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11-Hour heads-up battle to determine a winner in PokerStars Championship Macau Main Event

Tags: Elliot Smith, PokerStars, Tianyuan Tang
Posted on Monday, April 10, 2017 by "T".
The first ever PokerStars Championship Main Event in Macau concluded on Sunday evening after one of the longest heads-up matches in history! Now, the final day started with 6 players and it only took two hours before the field had been narrowed down to the final two contenders: Elliot Smith (Canada) and Tianyuan Tang (China). Despite the fact that they agreed to a deal that "only" left HKD$300,0[...]   Read more » 11-Hour heads-up battle to determine a winner in PokerStars Championship Macau Main Event

  10-Apr-17, 08:03   #1
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doubletop777 
Joined: Mar '11
Location: United Kingdom
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Many congratulations to Elliot Smith on winning this event. I am very surprised that the heads up battle lasted so long, after they had made a deal, and their concentration levels must be off the scale.

     
  10-Apr-17, 15:40   #2
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pajalnick 

Joined: Mar '11
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11 hours of playing together ?? ... I probably do not understand something in the game of poker ... and in the end they made a deal ????? ... I do not really understand anything about playing poker .... maybe they do not even have a private life

     
  10-Apr-17, 17:26   #3
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Tony_MON7ANA 

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Wow. Seriously? Elliot Smith and Tianyuan Tang played for almost half a day for extra HKD$300,000 (approximately equivalent to US$38,000)? What a stamina! They must have been physically and mentally exhausted after the match.

Edited by Tony_MON7ANA (Monday, April 10, 2017 @ 17:49 GMT)


     
  10-Apr-17, 20:44   #4
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Gerimantas 
Joined: Jan '17
Location: Lithuania
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I too not understand how two players can play heads up poker in a big tournament with more than 500 players in total with big blinds for 11 hours @_@ i just cannot think what they eere doing, just raise-fold and then raise-fold from the other side, until one all in hand after 11 hours Tongue

     
  10-Apr-17, 21:06   #5
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TheMachineQC 

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Hahahaha, 11 hours heads up does sounds pretty long but it does show how much discipline these professionnal poker players have. I wonder how many big blinds they had and how the structure was. Because usually when the heads up starts you're not that deep. But every tournament is different, sometimes the big stacks win every hand they play and there's just nothing small stacks can do Blink

congrats to the winner!

     
  10-Apr-17, 22:25   #6
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Mober 
Joined: Mar '09
Location: Greece
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11 hours playing heads up. Thats n accomplishment alone without taking in mind the prizes.
Not it says the longest heads up in poker stars history.
there is another one even bigger than this?
How can you play that long in heads up? Smile

     
  10-Apr-17, 23:58   #7
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damosk 
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11 hours of heads up play? That is some amazing poker playing going on there. It would be good to see some of the highlights of this just to get a feel for how these guys played for eleven hours. Can you imagine playing heads up frthis long? I bet most of us couldn't imagine playing a whole tournament for that long!

     
  11-Apr-17, 00:12   #8
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bowie1984 

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Posted by damosk:
11 hours of heads up play? That is some amazing poker playing going on there.

Honestly? No. The only amazing thing in this battle is that both players got out alive. Playing heads up for eleven hourse would mean I would kill myself out of boredom.

     
  11-Apr-17, 07:21   #9
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DaCapo71 
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That's verry amazing, a 11 hours hu-battle, i think i go tilt after some hours but these guys are really pro's Thumbs Up And for this nice cash winning they have a good reason to play a long time for the first place. But i'm wonderinf why they don't make a deal at the beginning of the hu.

     
  11-Apr-17, 11:00   #10
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ihavepc 
Joined: Apr '17
Location: Lithuania
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I think this is a little bit strange situation, not sure if i ever played for longer than 1 hour in a heads-up sit and go (do not have many experience in heads-up poker in bigger tournaments) and it was a really fun but hard experience, lots of funny and strange hands, lots of luck both ways, bad beats good beats and so on Big Smile so cannot imagine this action of 11 hours... Shock

     
  12-Apr-17, 11:57   #11
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Calmplay 

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11 hours but how long they had breaks? maybe 2 hours right? anyone has the answer? no seriously I would not play a heads up for that long, would do a deal and go home happy without spending so much energy... Smile

     
  12-Apr-17, 14:53   #12
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pinotte 
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They had made a deal leaving HKD300,000 to the winner. I went see how much this worth in U.S. and see that this worth around $38,000 US.

So they played 11 hours for 38k but i don't thing that the money was involved to much in this HU game it was more for the sake of winning whatever is coming to the winner beside the money. Worship Worship

     
  12-Apr-17, 16:14   #13
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pajalnick 

Joined: Mar '11
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I played on the final table in the decisive battle several times but it always happened pretty quickly ... of course sometimes it was delayed, but as far as I can remember the maximum time was about 15-20 minutes ... and then it was very long for me ... It's easier for me to agree to defeat than to play 11 hours

     
  12-Apr-17, 16:49   #14
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pochui 

Joined: May '08
Location: Lithuania
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epic shoving of blinds back and forth for 11 hours i must admit, probably they thought of this when they struck a deal and then chit chatted in the toilet and decided to go for this no shorter than 11 hours heads up battle which was suppose to put them on par with Napoleon and Justin Bieber.

     
  13-Apr-17, 12:35   #15
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bowie1984 

Joined: Apr '12
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I mean it's ridiculous that this gotten so long and honestly the prizes were not that incredible either. Why would you drag 10 more hours of your life for something like this if you could spend it on prime asian hookers provided by the casino itself? Such a waste Big Smile

     
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