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    Jonathan Schuman claims UKIPT6 Marbella title and €96,159


    Jonathan Schuman - the latest UKIPT champion

    At the start of the festival we wondered if the UK and Ireland could find an equaliser. This is the fourth collaboration of the UKIPT and Estrellas poker tours in Marbella and coming into this event Spain were leading 2-1. 

    Well now we have the answer and it's a resounding yes as 47 year-old property developer Jonathan Schuman has won the UKIPT6 Marbella main event and €96,159. Perhaps though the score is more 2.5-1.5. Marbella is Schuman's home from home, and this casino as familiar to him as the Vic in his native London. This is his biggest tourney win, but Schuman has been playing live two or three times a week for 30 years, which is usually all the time he can fit around his property development business.    


    For so long it was Strong's tournament to lose

    For so long this final table was about Rodrigo Strong. The Brazilian came in as the chip leader and only lost the lead for a short time. Indeed by the time play was three-handed the LAPT9 Chile champion was back in charge. Play paused to discuss a deal and a chip chop deal, which left €10,000 to play for, was quickly agreed and Strong had secured the largest slice of the pie, €110,653 to be exact.

    The deal was to be his downfall though as on the first hand after it'd been struck he'd lose a tournament defining pot to Janssens. You suspect he wouldn't have four-bet jammed [Jc][7c] without the safety net of the deal and Janssens may not have been as quick as he was to call with [Ac][Kd]. By the river Janssens' full-house had seen Rodrigo's tournament come crashing down. "If we hadn't done a deal he'd have won it!" said Schuman after the tournament was over.

    He was left with just 12 big blinds and got them in soon afterwards with pocket kings. Schuman called with [As][5d] and flopped an ace to send him to the rail. The Brazilian was still smiling though and seemed to thoroughly enjoy the tournament


    Heads-up play begins

    That left us heads-up and the two players had taken very different paths to reach this stage. In the red corner was Janssens, he'd eliminated the first three players at the final table and been the only player to hold the chip lead apart from Strong. He actually began with a chip deficit with Schuman starting with a two million chip lead (12 big blinds). 

    The Englishman had entered the final table fourth in chips and seemed intent on preserving his stack rather than increasing it. But you sense he didn't care one bit. He was intent on being around for any deal negotiations (and he was). "I just didn't want to go out in 8th, so anything from 7th upwards, I was happy.  So now, it's an incredible feeling," he told the PokerStars Blog.

    When Schuman did play a big pot, he had a big hand. We didn't really see him move a chip until play was four handed. At this point his jacks held to double up against Strong's ace-queen and for the first time he had chips and you sensed he wasn't going to part with them easily.


    Schuman worked hard to get chips and to keep them

    Whilst that hand with jacks got him back in the game, another hand with jacks was his tournament defining pot. He shoved with the hooks and Janssens snap called with aces. A jack on the flop gave Schuman a huge pot. If the bullets had held Janssens would've had 90% of the chips in play and Schuman would've been on the rail.

    As is was Schuman would be the one who'd send Janssens to the rail. The Englishman had stretched out to a 2:1 chip lead by the time of the final hand. Janssens three-bet all-in for 38 big blinds with [Ad][Jd] but Schuman had him dominated with [Ah][Kh] and the board ran clean to give him the win.


    Janssens played a major role in the final table story

    As alluded to above Janssens played a major part in this final table, particularly in the opening stages as he eliminated three players in a row.

    First to go was Nikola Ristivojevic, the Serbian shoved his final 13 big blinds with [Ac][Ts] and lost a race to the Dutchman's pocket nines. The physical therapist is used to helping cure aliments but he was only bringing the pain at this final table and Armin Zoike can attest to that. He had his pocket kings cracked by Janssens' [Qd][Jd] one queen on the flop and another on the turn doing the damage.


    First out at the final table


    Zoike had his kings cracked

    Thirty minutes later Janssens had his third scalp and he didn't need any help from the poker gods this time around. Michal Ozimek three-bet jammed for 12 big blinds with [Ad][9d] and Janssens snap called with [Ac][Qh]. Two diamonds on the flop gave the Pole a big sweat but he bricked the turn and river.


    A missed flush cost Ozimek

    When play was five handed a deal was discussed but negotiations broke down when Milos Skrbic rejected the terms. Not 15 minutes later he was out. A limp jam from the small blind with [As][7s] went wrong as he ran into Strong's pocket aces to bust in fifth.


