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APT Main Event Final Table Live Updates Levels 18-20
- 27th May 2012
- Casino Royale, Goa
- 50K Main Event Final Table - Level 18 to Level 20
7.20pm Break Time of 15 minutes. 7 players left at the final table.
7.15pm Byraju Falls on Khetan’s Big Slick
After miraculously surviving late yesterday from having just one chip left, Rahul Byraju is now out of the tournament. His end came when he shoved for 105,000 from the cutoff after Prabhat Mukherjea raised to 17,000 in the hijack. The small blind of Manan Khetan makes the call leading Mukherjea to tank but eventually get away from it.
Byraju shakes his head and flips over , knowing he is well behind. Khetan does in fact show a dominating and when the dealer tables the fairytale comeback of Byraju has officially ended in 8th place (INR 177,000).
Aditya 'Intervention' Agarwal
7.05pm Nilsson Sends Agarwal Home in 9th
After Aditya “Intervention” Agarwal got short-stacked in his last dust up, he opted to push from UTG+1 with for 63,000 and was called by Martin Nilsson in the hijack with .
With Agarwal needing to hit to survive, the dealer spreads a flop of with the window card six but behind it is an ace for Nilsson. The turn then comes a and on the river Nilsson wins the pot and Agarwal is our 9th out to pocket INR 118,000 in prize money.
6.55pm Singh’s Turn to Double with the Invincible Tens
Without any hesitation, Sonu Singh open-shoved all his chips in from the middle position and, as the action reached Sameer Rattonsey on the big blind, he makes a snap-call turning over , while Singh tables . As the dealer sends out the flop and the turn , Singh seemed all but dead. However, he spikes his two outer on the river to stay alive and cheerfully scoops in the pot to be now sitting on more than 160,000.
6.45pm Mukherjea with Another Fortunate Survival
Aditya “Intervention” Agarwal opens the pot with a raise of 17,000, Martin Nilsson three-bets to 40,000 and then there’s an instant all-in shove from Prabhat Mukherjea in the hijack. Agarwal re-shoves all in and Nilsson quickly folds.
Mukherjea realises that his are in bad shape against Agarwal’s . The flop of gave a few additional outs to Mukherjea but he still needed a lot of help. A blank turn changes nothing but, when there are ‘oooooohsss’ and ‘aaaahhhhhs’ from the rail and table as the dealer peels out an on the river giving a jack-high straight to Mukherjea.
To his credit, Agarwal calmly counts 182,000 chips and pushes it to the Mukherjea who quietly apologises for the bad beat.
6.35pm Level 20: Blinds 4000/8000 Ante 1000
6.33pm Short Stacks of Khetan and Mukherjea Survive
We’ve just had two double ups from our short stacks on the table. In the first, Prabhat Mukherjea was fortunate to win in a three-way limped flop of that saw him check-raise all in from the big blind holding for top pair. The button man of Sonu Singh had already stepped out of the way on Nikhil Maheswari’s 18,000 flop bet from UTG+1. With action back on Maheswari it’s another 61,000 for him to make the call and he does so with to be well in front of his opponent with a bigger kicker.
However, the turn adds an open-ended straight draw to Mukherjea’s outs and he gets there on the river . Maheswari is understandably disappointed and has taken a big hit to his stack.
In a following hand, Manan Khetan limped from UTG+1 holding . He sees a flop of with three other opponents and it’s check around. On the turn Khetan bets 29,000 and Ravi Goel makes the call. Khetan can’t have been too happy with that but the river gives him a full house. He shoves all in for 78,000 and Goel spends an age tanking. He goes through the cards he thinks his opponent might have, “Kings, Aces, not a ten” and eventually calls, but then mucks when he sees Khetan’s hand.
6.20pm Twitter Tells Goel to Fold
Sonu Singh moves all in on UTG and it gets folded around to Ravi Goel on the big blind. Goel tanks and stares down at Singh who is still as a mannequin. Goel then states “I read on your tweet that you were only going to open shove with tens or better so I’m folding this” and flashes into the muck.
6.15pm Nilsson River Bet Leaves Goel Speechless
Ravi Goel opens the pot with a raise of 12,000 chips on UTG+1 and gets a call from Martin Nilsson on the cutoff, which brought in both the blinds as well.
The flop of is checked back to Goel who makes a continuation bet of 20,000. Nilsson makes the call and both the blinds fold.
On the turn of , Goel makes another bet of 35,000 and was quickly called by Nilsson. Goel checks the river and Nilsson immediately slides in a pile of 60,000 chips into the pot. After tanking for a considerable amount of time, Goel mucks his hand.
