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3-Bet: Georgios Sotiropoulos, Julien Sitbon & Peter Hsu Win Live Titles!

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  • RUPAM THAKUR November 30, 2022
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This 3-bet report includes updates from the Merit Poker Vintage Series, Master Classics of Poker, and the ongoing Seminole Hard Rock Rock’ n’ Roll Poker Open (RRPO).

The three-time WSOP bracelet winner Georgios Sotiropoulos championed the Merit Poker Vintage Series Main Event for $384,150. Spain’s Robert Sanchez finished runner-up for $282,900.

France’s Julien Sitbon conquered the Master Classics of Poker Main Event at the Holland Casino, pocketing a career-best €237,808 ($244,349) and a Pearl Edition Rolex. Santo Bakker collected €158,494 ($162,853) as the runner-up.

Peter Hsu took down the Seminole Hark Rock Rock’ n’ Roll Poker Open (RRPO) series-opener, Event #1: $400 Deep Stack NLHE, for a personal-best $191,223 and the RRPO trophy. He chopped the title five-way with Justin Datloff (2nd for $162,511), Zak VanKeuren (3rd for $160,000), Fabian Foster (4th for $152,669), and Phu Vo (5th for $136,174).

Georgios Sotiropoulos Wins Merit Poker Vintage Series Main Event For $384,150

The three-time WSOP bracelet winner Georgios Sotiropoulos outlasted the 767-entry field in the Merit Poker Vintage Series Main Event to win $384,150. Spain’s Robert Sanchez scored $282,900 in second place.

The Greek poker pro Sotiropoulos entered the nine-handed final table with the second shortest stack. Despite the disadvantage, he won a few small pots early on and some crucial flips later in the day to climb into the chip lead and eventually win the title. Heads-up was a short affair and ended with a coin flip with Robert Sanchez’s ace-king failing to improve against Sotiropoulos’ pocket nines.

With the win, Georgios Sotiropoulos, ranked #2 on Greece’s All-Time Money List, improved his live tournament earnings to $3.84 Million.

The $3,300 buy-in Main Event registered a 767-player field, and the top 89 places were paid from the $2,122,440 prize pool. A min-cash was worth $4,670.

Georgios Sotiropoulos
Georgios Sotiropoulos

 

Final Table Results (USD)

  1. Georgios Sotiropoulos – $384,150
  2. Robert Sanchez – $282,900
  3. Eli Saad – $173,600
  4. Sergey Babincev – $128,400
  5. Mustapha Kanit – $96,150
  6. Serdar Tasyurek – $77,700
  7. Andrey Golubev – $66,300
  8. Dmitry Gromov – $51,160
  9. Milos Petkovic – $38,400

 

Julien Sitbon Takes Down Master Classics of Poker Main Event For €237,808

The Master Classics of Poker (MCOP) recently concluded its 30th edition at the Holland Casino in Amsterdam. France’s Julien Sitbon topped the record-shattering 498-entry field in the €2,750 entry buy-in Main Event, walking away with a career-best €237,808 ($244,349) and a Pearl Edition Rolex. Santo Bakker picked up €158,494 ($162,853) in second place.

According to his Hendon Mob profile, this was Sitbon’s fifth live tournament title of the year and boosted his live tournament tally to $2,413,856.

Sitbon eliminated all his five opponents in the final table en route to his victory.

On the last hand of the tournament, Santo Bakker’s ace-four failed to get past the Frenchman’s pocket threes.

In the post-win interview, Sitbon said, “I really enjoyed the atmosphere, and I promise to come back next year to defend my title.”

Julien Sitbon
Julien Sitbon

 

Final Table Results (EURO)

  1. Julien Sitbon – €237,808
  2. Santo Bakker – €158,494
  3. David Hu – €113,210
  4. Gilles Simon – €87,043
  5. Matias Arosuo – €66,570
  6. David Boyaciyan – €50,707

 

Peter Hsu Ships Seminole Hark Rock Rock’ n’ Roll Poker Open Event #1 For A Career-Best $191,223

Peter Hsu overcame a whopping 6,134-entry field (across eight flights) in Event #1: $400 Deep Stack NLHE of the Seminole Hark Rock Rock’ n’ Roll Poker Open (RRPO), banking a career-best $191,223 and the RRPO trophy. He chopped the title five-way with Justin Datloff (2nd for $162,511), Zak VanKeuren (3rd for $160,000), Fabian Foster (4th for $152,669), and Phu Vo (5th for $136,174).

According to his Hendon Mob profile, Hsu now has $413,445 in live tournament earnings. His previous best score was less than $40,000, and he improved that record almost 5X after the win.

After scoring the victory, an elated Hsu said, “It feels fantastic, My first big score.”

He championed the series opener on just one bullet he fired on Flight G. Hsu said, “The final table went pretty well,” and added, “I went in with the chip lead and pretty much stayed there. I had a couple of small losses, but I came back.”

Hsu is a recreational poker player who works full-time. Commenting on how he balances poker with work, he said, “I try to play as much as I can when they have these big tournaments. This is right before Thanksgiving, so it’s a great time to play.”

When asked about the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Hsu said, “It’s fabulous. They run a really professional operation, and it’s fun to play here. The staff is great, the dealers are great, and I’ll be coming back.”

The series opener collected a massive $2,024,220 in the prize pool, and the top 614 places were assured a payday, with anyone making it in the money assured at least $760.

Peter Hsu
Peter Hsu

 

Final Table Results (USD)

  1. Peter Hsu – $191,223*
  2. Justin Datloff – $162,511*
  3. Zak VanKeuren – $160,000*
  4. Fabian Foster – $152,669*
  5. Phu Vo – $136,174*
  6. Nigel Murray – $66,800
  7. Richard Baker – $46,560
  8. Earl Gallegos – $33,400
  9. Willy Stadele – $22,265

*denotes a five-way deal

 

Images and Content Courtesy: Seminole Hard Rock Poker, Holland Casino & PokerNews

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