Monday, June 22, 2015

Vitaly Lunkin wins PokerStars RPT Moscow

rpt.jpgIf you happened to be a patriotic Russian looking to support a local player at a big poker tournament, then Moscow yesterday was the place to be. All nine players at the successful PokerStars Russian Poker Tour final table in Moscow were from the home country. And two of them - Ivan Demidov and Alex Kravchenko - were Team PokerStars Pros. Even their experience, both being previous World Series of Poker Main Event final tablists, was not enough to take down this event. Instead, that went to Vitaly Lunkin, a former backgammon player.

His win, good for 14,323,000 rubles - that's about $445,000 - was no fluke: he has a pedigree record of his own having won a WSOP bracelet last summer in the 1,500 No Limit Hold'em event. And he used his undoubted talents to go from second last in chips yesterday to champion of the $7,000 buy-in RPT Moscow.


Vitaly Lunkin

Final table play started tightly, but then the first elimination was PokerStars qualifier Evgeny Onishuk. He raised from middle position with 7♠ 6♠ and was re-raised by Demidov from the button. Onishuk called and they say a flop of 9-7-4, giving Onishuk middle pair. He check called Demidov's 70,000 bet but the Team Pro had a pair of kings and the 4 turn and 6 river changed nothing.

Eighth place went to Kravchenko who had moved all in against four opponents, trying to collect some easy chips. Three of them folded, but Vitaly Lunkin decided to look him up, perhaps not surprisingly as he had J♣J♥ - enough against the Team Pro's 7♠4♥.

Next out was Dmitry Vitkind, who pushed with A♣7♥ but ran into Lunkin's A♠9♠. The board of [10d]5♦6♦9♦3♣ doing the damage. Demidov went in sixth, first losing a big pot to Alexander Khoustov and then leaving when his A♣7♦ failed to overtake Sergey Artamonov's pocket nines.


Team PokerStars Pro Ivan Demidov

At this stage players took a 30-minute break, and then it took a full two hours before the fifth place was determined when Artamonov was busted by Lunkin when his [10c][10h] failed to hold against A♥J♠. Lunkin was at it again soon after, knocking out Oleg Shamardin, who had held the chip lead earlier in the tournament. Lunkin's Q♦Q♣ was too good for Shamardin's A♣5♣.

It took another hour to lose the third-place finisher, Khaustov, who moved all in with A♠6♠ and was called - not surprisingly - by Lunkin who had 9♣9♦.

Tournament Director Thomas Kremser introduced the final two to the audience, and with blinds at 20,000-40,000 it was always going to be a brief heads-up seeing as Lunkin had 2,790,000 chips to Vyacheslav Goryachev's 310,000. Indeed, just minutes later Goryachev moved all-in with A♦6♣ and was called by Lunkin who once again found a hand at the right time with pocket tens. The board came Q♦8♦6♥4♣8♠ and Vitaly Lunkin became Champion of RPT Moscow.

Final table payouts (in rubles):

1. Vitaly Lunkin, 14,323,000
2. Vyacheslav Goryachev, 7,877,000
3. Alexander Khoustov, 4,028,000
4. Oleg Shamardin, 3,133,000
5. Sergey Artamonov, 2,685,000
6. Ivan Demidov, Team PokerStars Pro 2,238,000
7. Dmitry Vitkind, 1,790,000
8. Alex Kravchenko, Team PokerStars Pro, 1,342,000
9. Evgeny Onishuk, 895,000

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Sunday, June 21, 2015

LAPT8 Panama: Gone in 120 seconds

After we got down to 12 players, there was a series of double ups, several of them came from the very short Isnardo Gomez.

In one, he doubled up with 9♥9♣ against Rodirgo Maclean's A♠Q♦.

The board ran 4♦5♥6♠9♦5♣ and Gomez hit a set.

"He's doubled up like eight times," said Damian Salas said as he stood up from the table. "Five times he's been behind."

"Can't lose a hand this guy," Pierce Mckellar laughed.

But then he did.

The flurry of eliminations was over and we went from 12 to nine players in less than two minutes.