For the first time after the start of the tournament Goel is quiet, but we’re sure he’ll get his rhythm back in both his game and vocal skills.
6.00pm Goel Shoves and Shows Ten-High
Sameer Rattonsey has been just raising and picking up the blinds and antes the last few hands so when he does the same again to 17,000 from early position in this one Ravi Goel decides to step up with a three-bet to 35,000.
When Rattonsey calls, they see a flop of and Rattonsey passes the action to his opponent. Goel bets 30,000 but it’s not enough to get Rattonsey out. On the turn both players check but on the river Rattonsey leads out for 45,000. With the flush now out there to go along with the paired board, it doesn’t take long for Goel to announce he is all in and Rattonsey insta-folds.
Goel puffs out his chest and can’t resist showing for a complete miss and with the pot he now moves into the chip lead on a 444,000 stack.
5.50pm Level 19: Blinds 3000/6000 Ante 1000
5.35pm Break Time
Players are now on their first 15 minute break of the evening.
5.30pm Ogi Out the Door in 10th Place
Hisashi Ogi started today as the second shortest stack and has just had it siphoned up by Ravi Goel. After Sameer Rattonsey raised from UTG to 13,000, Ogi shoved for 89,000 with as the next player to act but crashed into the of Goel who just flatted in the lojack.
Rattonsey steps out of the way without much thought and with cards on their backs they go to a flop of . Goel gives a loud cheer when he sees the ace to give him a set but realises he can still lose the hand to a straight. “No queen please dealer!” he shouts.
The dealer does indeed listen to Goel as the turn appears followed by the river. Ogi heads to the rail in 10th place to pocket INR 106,000 as Goel grows ever more excited (if that’s indeed possible)… “Yes! I’m winning this APT, it’s all over, c’mon!”
5.25pm No Callers for Singh
As the action got folded around to the dealer button, Sonu Singh moves all in with 120K chips. After the small blind folded, Prabhat Mukherjea is in the big blind looked interested for making the call but after a short tank, he decided to fold.
Singh smiles and says “position play” before scooping in the blinds and antes.
5.15pm Rattonsey Jumps Into Lead
Sameer Rattonsey has just become our new chip leader and the first player to reach over the 400k mark. In the third hand of the afternoon, Rattonsey called the raise from cutoff man Nikhil Maheswari to 16,000. The two players went to a flop of and it is checked by both.
On the turn Rattonsey fires out 14,000 and Maheswari makes the call to bring a river . Rattonsey sends 21,000 more into the pot and Maheswari thinks for just a moment before calling. Rattonsey shows for a flopped top pair and it’s good enough to elicit the muck from Maheswari.
5.05pm Shuffle Up and Deal!
After getting through all the obligatory player introductions cards are now in the air! The button will start on seat 1 and play will pick up right where we finished it last night at 25 minutes left on Level 18 with blinds at 2500/5000 and a 500 ante.
APT Tournament Manager Jason Morris just gave us a short speech before the start of the final table. He also dropped a piece of big news that, with Casino Royale getting a new ship delivered in November this year, the APT India event originally scheduled for October here will now be provisionally held on December 3-10, 2012. So mark your calendars players!
4.45pm It’s Final Table Time!
The APT Asian Series Goa INR 50,000 Main Event is now down to the wire. With just one final table of 10 players left, the title could go to anyone. While the favourites to end up in the champion’s seat are no doubt our chip leaders of Martin Nilsson on 347,000 and last year’s runner up Sameer Rattonsey, it would be unwise to rule out the experienced Aditya “Intervention” Agarwal who is currently running third in chips on 284,000, as well as dark horses like Rahul Byraju, who sits towards the bottom of the table in chips but made a heroic ‘chip and a chair’ comeback late on Day 2. Here’s the line-up of remaining players:
Seat 1: Rahul Byraju (India) 119,500
Seat 2: Nikhil Maheswari (India) 207,500
Seat 3: Manan Khetan (India) 161,500
Seat 4: Sameer Rattonsey (India) 325,000
Seat 5: Hisashi Ogi (Japan) 100,500
Seat 6: Aditya Agarwal (India) 284,00
Seat 7: Ravi Goel (India) 225,000
Seat 8: Sonu Singh (India) 121,000
Seat 9: Martin Nilsson (Sweden) 347,000
Seat 10: Prabhat Mukherjea (India) 73,500
Our kick-off time is 5pm so stick with us as we find out just who will take home the title and first prize winnings of INR 1,942,000.
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