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Splashing the Pot – FTOPS XV Roundupp, “Isildur1” Back in a Huge Way, Poker At The Olympics, Laak at PartyPoker Premier League…more

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FTOPS XV Off and Running

Full Tilt’s 15th installment of FTOPS is in full swing.  As of this writing nearly half of the 27 events have been completed, with the series once again making stars from previously relatively unknown players.  Among those seeing the biggest jumps in their bankroll was “SolidGoldman24k” who won Event Number 1 (200 + 16 NL Hold’em) who earned $151,685.37 and “ddanchev” winner of the 200 + 16 NL Hold’em Cubed event, earning over $140,000 for his efforts.  Event 12’s big winner “KINGPING023” cashed for $331,315 in the big $1000 buy-in event.
Not all of the big winners were unknown players however.  Professional Chad “jse81” Batista won Event Number 10, taking home $225,000.  There was some rambling in the online world wondering if the FTOPS Events would break their guarantees.  Nine out of the ten events through Sunday did indeed go over their guarantee.  Full-Tilt was forced to reach into their pocket for $95,000 in order to meet the guarantee for Event Number Ten.  It seems organizers anticipated more runners for the event that fell on Valentine’s Day.  Other than that hiccup on Full Tilt’s part, this series has run smoothly by all accounts.  For a full report visit here.

“Isildur1,” The Great Return?

Over the last couple weeks we’ve been keeping track of the progress of “Isildur1,” the online high stakes legend.  Throughout the first couple weeks of February he had indeed returned to playing, much to the delight of railbirds everywhere, but his results were nothing to write home about.  Playing 16,000 hands in stakes much lower than we were used to seeing him six months ago he had managed to lose $180,000.  People wondered how many more hits he could take before he bowed out of the games for sure.  People also wondered if he would ever be able to recreate the magic he had when he beat the greats out of millions.  Over the last few days, “Isildur1” has shown signs that he’s ready to return to form.

After taking about a five day break from dropping the 180k, he returned with a vengeance.  Playing the likes of Full Tilt high stakes regulars “Urindanger” and “PostFlopAction” he won $237,122 from them.  On February 16 he continued the turn around, defeating the popular Justin “ZeeJustin” Bonomo for an impressive $567,000 over 1,944 hands of $200/$400 no limit hold’em.  In one week’s time, “Isildur1” earned $806,685.

Additionally, “Isildur1” sat down with Brian Hastings in the early morning of February 17th.  Hastings was one of the players accused of reviewing hand histories illegally along with Brian Townsend.  However, while Townsend was suspended by Full Tilt, Hastings didn’t receive a punishment.  Still, many railbirds were thrilled that he lost upwards of $500,000 to “Isildur1” during the early morning session.  

“Avid” Poker Player J.R. Celski Wins Bronze Medal

While we will most likely not see poker become an Olympic event (after all, would it be a summer or winter event?) we are seeing athletes who do play poker.  The International Olympic Committee probably cringes anytime one of their athletes makes any reference to gambling, but there is no hiding the fact that millions of people play poker, and that includes Olympic athletes.   One of those Olympic athletes, American J.R. Celski, who has been described as an “avid” poker player by “Audrey Magazine,” won a bronze medal in the Short Track Speed Skating event in Vancouver.  Celski will attend the University of California-Berkeley next year.

Phil Laak Three-Peat, and EPT Main Event Update

As of this writing the PartyPoker Premier League IV has completed five heats, and amazingly, Phil Laak has won all three of those he has competed in.  His impressive showing has secured him a seat in the 6-handed final table with a prize pool of $990,000.  Laak has already won $96,000, as he has won $32,000 for each heat he has won.  Shortly after winning his third heat, interviewer Kara Scott asked him how it felt, and he responded “I feel like Isildur did before the down swing.”  

Ian Fraizer won the fifth heat, defeating Luke Schwartz in heads-up play.  The win moved Fraizer to fourth place in the standings, which would be good enough to secure him a spot at the final table.  Heat six takes place February 18 at the M Resort in Las Vegas.  Below are the most up to date standings of the event.

1. Phil Laak – 48 points
2. David Benyamine - 35 points
3. Giovanni Safina - 29 points
4. Ian Frazer – 26 points
5. Luke Schwartz – 23 points
6. JC Tran – 20 points
7. Yevgeniy Timoshenko – 16 points
8. Roland De Wolfe – 14 points
9. Vanessa Rousso – 12 points
10. Daniel Negreanu – 10 points
11. Tony G - 9 points
12. Phil Hellmuth - 8 points

The second of two Day One’s is currently taking place at the European Poker Tour’s Main Event in Copenhagen.  Big names among the chip leaders include Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier, Freddy Deeb, and Noah Boeken, all Team PokerStars Pro’s.  Hometown hero, PokerStars Pro, and WSOP Main Event Champion Peter Eastgate is also still in the running.

PokerWorks Offers $3000 Worth of Freerolls This Weekend

The PokerWorks Cash Freeroll Series continues at the two biggest online poker rooms in the world this weekend.  On Saturday at 6:30 P.M. ET PokerStars offers a $2000 freeroll.  On Sunday, the series moves to Full Tilt, where a $1000 prize pool will be up for grabs.  The Full Tilt freeroll will begin at 9:05 P.M Eastern Time.

Find a complete list of the PokerWorks Cash Freeroll Series and how to qualify for all the fun freeroll action listed here.

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