$5,300 MPP Main Event
Day 4 Completed
$5,300 MPP Main Event
Day 4 Completed
Hannes Jeschka was a card away from possible elimination and certain decimation. Then came what the players at the final table of the $5,300 Luxon Pay Mediterranean Poker Party Main Event final table affectionately called the “mamacita,” a queen, and it changed the fortunes of the tournament.
Jeschka’s rivered two pair to crack the aces of Steven Warburton and double up during three-handed play was the turning point in the German native winning the Main Event trophy at the Merit Royal Diamond Hotel in North Cyprus and the $542,000 first prize after a three-way deal.
“It’s really hard to put into words. It’s a lot of emotions. It’s been really tough for me the past eight months or so poker-wise,” an emotional Jeschka said following his triumph over a field of 1,032 total entries at this seaside paradise.
“This is just amazing. This is my biggest final table. It’s my biggest win ever. And it’s a prestigious tournament. Just amazing. It’s just incredible. I don’t really know how to feel. I’m really looking forward to taking the winner’s picture with my friends.”
Final Table Action
The last day of the Main Event saw Jeschka take the chip lead over the final 21 players. It took only about three hours to narrow the field down to the final table as the likes of Erik Cajelais, Kyle Maguire, and Natalya Nikitina all saw their tournament come to an end.
Jeschka had fallen from atop the chip counts to the middle of the pack by the time of the final table, beginning in fifth place among the remaining nine players. Riccardo Saraniero was the first casualty, running his pocket tens into the kings of Arsenii Karmatckii. Nuri Hadioglu would take out Gabriel Akiki in eighth, also holding pocket kings after Akiki four-bet jammed with ace-ten.
|3||Steven Warburton||United Kingdom||$534,000|
|4||Yiannis Liperis||United Kingdom||$230,000|
Jeschka fell down to around 12 big blinds when he was all in with two sixes against the ace-king of Koray Korkmaz and held on to double up. With the blinds rising and the stacks getting shallower, big pots proved few and far between.
“There were like a few key spots, for example when I had the sixes versus the ace-king, where I was down to 12 big blinds or so. I got lucky on that one and won the flip. I think actually the jam was a little too wide, but it doesn’t matter. It worked out,” Jeschka said. “I feel pretty confident playing all the different stack sizes. I’m just as confident playing 20 big blinds as I am 60 big blinds.”
Finally, after nearly four hours without an elimination, Manuel Fritz found himself all in with king-queen against the pocket queens of Warburton to bust in seventh place. Korkmaz was eliminated by Karmatckii in sixth shortly after as the Russian and Warburton began to separate from the pack. Short stacks Jeschka, Yiannis Liperis, and Hadioglu picked their spots in order to get their chips in as they attempted to rise up the payout ladder.
It would be Hadioglu who would fall in fifth place, losing on the river with deuces against Karmatckii’s ten-eight. Liperis busted in fourth after Karmatckii made a full house.
It would take a little luck for Jeschka to avoid being the next one out. He got his chips in the middle with ace-seven against Karmatckii’s queen-three. A queen on the flop meant Jeschka needed help to survive, and he got it when he spiked a jack on the river to make a straight and double up. The three players then agreed to a deal, with Warburton earning $534,000, Karmatckii $471,000, and Jeschka $442,000, leaving $100,000 to the eventual champion.
Then came Jeschka’s lucky queen on the river to best Warburton’s aces as he took the chip lead for the first time at the final table. Warburton shoved the next hand with ten-nine but ran into the ace-ten of Karmatckii. Warburton, who spent most of the final table as overwhelming chip leader, busted in third place as Jeschka took a narrow lead over Karmatckii into heads-up play.
It took just three hands before a champion was crowned. Karmatckii raised with ace-jack, Jeschka reraised with ace-queen, then called when Karmatckii shoved all-in, Jeschka having him covered by just over 8,000,000. A clean board meant Karmatckii, champion of the MPP Warm Up event a few days earlier, was denied a second trophy and Jeschka got to celebrate with his boisterous supporters on the rail.
“It just happened. I really don’t know what to say. It probably hasn’t even sunk in yet,” he said.
When it does, Jeschka will realize the magnitude of what he just accomplished. The likes of Phil Ivey and world champion Espen Jorstad made the trip to North Cyprus and allowed this event to surpass the guaranteed $5,000,000 prize pool. In the end, it was Jeschka holding the trophy.
That concludes PokerNews’ coverage of the Mediterranean Poker Party Main Event. Stay tuned for more coverage from North Cyprus.
On the third hand of heads-up play, Arsenii Karmatckii raised to 2,600,000 with before Hannes Jeschka reraised to 9,500,000 holding . Karmatckii then shoved all in for 46,700,000 and Jeschka called, having Karmatckii covered by just 8,200,000.
"Hold," Jeschka's German supporters began yelling from the rail as the flop came . The on the turn was no help to Karmatckii, and the on the river sealed the victory for Jeschka and denied Karmatckii his second trophy at the Mediterranean Poker Party.
On the hand after losing most of his stack, Steven Warburton shoved for 18,400,000 from the small blind with and Arsenii Karmatckii snap-called in the big blind holding .
Both players hit a pair on the flop but Warburton was still behind Karmatckii's ace-kicker. Warburton picked up a flush draw on the turn as his rail began chanting for a spade. The river came the and Warburton, who spent most of the final table as the overwhelming chip leader, was eliminated in third place.
Karmatckii and Hannes Jeschka are now on a short break before the start of heads-up play.
Hannes Jeschka raised from the small blind with the , Steven Warburton three-bet to 8,500,000 out of the big blind with the needles . Jeschka called.
The flop came . Warburton bet 3,500,000 and Jeschka called.
The turn was the to pair Jeschka. Warburton fired again, this time for 4,400,000 and Jeschka came along again.
The river was a dynamic one as the came off to give Jeschka the two pair. Warburton jammed all in and Jeschka snap-called.
Warburton saw the bad news and smiled while Jeschka apologized and called himself lucky as the massive hand changed the dynamic of the table.
Arsenii Karmatckii raised to 2,000,000 from the button with and Hannes Jeschka called in the small blind with .
The flop gave Karmatckii top pair and Jeschka an open-ended straight draw. Karmatckii continued for 3,200,000 and Jeschka called.
Both players checked the turn before the fell on the river. Jeschka checked again and Karmatckii announced he was all in.
Jeschka, with 21,900,000 left, quickly folded.
Arsenii Karmatckii raised to 2,000,000 from the button showing only the and Steven Warburton defended with .
The flop came and Karmatckii bet 1,200,000 with his pair of fives. Warburton called with king-high and they checked the turn.
The on the river improved Warburton to a pair and he led out for 1,900,000. Karmatckii gave it some thought before folding his pair.
The players have agreed to a deal. Steven Warburton will get $534,000, Arsenii Karmatckii $471,000, and Hannes Jeschka $442,000. There will be an additional $100,000 left for the winner.
Play has now resumed.
The clock has been paused as the three remaining players have agreed to discuss a deal following Hannes Jeschka's double up.
Play should resume momentarily.