Earlier today we told you the story of LAPT Season 3 Florianopolis champ of 22-year-old Matthias Habernig, who has been focusing on his studies in Vienna. Habernig told us that he had never been to Monte Carlo before, so he decided to come play some poker.
He got off to a rough start early on when he "donked off" about half his stack, but he seems to have turned things around.
In a recent hand, 2012 World Poker Tour Montreal champ Jonathan Roy opened for 525 from the cutoff only to have Habernig three-bet to 1,700 from the small blind. The big folded, Roy pushed back with a four-bet to 3,700, and Habernig moved all in. Roy, who had about 14,000 total, called off.
It was a classic flip, but Habernig needed to catch if he hoped to eliminate a tough opponent. Luckily for him, that's just what he did when the flop came down . Habernig took the lead with a pair of kings, and he never looked back as the appeared on the turn followed by the on the river.
Roy was eliminated in Level 4 while Habernig climbed above the starting stack for the first time in the tournament.