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Kimmo Kurko Leads Day 1A WPT Baden

Level 8: 300-600, 75 ante

Kimmo Kurko 

The small town of Baden - just south of the Austrian capital of Vienna - has a particular pungent pinch to it. Actually, let’s not mince words; it’s quite a smelly place. But it has nothing to do with the local attitude to breaking wind. Instead, the smell comes from the sulphate of lime; the chief ingredient used in the fifteen bath houses that the small town has become quite well known for. But it is also well known for it’s beautiful casino, and today it was the host for the 2013 Main Event debut of the World Poker Tour (WPT). It was Day 1A of WPT Baden and are far as the poker was concerned; there were no foul smells; instead everything flew by like a breeze.

104 players entered the event and 54 finished the event. We will have to wait until tomorrow to see how many of those lost in the ether will be re-entering on Day 1B, but in the meantime the chip leader is Kimmo Kurko who can rest easy this evening safe in the knowledge that he has 149,700 chips safely stowed away in a plastic bag somewhere.

The first two levels of the event were sprightly, and the biggest surprise was the elimination of Artem Litvinov. For a man like Litvinov the €3,300 buy-in is loose change, but that doesn’t stop the high roller playing his usual solid brand of poker. It took a bit of a cooler for him to lose all of his chips, after flopping middle set only to run into the brick wall of Jan Bendik. If you have seen Bendik then you know he is a brick wall you just don’t want to run into. Bendik catching his straight on the turn and Litvinov was out before he had even gotten started.

Kimmo Kurko was the man at the head of the pack going into the first break. The Fin despatching Corbin White on the second level to take the chip lead. Once again there was a set involved, but this time in the winning hand. Kurko hitting a set of nines on a king-high board and Corbin just couldn’t get away from his ace-king.

At the end of the first two-levels Kimmo Kurko was the chip leader. 94-people had entered and 90-players remained.

The next two levels saw some late additions to the field. Some of them were determined to stay whilst a few of them were satisfied to breeze in and out like a draft of wind. That’s the beauty of a re-entry tournament – if you have the money? Salman Behbehani knows how to play poker, of that there is no doubt, but he wasn’t really feeling it today. His bum hadn’t even got warm before Behbehani played for stacks with ace-ten off suit. His opponent, in the hand, was the WPT Champions Club member Lukas Berglund, who won the WPT Spanish Championships back in Season X. The young Swede was holding the fishhooks and they held to move him into contention. We will no doubt see Behbehani tomorrow.

Salman Behbehani

Mickey Petersen, Steve O’Dwyer and Manig Loeser were three of the players who also arrived late, but managed to find their way into the dinner break.

The level ended with the impressive Andrey Shatilov in the lead, 104-players had entered and 87 remained.

After food and drink was despatched and devoured Kimmo Kurko got back to work – and work he did. Within no time at all the Fin had retaken the lead that he had surrendered temporarily to Shatilov. But at the other end of things we were losing some quality players.

The first to leave us was Mickey Petersen. He decided to pin his tournament hopes on an open-ended straight door, with a back door flush draw, holding Jdiamond Tdiamond on a 9club 9heart 8diamond flop. Unfortunately, his opponent was holding pocket kings and they stayed resolute to knock the young man out of the event.

It’s been a fair few years that anyone has called Barny Boatman a young man…sorry Barny. And the Hendon Mobster was soon following Petersen towards the area of the bar. A disagreement with ten-eight-suited on a Kx 8x 5x flop ending in defeat against the mighty king-three-suited. Unfortunately, we didn’t see the action, but it seems like a spot of levelling to us.

Barny Boatman

Level six ended with Kurko and Shatilov leading the remaining 70-players.

The final two levels came and went without too much action. We lost Manig Loeser and Artem Metalidi, but at the top there was little change to be reported. That left the likes of Marvin Rettenmaier (86,000), Kara Scott (41,800) & Andrey Shatilov (134,700) with chips in the bag for Day 2.

So that’s a wrap for Day 1A. We will be back at 14:00 (CET) where we will be doing it all again on Day 1B. 

Sorted In: Featured Blog, Kimmo Kurko, Season XI, Casino Baden, WPT Baden
11:50 PM, 02/19/13

Five More Hands

Level 8: 300-600, 75 ante

The tournament clock has been paused and the dealers instructed to deal five more hands before completing Day 1A of WPT Baden.

Sorted In: Season XI, Casino Baden, WPT Baden
11:27 PM, 02/19/13

Ramik Busted by His Compatriot

Level 8: 300-600, 75 ante

Jan Ramik moves all in for 19,725 on a 7club2club9club7heart board, putting his fellow Czech national Radim Krist to the ultimate test. Krist stays in the tank for upwards of two minutes before finally deciding to call.

Ramik: AclubTspade
Krist: AspadeAheart

The river was the Theart but it is a case of too little too late for Ramik because he is eliminated, the river had to be a club, but alas it was not.

Sorted In: Jan Ramik, Radim Krist, Season XI, Casino Baden, WPT Baden
11:25 PM, 02/19/13

Elimination Sedation

Level 8: 300-600, 75 ante

Robert Gorodetsky, Brian Haas, Jan Ramik, Stephen Andersen, Manig Loeser and Emeric Styevlic have a very lonely walk home this evening. They will not be winning WPT Baden this year.

