Chip Counts

One level is done and dusted in the final of the PartyPoker.com Premier League VI. There was no cagey feeling each other out period, Jennifer Tilly and Dan Shak played a big (chopped) pot on the first hand and Tobias Reinkemeier and Talal Shakerchi got busy on the third hand. And then Sam Trickett and Jungleman played a 420,000 chip pot (see below). By virtue of winning that pot it’s Trickett who leads after one level. The blinds have just gone up to 2,000 – 4,000.

The players chip stacks are as below. The +/- figure in brackets is their profit/loss since the end of the last level and the big blind figure is how many they have for the current level.

Sam Trickett – 436,000 (+166,000) 109 big blinds
Jonathan Duhamel – 397,000 (-23,000) 99 big blinds
Dan Shak – 395,000 (+ 5,000) 99 big blinds
Tobias Reinkemeier – 388,000 (-72,000) 97 big blinds
Daniel “Jungleman” Cates – 320,000 (-20,000) 80 big blinds
Jennifer Tilly – 241,000 (+51,000) 60 big blinds
Talal Shakerchi – 217,000 (-63,000) 53 big blinds
Antonio Esfandiari – 186,000 (-44,000) 46.5 big blinds

Good level for

Jennifer Tilly She had the shortest stack at the start of play, but added 51,000 to it to move into the pack. She’s mixing it up nicely.

Sam Trickett The Brit won a big pot against Jungleman (see below) and has taken the chip lead and added over 150,000 to his chip count.

Bad level for

Tobias Reinkemeier The German was chip leader coming into the final table but lost big pots to Talal Shakerchi and Jungleman to slide down the rankings during the first level. He still has plenty of chips and you can’t see him pressing the panic button anytime soon.

Talal Shakerchi The Brit got off to a flyer but lost a big pot to Jennifer Tilly to slide into the red after level one.

Hand of the level

Sam Trickett won a big pot from Jungleman and we saw the first all-in of the final table…

The pot was opened by Antonio Esfandiari who made it 5,000 to go with pocket sixes, Sam Trickett called with pocket twos, Jungleman then made it 20,000 with both Esfandiari and Trickett called.

The flop came , it checked to Jungleman who fired 25,000, Trickett check-raised to 62,000 and Jungleman made the call. On the turn Trickett laid the trap, checking it to Jungleman who fired 50,000, Trickett just smooth called, there was 287,000 in the pot. The hit the river and Trickett elected to move all-in for 149,000 total and Jungleman snap folded.

View from the booth

“Trickett has a great seat draw, with Antonio and Duhamel on his right, he was one of the last two players to pick his seat and he could’ve had seat four or seat eight. When he drew seat eight he was delighted.” – Jesse May on the importance of seat draw.

“Duhamel might be the only person with a worse seat draw than Antonio. He’s got Antonio and Trickett on his left who love to three-bet, he might have to four-bet them.” = Phil Hellmuth on how Jonathan Duhamel has drawn a bad seat at this final table.

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