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[user76079] • Level 21: 6,000-12,000, 2,000 ante

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No More Poker for Bram Stoker


You could tell by Chris Brammer's face that it was just one of those days at the office. He came in third in chips and busted 33rd.

The in-form Brit's final scene saw him four-bet all in from the button after Sergio Aido Espina had opened from under the gun whilst the table was short-handed. Espina snapped off the raise.

Brammer: {3-Hearts}{3-Diamonds}
Espina: {k-Spades}{k-Hearts}

The board ran {8-Clubs}{8-Diamonds}{9-Diamonds}{7-Hearts}{10-Clubs}.

Brammer was led off to get his money as his table broke with 32 players remaining.

Sergio Aido Espina
Sergio Aido Espina
1,350,000 710,000
Chris Brammer gb
Chris Brammer
gb Busted

Tags: Chris BrammerSergio Aido Espina

Cymbaluk Loses Race; Busts

Glen Cymbaluk - Eliminated
Glen Cymbaluk - Eliminated

Martin Hanowski opened to 25,000 in early position, Enrico Tau three-bet to what looked like 68,000 on his direct left, and the action folded to Glen Cymbaluk, who moved all in for 211,000 from the small blind.

"Let's see if they changed to aces," Hanowski joked, looking at his hand one last time before folding.

Tau examined Cymbaluk's stack, then called.

Tau: {k-Clubs}{q-Hearts}
Cymbaluk: {j-Hearts}{j-Spades}

There was a queen in the window of the {2-Spades}{a-Hearts}{q-Diamonds} flop, and a second queen - the {q-Clubs} - fell on the turn. Only one of the two remaining jacks in the deck would save Cymbaluk on the river, and it wasn't to be as the {5-Spades} completed the board.

The Canadian Cowboy is eliminated, while Tau, who started the day with just over six big blinds, now has 680,000 chips.

Enrico Tau
Enrico Tau
680,000 230,000
Glen Cymbaluk ca
Glen Cymbaluk
ca Busted

Tags: Enrico TauGlen Cymbaluk

Klosinski On A Heater; Scores Double Elimination To Vault To 1.3 Million


It's been a heck of a level for Mariusz Klosinski, who started Level 21 with 300K. He's now got 1.3 million! Shortly after doubling through Marian Kulifaj and then eliminating him, Klosinski has scored two more eliminations.

It happened when action folded to Rami Hajiyev in the cutoff and he moved all in for 175,000. Dominik Paus then moved all in over the top for 441,000 from the button, and Klosinski, who had them both covered, unexpectedly moved all in from the small blind. The big blind folded and the cards were turned up.

Klosinski: {A-Spades}{A-Clubs}
Paus: {Q-Clubs}{Q-Spades}
Hajiyev: {6-Clubs}{6-Hearts}

Paus seemed to be shell shocked while Hajiyev seemed resigned to his fate. All three players were on their feet as the put down the {5-Clubs}{A-Diamonds}{K-Spades} flop. Klosinski hit his set to to essentially lock up the hand, and after the {5-Diamonds} was put out on the turn followed by the {2-Clubs} on the river, both Hajiyev and Paus were escorted to the payout desk.

Mariusz Klosinski
Mariusz Klosinski
1,300,000 699,000
Dominik Paus de
Dominik Paus
de Busted
Ramin Hajiyev az
Ramin Hajiyev
az Busted

Tags: Mariusz KlosinskiDominik PausRamin Hajiyev

The Million Dollar Marker

YorkshirePud • Level 21: 6,000-12,000, 2,000 ante

Breaking into seven figures doesn't necessarily mean you're going to win the tournament. But as players bagged up last night, there was a race to be  in the select group that had more than a million in chips. Jeff Sarwer came up short; Sotirios Koutoupas was the right side. But PokerStars Blog discovers why no one believed him.

Read all about it here!

The Kloser


Mariusz Klosinski was all in and at risk for his last 213,000 on a board of {9-Spades}{3-Clubs}{3-Spades}. His {k-Spades}{k-Diamonds} dominated Marian Kulifaj's {8-Hearts}{8-Spades}, and Klosinski held as the turn and river came {9-Diamonds}, {10-Hearts} respectively.

A few hands later, the roles were reversed, and Kulifaj was all in and at risk preflop against Klosinski.

Klosinski: {a-Diamonds}{q-Hearts}
Kulifaj: {j-Clubs}{10-Clubs}

The {7-Hearts}{q-Clubs}{6-Clubs} flop was an interesting one, and while the {a-Spades} on the turn gave Klosinski a pair, he could still win with any club, or king.

The {j-Spades} on the turn did not improve his hand enough however, and he was eliminated.

Mariusz Klosinski
Mariusz Klosinski
601,000 301,000
Marian Kulifaj
Marian Kulifaj

Tags: Marian KulifajMariusz Klosinski

Boyaciyan Bests Brammer


Chris Brammer is down to 470,000 chips, thanks in part to a clash with David Boyaciyan that did not go exactly to the Brit's plan.

Brammer opened to 28,000 in the hijack and Boyaciyan called from the cutoff and it was heads up to the all heart {6-Hearts}{5-Hearts}{9-Hearts} flop. Brammer checked the flop and Boyaciyan checked behind.

The turn brought the {3-Hearts} into play and after checking his cards, Brammer tested the water with a 72,000 bet. Boyaciyan was not convinced though, and he raised to 150,000. Brammer called.

The {A-Clubs} on the river saw Brammer check and Boyaciyan check behind. Boyaciyan turned over {A-Clubs}{Q-Diamonds} and Brammer looked in shock as he mucked his hand.

David Boyaciyan nl
David Boyaciyan
nl 780,000 15,000
Chris Brammer gb
Chris Brammer
gb 470,000 -229,000

Tags: Chris BrammerDavid Boyaciyan

Plau'ing Ahead


Aleh Plauski and Mads Amot were heads up on a board of {2-Hearts}{a-Hearts}{j-Spades}{q-Diamonds}. Plauski fired a bet of 115,000 into a pot of around 130,000, and Amot tank-called.

The {6-Clubs} completed the board, and Plauski assembled three towers of blue T5,000 chips, then double-fisted them across the betting line. Amot quickly called the 300,000-chip bet, and Plauski flipped over {2-Clubs}{2-Spades} for a set of deuces.

Amot flashed {a-Spades}{q-Spades}, then tossed his cards into the muck.

Plauski now sits with over 2 million chips, while Amot dropped down to around 550,000.

Aleh Plauski
Aleh Plauski
2,300,000 1,055,000
Mads Amot no
Mads Amot
no 550,000 -600,000

Tags: Aleh PlauskiMads Amot