A former economics student from the Lithuanian capital of Vilnius, Cimboas decided two years ago to give up his studies and move to London to pursue a full-time career as a poker pro. He had huge success online with nearly $1m ($991,197) in total winnings, his biggest score being a runner-up finish in the Sunday 500 for $52,325. He also has a SCOOP-H final table, victories in The Sunday Brawl and The Sunday Major on Full Tilt Poker. At the end of 2013 he started to play more live events – mainly in medium buyin tournaments in the UK. Success came in November 2014 when he won WPT Nottingham for £200,000. He outlasted a star-packed final table there, which included Antoine Saout, Patrick Leonard, Tamer Kamel and Ben Warrington who he beat heads-up. It was the first major live tournament title in Lithuania poker history.
Bielskis came to poker from another other card game - bridge. He played as an amateur at first but, at the beginning of 2013, decided to improve his poker skills and took some poker lessons from professional players. His improvement was rewarded pretty soon. On March 4th 2013 he won the Sunday Million Anniversary for $848,589. After that big win, he decided to pursue a fulltime career as a poker pro. He came close to another big online score last year when he finished 13th in the WCOOP Main Event for $54,621. His total online winnings are $1.46 million. Last summer he had a deep run in the WSOP $1,111 Little One for One Drop where he finished 39th from a starting field of 4,496 players. EPT11 Deaville is his first EPT Main Event – he won his seat in a €215 2xChance "PokerStars" satellite.
Of the 592 players who took part in this season’s EPT Deauville Main Event, Michel “Massou” Cohen is one of the very few who has made the trip to Normandy every year since the event was first held in Season 1. With live results dating back to 1996, Cohen has a lot of experience but is nonetheless an amateur player, running a plastic surgery center/clinic on the Champs Elysées, only a few blocks from the now-defunct Aviation Club de France. Cohen was a regular fixture at the club since poker was introduced there exactly 20 years ago (sadly for all French players, the club closed down last September). Cohen, who has accumulated an impressive string of cashes, final tables and victory in every card room in Paris, is now cashing for the second time in an EPT Main Event - seven years after finishing 58th at the EPT Grand Final for €43,575, his second best live result. Cohen also has several results in France Poker Series tourneys.
An accomplished player (both online and live), comfortable with both cash game and tournament play and familiar with most poker variants, Benjamin Pollak is a consummate all-around player, and can already be considered an old-timer despite his young age. Prior moving to London a few years ago, Pollak was a regular visitor at Paris’s Avation Club de France in Paris (since 2007), alternating between PLO and NLHE 5€/10€ cash-game tables and multi table tournaments. A very consistent player, Pollak seemingly makes a big score during each one of his poker trips, especially during the last few months, with a 11th place in the PCA Main Event (for $78,874), a big side event win at EPT Prague against Martin Jacobson (for €64,190) and a fifth place in the EPT Barcelona €10k High Roller (for €219,000). Other big scores include 27th place in the 2013 WSOP Main Event (for $285,408), a runner-up finish at WPT Barcelona WPT in 2013 , fourth at WPT Prague 2011 for €104,000) and a win at the 2010 Trophees Haussmann event in Paris for €100,800. This is his fifth EPT Main Event cash and will help him top the $2 million mark in live tournament winnings.
Carlo Savinelli already looked distinctive before he put on a Marco Materazzi shirt. But while his beard and superman cap might stand out a bit, there was a story behind the shirt, as the PokerStars Blog reports.
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Action folded all of the way around to Carlo Savinelli in the small blind. He raised it up to 135,000, putting Dany Parlafes into the tank in the big blind. After almost two minutes, Parlafes came out with a three-bet to 315,000.
Savinelli responded to the raise by four-betting all in for 1.385 million. Parlafes snapped him off and the hands were revealed.
Parlafes was in a dominating position with his two aces and it was very likely that Savinelli would become the official final table bubble boy. The flop came down , giving Savinelli a glimmer of hope with a pair of kings. He would need to improve further, however, to stay alive at the final table.
The bricked out for Savinelli on the turn, leaving him searching for one of the two remaining kings on fifth street. The river was the , ensuring that Parlafes aces would hold and that Savinelli would be the official final table bubble boy. He collected €46,400 for his efforts.
Carlo Savinelli opened the action with a raise to 80,000 from the hijack. It folded to Benjamin Buhr who flatted out of the small blind. The big blind folded, leaving the duo heads up to the flop.
The dealer put out a flop of and both players checked to see the on fourth street. Buhr checked it once again and Savinelli followed suit. The finished the board on the river and Buhr led out for 230,000. The fireworks began when Savinelli reached deep into his stack and came out with a raise to 530,000. Almost instantly after seeing Savinelli's raise, Buhr reached for raising chips as well. He double fisted 1.2 million into the middle, putting the pressure back on Savinelli.
In the end, Savinelli announced a call but mucked his hand after seeing Buhr's for the wheel. Buhr scooped the massive pot and now has about 4.055 million in chips.
Massou Cohen won the first hand, and raised to 85,000 from middle position in the second one. Ognyan Dimov made the call from the big blind.
Both players checked the flop and turn before the popped up on the river.
Dimov bet out 150,000 and Cohen instantly called. Dimov showed for the rivered set and Cohen couldn't beat that and mucked.