Jordi Martinez is Out

The World Series of Poker (WSOP) Main Event dream is over for Jordi Martinez thus ending PartyPoker and bwins involvement in the 43rd annual WSOP event.

Martinez finally got it in for 2,355,000 holding and his opponent called holding . There was the usual sweat when then flop came down holding two hearts – – but the and bricked for Martinez and he was out in 43rd place for $191, 646.

Level 28 News: Nice and Tight For Martinez

The World Series of Poker (WSOP) has just announced the elimination of Sam Holden meaning we only have 54 players left in this event. It is an incredible achievement for Holden who finished 9/6865 last year and has followed that up with a 55/6598 finish this year.

bwin Team Pro Jordi Sanchez is still alive and well, and considering his patient and tight approach we are expecting him to go deeper still. There is not much to report, as action on his table is tight, but here is a table and chip count update.

The Martinez Table
1 | Jeremy Ausmus | 5,275,000
2 | Gwennael Grandmougin | 1,010,000
3 | Jordi Martinez | 2,500,000
4 | Yuval Bronshtein | 3,440,000
5 | Amit Zulkowitz | 2,905,000
6 | Empty
7 | Scott Anderson | 1,460,000
8 | Jonathan Schoder | 4,395,000
9 | Percy Mahatan | 5,850,000

Level 27 News: Jordi Martinez – 1,900,000 chips (63 players remain)

There are just 63 players left in the World Series of Poker (WSOP) Main Event. An event that started with a field size of 6,598. One of those players is the Bwin Team Pro Jordi Martinez who is playing in his third WSOP Main Event and is currently enjoying his first ever WSOP cash in the most prestigious tournament in the world.

So with just 62 players between him and financial independence, what is exactly going through his head?

I am nervous because we are close to something really big. I am focused too, I try to be focused at the table, what can I do with my stack? Who can I put pressure on? If I don’t concentrate about the table I will start to think about the money…

How can you not think about winning $8.5 million?

You are playing a tournament and so you have to focus on what is in front of you and make the optimum decisions…not just thinking about the money.

Martinez has already secured $128,384 which is the biggest pay day he has ever received. The next pay jump increases that amount by $30,000 so is he aware of the incremental pay leaps?

I am mindful with that because it is important not just for me, but also to understand when I can attack somebody. I am already very happy with $128,384. It’s a lot of money.

So what on earth would Jordi Martinez do if he had $8.5 million sat in his bank account?

I am just taking everything step by step and day by day, if I am lucky enough to get to the November Nine then I will think about it then, but not until then. Last night I was so tired I just fell asleep. But if I did win $8.5 million I spend the money travelling the world with my girlfriend and buying a home.

Who has Martinez been in constant touch with back home during his amazing run?

My father, brothers and my girlfriend, but they have to stay awake all not because of the time difference so they are more tired than me!

During the first few days each time we would visit the Martinez table he was always 20-25BB. It never seemed to changed and he neither went up nor down. But in the end patience paid off and he soon found a much biggest stack. What was his secret?

My secret is to play patient poker. I try not to get too anxious when my stack shortens. I find that some people get impatient and worry too much. They get 20-30BB and see 100BB stacks around them. They panic but there is no need to. I was never 10BB shallow, for example, I was always 25-30BB so I never worried.

What is one piece of advice you would give players who want to play in the WSOP Main Event?

Play your own style. Don’t change for anything, just understand that you can be very patient in this structure.

Level 26 News

Jordi Martinez Loses a Big Flip
Jordi Alonso has been reduced to 1,720,000 as we have a short interval in play. Amit Zulkowitz is the player who has most of Alonso’s chips after the pair flipped for 2,500,000. Zulkowitz held and Alonso held . The board ran out , Zulkowitz moved up to 2,300,000 as did Alonso (Alonso was later grounded down to 1,720,000).

Level 25 News

Jordi Martinez Up To 3,550,000 Chips

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Jordi Martinez has 3,550,000 chips at the break after eliminating someone. All the money went into the middle on a flop of with Martinez holding and his opponent holding and the net result was 3,000,000 chips. He then managed to accrue an additional 550,000  chips between that hand and the end of the level.

