10/25/17 08:43:59 PM PST
Martin Kabrhel Wins 2017 WSOPE Turbo Bounty Hunter Event #3 (€53,557)
The third of eleven golden bracelets was awarded at the 2017 World Series of Poker Europe at the King's Casino in Rozvadov and it was Czech poker pro and grand master of table talk Martin Kabrhel who claimed the title, his first WSOP bracelet and payday of €53,557 for his efforts in the inaugural €1,100 No-Limit Holdem Turbo Bounty Hunter Event #3.
While the nine-handed final table was set at 1 a.m. local time and the first eliminations came in quickly, the final river card only fell after 5 a.m. local time with a happy Kabrhel and a happy hippo card protector.
"Can we just stay like this? It won't take long," Kabrhel said right away before the duel for the elusive bracelet against Philipp Caranica got underway and indeed the stacks went into the middle a few hands in. Kabrhel's pocket sevens were ahead until the river, but Caranica got there with his ace-queen to hit a straight. What followed were several double ups and it took more than 50 hands of heads-up to determine a champion.
"I am pretty happy here to win it, especially at King's. I was really looking forward to this festival." When asked about the format, Kabrhel said he didn't necessarily like to play turbo events. "It was pretty short, but not as short as it could be, and it was playable. I was pretty happy with how I played."
The King's Casino in Rozvadov is a second home to the Czech: "It is a great poker room, the final table at the venue here is beautiful. I play 90% of my poker at King's and I won two Circuit Rings here." Up next for Kabrhel is "a really nice sleep" and likely some celebration after.
When asked which events he will play for the remainder of the WSOPE festival, Kabrhel added: "I will play whatever I have time for, but probably like all the bracelet events which I can catch and I look forward to the Main Event and One Drop."
As for Caranica, the German had to settle for second place and a consolation prize of €33,094. Caranica was railed by Nico Ehlers, who also ended runner-up just a few hours prior in the €550 Pot-Limit Omaha Event #2. Caranica was not intimidated by the table talk of Kabrhel and both joked back and forth until a winner was crowned.
Final Result Turbo Bounty Hunter Event #3
|1||Martin Kabrhel||Czech Republic||€53,557|
|6||John Racener||United States||€7,609|
After ten levels of 20 minutes each, the registration closed with a total of 325 entries including 92 re-entries, and a prize pool of €214,337 emerged with the top 49 spots earning a share of it. Until the dinner break, fewer than one third of the field remained and the eliminations continued to happen at a lighting-fast speed.
Such big names as two-time bracelet winner Barny Boatman, Maxim Lykov, MONSTER STACK finalist Ismael Bojang and Jeff Lisandro were already on the rail. They were soon joined by Michael Eiler, Sam Grafton, James Akenhead, Eddy Scharf and Ryan Hughes.
The last player to leave empty-handed was Viacheslav Goryachev, who moved all in from the cutoff with ace-jack. Jan Mach on the button and Bernd Gleissner in the big blind called, and Mach's bet on the turn with queen-jack for top pair forced out Gleissner. Goryachev had a gutshot still, but the river was a blank.
Among those to bust as soon as the bubble burst were Vivian Saliba, Yehuda Cohen and Teunis Kooij. Chris Ferguson locked up another cash in his bid to win the 2017 WSOP Player of the Year race and he was eliminated in 36th place after shoving nine-seven suited into the ace-four of Mike Leah. Fellow Canadian Kristen Bicknell also sent her chips over to Leah soon after and it wouldn't take long to set up the last three tables.
Brandon Cantu bowed out in 24th place and Felipe Ramos followed when losing a flip with pocket tens versus ace-king. Irish poker pro Marc MacDonnell, who finished 4th in the $1,500 Millionaire Maker (Event #20) this summer in Las Vegas, came up short of the final table this time and finished in 19th place. Robert Auer moved all in over the top of a shove by Martin Kabrhel with pocket jacks and Philipp Caranica looked both up with pocket kings. Kabrhel's ace-king struck gold with the nut straight and the Czech jumped into a big stack on the last two tables.
Dominik Desset already reached a final table at the King's Casino not long ago, but this time he had to settle for 14th place. His ace-five had the slightly inferior kicker to the ace-six suited of Liran Twito and the board changed nothing whatsoever. Jan Mach was the next to fall when his big three-bet jam with pocket eights was picked up by Philipp Caranica with pocket tens and Mach was drawing dead on the turn.
