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Mathew Frankland Wins Group A Round 3 of PartyPoker Premier League V

Mathew Frankland (Photo: PartyPoker Blog)

It was United Kingdom one-two in the PartyPoker Premier League V earlier today as Mathew Frankland took maximum points and Sam Trickett finished as runner up. Both players now have their destiny in their own hands going into the fourth and final round of group matches.

Frankland was disappointed with his eighth place finish in the last round, a finish that earned him no money but more importantly no points. But now he finds himself $32,000 richer and up to 24 points, enough for third place, after defeating fellow Brit Trickett heads-up. Before this duo could battle it out one-on-one there had to be a whole host of eliminations, starting with Luke Schwartz.

Schwartz has had a torrid time at the felt in this competition after picking up only five points in three games and he is now very unlikely to qualify for the final table. His latest bust out saw him move his relatively short stack in with {K-Spades}{Q-Clubs} and Trickett made the call with {A-Hearts}{4-Diamonds}. The {J-Hearts}{4-Hearts}{4-Spades} flop was rather final and the {A-Clubs} on the turn was a tournament ender for Schwartz. Ironically the {10-Clubs} river completed a straight for "FullFlush" but it was too little too late. Seventh place and two points were not what Schwartz would have wanted.

Next to go was the round one winner Phil Laak, followed by Andy Frankenberger, the infamous Tony G then Erik Seidel, setting up a mouth-watering clash between Frankland and Trickett. The pair played some great aggressive poker before Trickett committed his stack with {A-Hearts}{Q-Clubs} and Frankland woke up with a pair of black tens. The Flop came down {K-Hearts}{10-Diamonds}{3-Spades}{5-Spades}{8-Clubs} which left Trickett drawing to a jack and only a jack but it failed to materialise as the turn and river were the {5-Spades} and {8-Clubs} respectively and with that Frankland hauled in the maximum points and $32,000 in prize money.

Group A Round 3 Results

PositionNamePointsPrize
1Mathew Frankland16$32,000
2Sam Trickett11$22,000
3Erik Seidel8$16,000
4Tony G6$14,000
5Andy Frankenberger4$8,000
6Phil Laak3$6,000
7Luke Schwartz2$4,000
8Eugene Katchalov0$0

These results make it very interesting because any of the current top three could actually not automatically qualify for the final table! Remember, only the top three go through automatically and the fourth and fifth place finishers play a series of heads-up matches to determine who goes through.

Group A after three of four matches

PositionNamePointsPrize
1Tony G26$52,000
2Sam Trickett25$50,000
3Mathew Frankland24$48,000
4Phil Laak23$46,000
5Erik Seidel21$42,000
6Andy Frankenberger17$34,000
7Eugene Katchalov9$18,000
8Luke Schwartz5$10,000

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