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Isildur1 and Dwan have one of the most epic rivalries in online poker history. After coming out of nowhere, the unknown Swede took Full Tilt by storm late last year, his sights fixed squarely on Dwan.
In just three days of heads-up action, Isildur1 took Dwan for over $5.2 million.
Dwan could only sit and watch as Isildur1 went on to lose all of his money to the other players in the nosebleed games, most notably Brian Hastings, Phil Ivey and Patrik Antonius.
It’s safe to assume Dwan has been eagerly waiting for his chance to get even with the Swede, but with Isildur1 keeping to slightly lower stakes, and rarely sitting behind a massive stack, he has been unable to do it so far.
Dwan’s night started with a 2,011 hand match of $200/$400 Pot-Limit Omaha against Cole South. Unperturbed by South’s exceptional results over the last two months, Dwan managed to end up $299k.
After losing $31k playing a $200/$400 Cap PLO game, Dwan next sat with Gus Hansen, Di “Urindanger” Dang and skjervoy at $200/$400 PLO, where he proceeded to lose $70k, the majority to Hansen.
After the other players at the table had their fill, Isildur1 took his seat, making $59,684 in just 24 hands before agreeing to move to heads-up $100/$200 No-Limit Hold’em.
After 980 hands of Hold’em, Isildur1 had doubled his profit adding another $59,054. Isildur1 went on to play $100/$200 and $200/$400 PLO heads up with Phil “OMGClayAiken” Galfond, losing $18k before throwing in the towel.
In total, Isildur1 finished the day up $48,655, while Dwan managed to keep his losses to only $5,343.
Meanwhile, Ilari “Ziigmund” Sahamies and Brian Hastings squared off at $300/$600 PLO. Thanks to winning a $291k pot, Hastings took the Finnish pro for over $256k.
After Ziigmund left, he was replaced by another Finn, Patrik Antonius.
Hastings went on to make another $56k from Antonius before calling it a day, up $312,119.
Below are three of the largest pots from last night and this morning. To see more hands, head to MarketPulse.
Playing under the handle Ashman103, he takes on the best in the world at the highest stakes almost nightly on Full Tilt.
While he has a history of going from boom to bust online, over the past year Griffin hasn’t just been staying in the game, he’s been winning.
So when 49 of the top names in the game got together for the PokerStars.net NAPT $25k Bounty Shootout in Las Vegas over the past few days, it’s to no one’s surprise that winning continued.
The event began at the Venetian Hotel and Casino Wednesday with seven seven-handed heats. In addition to collecting $75k and a $5,000 bounty for every player they knocked out, the winners of each heat went on to Friday’s final.
Scott Seiver busted every player in his preliminary heat and started out the final table with a bang, doubling through Peter Eastgate with aces and sending the 2008 World Series of Poker Main Event champ to the rail seventh soon after.
Griffin actually spent the day off before playing high stake online and came into the final without benefit of a night’s sleep.
He was seen taking power naps on the break, but had no trouble waking up to get in to the bounty collecting business when he called a Brett Richey shove with king-queen, three-outing Richey’s ace-queen with a king on the river.
Faraz Jaka was sent to the rail next, running queen-ten into Seiver’s ace-jack and with another $5k bounty collected, Seiver guaranteed himself at least a chop of the $100k put up by PokerStars for the event’s top bounty hunter.
Seiver was actually the next player out when Hoyt Corkins doubled through him with jacks over fives, then eliminated him with ace-king over queen-ten.
But when Griffin sent Joe Cassidy home with a dominating ace-nine over ace-deuce after three-hours three-handed, Seiver locked up the $100k.
Cassidy’s exit also sent Griffin and Corkins into a heads-up match that would last just a few brief moments.
On just the second hand the two got it in on a nine-high flop holding top pair. Griffin had Corkins outkicked, it played and the title was his.
In addition to a $455,000 first-place-prize, Griffin grabbed $75,000 for winning his first table and $30,000 in bounties for a total win of $560k.
Hawaiian Tropic Zone inside the Planet Hollywood Resort searched yet again for the next Tuff N Uff MMA Ring Girl.
South warmed up with $5/$10 and $25/$50 Pot-Limit Omaha eventually finding Sahamies at the $300/$600 PLO tables.
