06/09/16 07:01:15 PM PDT
Peter Eichhardt is the newest member of poker’s gold bracelet club. However, it took him nearly 25 years to get here.
The 50-year-old poker pro and part-time fiction writer from Stockholm,
Sweden won the $1,500 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em tournament, which was
played over four days and three nights and concluded at the Rio in Las
Vegas. Eichhardt collected a whopping $438,417 in prize money, making
this the biggest win of his poker career.
“It is huge to win this,” Eichhardt, understating the obvious.
Remarkably, Eichhardt who
is a regular player in the European Poker Tour, made his first visit to
Las Vegas to play in a poker tournament way back in 1992 when he came
to Binion’s Horseshoe to play in the annual fall classic called the Hall
of Fame series. Eichhardt cashed in a Pot-Limit Omaha event that year
and finished in third place. From that instant, he was hooked as a
Eichhardt estimates that
he’s made about 40 trips to Las Vegas, which is a long way from Sweden.
He also admits to entering the WSOP Main Event championship eight
times. But has not yet cashed. This win more than made up for the long
“This is my first time to
make it to a WSOP final table,” so this was huge for me,” Eichhardt
said. “I think we have seven or eight gold bracelet winners in Sweden.
Chris Bjorin has two. And of course, there’s Martin Jacobson (the
former world champion). But it’s still pretty unusual for us in Sweden
to win a gold bracelet. It’s special for us.”
Eichhardt won his victory
by prevailing at a final table which included a mix of tourney veterans
and relative newcomers. The ultimate moment of triumph came when
Eichhardt was up by about a 4 to 1 chip margin and shoved all in with
K-J suited. His opponent, Davis Aalvik snap called with K-9 offsuit,
and was at a serious disadvantage with his tournament life on the line.
The flop ended all hopes of a comeback as three hearts instantly gave
Eichhardt a flush, which abruptly ended the competition. Aalvik who
finished as the runner up, received a nice consolation prize amounting
The winner had some
surprising words to say afterward about the level of competition he
experienced, as well as a compliment for at least one opponent.
“I thought the field was
pretty soft, actually. Especially early on. Then, it got tougher when
it got down to four tables. But other than a few spots, this final
table wasn’t that tough for me,” Eichhardt said. “Michael Addamo was
someone I have played with online and he’s very good. He’s very
aggressive. When he went out (third), I felt better about that.”
Apart from poker,
Eichhardt is an aspiring fiction writer. He’s working on a few books,
mostly crime stories. Eichhardt noted that he worked as a casino
manager in St. Petersburg, Russia during the 1990s and encountered a
number of dicey situations which gave him plenty of stories for a
“fictional” story. Obviously, the names will be changes to protect the
The tournament ran longer
than expected. In fact, a fourth day was necessary to complete the
tournament, which brought back the last four players. It then took
about three hours to play down to a winner. At some point during the
last day, each of the four players had the chip lead. But Eichhardt was
the only one able to hold onto it.
This tourney attracted
2,016 players which created a prize pool totaling $2,721,600. The top
303 finishers collected prize money. Aside from the winner, here’s a
brief report of the other top finishers who made the final table:
Davis Aalvik, from Long Beach, CA enjoyed his best finish in nine
cashes, earning $270,842 for this event. Aalvik has now won more than
six figures at both the WSOP and on the WSOP Circuit.
Michael Addamo, from Melbourne, Australia was highly complimented by
the winner, who noted that the two players had engaged many times in
online poker tournaments. This was the second time this year for the
Australian to cash in his first year to attend the WSOP. The
21-year-old college student added $196,202 to his poker bankroll and
John Racener, from Tampa, FL crossed the $7 million mark in career WSOP
earnings with his $143,563 payday in this event. Racener, who has yet
to win a gold bracelet despite several high finishes, now has 38 WSOP
cashes, most notably a runner-up finish in the 2010 WSOP Main Event
Tim Farrelly, an Irish poker player, tagged his fourth time to cash,
and biggest payout by far with this $106,115 score and first final table
appearance. Farrelly has also enjoyed three cashes already at the 2016
series and will be aiming for more in the weeks to come.
Sixth Place: Bruno
Borges, from Sao Jose Dos Campos, Brazil hoped to become the first
South American champion of the year, but fell short. In his second time
to cash at the WSOP, he picked up $79,241 in prize money.
Raymond Phu, from El Monte, CA made his first final table appearance
and deepest run to date with this accomplishment. Phu was paid out
$59,787 in what amounted to his fourth cash in the last two years at the
Anthony “Ant” Zinno, a gold bracelet winner last year and a three-time
World Poker Tour champion from Boson, MA clocked his first cash since
winning the $25K buy-in High Roller in 2015. Incredibly, the Ant’s last
six WSOP cashes have all been final table appearances, meaning when he
makes the money, he ends up going deep. The Ant stung the prize pool
for a relatively modest cash prize totaling $45,582, which pushed his
WSOP career earnings over the $2 million mark.
Richard Dubini, from Rio Gallegos, Argentina cashed for the first time
since posting a top-300 finish in the 2014 WSOP Main Event
championship. His second final table appearance resulted in a $35,121
payout. Back in 2013, Dubini took seventh in a similar event.
This was the 6th event on this year’s schedule. This leaves 63 gold bracelet events still to go.
06/09/16 04:09:04 PM PDT
Peter Eichhardt - Winner Event #6 - $438,417
Peter Eichhardt shoves all in for around 12,000,000, and Davis Aalvik calls for 3,120,000.
The flop comes . Eichhardt stands up and shakes Aalvik's hand.
The turn and river do not improve Aalvik's hand, and he is eliminated in second place, earning $270,842.
