How Special Is It? – Gambling With An Edge

How Special Is It? - Gambling With An Edge

In a recent blog post I wrote:

Another factor that is true for me that isn’t universally true for other players is that I have the ability to figure out and master strategies and I enjoy doing so. Thinking about, writing about, studying, and playing video poker occupies a much larger part of my waking hours, even after about 30 years of doing this, than these things occupy in the lives of most other players.

A poster named Jerry apparently thought I was too full of myself and responded:

No offense, but what you do is really not that special. But keep thinking it is if that is what floats your boat.

I didn’t make the original statement in the sense of, “Hey! Look at me! I’m so clever!” I am not contending that being a competent video poker player makes me unique, or worthy of a Nobel Prize, or anything of the sort, but I do think skill level is something that differentiates me from most other players.

In my classes, I’d get a large number of players who would come up and tell me they practiced on the computer all the time and the best they could do was 98% accuracy. They’d want to know if that was good enough.

My answer was that it was plenty good enough if they wanted to enjoy video poker for a hobby and were playing for relatively small stakes considering to their bankroll. But at that accuracy level, they were playing a losing game. If their ambition was to make money at video poker, 98% was nowhere near a level that would help them attain that goal.

I don’t have any accurate numbers on how many players are net winners. Tax data is the only place such information is collected and I don’t have access to it. Plus, every player has an incentive to understate wins and overstate losses. And every player decides for himself how to keep records. (Do you, for example, report every bit of free play, or all wins of less than $1,200? I suggest you’re in the minority if you do, even though the IRS rules say you should do both of these things. And do you consider comps as winnings? Or free meals? Or . . . ?)

Given that every estimate somebody makes on this sort of thing must be taken with a huge grain of salt, my experience is that less than 20% of players are actually winners at this game on a long-term basis.

But let’s say 20% even. The players who are in this more-successful 20% have skills that the other 80% don’t. Different people have different skills, of course. I listed a few skills in the original quotation, but we could also include such things as the ability to obtain and retain a bankroll, the psychological ability to put up with losing sessions and losing streaks, competence in a number of different games, access to good games, the willingness to scout, a network of other players where you talk about opportunities at various casinos, the ability to figure out promotions, and the ability to adjust your sleep schedule so that if there is a juicy promotion on the graveyard shift, you’re able to take advantage of it. Knowing the correct play on every hand when you study it as a test question is one thing. Correctly executing that play when you’re in the casino playing quickly is another. Playing progressives properly is an entirely different skill than playing games with a 4,000-coin royal.

To be successful at video poker, you don’t have to be good at all of those things — but it helps if you are. High intelligence isn’t mandatory. But it helps.

 I don’t know who the poster “Jerry” is. Perhaps I know him under a different name. Perhaps I would recognize him if I saw him. Maybe he’s in the successful 20%. I don’t know. But somebody who is in that 20% and has been so for decades is a relatively rare individual. And such a player can master a strategy better than players who are not in that 20%.

That’s what I was trying to say.


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Soukha Kachittavong Catches Fire and Wins Event #2 at the PokerStars Summer Series ($105,407)

Soukha Kachittavong Catches Fire and Wins Event #2 at the PokerStars Summer Series ($105,407)

After a marathon session of No-Limit Hold’em at the PokerStars Summer Series at Live! Casino and Hotel Philadelphia, Event #2: $1,100 No-Limit Hold’em has ended and Soukha Kachittavong has come out on top.

The Rhode Island resident made his way to Philadelphia for the second time in two weeks. Kachittavong finished seventh in the first event of this series, and he made it a goal to take home the trophy and the title of PokerStars Summer Series champion. This goal would come to fruition after he battled his way to heads-up play and ultimately agreed to an even chop with Cheng Xu of the remaining prize pool. However, because he was chip-leading by a few blinds, he also took home the title and the trophy. Both players locked up a prize of $105,407.

Soukha Kachittavong
Soukha Kachittavong

Kachittavong had a slow start to the day but played the short stack well. This led to a few key hands before the final table that would allow him to have some breathing room to exploit his opponents throughout the end of play.

“So, this is probably the longest poker session in one day that I have played,” Kachittavong said when asked about how it felt to play for 18 hours.

“It just feels really good. Excited about it, and I need to be back next week to try for the trifecta back to back, back to back.” He said as he referenced next week’s $2,200 buy-in event.

“Probably more poker!” was Kachittavong’s answer when asked what he would do with the money. If he puts those dollars to good use, he should have no issue turning his six-figure score into much more.

Event #2: $1,100 No Limit Hold’em Final Table Results

Place Player Country Prize
1 Soukha Kachittavong United States $105,407*
2 Cheng Xu United States $105,407*
3 Nhan Cao United States $56,460
4 Johanssy Joseph United States $41,710
5 Ron Adams United States $31,770
6 Soheb Poybandarwala United States $25,250
7 Scott Kret United States $20,920
8 Bill Chonka United States $16,635
9 Jeffrey Yanchek United States $12,490

*denotes a heads-up deal

Final Table Action

Final Table
Final Table

Jeffrey Yanchek was the first elimination from the final table when his pocket tens would go down to pocket nines after the smaller pair drilled a set. Bill Chonka was the next player off the board after his opponent called his all-in with pocket nines, and they held on against Chonka’s six-five.

Soheb Poybandarwala and Scott Kret would be the next to be taken off the final table after their hands went down to two pair each. Ron Adams had many chips for most of the Day. Unfortunately, a few missed flips would leave him short and ultimately send him to the wrong side of the rail.

Johanssy Joseph would fall in fourth place after an incredible run that started by heading into Day 2 as the second largest stack. The last elimination would then be Nhan Cao, who was very close to an ICM chop three-handed, but ultimately, one player wanted to play it out for the trophy and the title, and unfortunately, Coa couldn’t hold on.

Johanssy Joseph
Johanssy Joseph

That brought them to an awesome heads-up battle, a roller coaster of chips moving hands. Xu was the chip leader when heads-up play started, but a massive hand broke out where Kachittavong got all the chips in the middle on the flop when he hit a set of sixes in a four-bet pot. However, Xu would battle back and even the chip deficit to just a few big blinds. That is when the talks of chops came into play, and ultimately, they made a deal.

