Team Full Tilt’s Erik Seidel wins Aussie Millions $250K Super High Roller Event

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Erik Seidel continued his spectacular start to 2011 by winning the Aussie Millions $250K Super High Roller Event. Featuring the largest buy-in ever for a poker tournament, the recent Poker Hall of Fame inductee beat out a star-studded line-up, including fellow Team Full Tilt members Phil Ivey, John Juanda and Tom Dwan, to take down the first prize of AU$2.5 million (US$2.47 million).

As heads-up play began, Seidel held less than 20% of the five million chips on the table but fought through a series of double ups. The eight-time WSOP bracelet winner maintained the momentum after the chips stacks had evened out and went on to establish his own lead. The final hand saw his opponent check-raise all-in with As-Qh on a 3s-5h-9h flop. Seidel called with Jh-9c showing top pair, and two blanks followed giving the popular poker pro another prestigous title.

Full Tilt Poker pro Jonathan Karamalikis wins the 2010 APPT Grand Final

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Congratulations to Full Tilt Poker pro Jonathan Karamalikis for winning the gambling software 2010 Asia Pacific Poker Tour in Sydney.

After six days of play, Karamalikis claimed the title to take home AUD$459,000 ($453K).

After two hours of heads-up play, Karamalikis picked up the pace until his opponent went all-in with A-6 and he countered with pocket fives, which held up to give him the title.

This was the biggest live tournament win in Karamalikis’s young career, and it takes his live tournament earnings to over $1 million, placing him ninth on the All-time Australian money list.

Full Tilt Poker’s Roberto Romanello wins 2010 EPT Prague Main Event

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Full Tilt Poker pro Roberto Romanello took top prize at the 2010 European Poker Tour Prague Main Event to claim his first major tournament win.

Taking place from December 13th through December 18th at the Hilton Prague Hotel, the €5,000 buy in event attracted a field of 563 players. Roberto’s success made it back-to-back victories for Full Tilt Poker pros after Jan Skampa’s hometown win in 2009.

Wearing his lucky wig he bought at the EPT Snowfest, Roberto reached the Prague Main Event final table of eight with the fifth largest chip stack. The final table saw three quick departures before Roberto made his move. His aggressive play, coupled with his ability to catch his opponents bluffing, helped him move from fifth to first when playing five-handed.

The final hand saw a classic race with Roberto pitting his 10s-10c against his opponent’s Ad-Jc. The ten of diamonds on the flop was enough for the Full Tilt Poker pro to be named the champion and pocket the winner’s check for €640,000 ($846K).

This was the Welshman’s second EPT final table, having finished sixth at the EPT Copenhagen earlier this year. Roberto’s win takes his career tournament earnings beyond $1.7 million.

Full Tilt Poker pro Alessio Isaia wins WPT Venice

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Alessio Isaia became the first Italian to win a World Poker Tour Championship title with victory at the 2011 WPT Venice. The Full Tilt Poker pro earned the €380,000 first prize after an epic heads-up battle that lasted eight hours and 20 minutes.

The WPT Venice was held at the Casinio Di Venezia in Venice, with a field of 523 players entering the €3,300 buy-in event. The tournament ran from February 3rd through February 8th, with Alessio leading the tournament after day 1A and reaching the final table with the second largest chip stack.

By the time the tournament reached heads-up play, however, Alessio held just 2,800,000 to his opponent’s 12,865,000 chips. He would take over eight hours to wrestle the title from his Hungarian opponent, finally emerging as the winner after his opponent shoved all-in with Qc-6c and Alessio called with Ah-Qd. Both players missed the 8c-4s-2s-3h-Jc board and Alessio was crowned the winner.

This marks the biggest win of Alessio’s career so far, surpassing his victory at the 2009 IPT San Remo Main Event, where he earned €140,000. His latest triumph takes his career tournament earnings beyond the €1 million mark.

Full Tilt Poker pro Michael Tureniec wins 2011 EPT Copenhagen

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Full Tilt Poker’s Michael Tureniec has won the 2011 EPT Copenhagen – Main Event to earn DKK 3.7 million ($685,000).

The prestigious six-day event attracted a field of 449 players that created a prize pool in excess of DKK 15 million ($2.7 million).

Michael started the final table with the fifth-largest chip stack, but held over two thirds of the chips by the time he reached heads-up play against compatriot Per Linde. The pair battled it out for over three and a half hours before Michael finally won out.

Having held the chip advantage throughout the match, Michael always looked favourite despite Per surviving two all ins to double his chip stack up. However the third time was the charm for Michael as he finally claimed the victory. The final hand saw Michael move all-in with As-Jc, which received an instant call from Per who turned over pocket 7s. The board ran 2c-3d-5c-Jd-4c, with the turn card giving the Full Tilt Poker pro the biggest tournament victory of his career so far.

The tournament victory is the biggest so far for the Swede, and took his career tournament earnings past $2.5 million.

Team Full Tilt’s Erik Seidel wins 2011 NBC National Heads-Up Championship

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Team Full Tilt member and Poker Hall of Fame inductee Erik Seidel won the 2011 NBC National Heads-Up Championship title, capturing a $750,000 first prize. The win pushes Seidel’s career tournament earnings total past $14 million and moves him to the top of the All-Time Money List. He has recorded more than $4.3 million in tournament cashes thus far in 2011, notching up wins in the $250K Super High Roller event at the Aussie Millions and the $25,000 High Roller event at the L.A. Poker Classic.

