Day 2c Ends With Michael Hack on Top

So the figure is set for Day 3 as one thousand, seven hundred and thirty-eight players will take their seats. Michael Hack topped the Day 2c leader board with 457,000 but it is still Gaelle Baumann who is the overall leader with 505,800 chips.

  1. Gaelle Baumann – 505,800
  2. Mark Demirdjian – 499,900
  3. Michael Hack – 457,000
  4. Shaun Deeb – 460,900
  5. Marco Bognanni – 460,900
  6. Gerardo Lubas – 449,500
  7. Jonathan Fountain – 435,400
  8. Randy Haddox – 407,300
  9. John Leathart – 404,900
  10. Erik Hellman – 397,900

Here is a list of PartyPoker and Bwin players who made it through yesterday.

  1. Francois Tosques – 375,000
  2. Marvin Rettenmaier – 227,000
  3. Michael Weiss – 185,000
  4. Leon Piso – 125,000
  5. Shaun Deeb – 460,900
  6. Krisztian Szabo – 123,800
  7. Gomilla Amatos – 106,900
  8. Joseph Noujeim – 104,000
  9. Juan Manuel Solari – 82,800
  10. Griffin Benger – 81,100
  11. Jordi Martinez – 80,800
  12. Morten Mortensen – 78,200
  13. Jeffrey Hakim – 74,300
  14. Philip Green – 64,600
  15. Mario Sanchez – 60,200
  16. Tobias Reinkemeier – 58,600

Level 10 News: Hakim Doubles (Just!) & We Have Lost Jeppsson

Jeff Hakim has just clung onto the cliff of the World Series of Poker (WSOP) Main Event by his fingernails. He raised to 2,700 from the small blind and his opponent made the call in the big. The flop was and Hakim’s c-bet of 3,000 was called by his opponent. Fourth street brought the and after a long dwell Hakim moved all-in for 14,100 and his opponent called. It was for Hakim, but his opponent was ahead with . With one more card to come Hakim was heading for the neon sign marked ‘Exit’.


The ‘Exit’ light was extinguished and Hakim soldiers on.

Elsewhere we lost the dynamic Swede Christian Jeppsson. He moved moved all-in with [Ax] [Jx] and found a caller with the dominating [Ax] [Qx] and could not survive the clash.

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In other news…

Viktor Blom has just lost 50% of his stack in a flip. v [Kx] and the on the flop causing the Swede some concern, Angel Guillen has been eliminated [Tx] [Tx] v [Ax] [Kx], Matt Affleck has been eliminated v and good guys Ben Lamb and Jake Cody both have stacks in excess of 300,000.

Here are the top five chip counts on Day 2c…

  1. Marco Bognanni – 463,000
  2. Randy Haddox – 410,000
  3. Jonathan Fountain – 405,000
  4. Luke Brereton – 380,000
  5. Jim Burns – 380,000

Dan Sauva Update

The winner of the Dan ‘Jungleman’ Cates challenge, Dan Suava, has made it to Day 3. Here he is talking to us about his Day 2 experience.

Chip Counts

Jeff Hakim (21,000), Amatos Gomilla (60,000), Krisztian Szabo (150,000), Mari Sanchez (38,000), Philip Green (75,000), Michael Weiss (130,000), Juan Manuel Solari (85,000), Francois Tosques (195,000), Morten Mortensen (88,000), Leon Piso (107,000), Jordi Martinez (50,000), Tobias Reinkemeier (11,000) and Griffin Benger (89,000).

An Interview with Tobias Reinkemeier


With over $3.7 million in live tournament earnings, Tobias Reinkemeier is a player with a few moves up his sleeve. The twenty-four year old German is one of only a handful of players to achieve multiple 7-figure scores, and he was one of the forty-eight participants to pay $1,000,000 for the opportunity to play in the Big One for One Drop, where Antonio Esfandiari took home a cheque for $18 million.

Shane Warne, Lee Davy & Tobias Reinkemeier

During the break Reinkemeier joined us for a chat where we also stumbled into the former Australian cricket legend Shane Warne (it’s amazing who you bump into outside the back doors of the Rio these days!) Here is what Reinkemeier had to say after Warne posed for a very quick photo.

