Hands of the Week: Phil Nagy Busts First Hand of Luxon Pay Mediterranean Poker Party

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Koleznev Chips Up With Quad Aces

On Day 1b of the 2022 Mediterranean Poker Party PokerNews Cup, it was Level 7 (400/800/800) when there was around 10,000 in the middle in a three-bet pot. Dmitry Koleznev was the aggressor from the small blind.

The flop came {a-Spades}{7-Diamonds}{4-Diamonds} and Koleznev down bet to 1,600. His opponent from the hijack raised to 6,000. Koleznev called.

The {a-Hearts} was the turn and action checked through.

The river was the {4-Hearts} and Koleznev bet 3,600 in which his opponent thought for a bit before calling. Koleznev turned over his cards one by one to reveal {a-Diamonds}{a-Clubs} for quad aces for the nuts as his opponent mucked.

“I’m Sorry, Straight Flush”

Dmitry KoleznevDmitry Koleznev

On Day 2 of the PokerNews Cup, it was Level 24 (20,000/40,000/40,000) when Dmitry Koleznev opened to 100,000 from the button and Furkan Beg defended his big blind.

Both players checked the {5-Clubs}{4-Clubs}{2-Hearts} flop but Beg came firing for 100,000 on the {6-Clubs} turn. Koleznev called.

On the {8-Clubs} river, Beg jammed over the top of Koleznev. Koleznev replied: “I’m sorry, straight flush,” as he put his chips in and turned over {a-Hearts}{7-Clubs}.

Beg attempted to muck but the dealer turned over his {j-Hearts}{9-Spades}, telling Koleznev: “That’s the only card you call me with!”

After the dealer counted out Koleznev’s chips, the damage to Beg was an additional 530,000 chips. Koleznev went on to finish as runner-up in the tournament for a smooth $30,000.

Maugini Doubles Up with Quads, Hasan Left with Scraps

Vittorio MauginiVittorio Maugini

In Level 30 (80,000/160,000/160,000) of the PokerNews Cup, just six players remained when Ercan Hasan shoved all in for 675,000 from under the gun and Vittorio Maugini called for 520,000 from the small blind.

Vittorio Maugini: {q-Spades}{q-Clubs}
Ercan Hasan: {a-Spades}{3-Diamonds}

Hasan was in deep trouble but found hope on the {6-Diamonds}{7-Diamonds}{q-Diamonds}, picking up a flush draw despite Maugini making top set.

All hope was lost on the turn, as the {q-Hearts} came to give the Italian quads.

The {8-Clubs} completed the board and Hasan was left with less than one big blind. Hasan busted in the next hand.

Nagy Busts in First Hand of the Day

Phillip NagyPhil Nagy

In the $10,000 buy-in 2022 Mediterranean Poker Party The One Drop, it was Level 1 (100/200/200), and in first the very first hand of the day with 5,600 in the middle and a flop of {2-Spades}{3-Clubs}{7-Clubs}.

Albert Daher had checked from under the gun and Luc Bindel bet 1,800 from the middle position. Phil Nagy raised to 6,200 from the hijack only to have Daher to respond with a reraise to 13,500. Bindel folded but Nagy shoved. Daher called with the same stack.

Phillip Nagy: {7-Spades}{7-Diamonds}
Albert Daher: {a-Clubs}{2-Clubs}

Nagy had flopped a set while Daher had picked up the nut flush draw.

The turn was the {9-Hearts} to keep Nagy ahead but the {10-Clubs} on the river gave Daher the flush to eliminate Nagy.

“Chips,” Nady shouted out for a rebuy.

Borovkov Stuns Tuna with Straight Flush

Aleksey BorovkovAleksey Borovkov

On Day 2 of the 2022 Mediterranean Poker Party $10,400 MPP High Roller, it was Level 15 (6,000/12,000/12,000) and there was roughly 260,000 in the middle on a {6-Diamonds}{8-Diamonds}{10-Diamonds}{k-Hearts} board. Aleksey Borovkov, from the big blind, put in a bet of 130,000, leaving 154,000 chips behind.

Akin Tuna, in the button on a similar stack, moved all in over the top of Borovkov, who made the call.

Aleksey Borovkov: {9-Diamonds}{7-Clubs}
Akin Tuna: {k-Diamonds}{j-Hearts}

Borovkov had flopped a straight but Tuna was drawing to a bigger flush draw.

The river brought the {7-Diamonds}, which had Tuna pumping the air until he realized Borovkov had hit an unlikely straight flush on the river, which whittled him down to about 14,000 chips. A distraught Tuna claimed that he was not going to come back after the dinner break.

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