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Full Tilt Fever: Andrew Brown Wins $25K PLO Heads-Up Championship

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After the whirlwind of tournaments that was FTOPS, which just wrapped on November 15, Full Tilt Poker decided to schedule one of its most popular events of the year. The second annual $25,000 Heads-up PLO World Championship started on Saturday, November 21 and was available to all of the high-stakes players with a knack for pot-limit Omaha. There were also satellites for the tournament, though, so anyone had a chance to compete at the highest level of the game.

A total of 35 players came to the virtual tables for the PLO heads-up action, with names like Tony G, Phil Ivey, Patrik Antonius, Erik Seidel, Andy Bloch, Gus Hansen, Josh Arieh, Cole South, Justin Smith, and the ever-so-mysterious “Isildur1” among them. The action was hot but the rail was on fire as online poker fans from around the world tuned in to see the best in the business in heads-up play, which some contend is the purest form of poker. With a prize pool of $875K up for grabs and the top four places paying six-figures each, it was bound to get exciting.

Round 1 allowed just three matches so the field would be reduced to a round, heads-up number of 32, and Tony G, Andrew Brown, and “Bucovinas” made it through. Round 2 saw the field thinned to 16, though some like Bloch, Seidel, Antonius, and Obrestad failed to win their matches, while Hansen, Brown, South, Arieh, Ivey, and Tony G moved on. Round 3 saw the likes of Ivey, Hansen, and Arieh defeated, and Cole South took out Tony G.

Round 4 found the final eight fight it out to end the day, and the results were as follows:

Harry “UgotaBanana” Kackza defeated Cole South
Andrew “Browndog19” Brown defeated Justin Smith
“PostflopAction” defeated “Isildur1”
“BigBlueBonzzzai” defeated “Bucovinas”

Though the final four were supposed to rest for the night and meet again the following day to play for the win, players elected to continue on without the long break. Thus, Round 5 ensued and saw the following results, with the eliminated players each taking home $131,250 for their solid finishes:

Harry “UgotaBanana” Kackza defeated “BigBlueBonzzzai”
Andrew “Browndog19” Brown defeated “PostflopAction”

The final two players discussed a chip-chop deal before play even started, and with each guaranteed nearly $300K, the two played it out with Brown taking an almost immediate lead. And in the middle of the match, a disconnection for Kackza didn’t help matters, and he lost the tournament soon after. Harry Kackza was officially awarded $293,750.10 for second place, and champion Andrew Brown took home $318,749.99 for the victory.

It has long been said that PLO is the next hold’em, and one of the best places to get one’s feet wet in the game is on Full Tilt Poker. Not only is Omaha explained in detail on the site, but some of the greatest players in the world explain the finer points of it in places like the Full Tilt Poker Academy. Players can start their PLO experience at any bankroll level and move up the ranks, maybe even fast enough to compete in the 2010 PLO Heads-up Championship!

Download Full Tilt Poker now to get started, and use the bonus code “PKRWORKS” to get a 100% deposit bonus and become eligible for weekly $500 freerolls.

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