American poker star Phil ‘The Unabomber’ Laak was the big winner with an impressive €160,100 profit from the recent PartyPoker Big Game VI 48-hour cash event that took place at Vienna’s Montesino Casino – even if the extremely tired pro actually thought he had earned €2,000 more!
The Dublin-born States star – who now lives in San Francisco – somehow managed to last all two days of the event as many of the world’s best players came and went, leaving the 39-year-old as the one constant throughout.
Laak – a one-time World Series of Poker (WSOP) champion – showed incredible stamina to perform so impressively in Austria as the likes of Sorel Mizzi (-€30,000), Team PokerStars Pros Jonathan Duhamel (-€30,000) and Eugene Katchalov (-€8,175), Team PartyPoker Pros Mike Sexton (-€40,425) and Tony G (-€8,000), Scott Seiver (€16,200), Roberto Romanello (€25,100), Alec Torelli (-€28,400), JP Kelly (€43,050), Sam Trickett (€19,925), Samuel Chartier (-€29,950) and Dan ‘Jungleman’ Cates (-€83,250) appeared then left the marathon game.
‘The Unabomber’ Celebrates With a Cheeseburger!
However, while delighted to have enjoyed such an incredible 48 hours, Laak did appear ready to hit the hay when speaking to the PartyPoker blog team, saying: “Now it’s time for a cheeseburger. I haven’t eaten in five hours so I’m a little hungry – and I haven’t slept in 50 so I’m a lot tired.”
Laak was left a little disappointed, though, that he was unable to best Tony G’s biggest profit record from London last year, when the Lithuanian-Australian secured £150,400.
The California-based pro said: “Last year Tony G won £150,400, so this year I won €162,100. But the equivalent amount of euros today from what he won in pounds is €183,000. So, in some senses, he won more money.”
Still, Laak isn’t once for slumping into a depression over missing out on the record, adding: “But you can maybe argue that I won more big blinds – because I did! I won more big blinds, but he won more money just because it so happened that their (Britain’s) currency was more powerful than this currency.”
Laak Happy With His ‘Guesses’
In fact, while saying: “So I guess it’s a bad beat that I didn’t get to play in London, huh”, Laak was also quick to point out that “the truth is I ran way above EV (expected value) and a lot of my guesses were right, so that worked out”.
The likeable pro also provided viewers – who were able to see players’ hole cards via the live web stream broadcast, as well as vote competitors off the table – with numerous highlights throughout the two days, including an error when he mucked the winning hand against Englishman Andy Moseley (who was the second biggest winner with €96,050 profit).
That mistake, which saw Laak muck A♣ 6♥ on a 2♣ 10♠ 2♦ 6♦ J♠ board, cost Laak €60,000 as his hand beat out Moseley’s A♥ K♥ – which he showed, much to the frustration of the American.
Daniel Cates is Biggest Loser
The biggest loser was Maryland’s Cates, who finished his time at the table down by €83,250, although the 22-year-old’s losses won’t bother him too much as he picked up $300,000 for finishing as runner-up to Las Vegas-based Seiver in the $125,000 buy-in PartyPoker Premier League V a few days earlier.
Romanian Ignat ‘0human0’ Liviu – who has been making a name for himself online these past few years with winnings of almost $2.5 million from high-stakes cash games – managed to leave the event with €33,075 profit, displaying an aggressive style of play while also showing his ability to make well-timed laydowns.
Meanwhile, Woking’s Moseley took home €96,050 before having to catch a flight back to England, but not before he took a huge pot against fellow Englishman Trickett.
Andy Moseley Takes Down Huge Pot
While 25-year-old Titan Poker Pro Trickett managed to do well against Moseley in smaller pots, the latter picked up €63,000 in their biggest clash when his K♠ 5♠ overcame his opponent’s Q♠ 2♠.
Moseley check-raised on the 3♣ A♠ 8♠ flop, for Trickett to make the call before the Q♦ arrived on the turn. Moseley checked, only for Trickett to bet €4,200. The former made the call and the 4♠ came on the river – ensuring that there was action with both having secured a spade flush.
Moseley casually checked the nut flush, suckering Trickett into betting €12,100 before the former raised that to €23,300. Trickett was straight out of his seat, stating that he was regretting not checking back with his queen-high flush.
He then talked himself through the hand, notably realising that Moseley would only check-raise if he had a king-high flush or better. However, despite being correct, Trickett could not fold his hand and instead called to see Moseley take the massive pot.
Profits or Losses Made By Players in the PartyPoker Big Game
- Scott Baumstein (USA) – €6,450
- Todirita Catalina (Austria) – -€30,000
- Daniel ‘Jungleman’ Cates (USA) – -€83,250
- Samuel Chartier (Canada) – -€29,950
- Jozef Cibicek (Slovakia) – €6,450
- Sasa Dobrijevic (Serbia) – -€5,000
- Jonathan Duhamel (Canada) – -€30,000
- Damik G – -€20,000
- Tony G (Lithuania) – -€8,000
- Vladimir Geshkenbein (Russia) – -€15,000
- Marc Gork (Germany) – -€15,000
- Bertrand ‘ElkY’ Grospellier (France) – €8,925
- John Kabbaj (UK) – €4,300
- Iliodoros Kamatakis (Greece) – -€7,500
- Dominykas Karmazinas (Lithuania) – €12,775
- Eugene Katchalov (Ukraine) – -€8,175
- JP Kelly (UK) – €43,050
- Yusuf Kurt (Turkey) – -€10,000
- Phil ‘The Unabomber’ Laak (USA) – €160,100
- Ignat Liviu (Romania) – €33,075
- Sorel Mizzi (Canada) – -€30,000
- Andy Moseley (UK) – €96,050
- Daniel Neilson (Australia) – -€20,000
- Roberto Romanello (UK) – €25,100
- Bodo Sbrzesny (Germany) – -€5,000
- Scott Seiver (USA) – €16,200
- Mike Sexton (USA) – -€40,425
- Chris Sly (UK) – -€6,000
- Alec Torelli (USA) – -€28,400
- Sam Trickett (UK) – €19,925
- Saar Wilf (Israel) – -€10,000
- Basil Yaiche (France) – -€30,000