    Skrbic jammed into aces to bust

    Strong's ascension back to the chip lead was complete when he took out Alexander Voytko in fourth. It was (almost) a classic race as Voytko's pocket nines got run down by Strong's [Kh][Qh] when a king flopped.


    Fourth place for Voytko

    That's when the deal happened and when the tournament really began for Schuman. Having blended into the background for much of the final table he suddenly came to the fore and tonight he's the player who can proudly say he's the latest UKIPT main event champion.

    Here are the official results:

    UKIPT6 Marbella main event 
    Players: 844
    Buy-in: €1,000 + €100 
    Places paid: 127 
    Total prize pool: € 810,240

    1Jonathan SchumanUnited Kingdom  € 96,159*
    2Bob JanssensNetherlands € 101,238*
    3Rodrigo StrongBrazil € 110,653*
    4Alexander VoytkoIsrael € 48,610
    5Milos SkrbicSerbiaPokerStars Qualifier € 38,320
    6Michal OzimekPoland  € 28,680
    7Armin ZoikeGermanyPokerStars Qualifier € 20,175
    8Nikola RistivojevicSerbiaPokerStars qualifier € 14,180
    *Denotes three handed deal

    You can catch up on all the final table action here and see each and everyone of the 127 in the money finishers here.

    The next UKIPT event is the £500+£50 Super Series and it takes place at PokerStars LIVE! at The Hippodrome Casino August 31st-September 4th. Satellites will begin in early July, keep an eye on the @UKIPT twitter account for an announcement about those satellites.

    But from all the team in Marbella we hope you've had a wonderful time at the UKIPT's annual summer holiday. But for now buenas noches from Marbella.


    PokerStars Blog Reporting Team at UKIPT6 Marbella: Marc Convey and Nick Wright. Photos by Mickey May and Rene Velli. Follow the PokerStars Blog on Twitter: @PokerStarsBlog

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    APPT10 Seoul: Pass the trophy to Albert Paik

    Congratulations to Albert Paik!

    Champion of the APPT10 Seoul Main Event. For his impressive victory this week Paik collects ₩119,097,600 (~$101,000) (including a HK$100,000 ACOP Main Event seat), the coveted APPT trophy and he etches his name in Asia poker history.

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    Paik overcame a tough field of 157 here in Seoul, but before he was named champion he had to overcome Shenghua Qian in a tense heads up battle. Starting that match as a 2:1 chip underdog, he fought his way back to emerge victorious.

    In the end it all came down to a huge flip when Paik and Qian were almost dead even in chips. Paik opened to 60,000 on the button before Qian played back at him for 130,000. Then came the four-bet jam from Paik for 1,571,000, and after some deliberation, Qian called it off with almost an identical stack.

    Paik: [8s][8c]
    Qian: [ac][qs]

    The flop landed [7s][5s][6d] and Paik jumped with excitement - not only fading an ace or queen but also picking up a straight draw. The [7c] turn and [6h] river were also safe and as Paik had Qian covered, the APPT Seoul Main Event was done and dusted.

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    Before that heads up match we started proceedings with seven players in contention.

    It took less than 10 minutes for the first of those to be eliminated. Canada's Windsor Nguyen started the day with only eight big blinds and couldn't run it up. He met his demise after running [3h][3d] into the [qc][qd] of Shenghua Qian. The board ran out [5c][4c][ks][kd][7h] with Nguyen failing to improve and finishing in 7th place.


    Satsuki Ochiai was next to go, also hitting the rail in the first level of the day. It was a flip against Michael Egan that ended his tournament run. Ochiai held [as][kc] but wouldn't find the help he needed against [tc][td] when the community cards landed [2h][9d][2s][2c][7s]. Ochiai was out in 6th place for ₩23,455,000.

    Australia's Michael Egan left us in 5th place. He had been nursing a short stack and ultimately ran [th][td] into Shenghua Qian's [ks][kc]. Egan couldn't catch a lucky break and was sent packing when the [7h][6s][qh][ad][9s] board came down. He collected ₩28,554,000 for his impressive showing this week.

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    Next to go was Ken Hirosawa. He moved all in from the small blind holding [qd][8s] but found himself dominated when Shengua Qian called from the big blind with [ks][qs]. The cards fell [7s][2s][td][as][kc] with Qian turning the nuts and sealing Hirosawa's fate.

    Tetsuro Tomita took home the third place prize. He pushed the last of his chips in from the small blind with [qc][8h] and Paik decided on a call holding [ad][5c]. Tomita had live cards but he bricked on the [4s][5h][td][3c][jc] run out to be sent home one shy of the heads up match.