Both players expressed their excitement to get the morning finished after play did not conclude till almost 6:00 a.m. local time. Xu may have gotten the second-place finish, but it should be noted that during three-handed play, Xu was in second place and turned down an ICM chop to play it out for the trophy, and this denial of a three-way chop earned him an extra $10,000 in prize money by battling to an even split.

Cheng Xu
Cheng Xu

This event was a huge success; the players at the final table and beyond were fortunate to be at an event that doubled the prize pool. There is still the $2,200 event next week to finish the series, and one thing is for sure… Kachittavong will be back to see if he can make final table #3.

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Brazilians Finish One-Two in the 888poker Mystery Bounty Main Event

Brazilians Finish One-Two in the 888poker Mystery Bounty Main Event

It is not uncommon to see the famous yellow and green Brazilian flag flying high in 888poker tournament lobbies. The samba-loving grinders frequent the online poker site in droves and often find themselves in the winner’s circle. This week’s $100,000 Mystery Bounty Main Event was one of those times, with “Regis_R69” defeating their fellow countryman “KaizenStyle” heads-up to clinch the title.

The $100,000 Mystery Bounty Main Event attracted 991 entrants to 888poker, and they fought it out for the largest slice of the prize pool. $50,000 was awarded in a traditional manner, with the remaining $50,000 stuffed into envelopes that were placed on the heads of each remaining player once the tournament reached Level 18.

$10,000 was the largest of those mystery bounties, and it was Romania’s “Immortalll” who pulled it out. They also grabbed another $229.28 worth of bounties for a total haul worth $10,644, including their 15th-place prize money, the largest payout of the tournament.

Fifty-second place finisher “tairones13” and ninth-place finisher “AAFOKER” banked more than $3,700 from the bounty prize pool courtesy of drawing $3,000 payments before they crashed out.

$100,000 Mystery Bounty Main Event Final Table Results

Rank Player Country Bounties Prize Total Prize
1 Regis_R69 Brazil $652 $7,305 $7,957
2 KaizenStyle Brazil $2,263 $5,340 $7,603
3 Elshemo United Kingdom $363 $3,925 $4,288
4 zzzr23 Canada $863 $2,885 $3,748
5 bouillax Malta $229 $2,135 $2,364
6 Artur1965 Lithuania $953 $1,590 $2,543
7 GriggAs Lithuania $413 $1,195 $1,608
8 Oatsi Germany $267 $905 $1,172
9 AAFOKER Canada $3,777 $690 $4,467

“”AAFOKER” was one of the shorter stacks going into the final table, and they were the first heading for the exits. “KaizenStyle” min-raised with ace-king from middle position and called when “AAFOKER” three-bet all-in for a little over 12 big blinds with the dominated ace-queen. A ten-high board left “AAFOKER” void of chips and the final table short of a player.

Germany’s “Oatsi” joined the list of eliminated players, falling in eighth place after a clash with “Artur1965” did not go to plan. “GriggAs” min-raised under the gun with ace-jack, “Artur1965” three-bet from the small blind with pocket jacks, only for “Oatsi” to four-bet jam for 13.5 big blinds with ace-king. “GriggAs” got out of the way, and it was off to the races. An ace on the flop looked to have won the hand for “Oatsi” but the turn was the case jack, and “Oatsi” was gone.

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Seventh place went to the aforementioned “GriggAs” who was left with ten big blinds after opening and then folding during “Oatsi”‘s elimination. “GriggAS2 raised to six big blinds with pocket sevens, leaving less than four behind. “KaizenStyle” moved all-in with ace-queen from the cutoff, and “GriggAs” called. An ace on the flop propelled “KaizenStyle” into the lead, where they stayed to eliminate “GriggAs.”

“Artur1965” of Lithuania committed their last five big blinds from the big blind with ace-eight after “KaizenStyle” opened from the cutoff with pocket tens. “KaizenStyle” called, flopped a set, and sent “Arthur1965” to the showers.

“KaizenStyle” sent another opponent home to leave the final table with only four players. They min-raised on the button before calling the 23 big blind shove from “bouillax” in the small blind. It was ace-jack for “KaizerStyle” and king-queen for “bouillax.” A jack landed on the flop, which held. “KaizenStyle” opened the mystery bounty envelope to reveal a cool $1,000.

The final four became three with the untimely demise of “zzzr23” on the first hand back from the scheduled break. They got their last 12 big blinds into the middle with ace-king against the ace-nine of the seemingly unstoppable “KaizenStyle” who held ace-nine. A nine on the flop and an ace on the river confirmed the exit of “zzzr23.”

Heads-up was set when the only British player at the final table, “Elshemo,” lost their chips to, you guessed it, “KaizenStyle.” Three ways to the four-queen-four flop, “Elshemo” and “KaizenStyle” checked, “Rgis_R69 fired a small bet which “Elshemo called. “KaizenStyle” squeezed before calling the 19 big blind shove from “Elshemo.” “KaizenStyle” flipped over five-four for trip fours, crushing the queen-ten of their opponent. Running nines improved “KaizenStyle” to an unnecessary full house, and “Elshemo” was gone.

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“KaizenStyle” held a four-to-one chip lead at the start of heads-up, but “Regis_R69” was not going down without a fight. “Regis_R69” doubled their stack quite early into the confrontation before claiming the lead by rivering a straight when “KaizenStyle” had flopped top pair.

“Regis_R69” did not relinquish the lead from that point on. Eventually, almost two hours after the final table shuffled up and dealt, the final hand occurred. “Regis_R69” min-raised with pocket tens, and “KaizenStyle” called with pocket aces. “KaizenStyle” check-called a one-third pot-sized bet on the ten-nine-king board. A nine on the river saw both players check, leading to a seven on the river. “KaizenStyle” checked, “Regis_R69” bet pot and snapped off the shove from “KaizenStyle.”

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PokerNews’ Lukas Robinson Wins the PartyPoker Sunday Party; Exclusive Malta Satellite Incoming

PokerNews' Lukas Robinson Wins the PartyPoker Sunday Party; Exclusive Malta Satellite Incoming

Lukas “RobinPoker” Robinson, PokerNews‘ first online ambassador, took down the $100,000 guaranteed Sunday Party at PartyPoker on August 4, and padded his bankroll with $13,731.