Peter Eichhardt has just won Event #6 $1,500 No Limit Hold'em bracelet and $438,417.
Peter Eichhardt - 15,120,000
Davis Aalvik - Eliminated
A full recap of this event will be posted shortly.
06/09/16 04:01:09 PM PDT
Davis Aalvik shoves all in for around 2,800,000, and Peter Eichhardt pauses for a minute, but opts to fold.
06/09/16 04:00:27 PM PDT
Peter Eichhardt shoves all in, and Davis Aalvik folds.
06/09/16 04:00:07 PM PDT
Peter Eichhardt gets a walk.
06/09/16 03:59:21 PM PDT
Peter Eichhardt shoves all in, having Davis Aalvik covered, and Aalvik folds.
06/09/16 03:57:59 PM PDT
Davis Aalvik calls on the button, and Peter Eichhardt checks his option.
Both players check it all the way down as the board runs out .
Eichhardt turns over for a pair of threes, and Aalvik mucks his hand.
06/09/16 03:56:54 PM PDT
Peter Eichhardt raises to 545,000 on the button, and Davis Aalvik calls.
Both players check the flop.
Aalvik bets 500,000 when the turn comes the , and Eichhardt calls.
The river is the . Aalvik bets 500,000, and Eichhardt calls.
"I play the board," Aalvik says.
"Okay, but you must show," Eichhardt says.
"I play the board," Aalvik says again. "You can call the floor if you want, but I play the board."
The floor is called over, hears the explanation from the dealer, and says to Eichhardt, "He plays the board, show if you can beat that."
Eichhardt turns over for a pair of sevens, and Aalvik moves his cards into the muck.
"Can he do that? What if he says I play board and then turns over something else?" Eichhardt asks the floor. The floor responds, "He couldn't do that. He wouldn't be able to play a different hand after saying he is playing the board. Verbal is binding."
Eichhardt thanks the floor for the clarification, and stacks his newly-acquired chips.
Peter Eichhardt - 11,100,000 (55 bb)
Davis Aalvik - 3,850,000 (19 bb)
06/09/16 03:56:53 PM PDT
Davis Aalvik calls on the button, and Peter Eichhardt raises to 840,000. Aalvik folds.
06/09/16 03:55:40 PM PDT
Peter Eichhardt opens with a raise of 500,000. Aalvik calls, then announces a check in the dark.
"You're not going to bet in the dark like yesterday?" Eichhardt asks.
The flop comes . Eichhardt checks back.
On the turn, Aalvik leads with a bet of 725,000. Eichhardt counts out the call, then pushes it into the pot.
The river is the and Aalvik checks. Eichhardt announces a bet of 3,000,000 and pushes it into the pot. Aalvik tanks and thinks over the decision very intently, shuffling his chips through his fingers.
"This would be a very good bluff," Aalvik says. He thinks for several more minutes and finally tosses his cards into the muck, giving Eichhardt the first lead of heads-up play.
06/09/16 03:49:10 PM PDT
Aalvik folds his hand from the small blind. "No good," he says pitching his cards in. Eichhardt laughs and shows
06/09/16 03:47:15 PM PDT
Davis Aalvik raises to 450,000 from the button. Peter Eichhardt folds and Aalvik takes the first pot of heads-up play.
06/09/16 03:46:01 PM PDT
From the button, Michael Addamo moves all in for 2,915,000. Action is on Davis Aalvik, who goes deep into the tank. He puts his hands together, rubs them, rubs his face, takes his glasses off. He is visibly distressed by the decision. Finally, he cuts out the 2,915,000 from his stack and looks at what would be left. He announces his call and action moves to Peter Eichhardt.
"Now it's time to figure out what I'm going to do," Eichhardt says. He peeks down at his cards, then folds, leaving Addamo and Aalvik battling for just under half of the chips in play.
The flop comes down and it leaves Addamo's rail cheering for a club or a queen. The on the turn makes things interesting as it gives Addamo a flush draw, but he doesn't complete it when the comes on the river. Addamo is eliminated in third place, leaving Peter Eichhardt and Davis Aalvik moving on to heads-up play.
Davis Aalvik - 7,738,000 (30 bb)
Peter Eichhardt - 7,740,000 (30 bb)
Michael Addamo - Eliminated
06/09/16 03:36:06 PM PDT
Action folds around and Davis Aalvik receives a walk in the big blind.
06/09/16 03:34:57 PM PDT
Peter Eichhardt moves all in from the small blind and takes down the pot when Michael Addamo folds his big.
06/09/16 03:33:25 PM PDT
Michael Addamo folds his button and Davis Aalvik raises to 600,000 from the small blind. Peter Eichhardt and Addamo both fold, giving Aalvik his third pot in a row.
06/09/16 03:31:53 PM PDT
Action folds arounds to Davis Aalvik, who gets a walk in the big blind.
06/09/16 03:31:24 PM PDT
Davis Aalvik moves all in from the button and Eichhardt and Addamo both fold their blinds.
06/09/16 03:30:14 PM PDT
|Level:||34 ||Blinds:||120,000/240,000 ||Ante:||40,000|
06/09/16 03:25:50 PM PDT
John Racener - 4th Place - $143,563
John Racener shoves all in from under the gun for 890,000, and Davis Aalvik calls in the small blind, as does Peter Eichhardt in the big blind.
Both players check it down as the board runs out , and the three players table their hands.
Racener: (jack high)
Aalvik: (king high)
Eichhardt: (pair of eights)
Eichhardt wins the pot, and Racener is eliminated in fourth place, earning $143,563.
Peter Eichhardt - 7,890,000 (39 bb)
Davis Aalvik - 3,375,000 (16 bb)
John Racener - Eliminated