Dia 3 Terminado
Dia 3 Terminado
The biggest $25K tournament in poker history is down to just five tables, as 38 players remain in contention for the $5.1 million first-place prize at the PokerStars Players No-Limit Hold'em Championship.
Leading the way into Day 4 will be a pair of direct buy-ins from opposite sides of the Atlantic, all but deadlocked at the top of the counts. American Scott Baumstein and the U.K.'s Yiannis Liperis bagged 4,240,000 and 4,210,000, respectively, making them the only players north of 4 million heading into the penultimate day of the event.
"It feels good," Baumstein said of the position he's in. "This is definitely a good tournament to run well in.
"I was chipping up pretty much all day. I lost an all-in near the end then made a run at it and won a big flip versus Farid [Jattin]. I was actually surprised he was as strong as he was, but it worked out for me."
The flip in question occurred in Level 23 (15,000/30,000/30,000). Baumstein made it 75,000 in the cutoff and the start-of-day leader three-bet to 320,000 out of the big blind. Baumstein came back with 775,000 and Jattin ripped it in for just under 2 million.
Baumstein called with queens and got a fairly easy hold against ace-king as nothing on the board materialized to threaten him.
"I was sweating that flip pretty hard," he admitted with a smile. "That was a big one. From what I understood, it was the biggest pot of the tournament."
As for Liperis, he got there on a big combo draw against the top two pair of Yan Li to move over 1.8 million. Then, he hit another nut flush after calling a sizable turn bet against Jonathan West, who couldn't find a fold on the river with a hand that never got shown down despite a river shove and a call.
Meanwhile, nine Platinum Pass winners still remain in the field heading into Day 4. While Mikita Badziakouski — he of over $20 million in live cashes — advancing is hardly a Cinderella story, there are still several players for whom a $5.1 million payday would hardly seem imaginable.
Ramon Colillas, Adrian Samu, Atanas Pavlov, Marc Rivera, Michael Roboniek and Jacqueline Burkhart all have $100,000 or less in live cashes and would make positively Moneymaker-esque stories were they to ship the PSPC.
Day 3 also saw the money bubble burst early on, and nearly 150 have already cashed payout tickets. Bill Perkins, Dylan Linde, Christoph Vogelsang, Ryan Riess and all three of Sam, Luc and Max Greenwood were among those getting paid.
The remaining 38 players gather for Day 4 at noon local time on Wednesday. Play continues at 25,000/50,000/50,000 with the plan to play to at least eight players, possibly longer if time allows. Come back to PokerNews to find who those few will be.
Day 4 Seat Draw
|Table||Seat||Player||Country||Chip Count||Big Blinds|
|1||3||Pedro Padilha||Brazil||Platinum Pass winner||1,315,000||26|
|1||4||Scott Baumstein||United States||4,240,000||85|
|1||5||Scott Stewart||United States||1,120,000||22|
|1||6||Adrian Echave Samu||Spain||Platinum Pass winner||1,265,000||25|
|1||7||Jonathan West||United States||280,000||6|
|1||8||Martins Adeniya||United Kingdom||1,545,000||31|
|2||1||Jake Schwartz||United States||1,530,000||31|
|2||3||Jack O'Neill||United Kingdom||2,525,000||51|
|2||5||Dan O'Brien||United States||1,765,000||35|
|2||8||Talal Shakerchi||United Kingdom||1,330,000||27|
|3||1||Tony Gregg||United States||905,000||18|
|3||5||Luke Marsh||United Kingdom||2,065,000||41|
|3||7||Jacqueline Burkhart||United States||Platinum Pass winner||660,000||13|
|4||1||Joao Barbosa||Portugal||Platinum Pass winner||1,780,000||36|
|4||2||Ramon Colillas||Spain||Platinum Pass winner||2,895,000||58|
|4||4||Mikita Badziakouski||Belarus||Platinum Pass winner||1,910,000||38|
|4||7||Sosia Jiang||New Zealand||1,515,000||30|
|4||8||Marc Rivera||Philippines||Platinum Pass winner||865,000||17|
|5||1||Yiannis Liperis||United Kingdom||4,210,000||84|
|5||2||Jason Koonce||United States||2,235,000||45|
|5||3||Evan Mathis||United States||910,000||18|
|5||4||Chris Johnson||United States||1,480,000||30|
|5||5||Atanas Pavlov||Bulgaria||Platinum Pass winner||1,070,000||21|
|5||7||Michael Robionek||Germany||Platinum Pass winner||720,000||14|
A recap of today's action is to follow.
|Ramon Colillas||PokerStars Ambassador||2,895,000||355,000|
|Adrian Echave Samu||PokerStars||1,265,000||65,000|
In the last hand of the night, Julien Martini raised first to act and Dariusz Paszkiewicz pushed for around 350,000, Martini called and the cards were on their backs.
Martini flopped a full house on and that left Paszkiewicz drawing dead right away.
Rui Sousa raised to 85,000 and was called by Samuel Tsehai from one seat over. Sousa made it 60,000 to go on the flop and Tsehai called. The turn and river were checked and Sousa showed the for two pair, Tsehai mucked.
Small blind Chris Johnson shoved all in for 670,000 over an open from early position, and big blind Martins Adeniya reraised all in to isolate.
The board ran out , no threat to the Nebraskan.
Three more hands will be played at every table.
Jonathan West bet 500,000 in the small blind on , with about 1.1 million already in the pot. Yiannis Liperis called in the cutoff after some thought and the river was the . West checked and Liperis moved all in after about 15 seconds. It was 935,000. West thought a bit as cameras gathered, then stuck one chip in the middle.
Liperis opened for the nuts and West mucked without showing.
Ramon Colillas opened to 85,000 from under the gun and Felix Schneiders pushed all in for 505,000 on the button. Schneiders was sitting on one of the shorter stacks at the table and Colillas made the call to put him at risk.
Schneiders was in desperate need of a nine in order to stay alive and he got one on the flop but it wasn't enough as Colillas also flopped a set. The on the turn left Schneiders drawing to one out and the on the river wasn't it, ending his deep run.
|Ramon Colillas||PokerStars Ambassador||2,540,000||40,000|
|Felix Schneiders||PokerStars Team Online||Eliminado|
Jonathan West raised under the gun and called what he thought was a shove from Dan O'Brien, who had announced 500,000 across the table. However, O'Brien had 70,000 back and West said he was sticking that in without seeing the flop.
The dealer spread and O'Brien warned West that since it was a money jump and the day was nearly done, he had to time down. Eventually, after using all his banks, he stuck the last 70,000 in.
The turn brought a sweat but the river was the .