Full Tilt Poker 2 made its launch today worldwide
Full Tilt Poker part 2 went live today, November 6. While there was not quite as much high stakes action as anticipated, we did get treated to some good heads up no limit action between Isildur1 and Ireadyrsoul, also known as Kanu7. The two battled it out at the 100/200 heads up tables for most of the afternoon and into the night. After the long day, Isildur1 escaped with about 30k in profits, although the two were neck and neck after adjusting for expected value, according to Ireadyrsoul. Although it was good to see Isildur1 back at the hold’em tables, I’m not sure we can expect to see too much of that, as it appeared he migrated that way due to the lack of pot limit Omaha action today. One thing is for sure however, while Blom has a bankroll, we can expect to see plenty of him at the tables, as well as an increasing amount of nosebleed action, once all the regulars make their way back to Full Tilt.
Tom “durrrr” Dwan and Viktor “Isildur1″ Blom represent the new Full Tilt
As for the two other pros signed by Full Tilt, Gus Hanson put in a few hours at the tables today, but did not fare so well. He managed to drop over 200k between the draw and plo tables. As for Tom “durrrr” Dwan, he is staying in the U.S. for the week and expects to be playing online by next week. He did say he is excited to get to the tables for some online action and hopefully his presence will generate some good high stakes games. Tom has been absent from the online scene as of late, so it should be interesting to see if his game is still sharp enough to beat the high stakes online games, or if he has faded some after playing so many live hours against the fish in Macau. Either way, it should make for some great story lines that we will be bringing you over the coming days.
Greg Merson captures the bracelet and 8.5 million dollars
Three players entered the final night of play in hopes of bringing home the World Series of Poker Main Event bracelet and 8.5 million dollars to boot. Greg Merson came into this final night of play with a stranglehold on the competition. His opponents, Jesse Sylvia and Jake Balsiger, lacked the experience and chip count that Merson had. However, things did not go exactly as planned for Merson as both of his opponents fought him throughout the night and into the morning hours for the coveted title. Each of the three held the chip lead for portions of the final hours of play and each refused to go down. However, in the end it was Merson who came out victorious, and after an exhausting grind he could finally lift the Main Event bracelet and heavily pad his already sizable bankroll.
Phil Ivey happy Merson took down a pot
In the stands for most of the night was someone you might expect to see at a poker tournament, but not necessarily railing one. It was the great Phil Ivey, who had come to cheer on Merson. If you know anything about Phil Ivey, you might be surprised to hear that. However, Ivey had an agenda of his own. Earlier in the week, Phil Ivey’s new website, Iveypoker.com, announced the signing of Greg Merson as their newest team pro. Of course, Merson had already made the final table of the main event by this point, but there were still 9 players remaining. Well, talk about your run good for Ivey’s PR. His newest signing bulldozed the final table of the Main Event, bring the new site invaluable publicity. We can only imagine how excited Ivey was about this, as the viewers actually saw him crack a smile on national television when his boy, wearing an Iveypoker patch, took down a big pot.
Phil Ivey launched Iveypoker.com Last Week
As for the biggest question you’re probably asking yourself at this point, well, we are not quite sure what Ivey’s site is yet. It appears to be some combination of a phone app (similar to Zynga), a coaching site and a PR stunt. Only time will tell exactly what direction the website is moving or how big of a role Ivey will play in it. All we know for now is that something is in the works, which adds one more story to a plethora of exciting events taking place in the world of poker this week.
Ivey and Hellmuth earlier in the WSOP seated together
Today will mark the third and final day of the $10,000 Pot Limit Hold’em Event#17 and the $2,500 Razz Event #18. Both fields are stacked with well known pros but all eyes will be on Phil. Of course, we are talking about two different Phils. Ivey has managed to make his way down to the final 17 i the pot limit event. Sitting in 11th place with his edge on the field, he stands a good chance to make his second final table in a row. In fact, he missed the first few levels of this event because he was finishing 7th in the seven card stud event. If he does manage to pull it off, this will be his first bracelet in a hold’em event and he will get a nice $445k payday to boot.
The other Phil, Hellmuth, will also be eyeing a bracelet and a 182k payday today. He has set himself up nicely moving into day 3 of the razz event, sitting in 3rd of the remaining 18 runners. Ironically, this would be his first bracelet in a non-hold’em event. Lets just keep our fingers crossed that these two will be out to expand their horizons today. We will keep you posted in the case of any breaking news in these events, and all of the other exciting stories from the 2012 World Series of Poker. As always, you can follow the up to the minute updates at the World Series website here.
Ivey comes into this WSOP looking for bracelet #9
We would first like to apologize for our hiatus. Other obligations have pulled us away from the maintenance of the website, but we are back in the swing of things. A lot has happened since we left and the World Series of Poker is in full swing. Already in the first 15 events we have seen Andy Bloch win his long-awaited bracelet, Brian Hastings make his first cash and win his first event at the same time, Isildur1 make his first appearance and first cash in the WSOP and Phil Ivey make another final table. These are just a few headlines from the exciting start to the series.
We expect the action to heat up even more as we move closer to the $1,000,000 buy in “One Drop” event, and eventually the Main Event. We will once again be keeping you posted on the happenings in the poker world with recaps of all the exciting WSOP action!