    APPT Seoul Main Event Final Table Payouts
    1st: Albert Paik (USA) - ₩119,097,600 (~$101,000)
    2nd: Shenghua Qian (China) - ₩69,346,000 (~$58,000)
    3rd: Tetsuro Tomita (Japan) - ₩44,871,000 (~$38,000)
    4th: Ken Hirosawa (Japan) - ₩34,673,000 (~$29,400)
    5th: Michael Egan (Australia) - ₩28,554,000 (~$24,200)
    6th: Satsuki Ochiai (Japan) - ₩23,455,000 (~$19,900)
    7th: Windsor Nguyen (Canada) - ₩19,736,000 (~$17,600)

    Well played to Albert Paik and thanks to the Paradise Walkerhill Casino for hosting another spectacular tournament. The next stop on the APPT is Manila from July 28 - August 8. We hope you can join us again then!

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    * Day 4 will play down to a winner
    * Prize pool: $721,665; 1st place: $138,225
    * 8 players of 553 entries remain

    12:10pm: Play begins
    Level 25 - Blinds 15,000/30,000 (ante 4,000)

    The final table has begun! There are about 36 minutes left to go in Level 25. Again, a reminder of where everyone is seated and the stacks to start. --MH

    1Austin PeckUSA1,351,000
    2Anderson Blanco Colombia1,225,000
    3Ruben SuarezVenezuela 1,477,000
    4Paul CukierCosta Rica 1,341,000
    5Alcides Gomez USA562,000
    6Raul PaezSpain2,580,000
    7Andres Carrillo Colombia659,000
    8Aaron MermelsteinUSA1,802,000

    11:30am: Final table player profiles

    From 553 entries just eight players remain with a chance to become the next LAPT Main Event champion. Play gets underway in about half an hour, which gives you plenty of time to get to know the final eight with these quick introductions:

    Seat 1: Austin Peck, USA -- 1,351,000

    Though he won't be turning 21 until this August, Austin Peck has already had plenty of experience at the tournament tables where he's been collecting cashes steadily for the last couple of years playing in places where the playing age is 18 and up. 

    In the USA he's cashes on several different tours, the highlight coming this February when he won a WSOP Circuit ring in an event at West Palm Beach. A couple of weeks after that he finished 20th in the World Poker Tour Fallsview Poker Classic Main Event in Niagara Falls, then last month earned a career-high cash of $24,467 by final-tabling the WPT DeepStacks event in Jacksonville, Florida where he finished fifth. Taking sixth or better today will exceed that total. --MH

    Seat 2: Anderson Blanco, Colombia -- 1,225,000

    One of two Colombians at today's final table, Anderson Blanco carried the chip lead into yesterday's Day 3, fell back to short-stacked status for much of the afternoon, then successfully climbed back to have an almost-average stack to start today's final table. Blanco has already guaranteed himself a career-high score today, wherever he finishes. He also has topped his previous highest finish in an LAPT Main Event, a 19th-place showing at LAPT5 Colombia. --MH

    Seat 3: Ruben Suarez, Venezuela -- 1,477,000

    Ruben Suarez is the 13th Venezuelan player to make an LAPT Main Event final table, and hopes to be the first of that group to break through and claim a title. He has only a couple of cashes on his tournament poker résumé thus far, including a 27th-place finish in the LAPT8 Peru Main Event a year ago. His biggest cash came right here in Panama City back in January when he won a $1,000 Jackies Poker Tour event, topping a 235-entry field to earn $48,000. --MH

    Seat 4: Paul Cukier, Costa Rica -- 1,341,000

    The lone Costa Rican left in the field, Paul Cukier has a handful of previous small cashes collected in the USA, at the PCA in the Bahamas, and in San Jose in his native country. His biggest previous cash was for $4,043 for finishing 156th in a WSOP event back in 2012, so he's already assured himself of a career-high payday here in Panama today. --MH

    Seat 5: Alcides Gomez, USA -- 562,000

    The Miami based pro Alcides Gomez has his fair share of final table results and experience including a podium finish from last month's Seminole Hard Rock Poker Challenge Main Event. He'll return today as the low man on the totem pole, playing just over 560,000 and he'll need to spin up a stack if he's going to notch another podium finish in this LAPT9 Panama Main Event. --WOC

    Seat 6: Raul Paez, Spain -- 2,580,000

    Raul Paez will return to the final table as the chip leader. With over $1,800,000 in career earnings, "El Toro" is the most experienced player remaining and he's hoping that the third time can be the charm at an LAPT final table. The Spaniard finished third at the Main Event final table in Columbia during Season 5, then three years ago bubbled the final table in Panama. --WOC   

