Three poker nuggets to get you up to speed on including David Randall offering a piece of his cash game action live on Twitch, Georgios Sotiropoulos winning in the Bahamas, and a remarkable degen story from the Philippines.
Phil Ivey loves his baccarat, but does he love it as much as Denny Peng, Shi Jie Cai or Yang Kit Chan – three competitors in the recent $200,000 buy-in Super High Roller at the World Poker Tour (WPT) in the Philippines?
$200,000 is a lot of money.
If that doesn’t whet your appetite, then consider the winner Fedor Holz picked up $3.4m.
Now that is a lot of money.
Great minds don’t always think alike.
According to the WPT Live Updates blog both Peng (11 bb) and Jie Cai (9 bb) didn’t even turn up to get involved in the customary shove or fold part of the game that we all love and dread in equal measure. Kit Chan (23 bb) did show up, albeit 45-minutes late.
You have probably worked it out why by now.
All three of them chose the Baccarat tables over the chance to win $3.4m, even though they had invested $200,000 in the event.
The mind boggles.
David Randall Creating a Twitch First
David Randall is the latest addition to the Global Poker Link Twitch stream team.
Randall, who has earned over $600,000 in live tournament earnings, is better known for his online exploits playing under the pseudonyms “Ghettofabolous” and “Malicous222” earning over $2.6m in online tournaments.
He is also dangerous cash game player, and Randall put those skills to the test, as the first-ever player to sell pieces of his cash game action, and then stream the session live on Twitch.
If buying pieces of cash game action, and then sweating that action, is your thing, head over to Global Poker Link’s marketplace as I am sure you will see Randall, and a host of other pros repeating this process over and over again.
Georgios Sotiropoulos wins LAPT Bahamas
I have reserved the last of the three nuggets for those rising stars of European poker: The Greeks.
Georgios Sotiropoulos continued to show the world how great he is at this game with his second major title in a four-month time span. Sotiropoulos was one of a cluster of Greek players who took the World Series of Poker Europe (WSOPE) in Berlin by storm in October, winning a bracelet in a No-Limit Hold’em event. He has now won a Latin American Poker Tour (LAPT) Main Event, with victory at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure (PCA).
The WSOP bracelet holder overcame a field of 851 entrants, and a tough final table that included the likes of Joe Kuether, Will Molson, Darren Elias and Ismael Bojang. Sotiropoulos beat the WPT Champions Club member Taylor von Kriegenbergh in heads-up action to take the first prize of $308,220. It’s the second largest score of his career, after winning close to a million for a runner-up spot at the European Poker Tour (EPT) Main Event Prague in Season 10.
Final Table Results
1st – Georgios Sotiropoulos, $308,220
2nd – Taylor Von Kriegenbergh, $187,220
3rd – Knut Karnapp, $132,080
4th – Joe Kuether, $99,060
5th – Will Molson, $78,080
6th – Chad Eveslage, $58,440
7th – Darren Elias, $41,100
8th – Ismael Bojang, $28,900