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« Reply #15 on: September 14, 2008, 04:46:13 PM »

All-In Bonanza

Mercier moves all-in, there is no resistance and the American picks up the not inconsiderable blinds and antes...

Two hands later...he does it again!

A push preflop from Mercier, and once again he gets it through...more blinds and antes and Mercier is beginning to get himself back into contention.

Canadian Chartier clearly thinks this looks like a great plan of attack and he takes a leaf out of the American's book and shoves in himself.

The move proves effective again, there is no resistance and the Canadian picks up the pot...
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« Reply #16 on: September 14, 2008, 04:54:30 PM »

Best of luck to Fintan.
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« Reply #17 on: September 14, 2008, 04:54:38 PM »

Jason Mercier, having shoved pre at least three times already, goes in over the top of a Martin Nielsen min-ish-raise to 82k.  After a think and a count out, Martin calls.

Jason Mercier: 
Martin Nielsen:

Aware that he's going to need a lot of help here, Mercier sits glumly staring intently at the middle of the table:
Flop: Two Diamonds
Turn:    And the crowd goes wild!  (At least certain ladies in the press room, who keep getting told to keep it down as behind a curtain we can actually see a sliver of Negreanu doing the commentary in the same room)
River:  two spades

Double up to a million again for Jason; telling off for Mad Harper; first sheepish smile crosses Jason's face as luck spins round and smacks him.
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« Reply #18 on: September 14, 2008, 05:00:16 PM »

After that dramatic hand, here are the way the chip counts stand:

Sebastian Ruthenberg - 1,318,000
Fintan Gavin               - 1,030,000
Jason Mercier             - 1,020,000
Daniel Mazzia              -   770,000
Dren Ukella                -   730,000
Davidi Kitai                 -   505,000
Martin Nielsen            -   440,000
Samuel Chartier          -   405,000
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« Reply #19 on: September 14, 2008, 05:19:53 PM »

Jason Mercier raises in early position - c.100k.  Short stack Martin Nielsen picks this spot to push in his short stack - which strikes all of us as odd as he has no fold equity and holds Two Diamonds...
Call from Jason, holding .
Flop: 
Turn: two hearts  Giving him a glimmer more hope
River: 

So that makes Martin Nielsen our 8th place finisher winning €119,000

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« Reply #20 on: September 14, 2008, 05:27:03 PM »

ACTION!

Samuel Chartier shoves from late position with .... Fintan Gavin gets a count...and then calls with .

The dealer deals out the flop and it comes... Two Diamonds  three clubs.

Both players miss but Fintan's Ace high is good for the pot, meaning...

Samuel Chartier is OUT, eliminated in 7th spot, winning €178,000.

Great game from the Canadian but he loses out to Irishman Fintan Gavin, leaving us six handed and propelling Fintan into 2nd place.
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« Reply #21 on: September 14, 2008, 05:32:46 PM »

Jason Mercier raises in early position - c.100k.  Short stack Martin Nielsen picks this spot to push in his short stack - which strikes all of us as odd as he has no fold equity and holds Two Diamonds...
Call from Jason, holding .
Flop: 
Turn: two hearts  Giving him a glimmer more hope
River: 

So that makes Martin Nielsen our 8th place finisher winning €119,000



Chip leader to out 1st, wow.
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« Reply #22 on: September 14, 2008, 05:37:00 PM »

So we see the back of Sam Chartier.  Roll Eyes



But it looks like he intends to support mate Jason Mercier, and took his defeat with good grace.  He might be a Mercier fan, but Martin Nielsen wasn't so positive - it was his Tens which were beaten by Jason's Sixes, and the words, "very lucky," came from the possibly ever-so-slightly-tilted Dane.  Almost every one of the players has outdrawn someone, some in more cringeworthy fashion than others, and as Chartier pointed out, the structure of the event has ended up making it hard to play, when the chipped-up now only have c.20bb.  It often ends up like this - superslow to start, ending up with preflop shoving on the FT - but it has to end today, and the Management have already rolled the blinds back once.  No perfect recipe for tournaments, clearly.
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« Reply #23 on: September 14, 2008, 05:40:52 PM »

A few more shoves, Mazzia followed by Kitai meet no resistance.

The late nights and long days of poker we have seen int he last two days mean that the average stack to blind ratio has shrivelled up till the shorties don't have lots of play and shoving has become their only weapon.

This does seem to suggest the final will be relatively short-lived, although I may be tempting fate by saying that!



While we wait for the real fireworks to kick off and 2 of the big stacks to tangle, here are some shots of Barcelona myself and Jen took earlier.

It really looks fantastic in the sunshine. Enjoy!





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« Reply #24 on: September 14, 2008, 05:52:23 PM »

****We are just on a short break****

In the meantime, changing tack for just a moment.

Jason Mercier may be a fine poker player but he has courted controversy with his chip stacking and his clothing choices.

I personally like the way he stacks his chips as it makes it easier to count, and I don't have a problem with the way he dresses.

I DO think however, he is the long lost brother of short lived Simpson's character Poochy.

Seperated at birth??? What do you think?



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« Reply #25 on: September 14, 2008, 06:18:03 PM »

And we have some Belgium on Italian action!

Mazzia and Kitai go to war preflop. With Kitai all-in and most of Mazzia's chips in the middle, Davidi needs to hit or he will be OUT.

Mazzia: 7-7
Kitai :

With a million+ pot brewing, the dealer lays them out.

The flop comes: Two Clubs ...A good flop for Mazzia, his pocket pair stays in the lead...

TURN: ! The belgium leaps ahead. Mazzia looks upset and needs to hit a seven on the river...

RIVER: . No luck for the Italian. He loses a big flip and is now very short whilst the bracelet winner from the summer is up to over a million!



Pictured:  Davidi Kitai

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« Reply #26 on: September 14, 2008, 06:19:34 PM »

Down to the felt, Mazzia is all in pre the very next hand.  Sebastian Ruthenberg makes the call, as does big blind Jason Mercier.
They check down a board of three clubs Two Clubs , and we don't catch the cards, and hear a whisper of "King High" which seems to be good for a triple through for the Italian from a grain to a whole bowl of rice.
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« Reply #27 on: September 14, 2008, 06:35:30 PM »

After a lull in getting it in, Mazzia finds a spot to shove with - unfortunately he's looked up by the dominating of Davidi Kitai.
Flop:    Looking grim for Mazzia... now his Eight cant be a club...
Turn:
River: 



 Out of jail, a relieved Mazzia takes his seat again.
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« Reply #28 on: September 14, 2008, 06:41:37 PM »

Fintan Gavin may not have featured in many of the big all-in pots, but the Irishman has been quietly and effectively building up his chip stack, sitting in 2nd place at the moment and not having to show down a hand too often so far.

He may be one of the lower profile players remaining in the tournament at the moment, but he has proved himself to be at the very least a competent player, and at his heights he can be very inventive as he showed with the T-6 bluff steal re-raise versus Mercier earlier.

No need to pull off his most famous  move just yet, but as the blinds raise, later on we may be treated to the Irishman's speciality finishing manoeuvre yet.

Here's one he made earlier....

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« Reply #29 on: September 14, 2008, 06:43:13 PM »

AND HE DOES IT AGAIN!

Daniele Mazzia gives it another go with - his all-in is called by Kitai again with Tens.

Flop: 
Turn:
River:  Oh yes, the .  The momentarily subdued Italian railers get excited once again as their man gets out of jail one more time, nicely giving Kitai a double luck-slap in the process.

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