PartyPoker Premier League V - Battle of Giants in the Final

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2012. April 11.
Durrrr, jungleman12, Sam Trickett, Patrik Antonius, Phil Laak, Tony G, Scott Seiver and Matthew Frankland formed the final table of PartyPoker Premier League V. <br />

The fifth season of PartyPoker Premier League launched on the 4th April in the Montesino Casino in Vienna. The players could enter on an invitational basis and various satellites to the $125,000 buy-in event. The 16-player field was divided into two groups, both packed with superstars.

 

Group A


Luke Schwartz
Tony G
Mathew Frankland
Erik Seidel
Eugene Katchalov
Andy Frankenberger
Sam Trickett
Phil Laak

Group A
Group A

Group B


Tom "durrrr" Dwan
Daniel "jungleman12" Cates
Patrik Antonius
Vanessa Selbst
Yevgeniy Timoshenko
Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier
Scott Seiver
Ben Wilinofsky


Group B
Group B

 

Both groups played four rounds, basically four SNGs, and points were awarded according to the players' performance in the given round. Apart from that, each point a player accumulated got him $2,000 cash.

 

Here's the system by which the points were awarded:

 

First - 16 points
Second - 11 points
Third - 8 points

Fourth - 6 points
Fifth - 4 points
Sixth - 3 points
Seventh - 2 points
Eighth - 0 points


After the conclusion of the four rounds, the top three from each group got into the final, while fourth and fifth from each group played heads-up for the two remaining seats at the final table.

In group A, Phil Laak won the first, Tony G the second, and Frankland the third and fourth rounds, making the standings as below:

 

Mathew Frankland - 40 points (advanced to final)

Sam Trickett - 33 points  (advanced to final)
Tony G - 30 pont  (advanced to final)
Phil Laak - 29 points (advanced to heads-up qualification)
Andy Frankenberger - 28 points (advanced to heads-up qualification)
Erik Seidel - 24 points (eliminated)
Eugene Katchalov - 9 points (eliminated)
Luke Schwartz - 7 points (eliminated)
 

 

Sam Trickett
Athough Trickett did not win, his balanced gameplay brought many points

 

The first winner in group B was Antonius, and Timoshenko, Seiver and Cates won the next rounds.


Daniel "jungleman12" Cates - 38 points (advanced to final)

Patrik Antonius - 32 points (advanced to final)
Scott Seiver - 30 points (advanced to final)
Yevgeniy Timoshenko - 29 points (advanced to heads-up qualification)
Tom "durrrr" Dwan - 28 points (advanced to heads-up qualification)
Vanessa Selbst - 23 points (eliminated)
Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier - 18 points (eliminated)
Ben Wilinofsky - 2 points (eliminated)

 

Accordingly, the heads-up match in group A went down between Laak and Frankenberger (the game went on until one of the palyers won two matches). Laak managed to take down Frankenberger 2-0. In the last hand of the second match, all the chips got in the middle with a huge pot on the river. The board was {#}9 {#}9 {#}4 {#}A {#}T . Frankenberger showed {#}A {#}T , but this was not enough against Laak's {#}J {#}9 .    

 

durrrr
Durrrr

 

In group B, the heads-up match was played between durrrr and Timoshenko. Timoshenko won round 1, taking durrrr's stack (holding top pair) with two pair. As durrrr managed to win the second round, a third match started. Timoshenko  started better and acquired a huge lead (at one point, he had almost five times durrrr's chips). Durrrr, however, started making up for it, and with an AT vs. KJ all-in, took the lead as well, as the board only showed a ten and neutral cards. In the next hand, Timoshenko went all-in with 74,000 and {#}J {#}7 preflop (blinds: 3000/6000). Durrrr called with {#}K {#}Q , and the board came {#}K{#}4{#}3{#}Q {#}3 . With this, durrrr also secured his place at the final table of PartyPoker Premier League V, which started with the following chip counts (chips at the final table were given out in proportion with the number of points accumulated):


PartyPoker Premier League V. Final Table:


