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2016/17 WSOP Circuit - PLANET HOLLYWOOD (Las Vegas)

Sunday, September 04, 2016 to Monday, September 05, 2016

Ring Event - 36: $5,300 HIGH ROLLER

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  • Buy-in: $5,300
  • Prizepool: $130,000
  • Entries: 26
  • Remaining: 0

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Tuesday, September 6, 2016 2:32 AM Local Time


 

Swedish high-stakes poker pro returns from poker hiatus and earns high roller title.   

Las Vegas, NV (September 5, 2016) — Erik Sagstrom really loves poker. After staying up playing cash games all night long, Sagstrom late registered at the last possible moment for the $5,300 no-limit hold’em high roller event.

Sagstrom registered just before Day 2 started on Monday afternoon and the decision not to sleep turned out to be a good one. The well-known Swedish high-stakes poker professional bested a field of 26 players to take home $65,000.

“It feels good,” said Sagstrom. “I’ve been up for the better part of 36 hours, so I’m a bit tired. But it’s a good finish to the day. Or maybe two days.”

Sagstrom made a name for himself in the early days of online poker. He then jumped into live high-stakes cash games and dabbled in some of the high-stakes tournaments. He earned his largest score in the $10,000 HORSE World Championship in 2009, ultimately finishing third for $522,393.

He was around for a few more years before taking a few years off from poker. He spent most of his time back in Sweden and playing very little poker.  

“I wasn’t really playing poker for a long time,” said Sagstrom. “I was in Sweden and I was doing some different things. I was betting sports and not really playing much poker over the last four years. Or maybe three years. I don’t even know.”

After several years away from the game, Sagstrom decided get a visa and come back to the states. Just before the 216 WSOP, Sagstrom made his way back to Vegas and picked up where he left off – playing high stakes poker.

He jumped right back into cash games and has been playing the biggest games around for the last few months. He even picked up his first WSOP cash in several years last June, a 19th place finish in the $10,000 2-7 Triple Draw Championship.

“I’ve been doing a little of this and a little of that and then I came here,” said Sagstrom of his recent activity. “I wasn’t planning on playing much, but once you’re here, you get sucked in. Life is crazy and the degenerate that I am, I play all the time now.”

Sagstrom picked up a win in a no-limit hold’em event on Monday evening, but he considers himself to be a mixed game specialist. Most of his time spent on the felt is in ‘Bobby’s Room,’ playing some of the biggest cash games the world has to offer.

“It’s actually a mix of everything,” said Sagstrom of the cash games he plays in. “There is no-limit hold’em, there is pot-limit Omaha, there are stud games, there’s everything. The mix is four no-limit games and seven limit games. It’s everything. I feel pretty comfortable playing everything.”

Sagstrom’s cash games have a cap on the big bet games, where players can only commit a certain amount of money to the pot before the betting is over and the rest of the hand is played as an all in pot. This format of cash game is part of the reason Sagstrom decided to play the event.

“So this structure works sort of good for me,” said Sagstrom. “It’s like a cap where you only have 20 bets or you have a little more to start. It’s a good structure for me.”

By registering so late, Sagstrom started out the tournament with a shallow stack and he was able to work that to his advantage. He continued to apply pressure to his opponents and when there were five players remaining, Sagstrom had most of the chips in play.

He continued to apply pressure and eventually get heads-up with Joe Kuether, who won this event last year. Sagstrom started out the heads-up match the chip lead and never relinquished it. In less than two full levels of play, Sagstrom earned the win and eliminated Kuether in second.

With his poker hiatus over and a win already under his belt, it is likely Sagstrom will be spotted more often in the tournament world.

“I’m playing a lot of poker tournaments all over the U.S. actually,” he said. “I played at the Bike a few days ago and then I played here. I’m going to travel and I’m going to play a lot of poker tournaments. I’ll be around.” 

