3-Bet: Blair Hinkle, Maeteusz Warowiec & Alex Viard Win Titles

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  • Namita Ghosh May 8, 2019
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The annual stops of popular poker brands – RunGood Poker Series (RGPS), MPN Poker Tour and European Poker Series (EPS) Rozvadov helped serve as a much-welcome precursor to the upcoming 50th-anniversary special WSOP.   

The RGPS conducted its final stop of the season at Hard Rock Tulsa from April 30 to May 6 and headlining the action was the $675 buy-in RGPS Tulsa Hard Rock Main Event $100,000 GTD that eventually crowned a winner in Blair Hinkle. Hinkle topped the 319-strong field, to win $44,012 in prize money.

There were two tournament series playing out in the Czech Republic. The MPN Poker Tour Prague ran at Rebuy Stars Savarin Casino from May 2-5 and saw the €675 buy-in Main Event crown a champion in Mateusz Warowiec. Warowiec outlasted a field of 402 entries, defeating Marko Keskel heads-up to bank the winner’s cheque worth 900,000 Czech Koruna (Kč) (~€36,000).

At King’s Resort in Rozvadov, the European Poker Series (EPS) Rozvadov €550 Main Event attracted 676 entries through five starting flights, and it was France’s Alex Viard claiming the title and a payday of €54,456 (~$60,982) following a four-way deal.


Blair Hinkle Wins RGPS Tulsa Hard Rock For $44,012

The RunGood Poker Series (RGPS) Showbound hosted its final stop of the season at  Hard Rock Tulsa from April 30 to May 6. The series culminated with the $675 buy-in RGPS Tulsa Hard Rock Main Event $100,000 GTD that attracted 319 entries via three starting flights.

Only 61 survivors returned on Day 2, and it was Blair Hinkle, who had come in as the chip leader with 451,000, holding his ground to win the title. Hinkle squared off with Matthew Blackwell heads-up and pocketed a payday of $44,012 after relegating the latter to the rail in second place.

Also seen earning a payout were Catherine Chen (16th for $2,144), Wadih Kaawar (24th for $1,723), Jacob Seale (33rd for $1,436), and Beau Wilshire (35th for $1,436).

The elimination of Dan Martin (10th for $3,637) and Jeremy Tinsley (11th for $3,637) in two back-to-back hands set the nine-handed final table in motion.


Final Table Recap

It took a while for the first final table elimination to come through and surprisingly, it was the James Jewell, who was the start of the final table chip leader, who departed in ninth place.

Eric Bunch, Stephan Hart and Matt Newcomb crashed out next, in places eighth to sixth.

Tai Phan was eliminated by Hinkle in fifth place.

Greg Jennings ran his pocket sixes into Hinkle’s superior flopped one-pair and departed in fourth place.

Michael Crawford fell to Matthew Blackwell who announced all in on the flop , and Crawford called with against Blackwell’s . The and rundown saw Blackwell’s pair of kings busting Crawford’s pair of queens, sending the latter out in third place.

Heads-up, Matthew Blackwell scored two early double ups to give fierce competition to Hinkle who was leading in chips, but Hinkle soon won it all back to climb over 4 Million in chips. Eventually, Blackwell raised to 125,000 and Hinkle raised all in, putting Blackwell who had 1,880,000 behind on a decision. Blackwell called, only to find out that he was trailing with against Hinkle’s . The board ran , and Hinkle collected the pot, and with that the tournament title! 

Blair Hinkle
Blair Hinkle wins RGPS Tulsa Hard Rock Main Event

Final Table Results (USD)

  1. Blair Hinkle – $44,012
  2. Matthew Blackwell – $27,868
  3. Michael Crawford – $18,662
  4. Greg Jennings – $13,015
  5. Tai Phan -$9,761
  6. Matt Newcomb – $7,656
  7. Stephen Hart – $6,469
  8. Eric Bunch – $5,359
  9. James Jewell – $4,613


Maeteusz Warowiec Takes Down MPN Poker Tour Prague 2019

Hosted at Rebuy Stars Savarin Casino from May 2-5 in the heart of the Czech capital, the MPN Poker Tour Prague was the second stop for the MPN Poker Tour. The series was an intense affair and headlining the show was the €675 buy-in Main Event where 402 runners joined the action via three starting flights. Only the top 23 survived through to the final day, and it was Poland’s Mateusz Warowiec who took home the title.