You are well known for your participation in the European High-Roller events. Talk us through your rise to prominence.

I started playing poker back in 2006 when I was eighteen years old. I remember seeing an advert on television for a poker school. All you had to do was enroll and they would give you a bankroll with a free $50 deposit. I decided to give it a shot and told myself that I would quit if I lost the $50. As it turns out I have never deposited any of my own money and the $50 was the start of the bankroll I have today.

Where did you first start playing online?

I played primarily at PartyPoker. I remember they had a beginner’s section and it was very soft. I played there at first, then started playing sit n go’s, then tournaments and so forth.

How was your bankroll management in those early days?

I never went broke because I never really took huge shots. If I needed to move down in stakes to play I would. I never had a problem moving up and down in stakes.

Were you studying at the time?

I was studying economics at university back then. I really thought that I could split my time playing poker and studying – with more emphasis on the studying – but the more I got into it, and started to earn more money, the more difficult it became. Then in 2008 I had a decision to make. I was sharing a room with 3 other students and I would be go out with them and only play poker on the weekends. Eventually, in 2008, I decided I had to leave so I could concentrate more on poker and give it a shot. So I quit my studies in 2008 and moved to Malta.

Did you relocate to Malta with any other players?

I actually moved out there with my girlfriend. We both quit our studies in Germany at the same time and moved. I lived there for a year before moving to London where I live to this day.

So how did the online grinder turn into a live tournament specialist?

I had always played live poker from very early on, but the day I won the $500 buy-in event at the 2007, European Poker Tour (EPT) in Dortmund, changed everything. I won $39,966 for that win and it was a really big score for me. In fact, I felt happier winning that event than I did when I won the High Roller in Monte Carlo 3-years later.

Who was the first person you contacted to celebrate after that win in Dortmund?

I rang my parents. In the beginning of my poker career they were sceptical, but I promised I would never deposit any of my own money and stayed true to my word. When I cashed out my first significant amount of money, online, they really started to really trust me and accept my choice to be a professional poker player.

What is it about you and Monte Carlo? In 2010, you won the €25,000 High Roller for $1,272,698 and then in 2011, you were runner-up to Justin Bonomo in the €100,000 Super High-Roller for $1,404,750?

It is actually 2 consecutive years because in 2011 they switched venues to Madrid (laughs). A lot of it is variance to be honest. Generally, I like the high roller tournaments, because the chances of making a good score are much more likely than a WSOP event for example. It’s tough in high rollers because the players are good, but there are some businessmen, and essentially way less players. The $100k had thirty-eight runners for example so it’s much easier to win that the WSOP Main Event with nearly 7-thousand.

How do you manage to play in such big games in a financial sense?

I am friendly with a lot of German poker players who take pieces of my action. I am never going to put up huge amounts of money in a single tournament like the One Drop, for example, because the variance is so huge. So generally, it’s arranged within the German poker community.

When did you start considering playing in the One Drop?

I actually considered playing it from the moment I heard about it happening. I saw that there was a lot of interest and a lot of people who wanted to play. Then I started to get excited. I started asking people what they thought about it and it went from there.

Shaun Deeb and Gus Hansen were heads-up in the $25,000 Mega Satellite. The winner won a seat in the $1,000,000 One Drop event and the runner-up took home the consolation prize of $1,000,000 in cash. If you were in that situation would you have wanted to lose and take the cash?

Not for me…the tournament (One Drop) has a lot of equity and so I would definitely have wanted the seat. Besides, even if you won the seat, you could still sell some pieces anyway.

Do you think we have reached our ceiling with the $1,000,000 buy-in event?

I doubt it to be honest. You can clearly see that $1 million reaches the limit for poker players. There were a lot of good players who wanted to play in the One Drop but couldn’t finance the million. So if you did a $5 million buy-in you would have less poker players and more businessman, but it is definitely a possibility.

Did any of the so-called Whales surprise you in the One Drop?

