Jiang Xia won Event # 1: $ 25,000 Short Deck, the first of the Party Poker LIVE MILLION Super High Roller series that was going to stand out for $ 378,000 at Casino Sochi this week, he was given a total of 42 minutes – his last four opponents – possessed possessed.
His fortune fluctuated early at the sixth possible final table, but after his own double against chip leader Wai Leong Chan at the start of the daily, he did the rest of his opposition in less than one of the last hour in true steamroller style.
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The two shortest stacks in the final, which belonged to WSOP Main Event champion John Cynn and Cary Katz, didn’t stay that way for long. Both players doubled within a level to make up for the bottom half of the counts. The tortured fold of Rivered Trip Jacks to a bluff by Aaron Van Blarcum (which kicked off the highlights in the live steam) sent him back to the danger zone, but he should gather and overtake one of the more dangerous danger points: Stephen Chidwick.
Chidwick, sixth on the total money list of all time, who has already made four high roller final table appearances (worth over $ 600,000) in January alone, drove Van Blarcum’s ace-king with pocket queens (unsuccessful) only one in which the British professional should be involved. He was eliminated in 6th place and won $ 63,000.
Van Blarcum’s newly acquired stack scored a hit shortly after when he gave He the double to begin the eventual rise of the eventual winner. This started to bounce off his stack, but it was a huge pot against Wai Leong Chan that got the wrecking ball rolling. Chan hobbled with an ace-king offsuit and then found that he was putting maximum pressure on a king-jack offsuit – the chip leader’s 5 million all-in preflop compared to Chan’s 4 million all-in-chips . A rivered full house for He (after his opponent hit Broadway on the turn) suddenly sent Chan to the railing (5th for $ 84,000), and unchanged the dynamics of the final table.
With such a huge chip advantage, he spent most of the level facing his opponents. When they found hands – like Katz did with pocket jacks and eight big blinds – he held or hit as needed. Against Katz, his royal queen found another full house to send the PokerGo-eyeing player (no problem at high-roller events with over $ 27 million in live earnings) to fourth place ($ 105,000) on the rails .
The last two opponents, Van Blarcum and Cynn, both played around half a million chips. He went on to just get it before the flop and let his huge chip advantage do the work – with a little help from the deck. He defeated Van Blarcum in third place ($ 168,000) in a King Ten Spades vs. Jack Ten offsuit and fled to flush out all hope for his highly competitive opponent. A hand later, the heads-up game was over before it really started, and Cynn made his last stand with King-Nine of Pik. His last hand started as a Jack Ten Offsuit (with the Jack of Clubs) and ended as no less than a royal flush that ended the tournament with the unbeatable nuts.
Cynn took home $ 252,000 for second place while winning the festival’s first trophy and collecting $ 378,000.
High rollers are not known to have a rest: Chidwick has already been spotted in Event # 2 $ 25,000 No Limit Hold’em and live coverage continues here throughout the day. The final table will be broadcast live on PokerGO tomorrow at 8 a.m. EDT. New to PokerGO? Subscribe right here.