In case you didn't watch the live stream yesterday: It was a really thrilling final table of PartyPoker Premier League VI! Over the course of the final table 6 of 8 players took turns at holding the lead, and it took almost 5 levels before the first player (Talal Shakerchi) was eliminated.
Jennifer Tilly, Tobias Reinkemier and Daniel Cates all busted out during the 5th level, which left 4 players fighting for the top prize of $450,000. When four-handed play kicked off it was Jonathan Duhamel who had the biggest stack. However, he was out next after doubling up Sam Trickett and then losing his remaining chips to Dan Shak
Antonio Esfandiari, who defeated Scott Seiver heads-up in the qualifying round, had the smallest stack when three-handed began. He was in great shape for a double up after some time of play, but the poker gods had other plans for him...
Shak opened to 40k with A2. Esfandiari moved all in for 324k with pocket nines. Shak thought for a few moments before making the call.
The flop came out Q72 and Esfandiari remained in front. The 6 on the turn left Shak with only 11.36% chance of winning the hand, but the A completed the board and sent Esfandiari to the rail.
Shak brought a 2-1 chip advantage to heads up against Trickett, but the Englishman fought well and (after some time of battle) overtook the chip lead when he made a bigger flush against Shak.
Shak, however, kept a cool head and waited for the right moment to strike...
On a board of A82107, Shak went all in for 1,165,00 when the pot was only 200,000. Trickett had 102 for two pair and went into the tank for about 10 minutes before he decided to call.
Shak turned over Q4 for a rivered flush and took home a massive pot of around 2,500,000. Trickett lost his remaining 78,000 in the very next hand and received $200,000 for his second place finish. Dan Shak joined Juha Helppi, J.C. Tran, David Benyamine, Scott Seiver and Andy Black on the Premier League winners list.
1. Dan Shak, $450,000
2. Sam Trickett, $200,000
3. Antonio Esfandiari, $150,000
4. Jonathan Duhamel, $125,000
5. Daniel "Jungleman" Cates, $100,000
6. Tobias Reinkemeier, $70,000
7. Jennifer Tilly, $60,000
8. Talal Shakerchi, $45,000