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Head to Vegas with bwinPoker

17:43 Europe/Stockholm May 21, 2013


Las Vegas, Viva Las Vegas! It's about that time again when the great guys at the Rio start up the World Series of Poker machine.

Now in its 44th year it is with out doubt poker's biggest annual feast and the best part? the Main Event of course! With bwin you could be heading there as well!

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bwin/PartyPoker Recap for the 2012 WSOP

08:52 Europe/Stockholm July 17, 2012

2012 wsopThe 2012 Main Event is done for online qualifiers from bwin and PartyPoker, with another successful year in the books and players heading back home with hundreds of thousands of dollars more than they arrived with.

Manos Foudoulakis and Jordi Martinez would headline the efforts, carrying the bwin banner all the way into Day 6 before they finally headed for the payout window to pick up their very large paydays.

Below you'll find all the players from bwin and PartyPoker that cashed at the 2012 Main Event:

43rd Jordi Martinezalonso - $191,646
91st Manos Foudoulakis - $62,021
121st Raphael Ayani - $52,718
147th Amato-Gomila - $52,718
163rd Hans Joachim Hein - $44,655
174th Francois Tosques - $44,655
190th Christopher Kolla - $44,655
207th Daniel Sauva - $44,655
304th Griffin Benger - $38,453
352nd Jeff Hakim - $32,871
367th Leon Piso - $32,871
413th David Scherzer - $28,530
490th Mario Juste - $24,808
519th Stephan Schreitl - $24,808
531st Robert Schulz - $21,707
567th Thibaud Guenegou - $21,707
585th Michael Weiss - $ 21,707
648th Marvin Rettenmaier - $19,227

bwin at the 2012 Main Event: Day 6

07:53 Europe/Stockholm July 16, 2012

2012 wsopTwo bwin players would still be alive on Day 6 of the Main Event, which would see the remaining field of 97 players pared all the way down to just 27.

Manos Foudoulakis and Jordi Martinez would start the day with above average stacks but Foudoulakis would see his run end prematurely in the early going, getting it in with the best hand and looking to double up but running into a flush; Foudoulakis would collect $62,021 for his efforts.

Martinez would play late into the night before finally bowing out, patiently grinding away before making his stand with AhQh but running into AKo.

He'd flop a flush draw and have a sweat until the river but unfortunately no hearts came, leaving our last bwin player Martinez to hit the rails in 43rd for a huge $191,646 payday.

WSOP Day 6: Jordi Martinez is running well

05:09 Europe/Stockholm July 16, 2012

Level 27 News: Jordi Martinez - 1,900,000 chips (63 players remain)

We've got less than 70 players left here at the WSOP Main Event. Remember now we started with an amazing 6,598 runners. What's even better is that the fact that bwin Team Pro Jordi Martinez who is playing in his third WSOP Main Event is currently enjoying his first ever WSOP cash in the most prestigious tournament in the world.


So whats going through his head?

I'm so nervous, we are really close to something really big. I try to be focused at the table, but what can I do with my stack? Who can I put pressure on? If I don't concentrate about the table I will start to think about the money…

So you're not thinking about that $8.5 million?

I have to focus on what is in front of me and make the optimum decisions…I'm not just thinking about the money.

Jordi has $128,384 in the bank already. The biggest pay day he has ever received. The next pay jump increases that amount by $30,000 so is he aware of the incremental pay leaps?

I am mindful with that because it is important not just for me, but also to understand when I can attack somebody.

So what would he do if got that $8.5 million in his bank account?

If I did win $8.5 million I'd spend the money travelling the world with my girlfriend and buying a home.

Who has Martinez been in constant touch with back home during his amazing run?

My father, brothers and my girlfriend, but they have to stay awake all not because of the time difference so they are more tired than me!

What is one piece of advice you would give?

Play your own style. Understand that you can be very patient here.

Level 26 News

Jordi Martinez Loses a Big Flip
Jordi Alonso has been reduced to 1,720,000 as we have a short interval in play. Amit Zulkowitz is the player who has most of Alonso's chips after the pair flipped for 2,500,000. Zulkowitz held 9♠ 9♦ and Alonso held A♥ J♥ . The board ran out 6h 6♣ 6♠ 9♣ 8♦ , Zulkowitz moved up to 2,300,000 as did Alonso (Alonso was later grounded down to 1,720,000).