    Seat 7: Andres Carrillo, Colombia -- 659,000

    Andres Carrillo returns as one of two players under the million-chip mark, meaning that the Columbian will likely be active early at this LAPT9 Panama final table. Carrillo's past tournament results are relatively few and far between, but with scores from across the globe -- including EPT final table finishes in Barcelona and Malta -- if he is able to find an early double, he'll be a contender. --WOC

    Seat 8: Aaron Mermelstein, USA -- 1,802,000

    As we said yesterday, if chip leader Raul Paez is the creme, Aaron Mermelstein is what settles just under the creme. He'll come back second in chips and the two-time World Poker Tour champion will be looking to make Sortis Hotel, Spa & Casino history today. He currently sits third on the all-time Sortis money list and a deep run today could earn him his best career LAPT finish and move him up that leaderboard. --WOC   


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    PokerStars Blog Reporting Team at LAPT9 Chile: Will O'Connor and Martin Harris. Photos by Carlos Monti. Follow the PokerStars Blog on Twitter: @PokerStarsBlog

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    Powergolf aces 6/28/16 Super Tuesday, carts away $64K

    Another Super Tuesday is in the books, the weekly $1,050 no-limit hold'em tournament on PokerStars that always draws a tough field of top poker talent. This week's event took more than 12 hours to complete, with Denmark's Powergolf ultimately prevailing to take away a $64,670.30 first prize.


    There were 337 participants in this week's Super Tuesday, meaning a $337,000 prize pool that bested the $300K guarantee. After almost five-and-a-half hours of poker they were down to 54, and with the money bubble having burst Francisco "07Papi" Oliveira sat in the top spot of the counts with a lot more poker left to be played.

    About two hours after that they were down to 18 players, with Oliveira still in the top five and Powergolf having moved out ahead of the field by building a stack close to 950,000. 

    Crackdel29 (18th), kursplunk (17th), and abeainy (16th) were the next players knocked out, with those three each taking away $3,033. pappadogg (15th), BOBAN94 (14th), and eijseijs (13th) followed, making $3,707 apiece. Then after slipping in the counts Francisco "07Papi" Oliveira went out in 12th, followed by MaltLiquor40 (11th) and rams85 (10th), with each of them picking up $4,381 for their efforts.

    With allucan3at the new leader with more than 2 million, the final table was underway.


    Seat 1: Ozgur "phaplap" Arda (Cyprus) -- 1,137,660 
    Seat 2: Powergolf (Denmark) -- 999,814 
    Seat 3: allucan3at (Indonesia) -- 2,076,794 
    Seat 4: kjunia (Japan) -- 921,660 
    Seat 5: valerii888 (Ukraine) -- 312,043 
    Seat 6: Kevin "parksy1066" Parkes (United Kingdom) -- 371,754 
    Seat 7: Keiruja (United Kingdom) -- 551,477 
    Seat 8: Matthias "goodvibe1" Neu (Germany) -- 1,526,914 
    Seat 9: Str0j (Slovenia) -- 526,884 

    On the sixth hand of the final table, the blinds were 10,000/20,000 when allucan3at opened for 44,800 from middle position, then kjunia three-bet to 120,000 from the next seat over. It folded to Kevin "parksy1066" Parkes who reraise-shoved all-in from the small blind for 299,754, then Keiruja reraised all-in over that for nearly half a million, enough to scatter the others.

    Parkes had [Ad][Qd] but would need help against Keiruja's [Kc][Ks]. The board ran out [8h][7c][Jd][7s][3d], and Parkes had become the ninth-place finisher.

    It would take another 50 minutes until the next knockout, by which time the blinds had increased to 15,000/30,000. 

    After the table folded around to the small blind, Keiruja open-raised all-in. Matthias "goodvibe1" Neu was in the next seat with just under 2,000 less than Keiruja to start the hand, and called all-in with the 361,083 left after posting the big blind. It was Keiruja's [3h][3s] versus Neu's [Ks][8s], and after the [2h][3d][As] flop gave Keiruja a set, the [6h] turn sealed it and Neu was done in eighth.


    Matthias "goodvibe1" Neu

    The tournament moved into its 11th hour, and with the blinds up to 20,000/40,000, kjunia opened with an all-in push to 370,776 from the cutoff seat, then Keiruja reraised all-in from the small blind to isolate. kjunia had [9h][8h] and was well behind Keiruja's [Kc][Kd], and five cards later -- [3h][2c][5h][Ks][2d] -- kjunia was eliminated in seventh.

