Party Poker Premier League III Heats Up

Posted at 11:50 2008-11-28
The PartyPoker.com Premier League III is underway in London with one of the most formidable lineups ever seen. After three days of action JC Tran is the man to catch with two victories and a runner up finish to see him well out in front on the points leaderboard.
On day one Tran overcame newly crowned WSOP Peter Eastgate heads-up, to claim victory with Annette Obrestad’s third place finish delivering a trifecta for the Premier League debutants. In heat two there was much anticipation for the Tom “Durrr” Dwan versus Phil Hellmuth clash and it didn’t take long to eventuate. In the very first hand of play Dwan flopped a full house as Hellmuth made a flush on the turn. Hellmuth made the big laydown and recovered to finish fourth. Dwan powered on in aggressive fashion but couldn’t get past Tony G heads up, as Tony collected maximum points on the opening day to continue the form he displayed during the heats of season two.
Day two wasn’t so successful for the WSOP champions with Hellmuth and Eastgate both busting out first from their respective heats. Juha Helppi took down heat three with a victory over Obrestad heads up. Helppi was the outright favourite to win the series with odds of 6/1 at PartyBets.com, and the 10 points will certainly help his cause. Tran made it two from two in heat four, with a win over Vicky Coren. In the final hand he was fortunate that his A6 spiked an ace on the flop to crack Coren’s pocket kings.
Day three saw a complete reversal of fortunate for Hellmuth and Eastgate as they both claimed victory in their respective heats. Eastgate ran all over the field in heat five, and took a massive 9:1 chip lead over Tran in a rematch of their clash in the opening heat. Tran fought back to level things up but Eastgate found a king on the flop holding K3 to get the points against Tran’s A7. It was hard to get a word in during heat six as it features the heavyweights of Hellmuth, Tony G, Dave “Devilfish” Ulliott, Roland de Wolfe, Dwan and Andy Black. The poor run of Devilfish at the Premier League continued when his two pair ran into Dwan’s full house to see Devilfish eliminated with 0 points. Dwan continued on his aggressive way eliminating Tony G and Black, before pushing too hard and falling to Hellmuth in third place. This left Hellmuth heads up with De Wolfe, and the chips went in with Hellmuth’s KT trailing the AQ of De Wolfe, however a king on the river gave the “Poker Brat” the maximum ten points.
Play at the PartyPoker.com Premier League III continues today with the standings after three days of play as follows:
26 pts    JC TRAN
14 pts     JUHA HELPPI
14 pts     TONY G
14 pts     VICKY COREN
13 pts     PHIL HELLMUTH
12 pts     TOM DWAN
12 pts     ROLAND DE WOLFE
10 pts     ANDY BLACK
6pts       NENAD MEDIC
3 pts      DEVILFISH
Interestingly, here are the odds that were offered at the start of play:
Juha Helppi was the 6/1 outright favourite with PartyBets.com, with JC Tran 7/1, Nenad Medic 8/1, Tony G 8/1, Devilfish 8/1, Annette Obrestad 8/1, Tom Dwan 9/1, Phil Hellmuth 10/1, Roland de Wolfe 10/1, Peter Eastgate 12/1, Andy Black 14/1 and Vicky Coren at 16/1.


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