Finally after waiting for so long the partypoker Premier League 7 officially kicked off on November 20th at the Playground Poker Club in Montreal, Canada and after a few last  minute changes to the line up we can proudly say that we’ve managed to secure some of the best and most respected names from the world of poker today.

This Is The One Every Player Wants To Win Even Greg Merson

Entrance to this game is $125,000 to enter, which is perhaps one reason why the Premier League has become one of the most respected poker events the world over, and of course one that every poker player wants to win. Although there’s no live stream this time around you’ll be able to catch up on all the news right here on the partypoker blog as the week  goes on.

Of all the changes we’ve been asked mostly about the missing Greg Merson. He mentioned to a source of ours “Something important came up and I had to cancel last minute. Hoping I get to play the next one. Premier League is an elite event.”

partypoker Premier League 7 Heat Drafts:

During the opening party at the W Hotel that’s found just downtown in Montreal Kara Scott and Jesse May held a draw to determine just who would be facing who in the upcoming  heats in the Premier League VII. Each participant was assigned one of 12 cards represented by a spot throughout the various heats of the tournament.

Heat 1 would comprise of the following players:

WEDS 20/11/2013 – Heat 1
1 JEFF GROSS
3 ANTONIO ESFANDIARI
4 DANIEL CATES
5 SOREL MIZZI
6 JASON KOON
9 BRIAN RAST
11 DAN COLMAN
12 SCOTT SEIVER

The Action

We are live from Playground Poker for Heat 1 of the partypoker.net Premier League VII, the first time the league is played on Canadian soil. The action is well underway for this pre-recorded for television feature table.

With about 28 hands played, here is how the chips are stacked.

JEFF GROSS 366000
ANTONIO ESFANDIARI 338500
JASON KOON 332000
DAN COLMAN 321000
DANIEL CATES 298500
BRIAN RAST 256500
SCOTT SEIVER 247500
SOREL MIZZI 240000

The blinds are midway at the 2k/4k level.

Hand 33

Three players with pocket pairs with 5 players taking the flop with 50k in the pot. With Mizzi betting, 3 of the players folded and now it’s between Mizzi and Seiver. The flop is    and  on the turn. The pot total is 94k and Mizzi has checked. Seiver bets 65k and Mizzi to call. Clearly this is the largest pot of the night thus far with 159k. Mizzi folds and Seiver takes the monster pot.

Seat 2 JEFF GROSS 366000
Seat 7 DAN COLMAN 321000
Seat 4 ANTONIO ESFANDIARI 320000
Seat 8 JASON KOON 315500
Seat 5 DANIEL CATES 309000
Seat 3 SCOTT SEIVER 285500
Seat 6 BRIAN RAST 276000
Seat 1 SOREL MIZZI 211000

Gross wins a couple of back to back pots in hands 37 & 38 against Mizzi and Seiver to extend his chip lead.

Seat 2 JEFF GROSS 413000
Seat 7 DAN COLMAN 322500
Seat 4 ANTONIO ESFANDIARI 311500
Seat 8 JASON KOON 313000
Seat 5 DANIEL CATES 288500
Seat 3 SCOTT SEIVER 274500
Seat 6 BRIAN RAST 267500
Seat 1 SOREL MIZZI 209500

After 41 hands of play. Players are on their first break. Gross continues to lead Heat 1 with Mizzi on the short stack of the eight players. The blinds will be increased to 3k/6k.

Hand 43 – Big pot

Seiver raises from SB, Antonio bets.

Antonio  

Seiver pocket Q’s

About 211k in the pot as Antonio bets 67k on the river after Seiver has checked.     

Seiver has a long pause and calls. Antonio takes the 474k pot with Seiver dropping in chips.

Seat 4 ANTONIO ESFANDIARI 490000
Seat 2 JEFF GROSS 391000
Seat 8 JASON KOON 344000
Seat 7 DAN COLMAN 342000
Seat 5 DANIEL CATES 274000
Seat 6 BRIAN RAST 219000
Seat 1 SOREL MIZZI 198000
Seat 3 SCOTT SEIVER 142000

Hand 48 – Koon vs Colman

Colman raises to 18k from the SB, and Koon needs 12k to call from the BB. Koon raises to 43k and Colman calls.

