The fifth of the PokerStars Championship Macau High Roller events at City of Dreams saw 38 players battle it out at the baize in the HK$ 206,000 Single Re-Entry Shot Clock II. Nine of these chose to fire a second bullet to bring the total number of entries up to 47, creating an HK$ 9,212,000 (~US$ 1,185,625) prize pool.
It took a little over 12-hours and twenty 30-minute levels for German player Oliver Weis to emerge triumphant, defeating Belarusian Mikita Badziakouski heads-up to take the title, trophy, and the HK$ 3,130,000 (~US$ 402,840) first prize.
Wies defeated Badziakouski with a one-two punch, taking a big bite out of the Belarusian’s stack on the third hand of heads-up after moving all-in on the flop in a three-bet pot to win without showdown, then winning a race with pocket threes against Badziakouski’s ace-king the very next hand.
With that victory, Weis has more than doubled his previous €144,500 ($154940) career best in the March 2015 €2,200 IPT High Roller to take down his first major title. This shoots Weis up to 55 on the German All Time Money List.
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The day began with two 5-handed tables but this quickly increased to three as the late arrivals began to trickle in. By the time registration closed at the end of level 8 the field size had increased to 38 (not including re-entries), though only 26 of these remained in contention.
Big names to fall by the wayside included Isaac Haxton, Bertrand Grospellier, Mustapha Kanit and Steve O’Dwyer.
The field was whittled down to the final 16 around shortly before the dinner break and with the speedy departures of Nick Chen, Neel Murthy, Dario Sammartino and Yu Liang this quickly became 12.
Dan Smith lost a huge blind versus blind battle againstZuo Wang and was left with a single ante but managed to squeak onto the final table after winning his next three all-ins. This gave the dubious honor of final table bubble boy to Mexico’s JC Alvarado, who ran ace-jack into the pocket queens of Mikita Badzikouski to set up the final nine.
The Belarusian player also crippled France’s Imad Derwiche shortly afterward, though it was Chinese player Zuo Wang who administered the coup de grace when Derwiche shoved with pocket nines and Wang found pocket kings on the button.
Smith could not complete his comeback and hit the rail shortly after Derwiche’s departure, running jack-ten into the ace-jack of Badziakouski.
Nick Petrangelo could not repeat the run of form that saw him finish runner-up to Quan Zhou in the previous HK$206,000 Single Re-Entry Shot Clock and it was he who burst the bubble after his pocket tens were outflopped by the queen-four of Badziakouski.
John Juanda became the first of the paying casualties with Badziakouski wielding the executioner’s axe once more, the Belarusian’s pocket fives holding against Juanda’s suited ace-jack.
Zuo Wang could not best his previous fifth place finish in the same event Zhou won and the Chinese player would fall in the same place once more after losing a flip with pocket threes to the suited ace-queen of Badzikouski.
Canada’s Timothy Adams was next out, running pocket tens into the pocket queens of Weis to give the German the chip lead and take play three-handed.
Although China’s Canlin Chen briefly flirted with the chip lead on several occasions he was next to fall. Chen ran ace-ten into the pocket jacks of Badziakouski to take a big hit before shoving his dominated suited eight-nine into Weis’ jack-nine.
This concludes the PokerNews live reporting in the Single Day High Roller events but we will return tomorrow for the final High Roller tournament of the festival – the HK$103,000 Single Re-Entry Shot Clock at 12pm local time so join us then.