For the past week, the Montesino Casino in Vienna, Austria, has played host to the PartyPoker Premier League V. The event began with 16 of poker's most notable players looking to make the final table to compete for a $1.4 million prize pool. On Tuesday, Scott Seiver emerged victorious to captured the $500,000 first-place prize.
After a number of rounds over the last week, six of the eight final-table participants were determined, leaving just two spots up for grabs. Even though six players had earned their spots outright and another six were eliminated from contention, four players were left to compete in a series of playoff heads-up matches on Monday for the last two seats in Tuesday's finale. It was there that Phil Laak defeated Andy Frankenberger in the Group A best-of-three heads-up match, and Tom Dwan bested Yevgeniy Timoshenko in the Group B playoff. With that, the final table was set.
The starting chip counts for the final table were determined by the number of points each player earned during the four preliminary heats.
Here’s how things looked at the start of the final table:
Premier League V Final Table
According to the PartyPoker Blog, it took about an hour for the first notable hand to develop. It happened when Patrik Antonius picked up , the third player to do so within a ten-hand span, and he raised to 10,000. Sam Trickett then three-bet to 26,000 holding , Antonius four-bet 58,000, Trickett moved all in, and Antonius snap-called. The board ran out clean, allowing Antonius to double into the chip lead, leaving Trickett with the short stack.
Not long after, Trickett got his last 60,000 all in preflop with only to run into the of Daniel Cates. Trickett couldn’t come from behind and was eliminated in eighth place for $55,000.
About two hours later, qualifier Mathew Frankland, who began the final table as the chip leader, was sent packing after his couldn’t out flip Cates' after the spiked on the turn. That card sent Frankland to the rail in seventh place for $6,500. Following him out the door was Dwan, who shoved under the gun for 214,000 with and was called by Seiver, who held . Dwan couldn’t catch a king as the board ran out , eliminating him in sixth place for $80,000.
It took another couple of hours before the next elimination, but it happened at the 20,000/40,000 level when Tony G committed his last 192,000 from the button with and was called by Cates holding . Tony G was way out in front but not after the flop fell . Neither the turn nor river changed a thing, and a stunned Tony G made his way to the payout desk in fifth place to collect $100,000.
About 15 minutes later, Antonius ran into Laak's , and Antonius was sent home in fourth place for $125,000. By this point, Seiver held the chip lead with 1.175 million to Laak’s 845,000 and Cates’ 520,000. Over the next half hour, the players traded chips back and forth until Cates raised to 270,000 with and Laak called with . When the flop came down , Cates moved all in. Laak eventually folded, leaving him with just three big blinds behind. Minutes later, he was eliminated in third place for $175,000.
When heads-up play began, both players were fairly deep in chips, and Cates held just a 50,000-chip lead over his opponent. Even so, it took just 27 minutes to determine a winner. Seiver managed to pull out to a 2-1 chip lead, which is when both players got all the chips in the middle.
Cates was in the lead through the flop and even the turn; however, the spiked on the river to give Seiver a pair of kings and the win.
PartyPoker Premier League V Results
For a complete recap of the action, be sure to visit the PartyPoker Blog.
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