Jonas Lauck took down the WCOOP Main Event with no deal made, for over $1.5 million. PTP’s Alex Weldon moderated a political debate between cohost Andrew Barber and online MTT boss Bryan Paris.
It’s rare to see online events with multi-million prize pools end without a deal being reached; and when one player obstructs the negotiations, or demands extra money that the others won’t agree to, it often proves to be a case of hubris. Not so yesterday, when Jonas “llJaYJaY||” Lauck took down the full $1,517,541 first-place prize for the $5,000 World Championship of Poker Main Event after the idea of a deal had been broached twice, but scuttled by Lauck holding out for more money, which the others weren’t willing to give.
The second of the two instances was particularly interesting as a case study, as it happened four ways, with Lauck sitting on 40M chips while his three opponents were virtually tied at 20M apiece. Lauck’s contention was that he held an advantage in excess of what standard ICM calculations would give him, because his opponents would be under higher than usual pressure to play tightly and hope for others to bust first. The hold-out was “0409479,” seated directly opposite Lauck, who felt that his position made the situation less bad for him than the others.
There’s plenty of room for interesting discussion of these stances, but from a results-oriented perspective, at least, both players will have been happy with their decisions, as 0409479 did indeed end up finishing second, and taking home over $1 million of his own.
You’ll have to wait till Friday for the official version of the next episode of the PartTimePoker Podcast, but an unedited video version of today’s live stream is available on YouTube. Aside from the people involved, it has little to do with poker directly, but is a debate between (reluctant) Clinton-supporter Andrew Barber and (reluctant) Trump-supporter Bryan Paris, moderated by yours truly.
— Alex Weldon (@benefactumgames) September 29, 2016
You can skip ahead to 4:25 if you want to get to the actual political talk. If you’re wondering whether you’ll be interested or not, the nine questions I asked are as follows:
- PartyPoker has entered into “Phase 2″ of its efforts to combat so-called predatory players. The changes include a ban on seating scripts, and the stripping of players’ screen names from downloaded hand histories.
- Although poker seems to be on the decline, gambling in general is booming, according to a study commissioned by the Irish government.
- The European Poker Tour has announced it will be amending its recent payout structure changes somewhat. Although sticking by the decision to pay out roughly 20% of seats, this will be rounded down rather than up, and minimum cashes will be brought back up to 1.5x rather than 1.1x, even if this means reducing the money up top somewhat.
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