With the much-anticipated PokerNews Cup Alpine already underway as several preliminary events kicked off the action, a few more tournaments were ready to warm up the players for the main event and from the Alps winter outside. The Alpine Palace Hotel was home to the events, as players took breaks from the skiing and other resort festivities to engage in the central theme for the week - poker.
The first three events were highlighted by the fact that well-known poker pro Mark Vos took down Event 2 in the series, and players looked forward to the next three events to get them into the swing of poker tournaments in the middle of the Alps in preparation for the main event. There was a High Roller NLHE event for those with a little extra cash to burn, and there was PLO and more reasonably-priced NLHE for everyone else. The excitement was quickly building.
Event 4: €270 PLO
Any pot-limit Omaha tournament draws a sizable crowd these days, and this was no different, as 106 players came to the felt for a little PLO action. Several of the bigger names were absent from this event, however, because a higher stakes buy-in PLO was beginning only hours after this tournament’s starting time. Even so, names like John Duthie, Liv Boeree, Sandra Naujoks, and PokerNews’ own Tony Bromham made it to this one.
The 106 players helped create a prize pool of €28,286 for the final nine players with nearly €8.5K reserved for the winner.
As the field thinned over the first few hours, Naujoks was one of the first to be eliminated, followed by Boeree and Nik Lackovic. By the time there were only two tables remaining, there was a tight run at the chip lead with Fedor Los taking it but several players also in the 50K range and nipping at his heels.
The bubble finally approached, with Jorn Walthaus making an exit at the hands of Fedor Los, then Theirry Logmane being ousted by Simon Kullenberg. Finally, the bubble position went to Kestas Girstautas, who got all of his chips in after the board showed . It was the turn that prompted Girstautas to push all-in with , and he was called by Los holding . The river brought a and a flush for Los and sent Girstautas away on the final table and money bubble.
When the final table began, Los held a solid lead with 130K, and Ramazanali Abbassi sat on the 22K short stack. But it was Jorg Peisert who exited first in ninth place, at which point Abbassi finally pushed and was ousted by Kullenberg, who then took a hit when Overdijk doubled through him. But Kullenberg came back to eliminate Christian Steiner in seventh place. Mark Schouten became the aggressor at that point, doubling through Klaus Dresl, then eliminating him in sixth place. The PokerNews CFO, Tony Bromham, was given a pink slip in fifth place, and Kullenberg finally succumbed and left in fourth. And with the eliminating of Overdijk in third place, the final duo was determined.
Mark Schouten took a significant lead into heads-up action with 436K to the 104K of Fedor Los, but Los didn’t take long to double through his opponent to tighten the counts. Los tried it again by pushing preflop with , but Schouten called holding . The board ran out to keep Los from winning.
It was Mark Schouten who claimed victory in the first PLO event of the PokerNews Cup Alpine, along with the sizable €8,466 in prize money. All of the final table payouts were as follows:
1st place: Mark Schouten €8,466
2nd place: Fedor Los €5,100
3rd place: Peter Overdijk €3,400
4th place: Simon Kullenberg €2,820
5th place: Tony Bromham €2,260
6th place: Klaus Dresl €1,980
7th place: Christian Steiner €1,700
8th place: Ramazanali Abbassi €1,420
9th place: Jorg Peisert €1,140
Event 5: €4,700 High Roller PLO
As the first pot-limit Omaha event of the day played on, the High Roller event got underway with the biggest names in the Alps - Tony G, Mark Vos, Noah Boeken, Markus Golser, Marcel Luske, Erich Kollmann, Michael Pesek, and John Duthie. And just as the prize pool was being calculated for those eight players, David Saab decided to enter. That put the prize pool at €49,901, with €29,931 going to the eventual first place finisher and €11,970 going to the runner-up.
Play began slowly, as anticipated, though Golser jumped out to a quick lead. But it didn’t take too long for Luske to take his exit first, at the hands of none other than Golser. Kollmann was next to go, courtesy of Tony G. Duthie was able to double through Mark Vos before being ousted by Vos a few hands later. Vos then suffered a loss when Tony G doubled through him, but Vos eliminated Pesek to gather more chips. Saab and Boeken were both eliminated by Tony G in one three-way hand.
The final three players each had about 45K, but Gosler quickly chipped up to 80K at the expense of Vos and Tony G. But when Tony G was down to only 10K, he doubled through Vos, then eliminated him on the money bubble.
The last two players standing went back and forth with the chips until the final hand. But by that point, the two agreed on a two-way chop of the money to each take home €20,950.50. For the title, it was Tony G all-in with against the of Golser, and the board came to give Golser the trophy and first place title.
1st place: Markus Golser €20,950.50
2nd place: Tony G €20,950.50
Technically, the next event on the agenda was the main event, labeled as Event 6, but the three-day extravaganza warranted a summary of its own.
Event 7 was a €100 No-Limit Hold’em event served up as an alternative for those who busted from the main event, as it began and ended after numerous eliminations were on the books. No tournament reporting was done for this tournament, as the media was focused on the main event.
That leaves us with our conclusion to the PokerNews Cup Alpine preliminary action and on to the main event. Stay tuned for all of that action coming soon.
(Thanks to PokerNews for the live updates from which this information was compiled.)