Day 3 Completed
|Blinds||200,000 / 400,000|
Day 3 Completed
The additional third and final day of the 2017 partypokerLIVE MILLIONS £10,300 High Roller at the Dusk Till Dawn in Nottingham saw four players out of an 110-entry strong field return to the tables of the impressive cardroom in the middle of the UK, and ultimately it was 2016 November Niner Vojtech Ruzicka who emerged victorious after an intense heads-up battle with Bartlomiej "Bartek" Machon to take the lion's share of the £1,067,000 prize pool.
“It feels great! After the November Nine, I played a lot of High Rollers and Super High Rollers and basically didn’t cash in anything. I cashed one small tournament in Rozvadov, but this feels really good. I can’t complain after reaching my first ever November Nine. I could live with it. But that feeling when everything goes well and you’re winning hands, every time you need to you hit your set, it’s a great feeling," Ruzicka said in an interview after all was done and dusted.
There was an extra day added to the schedule for the playing out of the tournament. Did he agree with the decision that was made to come back the next day when play stopped after 4.00am?
“There were a lot of discussions and actually I wasn’t a fan of playing it down to a winner [last night]. It would have been insane; we’d already played 15 hours. I think it was a good decision to stop it and today the heads-up felt like it took hours. One should always be prepared for that but I didn’t expect it at all to be honest. It wasn’t that deep and we finished at 150,000/300,000 which was 37 big blinds average. It’s not that usual.”
The World Series final table saw many players get elite coaching and Ruzicka was no different. Did that preparation help him to take down the partypokerLIVE MILLIONS High Roller today?
“Yeah, because my coach for the World Series was Max Altergott, who’s a heads-up player himself. I studied heads-up a lot, and finally I used it today! We were preparing for deeper heads-up, though, because at November Nine its usually deeper heads-up. In Czech Republic, online tournaments aren’t happening right now. We’re waiting to see if that changes but nobody knows. I wasn’t in touch with tournaments, so binking heads-up was a new thing for me. I will speak to Max and he’ll be proud!”
Final Result of the £10,300 High Roller
|Place||Player||Country||Payout (in GBP)||Payout (in USD)|
|1||Vojtech Ruzicka||Czech Republic||284,210*||363,135*|
*denotes ICM deal of the last two players
It was no surprise to see Ruzicka and Machon in the final duel for the trophy, as they were the two biggest stacks upon restart and also the most active players on the final table last night as well. Before the battle one versus one began, the duo struck an ICM deal and left the trophy as well as £50,000 to be played for.
In the second level of the day, Chris Backhouse, who had qualified for the event through a £1,000 Live Satellite at the Dusk Till Dawn, would become the first casualty and settle for 4th place and a payday of £110,000. Down to 10 big blinds, Backhouse shoved with queen-jack off suit in the small blind and Bartlomiej Machon called with king-three suited. There was no help on the board and Machon claimed the pot with eights and treys.
Less than ten minutes later, the field was reduced to the last two already. Tom "Jabracada" Hall three-bet all in from the big blind for 18 big blinds with ace-deuce off suit and Vojtech Ruzicka called with pocket sevens. The board ran out jack-high and Hall claimed a payday of £142,000.
Heads-up would last more than 2h30 and the levels were shortened to 20 minutes each. Bartlomiej Machon quickly closed the gap and established a big lead before falling back and scoring a lucky double with queen-five suited against the ace-jack of Vojtech Ruzicka. The latter himself then doubled with ace-six against pocket queens after spiking an ace on the flop. Soon after it was all over. Machon shoved for less than 10 big blinds with ace-seven and Ruzicka called with king-four, a king appeared right in the window and that settled it.
That brought the second-most expensive tournament of the £8m guaranteed festival at the Dusk Till Dawn to an end, and Ruzicka lifted the trophy to further cement his second place in the Czech all-time money list. Among the notables that finished in the money in the top 11 spots in the £10,300 High Roller were Dutch High Roller regular Govert Metaal (11th, for £20,000), 2016 $7,500 WPT Bay 101 Shooting Star champion Stefan Schillhabel (8th, for £40,000), online high-stakes Pot-Limit Omaha specialist Laszlo Bujtas (7th, for £50,000), American poker pro Jason Wheeler (6th, for £65,000) and partypoker pro Joao Simao (5th, for £85,000).
The PokerNews live reporting team will continue top provide all the action from the festival at the Dusk Till Dawn in the £6m guaranteed £5,300 Main Event until a new millionaire is crowned this Sunday.
Bartlomiej Machon moved all in foir 3,840,000 and Vojtech Ruzicka called.
The flop paired up Ruzicka, while the turn gave Machon some hope. A blank river ended the intense heads-up duel and sent Machon to the rail in second place for £220,790 according to the deal that was struck before the battle for the trophy and title got underway.
Ruzicka received the trophy and a first-place payout of £284,210 and his Czech and Slovakian rail applauded. A recap of today's action will be available shortly.
After a limped flop of , the fell on the turn and Vojtech Ruzicka bet 400,000 with the . Bartlomiej Machon check-called with and the river completed the board.
Machon moved all in and forced a quick fold from Ruzicka.
Ruzicka shoved for 2,810,000 with and that won the pot, but the Czecxh remained short with eight big blinds.
Then, Machon limped in and Ruzicka shoved, picking up a snap-call.
The board came and Ruzicka doubled for 3,290,000.
Bartlomiej Machon limped in with the and Vojtech Ruzicka checked the . The flop was checked and Ruzicka check-called a bet of 450,000 on the turn.
The river saw Ruzicka check again and Machon checked behind before then realizing that he had rivered a flush, triggering a surprised face by Ruzicka.
Bartlomiej Machon limped in with the and Vojtech Ruzicka checked his option with . On the flop, Ruzicka bet 375,000 with his gutshot and Machon called with second pair.
The appeared on the turn and Ruzicka took another stab at the pot by betting 665,000. Machon called and the river completed a straight for the Czech. Ruzicka shoved for 2,350,000 and
Bartlomiej Machon jammed three times, with the , the and the , forcing folds each time from Vojtech Ruzicka.
Then a limped pot saw a flop of checked through. On the turn, Ruzicka bet 300,000 with and was called before Machon with then checked the river. Ruzicka bet 690,000 with two pair and Machon just called with the straight on the flush draw board.
Machon limped the and Ruzicka checked with . On the flop, Ruzicka checked and folded to Machon's bet worth 300,000.
A limped pot saw Bartlomiej Machon with and Vojtech Ruzicka with check down the flop and the turn. On the river, Ruzicka checked and Machon bet 450,000 to get paid off with his trips and claim the pot.