Tobias Schaaf was the next to fall and almost at the same time on the other table, Phil Hellmuth's bid to further build his legacy with a 15th bracelet came to an end. Hellmuth's ace-deuce ended up second best to the pocket kings of John Racener and both had the exact same stack size to see the Poker Brat take 11th place.
Mike Leah took two hits to bubble the official live-streamed final table when losing with pocket queens to ace-nine and ace-queen versus king-queen suited to set up the following final table.
|Seat||Player||Country||Chip Count||Big Blinds|
|4||John Racener||United States||455,000||11|
|5||Martin Kabrhel||Czech Republic||1,640,000||41|
Final Table Action
It took only two hands for the first player to join the rail. Viktor Kovachev was the shortest stack among the final nine and his queen-jack stood no chance against the ace-jack of Philipp Caranica.
In hand #4 of the official final table, Georgios Koliofotis jammed with a gutshot on a three-way flop and Liran Twito reshoved with king-nine for top pair to see the turn and river brick off.
While Caranica dominated the early stages of final table and built his lead after an ill-timed bluff of Martin Kabrhel, it was the Czech that was responsible for eliminating all remaining opponents on his way to the maiden WSOP bracelet. A short-stacked Bernd Gleissner was his first victim with ten-eight and Kabrhel's pocket tens had no reason to worry.
The shove of Yves Kupfermunz with ace-eight was called by John Racener with king-queen and and Kabrhel called in the big blind with ace-ten. The remaining two aces in the deck showed up on the flop and turn, and Kabrhel's kicker suddenly reduced the field to the last four. Racener fell short of claiming his second career-bracelet in 2017, but picked up vital points for the 2017 WSOP Player of the Year race.
Liran Twito's queen-jack were dominated by the ace-queen of Kabrhel in hand #25 and a king-high board provided no held for the player from Israel, who recorded his first-ever WSOP cash. Only six hands later, there were just two hopefuls remaining as the shove of Salvatore Camarda with nine-four off suit for bottom pair on an ace-high river was snap-called by Kabrhel with two pair.
Both Kabrhel and Caranica had their hands on the bracelet already, but after more than 50 hands of heads up and several double ups, it was Kabrhel that ended up victorious. Kabrhel shoved with ten-seven suited and Caranica called with ace-six suited. A jack-high board provided a runner-runner straight for Kabrhel and the bracelet remained on home soil.
The next chance for players to win a bracelet already kicks off on Thursday, October 26th as of 3 p.m. local time with Day 1 of the €1,650 No-Limit Hold'em 6-Handed Event #4. Late registration remains open until the start of Day 2 the very next day and the PokerNews live reporting team will be on the floor to provide all the action.
10/25/17 08:36:18 PM PST
Philipp Caranica Eliminated in 2nd Place (€33,094)
Hand #89: Martin Kabrhel shoved all in and was called by Philipp Caranica with the shorter stack.
The flop came - Caranica was still good for now as Kabrhel needed a ten or seven to eliminate them. The turn brought the , Kabrhel now had the eights as extra outs to be crowned the winner as there was now also a straight draw. The on the river was exactly that what Kabrhel needed and he hit his backdoor straight draw. Caranica was eliminated and the last bounty went to Kabrhel.
|Martin Kabrhel||6,500,000||2,400,000 |
|Philipp Caranica||0||-2,400,000 |10/25/17 08:30:00 PM PST
Level 33 started
|10/25/17 08:28:19 PM PST
Hands #86-88: Kabrhel Maintains Lead
Hand #86: Martin Kabrhel received a walk.
Hand #87: Kabrhel limped in and Philipp Caranica shoved the to win the pot.
Hand #88: Carania limped in with the and Kabrhel raised to 565,000 with to shut down all further action.
Right after, players agreed to take a short break.
|Martin Kabrhel||4,100,000||0 |
|Philipp Caranica||2,400,000||0 |10/25/17 08:25:23 PM PST
Hands #80-85: Double Up For Kabrhel
Hand #80: Martin Kabrhel got a walk.
Hand #81: Kabrhel had and completed. Philipp Caranica checked with his . The flop came , Caranica check-shoved to the 200,000 bet of Kabrhel. Kabrhel looking at his hand again and folded.
Hand #82: Caranica shoved and Kabrhel folded.
Hand #83: Kabrhel raised to 1,000,000 with , Caranica shoved all in with and Kabrhel called. The flop came - Kabrhel hit his queen for two pair, queens and eights. the on the turn didn't change this, and the on the river ensured that Kabrhel doubled up.
