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Main Event

No Rest for the Trickett


Since halving his stack earlier, Sam Trickett has been pushing to rebuild it. In five hands watched just now, he raised preflop every single time. The first hand, Jensen threebet him and he let it go, but he won the next ones (three preflop, one on the turn) winning over 65k without real threat to his remaining four chip towers. Heading for the right side of 400k.

Tags: Sam TrickettFrederik Jensen

Kevin O'Donnell Eliminated in 22nd Place (€11,174)

Kevin O'Donnell
Kevin O'Donnell

Robert Cezarescu raised to 30,000 and Marco Leonzio flat-called behind before Kevin O'Donnell went all in from the big blind for 137,000 more. Cezarescu got out of the way but Leonzio called, and they were on their backs.

O'Donnell: {a-Spades}{j-Clubs}
Leonzio: {10-Spades}{10-Hearts}

Board: {6-Hearts}{7-Hearts}{10-Diamonds}{4-Hearts}{q-Diamonds}

Leonzio looked quite emotional as he flopped a set - after losing so much of his stack with a set just previously, he was about to get most of it back. O'Donnell, however, was going to bust out.

"Thanks," said O'Donnell inexplicably. The affable American shook hands with his assassin and eventually stood up. "Right," he decided, "The walk of shame. Good luck, all."

And with that he was gone.

Tags: Kevin O'DonnellMarco Leonzio

Leonzio's Mistake Costs Him Dear

Marco Leonzio - Not. A. Happy. Bunny.
Marco Leonzio - Not. A. Happy. Bunny.

Dmitry Gromov opened preflop to 28,000 from UTG and Konsta Vesterinen 3-bet two seats down to 63,000. Marco Leonzio called but hadn't actually seen the 3-bet, he had only been planning to call the Russian's open but now found himself cold-calling the 3-bet out of position.

Gromov now also called to see a {A-Hearts} {9-Hearts} {6-Diamonds} flop which was checked to Vesterinen who bet 76,000. Leonzio now check-raised all-in and Gromov quickly called.

"Call, call, yes call," said Vesterinen quickly turning over {A-Diamonds} {A-Spades} and Leonzio now was crestfallen, turning over {6-Spades} {6-Hearts} for the underset.

"No six!" pleaded Vesterinen as though the case six was ready to strike but the {Q-Hearts} came on the turn, "No six, no heart!" as the begging grew stronger. The river was the {Q-Spades} and Vesterinen doubled up to 700,000 while Leonzio dropped to 570,000.

"I'm sorry," said the winner, though probably not too sorry.

Tags: Konsta VesterinenMarco Leonzio

Teeing off and Shuffling Up - Fairways and Felts Challenge


Thanks to Mad Harper of PokerStars for filling us in on the early morning action at the golf course today, as poker players headed into the warm sunshine to test themselves in a different arena...

A host of stars took some time away from Solverde Casino today to head
for beautiful Pinhal Golf Course - and the first stage of the Fairways
and Felts golf-and-poker contest. The €1,100 buy-in event even
attracted England football legend Teddy Sheringham, although he had to
cut his game short after just six holes to get back in time for the
Main Event where he’s still got 301,000 in chips .

The 14 golfers were split into four teams and played the match as a
Texas scramble – each player on the team hits their ball, the team
chooses the best shot and then everyone takes their next shot
(including putts) from that spot.

The teams were as follows (nationality and handicap in brackets):

A) Team PokerStars Pros Daniel Negreanu (Canada, 11.5) and Marcin
Horecki (Poland, 20.8)., Friend of PokerStars Sheringham (UK, 16) and
golf pro Tom Larsen (Norway, 0.5)
B) Team PokerStars Pro John Duthie (UK, 24), Joachim Selzer (Germany,
24), former Dutch national team golfer Willem Vork (Netherlands, 2)
C) Team PokerStars Pro Pieter de Korver (Netherlands, 17), James
Dempsey (UK, 18), Roderick van Welsun (Netherlands, 2), Eddie Tasbas
(Sweden, scratch).
D) Team PokerStars Pro and Challenge host JP Kelly (UK, 24), Jeff
Sarwer (Canada, 20), Gary Bain (Canada, 20)

Part 2 of the Challenge takes place with a NLHE poker tournament
tomorrow back at Solverde Casino in Vilamoura. Non-golfers can still
compete in the poker part of the tournament if they wish (for €840),
but lose the chance to win bonus chips by performing well on the golf
course. Extra chips up for grabs include 500 chips for every stroke
under par and 500 chips for the longest drive or putt. A hole-in-one
on the 8th hole wins a WCOOP Main Event entry.

Eliran Argelazi Eliminated in 23rd Place (€11,174)

Eliran Argelazi
Eliran Argelazi

Marton Czuczor opened for 26,000 and it folded around to Eliran Argelazi in the big blind who shoved for 169,000. Czuczor ummed and ahhed very briefly and then made the call.

Czuczor: {6-Hearts}{6-Diamonds}
Argelazi: {a-Clubs}{q-Clubs}

Board: {7-Spades}{9-Spades}{8-Diamonds}{10-Spades}{k-Clubs}

"OK, good luck guys," Argelazi told the table as he shook hands with Czuczor. Argelazi left, while Czuczor moved up to over 600,000.

Tags: Eliran ArgelaziMarton Czuczor

Jensen Doubles; Trouble for Trickett


Another huge hand on the same table which Gray just vacated - this time featuring {K-Hearts}{K-Diamonds} again but in the supporting role, as Frederik Jensen finds {A-Clubs}{A-Spades} at the same time the cowboys crop up in Sam Trickett's hand. 303k all in preflop, and a third Ace on the board clinches the large double.

Tags: Sam TrickettFrederik Jensen

50% of Remaining Women in Tournament Bust (24th: €11,174)

Carolyn Gray
Carolyn Gray

Right off the bat Carolyn Gray moved in preflop (a short stack with 101k) with {A-Spades}{Q-Clubs} in the cutoff - and then Sergio Coutinho in the small blind moved in over the top, isolating with his early doors {K-Hearts}{K-Clubs}! A good hand into a great one, and the {8-Hearts}{4-Hearts}{6-Diamonds}{9-Clubs}{2-Diamonds} board did nothing to help her - handshakes all round and PokerStars qualifier Gray leaves the tournament in 24th place, winning €11,174.

Tags: Carolyn Gray

And We're Off!


It's strangely quiet in the Casino Vilamoura today, but all 24 runners have made it here more or less on time and the cards are in the air.

56 minutes remain of this level.