PokerStars EPT San Remo: Constant Rijkenberg’s victory, blow-by-blow

April 23, 2009

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Blinds: 50,000-100,000

Constant Rijkenberg, Holland, champion of EPT San Remo, winning €1,508,000

8.40pm: Kalle Niemi, Finland, PokerStars qualifier, eliminated in second place, earning €862,000
It’s all over. Kalle Niemi raised to 250,000 pre-flop and Constant Rijkenberg bumped it up to 850,000. Niemi called. The flop came 3♠5♠10♥ and Kalle bet 1,075,000, which Rijkenberg just called. The turn was the 5♥ and Kalle moved all in. Rijkenberg insta-called and here’s why. He had A♥A♠ and was crushing Niemi’s A♦10♦. It was a cooler, essentially, and that was that, with the winner’s photographs featuring Rijkenberg showing him clutching pocket aces.

8.35pm: This way and that
Niemi takes down a pot to get close to a million behind Rijkenberg, but the Dutchman wins it all back on another hand when he reraises on a flop of 4♦A♣8♠ and Niemi folds.

8.33pm: No antes
Just to bring you up to speed, there are no antes once the action goes heads up, with the 50,000-100,000 blinds “all” that’s up for grabs.

8.32pm: First blood to Rijkenberg
The Dutch chip leader raises to 225,000 from the button and Niemi calls. The flop is A♠8♦2♦ and the continuation bet from Rijkenberg is enough.

8.30pm: Heads up
Two remain, and the stacks are:
Constant Rijkenberg, Holland, 7,325,000
Kalle Niemi, Finland, 4,535,000

8.16pm: Gustav Sundell eliminated in third place, earning €480,000
On the first hand since the players returned, Kalle Niemi raises, Gustav Sundell shoves and Niemi calls. (Constant Rijkenberg gets out the way.) Sundell is the player at risk and he’s in trouble: he has A♥6♥ and Niemi has A♦J♠. The board doesn’t bring much hope: 5♥8♦K♠ and turn and river are hopeless for Sundell too: 3♦2♣. He’s out in third for close to half a million.

8.15pm: And they’re back
See headline.

8.05pm: Pause in play
The three remaining players have taken a short break after William Reynolds bust.

8.01pm: William Reynolds, USA, eliminated in fourth place, earning €377,000
And the second time he tries it, William Reynolds is looked up and knocked out by Constant Rijkenberg. Reynolds shoves his million chips in pre-flop from the button with J♦K♦ and Rijkenberg calls with A♥7♦. The flop is ace high, with no flush possibilities, and Reynolds is drawing dead by the time the turn is dealt.

8pm: All in from Reynolds
William Reynolds really only has one tactic here: all in or fold. Once it’s folded to him in the small blind, he shoves for just more than one million and gets it through.

7.50pm: Returning from the dinner break
The four remaining players are now returning from their dinner break. They will return to these counts:

Constant Rijkenberg, Holland, 5,645,000
Kalle Niemi, Finland, 2,965,000
Gustav Sundell, Sweden, 1,860,000
William Reynolds, USA, 1,070,000

Latest chip counts will be updated throughout the level on the chip count page.



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