I was surprised at Guy Laliberte. He played solid and was very serious. You could tell he wanted to win very badly. It’s easy to say he is a rich fish, but when he plays in some different games he is probably a big winner. But playing with the top pros (Ivey and Antonius) he is going to be an underdog, but he is a very good player.

What interests do you have outside of poker?

I like working out in the gym and fine dining. I love Japanese food.

Are you going to be playing poker forever?

I am always going to play a little bit of poker but not as much as I am now. I don’t think it is a permanent thing for me, but to be honest I don’t really have much of a clue what I will be doing one year from now.

Thanks to Tobias for his time

Level 9 News: Gomilla, Tosques and Rettenmaier at the Right End

We have just crept into the latter part of Level 9 and here is an overview of where the PartyPoker and Bwin players stand.

The top 3 players at the moment Are PartyPoker Team Pro’s Amatos Gomilla (135,000), Marvin Rettenmaier (205,000) and PartyPoker qualifier Francois Tosques (197,000). It seems each time we walk past the Gomilla table, the Spaniard is locked in a war of attrition with Ryan Fair. This time around we found them at the river and Gomilla had moved 50,000 over the line, which was enough to put Fair all-in, and Fair tank-folded. We have not seen Rettenmaier in action recently but did see Tosques answer a very difficult question on the river. With the board showing and around 45,000 in the pot Tosque was facing a 21,200 bet on the river. After several moment in the tank, he made the call and his was good.

Minty and Gwildies Gone


While the Spaniard, Frenchman and German are flying high we have lost Roman Gwildies and Blake Minty. Gwildies flopped the Broadway straight holding [Ax] [Kx] on a [Qx] [Tx] [Jx] flop whilst his opponent had flopped the back door diamond flush draw and 2-pair holding . All of the money went into the middle and Gwildies won the hand when the fourth and fifth diamond arrived on the turn and river. Minty was eliminated after running [Ax] [9x] into [Ax] [Kx] for around 19BB all-in pre flop.

Martinez Shoving


Bwin Team Pro Jordi Martinez has just been all-in. There were several limpers in the pot before a player seated in mid-position made the raise to 3,100, Martinez made it 7,500, the original raiser made it 11,900, Martinez moved all-in and his opponent snap-folded.

The current top five of Day 2c looks like this…

  1. Randy Haddox – 452,000
  2. Ziv Bachar – 359,000
  3. Luke Brereton – 345,000
  4. Jeremy Allen – 336,000
  5. Jesse Sylvia – 295,000

In other news the 2-time World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelet winner Andy Frankenberger has one of his pieces of gold slung slenderly over his wrist. Frankenberger sits on around starting stack after drawing a terrible table that included Randy Lew, Johnny Chan, Shannon Shorr and Lee Watkinson, 2-time main event winner Doyle Brunson has around 80,000 chips and WSOP bracelet winner Jake Cody has over 200,000.

Chip Counts

Jeff Hakim (37,000), Amatos Gomilla (135,000), Christian Jeppsson (30,000), Krisztian Szabo (96,000), Mari Sanchez (80,000), Philip Green (94,000), Michael Weiss (112,000), Juan Manuel Solari (84,000), Francois Tosques (197,000), Morten Mortensen (46,000), Leon Piso (135,000), Jordi Martinez (80,000), Marvin Rettenmaier (205,000), Tobias Reinkemeier (39,000) and Griffin Benger (96,000).

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Level 8 News: Dropping Like Flies!

The band of PartyPoker and Bwin brother’s is becoming slimmer than Olive from Popeye. Here are the latest casualties…

Out goes Berger!

Everybody playing in the World Series of Poker (WSOP) Main Event has their flip, and Michael Berger lost his. It was [Ax] [Kx] v [9x] [9x] that did most of the damage to Berger. The shove on the river holding [9x] [6x] for 10-12BB was called by [Ax] [5x] and the best hand stayed strong to send Berger out.

Out goes Jenisch!

Following Berger out of the door was Markus Jenisch who got it all-in five-betting with [8x] [8x]. His opponent made the call holding [Tx] [Tx] and that was the end of that.

