PokerPages.com FIVE-STAR WORLD POKER CLASSIC, Event #1
by Mike Paulle
$1,500 No Limit Hold'em
Grand Dutch-y Wins Five-Star Event #1
Mark Boudewijn from Gouda, The Netherlands leaves the competiton pasturized.
Mark Boudewijn is from one of the most famous cheese making towns in the world, Gouda Holland. So it makes sense that he can play cheese and win. In a 1.2 million chip pot, Mark called all-in for 440k with 6 high and a baby flush draw. Harry Demetriou had Q 10 for a straight draw and two overcards. When the perfect cheese arrived on the turn, 4, Mark had a pair that was golden. Harry now had 200k left.
It went in quickly thereafter with J 7 suited for Demetriou. Mark called with a dominating K J. He didn't need the Kings he got gratis, or should that be grated.
1st $222,570* Boudewijn Mark
2nd $118,240 Demetriou Harry
3rd $62,405 Gray Abraham
4th $36,105 Karp Warren
5th $26,275 Juanda John
6th $18,395 Derei Asher
7th $13,140 Strokers Johan
8th $10,510 Lavassanni Fred
9th $9,195 Cloud Bennett
10 $7,885 Corrigan Bill
11 $7,885 Huynh Coyng
12 $7,885 Thaler Gabriel
The last two players are taking turns going all-in with no calls. Boudewijn will have to double up pretty soon to get back into it. Demetriou can wear him down with a better than 3-1 chip lead.
Some other name players still in today's event: 45 left paying 27.
Thor Hansen, Richard Tatalovich, Chris Tsiprailidis, Jean Gaspard, Lonnie Alexander, Can Hua, Joe Awada, Ian Kalman, Martin de Knijff, Scotty Nguyen Lucy Rokach, and the chip leader still of the names, Marcel Luske. The guy who exposed himself is the overall chip leader. I don't know him, but he looks like Ernest Hemingway.
They are still on a break. Next level 10k/20k blinds.
Marcel Luske says that Mark Boudewijn doesn't play many tournaments in Europe. Then someone else said he plays a lot on the Internet. Mark is down to about 300k.
In the event running today, Young Phan just went out. Lucy Rokach won a huge all-in and a gentleman at Allen Kessler got a penalty timeout for exposing a card before action was completed. Hilariously, he said to Jack McClelland who made the ruling, "Is there anyone above you?" Jack stiffled the response, not now the Pope's dead. But you know Jack.
With the blinds so low for the last two, it may take a mistake to get this over soon. But the surroundings are too tough to take. I'm out on the terrace overlooking the Bellagio pool. The water show starts every half hour. The Final Table is on an evevated stage in the Fontana Bar. So it keeps writers and other riffraff away from the players.
The difference between first and second is $104k in cash and the $25k seat in the championship. All the money left is going to be leaving the country, again.
In a shocking reversal of fortune, Abe Gray is out in third. In two hands he coughed up 700k to Harry Demetriou. In the first hand Abe couldn't call the river when his King high flush draw and top pair had to be mucked when an Ace hit the river that put a four straight on board.
Then it was a Gray mood when Abe went all-in three handed with the A J of Diamonds. It wasn't meant to be. Harry Demetriou had A A behind him.
Heads up, in an all-Europe final, Demetriou has about a 3-1 chip lead on Mark Boudewijn at about a million and change to 350k.
Predictably, Warren Karp had to make a move. He sent his last 65k in under the gun with the 10 9 of Hearts. Abe Gray called with a dent in his stack and K 8. The flop came great for Warren with J 10 9 and two pair. But he had something to Karp about with running Kings to give Warren 4th. It was a nice run for Karp who started the day 11th in chips.
Demetriou Harry 400,000
Boudewijn Mark 350,000
Gray Abraham 650,000
Cheese head, Mark Boudewijn is living a dream. He started the day fourth in chips and went almost to the felt before turning it around. He just doubled up again with A 9 all-in from the small blind. Harry Demetriou tried to get through the blinds from the button with pocket 2's which haven't won a hand yet.
They are playing 3k ante, 8k/16k blinds. But the average stack is 350k so that's not a problem for anyone but Warrne Karp now.
John Juanda is 5th when his pocket Queens in the small blind were cracked by the calling Abe Gray with A 3 in the big blind. An Ace hit the turn. John had few chips left. Not nearly enough to get Abe to lay down a chance to put the dangerous Junanda out.
Demetriou Harry 525,000
Boudewijn Mark 150,000
Karp Warren 150,000
Gray Abraham 555,000
For a quick few minutes John Juanda took the chip lead at this table, now he is the shortest when he tried to take Mark Boudewijn out with pocket 2's. Mark had pocket 7's and doubled up.
In the Event #2 going on concurrently, Marcel Luske is the chip leader. Several names have good stacks though, David Levi, Scotty Nguyen, Chris Tsiprailidis among others.
Johan Storakers went for it and lost with pocket 10's all-in on a reraise of 240k. Harry Demetriou had pocket Jacks for the call. Johan is 7th and he give fellow European Mark Boudewijn an extra $5,000 for 6th on fumes.
Just now Asher Derei went all-in on the button for his last 44k and accordingly pocket 4's. Abe Gray "I was just trying to cover his bet," was in the small blind playing poker amazingly with the big chip lead. Abe had the A 10 of Diamonds and made Aces full. Asher was 6th and Mark Boudewijn is making more than cheese. He's still the short stack but he's $13,000 richer than he was a few minutes ago.
After the break, new players are taking over. Harry Demetriou has doubled up as has Warrne Karp. Johan Stoakers is almost out. He just doubled up Asher Derei's all-in of Q J. Johan had the A 3 of Hearts that missed. Asher caught a Jack on the flop. Mark Boudewijn has picked up only cheese and he should be out very soon.
Abe Gray is happily watching the gang move chips around.
15 minute break. Next level 2k ante 6k/12k blinds.
Demetriou Harry 125,000
Boudewijn Mark 125,000
Karp Warren 160,000
Storakers Johan 290,000
Juanda John 165,000
Derei Asher 100,000
Gray Abraham 455,000
You can't sleep thinking about winning a major. You are the clear chip leader starting 12 handed on Day 2. Fred Lavassanni may not sleep tonight either. He went from first to nearly worst in 8th. "Two A K's in a row" killed him. On the last he raised all-in with his last 50k and was called by a supposedly dominated A 6. Now worries. The 6 jumped right up on the flop for Abraham Gray. A guy who started the day with one-fifth Fred's chips. Cruel game.
Johan Storakers has taken over the chip lead from John Juanda who took it from the starting day leader Fred Lavassanni. Johan has already had some strong finishes this year.
The level is 2k ante, 4k/8k blinds.
Bennett Cloud is 9th as Warren Karp continues to be on fire. Karp started today when there were 12 on two tables with only 30k, but he doubled up with pocket Aces and then had pocket Queens. Now in the small blind he sees a Jack and raises the low hanging Cloud. Warren's J 3 races Cloud to the horizon who had 10 9 on a reraise all-in for about 35k.
FINAL TABLE with appox. chip counts
1 Demetriou Harry London UK 145,000
2 Boudewijn Mark Gouda Netherlands 100,000
3 Karp Warren Lake Forest CA 100,000
4 Cloud Bennett Dallas TX 75,000
5 Lavassanni Fred Burbank CA 345,000
6 Storakers Johan Stockholm Sweden 225,000
7 Juanda John Marina Del Ray CA 200,000
8 Derei Asher Los Angeles CA 120,000
9 Gray Abraham Lawenceville GA 100,000
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