Seidel defeated Team Full Tilt members Allen Cunningham, Jennifer Harman and Phil Gordon on his way to a final best-of-three match. Seidel quickly took control of the first game of the final when his top-pair beat a straight-draw that missed the turn and river, and he eventually won the match 2-0 when his trip fives held up to secure the title.

Seidel overcame a star-studded field of 64, which included a variety of former WSOP champions, poker greats and NFL legend Emmitt Smith, the newest Friend of Full Tilt Poker. Team Full Tilt’s Andy Bloch, John Juanda, Erick Lindgren, Phil Ivey, Patrik Antonius and Chris Ferguson also played in the invite-only tournament.

Full Tilt Poker pro Roberto Romanello wins WPT Bratislava

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Full Tilt Poker’s Roberto Romanello won the 2011 WPT Bratislava Main Event, capturing a first prize of just over $140,000. Romanello defeated Columbian Mayu Roca after a two-hour heads-up battle, adding a WPT crown to his growing list of major titles. He secured an EPT Main Event victory in December 2010 in Prague, and will go to Las Vegas this summer with the opportunity of becoming the third ever holder of poker’s Triple Crown, an honor awarded to players who have won a World Series bracelet and a WPT and EPT title.

Taking place from March 30th to April 3rd in the Golden Vegas casino, the $2,500 buy-in event attracted a total of 211 players. When the nine remaining players took their seats on the final day, Romanello held a commanding chip-lead, with more than 20% of the total chips in play. The Welshman won the tournament when his 5-5 held up against Roca’s A-K after both players’ chips were committed pre-flop and the board ran out J-6-8-3-Q.

Romanello’s win takes his career tournament earnings beyond the $1.9 million mark.

Team Full Tilt’s Erik Seidel wins WPT $100K Super High Roller Event

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Erik Seidel continued his incredible run of success in 2011 by capturing first place in the inaugural WPT $100K Super High Roller Event, winning more than $1 million. Seidel defeated Erick Lindgren heads-up, the two players outlasting the host of other big-name professionals in the elite field.

Despite being at a slight disadvantage in chips when heads-up play commenced, Seidel kept the pressure on Lindgren with well-timed bets and aggressive play. He finally knocked his fellow Team Full Tilt member out when both players got all of their chips in on an Ac-4c-2c flop; Seidel held Ah-5h for top pair, with Lindgren holding Jc-3h for a flush draw and gutshot straight draw. Lindgren missed the turn and the river, handing the title and massive first prize to Seidel. Lindgren won just over $700K for his runner-up finish.

Seidel has notched up more than $5.5 million in tournament cashes in 2011 alone, with less than half of the year complete. Some of his most impressive results in 2011 include his victories at the 2011 NBC National Heads-Up Championship in March for $750K and the Aussie Millions $250K Super High Roller Event in January for almost $2.5 million. He stretches his lead at the top of the All-Time Money List, with his career tournament money total now within touching distance of the $16 million mark, more than $1 million ahead of his closest rival.

John Juanda wins his fifth WSOP Bracelet

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Team Full Tilt’s John Juanda won his fifth WSOP bracelet with victory in WSOP Event #16: the $10K 2-7 Lowball World Championship.

The popular poker pro outlasted 124 others to take on Phil Hellmuth heads-up for the $367,170 first prize. Hellmuth was gunning for his 12th WSOP bracelet and held a 3-to-1 chip lead over Juanda after Richard Ashby was eliminated in third place.

The one-on-one battle for the coveted bracelet lasted over three hours as Juanda grinded back the deficit and eventually forced Hellmuth all-in with queen low. Juanda had drawn one and after flipping Jx-6x-3x-2x was just one card from victory. He turned over 8x to complete his jack low and claim his fifth WSOP bracelet.

John’s previous WSOP victories came in Event #34: Limit Triple Draw (2002), Event #21: Limit 7 Card Stud, Event #33 Pot-Limit Omaha (both 2003) and the 2008 WSOP Europe Main Event.

Full Tilt Poker pro Matt Jarvis wins his first WSOP bracelet

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Full Tilt Poker’s Matt Jarvis captured his first WSOP bracelet in Event #40 at the 2011 World Series of Poker. The 27-year-old Canadian pro outlasted 731 other players to win a first prize of just over $800K.

Jarvis, who rose to prominence in 2010 by finishing 8th in the WSOP Main Event, dominated the $5,000 Six-Handed No-Limit Hold’em tournament from the start. He finished Day 1 with the biggest stack and was comfortably above average in chips throughout Days 2 and 3. The field eventually played down to Jarvis and Justin Filtz, with the Full Tilt Poker pro holding a commanding 2-to-1 chip lead when heads-up play began.

Victory was secured after Filtz committed his remaining chips preflop with K-9 of diamonds and Jarvis called with A-8 off suit. Filtz found no help on the 5-3-6-2-3 board, allowing the Full Tilt Poker pro to claim his first WSOP bracelet.