Warowiec was in dominant form right from Day 1A when he had topped 33 survivors. He continued his winning streak right to the final table where he defeated Marko Keskel heads-up to collect the winner’s paycheque worth 900,000 Kč (~€36,000).

From a prize pool of 4,808,925 Kč (€192,357), the top 47 finishers earned at least 28,750 Kč (€1,150).


Final Table Recap

The final table action was replete with twists and turns. Jason Poelman and Martin Mulsow hit the rail first, in ninth and eighth places respectively.

Then came the shocking back-to-back eliminations where Daniel Stacey suffered a massive setback and ended up leaving in seventh place. Following him to the rail was Vilem Vrana whose ace-king suited got run down by Alex Clark’s pocket tens.

Alex Clark himself couldn’t play further and was eliminated next in fifth place by Andrei Lazar who held ace-jack that dominated Clark’s ace-ten.

The four-handed play slowed down for a while before Jari-Pekka Rattya moved all in with a short stack holding king-eight and picked up two callers in Warowiec and Marko Keskel. Warowiec scooped the pot, eliminating Rattya in fourth place.

Rattya and Keskel were the last two remaining Paf qualifiers, and Rattya’s elimination left Keskel as the only Paf qualifier still standing in the field, for which he won the Paf’s ‘qualifiers last-longer’ contest, and a free MPNPT London package.

Andrei Lazar was booted out in third place, leaving Marko Keskel and Warowiec in contention for the title. Eventually, Warowiec limped from the button with , and Keskel moved all in with . Warowiec called to see the community cards open . With two-pair, Warowiec eliminated Keskel in second place and took down the title. 

Mateusz Warowiec
Mateusz Warowiec wins MPN Poker Tour Prague Main Event

Final Table Results (CZK)

  1. Mateusz Warowiec – 900,000 Kč
  2. Marko Keskel – 632,500 Kč
  3. Andrei Lazar – 465,000 Kč
  4. Jari-Pekka Rattya – 332,500 Kč
  5. Alex Clark – 262,500 Kč
  6. Vilém Vrána – 210,000 Kč
  7. Daniel Stacey – 162,500 Kč
  8. Martin Mulsow – 127,675 Kč
  9. Jason Poelman – 100,000 Kč


Alex Viard Takes Down European Poker Series of Rozvadov €550 Main Event

The European Poker Series of Rozvadov offered over €800,000 in guaranteed prize money along with five World Series of Poker Europe (WSOPE) seats to give away. The poker festival ran at King’s Resort from April 25 to May 6, and closing out the series was the €550 Main Event that culminated with France’s Alex Viard claiming the title following a four-way deal.

Viard banked €54,456 (~$60,982), but it was the third-place finisher, Vladimer Gigolashvili from Georgia who pocketed the biggest payday of €64,275 (~$71,978). Viard is no stranger to tournament success and a regular at the Czech Republic poker circuit; his biggest title win to date is the 2017 EPT €2,200 NLHE he won for €73,000.

The tournament attracted 676 entries (including 168 re-entries) in total from five starting flights. The final table saw a representation of players from six different countries.


Final Table Recap

After Germany’s Markus Helich, Spain’s Adrian Fernandez Conception, Germany’s Paul and German Schnitzel left in places ninth to sixth, Israel’s Asaf Levi hit the rail in fifth place.

The final four players then struck an ICM deal leaving only the tournament title in play.

Andreas Thomas Gondrom was eliminated in fourth place. Vladimer Gigolashvili, who had the biggest stack when the ICM deal was reached consequently locking in the biggest payout, was the next to go, in third place.

Finishing runner-up was Aurelie Laurence Dassi who was eliminated at the hands of Viard after an intense heads-up duel.

Alex Viard
Alex Viard wins EPS Rozvadov €550 Main Event

Final Table Results (EURO)

  1. Alex Viard – €54,456*
  2. Aurelie Laurence Dassi – €50,559*
  3. Vladimer Gigolashvili – €64,275*
  4. Andreas Thomas Gondrom – €49,855*
  5. Asaf Levi – €20,370
  6. German Schnitzel – €15,911
  7. Paul – €11,980
  8. Adrian Fernandez Concepcion – €8,352
  9. Markus Heblich – €6,614

*denotes four-way deal

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