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GSOP Prague Suffers Aasmaa Attack

GSOP Prague is in the books and what an event it was.

Things got started just four days ago at the Hotel Corinthia with a Prague single-day tournament entrants record of 500 players.

It then ended with just one man standing Sunday Night: Estonia’s Raigo Aasmaa.

After leaping into the European poker scene with a third-place finish at home earlier this year in EPT Tallinn, Aasmaa managed to get over the hump at GSOP Prague and win his first major title, despite a rather tough final table.

Bet24′s own Finnish Pro Kimmo Kurko appeared to give Aasmaa his toughest test, grabbing the chip lead part way through the final table and looking poised to hoist the trophy himself.

However, fortunes changed quickly and Kurko was the shortest stack heading into the final three.

After a deal was struck improving second and third place money and ensuring the winner would still walk away with €80,000, Kurko soon hit the rail taking the €60k left for third leaving it up to Roger Hairabedian to take care of Aasmaa heads-up.

Hairabedian had the chip lead to do it with, and certainly the confidence, but big pot after big pot went Aasmaa’s way until the big money, and the title, were both his.

All in all it was an exciting trip to Prague and clearly the GSOP’s most successful event to date.

Click back to check out the BLUFF Live! crew’s final video recap, including an interview with the champ, some of the sights and sounds of the final table and a funky look at the famed Prague Castle.

Next up for the GSOP and Bet24 will be a stop in the skiing Mecca of Salzburg, Austria at the end of next month- Hopefully we’ll see you there.

GSOP Prague Day 3: The Final Table is Set

The third day at GSOP Prague separated the men from the boys and one very special lady.

The field was whittled down from 47 to the final three tables before Norwegian model and Porn Star Aylar Lie busted 23rd, making her as the last woman standing.

She was followed closely to the rail by a group that would also not make the final table, just as Austrian Piotr Madej built the chip lead he will take into tomorrow’s nine-player final, set for 1 p.m.

He’ll be followed closely there by fellow Austrian Raihpo AAsmaa and England’s Christopher Kiefert, the subject of the Cover Story Interview in tonight’s video recap from Prague.

We’ve also got a funky look at Prague’s famed Charles Bridge and all the action from the felt, so click back to check that out.

In the meantime, a look at the rest of the final table shows Bet24′s own Finnish Team Pro Kimmo Kurko still hanging around.

He’ll enter tomorrow’s final seventh in chips and just a double-up away from making some real noise.

The rest of the final will see players from Hungary, Bulgaria, France, and Argentina compete for the €100k first-place prize.

So tune back in to BLUFF Magazine, the Bet24 Blog and our final video recap to see how it all shakes down Sunday in Prague.

For now, here’s a look at the chip counts and seating assignments:

Seat 1: Roger Hairabedian 651,000

Seat 2: Grudi Grudev 666,000

Seat 3: Mark Adorjanyi 907,000

Seat 4: Chris Kiefert 1,716,000

Seat 5: Raigo Aasmaa 1,779,000

Seat 6: Piotr Madej 2,081,000

Seat 7: Emmanuel Obregon Cano 468,000

Seat 8: Kimmo Kurko 754,000

Seat 9: Ville Salmi 936,000

GSOP Prague Day 2: Moving On Up

It was move up or move out day at GSOP Prague Friday.

On the way, Day 2 of the event saw 209 players enter and just 47 earn a spot on the Day 3 roster.

England’s Chris Kiefer did the most moving, putting himself into chip lead position as the bubble burst and holding onto a substantial lead as play finished.

However, getting from here to the title will be no easy feat.

Standing in the way is a host of contenders, including Bet24′s own Finnish Superstar Kimmo Kurko, the very same man who was the subject of the Bluff Live! crew’s Cover Story Interview today.

You can find that, the chip counts, a look at the famed Wenceslas Square Christmas Market in Prague and a whole lot more in the Day 2 video recap.

Kurko ended just outside the top ten, but is in with a clear shot at some big money here in Prague.

Unfortunately, the rest of the Bet24 team of Pros and Qualifiers will have to cheer him on from the rail as they made their way to the exits throughout the day.

But with names like American Shannon Shorr and a host of others still in the hunt, there will certainly be plenty of excitement on the felt worth watching over the next two days.

