Dan Shak joined one of the most exclusive clubs in the poker world by adding his name to the Premier League winners list after winning season six at the Aspers Casino in London on Sunday.
The final table for the event was a slight anticlimax, with poker legends such as Daniel Negreanu, Tony G and Phil Hellmuth failing to qualify, but the competition was still extremely strong.
Tala Shakerchi went into the final table with a big stack but was the first player eliminated when his Ace-Eight ran into the Ace-King of Antonio Esfandiari.
Jennifer Tilly surpassed expectations to qualify for the final table of the tournament but couldn’t make a small run with her small stack and was eliminated in seventh place.
Tobias Reinkemeier was the chip leader heading into the final table but could never get rolling on the final table.
His final hand summed up his day with his King-Seven being severely out flopped by the Five-Three of Dan Cates.
Unfortunately for Cates, he couldn’t take advantage of the double-up and was eliminated by Shak just a few hands later.
Jonathan Duhamel dominated Pool A in the preliminary rounds and started the final table well but a big loss to Sam Trickett left him with one of the shortest stacks at the table and just a few hands later he became Shak’s latest victim.
Antonio Esfandiari was a last minute qualifier for the final table but took advantage of the opportunity with his characteristically aggressive play.
However, as the tournament became three-handed he was well behind Shak and Trickett but attempted to make something happen with Pocket Nines.
He was called by Shak holding Ace-Two who snared an Ace on the river to send Esfandiari packing and give himself the chip lead.
Shak’s advantage was quickly wiped out when his own flush was defeated by the higher flush of Trickett but Shak was able to take the lead back when he won a monster pot holding another flush.
This pot effectively crippled Trickett’s stack and Shak took down the tournament on the very next hand.
Shak took home $450,000 and continue his stellar form in 2013 that has now seen him win well over $1 million in live tournament winnings.
The Premier League was sponsored by Party Poker who offer an incredible range of poker games as well as the opportunity to play with a number of leading professional poker players.
The Party Poker Premier League VI began this Sunday at the Aspers Casino with sixteen of the world’s leading professional poker players doing battle for $450,000.
The sixteen players were split into two groups of eight and both pools have now completed their opening events.
Group A kicked off the tournament and definitely looked like the more stacked table with Antonio Esfandiari, Jonathan Duhamel, Sam Trickett, Marvin Rettenmaier, Daniel Cates, Daniel Negreanu, Phill Hellmuth and last year’s winner Scott Seiver all doing battle.
Scott Seiver’s quest to defend his title did not start well and he was the first player to be eliminated and was quickly followed to the rail by Daniel Cates.
The next elimination involved the final two of the 2012 Big One For One Drop tournament and Sam Trickett gained a small slice of revenge by eliminating Antonio Esfandiari.
Phill Hellmuth was uncharacteristically quiet during the event and was eliminated in fifth place before Daniel Negreanu joined him on the rail just two hands later.
The in-form Marvin Rettenmaier had steadily built himself a decent chip stack but was crippled by Trickett and eliminated just a few hands later.
At the beginning of the heads-up battle Trickett had a clear chip lead over Jonathan Duhamel but the pair traded momentum back and forth before Duhamel was able to claim victory when his Ace-Nine held up against Trickett’s King-Jack.
Duhamel scored sixteen points for his victory that has him sitting in the box seat to qualify for the final table of the event while Seiver and Esfandiari have a great deal of work to do.
While Group B didn’t have as many big names as the first group the quality of poker was just as high.
Tony G lost a big hand against Talal Shakerchi early and was never able to recover becoming the first player in Group B to be eliminated.
Shakerchi raced away to an early chip lead but some overly aggressive play saw him eliminated in seventh position and earn just two points.
Igor Kurganov was a last minute call-up to Party PokerPremier League VI but he was able to take advantage off his opportunity and was the next player sent to the rail.
After a slow start Phil Laak got involved in the action but ran into the trips of Tobias Reinkemeier and finished in fifth place.
Jason Mercier was the favorite heading into this table but he found himself short-stacked and was the next player eliminated by Reinkemeier.
Jennifer Tilly was the surprise packet of the group but joined the line of players to be eliminated by Reinkemeier and finished in third position.
Despite his dominance of the table Reinkemeier only held a slight chip lead over Dan Shak going into the heads-up battle.
Shak took a slight lead early in the piece but a showdown between Shak’s King-Queen and Reinkemier’s Ace-Five gave the German a massive chip lead and he claimed victory on the very next hand.
Both groups will play three more heats, with top three players from each group advancing to the final table.
Premier League VI is sponsored by Party Poker one of the leading online poker rooms.