If you blinked, then you missed it. Waking up with pocket Aces on the first hand of a tournament doesn't happen very often and winning a heads-up match on the first hand by snapping off pocket rockets is even a rarer feat. Yet, it was just a part of the action for Week 3 on the Global Poker Tour. German George Danzer, playing for the Paris Aviators, was tapped by team manager Fabrice Soulier to get Paris back on track in their match again conference rival London. Before Scarfboy Danzer's match with Igor Kurganov began, Paris had slipped out of first place. The Aviators needed at least 6 points, or two wins from Danzer, to at least retain a tie for first place with Hong Kong. A total sweep for Danzer would thrust Paris back out in front...whereas a complete shutout by Danzer would be disastrous for Paris. Alas, Danzer had a little luck on his side because the poker gods set up a cooler on the opening hand. Danzer cracked the KURGEN's pocket Aces to win the first match in a record-time. The tone had been set and Danzer went on to win all three matches for the sweep, which put Paris back on top after a 9-0 victory over the London Royals. Brutal day for Igor, who posted a royal donut.
Meanwhile, the featured match of the day included the return of Jungleman! The Hong Kong Stars took on the Berlin Bears with GPL crowd favorite Dan 'Jungleman' Cates pitted against online legend Randy "nanonoko' Lew. Alas, Jungleman put on a good show, but slipped into the depths of mega-tilt as Lew won the series 2-1 and Hong Kong defeated Berlin 6-3. Hong Kong finished the day in second place overall, but Berlin's slide continued. The Berlin Bears hit rock bottom for last place in the EurAsia conference with only 22 points. They appear Bears stuck in deep hibernation and 18 points out of first place. In the final match of the day, Sergey Lebedev from the Moscow Wolverines dropped his first match against Rome's Tim Adams, but he won the final two to give Moscow a 6-3 win over Rome.
Randy ‘nanonoko' Lew
Jungleman gets very emotional. You just have to throw off his game.
Match 25: nanonoko (Hong Kong) 6, Jungleman (Berlin) 3... Dan ‘Jungleman' Cates dropped the first game against Randy ‘nanonoko' Lew. "It's hard to lose all three, right?" Jungleman joked, but he was definitely looking to turn around his luck thus far in the GPL. Jungleman lost the first game after a misclick midway let to his inevitable downfall. Jungleman quelled his tilt demons when he bounced back to win the second game and even the score. A calm and cool Jungleman returned to the Octogon for the rubber match with his temper in check. Alas, nanonoko sent Jungleman on mega-tilt after he folded a hand that would have chopped the pot. Jungleman had flopped a straight with 9-7 vs 7-3 but there was a possible flush and full house opportunities so he went deep into the tank trying to figure out Lew's (tight) range. Based on how nanonoko check-raised the river, Jungleman figured his straight was beat. On the next hand, Jungleman busted with A-J against nanonoko's K-2. Jungleman dropped the match 2-1 to nanonoko, who locked up six points for the Hong Kong Stars. The 6-3 victory over Berlin had momentarily put Hong Kong in first place, but after Danzer's sweep, they'd finish the day in second overall.
Match 26: George Danzer (Paris) 9, Igor Kurganov (London) 0... Danzer had a little pressure on him after Randy Lew's win over Jungleman, which netted 6 points for Hong Kong. Paris wanted those 6 points back and needed Danzer to win at least two of three games to keep pace. Danzer binked the first game for Paris on one hand. Yeah, online poker is rigged! Igor Kurganov woke up with A-A against Danzer's J-10. Although Igor flopped a set, but he lost to Danzer's Broadway straight. London was crushed on the first hand. Danzer won the second game for Paris in only 32 hands to take a 6-0 lead, which guaranteed that Paris would at least retain a tie for first place. The Danzer rush continued and Igor could not prevent a shutout. Danzer won last game rather quickly for the 3-0 sweep. Danzer needed a mere 57 hands to deliver a 3-time knockout. With 9 points for the day, the Paris Aviators were back in sole possession of first place and ahead by three points.
Match 27: Sergey Lebedev (Moscow) 6, Tim Adams (Rome) 3... Rome's Tim Adams won the first match but it wasn't an easy task. He was ahead early, but couldn't put Sergey Lebedev to bed. Lebedev rallied late, but his comeback fell short and Moscow dropped the opening match to Rome. In the second match, Lebedev evened the score with a quick-fire victory. The rubber match determined which team would walk away with 6 points and the overall victory. Lebedev sandbagged his A-6 and flopped the Antichrist 666. Lebedev stacked Adams to win the rubber match and clinch a victory for Moscow, who defeated Rome by the final score of 6-3.
GPL EURASIA STANDINGS
- 1. Paris Aviators 40 (4 wins)
- 2. Hong Kong Stars 37
- 3. Moscow Wolverines 35
- 4. London Royals 28
- 5. Rome Emperors 27
- 6. Berlin Bears 22
** thru Week 3
Watch the highlights from the Paris-London bout between George 'Scarf Boy' Danzer and Igor Kurganov...