Niclas Thumm open-shoved a stack of 4,400,000 in the small blind and Nacho Barbero quickly called in the big blind.
Barbero took a massive lead on the king-high flop of though Thumm picked up a wheel draw on the turn. Unfortunately for “Flushiisback," the bricked out for him on the river and the Platinum Pass winner was eliminated in sixth place for a career-high $1,001,200.
Aliaksandr Shylko limped in from the small blind with and Pedro Marques checked the big blind with . The flop came and both players checked through to the on the turn and the on the river.
Shylko finally threw out a min-bet of 300,000 and Marques looked him up with ace-high to win a small pot.
On the next hand, Marques limped in from the small blind with and Philipe Pizzari checked the big blind with . The flop came and Marques led out with a bet of 300,000. Pizzari raised to 675,000 with a straight draw and Marques was forced to give up his hand.
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One man responsible for making that happen was Managing Director of North America for PokerStars Severin Rasset, who helped usher in a similar liquidity merge in Europe.
“We had similar things happening in Portugal, which was operating as a closed liquidity for a while,” he explained. “Portugal has about 14 million inhabitants. So, very similar to the size of New Jersey or Pennsylvania. Then Portugal joined with Spain, which was a big, dynamic change to the market.”
He added: “I've been through quite a lot of these changes in the regulatory and so just using this experience while getting the most out of the team in the US and plugging my experience in with their expertise and their own experiences, I think we're gonna have a really good mix.”
Rasset recently spoke to PokerNews at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure (PCA) in the Bahamas about recent developments concerning PokerStars US including the reveal that they’re offering $1 million in guarantees each week, updates on Pennsylvania and Nevada, and the potential return of live events in America.