Tuesday, October 13, 2015 4:00 AM Local Time
It has not been an easy task, but Dietrich Fast has managed to get rid of his heads-up opponent after 108 hands over 4h30.
Fast came back today as the 5th stack of the final table with 31 big blinds and managed to navigate this final table to the end. John Gale finished runner up. He started the final table as the chipleader with 121 big blinds. It took almost 12 hours to through this final table that started at a rather slow pace with every player being very focused on taking home the prestigious bracelet and the €157,749 prize money for first place.
Adrian Apmann was one of the active players with his small stack in the beginning but he did not manage to get paid although he shoved a couple of times early in the Day 3.
The first one to exit the tournament today was Harry Lodge who crashed with with Steve O'Dwyer's .
The 8th place finisher was Joern Winter who got knocked out by the only Brazilian player on this final table, Rodrigo Caprioli and Sandro Wuest followed soon after when his Queens got crushed by Vojtech Cervinka's in a dramatic battle of blinds.
The only time Apmann got called when he shoved was the hand he got eliminated with. He gets two calls by Cervinka and Caprioli and his could not beat Cervinkas Aces after the Brazilian got out of the way.
It looked like Steve O'Dwyer was heading for a deep run in this Day 3 but he doubled Fast in a blind battle before joining the rail shortly after when Caprioli took all of his remaining chips with top pair against a nut flush draw that never completed.
John Gale then took the lead before the dinner break and the Czech, Vojtech Cervinka, was the next player to leave the arena just two hands after play had resumed. He was eliminated by Caprioli, who hit the nut flush with a straight flush draw on the flop in an all-in confrontation.
Dietrich Fast got on a heater after the dinner break taking chips from Gale and then from Caprioli before eliminating the latter with Aces against in another successful all-in confrontation.
Over four hours later, he had all the chips, Gale was eliminated in second place, and Fast became the first WSOP Europe Oktoberfest champion.
Tuesday, October 13, 2015 3:32 AM Local Time
It took only four more hands after John Gale's double up to end the game for good.
In this final hand, the 108th of the heads-up match, Dietrich Fast opens for 420,000 and faces a shove by Gale who holds . Fast quickly calls with , and the last board of the WSOPE Oktoberfest comes . Fast makes trip jacks, and Gale is eliminated.
John Gale takes second place for €97,804.
Tuesday, October 13, 2015 3:26 AM Local Time
In hand 104, the very first hand after the break, John Gale doubles by calling Dietrich Fast's shove.
Gale is now back up to 3,800,000.
Tuesday, October 13, 2015 3:24 AM Local Time
Tuesday, October 13, 2015 2:59 AM Local Time
The players leave for a break. Play will resume with Level 34.
Tuesday, October 13, 2015 2:58 AM Local Time
The Poker drama is back in hand 97.
660,000 chips are in the pot when the flop comes . Gale check-calls Fast's 400,000 bet and the turn brings the . Both players check, and the river is the . Fast fires 620,000 and Gale calls only to find out Fast has him beaten with .
Gale then goes all-in two times during the next couple of hands and a new break arrives as hand 103 finishes.
Fast - 6,000,000
Gale - 1,700,000
Tuesday, October 13, 2015 2:49 AM Local Time
In Hand 94, John Gale wins a nice chunk of Dietrich Fast's stack by betting 360,000 into a 900,000-chip pot. Fast calls, and Gale's wins on an board. Fast has 3,700,000 after this hand, but turns it around again during the very next hand.
Gale limps on the button for the first time, and Fast checks behind to see a flop. Both still check. The turn is the . Both players check again. On the river, Fast bets 180,000, Gale raises to 430,000, and Fast moves all in.. Gale calls and loses the pot to Fast's full house with .
Gale is down to 3,100,000 now and Fast is the leader with 7,600,000.
Dietrich Fast - 7,600,000
John Gale - 3,100,000
Tuesday, October 13, 2015 2:28 AM Local Time
There hasn't been a lot of action during the last few hands. The players have been playing 88 hands so far in this long heads-up match.
In hand 77, on a flop, Dietrich Fast bets 585,000, and John Gale raises enough to put him all in. Fast snap-folds and drops to 3,400,000.
The next few hands are a succession of raise-and-folds preflop, but Fast takes a lot of time to play those small pots. In hand 85, Gale even calls the clock on Fast preflop soon after the players got their cards. This triggers a small discussion between the two players.
There still no action going on until hand 88, when Fast opens to 260,000 and Gale calls to see a flop. Both check and the turn is the . Gale bets 400,000. Fast calls. On the river, Gale fires 850,000 and gets a quick call from Fast. But Fast mucks even quicker when he sees Gale's for two pairs.
Fast has 3,300,000.
Gale leads with 7,400,000.
