Posts Tagged ‘final table’

Thomas Muhlocker Takes Out 10,000 Euro Barcelona High Roller Event

by | Published: Tuesday, September 10th, 2013

Returning for what turned out to be a relatively short day of poker, Thomas Muhlocker has defeated Daniel Negreanu and eight other final table contestants to win the European Poker Tour Barcelona €10,000 High Roller event.

The day’s proceeding started when the unofficial final table of nine returned to the tournament room, each aiming to claim a good slice of the huge payday on offer. Boasting names such as 2010 World Series of Poker Main Event champion Jonathan Duhamel, current World Series of Poker November Nine star David Benefield and the always dangerous five-time World Series of Poker gold bracelet winning Pro Daniel Negreanu, the sparks were always going to fly from the get go.

Negreanu’s situation leading into the event was particularly engaging, as he had disagreed with a ruling so ferociously on day one he essentially removed himself from the tournament, returning only late in the day with his A-game on display and forcing his way into the final.

Progressing quite rapidly, the first elimination came quite early when a large confrontation with Ole Schemion left Raoul Refos crippled beyond salvage, setting up the official final table.

Benefield, who had carried the short stack into the final table, found his tournament come to an end when he moved all in against Schemion before the flop, only to be completely dominated.

Schemion’s streak of high fortune continued almost immediately after dispatching Benefield, when Richard Yong opened with a pre-flop raise against a hidden hand of pocket Aces. Letting out a chuckle and shake of the head, Yong left the final table in seventh position for a total prize of €66,000.

Although it seemed he posed an unstoppable threat to the rest of the table, Schemion lost the majority of his stack just a few hands later when Negreanu pulled a flush over the top of his substantially weaker hand, leading to an eventual bust at the hands of Jean-Noel Thorel.

Duhamel and start-of-the-day chip leader Joni Jouhkimainen followed next, the latter running into pocket aces and forced to settle for fourth place.

By this point, Negreanu was without doubt commanding the table and further extended his lead heading into heads-up play by disposing of Thorel with an amazing straight flush.

Able to score his first double up with an over-pair over Negreanu’s pocket fours, Muhlocker made the killing move on pocket nines when Negreanu had once again pulled a pair of fours.

For his steady, under-the-radar technique, Muhlocker walked away with a handy €390,700 and the added confidence gained from beating the five-time World Series of Poker gold bracelet winner in heads-up play.

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Alexey Rybin Wins WPT Merit Cyprus Classic

by | Published: Thursday, August 22nd, 2013

The 2013 bwin WPT Merit Cyprus Classic has been won by Russian businessman Alexey Rybin, who missed a big meeting in Monte Carlo in order to compete at the final table!

Enduring a tough tournament that lasted six full days, Alexey started the final day rather passively; a little unusual compared to the aggressive nature he’d exhibited every other day, yet still managed to clinch victory and claim the top prize of $258,000.

Lebanese national Pierre Sayegh was the first player knocked out of the final round this past Wednesday, producing both the shortest starting stack and considered the tightest of all remaining players.

Sergey Rybachenko, the most experienced player of the final lot managed an early double through eventual runner up Albert Daher, though a few hands later the favor was returned leaving Rybachenko mortally wounded and becoming the second player to take a seat at the loser’s bar.

After losing with Ace-ten off-suit to Rybin’s Ace-King also off-suit, Turkish player Kayhan Tugrul was left nursing a micro-stack and was eventually swallowed up by Rybin’s full house a few plays later.

This left three contenders; two Russians and a Lebanese player all exchanging chips for several hours before Andrei Nickonov was coolered, again by Rybin, in a pot that also handed the eventual champion the chip lead and momentum heading into the final showdown.

On a flop that showed King, Ace and Jack, Rybin concealed a monster hand of Ace-King and when moving all in on a Two turn, left Daher confidently calling with a hand of Ace-three. This completely crippled Daher, who was bested by Rybin a few hands later.

On top of the prize money, Rybin’s win assures him a spot at next year’s WPT Championship and of course the WPT Cyprus title.

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