After one hour and 275 hands South walked away from the match up $511,166. Surprisingly he made this profit despite losing four of the five largest pots. The top two biggest pots were collectively worth over $750k.
After taking on Full Tilt pro Tom “durrrr” Dwan at $200/$400 PLO, but only making $36k over the 646 hand session, South returned to $300/$600 to challenge Sahamies once more.
This second session lasted over three hours and Sahamies managed to grind back $121k of his loss. The Finnish poker pro ended the day down $409k, losing $389k of that total to South.
Meanwhile South continued his incredible run in 2010, finishing the day up $436,487. South has earned over $3.5 million playing online poker this year.
Dwan started his day by warming up at $50/$100 PLO before sitting for his heads-up session with South. After losing the $36k to South, Dwan went on to lose another $252k to Brian Townsend playing $100/$200 PLO heads-up.
After grinding back $50k at a PLO Cap game, Dwan sat for round two against Townsend, this time taking the CardRunners pro for $496,651. Dwan finished his day up over $263k. With the win, Dwan has nearly pulled himself even for the year, down just $50,000.
Below are three of yesterday’s largest pots. To see more hands replayed head to MarketPulse.
Born in Rome, Totti has succeeded on almost every level of soccer he played over the span of his career.
Totti, who is nicknamed “Er Pupone,” started playing for his hometown team Roma when he was just 16 and is now the number one goalscorer and most capped player in team history.
On the international stage Totti has been a fixture of the Italian national team since 2000 and was a member of the Italian squad that beat France to win the World Cup in 2006.
Totti won the Italian Footballer of the Year award five times and was named by Pelé as one of the top 125 greatest living footballers in 2004.
The Italian superstar now brings his considerable presence to the online tables on PartyPoker.it.
“I have faced many challenges in my career and I always apply myself with skill, intelligence, loyalty and passion,” said Totti.
“You need all these abilities for poker and it is also a game that excites me and is a lot of fun. Thanks to PartyPoker.it, I am able to combine my passion for sport and the challenge of poker.”
PartyPoker.it representatives were thrilled to have Totti onboard.
“We expect Totti to become the most capped player and number one goalscorer in our history,” said a PartyPoker.it spokesman.
“He is one of the greatest football players of his generation – the question is now will he be one of the greatest poker players of his generation too? What Totti strives for he normally succeeds in achieving! He is a huge signing.”
Totti wasn’t the only significant player signed by the PartyPoker brand this week.
On Wednesday PartyPoker announced it had signed notable poker player Dragan Galic to Team Party. Galic is a 35-year-old Croation/German from Schneverdingin, who has over $900,000 in tournament winnings and an EPT final table.
Galic joins Mike Sexton, Kara Scott, Tony G, Ian Frazer, Felipe “Mojave” Ramos, Bodo Sbrzesny and Remy Biechel on Team Party.
“A great adventure begins,” said Parker. “BetClic is a leading company with big ambitions and I am very happy to contribute to its development in the sport during the coming years.”
Three-time NBA champion Parker was born in Bruges, Belgium to an American father and a Dutch mother but raised in France. He began his professional basketball career in Paris and played with the French national team before joining the San Antonio Spurs in 2001.
The 27-year-old point guard won the NBA Finals MVP award in 2007 and married Desperate Housewives star Eva Longoria in the same year.
Parker and Longoria have taken part in several high-profile poker charity poker nights over the past few years and Parker has proven to be an avid player, so the leap to BetClic is a natural one.
Created in 2005 by Nicolas Beraud, BetClic has risen to prominence in the European online gaming market over the past five years.
After signing former Team PokerStars Pro Isabelle Mercier in 2009, the company has made a push into the ever-growing European poker market by purchasing both the Expekt and Everest Poker brands.
Now, the company is hoping that having a high-profile star like Parker in an ambassador role will help it grow even further, particularly in France, where new legislation is expected to open up the French poker market.
“We are delighted to welcome Tony Parker in the team BetClic,”said Beraud. “He is a great ambassador for the brand. Tony represents the strong values of excellence and ethics in sports that we share. This new partnership reflects our commitment to continue our development in the sport by adding great champions to our team.”
-With files from Fred G.
When traveling to play poker events, cash games, and tournaments there are a few things besides good play you need to bring in your bag of tricks. Below are some tips for preparing to travel for poker.
