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Bozinovic Bulldozes Through Baden

Level 19: 4,000-8,000, 1,000 ante


Let’s face it, poker is all about the money.

The Season XI World Poker Tour (WPT) stop in Baden generated a main event prize pool of over $1 million, and Day Three was the day to fracture that million into chunks. It was time for the wage slips to be handed out.

But not everyone was going to receive payment for ‘services rendered’. Of the 44-players who were still left in this great tournament, only 27 of them would qualify. The employees at the bottom of the pay scale would receive $8,634, but if you worked hard enough - and were lucky enough - then a few promotions could take you all the way to the top, where you could earn $271,258.

Of those 44-players, 20 are still in contention to win that top prize. They include dignitaries such as Marvin Rettenmaier, Bodo Sbrzesny, Martin Staszko & Paul Berende but the man they are all chasing is Vladimir Bozinovic who won the ‘employee of the day’ award finishing with 975,000 chips.

The edges are thin in this game. Let’s see who got cut and who was wearing chainmail.

It didn’t take long for the first elimination. That being said, it never does under these circumstances. The giant Russian, Andrey Shatilov, getting terribly unlucky under the spotlight, after his Aheart 3diamond was fried on fourth-street by Ziegelbecker’s Aclub 2diamond. The 2spade arriving right on time for the Austrian.

Andrey Shatilov

Kara Scott entered the tournament as the short stack, but not for long. The river of her dreams arriving on a silver cloud to perforate the hopes of Philip Huxley. Scott with big slick and Huxley with pocket jacks; an ace on the river and that was that.

The level started with Bodo Sbrzesny and Vishal Pundjabi at the top, but it ended instead with Julian Herold and Paul Berende in the lead. Sbrzesny still had a serious chip stack but Pundjabi had been relegated to mid-table mediocrity. Herold earned his corn in a hand against Vladimir Bozinovic and you can read about it right here.

Julian Herold

38-players remained after the end of the first level.

The second level of the day contained the elimination of the young hotshot Ryan O’Donnell. You don’t often see the online Heads-Up Turbo Sit n Go specialist playing in live multi table tournaments (MTT), but he made a good account of himself. It all went wrong for O’Donnell after doubling up Grzegorz Wyraz QQ<AA and he never really recovered after that hand.

The biggest story of the level was a tale of woe. Vishal Pundjabi started the day second in chips, just 200 chips behind the overnight chip leader Bodo Sbrzesny. That means Pundjabi had the unenviable task of starting the day with 133BB – now that’s not bad by anyone’s standard. Unfortunately, by the time the level had finished there were only 31-players left and Pundjabi was not amongst them. You can read his exit hand right here.

 Vishal Pundjabi

Level 17 was a case of the hare and the tortoise – except there were no hares anywhere to be seen. The pressure and tension of the looming money bubble causing most people to freeze. {Very} Slowly but surely we ate through the time, and Kara Scott was one of the casualties as we finally reached the bubble.

Kara Scott

The PartyPoker Team Pro got it in good against Lauri Pesonen AQ>J8, but a Jack on the flop causing irreparable damage to the Scott stack. She doubled up once before finally being eliminated by Johnny Hansen. You can read about the finer details of the hands both here and here.

The players headed to the dinner break with the bubble still not resolved and Paul Berende in the lead with 710,000 chips.

The money bubble eventually burst in Level 18. No, that’s not true, it exploded. Stefan Rapp moved his last 44,000 into the middle, over a Stjepan Jokic raise, and the Austrian made the call. It was pocket sevens for Rapp and pocket nines for Jokic. The flop Aclub 8club 7club gave Rapp a set, but a cruel 9club on the river handed Jokic a bigger set, and Rapp was the final player NOT to get paid. Now that’s what you call a Bad Rapp.

Stefan Rapp

Level 18 was also the setting for the most intriguing hand of the competition, and it proved that there is no loyalty between stable mates when you reach the business end of competition. The hand involved Bodo Sbrzesny, Marvin Rettenmaier and a rather tasty cold five-bet, which you can read about right here.


The final level of play so the eliminations of Lukasz Wasek, Julian Herold, Daniel Scatragli and Johnny Hansen leaving us with our final 20-players.

Play resumes at 14:00 (CET) where we will play down to our final table of six players. Join us at WPT.com for all of the action.

Sorted In: Featured Blog, Vladimir Bozinovic, Season XI, Casino Baden, WPT Baden
11:12 PM, 02/22/13

Rettenmaier Talks Himself Into Calling

Level 19: 4,000-8,000, 1,000 ante

Marvin Rettenmaier opens to 19,000 in the small blind and Adrian Apmann calls in the big blind seat. The pair see the flop come down KheartQheart6club. Rettenmaier carefully places 23,000 chips over the betting line and after 25 seconds of deliberating what to do Apmann calls.

This leads us to the Aclub turn. Rettenmaier now checks and Apmann takes up the role of aggressor by setting the price to play at 51,000. Rettenmaier glances at his opponent before calling. The 7diamond river is instantly checked by Rettenmaier and almost as quickly Apmann moves all-in. This rocks Rettenmaier who submerges himself deep in the proverbial tank for a full five minutes.

Rettenmaier picks up his cards as if to muck them, but he cannot quite bring himself to do so. He places his cards back onto the green felt and calls the all-in, 140,000 chips.

Apmann flips over KspadeQspade for two pair and Rettenmaier mucks.

Sorted In: Marvin Rettenmaier, Adrian Apmann, Season XI, Casino Baden, WPT Baden
10:56 PM, 02/22/13

Klaus Stanek Doubles Up Through Paul Berende

Level 19: 4,000-8,000, 1,000 ante

Grzegorz Wyraz opens to 16,000 in first position, Klaus Stanek moves his final 130,000 into the mixer from the small blind and Paul Berende re-shoves from the big. Wyraz tanks for a few minutes before folding and we have a showdown.


