Cates Takes Down Roumeliotis In Third All Stars Showdown

Last night saw the third edition of the PokerStars All-Star Showdown, with this match up being between Daniel “w00ki3z” Cates and Alexander “Sussie Smith” Roumeliotis with the former coming out on top. He now goes into the semi finals where he will play the winner of the next match-up.

The PokerStars All Stars showdown has been running for the past few days, with eight players opting to take part and putting up $100k each which will give the winner of the tournament a $500k payday.

This is actually the third time that Cates has undertaken an online no limit hold’em challenge and now has a record of one win and one loss, though he was winning by over million against Tom Dwan in a 50k per hand challenge on Full Tilt Poker, but the site was closed down.

Yesterday was played for a far less compromising amount of $100k spread across four tables and boy did the action start out straight away. After the marathon 17 hour session in the last showdown between the tentative and tight players of Haxton and “Kanu7”, these guys played the opposite.

It was fast and frantic stuff with there already being a couple of all-ins within the first 20 minutes of play. Cates was the winner of those and it gave him a big lead almost immediately, yet there was no way that “Sussie Smith” was giving up that easy. He actually clawed it all back and eventually took the lead himself.

The Second hour!

After the first action packed hour, “Sussie Smith” started to push harder to establish a bigger lead on his opponent and he did manage to do so, pushing himself $30k in front. Cates though started to make some moves of his own and did in fact regain the lead, with it topping out at $20k by the end of the second hour.

The Third Hour!

Cates really started to take advantage with his bigger stacks now and was frequently chipping away at the chip stack of “Sussie Smith” and it wasn’t too long before his opponent would eventually succumb. He did have a mini fight back at one stage but t was too little too late as Cates pressed home his advantage.

The final hand occurred when Roumeliotis pushed all in with pocket fours, only to have run right into the pocket kings of Cates.

This means that Cates is now through to the second semi final, where he awaits his opponent. The winner of that duel will then face the winner between “Sauce123” and new PokerStars Pro Isaac Haxton.