After a marathon session of play in East London, PartyPoker.com Poker Den: The Big Game III saw a consistent stream of big pots from start to finish. The big winners ended up being the UK’s Andrew Feldman, who built on his recent consistent success online and on the live circuit by cashing out with a profit of $63,350 and the USA’s Robert Williamson III, whose marathon stint ended $63,675 in the black. In the end, 21 players took to the table in The Big Game III, which kicked off at 2pm on Tuesday 30th September and ran until 9pm on Wednesday 1st October, providing over 30 hours of play.
Roland de Wolfe, Neil Channing, David Williams, Sammy “Any Two” George, Ilios Kamatakis, Chris Parker, Robert Williamson III and Jennifer Tilly were the first to take to the felt, the majority with a $20,000 starting stack. Channing put in one hell of a shift, playing straight through until 5pm on Wednesday, picking up $6,450.
Hollywood actress Jennifer Tilly cashed to the tune of $12,550 – and she might add that sum to that of her partner, Phil Laak, who entered the game at 10pm on the first night and stayed until the end to pick up $22,325. One man from the States who didn’t go home happy was 2004 WSOP* Main Event runner-up David Williams, who lost $40,000 in the Den.
That said, he didn’t lose the most – Sammy “Any Two” George was over $50k to the good at one stage, but eventually the rest of the table got on top of him and he ended up losing $78,425.
De Wolfe was involved in a huge pot with Joshua Ladinus in the last 30 minutes of the game, which ultimately saw him leave before the end with a loss of $50,000. One revelation was Germany’s Bodo Sbrzesny, who won a cash game rake race for VIP’s on PartyPoker.com to secure his place and ended up $22,850 in the black. Sbrzesny’s bluffing won plaudits all round with commentator Jesse May exclaiming that “a new star is born.” After Sbrzesny showed a bluff with 7 2 off-suit all the players on the table agreed to give $200 to any player who won a pot with the famous hand. Sbrzesny then proceeded to do it again! Straddling and the first five figure pot was introduced after just four hands.
Each player bought-in for a minimum of $10,000, with blinds starting at $25/$50 and all players were free to leave the table at any time they wanted. PartyPoker.com also introduced the "Party Pot," that saw players winning a $1,000 bonus from a selected hand every hour and it certainly pumped up the action. For the first long stretch of the game Neil Channing had almost a monopoly on the Party Pot – he was determined to win every one!
Eddie Hearn, Head of Online Gaming at Matchroom Sport said: “The Poker Den just keeps getting better and better. If you thought season one and two were entertaining you ain’t seen nothing yet! Whilst the old guard stood firm at the poker den, new stars were born.”
A PartyPoker.com spokesman said: “We gave an exclusive opportunity for one VIP to play in the poker den through a rake race on the site and the winner certainly didn’t disappoint. Bodo Sbrzesny is certainly one to look out for in the future.”
Coverage of the game, organized by Matchroom Sport, will be shown on Five in the UK early next year and will then be distributed worldwide. Commentary will be provided by Jesse May, Ian Frazer, Matt Broughton, Andrew Feldman, Roland De Wolfe and Roberto Romanello.
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