Monday, September 5, 2016 8:42 PM Local Time


Erik Sagstrom

Erik Sagstrom pushes all in from the button, and Joe Kuether calls from the big blind for his last 115,000.

Kuether:   
Sagstrom:   

The board runs out      , and Sagstrom wins with a pair of eights. Kuether is eliminated in second place, earning $39,000.

Erik Sagstrom wins the high roller event for $65,000 and his first WSOP Circuit ring.

Click here for Full Results. A full recap of the event will be posted shortly.


Joe Kuether

Monday, September 5, 2016 8:32 PM Local Time

Erik Sagstrom raises to 24,000 from the button, and Joe Kuether calls from the big blind.

The flop comes    . Kuether checks and Sagstrom bets 22,000. Kuether calls.

The turn is the   and Kuether checks again. Sagstrom continues for 42,000 and Kuether again calls.

The   completes the board on the river. Kuether checks a third time. Sagstrom bets again, this time for 75,000. Kuether calls and Sagstrom announces, "Straight," as he tables   . Kuether mucks his cards.

Erik Sagstrom - 885,000
Joe Kuether - 155,000

Monday, September 5, 2016 8:27 PM Local Time

Erik Sagstrom raises to 24,000 on the button and Joe Kuether calls out of the big blind. The flop is     and Kuether checks. Sagstro bets 22,000 and Kuether calls.

The turn is the   and Kuether checks again. Sagstrom bets again, this time 38,000, and Kuether calls. The river is the   and both players check.

Kuether shows    and Sagstrom mucks his hand.

Joe Kuether - 380,000
Erik Sagstrom - 660,000

Monday, September 5, 2016 8:09 PM Local Time
Level: 21
Blinds: 6,000/12,000
Ante: 2,000
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Monday, September 5, 2016 8:00 PM Local Time


Jayakrishnan Nair

Erik Sagstrom raises to 22,000 from the button and Jayakrishnan Nair moves all in for about 60,000 from the small blind. Sagstrom calls.

Sagstrom:   
Nair:   

The flop comes    , giving Sagstrom the nut flush and effectively ending Nair's hopes. The turn is the  , and the river is the  .

Sagstrom wins the pot, and Nair is eliminated in 3rd place. He earns $26,000 for his efforts.

Erik Sagstrom - 650,000
Jayakrishnan Nair - Eliminated

Monday, September 5, 2016 7:55 PM Local Time

Jayakrishnan Nair moves all in from the button for 27,000 and Erik Sagstrom calls from the big blind.

Nair:   
Sagstrom:   

The board rolls out      , and Nair doubles up, although he is still the shortest stack at the table.

Jayakrishnan Nair - 64,000
Erik Sagstrom - 570,000

Monday, September 5, 2016 7:49 PM Local Time

Erik Sagstrom limps from the small blind, and Jayakrishnan Nair checks his option in the big blind.

The flop comes     and Sagstrom checks. Nair bets 10,000 and Sagstrom calls.

Both players check the   on the turn, and the river is the  . Sagstrom leads out for 18,000. Nair goes into the tank. After about two minutes of thinking, he folds.

Erik Sagstrom - 600,000
Jayakrishnan Nair - 60,000

Monday, September 5, 2016 7:46 PM Local Time

Joe Kuether limps from the small blind and Erik Sagstrom checks his option in the big blind.

The flop is     and Kuether bets 14,000. Sagstrom calls.

Both players check the   on the turn, and the river is the  . Kuether checks again and Sagstrom bets 50,000. Kuether thinks a minute, then folds.

Monday, September 5, 2016 7:40 PM Local Time

Joe Kuether raises to 20,000 from the button, and Erik Sagstrom makes it 55,000 from the small blind. Kuether then pushes all in, and Sagstrom quickly folds.

Joe Kuether - 400,000
Erik Sagstrom - 415,000

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Monday, September 5, 2016 7:33 PM Local Time
Level: 20
Blinds: 5,000/10,000
Ante: 1,000
Monday, September 5, 2016 7:31 PM Local Time

Erik Sagstrom raises to 18,000 from the button, and Joe Kuether calls from the big blind.

