10/16/16 04:11:53 AM PDT
Hand #55: Katz Doubles
Hand #55: From early position, Elton Tsang raised to 1.1 million. His neighbor Cary Katz found a hand and moved his 2 million stack to the middle. Action folded to Tsang and he laughed a bit before calling.
The flop came , giving Tsang some new outs.
The on the turn and on the river did nothing for Tsang and Katz doubled up to just over 5 million.
|Elton Tsang||53,000,000||1,750,000 |
|Cary Katz||5,275,000||1,775,000 |
10/16/16 04:11:45 AM PDT
Hands #49-54: The Bubble Continues
Hand #49: Elton Tsang opened to 1,100,000 from under-the-gun and both blinds (James Bord and Anatoly Gurtovoy) called. On the flop Tsang continued for 1,400,000, Bord check-raised to 6,000,000 total and Gurtovoy folded. With action back on Tsang, he began riffling the 1,000,000 denomination plaques that have been introduced. It was as if he was saying. "Hey, I'm the chip leader buddy."
He smiled though and released his hand. Pot to Bord.
Hand #50: Anatoly Gurtovoy raised it up to 1,200,000 from the small blind and Elton Tsang smooth called out of the big blind. A bet of 1,600,000 from Gurtovoy on the flop was enough to earn him the pot.
Hand #51: Cary Katz had just three big blinds left and one of those was in the pot already as he was the big blind. Action folded to Elton Tsang and the chip leader joked that he shouldn't even look. He did look. Bad move. He folded face-up and Katz had gotten a walk! He showed .
Hand #52: Elton Tsang raised to 1,100,000 from the button and won the blinds and antes.
Hand #53 Anatoly Gurtovoy opened to 1,100,000 and although Brandon Steven tanked for a long time - it looked as if he was considering a shove - he folded and Gurtovoy took the pot.
Hand #54: Another raise and take, this time, Rick Saloman was the man collecting the blinds and antes.
10/16/16 03:57:17 AM PDT
Hands #45-48: Elton Tsang Wins a Couple Uncontested
Hand #45: Elton Tsang raised to 1,100,000 from the button and the blinds both folded.
Hand #46: James Bord raised to 1,200,000 from middle position and Rick Salomon called from the big blind. The flop came and both players checked. The fell on the turn and Salomon led out for 1,200,000. Bord folded.
Hand #47: Andrew Pantling got a walk in the big blind. As the dealer pushed him the pot, he showed his cards: .
Hand #48: Elton Tsang raised to 1,100,000 and everyone else folded.
10/16/16 03:53:02 AM PDT
Hands #39-44: Bord Rivers a Straight to Crack Gurtovoy's Flopped Set
Hand #39: From the cutoff, Elton Tsang raised to 1.1 million and he took down the blinds and antes.
Hand #40: Andrew Pantling received a walk in the big blind.
Hand #41: Under the gun Anatoly Gurtovoy raised to 1.2 million and he took down the pot uncontested.
Hand #42: James Bord raised to 1.4 million from the small blind and big blind Anatoly Gurtovoy called. The flop came and Bord wanted to bet, before eventually deciding to check. Gurtovoy bet 1 million and Bord called.
Bord check-called another 3 million on the on the turn and the hit the river. Bord checked and Gurtovoy checked behind. Gurtovoy showed and Bord tabled for the rivered straight. Bord apologized multiple times for showing later than his neighbor, but Gurtovoy didn't seem annoyed.
Hand #43: Elton Tsang received a walk in the big blind and he showed .
Hand #44: Anatoly Gurtovoy raised his button to 1.2 million and Elton Tsang three-bet to 3.2 million from the small blind. Cary Katz folded his big blind, Gurtovoy folded as well.
10/16/16 03:38:42 AM PDT
Players have returned to the table, and play has is back underway.
