Day 2 completed
Day 2 completed
Freddy Deeb came to the final table with a stack second only to that of Sorel Mizzi, and the two of them set the pace of the action for most of the night. When they started playing heads up, there was talk that it would be over within a level, but they made the dinner break still fighting, although Mizzi had developed a 2:1 chip lead. Those cruelly mirrored couple of AK vs. AQ hands, however, brought Mizzi down early this level, and he had to content himself with the runner up spot while Freddy Deeb, a gracious winner, lifts the shiny globe/trophy and takes home, presumably, the pot of cash which was placed as a table centrepiece not long ago.
Some slight hilarity ensued, however, when the French TV hostess congratulated Deeb on finishing second. Take two!
Mizzi (on an incredible tournament run this year) said he was disappointed to finish in second but pleased to have come that far. Deeb just said, "That's the problem with tournaments, whenever you finish, you're disappointed unless you finish first."
He added about Mizzi, "He played great and I got lucky...I'm pretty speechless at the moment!"
Congratulations Freddy Deeb, and thank you to the Aviation Club de France and the WPT for hosting this High Rollers Event, and the Grand Prix de Paris as a whole, in what is undoubtedly some of the most splendid, if idiosyncratic, surroundings available to poker players.
Hand #172: Freddy Deeb limped in for 12,000 and Sorel Mizzi checked his option to see a flop. Mizzi led out for 15,000 and Deeb quickly folded.
Hand #173: Mizzi raised to 25,000 and Deeb called. The was pretty looking but both players elected to check to the turn. This was also checked and they saw a river, Deeb checked once more and folded as soon as Mizzi began to slide out a bet.
Hand #174: Deeb raised to 30,000 but Mizzi put in a rare 3-bet to 85,000, Deeb moved all-in and Sorel quickly called saying, "Maybe I can get lucky..."
It was an exact reversal of the earlier hand.
The flop came and Mizzi said, "I'll take a chop..." to which Deeb replied, "I'll also take a chop, instead of losing..."
The turn changed nothing and Mizzi had three Queens to hit to win and six cards for a split. The river was the and it was over! Deeb was surprised that he even had Mizzi covered but the two embraced once that is was apparent that the tournament was over.
Deeb said to his opponent, "You played great man, you were really unlucky..."
Mizzi thanked him before going rabbit-hunting beyond the river in the hope of finding a card that might have been his saviour. Instead, he'll have to make do with second place and yet another big cash this year, though not the one he wanted.
Early on into this new level and there's been a huge all-in preflop situation, which snowballed in a matter of seconds, Mizzi making it 25k on the button, Deeb moving in, and Mizzi instacalling. Deeb showed , and said, "You have Ace-King - ah - maybe I'll get lucky!" as Mizzi showed his .
Sure enough, the came straight on the flop, along with the , and although Mizzi picked up straight outs on the turn, the river came the - perhaps in response to Deeb's demanding, "Keep it low..."
Now in a total reversal of fortune, Sorel Mizzi drops from 800k to 400k and Freddy Deeb doubles up to 800k.
Hand #161: Sorel Mizzi raised to 16,000 but quickly folded when Freddy Deeb announced all-in.
Hand #162: Deeb limped in and Mizzi checked and the folded to the former's 8,000 bet on a flop that we didn't get to see.
Hand #165: The dealer had a misdeal and Freddy Deeb said, "You want some coffee?"
Mizzi deadpanned, "You would've won the tournament with that hand. That would've changed everything..."
Deeb raised to to 33,000 and picked up the blinds.
Hand #166: Deeb limped in for 8,000 and Mizzi threw out the red 200k plaque to set him all-in.
Deeb said, "Ok, I'm all-in."
Mizzi's faced dropped a little has he called whatever change was left, "You got a hand?"
"I have King-Queen," came the reply.
Mizzi turned over a behind to Deeb's and added "Nice trap."
The flop came and Deeb said, "That's very nice," while Mizzi said, "I just want to chop! Ten!" The turn sealed the double up when the came and Mizzi made a pair too late on the river.
Deeb doubled up to about 400,000 as a result and we went on a short break, Deeb was overheard joking, "I know everybody here was rooting against me, they all want to go home, the employees, the TV people in the truck!"
Sorel Mizzi extends his lead, putting Freddy Deeb on under 300k for the first time for a while. Two hands which helped get him there:
Hand #158: A limp-checked flop coming , prompting no further betting there, but a 15k bet on the turned from Deeb (button). Mizzi called and the river fell the . Mizzi checked again, Deeb bet again (45k) and Mizzi called. Deeb said he held a Nine, while Mizzi's had leaped ahead on the river to take the pot.
Hand #160: Deeb raised to 22k on the button, called by Mizzi. As seems to be the trend at the moment, both players declined to bet the flop, but on the turn Mizzi led for 25k*. Deeb made it 55k, and Mizzi called. The river was the , and while both players quickly check, neither want to show their hand! "Nothing?" asks Mizzi, and Deeb shakes his head. He showed an Ace and took the pot.
*Betting this amount involves throwing in one of their huge plaques which travels about as far onto the felt and makes as much noise hitting it as a brick. A long way from the delicate click of the chips, but it's something different, and everyone seems to like the tradition.
Sorel Mizzi is gradually grinding down his opponent, the below few hands tending to go the way of the Canadian.
Hand #151: Like a broken record, Mizzi made it 20,000 and won the blinds and antes.
Hand #152: Freddy Deeb raised to 22,000 and won the blinds.
Hand #153: Deeb got a walk.
Hand #154: Deeb limped in for 8,000 but Mizzi tried to punish him again, making it 30,000. Again Deeb was going nowhere and called. The flop was and Mizzi led out for 37,000 and Deeb folded.
Hand #155: Mizz raised to 20,000 and Deeb called. It was a board, Mizzi quickly got Deeb check-folding to a 26,000 bet.
Hand #156: Deeb raised to 22,000 and won the blinds.
Hand #157: Mizzi made it 20,000 and Deeb called, the flop was and Deeb once more checked. Mizzi fired out 27,000 this time.
Deeb carried on chewing gum and playing with his chips...and then folded.
Fuelled by dinner break sushi, perhaps, Sorel Mizzi has come back with an eye to putting pressure on his shorter-stacked opponent. Following the 50k won by Deeb with a flop check-raise just a moment ago, Mizzi performed the very same move, check-raising Deeb's 30k bet on a flop to 77k and taking that pot.
Immediately thereafter (Hand #149), there came a truly big decision for Freddy Deeb. Mizzi had raised on the button to 20k, as is happening regularly, and Deeb re-raised to 70k. Back to Mizzi, who asked the, "How much do you have?" question. The answer came, "About 350," and about 20 seconds after that (the whole time during which Mizzi fixed his opponent with an unblinking stare) he announced, "All-in."
Hand #141: Sorel Mizzi made it 20,000 from the button but quickly folded when Freddy Deeb reraised to 80,000.
Hand #144: Deeb limped in for 8,000 but Mizzi was having none of it and made it 30,000 to play. Deeb refused to go anywhere and made the call to see a flop. Mizzi grabbed a 25k plaque and threw it out along with a few chips saying, "thirty-three." Deeb quickly folded.
Hand #145: Another one for Mizzi, making it 20,000 to win the blinds and antes.
Hand #146: Deeb makes it 22,000 and wins the blinds.
Even with the increased blinds, it's still slow going here and might need a cooler if it's to be unlocked in any hand in the near future.