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High-Roller

17
Apr

Ahuja Doubles Through Glaser

Benny Glaser, by now the biggest stack on his table, opened to 25k, only for Ankit Ahuja to go all in for just 56k. Unable to fold, Glaser obliged and delivered Ahuja a lifeline, doubling him up to around 150k. Glaser: Qd-8c Ahuja: Tc-Td Board: 7d 4d 7c Ac Ah
17
Apr

Wilson Aggression Backfires

Daniel Wilson had previously been running over his table, relentlessly pressuring the short stacks – but now he’s managed to double two of them up, so we suspect he may now consider slowing down a bit. 1) Skommo Orjan: Ah-Qs Wilson: Ac-7h Board: Qd Td 3s 3d 5c Orjan doubled up to 250k, just a shade above the 230k average 2) Italo Palao: Qd-Td Wilson: Kc-3s Board: Qc 8h 7c 2s 9d …doubling Palao up to a still very precarious 105k.
17
Apr

Sweet Spot for Wilson as Bubble Tortures Short Stacks

In one of those quirks of tournament poker, the 11-handed High Roller has a great chip discrepancy between its two short-handed tables.  In another quirk, the table with Italo Palao, Orjan Skommo and Stephen Woodhead all suffering the excruciating tension of having very short stacks (<10bb each) features large-stacked Daniel Wilson to the left of all three of them in a row.  To say that their blinds are being abused is an understatement. Even middle-stacked tablemate Max Silver is suffering. “Someone has to take a stand,” Silver said. “It’s not going to be me, but someone does…” Meanwhile on the...
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17
Apr

Scum Railbirds Unmoved, Irremovable

TD Roz has been trying, somewhat unsuccessfully, to clear the tournament area of a number of annoying railers. Perhaps Andy Black will have better luck? “GET THE NON-PLAYING SCUM THE FUCK AWAY FROM OUR TOURNAMENT!!!” he bellowed just now, loud enough for the cash game players at the far end of the room to hear. A few members of the rail appeared a bit taken aback, but didn’t actually go away. “OI, YOU!!!” – directed at one amused individual loitering with a pint – “YOU HAD YOUR FUCKING CHANCE, BIG BOY!!!” The railers are still there, but at least everyone’s...
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17
Apr

Benny Glaser Performs Double Elimination to Rocket Into Bubble Chip Lead

Erstwhile frenemies-at-the-felt Espen Uhlen Jørstad and Feargus Murphy (pictured) were both eliminated in the same hand by Benny Glaser, bringing the High Roller to the bubble (11 left).  Murphy opened under the gun, Jørstad moved in for 104,000, Glaser got involved (whether raising or calling I missed), and Murphy went all in too.  Cards over! Murphy: Jd Js Jørstad: Ad Ks Glaser: Kc Kh Cool. Er. The board brought no surprises and Glaser is now stacking 400,000 chips.
17
Apr

Paul Jackson Gone

There’s been no let-up in the pace, and we’re almost down to the money already! First elimination: Paul Jackson with Jx-9d against Patrice Brandt’s Tc-Td on a 9c Ad 2d 8d 3c board. Patrice Brandt is now at 220k. More bust-outs follow as soon as we can type them up…
17
Apr

Jørstad Correctly Identifies When Something is “Not Good” or “Good”

Espen Uhlen Jørstad doubles laconically through Feargus Murphy.  All in for 55,000 under the gun, Jørstad got his call from button Murphy, who turned over pocket jacks. “That’s not good,” said Jørstad, tabling 9d Td. The flop: 7s 9h 9s, at which point Murphy said, “Espen!” in the tone of voice people use at their cats when a hairball is sicked up in a hard-to-clean place. “That’s pretty good,” said Jørstad. The turn and river were the 7c and Tc and he doubled through, saying, “Well dealt.”
17
Apr

Don’t Luca Now

Marc MacDonnell in the small blind announced all in to cover Luca Stevanato in the big blind, who duly called. Stevanato was ahead with a reasonable Kd-Jc, but MacDonnell’s rather more esoteric 6c-3c triumphed, sending Stevanato to the rail a few places off the money and increasing MacDonnell’s own stack to a healthy 260k. It also left the table short-handed and in need of balancing. “Do you need a player?” Andy Black called over from the other table. “How much have you got?” replied MacDonnell. Then, in a threatening tone: “Come on over.” Indeed, Black was the player sent over...
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17
Apr

Basile Busto

Not content to sit with a stack under the 157k average (at blinds 2k/4k), it seems, Nicola Basile was active preflop for a good 20 minutes before finally getting it in and losing a tournament-deciding race.  He started off this active period with a three-bet all in for 70k over the top of a raise from Benny Glaser; no call.  The next hand, he open jammed for 98,000; no call.  Minutes later he opened for 70k (intentions crystal) and Keith Johnson, who’d given him a proper soul stare the previous jam, made the call.  Flip!  Ah Kc for Johnson vs....
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16
Apr

Down to 16, and Things Are Hotting Up

Woah, not sure what these guys spent their break doing but they’ve gone into turbo mode and we’re down to 16 players already! Busted since Andrew Wilson: Helder Pinho, Tobias Holmeide and Luis Dono. Down to just two tables, the TD has taken this opportunity to move the tournament over to the middle of the room, away from the aggressive air conditioning. Blinds/ante are 3k/6k/6k, by the way.
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