Stanek: Qspade Jspade
Berende: Aspade Kspade

Flop: Kheart Jclub 7club

A bit of something for both players, but Berende retains the lead.

Turn: 2diamond

No change

River: Jheart

Stanek gets there and thumps the table so hard the chips jangled.

Stanek ~ 275,000
Berende ~ 760,000

Sorted In: Klaus Stanek, Paul Berende, Season XI, Casino Baden, WPT Baden
10:39 PM, 02/22/13

Lukasz Wasek Eliminated by Vladimir Bozinovic

Level 19: 4,000-8,000, 1,000 ante

Lukasz Wasek and Vladimir Bozinovic just got it in. The short stacked Wasek tabled Kspade Tspade and the giant stack of Bozinovic tabled Aspade Tclub.

Board: Qheart 4diamond 2heart 8diamond 3spade

Wasek is out and Bozinovic has 815,000 chiperoos.

Sorted In: Lukasz Wasek, Vladimir Bozinovic, Season XI, Casino Baden, WPT Baden
10:35 PM, 02/22/13

Herold Eradicated

Level 19: 4,000-8,000, 1,000 ante

Julian Herold has been sent to the rail and we are down to 21 players in the Main Event.

Rien De Vries informed us that Herold three-bet shoved for 137,000 after Robert Przygoda opened from the button and the latter called. Przygoda held AspadeTdiamond to Herold’s pocket fives. The board ran out AdiamondKspade8club8spadeJspade and Herold’s tournament came to an abrupt end.

Sorted In: Julian Herold, Robert Przygoda, Season XI, Casino Baden, WPT Baden
10:26 PM, 02/22/13

Staszko Gets Lucky Against Rettenmaier

Level 19: 4,000-8,000, 1,000 ante

A preflop raising war between Martin Staszko in the small blind and Marvin Rettenmaier in the cutoff, results in Staszko being all in for 220,000 chips.

Rettenmaier turns over AspadeKclub and Staszko AdiamondKdiamond. The 8diamond6club5club flop draws some groans from those seated at the table as Rettenmaier could hit a club flush. The 7diamond on the turn gifts Staszko a diamond flush draw and results in more oohs and aaahs!

The river is a flush completing 4diamond and Staszko scoops the pot. Rettenmaier has to hand over 220,000 of his stack, but he is still well above average here in Baden. 

Sorted In: Marvin Rettenmaier, Martin Staszko, Season XI, Casino Baden, WPT Baden
10:23 PM, 02/22/13

Daniel Scatragli Eliminated by Bodo Sbrzesny

Level 19: 4,000-8,000, 1,000 ante

Daniele Scatragli
Bodo Sbrzesny has just eliminated Daniele Scatragli. We believe Scatragli opened to 25,000 off an 88,000 stack with Theart 9heart and was put all-in by Sbrzesny holding Aheart 8heart. The Italian called, Sbrzesny hit an ace on the flop and Scatragli was out.

Sbrzesny ~ 350,000

Sorted In: Bodo Sbrzesny, Daniele Scatragli, Season XI, Casino Baden, WPT Baden
10:16 PM, 02/22/13

Berende Forces Hansen Off The Table

Level 19: 4,000-8,000, 1,000 ante

Paul Berende opens to 16,000 in the hijack and then calls a shove from Johnny Hansen from the button. It’s pocket eights for Hansen and pocket kings for Berende.

Board: Theart 9diamond 9heart Adiamond Qdiamond

The pair shake hands and Hansen prepares to leave the table.

“Kings…” Hansen mutters to himself.

“Well you had to go…wait…that doesn’t sound right…I didn’t mean you had to leave the table.,” laughs Berende.

He has plenty of reason to laugh. He has regained the chip lead and now has 850,000. 

Sorted In: Paul Berende, Johnny Hansen, Season XI, Casino Baden, WPT Baden
10:13 PM, 02/22/13

Bojang Puts His Stack on the Line

Level 19: 4,000-8,000, 1,000 ante

Finland’s Lauri Pesonen, who is sans grey woollen hat today, makes it 16,000 to pay from his seat under the gun. Stjepan Jokic folds but Klaus Stanek calls from the next seat over. The players then fold in turn until it is Ismael Bojang’s turn to act. Bojang is in the small blind.

Bojang checks the stack of his two opponents before moving all in for 246,000. The big blind instantly folds but Pesonen is giving his actions much more thought. From the way he is looking at Stanek it appears Pesonen is more worried about what hands Stanek flats an UTG raise with. Eventually Pesonen lets his hand go and Stanek’s hand hits the muck in record time.

Sorted In: Lauri Pesonen, Ismael Bojang, Klaus Stanek, Season XI, Casino Baden, WPT Baden
10:06 PM, 02/22/13

Wasek Pushes De Vries From Pot

Level 19: 4,000-8,000, 1,000 ante

Rien De Vries opens from the hijack to 16,000 and Polish man mountain Lukasz Wasek three-bets all in for 128,000 from the big blind. This puts the action back on De Vries.

“Shall I ask for a vote if I should call,” says De Vries

He does cast a vote, he folds instead. Wasek has shown that he is not scared to get his stack into the middle in this tournament.

Sorted In: Rien De Vries, Lukasz Wasek, Season XI, Casino Baden, WPT Baden
10:00 PM, 02/22/13



Ryan Rivers 226,900 
Brian Green 226,000 
Brian Hastings 213,200 
Kevin Eyster 199,600 
Brett Trevillian 196,300 
David Powers 193,900 

Average Chip Count: 81,867
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Blind Structure

Level Blinds Ante
1 50-100 0
2 75-150 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 3,000-6,000 100
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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