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Titan Poker Sends 32 Players to the Irish Winter Festival

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It all began when Titan Poker Player Igor Kurganov from Germany (nickname "lechuckpoker") was awarded a $4,000 prize package for finishing in 1st place in the Irish Winter Festival Super Satellite. And that was in addition to the $8,000 prize package he won for finishing in 1st place in the APT Macau Super Satellite!

Regarding his good fortune at Titan Poker, Kurganov said, “I'm happy about the opportunity to take part in both tournaments and visit both countries. Qualifying through Titan Poker makes everything so much easier.”

In all, 32 Titan Poker players from around the world arrived in Dublin to play in the esteemed three day Irish Winter Festival at the City West Hotel that took place from October 24th through October 26th of 2009. Day one kicked off with 397 registered players, with two Titan Pokers gaining some extra attention due to the luck of the draw that placed them at the televised table. With some tough competitive action, only 181 players remained in the tournament at the end of the day’s play.

Still among the competitors on Day two was Titan Poker's chip leader Igor Kurganov with his stack of 56,475 chips, as well as Titan Poker’s only female delegate in the Irish Winter Festival, Irene van Loon with her stack of 41,250 chips. In addition, Titan players Jeanluc Dutto finished day one with 24,550, and Orjan Sundqvist ended his day with 24,550 chips.

During the action on Day 2, Kurganov took out player 41 from Celeb Poker on the bubble, when the players went all in for a showdown. As the day came to a close, three of Titan Poker’s players remained out of 24 finalists including van Loon, Kurganov and Dutto. Regarding the play during Day 2, Kurganov said, “This day has been like a roller coaster”.

On the final day of the tournament, the draw placed the 23rd chip placed van Loon at televised Table 1, Dutto in 21st place at Table 2 and 3rd place Kurganov at Table 3. Smiles were evident since every player was already in the money, with 24th place being awarded with 4,400 Euro’s.

Kurganov was highly disappointed with his placement because of the number of big stacks at the table. He stated, “I lost tens of thousands of chips because of this draw.” However, even with the luck of the draw, he held his own.

In seat position four, Irene van Loon, said that she had eight hands to be proactive in before the antes and blinds would overwhelm her. After only 15 minutes of play van Loon went all in twice and increased her chip stack by 110,000. Then again, after 45 minutes of play she went all- in, with her A-Q holding up against A-J with only 20 players left at the tables. Shortly after, there were only 18 players left in the tournament and only two tables when Dutto doubled up with trip Kings after 1.5 hours of some very intense play but it would not be enough to keep him in the game and Dutto was eliminated before the first break. At the break the chip count was van Loon with 178,000 chips and Kurganov sitting on a stack of 723,000.

After the break, van Loons chip stack quickly decreased to 100,000, followed by an all in with A-9 that was called by K-Q. A turn card of a Q sealed her fate and she finished the tournament in 14th place and left the tables with $7,200.

When the players returned from the dinner break, Titan Poker’s final player, Kurganov, went all in with a pair of 10's against A-Q and the flop showed A-7-7 with an 8 on the turn and 9 on the river. After a great run at the tables Kurganov took home €35,900 for his impressive 5th place finish. The final two players in the tournament were Michael O’ Sullivan and Michael Murphy. In the end, O’ Sullivan reigned victorious and walked away with first place bragging rights and €143,000.

Kurganov plans to play more live events, hoping to continue his winning ways and pocketing live event prize packages at Titan Poker. Why not join him at the Titan Poker tables? You could be the next big winner of an amazing prize package to a live event!

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