For those of you at home, Bet24 and Bluff will endeavour to print all the news you need to know here in Prague until a champion is crowned, so stay tuned – it’s going to be a ton of fun.

GSOP Prague Day 1: A Record Breaking Party

The one thing we can say definitively is that it was a record breaking day at GSOP Prague.

500 players made this is the biggest ever one day field for a poker tournament in the Czech Republic and the biggest GSOP event in the tour’s two season history.

With the record breaking out of the way and newly signed Bet24 Team Captain and Cross-Atlantic WSOP bracelet Winner Jesper Hougaard in the mix, hopes were high for the day.

Unfortunately, Hougaard hit the rail early, bluffing off his stack with sixes against queens.

However, Anders Jensen carried the Bet24 flag to an almost 50k stack and Finnish Team Pro Kimmo Kurko built his up close to 70k by the time eight levels were through.

Add in surviving qualifiers Srboljubs Stojilkovic, Jesper Hansen, Mikkel Svarre, and Markus Lehto and there are enough Bet24 players among the 215 that pushed through the day to ensure the team is in with a shot.

No longer in with a shot is GSOP Greece winner Sergio Marti Aguiar, who joined the likes of Irish Open winner James Mitchell on the rail early, along with more than half the 500-player field.

Like Team Beat24 Captain Hougaard, they’ll be stuck enjoying the rest of the week in Prague, which has quickly developed a reputation as Europe’s biggest party city.

The BLUFF Live! video crew talked Jesper a bit about that it in our Day 1 video recap, plus we’ve got a look at Prague’s Old Town Square Christmas Market, The GSOP Live Welcome Party, the end of day chip counts and a whole lot more.

Click back to check it out tonight and we’ll be back tomorrow with all the action from Day 2 of GSOP Prague.

Bet24 and BLUFF Ready to Party in Prague!

The Grand Series of Poker Live continues this week with a stop in Eastern Europe’s best party city: Prague.

The GSOP has always been committed to events with affordable buy-ins at attractive destinations and GSOP Live: Prague, running Dec. 7-12 in the Czech Republic, looks to be no different.

With the annual Christmas Markets running at both the famed Old Town Square and Wenceslas Square throughout the month, there’s really no better time to be in Prague, as the city truly comes to life throughout December.

The $1,500 main event will call the 5-Star Corinthia Hotel home, but the real host of this event is the city itself.

Famed for its Cabarets, Clubs and non-stop Nightlife, online qualifiers from Bet24, the rest of the OnGame network and direct buy-in players from around the World are sure to enjoy the city of Prague as much as the chance to book a big score on the felt.

Plus, with Prague’s rich history, there are always a ton of things to see and do, even for those who take a pass party scene, including sightseeing highlights like the Prague Castle, the Charles Bridge and the Astronomical Clock in the aforementioned Old Town Square.

Thanks to a partnership with Bet24, BLUFF Magazine and the BLUFF Live! video crew will be on the scene in Prague to provide a snapshot of the tournament action and all the highlights of a few days in one of Europe’s most fun destinations.

Stay tuned to BLUFFMagazine.com all this week to see all the action from on and off the felt – It’s going to be wild party and the crew plans on collecting the video evidence to prove it.

Sergio Marti Aguilar Wins GSOP Live: Greece

After a final table that was as quick as it was exciting, Sergio Marti Aguilar was crowned GSOP Live: Greece Champion at the Porto Carras Grand Resort Saturday.

The Spaniard, who took the chip lead on Day 2 of the event, held on to bring the second biggest stack into the final nine and outclassed the field on the way to earning the €78,447 top prize.

Although he managed to get all the way to the final two, Mad Bulgarian Stefan Genchev, the massive leader when things kicked off at 2 p.m. local time Saturday, could not turn his maniacal style into a title, seeing his stack go up and down all day until he finally fell heads-up to Aguilar shoving king-queen into Aguilar’s big slick.

The ace-king held and suddenly what started with a GSOP Live record 345 players just a few short days ago was suddenly down to just one.

To no one’s surprise, Aguilar told the BLUFF Live! video crew he’s planning on playing the rest of the GSOP Live series, staring with the Prague Main Event coming up in December.

