Kx], Mathew Frankland folds pocket treys, Frankenberger folds and G and Trickett get it in. The board runs dry for both and the spoils are shared.
Tony G raises to 13,000, on the button, holding and Mathew Frankland three-bets, from the small blind, to 31,000 holding and G folds.
Laak Loses His Three Bet Virginity
Sam Trickett raises to 15,000, in the cutoff, holding and Phil Laak three-bets to 55,000, on the button, holding . Trickett has a little think, but considering this is Laak’s first three-bet he lets the hand go.
Eugene Katchalov Eliminated by Andy Frankenberger
Eugene Katchalov raises to 12,000, on the button, holding and Andy Frankenberger three-bets to 30,000, in the small blind, holding . Katchalov takes one from position and they share a flop.
Frankenberger bets 33,000, Katchalov raises to 80,000, Frankenberger moves all-in for 301,000 and Katchalov calls. Katchalov needs a club or he is out.
Turn: & River:
Katchalov is out and earns $6,000 and three points for his troubles, meanwhile, Andy Frankenberger moves up to second place with 578,000 chips. Here is Frankenberger talking about his appearance in Premier League V
Two Levels Done and Dusted
The blinds move up to $3,000/$6,000 and we have a new chip leader in the shape of Tony G
- Tony G, 584,000
- Mathew Frankland, 496,000
- Sam Trickett, 381,000
- Phil Laak, 352,000
- Andy Frankenberger, 343,000
- Eugene Katchalov, 244,000
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Frankland Tries It On
Mathew Frankland raises to 10,000, in the cutoff, holding , Eugene Katchalov calls with , on the button, and Sam Trickett finds pocket aces in the small blind and three-bets to 28,000. Back to our chip leader and Frankland four-bets to 57,000, Katchalov folds, Trickett moves all-in and Frankland also folds.
Queens for Tony G
Phil Laak raises to 11,000, holding , in early position and Tony G three-bets to 27,000, in the cutoff, holding . Laak makes the call and the pair share a flop.
Laak check/folds a 42,000 Tony G bet.
Erik Seidel is Eliminated in 7th Place
Erik Seidel has been eliminated in 7th place and picks up $4,000 in the process.
Sam Trickett raises to 8,000, holding , Phil Laak calls with and Erik Seidel moves all-in for 69,000. We didn’t see what his hand was, but it got through when Trickett and Seidel both folded.
Then Tony G picks up and raises to 11,000. Seidel moves all-in for 87,000 and Tony G calls.
“Just too many all-ins,” Says Tony G as Seidel takes his long, lonely walk.
Luke Schwartz Eliminated by Mathew Frankland
Luke Schwartz moves all-in for 8,000, holding , and Mathew Frankland calls, holding . Frankland hits a set on the flop and Schwartz is our first person eliminated, earning everyone else at least $2,000.
Tony G Get’s Very Lucky
Tony G was just winding up Luke Schwartz after his loss to Trickett. The G-Meister General was thanking him for earning him a point when, only one hand later, he could have so easily have been heading for the door himself!
Sam Trickett raises to 8,000, in the cutoff, holding , Luke Schwartz, with only 10,000 behind, folds and Tony G calls with in the big blind.
Oh Deary me! Tony G is just about to go broke. He checks to Trickett, who bets 14,000, and then check-raises to 35,000. Trickett calls and we move onto the turn.
Tony G leads for 45,000 and once again Trickett calls.
Tony G finds a miraculous card and moves all-in. Trickett hates life, and takes an eternity to make the fold, a play that gets an admonishment from Phil Laak.
Tony G ~ 328,000
Trickett ~ 322,000
Trickett Doubles Up Through Schwartz
The Sam Trickett/Luke Schwartz, button/big blind feud is interesting.
Trickett raises to 8,000, on the button, holding and Luke Schwartz three-bets to 25,000, from the big blind, holding . The second time this scenario has presented itself and after a lot of frowning by Trickett he moves all-in for 204,000 and Schwartz snaps his hand off.
A flush draw for Trickett.
No change. Trickett still needs an ace or a heart.
Trickett hist his flush and Schwartz makes Eric Seidel a happy man because he is now down to 10,000 chips; Trickett has 410,000.
Hand For Laak
Eugene Katchalov raises to 10,000, from early position, holding , Phil Laak calls with and so does Luke Schwartz, in the cutoff, holding .
Katchalov checks, Laak bets 22,000, Schwartz calls and Katchalov folds.
Laak bets 32,000 and Schwartz folds.
Ill-Timed Bluff by Schwartz
Mathew Frankland raises to 8,000, in early position, holding , Phil Laak calls, holding , in the small blind and Luke Schwartz calls, in the big blind, holding .
All three players check.
Schwartz leads for 15,000, Frankland folds and Laak calls.
Schwartz fires a 55,000 bluff and Laak makes the easy call.
The End of Level One
21 hands have been played and Mathew Frankland is the happiest player out there. The blinds now move up to $2,000/$4,000 and here is the early table.
- Mathew Frankland 658,000
- Andy Frankenberger 337,000
- Phil Laak 314,000
- Luke Schwartz 312,000
- Tony G 262,000
- Eugene Katchalov 258,000
- Sam Trickett 202,000
- Erik Seidel 57,000
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From Qualifier to Chip Leader
Mathew Frankland has gone from qualifier to chip leader.