Gomez was short once again and moved all-in from the small blind. Olga Iermolcheva called from the big blind and had Gomez's K♥9♥ dominated with K♠Q♠.

Gomez's luck was all done as the board ran 7♥3♠T♣8♥8♦ to give Iermolcheva the pot.


12th place finisher, Isnardo Gomez

Gomez won $12,200 for finishing 12th and then Iermolcheva eliminated another player before she finished stacking up Gomez's hips.

Rodrigo Maclean --who had just doubled up Gomez a few minutes earlier-- pushed his short stack in from the hijack and Iermolcheva snap-called from the small blind.

Maclean turned over 2♥2♣ and was way behind Iermolcheva's 8♥8♠.

The board ran T♣4♦J♥7♠K♣ and Maclean was out in 11th, making the payjump to $14,060.

Iermolcheva's table was down to four players so the floor went to bring a player over from the feature table.

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Deadly Iermolcheva

That never happened.

Over at the feature table Carlos Leiva was all-in with A♠T♣ against Tullio Bertoli's 7♥7♠.

A 6♠J♦3♠K♠K♣ board hit the table and Bertoli scored the elimination.

Leiva won $14,060 for finishing 10th and players redrew to the unofficial final table.

The final nine
Seat 1: Francois Lincourt - 1,174,000
Seat 2: Francisco Rocha - 280,000
Seat 3: Shakeeb Kazemipur - 1,424,000
Seat 4: Derek Ecenarro - 360,000
Seat 5: Colin Lovelock - 267,000
Seat 6: Pierce Mckeller - 817,000
Seat 7: Olga Iermolcheva - 2,449,000
Seat 8: Damian Salas - 548,000
Seat 9: Tullio Bertoli - 1,203,000

A few hands into the final table, Colin Lovelock moved all-in for 232,000 and Francisco Rocha re-shoved from the button. The blinds folded and the small stacks tabled their hands.

Lovelock showed A♥J♥ while Rocha tabled K♠K♥. The board ran 2♦T♣2♠5c]T♦ and Lovelock was left with just 14,000.

Lovelock was automatically all-in from the big blind the next hand and Kazemipur and Ecenarro called.

The flop came 9♦8♥J♣ and Encenarro folded to a Kazemipur bet.

Kazemipur showed Q♣Q♥ and Lovelock tabled Q♠J♦.

An A♥ came on the turn and then a T♣ fell on the river to give players a chopped pot. Lovelock stayed alive and players went on a 15-minute break.

For multilingual coverage, check out our Spanish PokerStars Blog and our Brazilian PokerStars Blog. If you're more of a watcher, head over to LAPT Live to check out the live stream. Updates are also available on the LAPT Facebook page.

All photos are snapped by Carlos Monti and all words are clacked by Alexander Villegas.

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APPT9 Macau Day 3: The penultimate push

Tables are set. The penultimate day of this APPT9 Macau Main Event is upon us.

Of the 493 initial entrants only 41 will return today. They've already guaranteed themselves a HK$54,500 (US$7,029) payday and will be chasing the first place prize of HK$2,525,000 (US$325,667) and the APPT Main Event title when the tournaments draws to a close tomorrow.

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For now though it's onto Day 3. We saw a big crowd developing late into yesterday and that's predicted to happen again as we get underway for another exciting day of play. We resume the action with blinds at 3,000/6,000 plus a 1,000 ante, and the average stack currently 240,487 in chips.

Among those still in contention is France's Nicolas 'Legadzo' Cardyn. He had an impressive Day 2, running his stack up to 350,000 which he'll start with today. Another recognizable name pulling up a seat is Zhenru Xie. The MPC21 Red Dragon champion starts the day with 519,000.

They'll be chasing the current chip boss Xiaohua Fu from China. He's got 724,000 in chips and has a commanding lead over current second place Fan Zhao with 588,000. Fu only has one previous live score to his name and looks set to add an impressive score to that here in Macau.

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Chip leader going into today, Xiaohua Fu

On top of the Main Event, the HK$100,000 High Roller kicks off from 5pm local time. That's expected to draw a solid field and generate a healthy prize pool.