    About a dozen hands later they were in the same level when Keiruja limped in from early position, then Ozgur "phaplap" Arda raised to 124,000 from the button. It folded back to Keiruja who called, and the pair saw a flop come [6h][Ah][Ks]. Keiruja checked, Arda bet 146,080, Keiruja shoved all-in, and Arda called with the 550,748 he had behind.

    Arda had top pair with [Ac][Qd], but Keiruja had flopped a set with [6c][6s], and the [8h] on the turn meant Arda was drawing dead to finish in sixth.


    Ozgur "phaplap" Arda

    A short while later it was allucan3at making a just-over-2x raise to 103,500 from the cutoff seat and Str0j calling from the big blind. The flop came [Qh][Qc][9s], Str0j checked, allucan3at bet 128,500, Str0j check-raised to 800,000, and allucan3at called all-in with the 474,942 left.

    allucan3at had [Kh][Kc] for kings and queens while Str0j turned over [Js][Th] for an open-ended straight draw. The turn then filled that draw, coming [8s], and after the [7h] river allucan3at was knocked out in fifth.

    The final four all made it to the 11-hour mark of the tournament, and shortly after the blinds were 30,000/60,000 when Keiruja open-shoved from the small blind and Str0j called all-in with the 455,965 left after posting the BB. Str0j had [Ad][8c] and the preflop edge over Keiruja's [Qd][2h], but the flop came [3s][9h][Qh] to give the latter a pair, and after the [4s] turn and [9s] river it was Str0j on the rail in fourth.

    Twenty more minutes passed, after which Powergolf had built a huge lead with more than 7.1 million while Keiruja was down just under 800,000 and valerii888 was with just over 510,000. That's when Powergolf open-raised all-in from the small blind with [Ah][7c], valerii888 called all-in from the big blind with [Ah][2s], and after a [5c][3d][Js][Ad][Qd] runout valerii888 was eliminated in third.

    That pot gave Powergolf a better than 9-to-1 chip advantage to start heads-up play with 7,633,127 versus Keiruja's 791,873. 

    It was almost over on the second heads-up hand, as the U.K.-based Keiruja was all-in with [Ac][5d] versus Powergolf's [Ah][Kh]. But a five on the river saved Keiruja.

    The player from Denmark remained confident, though, humorously typing "im ur iceland ;)" as a gentle needle referring back to England's recent loss in the European Championships to Iceland.

    Keiruja gradually chipped back up, however, then managed to double-up into the chip lead in a hand in which Powergolf flopped two pair, Keiruja turned a flush, and all the chips went in prior to a benign river card for Keiruja. 

    They continued battling from there, their duel ultimately lasting about an hour. The tide turned back in Powergolf's favor in a big hand that saw Powergolf shoving the river with the board showing [2d][Jd][3c][Kc][Kd] and after a bit of time in the tank Keiruja calling with [Ad][3c]. Powergolf had [Kh][9h] for trip kings, though, to go back up over 6.18 million to Keiruja's 2.24 million, and would never relinquish the lead again thereafter.

    By the final hand the blinds were 50,000/100,000. Powergolf min-raised to 200,000 from the button, Keiruja called, and the flop came [6c][8s][Td]. Keiruja checked, Powergolf bet 200,000, Keiruja pushed all-in for 1,311,246, and Powergolf called.

    Keiruja showed [8d][5c] for eights, but Powergolf had tens with [Th][9h]. The turn was the [Jd] and river the [4s], and it was finally over -- Powergolf had won.

    Congratulations to Powergolf for outlasting a tough Super Tuesday field and enduring that lengthy heads-up battle to come away with this week's title.

    6/28/16 Super Tuesday ($1,050 No-Limit Hold'em) results
    Entrants: 337
    Prize pool: $337,000
    Places paid: 54

    1. Powergolf (Denmark) $64,670.30
    2. Keiruja (United Kingdom) $48,022.50
    3. valerii888 (Ukraine) $35,385.00
    4. Str0j (Slovenia) $26,960.00
    5. allucan3at (Indonesia) $18,872.00
    6. Ozgur "phaplap" Arda (Cyprus) $14,322.50
    7. kjunia (Japan) $10,952.50
    8. Matthias "goodvibe1" Neu (Germany) $7,582.50
    9. Kevin "parksy1066" Parkes (United Kingdom) $5,594.20

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    Martin Harris is Freelance Contributor to the PokerStars Blog.

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