10/16/16 03:37:29 AM PDT
Chip Counts in the Short Break
|Elton Tsang||51,250,000||750,000 |
|Anatoly Gurtovoy||26,800,000||5,300,000 |
|James Bord||21,775,000||-225,000 |
|Rick Salomon||20,850,000||-6,050,000 |
|Brandon Steven||8,325,000||-1,175,000 |
|Andrew Pantling||7,450,000||750,000 |
|Cary Katz||3,500,000||-800,000 |
10/16/16 03:37:22 AM PDT
Hands #34-38: Some Shoves, But No Calls
Hand #34: Elton Tsang raised to 1,100,000 and took the blinds and antes.
Hand #35: From under-the-gun Elton Tsang opened to 1,100,000 but folded to Andrew Pantling's shove, which was roughly 6,500,000.
Hand #36: From under-the-gun+1 Brandon Steven moved all-in for just under 7,500,000 and he got no action
Hand #37 Elton Tsang limped from the small blind and Cary Katz checked his option. On the flop Tsang bet 500,000 and Katz folded.
Hand #38: Andrew Pantling opened to 1,200,000 but folded after Anatoly Gurtovoy raised to 3,500,000. At the end of the hand the players elected to take a five minute comfort break. Play will resume shortly.
10/16/16 03:27:19 AM PDT
Hands 29-33: Cary Katz Doubles Up
Hand #29: Andrew Pantling moved all in for 7,150,000 from the cutoff and everyone else folded.
Hand #30: Rick Salomon raised to 1,000,000 from middle position and won the blinds and antes.
Hand #31: Elton Tsang raised to 850,000 from the button and Cary Katz called from the small blind. The flop came and Katz checked. Tsang eyed Katz's stack, then bet 2,000,000. Katz quickly folded.
Hand #32: Andrew Pantling raised to 1,000,000 from under the gun and got no action.
Hand #33: Cary Katz raised all in for 1,875,000 from cutoff and Andrew Pantling called from the big blind.
Katz was in a dominating position, and Pantling received no help as the board rolled out . Katz wins the pot to doubled.
|Elton Tsang||50,500,000||-8,100,000 |
|Andrew Pantling||6,700,000||-500,000 |
|Cary Katz||4,300,000||-5,250,000 |
10/16/16 03:16:51 AM PDT
Hands #24-28: Pantling Loses Some More
Hand #24: First to act, Andrew Pantling raised to 1,050,000 and he took down the blinds and antes.
Hand #25: From early position, James Bord raised to 1.2 million and Elton Tsang called in position. The flop came and Bord check-folded to Tsang's bet.
Hand #26: From the small blind, Rick Salomon raised to 900,000 and big blind Andrew Pantling called. The flop came and Salomon check-folded to Pantling's 1.5 million bet.
Hand #27: From the small blind, Pantling raised to 1.2 million and James Bord folded his big blind.
Hand #28: Andrew Pantling raised the button to 900,000 and Anatoly Gurtovoy called from the big blind. Both checked the flop and the hit the turn. Gurtovoy bet 1 million and Pantling called. Gurtovoy bet another 1.5 million on the river and Pantling called again. Gurtovoy showed and Pantling mucked.
|Anatoly Gurtovoy||21,500,000||825,000 |
|Andrew Pantling||7,200,000||-800,000 |
10/16/16 03:11:39 AM PDT
Hands #19-23: Andrew Pantlng's Slump Continues
Hand #19: A walk for Andrew Pantling, who showed .
Hand #20: Action folded to Andrew Pantling in the small blind, he raised to 1,200,000 and James Bord smooth called. There was no betting on the flop, but Pantling came out firing on the turn, betting 1,700,000. "How much do you have?" asked Bord and Pantling cut his chips down to show he had about 8,000,000 behind. Call from Bord. The river was quickly checked through and Bord's proved the winner.
Hand #21 "A limped pot between friends," was how James Bord described this hand. It got unfriendly on the flop when Bord check-folded to a 500,000 bet from Anatoly Gurtovoy. The Russian showed the as he took the pot. "I think I saw a spade there too," joked Brandon Steven.
Hand #22: Another pot for Anatoly Gurtovoy, who raised to 900,000 from the small blind and picked up a call from Elton Tsang. A continuation bet of 800,000 on the flop was enough to earn Gurtovoy the pot.
