Did You Get Your Name in the Record Books?

Date: July 24, 2009

This past weekend featured some of the best action for online poker players in quite some time.  While internet tournaments are known to have fields that live rooms would take days to get through, this weekend was something else entirely.  Both Poker Stars and Full Tilt were trying to set a record for the largest online tournament ever.  The existing record was already held by Poker Stars.

Knowing that they need to beat 35,000 players, both sites ramped up their efforts and added a ton of cash to the tournaments.  Poker Stars was up first with a $1 buy in.  This made it quite easy to draw players and when the final starting bell went off, 65,000 players had made their way to their computers to be a part of history.  The winner of the tournament was “004 license” and he managed to put $13,000 in his account about 10 hours after he put up his buck.  Not a bad day.

Full Tilt was next, but had a cap of 50,000 players on their tournament.  However, their tournament had a $5 buy in with $500,000 guaranteed.  That was enough to have everyone, including myself, ante up and take a shot at the massive $45,000 first place prize.  No luck on my end as two suckouts had me heading to the rail before the second hour, but that was hardly the case for “breo40” who ended up the eventual winner and added the large bounty to his account.

There is still some debate as to who will get the title because while Poker Stars had a much larger field, the tournament at Full Tilt had a larger prize pool.  In all likelihood, Poker Stars will hold the title, but I doubt if Full Tilt will take this one lying down.  They spent a ton of cash promoting this and will more than likely take another shot and open the next one up to 100,000 players if they have to in order to beat their main rival for internet poker.

Tournaments like this are a lot of fun to play in because the chips are usually flying pretty freely.  If you can get any kind of a run, you can coast into the money and possibly a payday that you would not be able to get in other tournaments on a small bankroll.  Keep your eyes peeled for the next round of the “Record Breaker” tournament at both sites.  Their rivalry is our gain as both will probably ante up plenty of extra cash to hold the title.

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Tom “durrrr” Dwan Issues Million Dollar Challenge

Date: January 11, 2009

Tom “durrrr” Dwan recently issued a challenge to the online poker world. He stated that he would put up $1 Million of his own money against any player that was willing to put up $500,000 and play him in 50,000 hands at $200-$400 Limit online. After 50,000 hands, if the player was up against Dwan, they would win $1 Million. If they were behind, Dwan would get their $500,000.

It didn’t take long before he had three players step up to the challenge. As most would expect, the first player to take the challenge was Phil Ivey. Ivey is considered by many to be the best all around poker player in the world. Many expect Dwan to fall at the hands of Ivey.

The next player to take the challenge is David Benyamine. Benyamine is one of the top online players in the world and recently won his first World Series of Poker gold bracelet. While Benyamine is one of the best high stakes players, his skill level is considered to be below Dwan’s and Dwan is expected to win.

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Patrik Antonius was the third player to accept the challenge put down by Dwan. Antonius has yet to take down a WPT or WSOP title, but he is a well respected cash game player and should provide a challenge to Dwan. Many people expect Dwan to win this match.

The time and location of the challenge has yet to be determined. Chances are the challenge will happen on Full Tilt Poker.

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