He showed up a little later than everybody else, but he used his time at the live felt optimal. Daniel Rezaei (lead photo) qualified for Day 3 playing online at partypoker and started the Day with 19 million. When the dust had settled after eight levels of play on the penultimate day of the tournament, just nine players remained, and Rezaei had almost 140 million in chips.
The Austrian leads the partypoker MILLIONS South America Main Event by a wide margin, with his closest competitor bagging 65 million.
Here’s the final table line-up of Uruguay’s most prestigious poker tournament:
|Seat||Player||Country||Chip Count||Big Blinds|
|8||Sergio Luis Di Pego||Argentina||41,800,000||35|
Day 3 of the Main Event started with 65 players, 60 who had survived the first two days live, the other five having played their heats online.
It was a real battlefield in the first levels, with countless players hitting the rail early. Amongst those to make the money but not get any further than a min-cash were Tatyana Barausova and WSOPE winner Jack Sinclair. The next pay jump, from $20,000 to $25,000, was reserved for such players as online powerhouses Ivan Luca, Ezequiel Waigel, and Diego Zeiter.
With the first big batch of players out of the way, things settled down a bit, and the average stack got a bit deeper again. Still, partypoker’s sponsored Day Kotoviezy, Roberto Romanello, and Richard Dubini exited in rather quick succession.
Hate him or love him, Chino Rheem had been the center of attention at the partypoker MILLIONS South America with numerous stints at the feature table. The PCA champion made a deep run but ultimately fell in 26th place for $35,000. First, he doubled Dzmitry Urbanovich with nines against aces and lost the remainder of his stack with ace-eight against ace-king.
Rainer Kempe, another familiar name to poker fans around the world, fell next. After some spots where he had gotten lucky, his fortune ran out in a hand against Martin Arce. Kempe check-raised all in with a straight draw, and Arce called with ace-high. A blank on the river saw Kempe depart.
Defending champion Marty Mathis, who won the partypoker MILLIONS South America in Brazil last year, ran kings into Arce’s aces.
With three tables left, it was the Rezaei show as he dominated all action. He seemingly couldn’t lose a hand, with even hands ending up in a chop where he was behind.
For the longest time, it looked like two tables would return on Day 4 but quick eliminations from Hiroaki Harada (12th), Charles Kassin (11th), and Martin Arce (10th) made for one table of nine remaining. Arce fell in the penultimate hand against, you guessed it, Daniel Rezaei. The two got it in with eights (Arce) against ace-queen (Rezaei), and a queen on the river sealed the deal.
When the final nine return to the beautiful ballroom in the casino of Enjoy Punta del Este, the blinds will be 600,000 and 1.2 million. partypoker’s Dzmitry Urbanovich brings a mere four big blinds. Can he be the next ‘chip-and-a-chair’ story? Find out tomorrow as play gets underway at noon local time with the live-streamed final table on PokerGO starting on a one-hour delay.
|Sergio Luis Di Pego||41,800,000||0|
Dzmitry Urbanovich raised from the cutoff to 2,200,000 in the last hand of the day. He had and Sergio Luis Di Pego found in the big blind. He used a time extension for another thirty seconds and he pushed all in for 20,400,000. Urbanovich ended up calling with just 4,300,000 behind.
The board ran out and Di Pego doubled up in the last hand of the day.
|Sergio Luis Di Pego||41,800,000||24,400,000|
Martin Arce opened under the gun to 2,000,000 and Daniel Rezaei three-bet to 7,000,000 from the cutoff. The others folded and Arce four-bet all in for 34,300,000. Rezaei called.
The flop and turn were good for Arce but the river left him without chips while Rezaei picks up yet another scalp.
Arce has to settle for 10th place and $60,000.
Three more hands will be played until they bag up and call it a day. They will continue in the same seats as today and redraw when they reach a final table of nine.
Daniel Rezaei raised to 2,000,000 from the button and Pablo Silva shoved from the small blind for 25,900,000. Charles Kassin called for his last 15,900,000 and Rezaei got out of the way as he let them fight it out.
Kassin had against the of Silva.
The flop was great for Kassin as he knocked on the table. Silva, however, then hit on the turn and on the river for two pair to beat the top pair of Kassin.
Kassin ran away from the table and was off to the cashier to collect $60,000.
|Sergio Luis Di Pego||17,400,000||2,700,000|
Pablo Silva his stack is going down but now back up. First he lost in a preflop blind versus blind situation against Charles Kassin. Silva lost with eight-five suited against the king-seven of Kassin who made quads.
Silva had only 3,700,000 behind but he then tripled up before he secured another double.
Silva is now back up to 25,000,000.
Pedro Madeira jammed for effectively 13,200,000 from the small blind to put Rafael Caiaffa at risk. Caiaffa called for his tournament life.
Pedro Madeira had and he had one live card against the of Caiaffa. The brought one of those outs and Caiaffa was drawing to the case seven or the runner-runner flush.
The turn gave some hope and he hit on the river to survive.
Hiroaki Harada pushed all in from the button for 4,700,000 and he was called by small blind Andres Viola. Harada pushed with and he was up against the of Viola.
The board fell and Viola eliminated Harada in 12th place.
The Japanese player took home $45,000 and the others are now guaranteed $60,000.
Daniel Rezaei opened from the hijack to 1,700,000 and Andres Viola called from the big blind.
The flop fell and Viola check-called a bet of 1,600,000.
The turn was the and Violo check-called a bet of 7,000,000 this time.
The river was the and both players checked.
Viola showed and Rezaei mucked his hand.
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