Event #6 $100,000 NLH
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. The Malaysian super high roller veteran, with over $16 million in cashes already, has boosted his live winnings by a huge $1,512,000 after taking down Event #6: $100,000 No Limit Hold’em.
The 42-entry event generated a total prize pool of $4,200,000, distributed between the top six finishers. That meant that three of the nine returning to action today were to go home empty-handed after battling through an elite field to make Day 2. Despite predictions of a slow start, there was anything but, with Cary Katz and Ben Heath falling in the first half hour. Webster Lim was responsible for both of these eliminations and was to use his early boost to good effect, maintaining one of the top two stacks for much of the final table.
The bubble itself was a harsh one, Michael Soyza the last player to leave without a payday. He looked in good shape to double, calling all-in from the small blind holding ace-king suited with a similar stack to that of preflop button jammer Matthias Eibinger (ace-deuce). A dramatic run-out saw Eibinger hit a runner-runner straight to eliminate Soyza and set himself up for what would end up being a million-dollar prize.
Phua then doubled through Kahle Burns in a pocket deuces vs. ace-king match-up that escalated with a flop featuring both a king and a deuce. Burns never recovered from this hit, finishing in 6th for $252,000. Eibinger then set about consolidating his chip lead, winning pot after small pot, putting his shorter stacked opponents to the test for all their chips repeatedly, without contest. Lim, after his promising start, sat back for a while, until picking up pocket aces on the button when Michael Addamo had moved all-in on the cut-off. Finishing off the start-of-day chip leader replenished Lim’s stack; Addamo took home $336,000 for his 5th place finish.
The next level belonged to Phua. He busted Adrian Mateos in 4th place ($420,000), calling his blind-on-blind jam with king-seven offsuit and finding the Spanish all-time money list leader with four-five suited that found no help from the deck. Phua moved on to bluffing the chip leader with the nut low, then doubling through him (all in preflop with ace-queen to Eibinger’s ace-jack). With momentum behind him, Phua continued to chip up, making a big call to bust Lim in 3rd place ($672,000). Lim had check-raised all in with a gutshot (and seven high) on the flop; Phua called with his own gutshot (and ace-high), which held to cement his lead heads up.
The accomplished Eibinger did not give up the trophy without a fight, however, contesting many small pots and narrowly missing out on a double that would have reversed their stacks. All in with ace-nine to Phua’s ace-five, a chop ran out that kept Eibinger on the back foot. In the end, it was a big call made by Eibinger saying, “I don’t believe you” that ended the tournament. Phua had flopped two pair (aces and eights), Eibinger bottom pair (eights), neither hand improving down the streets – all of which Phua bet. On each occasion, Eibinger made the call, including when Phua set him all in on the river. The young Austrian picked up $1,008,000 for second place, a fair consolation for one incorrect read.
Phua, meanwhile, looked delighted to have finally picked up a title and MILLIONS LIVE trophy after a run of second place finishes in some of the biggest buy-in tournaments in the world.
The penultimate event of the High Roller Series Sochi – $50,000 Short Deck – can be followed here, with its final table streaming on PokerGO tomorrow from 7am EDT/2pm local time.
Having pursued a trophy here in Sochi with determination, high roller veteran Paul Phua has finally won one on his fourth final table appearance. Starting the day short stacked, he battled through the bubble (a third of today’s final went home empty-handed) to lift the trophy after seeing off Matthias Eibinger heads up in Event #6 $100,000 No Limit Holdem and take home over $1.5 million from a total prize pool of $4.2 million.
A recap of today’s wild action will follow.
Paul Phua raised his button again to 400,000 with , called by Matthias Eibinger with . Eibinger proceeded to check call starting with the flop (250,000), then the turn (500,000) and finally went into the tank when Phua, with a comfortable two pair, set him in for just under a million chips on the river.
Finally, saying, “I don’t believe you,” Eibinger put his money where his mouth was, calling all-in with his pair of eights. The last of his chips sailed to Phua, while the Austrian pro collects $1,008,000.
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 (button Phua held ). Eibinger check-called another 300,000 on the flop, but gave up when Phua bet 550,000 on the turn.
75,000 / 150,000
Big Blind Ante
A tense moment for Paul Phua just now, as he jammed on Matthias Eibinger yet again with , only to find his opponent calling with a dominating , saying, “I’m going for it!”
The flop showed a glimmer of chop-pot hope for Phua, as did the ; it glowed brightly into fruition with the river. Eibinger goes back to being at a near 3:1 chip deficit.
Paul Phua has jammed thrice recently (uncalled), with threes on the button and after a limp with in the big blind. He paused from the setting in of Matthias Eibinger long enough to raise on the button (uncalled), then jammed over another limp from Eibinger with . Eibinger on the button thought briefly before throwing away his .
60,000 / 120,000
Big Blind Ante
Paul Phua got some chips back check-raising a limp-checked-pre flop of with ; Eibinger, with , called the 300,000 total, having bet 100,000.
The turn was the . 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 , called by Eibinger with . Eibinger flopped Phua dead with , check-raising his opponent’s 200,000 bet to 600,000 to take the pot.
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