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slaktern Takes First Full Tilt $25K Heads-Up PLO Championship

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PLO. The name of the game alone brings joy to many poker players. Pot-Limit Omaha has action, intrigue, and an almost-cult-like following by many poker enthusiasts. PLO can now be found in many land-based casinos and is the game most quickly gaining popularity on the internet. And with Full Tilt Poker always at the forefront of poker and players’ needs, it knew what to do. Offer the biggest heads-up PLO tournament ever!

The inaugural $25K Heads-Up World Championship was held several months ago in the ever-popular game of no-limit hold’em. But to follow that up, Full Tilt Poker hosted another, this time the $25K Heads-Up PLO World Championship to put PLO bragging rights to the test and crown the ultimate champion. Capped at 64 players, the matches began on Saturday, September 6th and concluded the following day. With massive numbers of people logging on to rail the matches and cheer for their friends or favorite players, and with the players enjoying the bracket-style set-up for the event, the event was nothing but a giant success.

First round participants included some of the biggest names in the poker world, like Phil Ivey, Erick Lindgren, Andy Bloch, David Benyamine, Patrik Antonius, and Tony G. Numerous other pros took their shots, like Dario Alioto, Steve Sung, Thomas Wahlroos, Robert Williamson III, Steve Zolotow, Tom Dwan, Phil Galfond, Scott Fischman, Brian Hastings, Peter Jepsen, Rob Hollink, David Benefield, and Josh Arieh. Many others used only their online monikers in order to enjoy a little anonymity in the event.

Making it through to the second round were a number of those big names, and the brackets for Round 2 matches boasted of names like Alioto, Sung, Williamson, Fischman, Antonius, Hastings, Galfond, Benefield, and Tony G.

Round 3 matches rallied the fans to really begin rooting for players they liked and gave the remaining players some incentive to put on their best virtual game faces. Only those surviving this particular round would pick up a piece of the $1.6 million prize pool in return for their initial $25K investments. The third round matches played out as follows, with winner signified by the (w):

slaktarn (w) v. OneUponAStar
SteveSung (w) v. THEDONKEYNO1
Ben Grundy v. Ugadabugada (w)
12443207 v. Erich Kollman (w)
Boygotgame v. trex313 (w)
Patrik Antonius (w) v. Brian Hastings
David Benefield (w) v. Tony G
The Lipton Kid v. Urindanger (w)

The quarterfinal duels would get even more exciting, as some big names in the poker community were marching on. All of the 8 players still in the game were guaranteed $96,000 for their performances, though none of them were going to settle easily for that amount. And those matches were bracketed as follows, again with the winner of each match signified by the (w):

slaktarn (w) v. SteveSung
Ugadabugada (w) v. Erich Kollman
trex313 v. Patrik Antonius (w)
David Benefield v. Urindanger (w)

And with that, the semifinals were underway. The two games to be played by the winners above proved to be contentious ones, with quite a bit of money, not to mention bragging rights, on the line.

In the slaktarn v. Ugadabugada match, slaktarn ran away with the victory, and Ugadabugada received $168,000 for the effort. The Patrik Antonius v. Urindanger was by far the most popular with railbirds, and Urindanger seemed to have the match locked up as Antonius’ stack continuously dwindled. But Antonius battled back like the pro that he is and won the fight, leaving Urindanger in the semifinal money with $168,000.

The final round was set between slaktarn and Patrik Antonius. On Sunday afternoon, September 7th, the two launched into a highly-anticipated heads-up match that had Antonius down more than 3:1 in chips. Finally, after a flop of J-7-6 rainbow, Antonius was all-in with A-A-10-9 on a draw, and skaltarn showed Q-J-J-8 for the set of jacks. The turn was a 9 and the river a 5 to give slaktarn the straight and the victory. Antonius had to settle for second place and $320,000, which isn’t a bad payday for two days of tournament play, but slaktarn emerged with the title of Heads-Up PLO World Champion and the $560,000 first prize.

This win is the latest accomplishment for slaktern, a regular high-stakes cash game player on Full Tilt Poker, who also made quite the addition to his bankroll earlier this year by making the final table of the FTOPS Event #17 where he placed third in the NLHE event for a $228,168.75 payout. In the online poker community slaktern seems to be climbing the ladder of success quickly, and the heads-up victory against Antonius only adds to that reputation.

Congratulations to slaktern for some well-played heads-up matches and a victory in the highly anticipated $25K Heads-Up PLO World Championship.

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