Level 25: 15,000-30,000, 5,000 ante
(Photo: Bodo Sbrzesny)
Day Four of the PartyPoker World Poker Tour (WPT) belonged to Bodo Sbrzesny. The PartyPoker Team Pro having a little party of his own, and he didn't want to invite anyone. Every single person who came knocking at the door had it slammed right in their face. Sbrzesny is one of the nicest guys you will ever meet, but today he was an animal. The switch was flipped. He ate people alive.
It took just five levels to make our way to the final table, and Sbrzesny was the man mainly responsible for the speed of the eliminations. Well that and some kamikaze poker.
Here is the Day Four recap.
The day started with 22-players, but only 21 of them showed up for action. Sergei Vasilyev was a complete no-show for the entire first level. The first elimination of the day belonged to Lars Bonding from Denmark. He moved all-in from the small blind holding J 9 and Simon Ravnsbaek called in the big blind holding T T. Ravnsbaek hit a set of tens and Bonding was knocked down to 170,000. Those chips went into the middle a few hours later when Bonding was holding Tx 9x and Konstantinov Danilov called holding pocket kings; Bonding was out.
(Photo: Lars Bonding)
The last-remaining player from the UK departed next. Daniel Rudd getting unfortunate when his time came to play the all-in and call game. Rudd holding the dominating A J v A 9 of Marcin Wydrowski, but the 9 on the flop enough to send the cash game player out.
Yann Dion started the day in the middle of the pack, and when he found pocket kings to call an all-in versus Alin Grasu he must have been very happy indeed. Grasu turned over A 4 and must of surely thought he was out until a four on the flop, and a special one on the river, doubled him up. That hand sent Dion on a spiralling descent down the charts. His final stand came when he moved all-in for 165,000 in the small blind, holding 7 5 and Wydrowski called with Q 4 and hit a queen on the flop.
(Photo: L-R Yann Dion & Marcin Wydrowski)
Two more eliminations to finish the level. Elio Fox started the day terribly after doubling up Dermot Blain, but he got right back into the action with a series of big pots that included the elimination of Frank Stumpf. Fox flopping the nuts on J 8 7 at the same time Stumpf flopped top pair with A J. Then we lost our Polish rapper, Wojciech Lozowski, after he jammed with K Q and Danilov snapped him off with pocket nines.
(Photo: L-R Wojciech Lozowski & Elio Fox)
17 left and Marcin Wydrowski and Konsatntin Danilov were neck and neck at the top with 1.9 million.
The 23rd level had only matured by a few hands when we lost our last remaining WPT Champions Club member. Season IX Vienna winner, Dmitry Gromov, losing a flip to Alin Grasu T T<A Q to leave the competition. Then we had a few moments of minor madness that resulted in a huge chip lead for Bodo Sbrzesny. Sbrzesny opened the button and then called a 500,000 shove by Simon Ravnsbaek in the small blind. It was A 7 for Sbrzesny, J 2 for Ravnsbaek and the Dane was out after Sbrzesny hit the 7 on the flop.
(Photo: Simon Ravnsbaek)
Then Sergei Vasilyev eventually showed up. He took his chair, placed his bag on the floor, swept his scarf around his neck and started to play. Then a few hands into his first orbit Alexander Lakhov opened, Sbrzesny called before Vasilyev thought it would be a great idea to ship 30BB with Q 4. Sbrzesny snapped him off with A K and Vasilyev was out before he had even gotten started.
The level ended with four more eliminations. Ali Grasu continued his mini revival after disposing of the Day 1B chip leader Mikhail Mazunin: Ax Qx > Ax Tx. Then Marcin Wydrowski eliminated Dermot Blain: A K > 9 9, before Bodo Sbrzesny closed up his wonder show with the eliminations of Jason Mercier and Kevin MacPhee.
Mercier didn't have much when he moved with J 8, Sbrzesny called with A 5, and despite hitting top two pair on the flop, Sbrzesny took his impressive scalp by turning the nut flush. Mercier was out, once again desperately close to a WPT Final Table. With one American out of the way the German set his sights on his second. Kevin MacPhee shoving with A 7 and Sbrzesny finding the call with 8 8.
(Photo: Kevin MacPhee)
The level ended with 10-players remaining and Sbrzesny in the chip lead with four million chips.
Two eliminations in the level before dinner. Marcin Wydrowski first crippled Fabian Quoss before returning to finish off the job. The board was showing J 8 7 3 8 when Quoss - who had already invested around 100k in the pot - bet 100,000 on the river and was raised to 225,000 by his opponent. Quoss tanked for a while before eventually calling and Wydrowski showed 8 7 for the boat. Quoss mucked and was down to 191,000. Those went into the middle shortly after with Quoss holding Q 9 and Wydrowski called holding A 8.
(Photo: Fabian Quoss)
Then we finished with the elimination of Konstantin Danilov at the hands of Tony Chang, after the pair decided to play for stacks on a flop of 6 5 4. Danilov held 6 3, Chang A A and Danilov missed everything to become our 11th place finished.