The 1,026-strong field was whittled to only 16 players on Day 1, and Robinson found himself third in chips. By the time only eight players remained, Robinson held the chip lead, and he used his chip advantage to full effect, eventually coming out on top for $13,731, which included bounty payments.

Sunday Party Final Table Results

Rank Player Bounties Prize Total Prize
1 Lukas “Robin Poker” Robinson $7,654 $6,077 $13,731
2 antiZZZZ $2,642 $6,066 $8,708
3 Charly Error $1,007 $4,020 $5,027
4 Joker_James95 $1,269 $2,609 $3,878
5 perservero77 $567 $1,783 $2,350
6 ASAP JARDA $952 $1,376 $2,328
7 Phaelzin $1,326 $1,014 $2,340
8 Jaime “jaimestaples” Staples $596 $808 $1,404

The final table was set when “x1fnd” committed their stack from the small blind with pocket jacks, and they couldn’t get there against the pocket queens of “antiZZZ.”

Team PartyPoker’s Jaime “jaimestaples” Staples was the first of the eight finalists to bow out, and it was Robinson who eliminated the popular Canadian. Robinson min-raised to 600,000 with pocket sevens under the gun, and Staples opted to call in the cutoff with ace-jack of clubs. The flop fell seven-five-queen with two clubs, and both players checked. The eight of cubs on the turn was greeted by a 1,200,000 bet from Robinson into the 4,350,000 pot, which Staples called. A five on the river improved Robinson to a full house, and he paused for a while before leading out with a 3,000,000 bet. Staples pondered his options before settling on a jam for 10,167,932. Robinson snap-called and raked in the 24.6 million chip pot.

Although delighted to scoop such a large pot, Robinson apologized to Staples for the cooler he sprung on him

With Staples’ chips in his stack, Robinson held more than 2.5 times as many chips as any of his remaining six opponents, and the route to victory was well illuminated. That victory drew closer when “Phaelzin” raise-shoved for 39 big blinds with pocket jacks when Robinson was lying in wait with pocket aces! Those aces held, and Robinson continued his domination.

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Robinson Navigates His Way to Heads-Up

“ASAP JARDA,” “perservero,” “Joker_James95,” and “Charly Error” fell by the wayside, leaving Robinson heads-up against “antiZZZZ” trailing his opponent in by 90 to 77 big blinds. Robinson came out on top of the early one-on-one confrontations the best and began forging a chip lead for himself.

By the time the final hand came around, Robinson had “antiZZZZ” on the ropes and then woke up with pocket kings!

Robinson limped with the cowyboys, and “antiZZZZ” checked. The seven-six-eight flop saw “antiZZZZ” check-call a 1.2 big bling bet. Another seven on the resulted in a check-call from “antiZZZZ,” this time a more substantial three big blind bet. A king on the river put a possible diamond flush on the board, but gifted Robinson a full house. “antiZZZZ” check, Robinson bet half pot, and snap-called when “antiZZZZ” jammed for a shade under 16 big blinds. GG for “antiZZZZ” and a career-best online score for the PokerNews online ambassador.

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“I also heard about the live poker scene in Malta, with many series coming here, including the Malta Grand Prix that PartyPoker is hosting at the end of September. Being in Malta gives me a great work/life balance and is not a bad place to play most of the sites that PokerNews has partnerships with.”

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Over $6 Million on the ‘High Stakes Poker’ Table and Andrew Robl Wants it All

Over $6 Million on the 'High Stakes Poker' Table and Andrew Robl Wants it All

Andrew Robl had over $2 million in his stack when Episode 5 of High Stakes Poker Season 11 began, and he was hungry for more.

The episode aired Monday night on PokerGO, and it was another worthwhile watch. Robl wasn’t the only player with a huge stack at the start as two others — Rob Yong and Rick Salomon — each had over $1.1 million in front of them.

Jean-Robert Bellande, who made a controversial fold last week, also had a seat in the game, as did Charles Yu of Hustler Casino Live fame and Ferdinand Putra. The starting stacks at the beginning of Episode 5, totaling just over $6.1 million, were as follows:

Player Chip Stack
Andrew Robl $2,286,000
Rob Yong $1,460,000
Rick Salomon $1,158,000
Jean-Robert Bellande $620,000
Charles Yu $488,000
Ferdinand Putra $406,000

Salomon Faces Tough Early Decision

Rick Salomon Poker
Rick Salomon

It took no time for the action to begin during Episode 5. In the first hand, with a $4,000 straddle on, Salomon limped with KQ before Bellande, who was on the button, made it $25,000 with 87. Robl, in the small blind, went for a three-bet to $100,000 with just 65, which forced Yong, in the straddle, to fold pocket jacks, but not JRB.

The heads-up flop came 107Q, not exactly what either player was looking for. Robl, with six-high and no draw, opted to check it over to his opponent who bet $125,000 and took down the first pot of the episode.

Two hands later, Robl wasn’t messing around when he three-bet to $60,000 with KK. Putra, on the button, called with 99, and then Salomon, in the big blind, bumped it up to $260,000 with AK. With the action back on Robl, the high roller moved all in. Putra folded and Salomon decided to save his remaining $900,000 stack by folding the inferior hand.

JRB Runs into the Nuts

Jean-Robert Bellande High Stakes Poker
Jean-Robert Bellande

Last week on High Stakes Poker, commentator Nick Schulman said Bellande made one of the worst folds in the show’s history. In Episode 5, his timing was again off in a costly hand against Yu.

From an early position, JRB made it $10,000 with 107, and received calls from Salomon’s 76 in the big blind and Yu’s Q10 in the straddle. The flop ran out 9K7 and action checked to Bellande, who fired out a bet of $20,000 with bottom pair.

Yu was the only player to call before the J on the turn completed his straight draw. But it also gave Bellande a straight flush draw. With the nuts, Yu checked and then raised a bet of $60,000 up to $215,000. Bellande couldn’t find a fold and decided to gamble by calling to see the river card, which was an unhelpful 9. Both players checked, and Yu took down a $503,000 pot.