Hand #23: Anatoly Gurtovoy completed the hat-trick, he raised to 1,200,000 from the button and met no resistance.
|Andrew Pantling||8,000,000||-775,000 |
10/16/16 02:57:32 AM PDT
Hands #14-18: Brandon Steven and Elton Tsang Each Take a Couple
Hand #14: Brandon Steven raised to 1,025,000 from the hijack and Anatoly Gurtovoy called from the big blind. The flop came and Gurtovoy checked. Steven continued for 1,275,000 and Gurtovoy folded.
Hand #15: Brandon Steven raised to 1,125 from middle position and won the blinds and antes.
Hand #16: Action folded around to Elton Tsang in the small blind, and he pushed all in. Cary Katz folded his big blind and Tsang won the pot.
Hand #17: Elton Tsang raised to 850,000 from the button and got no action.
Hand #18: James Bord raised to 1,200,000 from early position and got no action.
|Elton Tsang||58,600,000||10,950,000 |
|Brandon Steven||9,500,000||1,500,000 |
10/16/16 02:51:55 AM PDT
Hands #9-13: Pantling and Steven Chop an All In
Hand #9: From the small blind, Elton Tsang raised to 1 million. Cary Katz folded his big blind and the pot went to Tsang.
Hand #10: First to act, Rick Salomon opened for 1.1 million. James Bord made the call in position, all other players opted to fold. The flop came and Salomon check-folded to Bord's 1.5 million bet.
Hand #11: Action folded to Brandon Steven in the small blind and he pushed all in. Rick Salomon folded his big blind and the pot was for Steven.
Hand #12: Andrew Pantling received a walk in the big blind.
Hand #13: From middle position, Elton Tsang raised to 900,000. Brandon Steven, seated in the cutoff, shoved all in for 7.5 million. From the small blind, Pantling asked for a count and upon receiving that shoved over the top all in. Bord folded his big blind after having seen just one card and Tsang folded as well.
The flop came and Katz said: "You're freerolling Brandon"
"So am I" Pantling said with a smile.
The on the turn indeed gave Pantling a flush draw but the on the river blanked and the two chopped the blinds, antes and Tsang's raise.
10/16/16 02:46:22 AM PDT
Haralabos Voulgaris Eliminated in 8th Place
Hand #8: Being one of the best sports bettors in the world, Haralabos Voulgaris would've known that the odds were stacked against him today. He came in as the short stack and would've been looking for a spot to get a double up and climb out of the basement.
Eight hands in, he found that spot. Action folded to him on the button and he moved all-in for around 11 big blinds. Just picking up the blinds and antes would've added almost 25% to his stack, but it would not be a raise and take as Anatoly Gurtovoy called from the small blind. When Elton Tsang folded from the big blind it was time for the showdown.
Voulgaris had a 38.97% chance of surviving but the board didn't help him and he departed in eighth place. That all means that we're now on the bubble here in Monte Carlo. A €1,500,000 bubble.
|Anatoly Gurtovoy||20,675,000||3,900,000 |
|Haralabos Voulgaris||0||-5,375,000 |
10/16/16 02:41:16 AM PDT
Hands #4-7: Andrew Pantling Active
Hand #4: James Bord raised to 1,000,000 from under the gun and Andrew Pantling called from the big blind.
The flop came and both players checked. Pantling led out for 2,000,000 on the turn and the river was the . Both players checked again and Bord turned over for nines up. Pantling mucks, and Bord takes the pot.
Hand #5: Action folded to Andrew Pantling in the small blind and he pushed all in. James Bord was in the big blind and he asked for an exact count. The dealer broked down Pantling's stack, and his all-in raise was for 7,975,000 total. Bord thought for another minute, but then folded.
Hand #6: Elton Tsang raised to 900,000 from early position and everyone else folds.