To hear how excited he was to hoist the trophy, check out the latest post on the GSOP Live: Greece video page, where you’ll also find a special look at the action from the final table and the Bet24 Qualifier’s dinner at Porto Carras’ decadent White Room fine dining restaurant.

That’s all from the Bet24 Blog in Greece – See you in Prague!

Here’s how the final table finished up:
1 Sergio Marti Aguilar €78,447
2 Stefan Genchev € 50,512
3 De Lima Carvalho €35,588
4 Ally Squire €27,552
5 George Tzimas €20,664
6 Stylianos Pantelakis €16,072
7 Timotheus Grall €12,628
8 Anders Vind €10,523
9 Dimitrios Vlahos €8,801

GSOP Live: Greece Day 3

The penultimate day of the GSOP Live: Greece Main Event went off at the Porto Carras Grand Resort Friday.

What started with 45 was quickly pared down to a final table of nine as the players proved to be gamblers at heart with the €78,447 first-place prize on their minds.

Overnight chip leader Sergio Marti Aguilar managed to keep his head about him as short stacks shoved and big stacks pushed all around him today.

As a result the Spaniard will ride into Saturday’s final second in chips on a bit over 1.3 million.

However, even Aguilar will be looking up at Bulgarian Stefan Genchev, who managed to get up and over the amazing 2.3 million chip mark by the time the final table was set – His biggest move coming when Anders Vind tossed his sizeable stack in the middle with nines only to fall to Genchev’s jacks.

With that kind of lead, local pundits are already handing the title to Genchev, but in this game anything can happen, and the rest of the final nine is guaranteed more than just €8,801 in ninth-place money, but a shot at the title tomorrow as well.

In the days leading up to the event, the scuttlebutt was all about how soft the local players were.

However, three Greeks managed to make the final here, which should put to rest the rumors that this seaside country, which is relatively new to poker, is full of fish.

Joining them there will be two German and one British OnGame Network qualifiers, in addition to a direct buy-in player from Portugal.

On the eve of the final table, the BLUFF Live! video crew took a tour of the Porto Carras’ fabulous vineyard and winery, tossed it in with a little poker action, chip counts and an interview with Bet24 Qualifier Aron Olsson waxing poetic on how great the event has been for him in their latest video.

You can check that out on the GSOP Live: Greece Video page here on the site and check back right here on the Bet24 Blog tomorrow to see who takes down the GSOP Live: Greece title.

For now, here’s a look at the final table players and chip counts:

Stefan Genchev 2,347,000
Sergio Marti Aguilar 1,305,000
De Lima Carvalho 820,000
Ally Squire 765,000
George Tzimas 737,000
Stylianos Pantelakis 363,000
Timotheus Grall 224,000
Dimitrios Vlahos 179,000
Anders Vind 139,000

GSOP Live: Greece Day 2

Day 2 of the GSOP Live: Greece Main event kicked off Thursday with 191 players still in the hunt for the title in the largest GSOP event ever held.

Prize pool numbers were released and the field quickly found out they’d be vying for €78,447 in first-place cash with the top 45 finishers getting a piece of the cake.

The remaining Bet24 qualifiers still in the hunt fell early and often leaving just Bet24 Team Pro Anders Jensen representing the site.

But despite coming in with a big stack, even Jensen could not survive the carnage that was Day 2, falling as the remaining field quickly approached the money bubble.

Jensen was still all smiles though, looking forward to enjoying all the Porto Carras Grand Resort and Northern Greece has to offer for the next few days instead.

Dutchman Olivier Schut who appeared poised to make a deep run early, turning his mid-sized stack into a chip leading one by the time the dinner break rolled around.

As a result, the BLUFF Live! video crew made him the subject of a special Bet24 Rising Star Cover Story interview.

Plus, they shot some footage of a themed Greek Night at Porto Carras and threw that together with a look at the tournament action, chip counts and more in the Day 2 feature on the GSOP Greece Video Page tonight.

However, Schut’s good fortunes seemed to change in the latter half of the day as he fell from the top spot and was barely hanging on as the day came to a close.

It all ended when the money bubble popped, meaning there’s 45 left headed into Day 3.

Right now it’s Sergio Marti Aguilar who holds the overnight lead on over 600k.

The entire group will be back Friday to play down to the final table of nine and you can check back with the Bet24 Blog on BLUFF Magazine to see how it all shakes down.

