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Splashing the Pot – RichieRichZH Wins Record Sunday Millions, Shaun Deeb News, Live Tournament Scene…More

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Splashing the Pot captures the foam created by the disturbance and turbulence of action, action, action, and is filled with tidbits above and beyond the victories and beats and adds a little spice to the game of poker.

RichieRichZH Gets Rich

Just three weeks after setting records in their premier Sunday Millions Tournament, PokerStars obliterated the record this past Sunday.  In honor of the “40 Billionth Hand Celebration” PokerStars put a $4 million guarantee on this week’s Sunday Million’s tournament.  The 4 million was eclipsed by over $3.2 million, when 36,169 players registered to play for the $1,145,510.31 first place prize.  

After 13 hours and 20 minutes , the winner of that historic prize was RichieRichZH from Switzerland.  Unlike many winners of the bigger tournaments online, RichieRichZH actually has a bit of history.  While his scores weren’t huge, he had two scores in the four figures prior to his magical run.  Additionally he had tasted a touch of fame prior to this on PokerStars as a member of Team Switzerland at the 2008 World Cup of Poker However, this run was a little more profitable to him.

The best finish by a big name pro came by PokerStars pro Gavin Griffin, who finished 95th for a cash of $4,052.92.  The best showing by any PokerStars pro came from Thieery van den “BOKPOKER” Berg who finished in 44th place for $6,501.42.  

Shaun Deeb Returns for “Super Sunday” and Follow-Up of Daniel Negreanu Dust Up

For someone who said they won’t be playing online poker anymore, Shaun Deeb sure has been in the news quite often lately.  In the February edition of Bluff Magazine, Deeb continued to say he would stay out of the online tournament scene, but the call of inflated prize pools in one of the biggest online Sunday’s in history was too much for the legendary grinder to ignore. 

Deeb played a total of 27 events over PokerStars and Full-Tilt, but for the most part didn’t find much success.  On PokerStars he had a good stack in the Sunday Warm-Up, only to suffer a brutal bad beat when his A-Q was defeated by Q-7 in a massive all in pre-flop pot that brought a Q turn and a 7 river.  For the day, Deeb was only to cash in 2 of the 27 events, both mini-cashes.  

A few weeks ago during the World Series of Poker Europe coverage on ESPN, Deeb accused Daniel Negreanu of shooting an angle, when he announced to Deeb “I’m going to pound you back,” and then re-raised Deeb in two separate motions.  The floor was called over, with the two arguing back and forth about exactly what took place.  The floor eventually took Negreanu’s side on the matter, but the two continued to talk about it at the table.

Many people thought that while Negreanu’s move was questionable, it was pretty clear what he was doing, and that maybe Deeb was hamming it up for the cameras.  Deeb all but confirmed that notion when he told a reporter this past week in Vegas that "I haven't received a lot of TV coverage, so it was some good exposure for me.” 

It’s unsure if this past weekend’s return to the virtual felt was a one-time only deal or the start of a full return, but if recent history means anything, a return is much more probable.  

EPT and PartyPoker Premier League IV Conclude

Since our last “Splashing the Pot” two major tournaments have concluded.  PokerStars.com European Poker Tour’s Copenhagen stop attracted 462 players, but at the end of the day the one left standing was Anton Wigg.  Wigg entered the final table with a stack in the middle of the pack, but by the time his heads up battle with Francisco de Vivo started, he was sitting just about even.  However, Wigg soon found himself down by almost a 10-1 chip deficit when de Vivo hit a lucky streak.  Here Anton Wigg made an impressive comeback that ended in victory when his A-J held on against de Vito’s K-10.  The win was good enough for 3,675,000 DKK, which translates to roughly $670,000.

Phil Laak was the main story going into the final table of the PartyPoker Premier League IV, having dominated the heats that led up to the final table.  However, it was David Benyamine who would take down the $400,000 first place prize for winning the six-handed main event.
 
Benyamine entered the final table second in chips, as he had finished the heat portion of the tournament in second place.  Laak, who entered the final table first in chips, was the first eliminated from the final table, ending his impressive run.  Following the eliminations of Roland de Wolfe, Negreanu, and Giovanni Safina, in that order, Benyamine found himself heads up with Luke Schwartz.  After a back and forth confrontation Benyamine came up victorious earning himself the $400,000 while Schwartz walked away with $200,000 for his efforts.

Contrary to ESPN Story, Full Tilt Pros Free to Play Competitor Sponsored Events

On Wednesday February 17, ESPN published a story by Gary Wise suggesting that Full Tilt Poker Pros would be skipping the PokerStars Sponsored North American Poker Tour at the Venetian in Las Vegas.  Wise suggested and gave some examples where it appeared that Full Tilt Pros were “strongly encouraged” not to enter events put on by their competitors.  

It has since been reported that Full Tilt Pros are allowed to play in any event they want.  The confusion may have stemmed from the Full Tilt sponsored show “Face the Ace” which only allowed Full Tilt Pros to compete.  Many in the poker world seemed to think that this was the start of poker rooms only using their pros for their events, and leaving out other pros affiliated with their competition.  Additionally, it was reported that Full Tilt Pros were banned from playing in Victory Poker’s “Trash Talk Championships,” a charity event.   As of now, this mix-up has seemed to have been resolved.

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