Before this week started American poker pro Scott Seiver had already won a World Poker Tour title and a World Series of Poker bracelet and now he is the proud winner of the PartyPoker Premier League V gong. Seiver defeated a star-studded final table to get his hands on the Premier League trophy and $500,000 in cash.
Everyone who reached the eight-handed final were guaranteed a minimum of $55,000 but despite that amount being substantial to most, each of the players at the final table were desperate to avoid becoming the eighth place finisher because the dream of becoming the Premier League champion would be well and truly over.
Unfortunately it was one of our own who picked up the proverbial wooden spoon, Sam Trickett busting out in last place. The Titan Poker sponsored pro lost the majority of his stack with against Patrik Antonius' aces and then ran pocket sevens straight into the kings of Daniel "Jungleman" Cates. It just was not meant to be for Trickett.
Next to go was the United Kingdom's second representative, Mathew Frankland. Frankland never managed to get going at the final table and with the structure as fast as it was then that was always going to be a problem for anyone. With blinds at 7,000/15,000 Frankland opened to 30,000 with his pair of sevens only to see Cates three-bet to 80,000 holding . Frankland paused briefly before moving all-in for 231,000 and after much deliberation Cates decided to call. The young Brit, who qualified for the $125,000 buy-in event online at PartyPoker, dodged a king and queen on the flop but the ugly landed on the turn leaving him drawing to two outs. They failed to materialise on the river and he cast a disappointing shadow on the rail.
Six became five with the elimination of Tom "durrrr" Dwan. With blinds of 10,000/20,000 Dwan looked down at and decided that was more than enough to move all in for his 214,000 stack from under the gun. Seiver found in the hole and made the call. The board ran out and Dwan was left with dust; dust he lost to Tony G the very next hand.
Tony G then fell to a bad beat from Cates, his 192,000 stack (blinds 20,000/40,000) going into the middle with but losing out to when the five community cards read . Tony G, who was very vocal throughout the final table, headed to the rail armed with $100,000 in prize money. We fully expect him to be playing in tonight's Big Game 48-hour cash game.
Shortly after Tony G's demise Antonius got his chips in and lost with to Phil "The Unabomber" Laak's then Laak himself made a very sub-optimal play that left him with just a couple of big blinds and forced to go all in with , which lost out to the of Seiver.
Laak's elimination meant it was up to Seiver and Cates to battle it out for the title and many were set for a long draw out battle but the complete opposite was true. The pair started almost dead level in chips but Seiver won a couple of pots straight away to forge a 2:1 chip lead for himself. The when Cates moved in, again with pocket sevens that had been seen in abundance throughout the final table, Seiver called with . The board ran out and with that Seiver became the fifth PartyPoker Premier League champion.
PartyPoker Premier League V Final Table Results
The PartyPoker crew are still on the ground in Vienna where tonight they will run the 48-hour high stakes cash game known simply as The Big Game. PokerNews are going to have a live stream for the game, complete with holecards and our famous Cover It Live coverage where we will be giving away at least 48 x $27 tokens to the upcoming Pokerfest Online II, a Pokerfest Main Event seat and a whole lot more!Coverage starts from 18:00 CET.