Make A Plan
If you are planning to play a series of tournaments, take a look at the tournament schedule and get an idea of what events you are planning to play. If time allows, try to schedule in a day to take a break and enjoy the sites or do something outside of the poker room. This will help you clear your mind after a few long days of tournament play.
Choose A Hotel
There are a few things to consider when choosing a hotel. To save on rooms, get a few buddies together and split the cost of the room. Booking in advance will also save a ton of money and allow you to lock in the best rate. Also consider the proximity of the hotel to the poker room. If you are playing tournaments you will have to consider how long it will take you get ready and get to the tournament before it starts. Sometimes convenience is worth the extra cost to stay closer to where you will be spending most of your time.
Load Up On Music
This is a great time to download all that music you’ve been putting off adding to your Ipod. New tunes are a great way to entertain yourself while you are grinding it out at the tables. Make sure you get all your music together before you leave so you don’t get stuck without it when you get to the hotel. Even though the hotel might say they have internet, sometimes it runs so slow it is difficult even surf the web.
Bring your lucky hoodie, shoes, socks, underwear, etc. Part of playing good poker is being comfortable and having confidence. There is no way you can play your best poker if those new jeans that cute sales girl sold you are smothering you while you’re trying to bluff someone. Bring what is comfortable and warm enough to withstand the breezy poker room.
“It’s really hard to describe, but it feels really good,” said Marchese, a Seton Hall drop out turned online poker pro who has moved his way up to some off the biggest games on the Internet since leaving school.
“It hasn’t really set in yet in terms of the money and the accomplishment. I’m kind of just letting it all sink in.”
Eric Blair, who actually finished eighth at Borgata, was the first player to exit Wednesday’s final table in Las Vegas when he shoved with sevens facing a Marchese raise.
Start-of-day chipleader Sam Stein pushed in over the top with ace-king and after Marchese folded, a king on the flop sent Blair out eighth again.
A veteran of 26 World Series of Poker final tables, including three wins, Full Tilt pro John Cernuto can now add a PokerStars NAPT seventh place finish to his resume.
Cernuto moved up from his short stack position to start the final table, but after getting all his chips in the middle pre flop with ace-five, he was outdrawn by Stein’s jack-ten.
Soon after, 2007 EPT Baden fourth-place finisher Tom Fuller saw his stack dwindle and shipped it in with jacks against a Daniel Clemente raise.
Clemente called with queens to send Fuller out sixth.
With more than a 2:1 chip lead on the nearest player to him and a little less than half of the chips in play, Stein appeared to be running away with the NAPT Vegas title.
His domination even continued when he five-bet shoved with jacks into David Paredes aces and hit a jack to rail him fifth.
Four-handed play went quite long with Stein finally losing the odd pot, but not the lead.
However, Marchese got healthy when Clemente shoved into his turned full house and the New Jersey native said it was then he felt winning was a distinct possibility for the first time.
After doubling once to stay alive, Yunus Jamal was sent packing fourth losing a race with tens versus Marchese’s ace-queen.
A few hands later, Marchese shoved with queens, Clemente called with ace-eight and missed to bow out third.
Marchese went into heads-up just three million chips shy of Stein’s 13 million and although Stein won the first few hands heads-up, his grip on the title slipped away when he made a river call with third pair against Marchese’s top pair.
Just a few hands later, with Marchese suddenly in the lead, he shoved the river again and Stein called with second to the bottom pair.
This time Marchese had a set of tens and, just like that, the NAPT title and $827,648 first-place prize was his.
“When you get heads up you never know whats going to happen,” said Marchese. “I was fortunate enough to make some hands and I got called pretty light.
“I know that it’s frustrating to go from a pretty dominate chip lead to suddenly being dominated yourself, so people tend to almost spite call. The tide really turned in the space of about five hands were it all went well for me and fell apart for him.”
Having beaten a massive field of 872 players to take the first NAPT title contested on North American soil and cement his status as one of the hottest young talents in the game, Marchese said he’s going to do what any self respecting poker player would do – Play more poker.
“I’m definitely feeling super confident in my tournament game right now and hopefully this run continues,” he said, claiming his next move was to hop a flight to Los Angeles for the World Poker Tour’s LA Poker Classic beginning Friday.
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