Out goes Chernenko!


Yevgen Chernenko is no longer in his seat. He flatted an early position open with [Ax] [Kx], the player on the button squeezed with [Qx] [Qx] and when it folded to Chernenko he back-raised all-in and lost the flip.

Out goes Coutinho!

Finally, we lost Sergio Coutinho when he jammed on the button holding and a player in the blinds called with .

Elswhere here are the top five chip counts on Day 2c…

  1. Randy Haddox – 310,000
  2. Erik Hellman – 280,000
  3. Xiu Deng – 277,000
  4. Paul Volpe – 255,000
  5. Marco Bognanni – 230,000

In other news, the 2006 WSOP Main Event champion Jamie Gold is out after getting it in during a 5-way limped pot on a board of holding . He was called by the mighty and Gold was out two community cards later. Joining Gold in the cue for taxis is the 2009 WSOP Main Event Champion Joe Cada who has also been eliminated in this past level.

Chip Counts

Marvin Rettenmaier (164,000), Blake Minty (51,000), Tobias Reinkemeier (68,000), Griffin Benger (84,000), Jeff Hakim (33,000), Roman Gwildies (27,000), Amatos Gomilla (110,000), Christian Jeppsson (16,000), Krisztian Szabo (86,000), Mario Sanchez (67,000), Philip Green (85,000), Csaba Varadi (10,000), Michael Weiss (65,000), Juan Manuel Solari (58,000) & Morten Mortensen (24,000).

Level 7 News: Rettenmaier’s Tournament on the Line

We are not sure if Viktor Blom has been feeding from the stack of our PartyPoker Gladiator Roman Wildies but Wildies is down to 37,000 (down 65,000 from last count) and Blom has risen to 150,000. Also sat at that table is Bwin qualifier Markus Jenisch and here he is in action.


There was a standard raise from early position and Jenisch called in the big blind. The board ran out and Jenisch check-called three-streets (1,850, 4,325 & 9,375) to win the pot holding for 2-pair, whilst his opponent revealed for just top pair. Jenisch moved up to 85,000 after that pot.

Florian Fedrau is out after running pocket queens into pocket aces and joining him on  the sidelines is PartyPoker online qualifier Paul Coughlan. Another player who is out is Noah Schwartz and that reduces the number of heavyweights seated at the same table as PartyPoker Team pro Amatos Gomilla. Gomilla currently has 75,000.


Talking about PartyPoker Team Pros, Marvin Rettenmaier has just had to close his eyes and pray. His entire World Series of Poker (WSOP) existence has just been put on the line and here is how.


There was a raise to 1,200 in early position, Rettenmaier three-bet to 3,100 in the cutoff and his opponent called. The flop was and the early position raiser check-called a 2,800 Rettenmaier bet. Then things got a little funky on the turn before getting very funky on the river. The early position raiser checked, Rettenmaier bet 6,100 followed by a check-raise to 15,000 and Rettenmaier called. All of this at the sight of the on the turn. The card chosen to close the action off was the and the early position opener moved all-in and had Rettenmaier covered. Our German pro thought for a while, closed his eyes, and dumped a pile of orange 5k chips over the line to indicate the call. The face of the early position opener was a picture as he knew he was beaten. He meekly turned over and Rettenmaier showed for the winning hand and secured 137,000 chips.

Mortensen Down But Not Out

Morten Mortensen has had a torrid start to the day. We caught him towards the break and he told us that he had hit top set on a board of [Tx] [9x] [3x] only to lose a 100,000 pot to a player holding the flush and open-ended straight draws. Mortensen now has 40,000.

In other news….

Here is the shape of the new leaderboard

  1. Erik Hellman – 274,000
  2. Sam Soverel – 215,000
  3. Ari Engel – 190,000
  4. Randy Haddox – 185,000
  5. Maurice Hawkins – 180,000

Kevin Boudreau and David ‘Doc’ Sands are 2 of the notables to have bust in the last level.

