Day 3 Completed
|Blinds||800,000 / 1,600,000|
Players Info - Day 3
Day 3 Completed
It was an expected long day at the poker tables until the latest champion of the popular 888poker LIVE circuit was crowned and Italy's Marco Biavaschi lifted the trophy for the winner shots after defeating Daniyar Aubakirov in heads-up to come out on top of a field of 1,067 entries and take home the lion's share of the €800,000 prize pool.
For his victory in the 2020 888poker LIVE Madrid €888 Main Event, the Italian scored his far biggest payday of €150,000 on the live poker circuit thus far and he was taking part in the first major poker tournament of the Casino Gran Via Madrid right in the city centre after winning his entry in a €100 live satellite.
Once the final hand was over, it took a few seconds for the emotions to flow as Biavaschi had celebrated too early a few minutes prior when Aubakirov was on the brink of elimination and rivered a straight to double. It might still take a while for reality to kick in and grasp how big the achievement is, and there is more to come later this year in Las Vegas as the Italian also receives a package for the 2020 World Series of Poker Main Event, courtesy of event sponsor 888poker.
Final Result 2020 888poker LIVE Madrid Main Event
|Place||Winner||Country||Payout (in EUR)||Payout (in USD)|
|3||David Gonzalez Delgado||Spain||€70,000||$77,631|
|9||Ruben De Pedro||Spain||€11,200||$12,421|
Biavaschi was not phased by the battle against seasoned pros such as former WSOP Main Event finalist Fernando Pons and Claudio Di Giacomo, nor up-and-coming local players such as Ignacio Lopez De Maturana, Marco D'Amico, and David Gonzalez Delgado. When the final table was reached, Biavaschi took the risks when needed and dominated the short-lived heads-up duel after a grueling 15h day.
For runner-up Aubakirov, who dominated the final action as the most aggressive player, it was the second-biggest result of his poker career after claiming the title at WPT Amsterdam back in 2017, and many of the other finalists boosted their bankrolls significantly after the deep run in one of Spain's biggest live poker events of the year.
Frantic Start into the Final Day; Fernando Pons bubbles Final Table
After the bubble had burst one hour prior to bagging and tagging with the field subsequently being cut into half, the early all-in showdowns kept coming at the same rapid pace as the previous night and barely any minute passed without any "all in and call" announcement by one of the dealers.
China's Lin Ruida ran incredibly hot to send several opponents to the rail and also take over the vocal headlines in the tournament area while notables such as Meir Avigal, Federico Anselmi, Aaron Rivero Daly, Manuel Lopez and Alessandro Borsa all bowed out early on. One of the surprise early casualties was Alvaro Puchol, who headed into the final day second in chips and yet had to settle for 45th place.
Down to the final three tables, the deep run of Bruce Fishman, who qualified for the event after defeating more than 5,600 opponents in an online freeroll to claim the sole package up for grabs, came to an end. The Brit turned his visit to Madrid into a score of €4,300 and will certainly have several poker related stories to tell for family and friends back home.
Down to the final two tables, all the spotlight was still on Fernando Pons who was aiming to keep the title on home soil. However, his run came to an end on the final table bubble when he called a shove by David Gonzalez Delgado with pocket sixes and lost the flip against ace-queen. Lin Ruida and Claudio Di Giacomo also narrowly missed out on the final redraw of the night.
It was already past midnight when the last nine hopefuls returned to their seats to play down to a champion and that turned out to be a tedious affair of nearly six hours. Eventual runner-up Aubakirov was the one to take the mosts risks and had to recover from setbacks several times before he established a firm stronghold over the other contenders.
Aubakirov and Biavaschi took turns to send their opponents to the rail including Ran Shahar, start-of-day chip leader Marco D'Amico, Pablo Paez, and David Gonzalez Delgado. The heads-up duel for the title after that lasted just over an hour. Aubakirov quickly pulled further ahead but frustration set in when Biavaschi scooped several bigger pots to turn the tides around. Having escaped from elimination once, Aubakirov got short again and was unable to stop the hot run of Biavaschi, who follows into the footsteps of former Italian winners such as Luigi Shehadeh and Gabriele Rossi.
The 888poker LIVE circuit is already preparing for the next stop in Bucharest at the end of March and online satellites will be available shortly. That wraps up the PokerNews coverage here in Madrid, but updates from further international poker events are just around the corner.
Courtesy of 888poker / Gema Cristobal.
Italy's Marco Biavaschi scores biggest poker win of his life, turning €100 (satellite) into a €150,000 victory at the 888poker LIVE Madrid Main Event. The newly crowned 888poker champ also scores a 2020 WSOP Main Event and joined Tiffany Michelle after a grueling 15hr final day of play to talk about the win.
Daniyar Aubakirov jammed for the last 18 million and Marco Biavaschi made the call to create the following showdown.
On the flop Biavaschi made top two pair and didn't want to see it anymore on the turn though but then blew a sigh of relief when a blank came on the river to seal his victory.
Aubakirov, who dominated vast stages of the final table, could not hit much in the heads-up duel and has to settle for second place and a payday of €105,000. For Biavaschi, it is the far biggest result of his poker career thus far and a recap of today's action is to follow.
Daniyar Aubakirov raised to 3.5 million with the and Marco Biavaschi called with the . On the flop, Biavaschi check-called a bet and they checked the turn. Biavaschi bet the river for 4.5 million and Aubakirov called to drop to a major chip disadvantage.
Marco Biavaschi raised to 3 million and called the shove of Daniyar Aubakirov for 21 million total.
The flop changed nothing whatsoever, the on the turn gave Aubakirov an open-ender and Biavaschi started celebrating when the fell on the river only to realize right after that Aubakirov had hit the straight to double.
Daniyar Aubakirov raised to 2.4 million with the and Marco Biavaschi called with the . Biavaschi check-called a bet on the flop and for another 4.5 million on the turn. The river was checked and Biavaschi dragged in the pot.