Paul Phua has already made three final tables at the partypoker LIVE MILLIONS Super High Roller Series this week in Sochi, but a title has proven elusive – until today. Returning as the shortest-stacked player from nine finalists, he started the day with a double up and never looked back.
Paul Phua raised his button again to 400,000 with [As8s], called by Matthias Eibinger with [8hTh]. Eibinger proceeded to check call starting with the [Ah8c9d] flop (250,000), then the [Kd] turn (500,000) and finally went into the tank when Phua, with a comfortable two pair, set him in for just
Paul Phua (and the deck) are putting pressure on Matthias Eibinger, who nevertheless has been holding his head above water, swapping small pots to maintain the chip status quo. He did just lose a 1.5 million chip pot, however, calling a raise to 400,000 preflop with [8d6d] (button Phua held
A tense moment for Paul Phua just now, as he jammed on Matthias Eibinger yet again with [As5d], only to find his opponent calling with a dominating [Ad9s], saying, "I'm going for it!" The [AcKc7d] flop showed a glimmer of chop-pot hope for Phua, as did the [Kd]; it glowed brightly
Paul Phua has jammed thrice recently (uncalled), with threes on the button and after a limp with [Ac4h] in the big blind. He paused from the setting in of Matthias Eibinger long enough to raise [Jc5d] on the button (uncalled), then jammed over another limp from Eibinger with [As3s]. Eibinger
Paul Phua got some chips back check-raising a limp-checked-pre flop of [AcAh2h] with [6d2s]; Eibinger, with [qs6h], called the 300,000 total, having bet 100,000. The turn was the [9s]. Eibinger checked, Phua continued for 350,000 and was rewarded with a fold.
A few fast-paced pots with little post-flop action has boosted the stack of Matthias Eibinger somewhat. Most recently Paul Phua raised his button to 250,000 with [8s5s], called by Eibinger with [Qd5d]. Eibinger flopped Phua dead with [2d7dJd], check-raising his opponent's 200,000 bet to 600,000 to take the pot.
Webster Lim just put Paul Phua to a big flop decision, which, in the end, led to his elimination from the final table. Preflop, Phua on the button raised to 250,000 with [Ac5d], called by big blind Lim with [7c5c] (with 1,200,000 behind). On the [4h3d3s] flop, Lim check-raised all
Matthias Eibinger limped [Kd6d] on the button, Webster Lim made up the small blind with [8c5d] and Paul Phua checked his 100,000 big blind with [Qd4s]. Both players who'd flopped pairs checked to Eibinger, who bet 100,000. Lim folded and Phua called. There was no bet on the [7c] turn,