Day 3 completed
|Blinds||600,000 / 1,200,000|
Day 3 completed
The first event of the 2017 Caribbean Poker Party Festival has come to an end and it was Preben Stokkan coming out on top of the $10,300 MILLIONS High Roller. Stokkan earned himself a cool $275,000 at partypoker's last stop of the season in Punta Cana, defeating Jonathan Little in heads-up play. Little will still take home $175,000 for his efforts today.
In the last hand of the night, Stokkan shoved all in on the button with and Little called off his last 33.3 million with . The board ran out and the three on the river that gave Little a set also gave Stokkan a straight to conclude the evening's festivities.
Stokkan is mostly known for his heads-up play online but has slowly transferred to the live tournament game. Stokkan has a little over $500,000 in live tournament earnings with his biggest cash coming in 2016 on his home soil. He definitely took advantage of being more on the tighter side when the final table was reached, picking certain spots to put his chips in the middle. Stokkan did run a big bluff against Little in heads-up play to solidify his chip lead before finally closing things out in the wee hours of the night.
Final Table Results
|2nd||Jonathan Little||United States||$175,000|
|8th||Sean Winter||United States||$40,000|
This tournament attracted a total of 103 entries, with late registration staying open until midway through Day 2. With a guaranteed prizepool of $1,000,000, many of the big names in the poker world made their way to the Melia Caribe Tropical resort. The guarantee was covered and a total of 11 places were paid, with the min-cash being worth $20,000.
The money bubble lasted over two hours with the clock being paused for well over an hour at level 19. The clock finally resumed after Manig Loeser called off his last 700,000 chips with . He was up against the of Sam Greenwood but was drawing slim when Greenwood flopped a straight. Loeser became the bubble boy and play continued on. Sergio Aido (11th place - $20,000) and Stefan Schillhabel (10th place - $25,000) finished in the money but just shy of the final table.
Final Table Summary
The final table began with a couple of short stacks after the money bubble burst just prior to it starting. In the first couple of hands, Little scored a double knockout of Felipe Ramos (9th place - $30,000) and Sean Winter (8th place - $40,000). That left Steffen Sontheimer (7th place - $55,000) on the short stack who has had an incredible 2017. Sontheimer recently took down the inaugural Poker Masters this summer along with the coveted Purple Jacket. He was facing three limpers from the big blind and pushed all in with but ran into Greenwood's pocket aces.
Pascal Lefrancois (6th place - $70,000) was one of two Canadians remaining in the field. He wasn't able to get much going at the final table and eventually got all of his chips in the middle with pocket fives. Greenwood scored another knockout when he paired his ace on the river. That left five players remaining and they battled and tossed chips around for quite some time. In what was a cooler hand, Kenny Hallaert (5th place - $85,000) called off his remaining chips with a queen-high straight but Little had rivered a king-high straight.
With four players left to battle, Little and Greenwood pulled themselves ahead of their two opponents. Alexandru Papazian (4th place - $100,000) pushed all in with and was called by Greenwood's . Although Papazian flopped an eight, Greenwood flopped a flush and Papazian became the fourth-place finisher. Sam Greenwood (3rd place - $124,100) took a commanding lead into three-handed play but after doubling up Stokkan and Little, he found himself on the short stack. He wound up all in with a straight and flush draw against Stokkan's overpair. He was unable to hit any of his outs and was sent to the rail. That left Stokkan and Little to battle it out heads-up with fairly even chip stacks.
There were many players that fell by the wayside multiple times including Steve O'Dwyer who entered a total of six times. Bryn Kenney was not far behind, entering four times, and neither player found any luck in running up a stack throughout the registration period. Other notables to bow out early included Ryan Riess, Philipp Gruissem, Adrian Mateos and some of partypoker's finest, Mike Sexton, Kristen Bicknell, Sam Trickett, and Roberto Romanello.
The PokerNews live reporting coverage has wrapped up for this event, but there is still plenty of poker to be played over the next week. Continue to follow along for all of the up-to-date action throughout the festival.
Preben Stokkan announced all in with on the button and Jonathan Little was in the big blind with . Little made the call for his last 33.3 million and the cards were on their backs.
The flop came and Little was still ahead with his pair of threes. The turn was the and the river brought the . Although Little made a set of threes, Stokkan rivered a straight and ended the gruelling heads-up battle.
Little will still take home $175,000 for second place but it will be Stokkan capturing the title and the first-place prize of $275,000.
Preben Stokkan raised to 2.6 million on the button with and Jonathan Little called with . The flop missed both players and they checked to the on the turn.
Little led out for 1.5 million and Stokkan called with ace-high. The river was the and Little fired again for 4.0 million with a pair of queens. Stokkan mucked his hand and Little picked up a small pot.
Jonathan Little raised to 2.0 million on the button with and Preben Stokkan three-bet to 6.5 million with . Little made the call and the flop came .
Stokkan led out for 4.0 million and Little called with just ace-high. The turn was the and both players checked. The completed the board and Stokkan fired out a bet of 12.5 million. Little put his hands to his face and had a decision to make. After a couple of minutes he did end up folding and Little asked to see the bluff, which Stokkan showed him.
Preben Stokkan raised to 2.2 million on the button with and Jonathan Little defended with . The flop came and Little checked to Stokkan who bet 1.4 million with a flush draw. Little check-raised to 5.5 million after flopping top two pair and Stokkan called.
The fell on the turn and Little announced all in for 25.3 million. Stokkan had a smile on his face but let his hand go, sending the pot to Little.
Jonathan Little opened to 2.0 million on the button with and Preben Stokkan called with . The flop came and Stokkan checked his nut straight. Little continued for 2.5 million with top pair and Stokkan check-raised to 6.5 million. Little called and the fell on the turn.
Stokkan fired another 6.0 million and Little made the wise fold. Stokkan continues to charge ahead in this heads-up battle late into the night.
Preben Stokkan raised to 1.8 million on the button with and Jonathan Little three-bet to 6.0 million with . Stokkan called to see the flop of .
Little led out for 5.0 million and Stokkan raised to 12.0 million with a straight-flush draw. Little instantly mucked with just ace-high and Stokkan increased his chip lead.