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Main Event Final Day Live Blog

22
Apr

Steven Alper Eliminated in 9th (€21,000); Official Final Table On a Break

It took two whole levels to lose 9th place from the livestreamed final today, and in the end, despite plenty of what the commentators term “unorthodox” moves, it was an ace-vs-bigger-ace that did Steven Alper in. Preflop Weijie Zheng opened to 450,000 with Ac Qc, called by Sami Agel with Ah Jh.  Over to small blind Alper, who looked down at another ace-jack suited (this time of diamonds).  He jammed for 4,000,000.  That might look like a lot, and be a high  multiple of the 30k starting stacks people started with four days ago, but it’s 20bb now.  Zheng called...
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22
Apr

Sami Agel doubles through Max Silver

Agel had just won a pot with pocket jacks in the small blind and got dealt pocket twos on the button the next hand. He let it rip for 14 big blinds, 2.8 million at 100k/200k/200k. There were no two ways about it. Cut to Max Silver in the big blind who took a long hard stare at the situation he was facing. He began eyeing the short stack of Seamus Cahill a few seats to his left, so some ICM machinations were afoot. Silver was in a not dissimilar spot last night with ten remaining and called Ad 2d...
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22
Apr

Master(s)ful Getaways

Potential fireworks were doused just now when both Steven Alper and Tom Gallagher got away from hands which, shorter stacked, would have seen cards on their backs, rather than just seen by the RFID on the Feature Table… Preflop Alper raised pocked nines (to 475, blinds 100k/200k).  Button Dave Masters (with a newly-minted 7 mil+ stack) flat called with Ah Qc.  Over to the big blind Tom Gallagher, who woke up with the preflop nuts: As Ad.  He raised to 1,200,000, hoping that at least one of the preflop interested parties would come along for the ride. However, Alper folded...
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22
Apr

All Action

This is some seriously high level poker here – Dave Masters with Ah-Qc has just called a raise from Steven Alper with 9s-8h, but both players managed to get away when Thomas Gallagher re-popped to 1.2 million with As-Ad in the big blind. Minimum damage done. There’s also serious entertainment value to this final table. Just a moment ago David Crilly opened to 450k with a mere 9h-Th in the cutoff, and got a call in position from Thomas Gallagher with, not aces this time, but Jd-Td. Neither player hit a thing on the 6c 3h Kc flop, and rather...
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22
Apr

Seamus Cahill Doubles through Zheng Who May Live to Regret It

Enormously stacked Weijie Zheng has the chips to take potshots at the minnows, but some of those have the potential to grow into sharks when he misses.  Just now Zheng raised preflop to 325,000 with Ks Js, called by short stacked big blind Seamus Cahill with 9c 7c. Flop: 8h 7d 4h.  Cahill checked to the raiser (and continual aggressor) Zheng, who simply set him in.  This was precisely the outcome desired by Cahill, who called, faced the overcards, and survived them.
22
Apr

“Non-Standard Play” Is the Order of the Day

“Very non-standard play at this final table,” is how commentator Andrew Hedley described it; we in the blogging cage are absolutely loving it! In this latest instance of “heart” as the commentary booth is referring to it, big blind Raymond Wheatley looked down at 3d-6d, then over at the 325k button raise from Weijie Zheng that he was facing – and reraised to 800k. Zheng called, and they saw a flop: 8d Td 8h A lot of diamonds there, eh? Naturally, Wheatley checked; Zheng made a bet, but Wheatley’s whole stack now went in, forcing the chip leader to fold....
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22
Apr

David Crilly gets heroic

Thomas Gallagher folded under the gun and chip leader Weijie Zheng raised to 325k. The table gave the chip leader the respect he deserved, until it came to David Crilly in the big blind. Crilly began the day third in chips and still had a hold of some of them. So flick in a call and defend his big blind, so he did. Crilly came 19th at last year’s Irish Open Main Event, so he has reason to think he can stand up to the chip leader. The flop came down Jd 8h 4d, Crilly checked, Zheng bet 350k, and...
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22
Apr

Silver Suffers a Setback as Masters Doubles

Max Silver must be feeling as sick as the people still drinking in the bar at 7am do right now (we see you there with your hangovers, boys) – he’s just dropped to 5.2 million courtesy of an ill-timed but ultimately successful move from Dave Masters. Silver woke up with Q-Qd in the cutoff and opened to 325k. In the big blind, Masters found Kd-Td in the big blind, and deemed it good enough to get his 3.9 million in with again – the third time he’s gone all in so far this final table. Silver agreed that all in...
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22
Apr

Dave Masters playing for the win

Dave Masters ripped all in with Jd 3h on the first hand of this unofficial final table, from the big blind, over Steven Alper’s button raise. Alper did not immediately fold Kh 2d, but did so eventually. Masters would find pocket tens not too much longer and open shove that as well. He has been very active so far and is clearly hoping the stream catches up to the table’s ears by the time he finds a premium hand.
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