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Gruissem Chipping Up

[user20283] • Level 7: 5,000-10,000, 1,000 ante

Philipp Gruissem just raised to 22,000 from the cutoff and Paul Phua three-bet to 60,000 from the button. Both blinds folded and Gruissem put in a four-bet to 95,000. Phua made the call.

The flop brought out {9-Spades}{6-Diamonds}{3-Diamonds} and Gruissem fired out a hefty bet worth 125,000. Phua tanked long and hard but eventually he folded his cards.

Philipp Gruissem de
Philipp Gruissem
de 600,000 100,000

Tags: Philipp GruissemPaul Phua


Win a Nexus 4 Smartphone and a Share of $2,000 Only on PartyPoker

[user68268] • Level 10: 10,000-20,000, 2,000 ante

One of the most sought-after gadgets in the world, the Nexus 4 smartphone, has been out of stock more than it has been available, but PartyPoker is offering PokerNews customers the chance to get their hands on one — and a share of $2,000.

On Feb. 9 at 15:00 ET (20:00 GMT), PartyPoker is hosting an Aussie Millions Freeroll that is exclusive to PokerNews customers. Players who makes their first deposits on PartyPoker between Jan. 28 and Feb. 9 will automatically be entered into the PokerNews Aussie Millions Freeroll.

  • Tournament Name: PokerNews Aussie Millions Freeroll
  • Date: Feb. 9, 2013
  • Time: 15:00 ET (20:00GMT)
  • Prize pool: Nexus 4 plus $2,000 in cash
  • Payout structure: Winner receives a Nexus 4; cash awarded according to standard PartyPoker payout structure
  • Restrictions: Only available to PokerNews customers who make their first deposit between Jan. 28 and Feb. 9

With the qualification period only being open for 12 days, the freeroll field size should be much smaller than usual, meaning your chance of getting your hands on a brand new Nexus 4 is greater.

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Break: No More Rebuys

[user20283] • Level 6: 4,000-8,000, 1,000 ante

Registration has closed and there will be no more rebuys or late entrants into the events. That means Phil Ivey, Patrik Antonius, Dan Shak and John Juanda will not be competing this year.

Players are now on a 15-minute break.

Phua with a Pair of Aces

[user68268] • Level 6: 4,000-8,000, 1,000 ante

On the button, Gus Hansen raised to 18,000. Paul Phua called from the big blind to see the {A-Clubs}{10-Diamonds}{6-Hearts} flop, then checked. Hansen bet 18,000, and Phua called.

The turn was the {8-Hearts}, and the river was the {7-Diamonds}. Both Phua and Hansen checked each street before Phua opened the {A-Hearts}{J-Hearts} for a pair of aces. Hansen couldn't beat it and mucked his hand to award Phua the pot.

Tags: Gus HansenPaul Phua

Five-Bet Shove from Reinkemeier

[user68268] • Level 6: 4,000-8,000, 1,000 ante

Igor Kurganov raised to 16,000 from the cutoff seat, Tobias Reinkemeier reraised to 40,000 on the button, then action folded back to Kurganov. He reraised to 88,000, but Reinkemeier opted to move all in. Kurganov quickly folded, and Reinkemeier won the pot.

Tags: Igor KurganovTobias Reinkemeier

Quoss Shoves River Against Hansen

[user68268] • Level 6: 4,000-8,000, 1,000 ante

From the button, Fabian Quoss raised to 16,000. Gus Hansen reraised to 44,000 out of the small blind, and Quoss made the call.

The flop came down {K-Hearts}{K-Clubs}{J-Clubs}, and Hansen check-called a bet of 40,000 from Quoss to see the {2-Diamonds} land on the turn. Both players checked, and the river completed the board with the {A-Diamonds}. Hansen checked, and Quoss moved all in for 160,000. Hansen folded, and Quoss won the pot.

Tags: Fabian QuossGus Hansen

Trickett Takes One

[user20283] • Level 6: 4,000-8,000, 1,000 ante

Winfred Yu raised from the hijack to 18,000 and both blinds, Sam Trickett and Andrew Robl, made the call.

The flop came down {Q-Clubs}{Q-Diamonds}{9-Diamonds} and all three players checked. On the turn the {7-Clubs} hit and Trickett took down the pot with a 42,000-chip bet.

Tags: Andrew RoblSam TrickettWinfred Yu

Esfandiari's Stays in

[user20283] • Level 6: 4,000-8,000, 1,000 ante

Antonio Esfandiari just moved all in under the gun plus one and the action was folded to Tobias Reinkemeier in the big blind. Esfandiari's shove was for 41,000 and Reinkemeier applied some math before making the call.

Reinkemeier: {Q-Clubs}{6-Spades}
Esfandiari: {Q-Diamonds}{8-Spades}

The board ran out {10-Clubs}{7-Spades}{7-Diamonds}{4-Clubs}{2-Diamonds} and Esfandiari's eight played. He's back up to 88,000 but still one of the shortest stacks in the room.

Tobias Reinkemeier de
Tobias Reinkemeier
de 235,000 -45,000
Antonio Esfandiari us
Antonio Esfandiari
us 88,000 33,000

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