Event #3 $25,000 Short Deck
The partypoker LIVE MILLIONS Super High Roller Series in Sochi has now seen the first day of Event #3: $25,000 Short Deck come to an end on level 17 with 23:10 remaining on the clock. Sitting atop the leader board is Malaysia’s Wai Leong Chan with 6,385,000 headed into the final day of the second Short Deck event of the series with just six remaining of the 61 entry slips that were sold here on Day 1.
Chan played most of the day in the average position and it was not until level 12 that he really started to kick it into high gear. The Malaysian native found a pot against fellow countryman Yeu Wei Hsiang who had big slick which dominated the ace-queen of Chan but thanks to a runner-runner flush it was Chan who took down the pot, sending Hsiang to the rail in what was the beginning of a red-hot end of the night for Chan.
The biggest pots of the day for the end-of-day leader happened against the same opponent in Sergi Reixach, who attempted to bluff Chan on the bubble with a turned flush draw, only to run into the already made flush of Chan who took down a monster double. The two had another clash just hands after when Reixach turned a full house only to have the same card give Chan a straight. Chan shoved the river and Reixach called to see his demise, taking as exit as the inevitable bubble boy and all players were then guaranteed at least $45,750 for their efforts.
Headed into the final day as second on the totem pole Thai Ha who like Chan did not really have an eventful start to the day. Ha picked his spots wisely, running pure during the latter stages of the night and will be starting Day 2 with 4,705,000. Ha is first on the all-time Vietnam money list and is sure to extend his lead as he has already locked up another cash to add onto his resume.
Triton Poker co-found Paul Phua joined this tournament shortly after busting final table of Event #2: $25,000 No-Limit Hold’em and by the time the bubble came around he was at the bottom. He managed to find a double on the button and parlayed that into eliminating Dmitriy Kuzmin, catapulting his stack up 2,395,000 which is good for third in the ranks. Watch for Phua as he looks to add a new feat by taking down his first Super High Roller Series event.
Rounding out the final table is Danny Tang (2,380,000), Aaron Van Blarcum (1,710,000), and Ivan Leow (725,000). Tang was yet to play a tournament during in 2020 until this series after coming off of a stellar year which saw him become a regular poker crusher in the public eye. Aaron Van Blarcum is relatively new to the high rollers but has already made a name for himself and will be looking to add another solid cash to his career earnings that already exceed $3.4 million. Leow, like Phua, will be playing his second final table in a row during this series after finishing second in Event #2 but will need some help as he starts the final day at the bottom.
Official Final Table
|Seat||Player||Country||Chip Count||Button Antes|
|3||Aaron Van Blarcum||United States||1,710,000||34|
|5||Danny Tang||Hong Kong||2,380,000||48|
|6||Wai Leong Chan||Malaysia||6,385,000||128|
Play began at 2 p.m. (MSK) with two tables of players to start but by the end of late registration, the number had grown to an impressive 61 which was the biggest field thus far in the series. That number gathered a total prize pool of $1,525,000 with the top nine finding a payday of at least $45,750 with the eventual champion pulling in $457,500.
Event #3: $25,000 Short Deck final table begins at 1 p.m. (MSK) on Monday, March 9, with the action continuing until a winner is crowned, taking home the $457,500 first-place money.
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Paul Phua and Thai Ha both limped to Dmitri Kuzmin who pushed all in, totaling 685,000. Phua shoved over the top and Ha quickly threw his hand into the middle, leaving just two in what was the last hand of the night.
The dealer fanned out on the flop, pairing Phua as Kuzmin picked up a flush draw. A landed on the river and Phua was still ahead. The river cemented the pot for Phua and Kuzmin was eliminated in seventh place.
|Seat||Player||Chip Count||Button Antes|
|3||Aaron Van Blarcum||1,740,000||35|
|7||Wai Leong Chan||6,400,000||128|
|Wai Leong Chan||6,400,000||-|
|Aaron Van Blarcum||1,740,000||20,000|
Wai Leong Chan shoved from the cutoff and Sergey Lebedev called for his last 1,045,000. The two tabled their hands and Lebedev was at risk.
Wai Leong Chan:
The dealer spread out on the flop, hitting Chan with two pair. A peeled off on the turn and Lebedev needed a queen to stay alive but the river was not it, sending the pot to Chan as Lebedev took an exit.
|Wai Leong Chan||6,400,000||600,000|
Thai Ha opened and Sam Greenwood moved his stack of about 900,000 into the middle. Ha called and the Canadian was at risk of elimination.
The flop came down and Ha was still ahead with his pair of dimes. A turn and river failed to improve Greenwood’s hand and he was eliminated by the two pair of Ha, taking an exit in ninth place.
The four-way flop showed and action checked to Wai Leong Chan who bet 60,000. Sergi Reixach was the only player to call and see the turn card.
Reixach check-called a bet of 125,000 on the turn and the completed the board. Reixach tapped the table to Chan who moved his opponent all-in.
Reixach hit the tank but in the end, he elected to call for his stack of about 1,000,000, tabling for a boat. Chan turned over for a bigger hand in his flush, taking down the pot as Reixach headed out the door as the bubble boy.
|Wai Leong Chan||5,800,000||1,700,000|
Sam Greenwood and Aaron Van Blarcum pushed all of their chips into the middle before the flop with Blarcum having the smaller of the two with his 825,000 stack.
Aaron Van Blarcum:
The board came down and Blarcum’s rivered straight was good for the pot, doubling through Greenwood who is now the tournament short stack.
|Aaron Van Blarcum||1,720,000||895,000|
|Wai Leong Chan||4,100,000||2,150,000|
|Aaron Van Blarcum||825,000||325,000|
The final 10 players will now be playing hand-for-hand as they prepare for the bubble to pop.
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