Our three remaining players have gone off on a ten-minute break.
|Blinds||40,000 / 80,000|
For the second time in just a couple hands, a big preflop raising war between Valdemar Kwaysser and Konstantin Bucherl left the latter all in, this time for a hefty 2.165 million chips. Kwaysser still had that covered, and he had Bucherl dominated when the cards were turned up:
There was an unfortunate king on the flop for the at-risk player, but he did pick up a gutshot straight draw as it came . The was a miss, though, and the that rivered failed to save Bucherl from the cashier's grasp. He's out in 4th place, but he'll be rewarded with more than $200,000 for his three-day effort
Valdemar Kwaysser completed the small blind, Konstantin Bucherl raised to 230,000 from the big blind, Kwaysser reraised to 690,000, Bucherl moved all-in and Kwaysser called.
The board ran out and Bucherl doubled up.
Valdemar Kwaysser opened for 175,000, Konstantin Bucherl re-potted, Kwaysser set him all-in and Bucherl called. They turned over the same hand.
The only way this pot would not end in a split would have been if the board had four-flushed. Each player's camp, of course, started screaming for various suits.
The flop left that door slightly open, as Bucherl could catch running hearts. The Germans screamed for one at the top of their lungs. The turn was the and the screaming intensified even more. The river, however was the and they chopped the pot as the energy level in the room deflated.
Konstantin Bucherl button-raised to 210,000 to open the put, putting about 40% of his stack out there in the middle of the table. In the small blind, Matt Marafioti raised the minimum to 360,000, and Bucherl moved all in. As he was doing so, Marafioti said, "Don't do it, bro. You're way behind. Don't do it. Bucherl did, and Marafiotti called the extra bit to put his opponent at risk.
There was a five peeking right in the window, and the board of saved Bucherl from extinction. He's doubled up over a million now, leaving Marafioti back on the shortest stack with less than 800,000
Matt Marafioti raised to 185,000 and the action folded around to Konstantin Bucherl in the big blind. Bucherl eyeballed Marafioti's stack before setting him all-in for 495,000. Marafioti called.
"Esperanza and Daniela!" Marafioti said to his supporters on the rail as he tabled pocket queens. Bucherl showed .
The board ran out and Marfioti doubled to just over 1 million.
Valdemar Kwaysser and James Calderaro had built themselves a little pot by the time we got the sense something was brewing on the flop. There was 800,000 in the middle going to the turn, and Calderaro bet that much with the word, "Pot." He cut the chips out of his stack, and Kwaysser just grinned and stared at them. After a minute or so, he said, "Okay, take it," and released his hand.
Calderaro flashed as he pulled in the pot, moving his way to the two-million chip mark or very close to it.
First to go, Konstantin Bucherl opened the pot to 75,000, and big blind Valdemar Kwaysser reraised to 240,000 total. After a quick sideways glance, Bucherl called to see a flop.
It came , and Bucherl faced a continuation bet of 360,000. Bucherl thought it over carefully, and he eventually slid the calling chips from his stack and into the pot.
That brought them to the raggy turn. Not slowing down now, Kwaysser grabbed two full stacks of greens and carefully slid out a bet of 1 million straight. That sent Bucherl deep into the tank, and he counted down his remaining chips. Our eyeballs counted 1.135 million in his stacks, so he was faced with a big all-or-nothing proposition. He stared at the board and slid the hoodie off his head to get a better look. After maybe four minutes, Kwaysser called the clock. It seemed just a tad quick by our internal timer, and Bucherl didn't seem to like it either as he eyed up the floor man, then stared at Kwaysser out of the corner of his eye. When the click ticked down to zero, Bucherl shook his head, uncapped his cards, and mucked them.
1. The Germans have a bullhorn. They use it to start chants and sing songs. We don't know what any of them mean but they're... festive. Or at least they were two hours ago.
2. As we noted in the previous post, Dan Smith was sweating Dani Stern while wearing a red sequined hat accented with a tall black feather and a Full Tilt patch. Not sure what the lost prop bet was there.
3. James Calderaro has placed a second chair behind his own to hold all his stuff. This includes an empty bottle of Sobe Life Water, a Starbucks cup, a pack of gum, a bottle of Purell, a pack of Marlboro Ultra Lights, a small bottle of aromatherapy oil, and seven or eight sugar packets.
4. Valdemar Kwaysser has requested that the tournament director announcing the action call him "Luigi." True story.