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The 2018 partypoker Caribbean Poker Party started with a bang on November 9 with the $25,500 MILLIONS World. The third event on the roster, i.e. the $50,000 Super High Roller, played out on November 13. It was a fast-paced event which pulled in 54 entries, creating a prize pool of $2,619,000. Venezuelan pro Giuseppe Iadisernia (cover image) emerged as the champion and picked up his maiden live title for $845,000 that eclipsed his previous best score of $220,000.
Iadisernia had entered the final table as the sixth-largest stack and worked his way up to reach the heads-up finale with a stack that was only marginally less than his opponent Sean Winter. After an incredibly long final battle, Iadisernia defeated Winter and took home the title. This was Iadisernia’s third live score.
Even though only the top seven finishes received payouts, several big names were seen in the fray including Mikita Badziakouski, Stephen Chidwick, Matthias Eibinger, Sam Greenwood, Martin Kabrhel, Dan Smith, partypoker pros Jason Koon, Kristen Bicknell and Fedor Holz, along with David Peters and Nick Petrangelo.
1. Ali Imsirovic – 11,000,000
2. Christopher Kruk – 10,800,000
3. Sean Winter – 8,850,000
4. Sorel Mizzi – 6,840,000
5. Markus Prinz – 5,500,000
6. Giuseppe Iadisernia – 3,425,000
7. Talal Shakerchi – 3,180,000
8. Justin Bonomo – 2,680,000
9. Benjamin Pollak – 1,780,000
Following Justin Bonomo’s ninth place elimination, the eight-handed final table was formed.
Soon after the final table commenced, Christopher Kruk lost a series of pots to hit the rail on the money bubble. In the last two hands, he lost preflop all-in pots to Talal Shakerchi. In the first hand, Kruk pitted his against Shakerchi’s and lost the pot as the runout gave Shakerchi a higher pair of jacks. In the second hand, Kruk shoved for 3,430,000 with against Shakerchi’s . The board missed both players and Kruk went out on the money bubble at eighth place.
The first player to finish in the money was Frenchman Benjamin Pollak when he went head-to-head against Sean Winter. With the board running , Winter’s improved to a pair of aces and held strong against Pollak’s , leading to the latter’s seventh place exit.
Following Pollak to the rail was Germany’s Markus Prinz who put his last 4 Million or so in the middle, preflop, holding . Giuseppe Iadisernia called with . The community cards opened and failing to better his hand, Prinz was eliminated in sixth place.
Down to five-handed play, Sorel Mizzi lost a major portion of his stack to Shakerchi. Shortly thereafter, Mizzi squared off against Winter. He held against Winter’s . The latter picked up a pair of sevens on the turn to eliminate Mizzi in fifth place.
Less than 30 minutes later, Talal Shakerchi moved all-in for about 7.5 Million from the button with and ran into Winter’s . The rundown revealed and Winter`s rivered three-of-a-kind kings sent Shakerchi packing in fourth place.
American pro Ali Imsirovic has had a remarkable year thus far. After winning back-to-back titles ($25,000 NLHE for $462,000 and $50,000 NLHE for $799,000) at the 2018 Poker Masters series, he went on to don the 2018 Poker Masters Purple Jacket which was awarded to the player of the series.
Imsirovic played exceedingly well to become one of the last three players left at the final table, but his deep run ended in third place. On his last hand of the tournament, Imsirovic shoved from the small blind for 6.1 million and Winter tanked briefly before calling.
The board showed and Winter flopped a pair of tens to win the pot as Imsirovic crashed out in third place.
The heads-up play between Sean Winter (29,000,000) and Giuseppe Iadisernia (25,000,000) began, with both players almost evenly matched in chips. Winter held a slight lead over Iadisernia but failed to hold on to it for long. On the final hand of the event, Winter jammed from the button with and Iadisernia snap-called with . The completed the board and Iadisernia’s king-high kicker knocked the title out of Winter’s hands, relagating him to the runner-up spot. Iadisernia claimed his first live title posting his career-best live score of $845,000!
1. Giuseppe Iadisernia – $845,000
2. Sean Winter – $550,000
3. Ali Imsirovic – $400,000
4. Talal Shakerchi – $299,000
5. Sorel Mizzi – $225,000
6. Markus Prinz – $175,000
7. Benjamin Pollak – $125,000
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