$5,000 Main Event

Event Info

Buy-in $5,000
Premiação $3,376,712
Players 738

Informações do Nível

Nível 31
Blinds 80,000 / 160,000
Ante 20,000



Rasmus Glæsel Eliminated in 6th Place ($103,780)

• Nível 27: 30,000-60,000, 10,000 ante
Rasmus Glæsel
Rasmus Glæsel

Hand #7: Christian Harder raised to 140,000 from under the gun. Rasmus Glæsel moved all in from early position for his remaining 1,275,000 and Harder called.

Harder: {10-Hearts}{10-Clubs}
Glæsel: {a-Hearts}{k-Clubs}

Glæsel found himself in the midst of a classic race, hoping to hit one of six cards in the deck to stay alive.

The flop came {8-Diamonds}{6-Hearts}{3-Spades}, which was of no help to Glæsel.

The turn was the {6-Clubs}, and the river was the {6-Spades}. Harder's pocket tens held, sending Glæsel to the rail in sixth place.

Christian Harder us
Christian Harder
us 7,255,000 1,270,000
Michael Gentili ca
Michael Gentili
ca 5,885,000 -290,000
Aleksei Opalikhin RU
Aleksei Opalikhin
RU 5,260,000 670,000
Michael Vela us
Michael Vela
us 1,535,000 -25,000
Cliff Josephy us
Cliff Josephy
us 1,370,000 130,000
Rasmus Glæsel NO
Rasmus Glæsel
NO Eliminado

Tags: Aleksei OpalikhinChristian HarderCliff JosephyMichael GentiliMichael VelaRasmus Glæsel

Hands #1-6: Not a Great Start for Glæsel

Webjoker • Nível 27: 30,000-60,000, 10,000 ante

Hand #1: Rasmus Glæsel opened for 135,000 with {9-Spades}{9-Hearts}. Aleksei Opalikhin, in the hijack, called with {A-Diamonds}{5-Diamonds}. The flop came {7-Spades}{Q-Clubs}{9-Clubs} and Glæsel bet 150,000 with his flopped set. Opalikhin folded right away.

Hand #2: On the button, Michael Gentili found {10-Clubs}{8-Hearts} and raised to 130,000. Small blind Christian Harder woke up with {J-Hearts}{J-Diamonds} and three-bet to 425,000. The big blind folded, and so did Gentili.

Hand #3: Aleksei Opalikhin was first to act and raised {A-Spades}{10-Spades} to 135,000. Rasmus Glæsel called from the big blind with {A-Clubs}{6-Clubs} and check-called 160,000 on {6-Spades}{K-Hearts}{8-Diamonds}. The turn came the {8-Spades} and now Glæsel check-folded to Opalikhin's 290,000 bet.

Hand #4: Christian Harder raised {10-Spades}{7-Diamonds} to 135,000 from the button, followed by small blind Rasmus Glæsel who three-bet to 325,000 with {A-Diamonds}{9-Clubs}. Big blind Aleksei Opalikhin found {A-Clubs}{Q-Diamonds} and glanced at his neighbor's stack. The Russian player eventually four-bet to 700,000. Harder folded, and so did Glæsel after some time in the tank.

Hand #5: Rasmus Glæsel raised {Q-Spades}{5-Spades} from the button, making it 130,000. Both blinds folded.

Hand #6: Christian Harder was in early position with {a-Hearts}{6-Spades} and raised to 140,000. Cliff Josephy was in the small blind and moved all in for 1,120,000 with {8-Spades}{8-Hearts}. Harder folded, sending Josephy the pot.

Tags: Aleksei OpalikhinChristian HarderMichael GentiliRasmus Glæsel


The Final Day is About to Begin!

The PokerStars Championship Bahamas Main Event is down to the final six players and will kick off in a couple of hours.

Although the start time is Noon, it is important to note that the live stream will kick in at 1:00PM, meaning the live updates on PokerNews will begin then as well to avoid any spoilers and protect the integrity of the game.

After a long week of poker, Canada's Mike Gentili leads the remaining six players in their quest for the title and first place prize of $480,012. Everyone is guaranteed a six-figure payday of $103,780. Cliff Josephy is coming in as the short stack with Rasmus Glæsel not too far ahead of him. Here is a look at how the players stack up against each other today:

SeatPlayerCountryChip Count
1Michael VelaUnited States1,755,000
2Christian HarderUnited States5,985,000
3Rasmus GlæselDenmark1,560,000
4Aleksei OpalikhinRussia4,590,000
5Cliff JosephyUnited States1,240,000
6Michael GentiliCanada6,175,000

Blinds will continue at 30,000/60,000 with a 10,000 ante and the tournament will play down to a winner today.

Stay locked in on PokerNews for all of the coverage today as we crown the first-ever PokerStars Championship Bahamas Main Event winner!