What to be on the lookout for tomorrow:
- Phil Ivey makes another day 2 in the $10,000 PLH event #17.
- A star-studded day 2 in the Razz event #18 will include Phil Hellmuth among the chip leaders.
- Viktor Blom will likely continue his quest for a bracelet in the $1,500 NLH event #19
Could this be a frequent sight in the future?
I’m sure by now everyone has been following the quickly growing forum thread on 2+2 about the breaking news in the Full Tilt takeover story. That thread is growing so quickly it is hard to keep up with at the moment, so were going to post the cliff notes of the breaking story here for you. With each point we will give a link where you can visit the source of the information.
- 2 days ago Daniel Cates tweets that some promising news is coming in regards to the Full Tilt situation
- This morning a 2+2 thread is launched by an unknown poster stating that the Full Tilt deal with Laurent Tapie’s group has fallen through and Pokerstars has moved in to make the purchase
- NoahSD, the forum moderator, posts that he is leaving the thread open because several reliable sources have confirmed this news to him privately
- Another unknown poster states that they have a family member that is a Pokerstars employee and has confirmed the news
- The CEO of ChiliPoker is the first to confirm via Twitter that Pokerstars has purchased FT for 750 million dollars with an agreement to pay back the 300 million dollars owed to players
- egaming review tweets a quote from Laurent Tapie stating “our efforts to obtain final DOJ approval to acquire the assets of Full Tilt Poker have ended without success” and that more information is to follow
- Many poker news websites begin to confirm the news
- Quadjacks radio site has Tom Victor, an egaming review representative on their radio stream to discuss the his previously mention tweet
- iGaming Post releases an article with a full statement from the Tapie group explaining the situation that references the Stars takeover, but does not entirely confirm the news
- News circulates of a Stars press release to be given very soon
- Shaun Deeb opens a thread stating that a reliable source has told him that the Full Tilt deal is done, players will receive their money within 90 days and FT will be open in the US market
- Andrew Feldman (not the player) tweets that he has spoken to Pokerstars and they have no comment at this time
- Pokerstars releases an initial statement acknowledging the rumors but does not confirm nor deny any information
This is all we know at this point, and hopefully Stars will fill us in soon. If they release anything it will likely come via their press release site, so keep your eyes peeled.
Guy Laliberte Interview
Cirque du Soleil owner Guy Laliberte
Last night, when I went to bed, the 200/400 plo tables were up and running for the first time in a long while. When I woke up this morning, I was excited to check how the games had turned out. To my amazement, the games were still running and had been throughout the night, with essentially the same players competing. The source of this rare action was Zypherin, who is rumored to be Guy Laliberte. Laliberte is still relatively new to poker in general and would be a newcomer to plo. You can hear him discuss his love for poker by clicking the link at the top of the article. The high stakes fish managed to drop just over 500k over the 18 hour 2 table session. If the account is controlled by Laliberte, it is unlikely the loses will keep him away from the tables for long, since his 3 billion net worth will barely notice the missing half a million. Lets hope this is the case, and that the 40k tables will become a regular running game on Stars.
Deldar182's Pokerstars image
Zypherin was easily the biggest loser in the games yesterday, but the high stakes produced other 6 figure winners and losers. The biggest winner in the games was David “deldar182“ Eldar, who scooped up almost 300k in the 40k plo games. Many will know him better by his Full Tilt screen name, “POKERBLUFFS“. He was a big player in the nosebleed no limit hold”em games on Full Tilt and has successfully made the transfer to plo, as indicated by his recent profits in the Pokerstars plo games. His recent winnings have brought him to a combined 2 million in profits since his accounts became active on the high stakes scene in late 2009. With a little run good, I think we can be sure we have added another big winner to the high stakes plo mix on Stars.
Joeingram1 is running like the sun
Up until recently, Joe “joeingram1” Ingram was well known for his endurance prop bets. He has played 50k hands in a day and recently earned almost 700k vpps in just under 3 monthsto obtain sne status. He accomplished this by making a full time move to plo from nlhe. Since then, he has quickly climbed stakes from the .50/1 tables to the nosebleeds he is playing at now. Formerly known as a rakeback grinder, he managed to accumulate 50k in loses at the tables through his first 4.3 million hands played with all of his earnings coming from rakeback. Since then however, things have changed. This year Joey has sent his graph into a sky rocket, profiting over 400k at the tables. The mass multi-tabler has throttled it back and now table selects the 10/20-100/200 games and is rarely caught playing below those levels. This transition occurred after some quick coaching from nosebleed player Brian Hastings. It is unlikely Brian thought his student would so quickly become a fellow player in the nosebleed games. While Joey’s game is much improved, he is also running like God lately and has profited almost every day he has played it seems. It will be interesting to keep an eye on him and see how he handles his first downswing, which will inevitably come at some point. Until then we can only watch in jealousy and see if Joey can make a run toward a top hat on ptr. (top hats are earned at the 1 million profit mark) Yesterday alone Joey made 70k playing in the 25/50 and 50/100 plo 6max games. He is back online as we speak and trying for another big day. We will keep you updated here on BeTheNuts if there is any new, exciting news to report.