Day 1 Completed
|Blinds||400,000 / 800,000|
Day 1 Completed
After a heads-up match that ran shockingly long given the stack depths, Giuseppe Iadisernia defeated Sean Winter to win the partypoker 2018 Caribbean Poker Party $50,000 Super High Roller.
The $845,000 in prize money claimed by the Venezuela native dwarfs the $220,000 he'd previously cashed for in live tournaments. He topped a field of 54 entries for his win.
Winter had to settle for second and $550,000 after having a majority of the chips three-handed and turning down a couple of suggestions from Iadisernia that the two chop up the money and play for the trophy.
Official Final Table Paid Results
What looked initially like a small field grew slowly at first and then quickly at the close of registration with a number of entries at the buzzer. It was a typically star-studded $50K field and the unofficial final table of nine began with breakout star Ali Imsirovic and Christopher Kruk ahead of the pack and two off the money.
However, after Justin Bonomo went bust, Kruk would find himself in a frustrating slide before ultimately bubbling out, leaving Winter, who had started the final table in third, well ahead of the remaining players.
Winter only furthered that lead considerably as the field narrowed. He busted Benjamin Pollak in a flip, with short stacks Markus Prinz and Sorel Mizzi following. Then, Talal Shakerchi picked up queens on the button and got in a flip for over a quarter of the chips in play against Winter, losing the high-leverage spot when a pair of kings hit the board.
Winter had over two-thirds of the total chips, but 30-minute blinds and aggressive opponents meant it was far from over. Imsirovic ran up his last few big blinds but was forced to fold to an Iadisernia shove when four to Broadway hit the board on the turn in a large pot. Winter finished Imsirovic the next hand.
Winter nearly sealed things early as he got in a great spot. He picked off an Iadisernia check-raise bluff with an ace-high combo draw, seeing he only needed to fade non-heart queens and nines on the river as Iadisernia held a complete airball. The queen of spades hit to give Iadisernia life and even out stacks.
"OK..." was all Winter could muster with a bemused smile.
At that point, Iadisernia tried to persuade Winter to chop. However, Winter just grinned and said he felt like gambling. Gambling they were as less than 70 big blinds were in play during the final level.
Winter would double back twice to regain the lead, the second time getting lucky to run a backdoor flush when he check-jammed second pair against Iadisernia's top pair of aces. However, Winter's lead would evaporate in one hand when he shoved button with ace-seven and got snapped off by ace-king.
Left with crumbs, Winter joked that he agreed to the chop. Iadisernia knew the tournament was his, though, and he celebrated with his lone railbird after finishing Winter off moments later.
Sean Winter shoved all in from the button with a covering stack and Giuseppe Iadisernia snap-called and slapped onto the felt. Winter showed and needed help but got none on the board. He sent over 26 million, leaving himself with crumbs.
Winter managed one double up and got a shove through but the big comeback ended one hand later when Iadisernia's held against .
Giuseppe Iadisernia took the lead in a raised pot where he and Sean Winter checked to the turn on . Iadisernia checked, Winter bet 1.7 million and Iadisernia jammed for 17.1 million. Winter called with and had a big edge against . However a river cost him the pot and the opportunity to win the tournament.
Winter would double back with against , turning the nut flush all in preflop, and the two are about even.
Ali Imsirovic played a large pot with Giuseppe Iadisernia wherein the latter raised in the small blind and bet 4 million on a flop. He then jammed the turn and a disgusted Imsirovic folded.
On the next hand, Imsirovic shoved from the small blind for 6.1 million. Sean Winter considered briefly then called, causing Imsirovic to grimace before turning over . Winter had the and the board did nothing for Imsirovic, who took his leave in third.
Talal Shakerchi got all in for about 7.5 million on the button with and was racing against the of Sean Winter. The board favored the latter with trip kings.
"Good game, Talal," Winter said.
Afterward, Ali Imsirovic, who laddered with 10 big blinds, admitted he was pleased with the outcome.