The Pinnacle: A Round-Up From the CPP; Negreanu St.Jude’s Project; Mizzi Time Extension Idea

The lawn looks like a group of moles have held their annual mole manicure convention. The sofa is covered in dirt. My daughter’s toys float amongst the hairs in the dog bowl.
Barbara Woodhouse, I am not.
Crufts is never on this television.
One of the downsides of sharing Airbnb accommodation with strangers, is now and then, they bring an animal into the home, and carnage ensues.
I have a two-year-old daughter who loves dogs. Unfortunately, dogs don’t love two-year-olds. There was a time in our dim and distant past when dogs would have enjoyed the same hierarchial status as the forerunners of humanity. They would have feasted on our harmonicas and used our flesh as icing on their cake.
These days, man is in charge, and the dog knows this, but when a kid walks into the room, the dog sees an opportunity to elevate its status. Watch the way a dog imbues shame as a toddler pets it, pulls it’s ears or shoves a chopstick up its arse.
It’s all about status folks.
Dogs, like us humans, exist to maintain the status quo of our status or to increase it, and this week, the people who live in the top tier of poker’s hierarchy were turning the Bahamas into a dog-eat-dog world.

The partypoker Caribbean Poker Party

It’s going to be a defining few months for partypoker. The Caribbean Poker Party (CPP) moved to the Baha Mar Resort in the Bahamas, and as part of the festivities, they guaranteed $10m in the $25,500 MILLIONS World, and the same quota in the $5,300 Main Event. With the $20m GTD Online MILLIONS around the corner, it’s safe to say that the online giants are taking a shot.
And like a blind man taking a leak, they have missed the mark.
The $25,500 MILLIONS World attracted 394-entrants, and on any other given day, you have to say that’s a monumental achievement, but it fell short of the guarantee by $150,000.
The winner was Roger Teska, a man who spends more time playing rock, paper, scissors that live tournament poker, but squeezed that limited experience into a few halcyon days that netted him $2m after beating Steve O’Dwyer, heads-up.
O’Dwyer was one of three people who banked million dollar scores. It’s been an incredible year for O’Dwyer, who has now earned more than $6m playing live tournaments in 2018, and more than a million in the online realm (where he currently ranks #10 in the PocketFives World Rankings).
The other player to win a million bucks was the regally named Charles La Boissoniere. It’s the first time the Canadian has ever cashed in a $25k, but it’s not the first time he has made a deep run in a partypoker LIVE event after finishing fifth in the MILLIONS North America event for close to half a million dollars back in April.
Here are the final table results:

Roger Teska Wins $25,500 MILLIONS World

Roger Teska
Final Table Results
1. Roger Teska – $2,000,000
2. Steve O’Dwyer – $1,300,000
3. Charles La Boissoniere – $1,000,000
4. Paul Tedeschi – $700,000
5. Andras Nemeth – $550,000
6. Ben Tollerene – $450,000
7. Rainer Kempe – $350,000
8. Niall Farrell – $300,000
9. Joao Vieira – $250,000
Notable High Rollers who went as deep as stones at the bottom of a pond in this one include Leon Tsoukernik (14th), Isaac Haxton (17th), Nick Petrangelo (23rd), Benjamin Pollak (36th) and Timothy Adams (39th).

Giuseppe Iadisernia Wins The $50,000 High Roller

Giuseppe Iadisernia
The named etched into the $50,000 High Roller trophy was another we are not familiar with in high stakes circles.
Giuseppe Iadisernia defeated a stacked field of 54-entrants to take down the $845,000 first prize. The word on the street is the Venezuelan made his money punting on the gee-gees.
Here are the final table results:
Final Table Results
1. Giuseppe Iadisernia – $845,000
2. Sean Winter – $550,000
3. Ali Imsirovic – $400,000
4. Talal Shakerchi – $299,000
5. Sorel Mizzi – $225,000
6. Markus Prinz – $175,000
7. Benjamin Pollak – $125,000
Steffen Sontheimer wins the $250k Super High Roller
The biggest buy-in event of the series attracted 34-entrants, and the 2017 Poker Masters winner, Steffen Sontheimer, earned a personal best $3,685,000 score, after beating Sean Winter, heads-up.
Winter added $2,430,000 to the $550,000 he crammed into his piggy bank after losing to Iadisernia in the $50,000, and two of 2018’s biggest high stakes stars, David Peters and Mikita Badziakouski also ended up on the podium.
ITM Results
1. Steffen Sontheimer – $3,685,000
2. Sean Winter – $2,430,000
3. David Peters – $1,420,000
4. Mikita Badziakouski – $710,000

