The 2017 888Live Rozvadov festival was a huge success and saw hundreds, if not thousands, of hands played at the King’s Casino. Each hand is exciting in its own merit, but not all hands are created equally which is why PokerNews has pulled together five of the biggest, best or most exciting hands from the amazing poker festival.
The Old Suckout Re-Suckout
While not one of the biggest hands of the festival in terms of chips won and lost, Alexis Loic Krauth’s elimination from the Opening Event in fifth place was a classic.
Down to 1,175,000 chips at the 75,000/150,000/25,000a level, Krauth looked down at on the button and moved all in when the action folded to him. The small blind folded, but Igor Grystak called in the big blind with to put Krauth at risk of busting.
The flop gifted Krauth a pair of queens and a huge advantage in the hand. The turn gave Krauth a sweat as a jack or ten on the river would send him home in fifth place. What the flop giveth, the river taketh as it was the to improve Grystak to a straight, resigning Krauth to a fifth-place finish and €7,644 in prize money.
An Ill-Timed Bluff by Del Piero
Enzo Del Piero bust from the €5,300 High Roller in eighth place, five places short of the money places, when he made an ill-timed bluff against the wily veteran Pierre Neuville.
Del Piero raised with and Neuville paid to see a flop with . Neuville flopped trips when the first three community cards fell and check-called a 20,000 bet from Del Piero. Both players tapped the table and checked the turn, before Neuville checked the arrival of the on the river. Del Piero moved all in for 86,000 and Neuville snap-called. Game over for Del Piero and a healthy boost to Neuville’s stack; the Belgian would go on to finish fourth and bubble the High Roller.
Jonas Kraft Wins a Coin Flip and €49,875
Jonas Kraft won the €5,300 High Roller in Rozvadov after a combination of excellent play and timely luck, which came in the way of winning a crucial coin flip when it mattered most.
The dangerous Martin Kabrhel limped in for 40,000 with the , Kraft raised to 125,000 with before Kabrhel moved all in for 995,000 in total. Kraft called and it was off to the races for the heads-up duo.
Kraft immediately took the lead as the door card was the , followed by the and . The turn was a complete blank and left Kabrhel drawing to the two remaining sevens in the deck. Kabrhel couldn’t find a seven, instead the completed the board, leaving Kraft with all 2.1 million chips in front of him and becoming the high roller champion in the process.
Geilich’s Mistake Costs Him Dearly
Ludovic Geilich was angry with himself for the mistake that cost him his tournament life in the Main Event.
At the 50,000/100,000/15,000a level, eventual champion Catalin Pop limped in from the button, Geilich raised to 385,000 from the small blind only to see Pop make it 825,000 to continue. Geilich five-bet all in and Pop quickly called.
It was the powerhouse that was for Pop and the lowly for the aggressive Scotsman. Geilich paired his five on the flop of the board, but it wasn’t enough to prevent him from busting in fourth place for €29,184. Pop’s stack swelled by 3.2 million chips and he went on to take down the tournament.
Pop Flops a Set to Bust Another Scotsman
Catalin Pop bust Scotland’s Ludovic Geilich in fourth place and then eliminated his fellow countryman, Niall Farrell, in third place shortly after.
Pop made a large raise to 360,000 – more than 3.5 times the big blind – from the small blind with , Farrell three-bet to 925,000 from the big blind with ; Pop moved all in and Farell instantly called.
The flop saw Pop soar into the lead with the set of fives, but the turn made it possible for the hand to end in a chopped pot if the river was another diamond. The river was red, but it was a heart, the to be exact, which bust Farrell and boosted Pop’s stack to 11 million with only 16 million chips in play.