Bellande would quickly turn things around with pocket kings all in preflop against the pocket queens of Salomon in a $631,000 pot. The aggressive high-stakes poker players opted to run the board out twice, both of which went the way of the best preflop hand.

Moments later, on a board of 92JQ5 and $83,000 in the pot, Robl went for an over bet bluff of $150,000 with AK. Bellande was in a tough spot with Q10 but was able to make an impressive call.

“Flush,” Robl told his opponent, which caused Bellande to muck his cards.

Robl then admitted he was just joking and personally pushed the pot in JRB’s direction.

Putra Cracks Pocket Kings

Ferdinand Putra
Ferdinand Putra

Salomon took the biggest bad beat of the night when his KK, on a flop of 227, was out-drawn by Putra’s A2. The turn 10 didn’t scare Salomon away, so he bet out $200,000 before his opponent put him all in for another $152,000. They agreed to run it twice, and neither river was a king.

Putra took down the $893,000 pot, the largest and final hand of the show. Five players were sitting on $1 million or more when the episode concluded, including Robl with over $2.2 million.

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Episode 6 of High Stakes Poker Season 11 will air next Monday (September 11) at 5 p.m. PT on PokerGO.

Past High Stakes Poker Season 11 Episodes

Check out our past recaps from Season 10 of High Stakes Poker on PokerGO:

*Images courtesy of PokerGO/Antonio Abrego

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Los Angeles Deputy Who Allegedly Stole Casino Chips From Poker Player Won’t Be Charged

Los Angeles Deputy Who Allegedly Stole Casino Chips From Poker Player Won't Be Charged

A professional poker player accused an East Los Angeles deputy officer of stealing $500 worth of casino chips from him in 2020, but the district attorney’s office, following a lengthy investigation, recently decided no charges will be filed.

The alleged incident took place during a traffic stop, in which the apparent victim whose name hasn’t been identified claims Deputy Braulio Robledo illegally swiped poker chips out of his car.

Robledo denied ever having pulled over the poker player, but an internal investigation of video surveillance captured his patrol vehicle at the scene of the alleged crime.

“The Sheriff’s Department holds each of its members to the highest standards and expects them to act with integrity and professionalism,” the department said. “Any employee that violates the public’s trust and engages in misconduct will be investigated and held accountable.”

Multiple previous lawsuits have accused Robledo of being a member of a secretive gang within the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Station. Secretive deputy gangs have long been an issue within the entire LAPD. Robledo has a lengthy history of serious accusations, including in 2019 when three women accused the controversial police officer of sexual misconduct. In that instance, similar to the poker chip theft allegations, the DA’s office declined to file charges.

Why Charges Weren’t Filed

The alleged chip theft incident took place in January 2020, and only recently has it been determined that charges will not be filed. Shortly after leaving Commerce Casino, the poker player was pulled over due to expired car registration tags, according to the Los Angeles District Attorney Charge Evaluation Worksheet.

According to the report, the alleged victim has been “uncooperative” during the investigation. Therefore, “the Office is unable to initiate criminal proceedings against Robledo.”

Per the investigation’s findings, the poker player was pulled out of the vehicle and patted down for weapons during the traffic stop. The officer then let the driver go with just a warning.

An employee of Commerce Casino, who is also a personal friend of the driver, told investigators that she witnessed the traffic stop and that the alleged victim told her that $500 worth of casino chips were missing from his bag following the search. Video surveillance of the incident from a nearby business is a bit sketchy and hard to make out exactly what was going on. But, as the report explains, the photos do appear to show a pat down search of the driver on the back of a patrol SUV.

Poker Chip Theft
Poker Chip Theft

Investigators determined the SUV captured in the surveillance video was assigned to Deputy Robledo. The poker player told authorities he “triple counted” the casino chips he had when he left Commerce that night, and even showed police the poker income tracker app he used to keep record of his wins and losses.

It wasn’t until the alleged victim arrived at home before noticing he was missing $500 — five $100 chips — from his bag. He then called police to report the missing chips, which he alleges occurred during the traffic stop.

But the poker player was, according to the investigation, uncooperative and stopped responding the emails and phone calls from the sheriff’s department. He specified that he declined any further participation in the case due to fearing retaliation from “deputy gangs,” and felt he would be putting his life in danger if he continued with the accusations.

In July 2021, an officer communicated with the alleged victim and requested a call back to further discuss the incident, but the poker player is said to have never returned the call. Numerous further attempts to make contact in the following months, according to the report, were unsuccessful.

In the end, the DA’s office determined there was “insufficient evidence to prove beyond a reasonable doubt” that Robledo committed the crime. The main reason for why charges won’t be filed is due to inconsistencies in the alleged victim’s statement and casino surveillance video.

According to the investigation, the poker pro claimed to have left Commerce Casino with 15 white chips ($100 value chips) and that he was missing five of those chips following the traffic stop. But the casino’s surveillance video appears to show he only left the poker room with 13 white chips, investigators claim.

The report on the incident did, however, give a possible reason as to why there was a discrepancy.

“It is possible that (victim’s name) thought he had 15 white chips, when in fact he had 13. It is possible that the additional two white chips (victim’s name) believe he had were accounted for in cash and that Robledo actually stole a combination of chips and cash totaling $500,” the report stated.

But, as the document reads, it’s also possible that the poker player simply miscounted how much money he had on him upon leaving the casino. As such, along with the alleged victim’s refusal to further cooperate with the investigation, the district attorney’s office doesn’t think they can prove the case beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

This isn’t the only time a casino chip theft incident occurred involving a Los Angeles poker room. During the infamous jack-four scandal on Hustler Casino Live in September 2022, a staff member of the show admitted to swiping $15,000 worth of chips from Robbi Jade Lew’s stack. Formal charges were never filed against the fired HCL employee, Bryan Sagbigsal.


  • A poker player had his casino chips stolen, allegedly, from a California cop, but no charges filed.

