Good friends often take their poker game on the road in the hopes of an epic finish, though very rarely does it work out quite as well as it has so far for and Mike ”pipedream17” Dietrich.
The two Canadians left for the EPT Monte-Carlo Casino Grand Final Main Event together and have both now reached Day 5 and the final table.
It hasn’t been an easy ride so far for either, with both players occupying the short stack at one point or another during the ”unofficial” final table of nine. While Dietrich seemed to just find a few chips here and there, Mozdzen had a tough go when he just kept coming up short against opponent Bernard Guigon:
“@slammedfire: Omfg jj on t High flop and I have guy barrel into me with ak and goes running two pair. I’m gonna bubble another massive ft?! I’m shortstack”
Shortly after, Clayton took another hit, after the same opponent hit trip sevens on the river, obviously getting tense, @slammedfire tweeted; “And same idiot gets me again!! This is incredible I can’t believe it. I’m down to almost nothing maybe 600k”.
About twenty minutes later, things turned for the better however, prompting a few tweets of a more positive nature: “HOW DO YOU LIKE ME NOW HAS BEEN SAID!!!!” then followed by, “1.8 (million chips) boys!!! Just complain and we get there!!! #myonetime”
No matter the finish, this will be Clayton’s largest career cash, besting a 6th place finish worth around $82,000 for a 6th place finish at EPT Warsaw in 2009 and a $75,000 final table bubble in the PokerStars.com WCOOP Main event a month prior.
The same holds true for Dietrich, with official live MTT earnings of less than $100,000 and the largest single score of his over $4,000,000 in online tournament winnings ringing in at about $133,000 for winning the Sunday Mulligan on Full Tilt Poker just weeks prior to Black Friday.
665 entrants began the €10,600 buy-in event and now just one table remains to fight for the €1,500,000 top prize. All of the remaining 8 are now guaranteed that they will be taking home a six figure pay-day of no less than €130,000 (~$169,000 CAD).
The remaining pay-out table looks as follows:
1st 1,500,000 (euros)
Meanwhile, the €25,000 High Roller has gotten underway, with 133 entries creating yet another million-euro-plus top prize. The standard Canadian nose-bleed level names appear on the players list, including Sorel Mizzi, Danel Negreanu, Jonathan Duhamel, Mike ”SirWatts” Watson Will Molson, Sam Chartier and Mike ”Timex” McDonald.
Mizzi appears to be off to a great start, with a top 10 chip count after the dinner break, while both Watson and McDonald have been busted at least once. McDonald wasted no time in re-entering and appears to be having a much better go with his fresh stack. No word if Watson did the same, but his lack of Tweets for the tournament seem to indicate that he is done for the day, as is the case for Duhamel and Chartier.
Negreanu was floating just under average stacks by the time the field was cut in half and Day 1 was nearing the end of play.
We’ll have to wait until Monday to see how all the exciting all unfolds, but you can bet we will be watching. GoGoGO!!!