Canada.- April 7, 2017 www.zonadeazar.com Thursday was a busy day at PokerStars Championship Macau, with many tournaments running along with the Main Event.
Those included two high buy-in events as 13 players came back for the final day of the HK$82k PL Omaha High Roller while another edition of the HK$206k Single-Day Single Re-Entry started at noon.
In the end, Ka Kwan Lau and Oliver Weis were the undefeated players who walked away with the top prizes and trophies. Please see below for more details on their ways to victory.
OLIVER WEIS TAKES DOWN EVENT #35: HK$206K SINGLE-DAY SINGLE-RE-ENTRY FOR HK$3,130,000
The second edition of the HK$206k Single-Day Single Re-Entry drew 47 entries (38 unique players + 9 re-entries), generating a prize pool of HK$9,212,000.
Basel-born German pro Oliver Weis scooped the largest chunk after beating the star-studded field. He banked HK$3,130,000, the biggest prize of his career (just over $400k). Weis was very humble about his performance. “I’ve been playing high rollers for a while but before I’d had poor result before this one. These are tough tournaments so there’s a lot of luck involved. You should always be down to earth.”
Last month, Weis finished fourth in the PokerStars Championship Panama High Roller for a $123,980 payday but he’s mostly an online player, crushing the virtual realm using the screen-name “sk2ll_m0dR” on PokerStars. He has two Super Tuesday titles under his belt as well as a triumph in a Super Sized Sunday.
Weis beat Mikita Badziakouski heads-up. Badziakouski is an online beast, too. He’s known as “fish2013” on PokerStars. Weis had tons of respect for Badziakouski’s abilities: “Online players, mostly sit & go specialists, have an advantage in these turbo events. I know Mikita from online. He’s a cash game and sit & go player. The heads-up was short, it wasn’t a big battle, but I’ll take it,” Weis said.
Badziakouski earned HK$2,165,000 for his runner-up finish. Dominating the online scene, the 25-year-old has also become a regular fixture in the toughest live tournaments in the world. He won the HK$500k MBP Spring Challenge last month here in Macau, banking HK$3,262,000 after defeating the phenomenal Tom “durrrr” Dwan heads-up. Badziakouski had previously cashed in two PokerStars Championship Macau tournaments. He was eighth in both HK$82k Single Re-Entry and also eighth in the first HK$206 Single-Day Single Re-Entry. With his latest additon to his résúmé, Badziakouski is closing on Alex Bolotin in the race for the top spot on Belarus’ all-time money list. He’s amassed nearly $2.6 million in live cashes.
Third place finisher Canlin Chen might be relatively unknown on the international level but he’s no stranger on the local live scene. He’s notched up eight cashes in Macau and China last year. The 23-year-old banked HK$1,382,000, the biggest cash of his career.
Nick Petrangelo aimed for another great result in addition to his two runner-up finishes in the previous high buy-in tournaments. However, he fell shy of the money after being knocked out by Badziakouski on the bubble. Petrangelo was folloed by Hall of Famer John Juanda to the rail, leaving in sixth place worth HK$645k.
Zuo Wang added yet another fifth-place prize to his collection, banking HK$830k today. His previous fifth place finishes came in the Super High Roller and the first HK$206k tournament.
Timothy Adams finished in fourth place for a HK$1,060,000 cash.
Event #35 – HK$206k NL Hold’em Single-Day Single Re-Entry results:
1st – Oliver Weis, Germany, HK$3,130,000
2nd – Mikita Badziakouski, Belarus, HK$2,165,000
3rd – Canlin Chen, China, HK$1,382,000
4th – Timothy Adams, Canada, HK$1,060,000
5th – Zuo Wang, China, HK$830,000
6th – John Juanda, Indonesia, HK$645,000
KA KWAN LAU WINS HIS SECOND PLO HIGH ROLLER TITLE AT POKERSTARS SPONSORED TOURS
Spanish elite online player Ka Kwan Lau defeated a field of 29 entries (22 unique players + 7 re-entries) in the PokerStars Championship Macau HK$82k PL Omaha High Roller. Lau scooped the HK$950,000 and doubled his title collecition from PLO High Rollers held at PokerStars sponsored live tours. Lau had previously emerged victorious in the EPT13 Malta €10k tournament, earning €107,670.
Lau was born in Hong Kong but his family moved to Spain when he was four years old. He specializes in Pot-Limit Omaha but has excellent results in NL Hold’em, too. He went deep in last year’s WSOP Main Event, finishing 20th for $269,430. He also appeared on the EPT10 Prague Main Event final table, departing in fourth place for €283,800.
Lau beat Maksim Shuts from Belarus heads-up. Shuts took home HK$656,500, the largest cash of his career.
Team PokerStars Pro Felipe “Mojave” Ramos came third, scooping HK$419,000 for his efforts. Ramos is fresh from his fifth place in the PokerStars Championship Panama $10k High Roller, where he banked $80,560.
Pot-Limit Omaha is one of Ramos’ strongest games. The Brazilian has been known as a mixed games player who has participated in the WSOP $50k Players Championship event. He ranks fourth in Brazil’s all-time money list, just behind fellow Team PokerStars Pro Andre Akkari.
Event #31 – HK$82,400 Pot Limit Omaha High Roller results:
1st – Ka Kwan Lau, Spain, HK$950,000
2nd – Maksim Shuts, Belarus, HK$656,500
3rd – Felipe Ramos, Brazil, HK$419,000
4th – Daniel Geeng, USA, HK$321,000
5th – Fabian Geisel, Germany, HK$251,000
6th – Hok Lee, China, HK$196,100
POKERSTARS CHAMPIONSHIP MACAU
PokerStars Championship Macau 2017 is running from March 30 to April 9. The prestigious tour marks its debut in the PokerStars LIVE Macau poker room, located within the luxury City of Dreams complex. An extensive 52-tournament schedule gives players an unmissable chance to crave poker trophies and glory at the first Championship ever held on the Eastern Hemisphere. It is the third Championship of the year, following previous stops in the Bahamas and Panama.
PokerStars Championship features a packed schedule of events held all around the world, with three more Championship events announced so far:
– PokerStars Championship presented by Monte-Carlo Casino® (April 25 – May 5)
– PokerStars Championship Sochi (May 20-31)
– PokerStars Championship Barcelona (August 15-27)
Additional events will be announced on PokerStarslive.com in the coming months.