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PartyPoker Sends Its SPINS Excitement Into SPINS Overdrive

PartyPoker Sends Its SPINS Excitement Into SPINS Overdrive

Just when you thought SPINS jackpot sit & go tournaments could not get any more exciting, PartyPoker comes along and revolutionizes them with the creation of SPINS Overdrive. The fresh format not only creates thousands of more multipliers to win, but alters the starting stacks depending on those prize multipliers, giving you deeper stacks and more thinking time when bigger prizes are up for grabs.

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PartyPoker has also revamped the graphics for the spin mechanism, replacing it with a racing car that zooms off, stopping on the tournament’s multiplier. It looks cool and ties in perfectly with PartyPoker’s partnership with McLaren Racing.

In addition to thousands of more possible prizes, PartyPoker is changing SPINS overdrive starting stacks, timebanks, and blind level times in accordance with the multipliers. Now, you sit down with a larger starting stack, enjoy longer blind levels, and have a more substantial time bank if you are playing for larger prizes.

Don’t get us wrong, SPINS Overdrive are still blisteringly fast, but we are certain players will be happy to have less time-related pressure when they are playing for big money.

Multiplier range 2-2.99 3-3.99 4-4.99 5-9.99 10-24.99 25-119.99 120-239.99 240+
First prize 100% 100% 100% 100% 80% 83% 83% 83.3%
Second prize 0% 0% 0% 0% 20% 8% 8% 8%
Third prize 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 8% 8% 8%
Starting stack 300 500 500 500 750 750 750 1,000
Time bank (seconds) 10 10 15 15 15 20 20 30
Level time (minutes) 1 1 2 3 3 4 5 5

Of course, most of the time, you will be playing for one of the smaller prize pool multipliers, but PartyPoker has stated there will be fewer 2x multipliers triggered thanks to the new Overdrive system, another welcomed change.

What Can You Win With SPINS Overdrive?

SPINS Overdrive

The buy-ins for SPINS Overdrive remain the same, ranging from $0.25 up to $100. The minimum prize pools are also the same, starting at $0.50 for the $0.25 games and $100 for $50 buy-in SPINS Overdrive tournaments.

Maximum prize pool multipliers are fixed at 12,000x for the most part, meaning you could play for a share of $3,000 at the $0.25 level or as much as $1.2 million if you are a $100 SPINS Overdrive player. However, the $5 buy-in is special because its maximum multiplier is a whopping 240,000x, making for a $1.2 million prize pool for a $5 buy-in!

As you can see in the above table, the SPINS Overdrive games that have a lower multiplier are played as winner-takes-all, but then pay the top two players when the multiplier lands on 10x to 24.99x, then all three players scoop something when the multiplier is 25x or above.

Buy-in Rake Min Prize Pool Max Prize Pool
$0.25 8% $0.50 $3,000
$1 8% $2 $12,000
$3 8% $6 $36,000
$5 8% $10 $1,200,000
$10 6% $20 $120,000
$20 6% $40 $240,000
$50 5% $100 $600,000
$100 5% $200 $1,200,000

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To celebrate the launch of SPINS Overdrive, PartyPoker has created the 6th Gear Challenge, which has a top prize of $1,000 worth of tickets! Complete each level to receive a SPINS Overdrive card, which, when clicked on, reveals a prize! Will you make it all the way to sixth gear and capture thetop prize of $1,000 in tickets?

Gear Challenge Min Buy-in Min Reward Max Reward
1st Play 1 game $0.25 or more 6th Gear Challenge Freeroll – 1,000 chips $20 ticket
2nd Win hand with 66+ $0.25 or more 6th Gear Challenge Freeroll – 1,000 chips $50 ticket
3rd Win a game $1 or more 6th Gear Challenge Freeroll – 1,000 chips $100 in tickets
4th Play 3 games $1 or more 6th Gear Challenge Freeroll $200 in tickets
5th Win a hand with JJ+ $1 or more $0.25 in tickets $500 in tickets
6th Win 3 games $1 or more $0.25 in tickets $1,000 in tickets

Leaderboard chasers will be delighted to learn that the SPINS and SPINS Ultra Leaderboards remain, except they have been rebranded to SPINS Overdrive Leaderboards. This means you can still win a share of $5,000 Party Dollars each and every day just for playing in your favorite SPINS Overdrive games!

How To Play SPINS Overdrive On PartyPoker

If you haven’t joined PartyPoker yet and want a bankroll boost ahead of playing SPINS Overdrive, you can earn a generous welcome bonus when you download PartyPoker via PokerNews.

Your first deposit will receive a 100% matched bonus up to $600. Plus, PartyPoker will award you up to $30 worth of free play in the form of tournament tickets.

The minimum deposit is $10, which comes with $10 in tournament tickets released over the course of a week released on the following time scale:

  • Day 1: 2x $1 SPINS tickets + 1x $5.50 MTT ticket
  • Day 2: 4x $0.25 SPINS tickets
  • Day 4: 1x $3.30 MTT ticket
  • Day 6: 4x $0.25 SPINS tickets

However, if you deposit $20 or more, then that package increases to $30 worth of tickets released as follows:

  • Day 1: 1x $5.30 MTT ticket
  • Day 2: 2x $1 SPINS ticket
  • Day 3: 1x $5.50 MTT ticket
  • Day 4: 1x $5.50 MTT ticket
  • Day 5: 3x $2.20 MTT tickets
  • Day 6: 2x $3 SPINS tickets + 1x$3.30 MTT ticket

Residents in the United Kingdom can get a different PartyPoker welcome bonus. Made up of a 100% matched deposit with a maximum of £400 on any deposit over £10. Players also receive £100 free play, made up of Party Dollars and SPINS Overdrive tickets, over the course of 14 days. This is a limited-time offer for UK residents, so grab it before it races off into the distance.

All matched deposit bonuses have playthrough requirements and are released in 10% increments. For full details and to check the expiry date of the bonuses, check out the terms and conditions on the PartyPoker website.

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Loi Hoang Wins The RunGood Poker Series Tunica Main Event For $55,394

Loi Hoang Wins The RunGood Poker Series Tunica Main Event For $55,394

The biggest RunGood Poker Series Main Event saw a total of 718 entrants make a massive prize pool of $373,360, guaranteeing a total of 88 spots to be paid out. This $600 Main Event marks the biggest RGPS Main Event at The Horseshoe Casino and Hotel in Tunica.