Again you can get involved on Twitter using the hashtag #APPTMacau. Players and fans have been interacting all week on the social media site, so follow the progress of your favourite players or maybe wish them good luck for today.

Players are now taking their seats with only a few minutes until we begin at 2pm. We'll be playing down to only 7 runners today so make sure you stay with us to see who makes the cut, and who of the final 41 fall by the wayside. For all your live reporting needs check out the top of the APPT9 Macau page.

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WCP VIII: Seeded matches set, Netherlands with one hand on the trophy


PCA-2010-thumbnail.jpgThe final round robin heads up matches are over and it's the Netherlands out ahead with just one set of high pressure seeded heads up matches to play. Bar a miraculous turn of events, which is always possible in the World Cup, it will be one of three countries lifting the trophy; the Netherlands (241), Peru (237) or Japan (222).

Germany (219) and Tajikistan (215) stand outside chances of winning but would need to dominate all five of their heads up matches to do so, and hope their rivals fail. Tajikistan have already had one sweep scored and one conceded so it's distinctly possible that takes place.

Win 0 HU: 0 points
Win 1 HU: 5 points
Win 2 HU: 10 points
Win 3 HU: 25 points
Win 4 HU: 30 points
Win 5 HU: 50 points

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Team Netherlands captain Noah Boeken

The leader board as it stands
1. Netherlands, 241 points
2. Peru, 237 points
3. Japan, 222 points
4. Germany, 219 points
5. Tajikistan, 215 points
6. Costa Rica, 189 points
7. France, 187 points
8. Rest of the World, 174 points

It's been a wild ride for Team Tajikistan as it's been the first time all five have played live beyond home games and they've acquitted themselves well. We caught up with their captain Angel Davidov during round six.

"The event means a great deal for all of us and Tajikistan. Like in any other post-Soviet country card games are considered gambling but we're trying to prove that it's a sport. For a country with only 50 poker players it was a big victory just to get here ahead of countries like Ukraine and Russia," said Davidov, a hulking tower of a man.

"When we walked in here yesterday we said, 'We are not going to finish in ninth place, we're shouldn't be the first to leave if we want to achieve our goal of promoting poker. Our goal today was to finish in the top four... but first or second would be great for us and Tajikistan. Ten people have asked me where it is. It was in Europe according to some, others thought Latin America!" said Davidov.

One round left to play.

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Angel Davidov (the tall one)

The payouts
1st. $90,000 ($22,500 per person)
2nd. $65,000 ($16,250 per person)
3rd. $45,000 ($11,250 per person)
4th. $30,000 ($7,500 per person)
5th. $20,000 ($5,000 per person)
6th. $15,000 ($3,750 per person)
7th. $10,000 ($2,500 per person)
8th. $7,500 ($1,875 per person)
9th: Italy, $5,000 ($1,250 per person)

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Saturday, June 20, 2015

Remko Report Episode #17: Shannon Shorr


Shannon Shorr, one of the GPI’s Players of the Decade, joins Remko to talk about his personal growth, traveling, the 2014 FIFA World Cup, and much more. 

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GLI doubles size of Spain lab

041014 POTW_GLI logo_300Responding to ever-increasing demand for its services, Gaming Laboratories International (GLI) has doubled the size of its operation in San Cugat, Barcelona, Spain.

The lab, GLI España, opened in 2012, and since that time the company has secured a continuously increasing number of clients. The demand required GLI to devote more space, resources and manpower to accommodate its clients and maintain its fast turnaround times.

Martin Britton, managing director of GLI España BV said, “We have a great team working in the Barcelona office, headed by David Jimenez Gracia, who are known throughout Spain and across Europe for delivering excellent customer service. Now this expansion was necessary to ensure we are able to maintain and improve service levels to our customers.”

“We recently recruited Brais Pena Sanchez as Development Manager to handle client liaison activities. In addition we have recruited additional engineering resources and are actively seeking additional staff, which is a positive sign for the future,” Britton added.

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