Koon  

Colman  

Flop   

Koon bets and Colman folds giving him the pot.

Seat 4 ANTONIO ESFANDIARI 561000
Seat 8 JASON KOON 388000
Seat 2 JEFF GROSS 373000
Seat 7 DAN COLMAN 306000
Seat 5 DANIEL CATES 298000
Seat 1 SOREL MIZZI 188000
Seat 6 BRIAN RAST 148000
Seat 3 SCOTT SEIVER 138000

Hand 50 – Seiver out (O points)

Seiver all in call pre-flop for 136k. Gross calls.

Seiver  

Gross  

Flop     

We have our first elimination of the night. Seiver gets no points for the remaining 3 heats. Gross, who has seen many pocket pairs this evening, is closer to the chip leader Antonio Esfandiari.

Seat 4 ANTONIO ESFANDIARI 562000
Seat 2 JEFF GROSS 522000
Seat 8 JASON KOON 385000
Seat 5 DANIEL CATES 312000
Seat 7 DAN COLMAN 303000
Seat 1 SOREL MIZZI 168000
Seat 6 BRIAN RAST 148000

Hand 56 – multiple hole pairs

Koon  

Jungleman  

Esfandiari  

Flop   

All players checked.  Turn comes    The pot is 55k

Koon bets 75k and Esfandiari folds followed by Jungleman. Koon steals the pot before players can reveal their pairs.

The blinds are up to 4k/8k +2k ante.

Seat 4 ANTONIO ESFANDIARI 643000
Seat 2 JEFF GROSS 549000
Seat 8 JASON KOON 400000
Seat 5 DANIEL CATES 307000
Seat 7 DAN COLMAN 233000
Seat 1 SOREL MIZZI 157000
Seat 6 BRIAN RAST 111000

After 68 hands, Esfandiari, still in the lead has lost some chips. Rast is running on fumes.

Seat 4 ANTONIO ESFANDIARI 563000
Seat 2 JEFF GROSS 527000
Seat 8 JASON KOON 371000
Seat 5 DANIEL CATES 377000
Seat 7 DAN COLMAN 321000
Seat 1 SOREL MIZZI 169000
Seat 6 BRIAN RAST 70000

Hand 74: Rast All in but no takers.

Rast has played the patience game. He went all in with  . He stole the antes and blinds and is back up to 88k in chips.

Hand 75: Rasted (1 points)

Rast all in with pocket 10’s. Esfandiari calls with J-Q off suit. The pot total is 174k.

Flop is     

Brian Rast is eliminated as Antonio picked up a full house. Rast picks up 1 point in heat 1 of the premier league.

Seat 4 ANTONIO ESFANDIARI 633000
Seat 2 JEFF GROSS 525000
Seat 5 DANIEL CATES 417000
Seat 8 JASON KOON 353000
Seat 7 DAN COLMAN 315000
Seat 1 SOREL MIZZI 157000

Blinds are going up after 4 levels and 84 hands to 6k/12k +2k ante.

Seat 4 ANTONIO ESFANDIARI 679000
Seat 2 JEFF GROSS 493000
Seat 5 DANIEL CATES 427000
Seat 8 JASON KOON 397000
Seat 7 DAN COLMAN 287000
Seat 1 SOREL MIZZI 117000

Hand 85: Sorel doubles on Antonio

Mizzi all in with   for 115k. Antonio calls with  .

Flop     

Mizzi doubles up with pair of 4’s.

Hand 87: Koon takes lead

Koon raises to 25k

Antonio raises to 63k

After a pause, Koon goes all in with pocket 4’s and forces Antonio out. Koon is the new chipleader but there is a virtual 3-way tie at the top as 3 players are within 2k chips of each other.

Hand 93: Colman finally plays a hand

Mizzi  

Jungleman  

Colman  

A set of raises, and the flop is   

Colman goes all in for 201k with a pair of jacks. Both other men stand down. Colman picks up some chips to revive himself.