Level 25 News

Jordi Martinez Up To 3,550,000 Chips


Manos Foudoulakis Out!


Our Greek qualifier Manos Foudoulakis is out of the World Series of Poker (WSOP) Main Event. He started in 21st place, but he left crushed, and is currently being consoled by his girlfriend. The end came for Foudoulakis like this:

A.J. Jejelowo raised to 90k in early position and Foudoulakis made the call as well as Jamie Robbins in the small blind. It was a three way flop of 9♣ 7♠ 4♠ with the action checked to Foudoulakis who bet 125k. Robbins folds, Jejelowo check-raises to 375k and Foudoulakis called. Turn shows a Q♦ and Jejelowo goes all-in for just under 2 million with Foudoulakis calling. It was K♣ Q♣ for the Grecian and T♣ 8♣ for Jejelowo. Foudoulakis looked good to double up until J♦ showed its face on the river giving Jejelowo a helping hand with a straight taking Foudoulakis down to 230k.

Just after this we saw Foudoulakis going all-in holding A♣ J♠ and Eric Legoff called holding A♠ 8♠. However K♠ T♠ 4♠ flop handed Legoff the nuts and Foudoulakis was out two cards later J♣ & 9♠


We have two players in that field of 97 : bwin team pro - and their Spanish Champion - Jordi Martinez and the bwin qualifier from Greece, Manos Foudoulakis.

Manos Foudoulakis starts the day in the final seat of the feature table and he shares it with one of the best players left in the competition: Vanessa Selbst. Selbst and Foudoulakis are like chalk and cheese with Selbst winning two WSOP bracelets, a Partouche title and back to back North American Poker Tour (NAPT) titles whilst accruing over $5 million in live tournament earnings. Foudoulakis is a pharmacist and basketball coach who is currently experiencing his one and only cash of his lifetime.

The Foudoulakis Table

1 | Robert Corcione | 3,750,000
2 | David Balkin | 1,295,000
3 | Lasell King | 1,740,000
4 | Vanessa Selbst | 1,165,000
5 | Alfred Firova | 995,000
6 | Max Ovseyevitz | 755,000
7 | Scott Anderson | 1,485,000
8 | Jesse Sylvia | 2,990,000
9 | Manos Foudoulakis | 3,020,000

Here is the table draw that Martinez starts on.


Jordi Martinez Table
1 | Alben Juen | 2,376,000
2 | Gwennael Grandmougin | 1,055,000
3 | Jordi Martinez | 2,700,000
4 | Fabio Sousa | 805,000
5 | Amit Zulkowitz | 1,520,000
6 | Mazin Khoury | 1,885,000
7 | Dung Nguyen | 1,880,000
8 | Jonathan Schoder | 470,000
9 | Percy Mahatan | 2,400,000

bwin/PartyPoker at the Main Event: Day 5

07:49 Europe/Stockholm July 14, 2012

2012 wsopDay 5 of the Main Event is when the action really starts to get serious, with the realization sinking in for players that this might be their best shot ever at making a Main Event final table and walking away with millions in prizemoney.

As the day progressed the following players would come up shy of that goal but still walk away with a big payday:

121st Raphael Ayani - $ 52,718
147th Amato-Gomila $ 52,718
163rd Hans Joachim Hein - $ 44,655
174th Francois Tosques - $ 44,655
190th Christopher Kolla - $ 44,655
207th Daniel Sauva - $ 44,655

We'd also have two bwin players still alive when Day 5 concluded:

Manos Foudoulakis: 3,020,000 chips
Jordi Martinez: 2,700,000 chips

bwin/PartyPoker at the Main Event: Day 4

07:45 Europe/Stockholm July 13, 2012

2012 wsopDay 4 of the Main Event would see the money bubble arrive quickly -- with just one hand necessary during hand-for-hand play to pop the bubble -- and plenty of bwin and PartyPoker qualifiers walking away with a big payday.

