Day 1 Completed
|Blinds||60,000 / 120,000|
Day 1 Completed
While Day 1b of the Main Event was being played in the Salle des Etoiles, the high rollers gathered in the Americas Room to play for hundreds of thousands of euros in a single-day event with a buy-in of €50,000.
A total of 52 players entered the event. With 12 reentries added, that made for a field of 64 entries and a prize pool of €3,104,000. €908,000 of that was allocated for the winner.
After 14 hours of play, Adrian Mateos walked away the winner with exactly that as he beat the final table without even so much of a thought of a deal.
|3||Erik Seidel||United States||€423,800|
|5||Nick Petrangelo||United States||€248,400|
Walking around through the tournament room would be a dream for the die-hard poker fan. A lot of the big names in poker entered the event and the action was fast-paced. With half an hour levels and the option to reenter for the first 8 of them, the chips were going in left and right.
Nick Petrangelo was the first casualty of the day, but he bought back in straight away. Daniel Dvoress would also bust, and then bust again, but bought back in both times saying "third time's a charm." He would be proven right as he would eventually make the final table and finish runner up.
Before the final table was set, a lot of players left with hanging shoulders, disappointed at getting short of making the money.
Daniel Negreanu (ace-five against queens), Isaac Haxton (tens against ace-seven), John Juanda (king-ten to ace-king) and Charlie Carrel (jack-eight against king-jack) were just a few of the players that went home empty-handed.
David Peters too left the tournament room before the cheques were getting handed out. He did, however, make the biggest call of the tournament check-calling all three streets against Fedor Holz with nothing but ace-high. Holz revealed a stone cold bluff and Peters doubled up, but it wouldn't do him any good. Holz, as he has done every single year since the events' inception, did recover from the blowback and made the final table.
The tournament was down to 10 players just after midnight. With just 9 players getting paid, the bubble was on as play tightened up a bit. That was until Mustapha Kanit called a shove with pocket tens. Daniel Dvoress had jack-nine and hit a nine on the flop and turn to eliminate Kanit and guarantee himself and 8 others a minimum prize of €90,100. Kanit, who won the inaugural Single-Day High Roller in Monaco in 2015, out as the last player to not make the money.
Sergio Aido (9th, ace-ten against ace-jack), Mike Watson (8th, ace-ten against king-ten) and Ramin Hajiyev (7th, queen-ten against pocket threes) departed from the final table shortly after.
Steve O'Dwyer was the next to go. He got it in before the flop with ace-ten to Adrian Mateos' queens. He flopped a ten but the board would not pair or show any aces. O'Dwyer out in 6th place for a cash just shy of €200,000.
Nick Petrangelo followed him out the door. The American rounder got his last chips in with the best hand but Erik Seidel would get lucky. Petrangelo's pocket tens were worth nothing as Seidel hit an ace on the river with his ace-six.
With the tournament now 4-handed, the chips were unevenly distributed. Adrian Mateos had a demanding lead while Erik Seidel was the definite short stack. Daniel Dvoress and Fedor Holz both had medium stacks. However, Fedor Holz would eventually be the one to go out in 4th place. Mateos flopped a heart flush draw and turned a gutshot and check-raised all in against Holz's second barrel.
"Ahh! I knew it!" exclaimed Holz, "I could see it on your face!"
Holz wasn't too happy about it, especially since Seidel was short, but called with his top pair and spade flush draw anyway. The river five gave Mateos the winning straight and Holz departed. After coming 4th in 2015 (€329,800) and 5th in this event last year (€271,670), now 4th again for Holz who's the only player to cash in all 3 Monaco Single-Day High Rollers.
Erik Seidel had made some suck outs earlier on the day but 3-handed he ran out of luck. He got his short stack in the middle with king-four to Adrian Mateos' ace-ten and saw his Spanish opponent hit a pair.
As a result, Mateos started the heads up against Daniel Dvoress with a 5-to-1 advantage. Dvoress won some chips but not enough to get things real iffy for Mateos. In the last hand, Dvoress got it in with king-four suited against jack-eight only to see Mateos flop an eight. Blanks on the turn and river resulted in the tournament being done at 2:30 in the morning.
After winning the Main Event here for €1,082,000 back in 2015 and the WSOPE for €1,000,000 back in 2013, now a €908,000 score marking a third-best result for Adrian Mateos.
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Daniel Dvoress kept his hopes alive with a few shoves that went through, but his stack remained around 11 big blinds only. Adrian Mateos then shoved the last hand of the level from the small blind and Dvoress eventually called in the big blind after giving it some consideration.
The Spanish rail including Diego Gomez and Ka Kwan Lau jumped closer to the table and was asking for a jack and eight in the flop. That wish was partly granted, as the flop came . Both the turn and the river failed to improve Dvoress, and he was eliminated in 2nd place for €652,000.
Mateos adds another major title to his collection and takes home €908,000. A recap of today's action will follow shortly.
Adrian Mateos raised to 250,000 and Daniel Dvoress called. On the flop, Dvoress check-called a bet worth 130,000 and did so again for 400,000 on the turn. The Canadian then checked the river and Mateos moved all in.
The first 30 seconds passed without any decision and Dvoress used one of his two remaining time bank chips, then folded with 10 seconds left.
Adrian Mateos raised and Daniel Dvoress called. The duo checked the flop and Dvoress bet the turn for 300,000. Mateos raised to 1.1M and Dvoress folded.
A limped pot then saw the flop go check, check, before the turn brought no betting action either. On the river, Mateos checked and Dvoress bet 150,000. Mateos called and his claimed the pot, as Dvoress was bluffing with .
Mateos' next raise to 250,000 claimed the big blind before Dvoress limped in and folded to a raise to 375,000 by Mateos.
Down to three players, Adrian Mateos was basically involved in every hand, most of them as initial raiser, and he got through with most of the raises except for two three-bet shoves by Daniel Dvoress. Erik Seidel was chipped down to around 1.5M and that's what he moved all in for from the small blind. Mateos peeked at his cards in the big blind and called.
The board of kept Mateos in front and Seidel was eliminated in 3rd place for €423,800. While Dvoress and Mateos have €652,000 guaranteed by now, the Spaniard enters the duel for the trophy and first-place payout of €908,000 with a 3-1 lead.
Erik Seidel shoved for 620,000 to claim the blinds and antes, then shoved once more to get up to exactly one million in chips. He shoved for that amount from the button and Daniel Dvoress called in the big blind.
The flop improved Seidel, and the turn and river didn't change the outcome of the hand anymore to let Seidel double.
Fedor Holz opened for 225,000 from the button and big blind Adrian Mateos called. Mateos check-called 200,000 on before checking again on the turn. Holz bet 495,000 and action was on Mateos. He thought about it for a bit before announcing all in.
"Ahh! I knew it!" exclaimed Holz, "I could see it on your face!"
Holz had started the hand with just about 3 million in chips and was facing a big decision, especially since Seidel on his left didn't have too many chips. With 10 seconds left to act, Holz called.
Both players had a flush draw. Mateos had a gutshot on top, Holz had the pair and was in the lead.
The river came the gifting Mateos the straight and Holz hit the rail. After coming 4th in 2015 (€329,800) and 5th in this event last year (€271,670), now 4th again. Holz netted €319,800, the remaining 3 players are guaranteed €423,800.
|Fedor Holz||GGPoker Ambassador||Busted|