Filipe Oliveira wins the Main Event

The $10m GTD Main Event failed to hit the guarantee by $925k, leaving partypoker with more than a million bucks in overlays. Three players earned a million dollars. None of the high roller fraternity sneaked into the running, although these guys deserve a silver star for effort.
Vladimir Troyanovskiy (56th), Brian Hastings (69th), Jason Koon (74th), Chris Kruk (77th), Alex Foxen (82nd), Matt Berkey (90th), Chance Kornuth (109th), Aymon Hata (116th), Ryan Riess (122nd), Sam Soverel (125th), Stephen Chidwick (126th), Lucas Greenwood (142nd), Dzmitry Urbanovich (165th), Samuel Panzica (175th) and Peter Jetten (176th).
Here are the final table results:
Final Table Results
1. Filipe Oliveira – $1,500,000
2. Craig Mason – $1,200,000
3. Marc MacDonnell – $1,000,000
4. Pascal Hartmann – $800,000
5. Konstantin Maslak – $600,000
6. Diogo Veiga – $400,000
7. Alex Turyansky – $300,000
8. Joe Kuether – $218,500

Roberto Romanello wins the $10k High Roller

The Main Event may have been a few high rollers shy, but the same cannot be said of the $10k High Roller.
The event attracted 196-entrants, almost doubling the $1m guarantee, and Wales’ All-Time Live Tournament Money Earner, Roberto Romanello, topped a stacked field to bank the $450,000 first prize.
Look at the wizards who made the rostrum in this one.
Final Table Results
1. Roberto Romanello – $450,000
2. Mustapha Kanit – $271,200
3. Daniel Dvoress – $210,000
4. Justin Bonomo – $160,000
5. Garik Tamasian – $125,000
6. Guillaume Diaz – $100,000
7. Joao Simao – $80,000
8. Adrian Mateos – $65,000
And these wand waving wonder men and women weren’t far behind.
Benjamin Pollak (9th), Joseph Cheong (11th), Steve O’Dwyer (12th), Orpen Kisacikoglu (15th), Thomas Mülöcker (16th), Lauren Roberts (17th), Mike Watson (18th), Jonathan Duhamel (20th), Isaac Haxton (21st) and Sam Soverel (22nd).

The $1,100 Finale and $1,650 H.O.R.S.E

Two more events to catch up on.
The World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelet winner, Chris Bolek, won the $1,100 Finale and High Rollers who featured prominently in that event were Aymon Hata (5th), Rainer Kempe (8th), David Peters (10th), Fedor Holz (36th),
The WSOP bracelet winner, Joseph Couden, won the H.O.R.S.E, and two players who have each spent considerable time on the high stakes cash game tables of the past, Mike Sexton (2nd) and Bruno Fitoussi (3rd), also made money.

The Best of the Rest

In the summer of 2017, Patrick Leonard won three high rollers, back-to-back in the Bellagio and ARIA for a combined sum of then declared a live tournament hiatus so he could concentrate on his online game, partypoker responsibilities and leadership at bitB Staking.
Leonard fans are in luck.
It seems live tournament poker is on his 2019 schedule, and that will mean more sightings of him at the high stakes tables.

I remember trying to interview David Peters after he had won the $1.1m first prize in the HKD 500,000 No-Limit Hold’em Six-Max event at the Triton Poker Series in Jeju.
The man could barely speak.
Intercontinental travel is one of the impediments to success for high rollers, and this week Daniel Negreanu pointed people towards this article from Harvard Business Review as A ‘Fast’ Solution to Jet Lag.
Check it out.
As well as helping people overcome jetlag, Kid Poker is also assisting disadvantaged children. This week the PokerStars ambassador announced plans to host the St. Jude Against All Odds Poker Tournament in March, with all proceeds going towards the St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.
If you want to support Daniel, then follow the blue line.
Philipp Gruissem is one of the busiest high rollers in the media at the moment. The partypoker ambassador featured in another interview this week, this time spilling the beans on his penchant for rapping (unless they misspelt crapping), his role at partypoker, and much more.
Check it out.

Philipp Gruissem: “It has been an amazing journey“

Sorel Mizzi has had a good month. The Canadian high roller who finished third in the World Poker Tour (WPT) Main Event in Montreal finished fifth in the $50,000 Super High Roller at the CPP, popped up on Twitter with a savvy idea for live tournament organisers to turn unused time bank buttons into big blinds to promote faster play.

What do you think of Sorel’s idea?
And that’s this week’s Pinnacle.