Heading into the dinner and we had 8-players remaining with Sbrzesny in the chip lead with 4.6 million chips.
The 25th level proved to be our last as the final two players fell through the floor to leave us with our final six berths. The eighth place finisher was Daniel Ospina from Colombia. He had been hoovering up blinds and antes for some time until eventually Bodo Sbrzesny found the call. It was pocket kings for Bodo and A 6 for Ospina. Any hopes that Ospina may have had for a suckout evaporated on the flop after Bodo hit quad kings.
The final elimination was the former WSOPE Main Event champion, Elio Fox. The hand that got him into trouble occured against Tony Chang. Chang opened to 65,000 in early position, Fox three-bet to 155,000 in the hijack, Chang made it 500,000, Fox moved all-in and Chang called. You could tell by the look on the face of Fox that he wasn't happy. It was jacks for Fox and kings for Chang. A big mis-step from Fox and five cards later he was down to a shove or fold strategy. His final act was to move all-in holding A J and he was called by the chip leader Sbrzesny and his pocket eights. Sbrzesny wasn't in the mood for losing flips and this final hand was no different. The board ran out Q 9 3 9 8 and Fox was out.
(Photo: The Elio Fox Exit Hand)
And that's the end of the action folks. The final table has been set in stone and when we start tomorrow at 13:00 (CET). You can either watch the live updates, as you have done all week, or listen to the awe inspiring tones of Jesse May and a range of guests on the live stream. In the meantime, here is that final table.
Seat 1: Alin Grasu - 855,000
Seat 2: Marcin Wydrowski - 2,745,000
Seat 3: Tony Chang - 3,610,000
Seat 4: Michael Gagliano - 2,375,000
Seat 5: Bodo Sbrzesny - 4,605,000
Seat 6: Alexander Lakhov - 2,815,000
Level 23: 10,000-20,000, 3,000 ante
Featured Blog, Bodo Sbrzesny, Kevin MacPhee, Season XI, Corinthia Casino
Bodo Sbrzesny opens to 40,000 in early position, Kevin MacPhee moves all-in for 380,000 in the big blind and Sbrzesny calls.
Sbrzesny: 8 8
MacPhee: A 7
Board: 8 5 4 3 A
Sbrzesny flops a set and MacPhee follows his countryman, Jason Mercier, out of the door.
Sbrzesny ~ 3.7 million
Level 21: 6,000-12,000, 2,000 ante
Kevin MacPhee opens to 24,000 in the cutoff, Simon Ravnsbaek three-bets to 62,000 in the big blind and MacPhee decides to just call.
Flop: A 8 5
Ravnsbaek bets 56,000 and MacPhee calls.
Both players check
Ravnsbaek makes a bet of around 80,000 and MacPhee calls. It's pocket kings for Ravsnbaek, but the pot goes the way of MacPhee who is holding ace-queen.
MacPhee ~ 1,050,000
Ravnsbaek ~ 320,000
Level 18: 3,000-6,000, 1,000 ante
Kevin MacPhee, Mikhail Mazunin, Season XI, Corinthia Casino
Mikhail Mazunin open shoves from first position for 122,000, Kevin MacPhee calls in the next seat and everyone else folds to allow the pair to dance.
Mazunin: Q Q
MacPhee: A Q
Board: K J 8 J 4
Mazunin fades the ace and a disappointed looking MacPhee has to ship the chips.
Mazunin ~ 258,000
MacPhee ~ 590,000
Level 16: 2,000-4,000, 500 ante
Featured Blog, Bartolome Gomila Romero, Kevin MacPhee, Season XI, Corinthia Casino
Amatos Gomila has just been eliminated by Kevin MacPhee. The action all took place pre flop.
MacPhee: K K
Gomila: J J
Board: Tx 9x 8x Qx Jx
The board runs out for a straight, but the American's king plays to give him a higher straight. The whole of Spain is now officially in poker mourning.
MacPhee ~ 500,000
Level 5: 150-300, 25 ante
Featured Blog, Kevin MacPhee, Season XI, Corinthia Casino
Kevin MacPhee moves up to around 90,000 after a double elimination. MacPhee told us that the money went into the mixer on a flop of 8x 6x 5x (two spades), with MacPhee holding Q 9. Petr Konas and Yasmine Hanane were the casualties, with one of them holding a set of fives and the other top pair. The 2 on the turn doing all of the damage.
Level 6: 200-400, 50 ante
Featured Blog, Jan Ramik, Kevin MacPhee, Season XI, Corinthia Casino
Jan Ramik has just added the scalp of Kevin MacPhee to the one he just took from the head of our WPT Champions Club member Morten Christensen.
We caught the action on the turn. The board was showing 8 7 5 J when MacPhee check-raise jammed for around 7,000 and Ramik called. It was 8 4 for MacPhee and Ramik held Q Q. The river never changed anything and MacPhee was out.
Ramik ~ 80,000