PokerStars WCOOP 2020 WPT Online Borgata Series 2020 WPT World Online Championships
Event #3: $30K GTD 8-Max Freezeout

Event Info

Prize Pool $33,300
Players 111

Players Info - Day 1

Players Left 1
Entries 111

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"La_Flama_Blanca" Eliminated in 7th Place ($1,365)


In Level 26 with blinds at 12,000/24,000 (3,000 ante), "BigDickRick" raised from under the gun and then called "La_Flama_Blanca's" 385,424 three-bet jam from the small blind.

"BigDickRick": {a-Diamonds}{q-Hearts}
"La_Flama_Blanca": {k-Clubs}{k-Spades}

"La_Flama_Blanca" was ahead with their cowboys until the {a-Clubs}{6-Clubs}{8-Hearts} flop appeared pairing "BigDickRick's" ace.

The {a-Hearts} turn gave "BigDickRick" trips and "La_Flama_Blanca" needed a cowboy to appear on the river to stay alive.

Unfortunately for "La_Flama_Blanca" the {10-Clubs} completed the board and ended their night in seventh place.

BigDickRick us 877,552 347,624
La_Flama_Blanca us Busted

"ghoul" Eliminated in 8th Place ($1,049)


In Level 26 with blinds at 12,000/24,000 (3,000 ante), "ghoul" raised all in 202,372 from the hijack and "BigDickRick" isolated from the cutoff.

"ghoul": {q-Hearts}{j-Clubs}
"BigDickRick": {a-Clubs}{a-Spades}

"ghoul" was behind but found some life after the {q-Spades}{2-Spades}{7-Diamonds} flop paired their queen.

The {6-Clubs} turn was no help to "ghoul" as they needed a queen or jack to stay alive but the river came the {10-Clubs} ending their tournament in eighth place.

BigDickRick us 529,928 157,872
ghoul Busted

Eric “alwaysliquid” Vanauken Looking for More partypoker US Success

Eric Vanauken
Eric Vanauken

Eric “alwaysliquid” Vanauken is a name you should know as he's become on of the most accomplished players on the partypoker US Network.

A couple of months ago, Vanauken accomplished the incredible feat of capturing back-to-back titles not once, but twice.

In the July 6-12 series, he topped a 134-entry field to win Event #4: $15,000 GTD NLH for nearly $7,500, and then the next night bested 144 runners to win Event #5: $,7500 GTD Green Chip Bounty for $3,145. Then, at the end of July, he won the $320 buy-in Event #3: $15,000 GTD PKO Bounty for $6,393 and a day later emerged victorious in the $215 buy-in Event #4: $12,000 GTD PKO Bounty Boost for $5.691.

PokerNews recently had the chance to chat with Vanauken about his recent successes.

Money Never Sleeps

For the 43-year-old Vanauken, who is married with three kids ages 7, 10, and 19, he’s never really had a nine-to-five job. Instead, he fancies himself a real estate broker engaging in flips and investments while playing poker on the side of course.

“I first learned playing $4/$8 limit at Foxwoods in early 2000 and now play now $20/$40 and $30/$60 when I can find a game, or settle on $1/$2 or $2/$5 NLH," he said. "I have played the WSOP Main Event two times with no luck busting on Day 2 both times.”

Additionally, Vanauken grinds a decent amount on the virtual tables under the screen name “alwaysliquid,” which stems from the movie Wall Street when Gordon Gekko tells Bud Fox about how money never sleeps and you need to always be liquid.

“Since New Jersey went legal I play on Borgata and WSOP. I used to play PokerStars but had an issue with them over a year ago and have since boycotted them. I do very well on Borgata. I even shipped the Mega Thursday [not long ago] on my phone from an Applebee’s parking lot as I had no WiFi at home due to power outage.”

As for his recent successes on partypoker US, Vanauken was pleased but wanted to remain humble.

“I am humbled to be able to compete with all of the great players in New Jersey,” he said. “I’m proud that all of my studying and grinding has been producing favorable results in the past few years, taking me from an average breakeven player to a profitable one. At the same time, I try to maintain being humble with this great game and what it has provided for me and my family.”

Proudest Poker Accomplishments

For Vanauken, the scores rank up there among his proudest poker accomplishments, which includes beating a poker legend.

“In 2013, I beat Joe McKeehen for the Borgata Limit Championship,” Vanauken said. “I think that was the last limit event held at Borgata.”

Other highlights on his poker résumé include finishing sixth in the 2018 WSOP Circuit at Canada’s Playground Poker Club and finishing runner-up in a pair of WSOP Circuit online events back in March.

“So close to a ring but the two cashes of $35k and $20k within a few days definitely eased the quarantine pain,” Vanauken said.

With the latest partypoker US Network Online Series happening now, only time will tell if Vanauken can keep his streak of winning back-to-back events alive.

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Gagliano Bubbles

Michael Gagliano
Michael Gagliano

In Level 24 with blinds at 8,000/16,000 (2,000 ante), Michael "Gags30" Gagliano raised all in for 224,024 from middle position, "Stoops211" came over the top for 436,673 from the hijack and "Ozzy_Rocks111" isolated after they moved all in over the top for 1,102,541 from the button.

"Stoops211": {9-Spades}{9-Diamonds}
"Ozzy_Rocks111": {a-Clubs}{a-Hearts}
Michael "Gags30" Gagliano: {k-Clubs}{j-Clubs}

"Ozzy_Rocks111" woke up at a premium time with aces and the {10-Spades}{6-Spades}{5-Clubs}{2-Hearts}{3-Hearts} runout sent Gagliano out on the money bubble while "Stoops211" took home $516 for 14th place.

Gagliano Bubbles
Gagliano Bubbles
Ozzy_Rocks111 us 1,883,638 1,678,315
Michael "Gags30" Gagliano us Busted
Stoops211 Busted

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