The 2019 Caribbean Poker Party crowned another two champions on Day 4 as Adrian Mateos triumphed in the $25,000 MILLIONS Super High Roller and Christopher Brammer took down the MILLIONS Mini Main Event. Poker legend Phil Ivey also made an appearance at the 2019 CPP, doing so in the $25,000 Short Deck event. Let’s check out the biggest stories of 2019 CPP Day 4.
Mateos Wins the MILLIONS Super High Roller
Spain’s Adrian Mateos helped himself to yet another major live poker title when he outlasted a star-studded field of 125 players in the $25,500 MILLIONS Super High Roller. The $2 million guaranteed was blown out of the water with a prize pool of $3,125,000 created.
Fifty-eight of the 125 starters returned to the tables at the start of Day 2 and only 17 of them received a slice of the prize pool. Elio Fox was the first player to collect a payout, banking $60,000. Fox was followed to the cashier’s desk by Alex Foxen and his girlfriend Team partypoker’s Kristen Bicknell. Sean Winter, Peter Jetten, Rainer Kempe and Davidi Kitai followed suit. Jeremy Ausmus busted in 10th before Darren Elias fell in ninth to set the official final table.
Michael Zhang of the United Kingdom lost a flip with against the of Christopher Fraser to be the first finalist to fall by the wayside. Turkey’s Orpen Kisacikoglu then lost a coinflip with against the of Niall Farrell to reduce the player count by one.
The final six became five when Benjamin Pollak three-bet all-in with over the top of a Brock Wilson raise only for Wilson to snap-call with .
Former WPT Caribbean Champion Farrell Busts
Farrell then got his chips in as a favourite, holding against Fraser’s . Fraser immediately took the lead on the flop, although Farrell could still win with any ace, club or running cards to a straight. The turn was black but the wrong suit, the , before the completed the run-out. Game over for the former WPT Caribbean champion.
Fraser’s run good continued when his held against the pocket eights of David Eldridge, and heads-up was set when Fraser busted in third. Fraser moved all-in for less than 15 big binds on a [Kx][8x][4x] flop with [7x][5x] and Wilson looked him up with . Wilson’s hand remained true and heads-up was set.
Mateos was miles behind in the chip counts, his 18,500,000 dwarfed by the 105,000,000 chips in Wilson’s stack. He may have been trailing but you do not win more than $18 million from live tournaments without knowing how to make a comeback.
And comeback Mateos did, eventually drawing almost level. A little toing and froing later, and the pair struck a deal before flipping for the trophy. Like a true champion, Mateos won the flip and secured the MILLIONS Super High Roller title.
2019 CPP MILLIONS Super High Roller Final Table Results
|2||Brock Wilson||United States||$619,536*|
|3||Christopher Fraser||United Kingdom||$326,250|
|4||David Eldridge||United States||$255,000|
|5||Niall Farrell||United Kingdom||$200,000|
|8||Michael Zhang||United Kingdom||$115,000|
*reflects a heads-up deal
Brammer Wins MILLIONS Mini Main Event; Gross and Simunic Fall Short
Twenty-three players fought it out for the $165,000 top prize. Former WSOP Main Event champion Ryan Riess was a high-profile bustout, finishing 19th for $6,000. Simunic busted in 14th for $7,750 which is the same sum Gross banked for finishing one place deeper.
All eight players at the official final table locked up $15,000 for their $1,100 investment, the sum awarded to Karim Kamal of Canada. Paul Michaelis, Christopher Taylor and another former WSOP Main Event champ in Joe Cada then lost their stacks to leave four players in the hunt for the title.
Sasa Lalos’ fourth-place finish yielded $54,250 with Andreas Putz of Germany collecting $75,000 when he fell in third.
This set up an enticing one-on-one confrontation between Brammer and the excellent American Joseph Cheong. It was a battle that Brammer went on to win, locking up the $165,000 top prize and resigning Cheong to the $110,000 consolation score.
2019 CPP MILLIONS Mini Main Event Final Table Results
|1||Christopher Brammer||United Kingdom||$165,000|
|2||Joseph Cheong||United States||$110,000|
|5||Joe Cada||United States||$40,000|
Calamusa Leads MILLIONS Main Event After Day 1A; Simao Progresses
The $10 million guaranteed MILLIONS Main Event at the 2019 CPP kicked off on Day 4 and saw 423 entrants reduced to a more manageable 231. France’s Pierre Calamusa bagged up the most chips at the close of play, his overnight bag containing 5,800,000 betting tokens.
Three other players finished Day 1A of the $10,300 buy-in tournament with more than 5 million chips. Dimitar Danchev is second in chips with a stack of 5,375,000 with a pair of Austrians in Sandro Zarriello and Matthias Lipp finishing with 5,180,000 and 5,155,000 respectively.
Mike Leah and Joao Vieira both enjoyed solid days at the partypoker-branded felt and find themselves in the top 10.
Plenty of big names made it through to Day 2 at the first attempt. These included Team partypoker pros Dzmitry Urbanovich, Joao Simao, Mike Sexton, Anatoly Filatov, Day Kotoviezy, Jeff Gross, and Louise Butler. Some of the other stars to look out for include Faraz Jaka, Thomas Muehloecker, Matas Cimbolas, Jonathan Little, Alex Foxen, Chino Rheem, Steven van Zadelhoff, Erik Seidel, Steve O’Dwyer, and Stephen Chidwick.
Day 1B commences at 12:00 local time with a pair of $825 buy-in reload satellites taking place at 15:00 and 19:00 that each have 10 seats guaranteed.
MILLIONS Main Event Day 1A Top 10 Chip Counts
|7||Keith Lehr||United States||4,525,000|
Ivey Buys Into $25,000 Short Deck Event; Dvoress Wins Again
Last but not least is the $25,000 Short Deck event that saw 45 entries, Phil Ivey, a 10-time WSOP bracelet winner who many consider to be one of poker’s greatest-ever players, among them. Ivey eventually bust in fourth-place for $126,500 with partypoker pro Isaac Haxton collecting $95,000 for his fifth-place exit.
2019 CPP $25,000 Short Deck Final Table Results
|2||Danny Tang||Hong Kong||$250,000|
|3||Chin Wei Lim||Malaysia||$175,000|
|4||Phil Ivey||United States||$126,250|
|5||Isaac Haxton||United States||$95,000|
|6||John Cynn||United States||$70,000|
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