Our Tournament Winners Speak

Posted by Titan Poker staff, April 21, 2016

Tournaments play round the clock at Titan Poker and many of our talented players not only make the final tables, but also emerge as tournament winners. We spoke to two of these players to not only get to know them, but to learn if they employed specific strategies to outlast their opponents on the felt.

Alisson PiekazewiczBrazilian professional poker player Alisson "heeyalisson" Piekazewicz won the €25,000 Grand Tuesday on April 12th, scoring a first place prize of €5,750. Alisson, who is an instructor at a Brazilian video poker site and one of the partners of the BBZ Brazil poker team, said he studies tournaments a lot, “especially when I am not playing, so I feel very confident about most of the spots I come across in tournament play, especially at the final table.”

But Alisson’s final table success at the Grand Tuesday was far from guaranteed. “At some point at the final table we were 4-handed. I was 2nd in chips, had 33 and the board was 3462 on the turn, for a chip leader pot. My internet disconnected and when I came back, I had lost the hand by sitting out. I was very frustrated at this point, but I calmed myself down and found a way to win the tournament.”

Alisson told us that he has played poker for about 8 years (4 years professionally). He is currently ranked 65th on the Brazil All Time Money List, having won $175,750 in the $5,300 No Limit Hold'em 8-Handed event at the PCA in January.

Alisson’s advice to other players is “Study poker, especially when you’re away from the tables, and the results will come.”


Russian player wins two big tournaments

“I played very tight in the early stages of the tournament,” Artem "RipWinamp" Manockhin told us, speaking of the €10,000 Grand Wednesday which he won at the end of March for a first place prize of €2,642. Artem also won the €20,000 Sunday Warm Up tournament on April 17th for a prize of €3,872.

“I went all-in pre-flop with AA against three opponents, won it and became leader of the tournament,” he told us. “After that I began to play many more starting hands (for example K9 or 67 suited) trying to catch strong combinations like straights or flushes. I didn’t try to knock out shortstackers, because they would have lost their stacks anyway sooner or later. My goal was to maximize my stack by exploiting closest chasers. Fortunately, they readily folded to my semi-bluffs or paid my strong combinations.”

Artem told us, “Playing three-handed was the hardest spot for me. The price of a mistake or a bad beat was tremendous. But I knew if I could reach heads-up, then I could easily win the tournament. And that exactly was what happened! Heads-up ended quite quickly. In the final hand we both flopped a flush, and my turned up stronger!”


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