Tuesday, October 13, 2015 1:59 AM Local Time
Tuesday, October 13, 2015 1:56 AM Local Time
Dietrich Fast's comeback begins in hand 57. He raises to 330,000, John Gale calls, and the flop comes . Both players check to the turn: . Gale check-calls this street for 310,000 and the river is the . Gale folds to Fast's bet of 565,000.
The on the 64th of this heads-up match, Gale raises to 260,000 to get called, and the players see a flop. Fast checks the flop and calls the 275,000-bet before both check on the on the turn. The river brings the and Fast check-raises to 2,150,000 after Gale bets 450,000. Gale gets out of the way and drops to 5,900,000.
Fast has 4,800,000 at that point.
Fast then loses a bit more than one million to Gale in hands in the next few hands. In hand 68, Fast opens to 270,000 and Gale calls. The players see a flop. Gale check-calls Fast's 210,000-bet and the turn brings another heart, the . Check-check. On the river, the , Gale puts in a bet of 535,000 and Fast mucks.
Fast has 3,700,000 and Gale is back up to 7,000,000.
Tuesday, October 13, 2015 1:29 AM Local Time
Hand 50 brings Dietrich Fast's stack down to 2,000,000.
Gale raises to 240,000. Fast calls and the flop comes . Both players check, and the turn is the . Both check again, and river brings the . Here, Fast bets 235,000 and Gale shoves quickly. Fast folds.
Gale is up to 8,700,000 at that point.
Fast manages to take down hand 51 for a bit more than 500,000 on a flop, and he also wins hand 52 by shoving on the flop after Gale bets 240,000 into a half million-pot.
Hand 53 goes to Gale again but Fast regains chips and is back up to almost 3,000,000 after hand 54. Gale raises to 270,000 preflop and gets a call to see a flop. Both check and the turn brings the . Fast bets 240,000. Gale calls.
The river is the , and Fast fires 620,000 inducing a fold by Gale and grinding his way up to 2,800,000.
Tuesday, October 13, 2015 12:59 AM Local Time
Tuesday, October 13, 2015 12:39 AM Local Time
The players leave for a twenty-minute break.
Tuesday, October 13, 2015 12:38 AM Local Time
The situation has changed drastically after 47 hands of heads-up play.
John Gale keeps winning many small pots and managed to win a big one in hand 43. After Dietrich Fast raises to 225,000, Gale calls in the big blind and both see the following flop: . Both check to the turn: .
Gale is the one who bets 225,000 this time, and Fast sticks around to see a river. The last card is the . Here, Gale bets 565,000 and gets raised to 2,250,000 by Fast. Gale makes the quick call with . Fast was bluffing with and is now down to 2,500,000.
Gale is the chipleader at that point with 8,200,000.
There are a few more hands to play until the new break and Gale manages to win a few more chips in small preflop pots, and he also wins the last hand before the break with on a for a 800,000-pot.
Gale - 8,395,000
Fast - 2,305,000
Tuesday, October 13, 2015 12:24 AM Local Time
Dietrich Fast raises to 225,000 and John Gale call. The flop comes . Both check. The turn is the . Both check again, and the river is the . Fast bets 280,000 and wins the pot. This is one of the few hands during which a river has been revealed. For the rest of the time, the action stops preflop or on the flop.
However, it is noticable how Gale changes gears as the heads-up match goes on. He wins more pots than Fast and is catching up. In hand 34 and 35, he puts in a re-raise of 625,000 after Fast opens to 225,000 and takes down important small pots. By adding up this series of small victories, Gale is now back in the game with 4,900,000 vs. 5,800,000 for Fast.
37 hands have been played so for between them.
Tuesday, October 13, 2015 12:00 AM Local Time
Both players play in a very disciplined manner and show a lot patience. There have still no big move after 22 hands of play.
In Hand 16, Dietrich Fast calls on the river on a board. He holds and Gale was trying to bluff with . The pot is relatively small with 1,400,000.
Gale then manages to get some chip back by shoving two times in a row in Hands 20 and 21 without getting called. These were the first times Gale went all-in during the heads-up match. In hand 21, Gale showed Kings after Fast had folded.
Monday, October 12, 2015 11:41 PM Local Time
Monday, October 12, 2015 11:38 PM Local Time
In hand number 11 of the heads-up match, John Gale opens and Dietrich Fast calls. They see a flop. Both check and the turn is the . Check-check again, and the river is the .
Fast decides to bet 160,000 and gets a quick call by Gale.
Fast tables , but Gale has made a straight with .
Monday, October 12, 2015 11:28 PM Local Time
After ten hands of heads-up play, there has been no big move yet. Both players are playing carefully and taking their time, with Dietrich Fast being a little bit more aggressive than John Gale.
Monday, October 12, 2015 11:06 PM Local Time
There's a short break to set up the players for the final heads-up, and play will resume shortly to determine who will get the second bracelet of this WSOPE in Berlin.