PokerNews Cup Apline Starts With Prelims to Prep for Main Event

PokerNews Cup Alpine
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By Jennifer Newell It was a luxurious location - the Alpine Palace Hotel in Salbaach-Hinterglemm, Austria, nestled away in the Alps. That made its choice for the PokerNews Cup Alpine the perfect one, with poker tournaments inside and a skiing getaway outside. And that was why players from all over the world, like Tony G, Mark Vos, Noah Boeken, John Duthie, David Saab, Marcel Luske, Liv Boeree, and Sandra Naujoks came to the Alps at the end of March. The preliminary tournaments kicked off several days before the main event in order to give the players a warm-up. (Warm-up…in the Alps…Are you with me?) With a little no-limit hold’em and pot-limit Omaha, the variety of games and buy-ins allowed everyone a little action. Event 1: €100 NLHE Welcome Event As the tournament reporters were getting settled in at their home-for-a-week, the first event kicked off to welcome the players. Though there is no written record of the action, we know that Orhan Kernal took down the title, and all of the final table payouts were as follows: 1st place: Orhan Kemal €2,654 2nd place: Salvatore Cundari €1,600 3rd place: Yordan Mitrentsov €1,080 4th place: Nicholas Van der Marel € 900 5th place: Stephan Innester € 720 6th place: Yoeri Van Erp € 620 7th place: Erik Mertens € 540 8th place: Runnar Indepuu € 440 9th place: Christoph Berti € 370 Event 2: €50 NLHE w/Rebuys The second day of action heated up a bit with some rebuy madness. A total of 63 players comprised the field, and they took 97 rebuys, while only 59 of the players took the 3,000-chip add-on. The final prize pool was then calculated to be €10,623. As the day progressed, Mark Vos climbed the chip leaderboard but found heavy competition in Petleshkov, though Vos had a tough time maintaining his lead simply because of his ultra-aggressive play. But as the money bubble approached, Vos was there to call Thomas Wagermaier’s all-in play. Vos had as 9s versus the pocket fives of Wagermaier, and the race was won when the 6s 7s 9c 8d ks gave Vos a flush on the river. Wagermaier took the distinction of money bubble and final table bubble player. Final table action started with Christian Fischbacher in the lead with 100,500 chips, but he sat back while others began the eliminations. Gerard Deckers was sent to the rail in ninth place by Mark Vos, and Petleshkov was ousted by Rasmus Gandrup. Michael Kainz and Joost Winjen were taken out by Vos in one hand, finishing seventh and sixth respectively, and Vos continued his run by sending Michael Pesek out in fifth place. Finally, former chip leader Fischbacher was sent out by Gandrup in fourth, but the latter then succumbed to Vos’ aggression and took third. Vos started heads-up play with a 3-to-1 chip advantage over Stephan Inhester, and though the latter made a serious attempt at coming back, he wasn’t able to garner enough momentum. The last hand found Inhester pushing all-in preflop with kc ts and Vos calling with ad ks. The board ran out 5d 4h ac qc qs to give Mark Vos the victory. 1st place: Mark Vos €3,183 2nd place: Stephan Inhester €1,920 3rd place: Rasmus Gandrup €1,280 4th place: Christian Fischbacher €1,060 5th place: Michael Pesek € 840 6th place: Joost Winjen € 740 7th place: Michael Kainz € 640 8th place: Viliyan Petleschkov € 540 9th place: Gerard Deckers € 420 Event 3: €100 NLHE w/Bounties Bounties always make tournaments more interesting, especially for the three players - Tony G, Mark Vos, and Erich Kollman - who had €250 bounties on their heads throughout the event. Even though many in the 112-player field were gunning for them to ensure their buy-ins would be reimbursed, the three bounties were not leaving this event easily. With a €10,294 prize pool and a title on the line, everyone pushed for the final table. As the field inevitably dwindled, though, Kollmann was the first bounty player to go, eliminated by Thomas Hammerl. But as G and Vos stayed alive, it was Ralf Steiner who pushed all-in on the money and final table bubbles. Kristian Svensson called with th 6h, and Steiner felt good about his tc 9c hand. But the board brought 3h 2h 5c qh qs for Svensson’s flush and Steiner’s bubble finish. Richard