Some of the mot intriguing events in the Spring Championship of Online Poker are variants of no-limit Hold'em. Big Ante events feature antes that are 20% the size of the big blind. The added equity in the pot pre-flop provides players wi...
Some of the mot intriguing events in the Spring Championship of Online Poker are variants of no-limit Hold'em. Big Ante events feature antes that are 20% the size of the big blind. The added equity in the pot pre-flop provides players with more incentive to play more hands. More players taking shots at pots with marginal hands translates into humongous action across the board. Simply put, Big Antes produce big action. And when you couple Big Antes with a re-buy event, then the result is a juicy prize pool with a plethora of action players.
When Event #14-L $11+R NL [Big Antes] got down to heads-up, wilmy_x and gardze_wami were engaged in a tightly-knit affair. The rest of the final table went rather quickly, but the heads-up match was an intense and methodical affair. Eventually wilmy_x finally broke through and won a sizable pot to gain a major advantage. Although gardze_wami did not give up so easily, wilmy_x methodically chipped away at the lead before delivering a knockout blow and locking up a victory in Big Antes.
PokerStars knew that Event #14-L $11+R NL [Big Antes] was going to be one of the more popular events, which is why it was spread out over two days. Event #14-L attracted 8,071 runners. They contributed 12,348 re-buys and 5,065 add-ons, which boosted the prize pool to $254,840. The top 1,080 places paid out.
This event drew the attention of notable Team PokerStars Pros like Marcin "Goral" Horecki and George Danzer, but neither of them cashed.
Only a trio of PokerStars pros cashed in this event: Team PokerStars Online Grzegorz "DaWarsaw" Mikielewicz (617th place), PokerStars Team Pro Marcel Luske (754th), Team PokerStars Online Randy "nanonoko" Lew (948th).
Action was suspended at the end of Level 32. At the end of Day 1, 92 players remained with gardze_wami (Poland) as the chip leader. At the end of Day 1, the Top 10 in chips were: gardze_wami (2,852,124), Mr Mathes0n (2,489,166), -ANALNASTHSA- (2,482,202), mr_oizo88 (2,473,494), Ottomantr1 (2,324,423), StraZer (2,188,752), Snake8484 (2,029,666), bennybunny18 (1,973,000), Devil_HelpMe (1,785,634), and DannyN13 (1,683,292).
Day 2 started with brisk action when 10 players busted in the first 15 minutes and a total of 25 players were liquidated in 30 minutes. In the first hour of play, 40 players hit the rail. With 52 remaining, NutsErryTime took over the lead with 5.7 million.
With 27 remaining, wilmy_x (Portugal) held the lead with 11.8 million. With 18 remaining on the final two table, wilmy_x retained the lead accumulated a stack worth 14.1 million.
With 11 to go, gardze_wami had regained the lead after rocketing to the top spot with 22.8 million. Action went hand-for-hand with 10 to go. ShowMeDa$999 bubbled off the final table in 10th place when [Kd][Jh] was run down by big-stacked wilmy_x's [Qh][4s]. wilmy_x flopped two pair, then turned a boat. The final table of nine was set.
SCOOP Event #14-L - Final Table Chip Counts:
Seat 1: Adreny (13,018,284)
Seat 2: Mr Mathes0n (2,736,808)
Seat 3: -ANALNATSHA- (6,018,339)
Seat 4: gardze_wami (12,949,084)
Seat 5: Da_Engineer (14,832,400)
Seat 6: Ottomantr1 (5,138,154)
Seat 7: Quuube (3,134,600)
Seat 8: wilmy_x (24,601,775)
Seat 9: shmothy (4,152,556)
The final table commenced during Level 45 with blinds at 125K/250K and a 50K ante. wilmy_x began the final table as the overall leader with 24 million. Mr Mathes0n brought up the rear with 2.7 million.
-ANALNATSHA- eliminated in 9th place
We lost someone on the first hand of the final table. It started when gardze_wami min-raised 500,000, wilmy_x called, and -ANALNATSHA- called from the big blind. Three players. The flop was [Qc][9c][9d]. -ANALNATSHA- checked, gardze_wami checked, wilmy_x bet 1,155,555, -ANALNATSHA- called, and gardze_wami folded. Heads-up. The turn was the [6h]. -ANALNATSHA- checked. wilmy_x bet 1,888,888, -ANALNATSHA- shoved for 4,312,784, and wilmy_x called. -ANALNATSHA- trailed with [Qh][Th] versus wilmy_x's [Kd][Qd]. The river
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