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It turned out to be a grueling 13-hour day but when all was said and done, it was all worth it for Roger Teska. The Caribbean Poker Party $25,500 MILLIONS World has wrapped up and Teska earned the victory along with a cool $2,000,000.
The high-stakes cash game regular defeated Steve O'Dwyer who is known as one of the best at heads-up play. "I definitely wasn't expecting to win coming into this (tournament)," Teska said in his winner's interview. "These guys know when to shove, what hands to shove with and I don't. Steve is a better player than I am so I wanted play bigger pots."
Teska hasn't played many tournaments in the past but admits that he enjoys testing his skills against some of the best in the game. This will definitely top his career-high score of $371,000 and Teska knows exactly what he's gonna do with his major payday. "There might be some partying for the next couple days."
Final Table Results
|1||Roger Teska||United States||$2,000,000|
|3||Charles La Boissoniere||Canada||$1,000,000|
|6||Ben Tollerene||United States||$450,000|
|8||Niall Farrell||United Kingdom||$300,000|
Only nine players returned to the felt for the final day of competition with each of them guaranteed at least $250,000. Each elimination came with a pay jump and it was evident in the early going that ICM was a key factor. Paul Tedeschi stormed into the final day as the short stack but held the chip lead by the end of the first level.
It would take over three hours for the first bustout to occur and it was Joao Vieira to hit the rail first. Vieira eventually got his 17 big blind stack in the middle with pocket jacks but ran into the pocket aces of Tedeschi. Once the official final table of eight was formed, it didn't take long for Niall Farrell to get his chips in the middle as well. "Firaldo" finally picked up a pocket pair in the small blind but Teska held a larger pair in the big blind to eliminate Farrell in eighth place.
Also in the same level, Rainer Kempe found himself on a stack of under 20 big blinds. The German moved in with two Broadway cards but was dominated by the ace-jack of O'Dwyer. An ace came on the flop and Kempe was drawing dead by the turn, ending his day in seventh place. Six-handed play lasted for nearly two hours with the chip stacks fluctuating between all of the players. Ben Tollerene came into the day second in chips and even held the chip lead, but had a bad run of cards over the course of an hour. Tollerene lost a big flip to Teska and was forced all in for just a couple of big blinds in the next hand. He was unable to survive and disappointedly hit the rail in sixth place.
When the players were sent on a dinner break, there were only four players remaining. That was after Andras Nemeth built up a stack from five big blinds to second in chips. He then played a monster pot with O'Dwyer for the chip lead and the two players were flipping preflop. O'Dwyer out-flopped Nemeth's pocket pair and Nemeth was ousted in fifth place. O'Dwyer held a monster chip lead after the break and he was comfortable sitting back and watching the small stacks duke it out. Tedeschi and Teska elected to battle with pair vs pair preflop and the stacks nearly level. Teska came out on top which left Tedeschi on crumbs, and he was eliminated shortly after.
When three-handed play began, the chip stacks started to level out and it quickly became anyone's game. Charles La Boissonniere jumped out to the chip lead but it didn't take long for O'Dwyer to come roaring back. O'Dwyer started hitting every card in the deck and he built up a massive lead with over 300 million chips. When Teska shoved all in from the small blind with queen-seven, La Boissoniere called off his nine big blind stack with pocket nines. A queen on the flop gave Teska the lead and La Boissonniere was unable to recover as he was eliminated in third place for $1,000,000.
It was 3-to-1 chip lead for O'Dwyer at the start of heads-up play but an instant cooler leveled the match. Teska picked up pocket queens against O'Dwyer's pocket kings and hit a queen on the flop to score a double up. The chip lead swung back and forth a couple of times but the major turning point was when Teska caught O'Dwyer bluffing and earned himself a double up. The players took a quick break and Teska finished things off just a couple of hands later.
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In the last hand of the night, Steve O'Dwyer raised to 9 million on the button with and Roger Teska moved all in with in the big blind. O'Dwyer thought for a few seconds and then called off his stack of 126,000,000.
Teska was happy to see that he was flipping and the flop of gave him the lead with a pair of eights. The on the turn left O'Dwyer drawing to just two outs. The river brought the and O'Dwyer was eliminated in second place.
- Slepe stave:
Each player stuck in 8 million preflop and the dealer fanned the flop of . Roger Teska checked with and Steve O'Dwyer bet 5.5 million with . Teska check-raised to 18 million and O'Dwyer called.
the turn brought the and Teska checked again. O'Dwyer fired another 15 million but Teska still called to see the on the river. Teska checked one more time and O'Dwyer shoved all in. Teska was put to the test for his remaining 72 million chips and he used up a time extension before making a decision. Teska eventually made the call and took over the chip lead with a huge double up.
- Slepe stave:
Heads-up action is underway which means the blind levels have been reduced to 30 minutes in length and there is no ante in play. In one of the first few hands, the two players quickly got all of the chips in the middle with Roger Teska at risk for 101 million.
Steve O'Dwyer turned over and was comfortably ahead of Teska's . However, a queen landed on the flop to give Teska the lead. The turn and river changed nothing and Teska scored a double up to equalize the chip counts.
There has been no stopping Steve O'Dwyer as of late as he has been just hitting every card in the deck that he needs. Charles La Boissonniere raised to 6.2 million on the button with and O'Dwyer just called with in the small blind. The flop came and both players checked to the on the turn.
O'Dwyer led out for 10 million with the stronger two pair and La Boissonniere called to see the on the river. O'Dwyer stuck in another bet of 26 million and La Boissonniere paid him off. O'Dwyer dragged in another pot to climb over 300 million and leave La Boissonniere on the short stack.
Just a few hands later, Roger Teska moved all in from the small blind with and La Boissonniere snap-called for 23.8 million with . The flop came to give Teska the best hand after hitting a queen. The on the turn gave La Boissonniere a straight draw but the bricked off as the Canadian finished in third place for $1,000,000.
|Charles La Boissonniere||Izpadel|
- Slepe stave:
Another two levels have completed and the remaining three levels are heading on another 15-minute break. Charles La Boissonniere has taken the chip lead but Steve O'Dwyer and Roger Teska are just one pot away from taking that title for themselves. There will be a total of 132 big blinds in play when the players return to the felt as the stacks start to become a bit more shallow.
|Charles La Boissonniere||180,000,000||65,000,000|