Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Poker Stars - PokerListings players make the grade at FTOPS VII

PokerListings players make the grade at FTOPS VII

Amongst the money winners were a few players. Several players cashed in the Main Event on Sunday, while one player even managed a second-place finish during the series.

The first player to make an appearance in the money was jwerk, who made it to 52nd place in Event 9, the $300+$22 No-Limit Hold'em tournament hosted by Erick Lindgren.

The tournament had a $1 million guarantee and saw 5,637 players turn out to make it $1,691,100. Lindgren made FTOPS history by winning the event himself, but jwerk made a respectable $2,959 cash for his 52nd place out of the 738 players who were paid out in the event.

Event 10 also paid out for a player. Of the 204 that cashed in the $1,000+$60 No-Limit Hold'em six-max event, vikihris landed in 194th place for $1,484 out of the $1,649,000 prize pool.

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It was Event 15, however, where PokerListings players got their biggest bite of a prize pool. With Yahoobie coming in second for $46,645, and TeMEPyT hitting 21st spot for $1,815, they brought home a pretty big chunk of the $363,000 prize pool in the $200+$16 No-Limit Hold'em six-max event.

On Saturday, 849 players showed up for the $1.5 million guaranteed, two-day No-Limit Hold'em event hosted by Scott Fischman. One of those players was PokerListings player jotaele1, who cashed in 160th place in the event.

The FTOPS VII many players wanted to take on was the Main Event. Hosted by Allen Cunningham on Sunday, the $500+$35 No-Limit Hold'em main event offered a $2 million guaranteed prize pool. By the time the cards were shuffled and dealt, 5,291 players had registered to play, making it a $1,122,500 prize pool instead.

Four PokerListings players cashed in on that event, with herod79 placing the best in 62nd place. The four players who cashed were:

All In Reed

For more information about this and other events, visit Full Tilt Poker.

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Ivey crushes seda1 for $600k

Eventually, the money flows to the pro.

High-stakes rivals Phil Ivey and the as-yet-unidentified seda1 resumed their nosebleed battle at $500/$1,000 No-Limit Hold'em yesterday, and when the smoke cleared, Ivey was left sitting with $800k - $600k of that formerly belonging to seda1.

Rumors abound as to the identity of seda1, with speculation on the forums alluding to everyone from fellow pro Barry Greenstein (highly unlikely) to a young silk industry magnate (seda means silk in Spanish) to Tiger Woods (laughable) to rapper Jay-Z (the leading candidate at the moment, with plenty of anecdotal evidence to support the claim).

Whoever he is (assuming he's a "he," for the sake of simplicity), he definitely doesn't play like a pro, check-calling plentifully post-flop and never betting his hands for value. But he can certainly handle a big bankroll swing.

After a six-hour session of $500/$1,000 blinds at Table Ivey Deathmatch on Full Tilt Poker, it's also inevitable those two now completely dominate the top 10 list of biggest pots won online over the last day, week and month.

Seda1 has dragged a few of those pots his way - maxing out at a $255k pot won with #Ah-#2h - but Ivey has got the best of it by far, taking at least seven pots over $170k and totaling well over $1 million.

Check out all of the pots and hand histories over in the MarketPulse biggest pots section, but here's how the biggest - for a crazy $385,000 - played out:

Full Tilt Poker Game #5322680218: Table Ivey Deathmatch - $500/$1,000 - No-Limit Hold'em - 19:55:26 ET - 2008/02/19

Seat 1: Phil Ivey ($313,922.50)
Seat 2: seda1 ($192,475.75)

seda1 posts the small blind of $500
Phil Ivey posts the big blind of $1,000

The button is in seat #2

*** HOLE CARDS ***

seda1 raises to $3,000
Phil Ivey raises to $9,000
seda1 calls $6,000

*** FLOP ***


Phil Ivey bets $14,000
seda1 calls $14,000

*** TURN ***


Phil Ivey bets $39,000
seda1 raises to $163,000
Phil Ivey raises to $287,000
seda1 calls $6,475.75, and is all-in
Phil Ivey shows [#Ah-#As]

seda1 shows [#7h-#Jh]
Uncalled bet of $117,524.25 returned to Phil Ivey

*** RIVER ***


Phil Ivey shows a pair of aces
seda1 shows a pair of jacks
Phil Ivey wins the pot ($384,951) with a pair of aces
seda1 is sitting out

*** SUMMARY ***

Total pot $384,951.50 | Rake $0.50
Board: [#6s-#8d-#Jd-#3c-#9c ]
Seat 1: Phil Ivey (big blind) showed [#Ah-#As] and won ($384,951) with a pair of aces
Seat 2: seda1 (small blind) showed [#7h-#Jh] and lost with a pair of jacks

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