Chip Counts

Michael Berger (10,500), Jeff Hakim (45,000), Roman Gwildies (37,000), Markus Jenisch (85,000), Amatos Gomilla (75,000), Christian Jeppsson (24,000), Krisztian Szabo (31,000), Mario Sanchez (29,000), Yevgen Chernenko (68,000), Philip Green (105,000), Csaba Varadi (10,500), Sergio Coutinho (33,000), Michael Weiss (42,000), Juan Manuel Solari (40,000), Francois Tosques (100,000), Morten Mortensen (40,000), Leon Piso (70,000), Jordi Martinez (36,000), Marvin Rettenmaier (137,000), Blake Minty (39,000), Martin Pecnik (31,000), Tobias Reinkemeier (48,000) & Griffin Benger (41,000).

Level 6 Round Up: Tough Tables For the Party/Bwin Mob and Ivey is Out


Bwin qualifier Leon Piso has found himself in the deep ocean without his armbands. He is seated next to high stakes cash game pro Andy Moseley, former November Niner Phil Collins and World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelet winner Nenad Medic. Piso currently has 85,000 chips after winning a small pot from Moseley and losing a slightly bigger one to Collins.

Moseley raised to 1,200 in early position and Leon Piso called one seat to his left. The flop was and both players checked. The turn was the and Piso took it down with a 3,200 bet.

Then we joined the action on a flop of and Piso had check-raised to 6,500 from early position, after Collins had bet 2,500 from late position. Collins made the call and we moved onto the on the turn, Piso bet 10,000 and Collins called. The river was the and both players checked. Collins picked up the pot holding and Piso showed for the bluff.

Spiderman, Spiderman!


But if you think Leo Piso is seated on a table up superheroes, spare a thought for Joseph Noujeim who has found himself seated next to Spiderman! Yes it’s true the webbed wonder is in the field. We did ask him what his name was but he wanted to keep his identity a mystery.

Reinkemeier Moving Up


PartyPoker qualifier Tobias Reinkemeier has just bumped his stack up to 45,000 after winning the following pot. The hijack made a standard raise and Reinkemeier defended his big blind. The action was checked through to the turn, on a board of when Reinkemeier check-raised to 2,900 and his opponent called. The river was the and Reinkemeier bet once more and his opponent mucked instantly.

Florian Fedrau is playing the 10-15BB stack and we have just seen him survive one all-in. The button raised to 1,100 and then laid his hand down to a 7,525 Fedrau shove from the big blind.

Tough Table Draw For Gomilla


Party Poker Team Pro Amatos Gomilla has a very juicy table. In seat 2 we have Ryan Fair the former SCOOP Main Event winner and thirty-first place finisher in this event in 2009, in seat 8 we have One Drop participant Noah Schwartz and in seat 9 we have whom some people call the very best multi-table tournament (MTT) player int he world – Sorel Mizzi.

Green Looking For 2nd Cash

PartyPoker online qualifier, Philip Green, had a great run in this event last year when he finished in three-hundred and forty-seventh place for $35,492. He is looking to make it a 2nd consecutive cash and here he is bumping his stack up to just below 100,000.

There was an early position raiser before Green made the three-bet to 2,750 from the small blind. His opponent called and they shared a flop of . Green bet 3,000, his opponent raised to 7,000 and Green made the call. The turn was checked through before the final card was put down onto the felt. Green bet 7,000 and his opponent folded.

In other Day 2c news….

The top five spots currently look like this…

  1. Sam Soverel – 215,000
  2. Maurice Hawkins – 215,000
  3. Erik Hellman – 200,000
  4. Randy Haddox – 190,000
  5. Steve Yea – 180,000

Kristy Gazes, Jennifer Tilly, Scott Clements, Donny Mizrachi, Peter Jetten and tournament director Matt Savage are out of here!

WSOP POY Leader Phil Ivey is Out!


The current leader in the World Series of Poker (WSOP) Player of the Year (POY) race is Phil Ivey, and the greatest player on the planet will have to hope that nobody surpasses his points total after busting earlier. He moved all-in for just under 8,000 in the small blind, holding pocket deuces, and the big blind called with . The board ran out and Ivey’s amazing WSOP (where he made 5 final tables!) is over.

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