Hand #84: Caranica limped with , Kabrhel checked with . The flop came , Kabrhel check-called the 200,000 bet of Caranica. The came on the turn, now Kabrhel checked again. Caranica bet 550,000, Kabrhel shoved and Caranica folded.
Hand #85: Kabrhel limped with . Caranica checked with . The flop came , Caranica checked, Kabrhel continued betting and Caranica folded.
|Martin Kabrhel||4,100,000||1,400,000 |
|Philipp Caranica||2,400,000||-1,400,000 |10/25/17 08:15:52 PM PST
Hands #76-79: Caranica Pulls Away Some
Hand #76: Martin Kabrhel received a walk.
Hand #77: Kabrhel limped with the and Philipp Caranica shoved with to win the hand right there.
Hand #78: Kabrhel received another walk.
Hand #79: Kabrhel min-raised to 400,000 with and Caranica defended the . The flop came and both players checked. On the turn, Caranica bet his top pair and Kabrhel folded.
10/25/17 08:08:42 PM PST
Hands #71-75: Shoving All Around
Hand #71: Martin Kabrhel completed from the small blind with . Philipp Caranica shoved with and Kabrhel folded.
Hand #72: Kabrhel got a walk.
Hand #73: Kabrhel shoved with and Caranica folded.
Hand #74: Caranica completed with . Kabrhel found in his hand and shoved. Caranica folded.
Hand #75: Kabrhel found and he raised to 400,000. Caranica had and shoved. Kabrhel folded.
10/25/17 08:03:39 PM PST
Level 32 started
|10/25/17 08:01:21 PM PST
Hands #66-70: Caranica Doubles Into Narrow Lead
Hand #66: Philipp Caranica moved all in with the and Martin Kabrhel folded .
Hand #67: Kabrhel moved all in and Caranica called.
The board came and Caranica doubled for 1,810,000, regaining a narrow lead.
Hand #68: Caranica shoved the and Kabrhel folded .
Hand #69: Caranica received a walk.
Hand #70: Caranica raised to 320,000 with and Kabrhel foled the .
|Philipp Caranica||3,800,000||2,040,000 |
|Martin Kabrhel||2,700,000||-2,040,000 |10/25/17 07:56:13 PM PST
Hands #61-65: Walks and Shoves
Hand #61: Philipp Caranica got a walk.
Hand #62: Caranica completed from the button with . Martin Kabrhel shoved with and Caranica folded.
Hand #63: Kabrhel shoved and Caranica quickly folded.
Hand #64: Kabhrel got a walk.
Hand #65: Caranica got a walk.
10/25/17 07:53:44 PM PST
Hands #56-60: Kabrhel Talks Caranica Into a Double
Hand #56: Martin Kabrhel moved in with the and Philipp Caranica fell for the table talk to call with the .
The board came and Kabrhel doubled for 2,285,000 to jump into a 2-1 lead.
Hand #57: Caranica received a walk.
Hand #58: Caranica raised to 320,000 with the and Kabrhel folded
Hand #59: Another walk for Caranica.
Hand #60: Caranica raised to 320,000 with and Kabrhel called with . The flop fell and both checked. After the turn, Kabrhel bet 325,000 and won the pot.
|Martin Kabrhel||4,740,000||2,820,000 |
|Philipp Caranica||1,760,000||-2,820,000 |10/25/17 07:49:38 PM PST
Hand #52-55: Folding Away
Hand #52: Caranica raised to 240,000 with and Kabrhel folded.
Hand #53: Caranica got a walk.
Hand #54: Caranica raised to 240,000 with and Kabrhel shoved with . Caranica folded.
Hand #55: The blinds just went up to 80,000 for the small blind and 160,000 for the big blind. Kabrhel shoved with and Caranica folded.
10/25/17 07:46:18 PM PST
Level 31 started
|10/25/17 07:41:23 PM PST
Hands #47-51: Trading Pots
Hand #47: Philipp Caranica faced a limp by Martin Kabrhel and shoved with the to pick up the chips without resistance.
Hand #48: Caranica raised with to 240,000 and Kabrhel defended the . The flop fell and Kabrhel checked, Caranica bet 225,000 and Kabrhel gave it some consideration before moving all in to force a quick fold.
Hand #49: Kabrhel limped with the and Caranica checked his . Kabrhel bet a flop and Caranica quickly check-folded.