The flop comes     and both players check. The turn is the   and Kuether checks again. Sagstrom bets 22,000 and Kuether calls. The   falls on the river and both players check again.

Kuether tables    for a pair of eights, and Sagstrom mucks his cards.

Joe Kuether - 285,000
Erik Sagstrom - 510,000

Monday, September 5, 2016 7:20 PM Local Time

Erik Sagstrom limps in from the small blind and Jayakrishnan Nair checks his option from the big blind. The flop is     and Sagstrom bets 9,000. Nair calls and the turn is the  .

Sagstrom bets again, this time 22,000. Nair calls again and the river is the  . Sagstrom bets 54,000, which was more than half of Nair's remaining stack. Nair spends a couple minutes in the tank before calling.

"You got it," said Sagstrom under his breath and tossed his cards into the muck.

Nair collects the pot and mucks his hand as well.

Jayakrishnan Nair - 200,000
Erik Sagstrom - 470,000

Monday, September 5, 2016 7:14 PM Local Time

Jayakrishnan Nair raises to 18,000 from the button and Erik Sagstrom calls from the big blind.

Both players check when the flop falls    , and the turn is the  . Sagstrom leads out for 20,000 and Nair calls. The river is the   and Sagstrom now checks. Nair bets 38,000. Sagstrom thinks a few moments, then mucks.

Jayakrishnan Nair - 160,000
Erik Sagstrom - 605,000

Monday, September 5, 2016 7:08 PM Local Time

Erik Sagstrom raises to 19,000 out of the small blind and Jayakrishnan Nair moves all in for 73,000 out of the big blind. Sagstrom calls and the cards are tabled.

Sagstrom shows    and is dominated by Nair's   . The flop is     and Sagstrom hits a three-outer to take the lead.

The turn is the  , giving Nair a few chop outs, but he takes the whole pot on the river when the   hits. Nair rivers Broadway to make the nuts and double through the chip leader.

Jayakrishnan Nair - 149,000
Erik Sagstrom - 575,000

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Monday, September 5, 2016 6:57 PM Local Time

Jayakrishnan Nair raises to 24,000 from the small blind. Joe Juether calls from the big blind.

The flop is     and Nair continues for 35,000. Kuether calls.

The   falls on the turn and Nair now checks. Kuether bets 30,000 and Nair calls. Both players check the   on the river.

Nair shows   , and Kuether turns over    to win the pot with queens up.

Joe Kuether - 280,000
Jayakrishnan Nair - 115,000

Monday, September 5, 2016 6:54 PM Local Time

Erik Sagstrom limps from the small blind and Jayakrishnan Nair raises to 31,000 from the big blind. Sagstrom reraises by about 400,000, enough to put Nair all in if he calls. He does call, and the hands are tabled.

Nair:   
Sagstrom:   

The board comes      , and the players split the pot.

Monday, September 5, 2016 6:46 PM Local Time
Level: 19
Blinds: 4,000/8,000
Ante: 1,000
Monday, September 5, 2016 6:34 PM Local Time

Players are now on a 15-minute break. The tournament will resume at roughly 6:47 p.m.

Here are the updated chip counts:

Erik Sagstrom - 653,000
Joe Kuether - 196,000
Jayakrishnan Nair - 191,000

Monday, September 5, 2016 6:33 PM Local Time


Joseph Cheong

Erik Sagstrom limps from the small blind and Joseph Cheong checks his option in the big blind.

The flop comes     and Sagstrom leads out for 12,000. Cheong raises all in for about 50,000 and Sagstrom immediately calls.

Cheong:   
Sagstrom:   

The turn is the   and the river is the  . Sagstrom wins with his pair of queens, and Cheong is eliminated one away from the money.

Erik Sagstrom - 650,000
Joseph Cheong - Eliminated

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