Sorted In: Season XI, Casino Baden, WPT Baden
11:17 PM, 02/19/13

O'Dwyer Fancies the Ace

Level 8: 300-600, 75 ante

Steve O'Dwyer
Lukas Berglund is the first man in the pot with a 1,500 bet in early position, Steve O’Dwyer calls one seat to his left as does the player seated on the button, and Stephen Andersen in the big blind.

Flop: 7diamond 6club 4club

Berglund is predictably the first to bet. He makes it 3,200 and both O’Dwyer and Andersen want to see fourth-street.

Turn: Aclub

This time you can hear the patter of tiny hands. Both Andersen and Berglund check and O’Dwyer just dumps a pile of blue 1k chips over the line. By the time the dealer has sorted them into two neat streaks, both players had already folded.

O’Dwyer ~ 75,000
Berglund ~ 65,000
Andersen ~ 40,000

Sorted In: Steve ODwyer, Stephen Andersen, Lukas Berglund, Season XI, Casino Baden, WPT Baden
11:12 PM, 02/19/13

Kamali Flushes on the River, Or Did He?

Level 8: 300-600, 75 ante

Irishman Dermot Blain opens the betting with a raise to 1,300 in middle position. He meets some resistance in the shape of Omid Kamali in the cutoff and Erik Scheidt on the button.

The trio see the Kclub8heart7club flop come into view, a flop that Blain fires a continuation-bet of 2,100 at. Kamali calls but Scheidt folds. The turn is the Jspade and Blain fires a second barrel worth 3,400 and once again Kamali calls.

The tclub river completes a myriad of draws and Blain taps the table and checks. Kamali makes it what looks like 5,800 to play but we did not get the chance to count it as Blain folded and Kamali scooped the pot up.

Sorted In: Dermot Blain, Omid Kamali Novin, Erik Scheidt, Season XI, Casino Baden, WPT Baden
11:06 PM, 02/19/13

O’Dwyer Punishes the Limper

Level 8: 300-600, 75 ante

Klaus Stanik takes a peak at his cards before open-limping from late position. Steve O’Dweyer, seated on the button, is not going to let Stanik see the flop cheaply and he raises to 2,500. Stanik waits for almost one minute before calling.

The Jheart9club2club flop is checked by Stanik. O’Dwyer continues his tale with a 4,000 continuation bet and it is enough to take down the pot because Stanik quickly folds.

Sorted In: Season XI, Casino Baden, WPT Baden
10:45 PM, 02/19/13

Gorodetsky Represents the Straight

Level 8: 300-600, 75 ante

Robert Gorodetsky opens to 1,200 from early position and after one player folds, Mehmet Ongorur three-bets to 3,600. Gorodetsky calls and the pair share a 8diamond6heart2heart flop.

Gorodetsky check-calls a 3,300 bet leading the dealer to put the 5club onto the turn. Both players check this low card and then witness the 7diamond land on the river. With four cards to the straight on the board, Gorodetsky decides to take a stab and bet 2,000. His plan works too because Ongorur quickly folds and Gorodetsky wins the hand.

Sorted In: Robert Gorodetsky, Mehmet Ongoror, Season XI, Casino Baden, WPT Baden
10:43 PM, 02/19/13

Elimination Aberration

Level 7: 250-500, 75 ante

Thomas Muhlocker, Peter Cahill, Miroslav Rizov, and Fedor Holz have been banished from Baden.

Sorted In: Season XI, Casino Baden, WPT Baden
10:34 PM, 02/19/13

Stanek and O'Reilly Chop it Up

Level 7: 250-500, 75 ante

Klaus Stanek opens to 1,225 in early position and there are two callers before Scott O’Reilly squeezes to 4,425 in the small blind (leaving around 52,000 behind). Stanek makes it 10,225, the two callers fold and O’Reilly makes the call. With over 20,000 to play for, it all went rather drab after that. The pair checked the action down on a board of Jclub Tspade 8diamond 3club 4diamond and at the final reveal, both players showed pocket queens.

Stanek ~ 95,000
O’Reilly ~ 62,000

Sorted In: Klaus Stanek, Scott OReilly, Season XI, Casino Baden, WPT Baden
10:31 PM, 02/19/13

 

CHIPCOUNT

NameChips
1
Jay Lubas 75,000 
2
Sarah Bilney 72,000 
3
Xuan Liu 63,000 
4
Brian McCallister 55,000 
5
Nang Quang Nguyen 52,000 
6
Rey Camanyag 52,000 

Average Chip Count: 43,832
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Summary

Current Level:

8

Blinds:

300-600

Ante:

75

Players Remaining:

167 of 366

Time Remaining:

Blind Structure

Level Blinds Ante
1 25-50 0
2 50-100 0
3 75-150 25
4 100-200 25
5 150-300 50
6 200-400 50
7 250-500 75
8 300-600 75
9 400-800 100
10 500-1,000 100
11 600-1,200 200
12 800-1,600 200
13 1,000-2,000 300
14 1,200-2,400 400
15 1,500-3,000 500
16 2,000-4,000 500
17 2,500-5,000 500
18 3,000-6,000 1,000
19 4,000-8,000 1,000
20 5,000-10,000 1,000
21 6,000-12,000 2,000
22 8,000-16,000 2,000
23 10,000-20,000 3,000
24 12,000-24,000 4,000
25 15,000-30,000 5,000
26 20,000-40,000 5,000
27 25,000-50,000 5,000
28 30,000-60,000 10,000
29 40,000-80,000 10,000
30 50,000-100,000 15,000
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