Manos Foudoulakis is Out!

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Our Greek qualifier Manos Foudoulakis is out of the World Series of Poker (WSOP) Main Event. He started the day full of optimism in 21st place, but he has left absolutely distraught, and is currently being consoled by his girlfriend. This is how the end came for Foudoulakis.

A.J. Jejelowo raised to 90,000 in early position and Manos Foudoulakis made the call as did Jamie Robbins in the small blind. It was a three way flop of and the action checked to Foudoulakis who bet 125,000. Robbins folded in the small, but Jejelowo check-raised to 375,000; Foudoulakis called. The turn was the and Jejelowo moved all-in for a smidgen under 2 million and Foudoulakis called. It was for the Grecian and for Jejelowo. Foudoulakis was looking good for the double up when the came down on the river handing Jejelowo a straight and reducing Foudoulakis to just 230,000 chips.

Not long afterwards Foudoulakis moved all-in holding and Eric Legoff called holding . It was another great spot for Foudoulakis but a flop handed Legoff the nuts and Foudoulakis was out two cards later ( & ).

Foudoulakis Doubles Up Ovseyevitz

Our Grecian Challenger Manos Foudoulakis has had a terrible start to the day. He just found himself embroiled in an argument with Max Ovseyevitz and it didn’t end well. Ovseyevitz opened the action with a bet of 80,000 and Foudoulakis made the call. The flop was and Foudoulakis called the c-bet from his opponent. The turned up on fourth street and Ovseyevitz check-raised all-in after Foudoulakis had bet 120,000. It was 465,000 for our boy and he made the call. Ovseyevitz showed and Foudoulakis showed . The hit the river and Foudoulakis was hit with a 720,000 bill. He now has 2,300,000 chips.

 

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You can tell that the World Series of Poker (WSOP) is slowly drawing to a close because there is hardly anyone here. The usually bustling halls of the Rio have tumbleweed blowing through them, the bevvy of beauties that once lined the route to glory, selling you all sorts of crap, are probably lying by a pool somewhere, and yet there are still 97 people in this building trying to win the last remaining WSOP bracelet and the small matter of $8,527,982.

There are two players amongst those 97 who pique our particular interest: Bwin team pro – and their Spanish Champion – Jordi Martinez and the Bwin qualifier from Greece, Manos Foudoulakis.

Manos Foudoulakis starts the day in the final seat of the feature table and he shares it with one of the best players left in the competition: Vanessa Selbst. Selbst and Foudoulakis are like chalk and cheese with Selbst winning two WSOP bracelets, a Partouche title and back to back North American Poker Tour (NAPT) titles whilst accruing over $5 million in live tournament earnings. Foudoulakis is a pharmacist and basketball coach who is currently experiencing his one and only cash of his lifetime. Yes that’s right Manos Foudoulakis could actually record an $8,527,982 cash as his first.

Here is the table that Foudoulakis starts on

The Foudoulakis Table

1 | Robert Corcione | 3,750,000
2 | David Balkin | 1,295,000
3 | Lasell King | 1,740,000
4 | Vanessa Selbst | 1,165,000
5 | Alfred Firova | 995,000
6 | Max Ovseyevitz | 755,000
7 | Scott Anderson | 1,485,000
8 | Jesse Sylvia | 2,990,000
9 | Manos Foudoulakis | 3,020,000

Jordi Martinez is the going to be starting the day over at Table 416. Here is the table draw that Martinez starts on.

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The Martinez Table
1 | Alben Juen | 2,376,000
2 | Gwennael Grandmougin | 1,055,000
3 | Jordi Martinez | 2,700,000
4 | Fabio Sousa | 805,000
5 | Amit Zulkowitz | 1,520,000
6 | Mazin Khoury | 1,885,000
7 | Dung Nguyen | 1,880,000
8 | Jonathan Schoder | 470,000
9 | Percy Mahatan | 2,400,000

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