Pols had a significant lead over his final table competitors when the action began, and short-stacked Salvatore Cundari was the first to be eliminated, courtesy of Liv Boeree. Tony G finally left in eighth place and gave his bounty to Bessi Bessy. Boeree stayed on a roll and took out Simon Kullenberg in seventh, and Svensson took over to eliminate Vos in sixth place and collect his bounty. Jeroen Kersjes then eliminated Pols and Bessy in the same hand, and Boeree was finally ousted in third place. The last two players standing were Kersjes with the chip lead and 340K in chips, and Svensson with 110K. Svensson doubled and chipped up to take a slight lead at one point but fell back before the last hand happened. Svensson made his all-in move with js 2c, but Kersjes called with kc 9h, and the board came ac kh ks 6c 2s to give Kersjes trips and the win. 1st place: Jeroen Kersjes €3,264 2nd place: Kristian Svensson €1,960 3rd place: Liv Boeree €1,360 4th place: Richard Pols €1,080 5th place: Bessi Bessy € 860 6th place: Mark Vos € 760 7th place: Simon Kullenberg € 660 8th place: Tony G € 540 9th place: Salvatore Cundari € 440 Event 4: €270 PLO The low buy-in pot-limit Omaha tournament brought 106 players to the tables, though some of the players held out for the high-roller PLO event scheduled for later in the day. Even so, players like John Duthie, Liv Boeree, Sandra Naujoks, and PokerNews CFO Tony Bromham entered this event. All things considered, the prize pool swelled to €28,286, which was the highest prize pool of the prelims to that point. Play started slowly but picked up speed as they headed for the final table. Ultimately, it was Kestas Girstautas who pushed all-in on a 6s qh 7c 7s board with as ah 9h 5d. He was called by Fedor Los and his kc kh ts 9s, which turned into a flush when the river came the 5s. Girstautas was the final table and money bubble player for the tournament. Los then took a chip lead to the final table and proceeded to stay out of the way while Jorg Peisert exited in ninth place and Ramazanali Abbassi took eighth place. Simon Kullenberg, who eliminated Abbassi, then took out Christian Steiner in seventh. Klaus Dresl left in sixth place, and Tony Bromham followed. Kullenberg lost his momentum and accepted a fourth place finish, and Overdijk took his leave in third. Heads-up action began with Mark Schouten in the lead but Fedor Los determined to change that. He doubled up once, but his second try was not successful. Los pushed with kc kh js 4h, and Schouten called with qc qh 7h 7d. The board decided it with qs 4d 3s jh 9s, and Schouten was declared the champion. 1st place: Mark Schouten €8,466 2nd place: Fedor Los €5,100 3rd place: Peter Overdijk €3,400 4th place: Simon Kullenberg €2,820 5th place: Tony Bromham €2,260 6th place: Klaus Dresl €1,980 7th place: Christian Steiner €1,700 8th place: Ramazanali Abbassi €1,420 9th place: Jorg Peisert €1,140 Event 5: €4,700 High Roller PLO This was the event that drew the most railbirds and looked to provide the most action. And it certainly drew the high rollers in the crowd, all craving some PLO action for high stakes. Those players were Tony G, Mark Vos, Noah Boeken, Markus Golser, Marcel Luske, John Duthie, Michael Pesek, and Erich Kollman. David Saab joined late to make it a nine-player field and a €49,901 prize pool with only the top two finishers getting paid. Luske was the first to take his leave of the table, followed by Kollmann, Duthie, Pesek, Saab, and Boeken. With three players remaining, it was Mark Vos eliminated on the money bubble in third place. Tony G and Mark Golser were willing to play it out for the money but agreed to a two-way chop of the take-home money. Though first place was supposed to receive €29,931 and second €11,970, the two decided that each should get an even €20,950.50. With that, Tony G moved all-in holding qd 9h kd 6c against the 4h 2s 9d 6h of Golser. The board produced 7h 8s 2c 8h ad to give Golser the full house and the victory. 1st place: Markus Golser €20,950.50 2nd place: Tony G €20,950.50 Next on the schedule was Event 6, but seeing as that was the three-day main event, the details will be provided in a separate recap of the action to follow. (Thanks to PokerNews for the live updates from which this information was compiled.)