GSOP Live: Greece Day 1B

The second first day of the GSOP Live: Greece Main Event drew a total of 257 players to the Porto Carras Grand Resort.

A significant number, considering that when you add it with Tuesday’s 88, the total of 345 makes this the biggest GSOP field in the tour’s history.

The action spilled out of the second floor conference room and into the casino to accommodate the massive field filled with a number of recognizable GSOP faces and a healthy helping of Bet24 and other OnGame qualifiers.

After turning $22 into a $3,500 package on Bet24, Swedish Qualifier Aron Olsson did his best to survive the day and represent the site, but it was Danish Bet24 Team Pro Anders Jensen who really put on a show.

Jensen chipped up mid way through the day dragging a big pot when his tens held against an opponent’s rivered pair of eights.

Then he moved up over 90k when he knocked out another foe flopping a set of jacks against a pair of queens all in pre flop.

Soon enough he crested the 110k mark with a set of tens and suddenly found himself among the chip leaders.

The BLUFF Live! video crew caught up with Jensen at the dinner break for a special Bet24 Rising Star edition of BLUFF Cover Story which you can check out on the GSOP Live: Greece video page, along with a snapshot of the action from the tournament floor, top ten chip counts and a look at the Porto Carras’ amazing marina – The largest in Northern Greece.

The day drew to a close after eight levels of play with Ioannis Papathanasiou holding the overnight chip lead, Jensen right behind him and 148 total surviving.

They’ll be added to the 43 survivors from Day1A for Day 2 Thursday and we’ll be back then to fill you in on all the details as the pretenders are separated from the GSOP Live: Greece Main Event contenders.

GSOP Live: Greece Day 1A

The Grand Series of Poker descended upon Northern Greece Tuesday for the second stop of its second season.

A pun-intended “grand” total of 88 players hit the felt for the first of two starting flights and while the overall field is expected to be relatively online-qualifier heavy, Day 1A of the $1,500 GSOP Live Greece main event was a mostly local affair.

In fact, 62 of today’s 88 starters are of Greek decent.

Thinking a field of locals would be softer than a lot of his usual online foes, Bet24 qualifier Mogens Hansen decided to give it a go Tuesday.

The Dane ran into a little trouble early in a nasty flush-over-flush debacle, but managed to right the ship mid-way through the day flopping trip kings and getting it all in for a much needed double up.

Unfortunately, he got bluffed off of trips on a board with four spades to dump a huge pot and eventually fell with pocket nines just before the day drew to a close.

The rest of the Bet24 online qualifiers and hundreds more from all over the OnGame network arrived at the host Porto Carras Grand Resort throughout the day Tuesday.

Most plan on hopping into the action on Day1B Wednesday, giving tournament organizers the confidence to announce early and often that they expect this to be the largest GSOP Live event in the tour’s short but illustrious history, surpassing the 333 players who showed up in Malta during the first season.

Janos Katzenberger won that one, booking a near six-figure score of $98,133.

While prize pool and registration numbers will have to wait until Day1B kicks off and registration closes around 2 p.m. local time Wednesday, we can say that 2011 Aussie Millions Runner-Up James Keys has the inside track at the big cash already, ending Day 1A on top of the 43 players who survived.

The goal of GSOP Live has always been to create live poker tournaments with affordable buy-ins at premium locations, giving recreational players the best live event experience possible and GSOP Live Greece is clearly no different.

With the five-star Porto Carras Grand Resort hosting the event for the next week, players are sure to enjoy the action off the felt as much as they do on it and the BLUFF Live! video crew plans to join them every step of the way.

With tours of Southern-Europe’s largest spa facility, the resort’s own 315-boat marina, 47.5 hectare vineyard and more planned for later in the week, the BLUFF Live! crew kicked things off Tuesday with a look inside Porto Carras’ decadent Purple Bar and the GSOP Live! Welcome Party.

Plus they’ll have all the pertinent tournament action, top ten chip counts and Bet24 Qualifier and Rising Star interviews all week, starting with Tuesday’s particulars and a few words from the aforementioned Hansen.

You can find all the videos right up until a GSOP Live Greece champ is crowned Oct. 15 on the GSOP Live Video page at http://www.bluffmagazine.com/videos/index-gsop-greece-2011.asp.

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