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Top News – Main Event Kicks Off, Full Tilt For Sale

Top News – Main Event Kicks Off, Full Tilt For Sale

The biggest, the longest and the most popular poker tournament of them all – the World Series of Poker has reached its final stage with almost all of the events, except one finished and with 55 bracelets out of 58 already given away. However, the last part is the most exciting – the 2011 WSOP Main Event kicked off yesterday and will run until July 19th. Long after all the other events are over, the Main Event will see thousands of players at the tables in pursuit of the world's most prestigious poker trophy – the Main Event bracelet. However, the big winner will not be crowned before November when the top 9 players will come back to play the final table. Apart from the WSOP, OnlinePoker10 also has some stuff on Full Tilt which was on the news for the past 2 weeks bringing updates (good and not so good) almost every day. All this and more in the 50th edition of Top News!

WSOP Main Event Kicks Off

So the 42nd annual World Series of Poker is close to it's finish after a 2-month run with the only and the most important question left – who's gonna win the Main Event. However, we will have to wait until November, to answer that, but the nine contenders for the title will be determined on July 19 when the Main Event final table will be set.

And to make the waiting a little bit more exciting, ESPN3.com and ESPN2 are going to broadcast the whole thing (almost) live starting Day3 which is July 14th. From that day the ESPN TV and online viewers will enjoy a 30-minute delayed stream featuring two TV tables with the action switching between them every half an hour. Plus, you will be able to see the hole cards and all all-ins and calls from both tables.

“For the first time viewers at home will have the best seats in the house for the World Series of Poker, poker’s premier event. Fans will see hole cards post-flop and get an inside look at all of the strategy, angst and competition of the world’s best players vying for a seat at the most prestigious final table in the sport,” said ESPN manager of programming and acquisitions Matthew Volk.

Next week OnlinePoker10 will bring you all the latest 2011 WSOP Main Event updates so be sure to check us out on Friday!

Full Tilt's Out of Service, US Refunds Rumored

Full Tilt Poker's been under the spotlight for over a week now since their eGaming license has been suspended by the Alderney Gambling Control Commission (AGCC) on June 29th causing the site to cease all their services including online poker games. Full Tilt, which was already seriously crippled by the Black Friday and currently owes $15 million to their US players, have not been operational for 10 days now and there are no indications on when they might be up again. As usual, Full Tilt have not made any statements on the matter.

However, Full Tilt Players got some good news just a few days latter as LA Times announced that a group of European investors were under negotiations of acquiring the Full Tilt's parent company Pocket Kings. The deal would allow Full Tilt to payback their debts to the US players as well as settle the lawsuit involving the U.S. Attorney's Office and the class-action lawsuit filled against Full Tilt just recently.

Yesterday (July 7th) the eGaming Review reported that the deal between FT and the European investors could close next week and trigger the long-awaited return of funds to the US players. In a statement to eGaming Review, one of Full Tilt Poker's attorneys said, “My hope is as the company formalizes a deal with the European investors the terms include paying back the players, and we’d like to think this will help take care of the class action suit and any copycat suits on the table....Part of the deal with [the investors] will hopefully be a settlement of the DoJ case - [they have] met with Alderney and France already and will be meeting with the DoJ.”

The identity of the group of investors was not disclosed, but according to the attorney, “They are not one of our competitors and to my knowledge it’s their first step into the egaming sector.” He had also denied the rumor that Ray Bitar was no longer the CEO of Full Tilt Poker, “We can completely deny the reports that Ray Bitar is no longer CEO. In fact that [rumour] really ruined his day yesterday. It doesn’t help anyone for sites to be reporting news that’s not true,” he said.

Hellmuth Wins 12th Bracelet. NOT

Unless Phil Hellmuth wins the 2011 WSOP Main Event, he will want to forget this year's World Series as soon as possible. Three final tables, three heads-up plays for the title and no bracelets – this is his achievements in this year's tournament. Three times a looser and none the winner, no one wanted to be in Hellmuth's place after the last hand of Event 55: the $50k Players Championship when the Poker Brat lost to Brian Rast.

Rast's victory was even more impressive because of him coming into the heads-up play with a massive chip shortage. However, he eventually outplayed Hellmuth and collected his second bracelet of the 2011 series. Rast also collected a cash prize of $1.7 million which complemented his previous $220K winning. “This bracelet means a lot,” Rast said. “To win this you have to go through a lot of top players.”

This was also Hellmuth's second heds-up final table defeat after he had a huge chip lead before the start of the play. First time he got beaten by John Juanda in the event Event #16: $10,000 2-7 Draw Lowball Championship (No-Limit) and now he lost to Rast despite having a 5 to 1 lead. “To have a massive chip lead and then lose is pretty brutal,” he admitted.