Let's start with the winners, as far as players who cashed on Day 4:

304th Griffin Benger - $ 38,453
352nd Jeff Hakim - $ 32,871
367th Leon Piso - $ 32,871
413th David Scherzer - $ 28,530
490th Mario Juste - $ 24,808
519th Stephan Schreitl - $ 24,808
531st Robert Schulz - $ 21,707
567th Thibaud Guenegou - $ 21,707
585th Michael Weiss - $ 21,707
648th Marvin Rettenmaier - $ 19,227

Not only did bwin and PartyPoker have plenty of players make the money but they've still got several in the hunt and moving onto Day 5, including the below:

Manos Foudoulakis
Hans Joachim Hein
Daniel Sauva
Raphael Ayani
Francois Tosques
Christopher Kolla
Jordi Martinez
Amato Gomilla

bwin/PartyPoker at the Main Event: Day 3

07:41 Europe/Stockholm July 12, 2012

2012 wsopDay 3 of the 2012 Main Event would bring players right to the brink of the money bubble but not quite, with that little bit of business to be settled early on Day 4.

As always the bwin and PartyPoker online qualifiers were right in the thick of the action as the money bubble approached, with some players hanging on trying to cash while others got down the business of building up their stacks for a hopefully deep run.

Below are some of the stacks for bwin and PartyPoker players that are safely through to Day 4:

Christopher Kroll - 440,000
Michael Weiss - 398,000
Marvin Rettenmaier - 200,000
Robert Schulz - 80,000
Stefan Lehner - 375,000
Manos Foudoulakis - 210,000
Jordi Martinez - 95,000
Thibaud Guenegou - 139,000
David Scherzer - 190,000
Hans Joachim Hein - 320,000
Amato Gomilla - 270,000
Jody Howe - 99,000
Leon Piso - 170,000
Griffin Benger - 100,000
Francois Tosques - 380,000
Raphael Ayani - 245,000

bwin/PartyPoker at the Main Event: Day 2

11:31 Europe/Stockholm July 11, 2012

2012 wsopThe Main Event is a very long grind each and every year, with players having to battle it out for days and days on end to be among the final nine standing.

Every journey starts with beginning steps, with the first course of action for the online qualifiers from bwin and PartyPoker being to safely play their way through Day 2.

A total of fifteen players would manage just that, carrying the below stacks into Day 3 as they represent bwin and PartyPoker at the Main Event:

Christopher Kolla - 344 000
Manos Foundoulakis - 200,000
Jody Howe - 188 000
Hans Joachim Hein - 180,000
Robert Schulz - 124 400
David Scherzer - 106 000
Bodo Sbrzesny - 96 400
John Busing - 95,000
Stefan Lehner - 87 000
Thibaud Guenegou - 84,000
Dan Sauva - 75,000
Mohammed Sadiq Istakhar - 73 000
Alexander Debus - 70,000
Andreas Nasvaal - 61,000
Raphael Ayani - 42,000

bwin/PartyPoker at the Main Event: Day 1b

11:01 Europe/Stockholm July 11, 2012

2012 wsopDay 1b of the 2012 Main Event kicked off today, with nearly 1,400 more players turning out to chase the dream of walking away a Main Event champion and an instant millionaire.

Plenty of online qualifiers from bwin and PartyPoker would be among the big field, with eight of them surviving a very long day of poker to move onto Day 2 with their Main Event dreams intact.

Below are the chip stacks for the bwin and PartyPoker players who made it through Day 1b:

Robin Fisher: 30,925
Hans Joachim Hein: 65,575
Jody Howe: 108,400
Dan Sauva: 14,750
Mohammed Sadiq Istakhar: 34,750
Togsverd Christian: 9,850
Raphael Ayani: 83,425
Gaetano DiMaria: 35,475

bwin/PartyPoker at the Main Event: Day 1a

10:48 Europe/Stockholm July 10, 2012

2012 wsopThe time is finally here that poker players have been waiting for for months: the 2012 Main Event is kicking off!

Over 1,000 players would start their Main Event journey on Day 1a, including plenty of online qualifiers from bwin and PartyPoker -- not to mention sponsored pros like Mike Sexton and bwin French pro team member Thibaud Guenegou.

All in all 24 players from bwin and PartyPoker would survive to move onto Day 2, including the following notables as far as the top five chip stacks:

Manos Foudlouakis - 89,375
David Scherzer - 60,475
Andrew Nasvall - 54,150
Christopher Kolla - 54,025
Robin Roth - 49,175

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