Starting with a star-studded final table, it was Tunica local Loi Hoang who ended up taking down the tournament for a career-best score of $55,394 as well as his first RGPS Main Event title. Hoang found much success this week after final tabling a total of four side events leading up to this event.

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“I think I played my way,” the newly crowned champion remarked. “I took my time, got some luck, and boom.” Hoang wore his emotions on his sleeve today at the final table, jumping for joy when things went his way as every ladder came into focus.

He bested a star-studded field including former champion Tiffany Keathley, WSOPC ring winners Shannon Hamblen and Matthew Higgins, as well as 2003 WSOP Main Event champion Chris Moneymaker who he knocked out four-handed. Hoang now becomes the first RGPS Main Event champion on The Road Trip leg of the tour.

RunGood Poker Series Tunica Main Event Final Table Results

Place Name Country Prize
1 Loi Hoang United States $55,394*
2 Wayne Newcomb United States $55,394*
3 Matthew Higgins United States $32,856
4 Chris Moneymaker United States $24,455
5 Stuart Breakstone United States $18,444
6 Rebekah Crosby United States $14,076
7 Tiffany Keathley United States $10,827
8 Shannon Hamblen United States $8,475
9 Dawson Darbouze Haiti $6,683

*Denotes a heads-up deal

Final Day Recap

David Lee (TN)
David Lee burst the final table bubble

Coming into the day with 88 players, the pace, in the beginning, was quick as Brian “TheGoldenBlazer” Frenzel (85th – $1,008) was eliminated immediately (he went to go win another event to put him atop of the all-time RGPS ring list and second in overall RGPS titles).

Others fell throughout the day like Emily Berglund (71st – $1,157), Trace Henderson (59th – $1,269), defending champion Kevin Broadway (39th – $1,829), WSOP bracelet winner Kyle Cartwright (34th – $1,829), WPT champion Mark Davis (30th – $2,128), Forrest Kollar (18th – $2,950), and Joey Gargiulo (12th – $5,339).

Bubbling the final table was David Lee after he got in his pocket sixes against Matthew Higgins’ pocket nines. That boosted Higgins to the second biggest stack in the tournament, while Lee exited the tournament in tenth place for $6,683.

Final Table Action

Dawson Darbouze
Dawson Darbouze was the first finalist heading to the cashier’s desk

Wayne Newcomb came into the final table with a big stack, but quickly lost some pots to Chris Moneymaker and Higgins to put him down in third place. He would reclaim the lead when he would get into a tangle with Dawson Darbouze, who moved all in with ace-queen on a queen high board, only for Newcomb to hold queen-nine for top two. No help was brought to Darbouze, and he became the first casualty of the final table, collecting $6,683 for his ninth-place finish.

Shannon Hamblen had initially tried to bring the final table of nine to eight when Stuart Breakstone got in his ace-queen against Hamblen’s ace-king, but a rivered straight brought the pot to Breakstone leaving Hamblen as the shortest. After Darbouze busted, Hamblen was next on the chopping block when was nearly forced all in from the big blind with queen-ten and failed to improve against Moneymaker’s ace-four. The WSOPC ring winner exited the tournament in eighth place, collecting $8,475 for his efforts.

Tiffany Keathley
Former RPGS Tunica champion Tiffany Keathley

The final former RGPS Tunica Main Event Champion ended her run in seventh place. Tiffany Keathley came into the final table as the shortest stack in her quest to become a two time RGPS Tunica champion. Her run came to an end when she got in her final few blinds with ace-eight suited against Matthew Higgins’ seven-six suited. Higgins turned a straight to leave her drawing dead and Keathley took home $10,827 for her impressive run.

Rebekah Crosby became the last woman standing after Keathley was eliminated, but with her stack as short as it was, her time to be all in was coming. Before the big blind reached her, she moved her final couple of blinds in with five-three suited which Moneymaker called holding ace-six offsuit. Despite flopping a combination straight draw and flush draw, it bricked out leaving Crosby to collect $14,076 for her sixth-place exit as the last woman standing.

Breakstone’s run came to an end at the hands of Hoang. Breakstone moved all in for a near identical short stack with jack-eight suited, which saw Hoang call with king-seven suited to nearly double. Breakstone shook hands with his cohorts, and took home $18,444 for his fifth-place finish.

Chris Moneymaker
2003 WSOP Main Event champion Chris Moneymaker

Moneymaker came into four-handed play as the chip leader, but he clashed with Hoang in multiple hands which left him going down the counts to the shortest stack. The first saw his nines not hold against Hoang’s ace-king, the second saw Moneymaker river three queens against Hoang’s full house, and the final hand of Moneymaker’s saw him go out against Hoang’s flush. The 2003 WSOP Main Event champion and icon of the poker world went out in fourth place, collecting $24,455 for his best-ever RGPS Main Event finish.

Higgins and Newcomb held roughly even stacks while Hoang held the massive chip lead as three-handed play commenced. Newcomb raised with ace-eight offsuit on the button while Higgins moved all in with ace-ten off, getting a call from Newcomb. Things seemed all set for Higgins to go heads up, with him holding the slight covering stack, but a brutal eight on the river gave the pot to Newcomb while Higgins was forced all in the next hand from the small blind. His eight-three suited could not hold against Newcomb’s five-four offsuit and the four-time WSOPC ring winner ended his run for $32,856.

Wayne Newcomb
Wayne Newcomb finished in second after a heads-up deal

Once there were just two players left, they came to an agreement. They would do an even chop, but since Hoang held the slight chip lead, he would get the ring as well as the seat. Newcomb accepted the deal as he collected $55,394 for his efforts while Hoang becomes the newest champion of The RunGood Poker Series.

Stay tuned to PokerNews for all updates on The RunGood Poker Series Road Trip. Next weekend will begin the first ever RGPS Baltimore, with an $1,100 Main Event boasting a $200,000 guarantee.