The following players headline the final table today:

Tags: Aleksei OpalikhinChristian HarderCliff JosephyMichael GentiliMichael VelaRasmus Glaesel

Seat 1: Michael Vela, 50, Newburgh, New York, USA

Michael Vela
Michael Vela

New York’s Michael "MVP" Vela has been playing poker for more than a decade. He's earned nearly $2 million in live tournaments, with the vast majority of that coming from his big win in the 2007 WPT World Poker Finals at Foxwoods. On his way to that $1,704,986 payday, Vela outlasted a tough final table that included former WPT champs Nick Schulman and Nenad Medic, as well as a 21-year-old Tom Dwan, a nosebleed superstar in the making at the time. Vela, who's now 50 years old, has been active on the felt since then, but so far hasn't come close to repeating that breakthrough success. He’s doing his part to prove that his skills are still up to par here in The Bahamas, mounting an impressive run to this finale.
Vela's Main Event run:

Start of DayChip CountPosition
Day 265,100129 / 361
Day 3440,5003 / 125
Day 4676,00013 / 32
Day 51,811,0004 / 16
Day 61,560,0004 / 6
Michael Vela us
Michael Vela
us 1,560,000 -195,000

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Seat 2: Christian Harder, 29, Annapolis, Maryland, USA

Christian Harder
Christian Harder

Christian Harder is 29-year-old professional poker player from Annapolis, Maryland. As is the case for several others at the final table, his live and online results are both impressive, rivaling each other in magnitude. Playing under his screenname “charder30”, Harder has racked up more than $3.2 million in online winnings, and he’s added more than $3.7 million in live tournaments to bring his total career earnings to more than $7 million combined. He’s part of a young and talented Maryland poker community, ranking fourth on the state’s all-time money list behind his close friends Tony Gregg and Greg Merson.
Harder's Main Event run:

Start of DayChip CountPosition
Day 246,000191 / 361
Day 3232,00031 / 125
Day 4856,0008 / 32
Day 51,305,0008 / 16
Day 65,985,0002 / 6
Christian Harder us
Christian Harder
us 5,985,000

Tags: Christian Harder

Seat 3: Rasmus Glæsel, 33, born Copenhagen, lives in Oslo, Norway

Rasmus Glæsel
Rasmus Glæsel

Rasmus Glæsel hails from Copenhagen, but has been living in Oslo for 22 years. The 33-year-old former investment banker is a relative unknown on the live scene but has been regularly playing both tournaments and cash games online for several years. Glæsel just recently decided to start traveling around the live circuit, and he chose The Bahamas as his first stop. On his way here, he stopped in Cuba for five days and will return there with a little extra spending money once this PokerStars Championship is complete. "We arrived with a bunch of Norwegian friends,” he said. “There was seven of us playing the Main Event, and four of us cashed.” Rasmus' girlfriend, Ana, is supporting him from the rail.

Start of DayChip CountPosition
Day 288,00070 / 361
Day 3322,00012 / 125
Day 41,029,0004 / 32
Day 51,319,0007 / 16
Day 61,560,0005 / 6
Rasmus Glæsel NO
Rasmus Glæsel
NO 1,560,000

Tags: Rasmus Glæsel

Seat 4: Aleksei Opalikhin, 28, St. Petersburg, Russia

Aleksei Opalikhin
Aleksei Opalikhin

Russian player Aleksei Opalikhin has made it to the first ever PokerStars Championship Main Event final table despite not even planning to compete in the tournament, initially. The 28-year-old from St. Petersburg used to play billiards on a competitive level, and he considers poker to be a similar discipline — mainly in regards to the psychological demands, such as concentration and patience. Opalikhin decided to travel, and chose The Bahamas as the first stop of his tour of Latin America. He intended to grind some of the smaller-buy-in events here at the Atlantis Resort, but ended up wining a seat to the Main Event in a $650 satellite.
Opalikhin's Main Event run:

Start of DayChip CountPosition
Day 288,40069 / 361
Day 3387,5008 / 125
Day 4478,00021 / 32
Day 52,084,0002 / 16
Day 64,590,0003 / 6
Aleksei Opalikhin RU
Aleksei Opalikhin
RU 4,590,000

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Seat 5: Cliff Josephy, 51, Syosset, New York, USA

Cliff Josephy
Cliff Josephy

More commonly referred to by his online screen name, “JohnnyBax” is a 51-year-old pro who’s perhaps best known for being one of the original heroes of online poker, reaching PocketFives’ worldwide #1 ranking in 2005. His live record received a big boost this past summer, too, when he charged though the massive WSOP Main Event field and punched his ticket to November’s final table. Josephy went on to finish in third place, earning a career-best score of nearly $3.5 million. He has just over $10 million in combined live and online earnings, and he’ll be formidable force to contend with at the final table.
Josephy's Main Event run:

Start of DayChipsPosition
Day 281,10094 / 361
Day 3242,50030 / 125
Day 4579,00020 / 32
Day 51,331,0006 / 16
Day 61,240,0006 / 6
Cliff Josephy us
Cliff Josephy
us 1,240,000

Tags: Cliff Josephy