Day 1 Completed
|Prize Pool||9,212,000 HKD|
|Blinds||40,000 / 80,000|
Day 1 Completed
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.
The first two hands of heads up were both limped pots with Oliver Weis taking down the first and Mikita Badzikouski winning the second.
The fireworks came on the third hand. Sitting on the button Badziakouski popped it up to 170,000 and Weis ran down the shot clock to 3 seconds before re-raising to 480,000 in total.
It was Badziakouski’s turn to tank and he thought about it until there were 2 seconds on the shot clock before announcing the call.
The flop fell and Weis took his time once more, running the clock down to a single second before moving all-in for 2,450,000. Badziakouski counted down his stack and looked to be torn between calling or folding but eventually chose the latter and dropped down to 1,260,000 while Weis stacked up to 3,440,000.
The very next hand it was all over; Weis open-shoved from the small blind and Badziakouski peeked at his cards in the big blind, then called.
The flop of gave Badziakouski further outs to even out the stacks again, but the turn and river were both blanks to eliminate the Belorussian in 2nd place. Badziakouski takes home HK$2,165,000 (~$278,648) for the runner-up finish and Weis will lift the trophy shortly.
Weis more than doubles his best live result to date and took down his first PokerStars Championship High Roller event for HK$3,130,000 (~$402,849) after already coming close at the Bahamas earlier this year when he finished 4th in a $25,500 High Roller.
Full write up to follow shortly so watch this space.
There were no deal discussions at all and play has resumed two minutes ago. Oliver Weis faced a limp of Mikita Badziakouski in the first hand of the duel and opted for the raise to 180,000, which Badziakouski called. On the flop, it was Weis who bet 80,000 and Badziakouski folded.
There are just two players left in the HK$206,000 Single Re-Entry Shot Clock with Canlin Chen becoming the latest casualty.
Mikita Badziakouski folded the button and Chen moved all-in for 575,000 from the small blind. Weis asked for a count and thought for 20-seconds before tossing in the call and the cards went on their backs.
While Chen’s hand looked pretty, it was also pretty dominated and stayed that way on the [ flop. Chen would need an eight to survive but unfortunately for the field’s sole remaining Chinese player the turn and river came down and respectively to bring the final table down to two.
Play has paused while the trophy is brought out and the heads-up photo is taken. Stick around as we find out who will emerge victoriously.
Canlin Chen meant to raise from the button but didn't put in enough chips, and it was just a call as a result. The action was on Mikita Badziakouski in the big blind, who raised to 180,000. Chen wasted little time before announcing all in, and Badziakouski called even faster.
The board came and Badziakouski doubled for 970,000, leaving his opponent short on just over six big blinds for the next level.
Canlin Chen and Oliver Weis are taking it in turns to swap the chip lead while Mikita Badziakouski is slipping slightly behind.
It all started with a limp, with Chen completing the small blind and Weis checking his option in the big blind. The looked to be an innocuous one and Chen checked it over to Weis, who fired for 80,000.
Chen check-raised to 200,000 and Weis nearly timed out but got his call over the line in the nick of time. This slowed Chen right down an he checked the turn over to Weis, who did not slow down and bet 200,000. That was enough to take it down and put Weis back out in front.
Canlin Chen raised to 120,000 on the button and Mikita Badziakouski moved all in. The shot clock ran down to just four seconds and Chen then asked for a count. Badziakouski's shove was for 1,180,000, and Chen gave it more thought before folding with a few seconds left on the clock.
Badziakouski limped the small blind and Chen checked his option. On the flop, the duo checked. After the turn, Badziakouski bet 60,000 and folded to a raise to 160,000 by Chen.
Then, Badziakouski limped in from the button and Chen raised to 230,000 in the small blind, claiming the pot uncontested.
Last but not least, Chen limped the button and Oliver Weis filled up from the small blind, Badziakouski checked. On the the action checked to Chen, who made it 100,000 to go. Only Weis called before the turn went check, check. Weis let his shot clock run down to just three seconds and bet 175,000 on the , which was met by a min-raise to 350,000 by Chen.
Weis mucked and the pot was awarded to Chen. Badziakouski has two time bank extensions left, his two opponents hold one each.