Hellmuth's second heads-up defeat was not as disappointing (according to Hellmuth himself) as he was the short stack before the final duel and then lost to Eric Rodawig in the Event #33: $10,000 Seven Card Stud Hi-Low Split-8 or Better Championship.

The only consolation for Hellmuth could have been the Player of the Year honors which he secured after Ben Lamb, who was the only other player in the race for the award, hit the rail in 8th place in the same event. But it wasn't. “Player of the Year is nice but I’m after bracelets,” was Hellmuth's reaction.

Another interesting fact was that the Hellmuth's prize of $1.06 million was his first-ever 7-figure live tournament cash!

You can check out the full final table standings and payouts in the WSOP Results section bellow.

WSOP Results

As usual, OP10's Top News bring you all the past week's World Series of Poker results, final table standings and cashes.

Event #46: $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em / Six Handed Championship

1. Joe Ebanks – $1,158,481
2. Chris Moorman – $716,282
3. Bertrand Grospellier – $447,074
4. Tristan Wade – $292,866
5. Taylor Paur – $198,140
6. Mike Sowers – $138,301

Event #47: $2,500 Omaha/Seven Card Stud Hi-Low-8 or Better

1. Owais Ahmed – $255,959
2. Michael Mizrachi – $158,148
3. Abe Mosseri – $100,532
4. Scott Bohlman – $72,491
5. Scotty Nguyen – $53,091
6. Gerard Rechnitzer – $39,475
7. Gregory Jamison – $29,791
8. Thomas Whitehair – $22,819
9. Antony Lellouche – $17,731

Event #48: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em

1. Athanasios Polychronopoulos – $650,223
2. Simon Charette – $404,235
3. Peter Ippolito – $286,118
4. Yevgeniy Timoshenko – $206,348
5. Sebastian Winkler – $150,667
6. Alexander Queen – $111,341
7. Pius Heinz – $83,286
8. Matt Stout – $63,032
9. Sven Niklas Heinecker – $48,272

Event #49: $2,500 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball (Limit)

1. Leonard Martin – $189,919
2. Justin Bonomo – $117,305
3. David Bach – $77,517
4. Masa Tanaka – $52,680
5. Eli Elezra – $36,596
6. Jason Mercier – $25,967
7. Jon Turner – $18,804
8. Scott Dorin – $18,804
9. Shawn Buchanan – $13,897

Event #50: $5,000 Triple Chance No-Limit Hold’em

1. Antonin Teisseire – $825,604
2. Darryl Ronconi – $510,053
3. Adam Geyer – $328,810
4. Eric Froehlich – $240,876
5. Narendra Banwari – $179,054
6. Vanessa Peng – $134,895
7. Mikhail Yakovlev – $102,870
8. Andrew Savitz – $79,370
9. Jim Routos – $61,899

Event #51: $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-low Split-8 or Better

1. David Singontiko – $268,235
2. Michael Yee – $165,346
3. Jeffrey Gibralter – $107,148
4. Igor Sharaskin – $78,413
5. Thomas Scarber – $58,235
6. Marco Oliveira – $43,830
7. Cliff Kettinger – $33,396
8. Robert Campbell – $25,746
9. John Reiss – $20,063

Event #52: $2,500 Mixed Hold'em (Limit/No-Limit)

1. Matt Matros – $303,501
2. Jonathan Lane – $187,844
3. Matt Hawrilenko – $124,837
4. Brandon Meyers – $92,642
5. Brian Smith – $69,524
6. Nikolay Losev – $52,687
7. Noah Boeken – $40,284
8. Aalok Arora – $31,047
9. Adam Sanders – $24,107

Event #53: $1,000 Ladies No-Limit Hold’em Championship

1. Marsha Wolak – $192,344
2. Karina Jett – $119,010
3. Carol Tomlinson – $74,459
4. Valerie McColligan – $54,045
5. Peg Ledman – $39,897
6. Katherine Stahl – $29,909
7. Jennifer Cowan – $22,750
8. Genevieve Gloutnez – $17,537
9. Jonathan Epstein – $13,701

Event #54: $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em

1. Maxim Lykov – $648,880
2. Dror Michaelo – $401,296
3. Warren Wooldridge – $288,946
4. Ren Ho Zhang – $213,539
5. Harald Olsen – $159,134
6. Stanislav Alehkin – $119,598
7. Douglas Mackinnon – $90,604
8. Joshua Evans – $69,230
9. Sebastien Roy – $53,333

Event #55: $50,000 Poker Player's Championship

1. Brian Rast – $1,720,328
2. Phil Hellmuth – $1,063,034
3. Minh Ly – $665,763
4. Owais Ahmed – $482,085
5. Matt Glantz – $376,750
6. George Lind – $300,441
7. Scott Seiver – $243,978
8. Ben Lamb – $201,338
9. Jason Lester – $168,529

That's it for today, come again next week to check out the latest WSOP Main Event news and results.

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