Hand #7: Action folded to Andrew Pantling in the cutoff, he opened to 1,000,000 and won the blinds and antes.
|James Bord||22,000,000||3,875,000 |
|Andrew Pantling||8,775,000||-2,225,000 |
10/16/16 02:33:51 AM PDT
Hand #3: Pantling Loses a Four-Bet Pot, Tsang Again the Beneficiary
Hand #3: Right after Andrew Pantling lost that sizable hand to Elton Tsang, the two of them tangled again.
First to act, Pantling raised to 800,000. Action folded to Elton Tsang and he three-bet to 2.3 million. Action was back on Pantling soon enough and he four-bet to 8 million. Tsang asked how much Pantling was playing behind (about 17 million) and called.
With already over 16 million in the middle, the flop came .
Pantling bet 6.5 million and within two seconds, Tsang had moved all in.
Pantling sighed, tanked for about 30 seconds or so, and mucked.
|Elton Tsang||47,650,000||15,500,000 |
|Andrew Pantling||11,000,000||-14,725,000 |
10/16/16 02:32:22 AM PDT
Hand #2: Elton Tsang Takes the Chip Lead
Hand #2: This hand featured the first flop, the first multi-way pot and the first big pot of the final table all rolled into one. Andrew Pantling raised to 850,000 from under-the-gun+1 and picked up calls from Elton Tsang (button), Cary Katz (small blind) and Brandon Steven (big blind).
A flop hit the felt, Pantling continued for 1,700,000 and Steven was the only player who folded. Pantling bet a further 3,500,000 on the turn but both he and Katz folded when Tsang raised to 9,000,000 total. With that pot Tsang has taken the chip lead.
|Elton Tsang||32,150,000||8,600,000 |
|Andrew Pantling||25,725,000||-6,050,000 |
10/16/16 02:17:32 AM PDT
Hand #1: First Pot Goes to Brandon Steven
Hand #1: From under-the-gun Brandon Steven made it 900,000 to go and everyone else folded.
10/16/16 02:10:36 AM PDT
While a couple guitarists play entry music beside the main stage, tournament director Jack Effel is introducing each player one by one – starting with chip leader Andrew Pantling and ending with short stack Haralabos Voulgaris – and the tuxedo-clad players are taking their seats.
One Drop founder Guy Laliberte and jeweler Richard Mille and making additional introductory remarks, and play will begin in a few minutes.
10/16/16 01:46:17 AM PDT
Facebook Live: Prepearations for the Final Table
We walked through the tournament room of Casino de Monte-Carlo were the crew was getting ready for the final table ceremony:
10/16/16 12:14:05 AM PDT
The Big Day for the Big One Has Come, €11,111,111 On the Line
In a little under 2 hours time, the final day of the 2016 Monte-Carlo One Drop Extravaganza €1,000,000 buy-in Big One For One Drop kicks off.
The prize pool of a whopping €24,888,892 is still to be divided, but just 6 players will take part in that. That means 2 unfortunate souls will go home empty-handed and a big bubble awaits when the players return at noon.
Leading the pack of recreational poker players is former poker pro and Matchbook CEO Andrew Pantling with almost 32 million in chips. The shortest stack still in it is Haralabos Voulgaris who'll bring 13 big blinds when play resumes.
Here's how the players rack up with a single minute left in level 150,000/300,000 before play moves to limits 200,000/400,000 with a 50,000-ante.
The first place prize is €11,111,111 ($12,189,918), the third biggest first-place prize in the history of poker after the 2012 Big One for One Drop (Antonio Esfandiari won $18,346,673) and 2014 Big One for One Drop (Dan Colman won $15,306,668). Min cashing this event is worth €1.5 million. Noteworthy is that chip leader Andrew Pantling needs to place 4th or better to make a profit, he's the sole player left in that reentered the event and thus is in for €2,000,000.
|Andrew Pantling||31,775,000||0 |
|Rick Salomon||26,900,000||0 |
|Elton Tsang||23,550,000||0 |
|James Bord||18,125,000||0 |
|Anatoly Gurtovoy||16,775,000||0 |
|Cary Katz||9,550,000||0 |
|Brandon Steven||8,000,000||0 |
|Haralabos Voulgaris||5,375,000||0 |