Phil Laak raises to 6,000, in middle position, holding and Mathew Frankland three-bets to 17,000, on the button, holding . Erik Seidel is in the small blind and looks down to see and cold four bets to 35,000. Laak vanishes and Frankland makes the call.
Seidel bets 35,000 and Frankland, who has smashed the flop, makes the call.
Seidel now picks up the flush draw and with 148,000 in the pot he checks to Frankland who bets 63,000. Back to Seidel and he clicks it back for 126,000.
“All-in,” mouths Frankland.
Seidel has outs and makes the call and we have a huge showdown.
The qualifier Mathew Frankland now has 658,000, and the top spot, while Seidel is stunned and props up the table with 57,000 chips.
Trickett Finally Draws In Some Chips
Sam Trickett raises to 5,000, in middle position, holding and Mathew Frankland defends the small blind, holding [Kx] [Qx]. The flop is and a Trickett c-bet wins the pot.
Schwartz Three-Bets Trickett
Sam Trickett opens up from the button, for 5,000, holding , Luke Schwartz three-bets to 16,000, holding and Trickett calls.
Schwartz leads for 20,000 and Trickett folds.
Seidel Hits The Nut Flush
Erik Seidel raises to 5,000, in the hijack seat, holding and Eugene Katchalov three-bets, in the cutoff, holding . Seidel calls and the two see a flop of which is checked through. The turn card is the , Seidel bets 18,000 and Katchalov calls. Finally, we see the and Seidel bets 35,000 with his nut flush and Katchalov folds.
Frankland Flops a Set
Tony G raises to 5,000, in the hijack seat, holding , Mathew Frankland calls, one seat to his left, holding and there is another caller in the blinds.
The player in the blind checks, Tony G makes a c-bet and Frankland raises to 30,000 and loses both of his customers.
Consecutive Pots For Schwartz
Sam Trickett raises to 5,000, from under the gun, holding and Luke Schwartz calls, in the hijack seat, holding .
The flop is and Trickett check/folds to a 10,000 Schwartz bet.
First Light Three-Bet
Phil Laak raises to 5,000, in the hijack, holding and Luke Schwartz three-bets to 17,000, in the cutoff, holding and Laak folds.
Another Congested Pot
We have a few multi-way pots since we started and here is another one. Erik Seidel raises to 5,000 holding and three players call, including Andy Frankenberger, holding . The flop of is checked through and a 10,000 Frankenberger bet on the turn of wins the pot.
Second Three Bet For Seidel
Tony G opens with for 6,000, in early position, and Erik Seidel shuts him down with a three-bet from late position, holding .
Seidel Prefers The Three-Bet
Sam Trickett raises to 6,000, in early position, holding , Tony G calls with and Erik Seidel squeezes out the three-bet from the small blind for 24,000, holding . Trickett decides to call and Tony G decides to fold.
Seidel bets 25,000 and Trickett calls. That was the end of the action as the and were checked through and Seidel picks up the biggest pot of the first five hands.
Aces For Laak
Andy Frankenberger limps into the pot, from early position, holding [5x] and Phil Laak finds in the hijack seat. Laak makes an isolation raise to 13,000 and Frankenberger makes the call.
Frankenberger surrenders his hand after a 22,000 Laak c-bet.
First Hand to Frankenberger
Andy Frankenberger raises to 5,000, holding and there are three callers including Luke Schwartz, holding in the big blind.
Schwartz check-calls a 10,000 Frankenberger bet.
Schwartz check-folds to a 15,000 Frankenberger bet.
The Serious Business Starts Here
For the past few days we have brought you up to the minute coverage of the Premier League V Global Qualifiers. The quality in the two qualification groups was sublime, with some of the world’s top live, and online pro’s, locking horns in a series of sit n go competitions. But in the words of Bachman and Turner Overdrive:
You ain’t seen nothing yet
Qualification is in the dim and distant past, and the wonderful stories of Mathew Frankland and Ben Wilinofsky are old news. It is time to create some new headlines, re-write the record books.
It’s time for Premier League V
At around 12:15 (CET) the first game from Group A will commence and here is the seat draw:
- Luke Schwartz
- Tony G
- Mathew Frankland
- Erik Seidel
- Eugene Katchalov
- Andy Frankenberger
- Sam Trickett
- Phil Laak
The most observant amongst you will notice that Tom Dwan has been replaced by Sam Trickett, this is due to the American missing a flight, so don’t worry he will be taking Trickett’s place in group B.
Here is the plan:
Each group will play four eight man sit n go’s and points will be accrued dependant on their final positions as follows:
- Winner – 16 points
- Second – 11 points
- Third – 8 points
- Fourth – 6 points
- Fifth – 4 points
- Sixth – 3 points
- Seventh – 2 points
- Eight – 0 points
Not only do you accrue points in a league basis but each point is worth $2,000 in cash. After the four games have been played, the top three players from each group will move into the final and positions four and five will play a series of heads up matches for the final seat. This means four players from each group go into a final eight man sit n go for a top prize of $500,000.
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