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The Party Poker tournament is the only World
Poker Tour event where Limit Holdem is played. I am not a huge fan of Limit Holdem tournaments and I was not looking forward to watching
the event on television. The show ended up being pretty entertaining. There were two reckless players who livened up the game and it
was great to see how the solid players waited to capitalize on the opportunities. The six players in this televised event were Michael Gracz,
Paul Darden, Adam Csallany, Richard Kain, Mathew Cherackal, and David Minto.
The first ten minutes of the show was wild. Richard was involved in almost every hand we saw and it looked as if he was
playing to get lucky. If he couldn't get lucky, he was going to bully his opponents out of the pots. His opponents seemed to
pick up on this and called him down often. Richard's last hand was a prime example. Adam raised with pocket sevens, Richard
three bet with AQ of spades and Adam called. The flop was J42. Richard bat and was called by Adam. The turn was a three of
clubs putting three on the board. Richard bet again and Adam called. The river was a six making a possible straight and a possible
flush. Richard bet the last of his chips
and was called by Adam with second pair.
Richard's plan didn't work very well and he was eliminated in sixth place.
Paul Darden was the
next person to be eliminated. From what we saw, it didn't look like Paul got many cards. His last hand, he went all-in
preflop with pocket sevens, flopped a set
and still lost the pot when Michael made a straight.
Adam was another wild player who got lucky on a few hands. In an interview with Michael he said Adam was the player most
likely to win with 83. He was dead on with his analysis of Adam's play. Michael played back at Adam on the most memorable
hand of the tournament. Michael raised with pocket eights, Adam three bet with pocket fives, and Michael called. The flop
was QT9. Michael checked, Adam bet, Michael raised, Adam
reraised and Michael called. I couldn't believe
what I was seeing. Both of these players got four bets in on the flop with three
overcards and a possible straight on
board. The turn was an ace. Michael checked, Adam bet, Michael raised, and Adam finally folded. Michael told his friends and
family in the audience that they were going to like that hand on television. The funny thing about it is he probably thought
bluffing Adam, but he had the best hand.
Adam lost another chunk of his stack when he called a raise from Mathew with pocket threes. The flop was Q99. Adam checked,
Mathew bet his pair of queens (he had KQ), Adam raised, and Mathew called. The turn was a five. Adam bet, Mathew raised, and
Adam called. The river was an eight. Adam called another bet from Mathew. Mathew played a solid game of poker and I couldn't
believe that Adam didn't give him credit for anything on that hand. Adam ended up going out a few hands later in fourth place.
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I thought the three
handed play was going to be great. The three remaining players were playing good poker. Of the three, I like Mathew's game
best, but he got really unlucky on two critical hands. On one hand, Michael raised from the
button with A3, Mathew reraised from the
big blind with AQ of hearts, and
Michael called. The flop was AQ9 giving Mathew top two pair. Mathew bet and Michael called. The turn was a ten of clubs
putting three on board and giving Michael a flush draw with his 3 of clubs. Mathew bet, Michael raised, and Mathew called.
The river was an eight of clubs. Both players checked and Michael won a huge pot. I would have liked to see Mathew make it a
little farther in the tournament, but it wasn't his day. He finished in third place.
The heads up play was okay, but David
gave Michael the championship when he bluffed all of his chips on one hand. The strange thing about it is Michael called all
the way down with only ace high. On this hand, Michael raised with A9 of hearts, David reraised with A6, and Michael called.
The flop was T85. David bet and Michael called. The turn was a seven of clubs and David had the ace of clubs to
represent the flush if it got there on the
river. He bet again and Michael called. The river was an offsuit eight. David bet and was called again. David only had $20,000
left after that hand and he was out on the next hand. Michael was champion of the Party Poker World Poker Tour event.
See also the Party Poker Million Season One and