Full Tilt Poker $25,000 Shootout Invitational
Day 4 Completed
Full Tilt Poker $25,000 Shootout Invitational
Day 4 Completed
After three shootout tables that featured some world-class players, along with a final table that involved some of the most intense shootout poker, the Full Tilt Poker $25,000 Shootout Invitational has just wrapped up!
Twenty-four players took to the felt over three days with Annette Obrestad, Tong G, Mike Matusow, Gus Hansen, Carlos Mortensen (flight one), Phil Ivey, David Benyamine, Jonathan Karamalikis, Billy Argyros (flight two), Tom Dwan, John Juanda, Andy Bloch and Van Marcus (flight three) all being the headlines of their respective flights.
Regardless of how great some of the aforementioned players are, even the best can have an off day as they all found themselves on the rail as only two players from each shootout managed to survive for a final table berth here tonight.
Headlining that final table was David Oppenheim who destroyed his shootout table to ease through to a final six. Multiple WSOP bracelet and WPT title holder Howard Lederer, along with cash game specialists Patrik Antonius and Eli Elezra were also joined WSOP Europe Champion James Bord and tournament veteran Barny Boatman as play got underway just five hours ago.
Elezra would run a bluff against Lederer before - although dominating his opponent - see an unlucky river end his stay in sixth. With Oppenheim still on top, he would be involved in a preflop cooler hand of jacks against tens to see him crippled to the bottom of the leaderboard as Bord headed in the other direction to sit on top. Short-stack doubles here and there would see chips circulate as Oppenheim would regain the lead when he grinded his stack back up before holding in a preflop all in with a dominating ace.
It would take three hours until Antonius fell in fifth when he was straightened out on the river as Boatman followed soon after in fourth place before Bord was left crippled with just a big blind. Luck was on the Englishman's side as he soon ran that back up to the chip lead with four near-consecutive double ups as a short-stacked Lederer bowed out in third.
With a near three-to-win lead, Oppenheim would relinquish the first two pots to Bord before having eighty-percent of the chips in the middle preflop with his dominating Bord's . A sweat-tastic turn card would only be that . . . a sweat . . . as Bord was bumped to the rail in second place to see Oppenheim victorious in his first outing in Australia.
For Oppenheim, through all the praise and respect from his peers, this marks his first tournament victory after spending years on the cash game felt in Las Vegas. His AUD$250,000 winner's cheque here may not be his biggest (following his third place finish at last year's $50,000 Poker Players Championship), but it will be one that he no doubt remembers after displaying bouts of ruthless aggression, great analysis and patience to be crowned the Full Tilt Poker $25,000 Shootout Invitational Champion and recipient of AUD$250,000.
For the PokerNews Live Reporting Team, our day may have come to an end, but tomorrow is where the major actions starts as the $100,000 Challenge kicks off with an expected record breaking field takes to the felt from 2:15 pm EST. See you there!
David Oppenheim opened his button to 30,000 only to have James Bord instantly move all in for his last 244,000.
Just as quickly, Oppenheim made the call to put the Englishman at risk as the cards were tabled.
As both players rose to their feet and shook hands, the dealer slowly peeled the flop to reveal the in the window before the entirety of the flop filled out to leave both players with a pair, but keep Oppenheim in front.
As Bord's English-rowdy rail chanted for an assortment of cards, the on the turn brought about a loud cheer as now the WSOP Europe Champion could catch any heart or eight to take the lead or find an ace, deuce or any paint card to chop the pot.
With both Bord and Oppenheim standing next to each other sweating the fate of what the river would deliver, the would ensure Bord's elimination in second place for an AUD$150,000 payday to top off a fantastic few months of the Brit that is highlighted by his victory in the WSOP Europe Main Event for £830,401 (roughly $1,280,000) and his appointment as a Full Tilt Poker Red Pro.
James Bord opened the button with a 30,000-chip raise as David Oppenheim made the call and saw a flop fall.
Oppenheim thought for a few moments before pushing out a bet of 35,000 only to have Bord instantly move all in for 109,000.
Oppenheim re-checked his hand before pushing it towards the muck while slipping to 355,000 as Bord moves to 245,000.
On the first hand of heads-up play, David Oppenheim folded his small blind to give James Bord a walk.
Here are the updated chip counts as play resumes.
Blinds remain at 5,000-10,000 with no antes.
Both David Oppenheim and James Bord are taking a short break before heads-up play begins.
Stay tuned for the updated counts.
Howard Lederer pushed his last 143,000 into the pot from the button and David Oppenheim made the call from the big blind.
"It's the best hand I've seen in a while!" stated Lederer, but unfortunately it was most likely to be his last as the window of the was followed by the and .
Only runner-runner would save him, and after the turn and river landed the and , Lederer was forced to hit the rail in third place for an AUD$80,000 payday.
David Oppenheim entered the pot from the button with a raise to 23,000 as James Bord came along from the big blind.
Bord checked the flop, as did Oppenheim, to see the land on the turn and Oppenheim fire out a delayed continuation-bet of 20,000 following a check from Bord.
Bord took some time deliberating before eventually pushing his cards to the muck as Oppenheim claimed the pot to move back into the chip lead.
David Oppenheim opened his button with a raise to 25,000 only to have James Bord move all in for 103,000. Oppenheim made the call to put Bord at risk.
"Do I have any chance at all?" asked Oppenheim.
The board rolled out to see Bord find a double to 210,000 as Oppenheim was left with slightly under that.