Event #2 $25,000 NLH
Sam Trickett has bested a field of 58, including finalists Phil Ivey, Timothy Adams and Adrian Mateos, in Event #2 of the partypoker LIVE MILLIONS Super High Roller Series held this week in Sochi. Though a rare traveller on the live tournament circuit these days, Trickett seemingly picked up where he left off, adding $435,000 to his already $21.3 million in career earnings.
After a fairly lengthy pre-bubble period at the end of Day 1, the elimination of Aleksey Gortikov brought an (unofficial) final table of nine back to play for the hefty prizes at the top of the payouts.
Chips were very unevenly distributed, with Ivan Leow holding nearly 3,000,000 (nearly half of the total in play) and four players bunched with just under 500,000 apiece (Ivey, Adams, Paul Phua, and Matthias Eibinger). It was start-of-day shortest stack Webster Lim who was eliminated first, his ten big blinds boosting Ivey’s stack above the others at the bottom of the counts – for a while. Lim picked up $43,500 for what represents a min-cash at this buy-in level and promptly jumped into Event #3: $25,000 Short Deck. Ivey outlasted Phua, whose big blind kicker problems with a pair of flopped jacks saw him exit in 8th ($58,000), but soon followed him to the payouts desk. Ivey’s pair of pocket queens failed to keep ahead of Matthias Eibinger’s king ten suited, when he was finally all in for his tournament life preflop.
Artur Martirosyan had lost the very first hand on the final in dramatic style, doubling up Eibinger whose pocket nines stayed ahead of the sole Russian finalists’ ace-queen suited (all in preflop). He had nursed his now super-short stack through three others’ eliminations, but down to just 180,000, could wait no more for help from the deck. He moved in preflop with ten-jack suited, was called by Trickett with ace-four offsuit (in a perfect piece of foreshadowing for the tournament’s eventual dramatic denouement), and failed to connect with his final board. Martirosyan picked up $87,000 for 6th place.
Adams, also fairly quiet so far (and receiving no cards with which to make moves), finally found a hand – pocket tens – and a spot after a raise from chip leader Leow to get his stack of 300,000 in. Leow made the call with king-seven suited and paid Adams his double – only to bust him in 5th ($116,000) a few hands later.
The final four players then began a session of far cagier play (all suffering a sustained period of being card dead, to boot). It was Adrian Mateos who shifted the final table momentum back up a gear, doubling up and then busting in back to back hands. With a fresh 680,000 stack courtesy of Eibinger, Mateos saw a king-high flop from the big blind with king-eight. Unfortunately for him, preflop button raiser Trickett held pocket aces and one check-raise all in later (plus two missing streets) Mateos was on his way to collect his $145,000 prize for 4th place.
Eibinger, who already topped Austria’s all-time money list, followed Mateos almost immediately to the rail, after a blind vs. blind confrontation with Trickett, who called his preflop three-bet shove (Eibinger held king-four of hearts) with ten-jack of the same suit, making a broadway straight on the river. Eibinger picked up $203,000 and left Trickett heads up with Leow holding a small chip lead.
Around half a 40-minute level’s worth of small pot poker traded the lead back and forth, but never by a huge margin. Trickett had nosed ahead, 4.2 million to 3 million chips, when the final hand took place. Leow found a genuinely strong button hand – ace-queen of hearts – and promptly raised, only to find Trickett with ace-four offsuit applying maximum pressure and setting him in. One snap call later, and the deck brought a four-flush for Trickett on the river that abruptly ended the heads up sparring. Leow won $290,000 for the runner-up spot, while Trickett took $435,000 and the trophy.
Final Table Results (full payouts):
|1||Sam Trickett||United Kingdom||$435,000|
|7||Phil Ivey||United States||$72,500|
Live reporting is ongoing for Event #3: $25,000 Short Deck and will begin on the $50,000 No Limit event when #3 moves on to its final table tomorrow, which will be live streamed on PokerGO from 8am EDT/3pm local time.