The Premier League came to an end yesterday in the Montesino in the heart of Vienna, Austria when the eight-handed final table of the $125,000 buy-in event was won by the American pro Scott Seiver.
Seiver is one of the most respected poker players on the circuit. He is frighteningly good at cash games and equally adept at tournament poker where he has now won more than $4,700,000 in live events including an outright win at the World Poker Tour and a World Series of Poker bracelet.
At the start of the final table, which will be shown on Sky Sports later this year, Seiver started sixth from eight in chips but he played a patient game until he found a good spot to double up and once he had a playable stack he started to turn the screw on his opponents.
That double up came in a hand that saw Tom "durrrr" Dwan eliminated. British duo Sam Trickett and Mathew Frankland had already busted out when Dwan moved all-in from under the gun for 10.5 big blinds holding Ks6h and Seiver made the call with pocket sevens. The board ran out queen-high and as Dwan left the tournament area Seiver started to stack his chips and was now a force to be reckoned with.
Tony G, Patrik Antonius and Phil "The Unabomber" Laak were all sent to the rail in relatively quick succession whcih set up a heads-up battle between Seiver and Daniel Cates, the latter better-known to the masses as "jungleman12."
The pair started almost dead even in chips, Cates with a very narrow 1,295,000 to 1,245,000 chip advantage but he soon became a 2:1 underdog when he had no answer to Seiver's constant aggression. Cates finally made an all-in bet with sevens and Seiver called with KhQs. The sevens stayed ahead right up to the river but the river was the king of spades, winning the hand and the tournament for Seiver.
PartyPoker Premier League Final Table Results
1st: Scott Seiver: $500,000
2nd: Daniel Cates: $300,000
3rd: Phil Laak: $175,000
4th: Patrik Antonius: $125,000
5th: Tony G: $100,000
6th: Tom Dwan: $80,000
7th: Mathew Frankland: $65,000
8th: Sam Trickett: $55,000