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Samuel Vousden Warms Up For WCOOP With a $91K PokerStars Score

Samuel Vousden Warms Up For WCOOP With a $91K PokerStars Score

The $80 million guaranteed PokerStars World Championship Of Online Poker (WCOOP) is less than a week away, with the first events shuffling up and dealing on September 10. Poker players from far and wide are putting the finishing touches to their WCOOP preparations, and what better way to gear up for the massive WCOOP than by padding your bankroll with almost $92,000?

Samuel “€urop€an” Vousden is no stranger to winning high-stake poker tournaments. Barely a week goes by, or so it seems, that the Finnish grinder does not come out on top of a major online event. Over the weekend, Vousden triumphed in the PokerStars $5,200 Titans Event, and saw another $91,769 added to his impressive poker earnings tally.

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Sixty-eight entries created a $340,000 prize pool, which the final nine players shared. Spare a thought for Michael “imluckbox” Addamo, who saw his latest deep run end in a tenth-place finish and the unwanted title of “bubble boy.”

Addamo’s exit locked in at least $10,600 for the nine surviving players. Pedro “pvigar” Garagnani reeled in that sum after tumbling out in ninth.

Niklas “Lena900” Astedt finished eighth for $12,135, with Poland’s “filusPL” and Peruvian star “caipsa” falling by the wayside after the Swedish superstar and banking prizes worth $16,202 and $21,632, respectively.

Then came the untimely demise of Astedt’s fellow Swede, “Kley.” Their fifth-place finish came with a $28,881 payday.

Pascal Lefrancois
Pascal Lefrancois

Pascal “Pass_72” Lefrancois, a champion of this tournament in June 2023, fell in fourth for $38,560 before Leon “RUMUKULUS” Sturm‘s bust-out in third, worth $51,482, sent the Titans Event into the heads-up stage. Sturm enjoyed a profitable Sunday, helped by also finishing second in the $530 Sunday Marathon, fourth in the $1,050 Sunday Warm-Up, and third in the $1,050 Sunday High Roller PKO.

Vousden found himself up against Daniel “SmilleThHero” Smiljkovic in the final battle. Either player would have made a worthy champion, but the night belonged to Vousden, who saw the $91,769 top prize land in his PokerStars account. Smiljkovic collected a still welcomed $68,735 for his efforts.

$5,200 Titans Event Final Table Results

Rank Player Country Prize
1 Samuel “€urop€an” Vousden Finland $91,769
2 Daniel “SmilleThHero” Smiljkovic Austria $68,735
3 Leon “RUMUKULUS” Sturm Austria $51,482
4 Pascal “Pass_72” Lefrancois Canada $38,560
5 Kley Sweden $28,881
6 caipsa Peru $21,632
7 filusPL Poland $16,202
8 Niklas “Lena900” Astedt Sweden $12,135
9 Pedro “pvigar” Garagnani Brazil $10,600

Petrone Punishes the $1,050 Sunday High Roller Field

Ramiro Petrone
Ramiro Petrone

Uruguay’s Ramiro “ramastar88” Petrone came away with the title of $1,050 Sunday High Roller champion, plus $30,416 in prize money on Sunday night. Petrone’s prize was made up of $11,104 for coming out on top of the 109-strong field, plus an additional $19,312 worth of bounty payments.

As you would expect from a $1,050 buy-in tournament, the final table was stacked.

“Granter7777” of Andorra crashed out in ninth and was joined on the sidelines by such luminaries as Renan “Internett93o” Bruschi, “Phemo,” Norway’s “Kjeppen,” and “leonidus1988” hailing from Montenegro.

Fourth place and $9,571, just shy of a five-figure award, went to Roman “Gogac sniper” Hrabec, with Leon “RUMUKULUS” Sturm bowing out in third for $10,476 in total.

Petrone then defeated Ukraine’s “Ansel21” in the one-on-one battle, and scooped $30,416, resigning his final opponent to an $11,979 consolation prize.

$1,050 Sunday High Roller Final Table Results

Rank Player Country Bounties Prize Total Prize
1 Ramiro “ramastar88” Petrone Uruguay $19,312 $11,104 $30,416
2 Ansel21 Ukraine $875 $11,104 $11,979
3 Leon “RUMUKULUS” Sturm Austria $3,062 $7,414 $10,476
4 Roman “Gogac sniper” Hrabec Austria $3,875 $5,696 $9,571
5 leonidus1988 Montenegro $2,750 $4,377 $7,127
6 Kjeppen Norway $750 $3,363 $4,113
7 Phemo Austria $1,875 $2,584 $4,459
8 Renan “Internett93o” Bruschi Brazil $1,000 $1,985 $2,985
9 Granter7777 Andorra   $1,673 $1,673

Other Notable PokerStars Results

Jans Arends
Jans Arends

Jans “Graftekkel” Arends found himself in the winner’s enclosure after coming out on top in the $1,050 Sunday Supersonic. There were also Sunday victories for Jerry “Perrymejsen” Odeen, and Estonia’s Juanki “B4NKR0LL3R” Vecino.

Event Entrants Prize Pool Champion Prize
$530 Bounty Builder High Roller 318 $159,000 rauma22 $26,014*
$1,050 Sunday Supersonic 37 $37,586 Jans “Graftekkel” Arends $15,706
$109 Sunday Warm-Up 940 $94,000 Faaaarst $15,420
$109 Sunday Cooldown 1,043 $104,300 ezequiel2102 $13,619*
$109 Sunday Fenomeno 931 $93,100 NeverWinPots $12,907
$215 Sunday Supersonic 308 $63,066 Jerry “Perrymejsen” Odeen $11,882
$1,050 Sunday Warm-Up 29 $30,000 Juanki “B4NKR0LL3R” Vecino $11,830
$1,050 Sunday Cooldown 22 $25,000 WhatifGod $11,584*
$109 Bounty Builder 581 $58,100 Steli0s_13 $10,565*

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Sebastian Proulx Takes Down the PartyPoker Grand

Sebastien Proulx
Sebastien Proulx

Canada’s Sebastien Proulx is the latest PartyPoker player to become The Grand Champion after he outlasted 40 opponents in the $1,050 buy-in affair. Proulx turned his $1,050 investment into a $12,226 score after battling through a star-studded final.

The compact field meant only the top eight finishers received some of the $41,125 prize money, and it was Jerry Odeen who was the last soul to bust from the tournament empty-handed.