Seat 4 ANTONIO ESFANDIARI 513000
Seat 8 JASON KOON 454000
Seat 2 JEFF GROSS 451000
Seat 7 DAN COLMAN 344000
Seat 1 SOREL MIZZI 336000
Seat 5 DANIEL CATES 302000

Hand 97 – Jungleman takes the lead

Jungleman  

Koon  

Junglaman raises to 25k, Koon reraises to 52k.

Junglement all in for 337k and Koon calls.

Flop  :    

Jungleman connects trip jacks and becomes the new chipleader with 704,000 chips. Koon takes a beating and gets pushed down 77,000.

Seat 5 DANIEL CATES 704000
Seat 4 ANTONIO ESFANDIARI 537000
Seat 2 JEFF GROSS 425000
Seat 7 DAN COLMAN 360000
Seat 1 SOREL MIZZI 297000
Seat 8 JASON KOON 77000

Hand 99: Koon doubles up on Jungleman

Koon goes all in and the Jungleman calls.

Koon  

Cates  

Flop     

Koon makes a full house to double up. He is still the short stack.

After Hand 106 the blinds are up to 8k/16k with 3k antes.

Seat 5 DANIEL CATES 673000
Seat 4 ANTONIO ESFANDIARI 577000
Seat 2 JEFF GROSS 388000
Seat 1 SOREL MIZZI 290000
Seat 7 DAN COLMAN 249000
Seat 8 JASON KOON 223000

Hand 110: Mizzi chips away at Jungleman

Mizzi  

Jungleman  

Both men play the flop. Sorel checks on the flop with pair of eights. An 8 on the turn and Cates bets, Mizzi raises. Cates folds and Mizzi takes the pot holding three of a kind.

Hand 116: Jungleman swings back up

Mizzi  

Jungleman  

A series of checks and bets. The flop gives the Jungleman a full house, aces and 8’s.

Cates regains the chip lead with 697,000 chips.

Players are on a short break after hand 127.

Sorry we had some internet issues here between 127 and 157 losing Jason Koon, Antonio Esfandiari and Sorel Mizzi.

Hand 157: Gross Encounter

Colman  

Gross  

Gross goes all in from the SB and Colman calls.

Flop      and Jeff Gross doubles up to be the new chip leader.

Hand 158: Jungleman doubles up

Jungleman  

Gross  

Cates all in and Gross calls.

Flop     

Cates doubles up.

Short break to chip up. Blinds are now 15k/30k +5k ante. We are playing 3 handed.

Seat 2 Jeff Gross 1000000
Seat 5 Jungleman 739000
Seat 7 Colman 661000

Hand 181:  Jungleman out

Jungleman goes all in with J-4 and Colman calls with pocket jacks.

Flop is     

Jungleman is eliminated for the evening. It’s now a heads up between Daniel Colman and Jeff Gross.

Hand 236:  Heat 1 winner is Jeff Gross

And that’s it folks we have our winner for heat 1 of the partypoker Premier League 7!  After 236 hands we eventually saw Jeff Gross go all in with and get called by Daniel Colman holding  the board ran out  and we have a winner!

This has probably been one of the longest heats we’ve ever seen at the Premier League. Stay tuned as later on today Heat 2 will take their seats with the following players:

THURS 21/11/2013 – Heat 2
2 JONATHAN DUHAMEL
4 DANIEL CATES
6 JASON KOON
7 DAN SHAK
8 PHIL LAAK
9 BRIAN RAST
10 VANESSA SELBST
12 SCOTT SEIVER

Final points from Heat 1

1 JEFF GROSS 14
3 ANTONIO ESFANDIARI 5
4 DANIEL CATES 9
5 SOREL MIZZI 7
6 JASON KOON 3
9 BRIAN RAST 1
11 DAN COLMAN 11
12 SCOTT SEIVER 0

Current League Standings

         NO. PLAYER POINTS HEATS
             1 JEFF GROSS 14 1
11 DAN COLMAN 11 1
4 DANIEL CATES 9 1
5 SOREL MIZZI 7 1
3 ANTONIO ESFANDIARI 5 1
6 JASON KOON 3 1
9 BRIAN RAST 1 1
12 SCOTT SEIVER 0 1
2 JONATHAN DUHAMEL 0 0
7 DAN SHAK 0 0
8 PHIL LAAK 0 0
10 VANESSA SELBST 0 0

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