Matthew Frankland - 400,000

Dan Cates - 380,000
Sam Trickett - 330,000
Patrik Antonius - 320,000
Tony G - 300,000
Scott Seiver - 300,000
Phil Laak - 290,000
Tom Dwan - 280,000

 

 

The first more important event at the final table was Sam Trickett's fall from the top to the bottom. Patrik Antonius was dealt pocket Aces and bet out. Trickett 3-bet with {#}A {#}K. Then, a 4-bet came from Patrik, to which Trickett shoved all-in. Antonius received a neutral board and a large part of Trickett's chips. In the very next hand, Tony G continued to reduce Trickett's stack, by making a river straight against Trickett's set of Queens, who was now left with only around 70,000 in chips. Sam could not end his losing streak when he shoved all-in with {#}K {#}Q , but bumped into Daniel Cates' pocket Kings. Although he formed a gutshot, no real help came for Trickett, who had to finish the tournament in eighth place for $55,000.

 

Meanwhile, Patrik Antonius hit a hot streak, becoming chip leader after three levels of play. Things were not so bright for Matthew Frankland. Although he started the final table from first place, he didn't do too well this time, sliding down to palce six in jut two hours. He eventually got eliminated by Daniel Cates, when Frankland raised preflop with pocket sevens and got reraised by Cates, holding {#}K {#}Q. To this, Frankland moved all-in, and Cates called after long consideration. The {#}T {#}5 {#}2 flop was in favor of Frankland, but the {#}on the turn killed Matthew's hopes to remain seated. No seven came on the river, and Frankland took place seven for $65,000 (plus the $80,000 he received for his 40 points). Frankland should not be disappointed nevertheless, as he got into the $125,000 buy-in tournament via online satellites.

 

Daniel Cates

 

With this, Cates took the lead from Patrik Antonius. Tony G slided down to last place after losing a big pot with pocket Kings against Antonius' A-4, which hit the full house on the flop.

 

Next to leave was durrrr, when he shoved UTG with 214,000 (blinds were 10,000/20,000) holding {#}K {#}6 . He got called by Seiver with pocket Sevens and no help came for Tom Dwan on the board, and he finished 6th for $80,000.

 

At the 15,000/30,000 blind level Phil Laak doubled up against Cates, and then it came to another big battle between the two Americans. Cates limped in with A-7, and only Laak, the big blind stayed in the game with 9-7. The flop came Ax-Kx-Qx. Laak bet 50,000 on his air hand, Cates called. The turn was another Ace; Laak and Cates both checked. The river was a Six, and Laak, after some consideration, pushed 146,000 in the middle, to which Cates folded his three of a kind.


Laak - 920,000
Cates - 600,000
Antonius - 500,000
Seiver - 340,000
Tony G - 235,000

 

Tony G had to finish in place 5 with an unlucky hand. He went all-in from the button with {#}A {#}K . Cates called with {#}A {#}Q, and the board came {#}3 {#}Q {#}J {#}8 {#}5. A few minutes later Antonius was also forced to leave, when he ran into Laak's pocket Queens with {#}A {#}9 .


Seiver - 1,175,000
Laak - 845,000
Cates - 520,000

 

In the 3-handed game Laak fell behind, then after losing a big pot against Cates, he went preflop all-in with {#}4 {#}2. Seiver called with {#}A {#}T, and his hand lasted.


Cates - 1,295,000
Seiver - 1,245,000

 

In the short heads-up Seiver took the first big pot, and a little later he was already the winner of Premier PokerLeague V. At the preflop all-in, Cates showed Sevens, Seiver had {#}K {#}Q, and the dealer made the board {#}T {#}T {#}4 {#}3 {#}K.

 

Congratulations to Scott Seiver!

 

Here's an interview with Scott, winner of PartyPoker Premier League V:

 

 

Final Results and Winnings:

 

1. Scott Seiver - $500,000

2. Daniel Cates - $300,000
3. Phil Laak - $175,000
4. Patrik Antonius - $125,000
5. Tony G - $100,000
6. Tom Dwan - $80,000
7. Mathew Frankland - $65,000
8. Sam Trickett - $55,000

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