Josh Hopkins and Marek Sudak were the final table first casualties; they received $2,148 and $2,400 respectively.

UK-based Norwegian superstar Preben Stokkan fell in sixth for $2,700, with recent World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelet winner Tom Hall banking $3,117 for his fifth place finish.

Team PartyPoker’s Jaime Staples was going great guns until he found himself void of chips, his fourth place coming ith $4,019 reasons to be happy.

Heads-up was set when British player Wayne Rooke bowed out in third and collected $5,554.

Proulx locked horns with Anders Davidsen of Denmark in a one-on-one battle for the title. The Canadian came out on top, and got his hands on $12,266, leaving the Dane to secure a $9,006 runner-up prize.

The Grand Final Table Results

Rank Player Country Prize
1 Sebastien Proulx Canada $12,266
2 Anders Davidsen Denmark $9,006
3 Wayne Rooke United Kingdom $5,554
4 Jaime Staples Canada $4,019
5 Tom Hall United Kingdom $3,117
6 Preben Stokkan United Kingdom $2,700
7 Marek Sudak Czech Republic $2,400
8 Josh Hopkins Canada $2,148

Five Players Progress to Day 2 of the €1M Gtd Grand Prix Malta

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The €1 million guaranteed Grand Prix Malta saw another online Day 1 take place this weekend, and five more players navigated their way through to the live Day 2 at Portomaso Casino, doing so with at least a min-cash in tow.

Thirty PartyPoker players tried their luck on in the online Day 1b, with five of them punching their Day 2 tickets. The UK’s Daniel Oliver (809,604) finished at the top of the pile, with fellow Brits David Murie (348,928) and Joseph Gaynard (127,392) behind him.

Greek grinder Aristeidis Giannatos (125,956) and Malta’s Pavlos Xanthopoulos (88,120) are also safely through to the live portion of the event.

Those five players join the six who navigated their way through Day 1a, which took place in early August.

Klas Klinker (744,184), Hays Antonin (676,078), Andre Grohnert (396,616), Max Gerritsen (132,054), Stewart Alexander (117,304), and Jere Laitinen (83,764) were the survivors on Day 1a.

PartyPoker LIVE MILLIONS Malta runs from September 22 through October 4, featuring the €550 buy-in €1 million guaranteed Grand Prix Malta, a €5,300 buy-in Hydra Entertainment High Roller, and the €3,000 MILLIONS Malta Main Event.

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Ka Kwan Lau Obliterates Final Table to Claim €10,000 EPT High Roller Trophy (€910,400)

Ka Kwan Lau Obliterates Final Table to Claim €10,000 EPT High Roller Trophy (€910,400)

It was a long final day and night for the last players of the €10,000 EPT High Roller at the 2023 PokerStars European Poker Tour (EPT) at Casino Barcelona.

At 2 a.m., the tournament came to an end with Ka Kwan Lau being the last player standing. He was the one who raised the trophy and won the first-place prize of €910,400.

Lau was the chip leader throughout the final table and managed to eliminate the final six players. So with almost all the chips, he dominated Ouassini Mansouri in a short heads-up battle and beat a total field of 475 entrants.

Vladas Tamasauskas completed the podium ahead of two French players, Eric Sfez who finished fourth and Alexandre Reard in sixth, with Tunisia’s Maher Nouira taking fifth place.

€10,000 EPT High Roller Final Table Results

Rank Player Country Prize
1 Ka Kwan Lau Hong Kong €910,400
2 Ouassini Mansouri France €568,750
3 Vladas Tamasauskas Lithuania €406,250
4 Eric Sfez France €312,550
5 Maher Nouira Tunisia €240,400
6 Alexandre Reard France €184,950
7 Aleksandr Shevliakov Russia €142,300
8 Toby Joyce Ireland €109,450
9 Francesco Pilato Italy €85,250

“It was insanely long”

“This last day was insanely long,” Lau said a few minutes after he won. “We returned with 40 players left on Day 3, which is a lot. So we knew it would be long if we were on the final table. But I didn’t expect it to be that long.”

But even though he was proud of this title, Lau remained humble: “I know it would be hard to reach the first place, as No-Limit Hold’em is not my main game. So I was not very confident when I played. But from the start of Day 1, everything was going very well. I had good situations, and I ran very well during the whole tournament.”

This first-place finish closed a very good festival for Lau, as he finished 31st in the €5,300 EPT Main Event for €36,100. Eliminated on Day 5, he was one of the chip leaders on Day 3. “But on Day 4, I played one hand badly. Then I ran with ace-king into aces, and I lost two flips. So this win compensates for the disappointment of the Main Event.”

Ka Kwan Lau
Ka Kwan Lau

Day 3 Action

Forty players out of 475 entrants successfully qualified for Day 3 of the €10,300 EPT High Roller with only one goal: take the first-place prize of €910,400. But this dream quickly turned into a nightmare for Song Xue, Edilson Marques, and PokerStars ambassador Rafael Moraes, who were the first players eliminated of the day.

After Lau showed a crazy bluff with seven-four in a four-bet pot, the second level saw the eliminations of the three Romanian players who made Day 3. Adrian Chiforescu and Adrian Cretu went to the cashier almost at the same time and they were followed by Razvan Belea, who couldn’t win his last flip to take another prestigious EPT tournament this year, after he won EPT Paris in February.

The two other EPT champions in the field didn’t get much further, as Patrik Antonius ran into a set to finish 28th (€25,550), and Dominik Panka (23rd, €33,800) was eliminated shortly after the three table redraw.

Patrik Antonius
Patrik Antonius

A host of bust outs then set up the final table and it was one of the shortest stacks, Nicholas Palma, who missed out on making the final nine. He lost a flip to finish tenth for €71,050.

The first final table elimination would take place after two more hours of play. Francesco Pilato’s tournament finally ended in ninth place (€85,250). Minutes later, Toby Joyce was out of the tournament too (8th – €109,450).

Lau then went on a heater at the right time and sent Aleksandr Shevliakov, Reard, Nouira, Sfez, Tamasauskas to the wrong side of the rail in a quick fashion. Lau then sealed the win on the second hand of heads-up.

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