Hand #50: Caranica min-raised to 240,000 with and Kabrhel called with . The flop came and Kabrhel bet 345,000 and Caranica's min-raise won the pot right there.
Hand #51: Kabrhel raised to 250,000 with the and Caranica called with . The flop of brought a check by Caranica and Kabrhel's bet worth 200,000 won the pot.
|Philipp Caranica||4,580,000||480,000 |
|Martin Kabrhel||1,920,000||-480,000 |10/25/17 07:34:54 PM PST
Hands #42-46: Back and Forth
Hand #42: Philipp Caranica raised to 240,000 with . Martin Kabrhel called with . The flop came , Kabrhel check-folded to the 250,000 bet of Caranica.
Hand #43: Kabrhel with completed from the button. Caranica opted to check with . The flop came , Caranica check-called the 120,000 bet of Kabrhel. The turn brought them the , Caranica checked again. Now Kabrhel bet 310,000. Caranica tanked and then raised to 900,000. Kabrhel looked at his cards again, took a few sips of his drink and then folded.
Hand #44: Caranica completed with , Kabrhel had opted to check. The flop came , they both checked. The turn gave them the on which they checked again. The river completed the board with the . now Kabrhel bet 120,000 and Caranica quickly folded.
Hand #45: Kabrhel found and completed. Caranica shoved with and Kabrhel folded.
Hand #46: Kabrhel got a walk.
10/25/17 07:25:40 PM PST
Level 30 started
|10/25/17 07:25:24 PM PST
Hands #39-41: Trips for Kabrhel
Hand #39: Martin Kabrhel limped with the nand Philipp Caranica checked with . On the flop, Caranica check-raised from 100,000 to 250,000 with his middle pair and Kabrhel folded.
Hand #40: Caranica min-raised to 200,000 with and Kabrhel called with the . The flop fell and both players checked. Kabrhel bet the turn for 200,000 and Caranica called with his gutshot.
The river completed the board and Kabrhel quickly bet 600,000, which got no further action from Caranica.
Hand #41: In a limped pot, the flop showed and Caranica checked with , Kabrhel bet 100,000 with and that won the pot.
|Philipp Caranica||4,100,000||300,000 |
|Martin Kabrhel||2,400,000||-300,000 |10/25/17 07:22:14 PM PST
Caranica Doubles Up
Hand #38: Philipp Caranica raised to 200,000 with , Martin Kabrhel shoved for 4,365,000 with . Caranica called with his tournament life at stake as he had the smaller stack with 1,905,000 chips.
The flop came , Kabrhel was still safe as his sevens were still good.
The on the turn meant that even though Kabrhel was still good for now, any three, ace or queen would mean that Caranica would double up for a big chunk of Kabrhel's stack.
The on the river was just the card Caranica needed to win the hand and double up.
|Philipp Caranica||3,800,000||1,030,000 |
|Martin Kabrhel||2,700,000||-1,500,000 |10/25/17 07:16:22 PM PST
Hands #32-37: Lots of Walks and Small Pots
Hand #32: Philipp Caranica raised to 200,000 with the and Martin Kabrhel called with the , then check-folded the flop to a bet of 125,000 by Caranica.
Hand #33: Caranica received a walk.
Hand #34: Caranica raised to 200,000 with and Kabrhel called with the . The flop fell and Kabrhel checked, Caranica bet 125,000 and Kabrhel check-raised to 430,000 in order to win the pot, not saying a single word during the hand.
Hand #35: Caranica received a walk.
Hand #36: Caranica opened to 200,000 with the and Kabrhel defended the . Both players checked the flop and the turn. The river brought no betting action either and Kabrhel won the pot.
Hand #37: Caranica received yet another walk.
10/25/17 07:10:52 PM PST
Salvatore Camarda Eliminated in 3rd Place (€22,159)
Hand #31: Martin Kabrhel raised to 200,000 from the button with . Salvatore Camarda called in the big blind with .
The flop came on which they both checked.
The turn brought them the , Camarda bet 225,000, Kabrhel called.
The river completed the board with the , Camarda shoved for 585,000 and Kabrhel snap-called. Kabrhel wins the hand with two pair, aces and fours. Camarda was eliminated in 3rd place.
Heads-up play will continue immediately without a break as agreed by both players.
|Martin Kabrhel||4,200,000||1,175,000 |
|Salvatore Camarda||0||-1,230,000 ||