Face the Ace Hits the Airways as a Big Hit

Date: August 4, 2009

Full Tilt Poker has hit the airways and the new show would seem to be a rather large success.  Face the Ace hit television sets across the world this weekend and has already added $40,000 to one players bankroll and another will be going for $1,000,000 next weekend.  Are these set ups to get ratings or have three professionals actually lost to these amateurs?

This ticket was one of the most sought after in recent times.  Full Tilt ran freeroll after freeroll for their players that allowed them to win entries into their main event for this show.  In most cases, individuals had to cash in their player points to enter the various satellites and then finish in the top couple of positions in order to get to the final event.

Now they are all seeing the fruits of their labor and by the early results, the wait was well worth it.  The first player to hit the felt has the dubious honor of going up against Phil Ivey.  With the performance that he had in the WSOP, it would have seemed as though Jonathan Nygaard would be easy work for him.  Not so fast, Nygaard pulled a huge upset and managed to get Ivey on with a weak Ace.  The board blanked and Nygaard decided to walk with the $40k instead of risking it.

The next player, Topel, has a bit more gamble in him.  His first round draw was not much better than Nygaard’s in that he drew Erick Lindgren.  Once again though, the pro came up short and he actually made fairly quick work of him.  The $40k payday was not enough for him though and he drew another card and when the door opened up, Howard Lederer was standing behind it.

While Lederer is far from a slouch, he has not exactly been tearing up the poker tables lately and that trend would continue as Topel managed to get just about every chip in plan in the middle of the table pre-flop with KK against Lederer’s AQ.  The flop gave Lederer an inside straight draw, but one of the last two kings never hit the felt and Lederer was left with virtually no chips at all.

For his victory, Topel was given the option of taking down a payday of $200,000, about 5 times his annual salary, or risk walking away with nothing and go for the $1,000,000 match.  He put the $200,000 back in the vault and will now risk it all against an as of yet unknown player on August 8th.  Half of you wants to smack him upside his head and the other half wants to pat him on his back and wish him the best.

This show is even further proof that ‘amateur’s are on a much even par with pro’s than people think. While you would expect a player to get lucky every now and again, to have 3 consecutive pro’s fall to amateurs in consecutive matches was probably not part of the game plan for Full Tilt.  Not only that, but it also does some damage to the idea that poker is a game of skill.  There simply is not another ‘sport’ that an amateur can have such success against a professional time and again.


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Full Tilt Online Poker Series is Off and Running!

Date: April 27, 2009

The online poker world is alight with the start of the Full Tilt Online Poker Series. The Series is one of the largest annual events within all of the online poker world. With Millions of prize money at stake, this years Series promises to be one of the most exciting events in online history.

The start of the series was met with excitement and participation by many of poker elite players. With a $1,000,000 Guaranteed Prize pool for Event 1, players came swarming in by the thousands. Event # 1, which was hosted by none other than Full Tilt Pro and Co-Founder Howard Lederer, kicked off on Wednesday, February 4th at 9:00pm ET. The buy-in of a reasonable $200+$16 and 6,275 entrants, meant that Full Tilt more than met there $1,000,000 Guarantee, bringing in $1,255,000 in prize money.

Event #1 brought hours of play amongst some of online pokers elite. Overall 738 players made in the money. The event saw host, Howard Lederer, sneak into the money taking down $326.30 in 697th place. A few notable Full Tilt Professionals made deep runs into the tournament, with Brandon Adams finishing in 229th place and Lee Watkinson busting out in 211th place. But in the end only one of the many could be crowned the first event champion in 2009. That place belonged to “muckducks,” who took home the $216,512.60 first place prize. His best previous finish in the Full Tilt series was for just $787. Needless to say, the last few days have proven to be some of the best days of David “muckducks” Cairns life.

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Event # 2 began today, February 5th at 2pm ET and is nearly half way over. This event is a Omaha Hi/Lo Pot Limit tournament. Full Tilt Pro Ringo Mathis is hosting the event and Full Tilt has guaranteed a prize pool of $200,000. This event drew a crowd of 1,428 entrants. With a buy-in of $240, Full Tilt easily reached the guarantee, with $285,600 in the total prize pool. There will be 162 places paid and the lucky winner will take down $61,404 in prize winnings. As I write this article, the event is at Level 11 with blinds of 150/300. Ronny2100 is leading the pack of 739 players remaining with a stack of 42,536. Full Tilt Professional Martin Klaeser is currently in 3rd with 33,215. You can follow the action live or get involved in one of the many tournaments, at FullTiltPoker.com.

The Full Tilt Online Poker Series continues throughout the month of February with events taking place every day through February 15th, with many days seeing two to three events. The series culminates with the Main Event taking place Sunday, February 15th at 6:00 ET. This event is hosted by John Juanda and guarantees a prize pool of 2.5 million dollars. This event is sure to draw thousands of players, hoping to get their share of the riches. Make sure to check back each day, as I keep you updated on one of the years biggest events in the online world.


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TiltWare LLC Files Motion to Dismiss Lawsuit From Clonie Gowen

Date: January 19, 2009

Clonie GowenTiltware, LLC. has filed a motion to have a lawsuit filed by Clonie Gowen against Full Tilt Poker dismissed. They claim that she has wrongfully named several top named professional poker players as defendants in the suit. Gowen filed suit against, Full Tilt Poker and against 13 players including Howard Lederer, Erik Seidel, Andy Bloch, and Phil Ivey. The motion claims that her reasoning behind naming the players was a litigation strategy and a publicity stunt.

The motion also states that even if she has a complaint, it would be a simple breach of oral contract and that it does not involve the 13 players she has named in the suit. The motion also states that due to the 13 players not having a part in the alleged contract, the suit should be dismissed.

The motion states that there was no financial relationship between Gowen and the Full Tilt Pros and that her suit is a litigation tactic. Also, they state that since her damages are so large, that the amount should be enough to compensate her and that there is not other wrongful behavior where she could receive additional damages.

Furthermore, since this appears to at most a breach of contract case, it cannot be brought against all the Full Tilt Pro’s individually. They argue that she needs to rework her suit to exclude the Pro’s and to narrow the focus of her suit.

Her attorneys have 30 days to oppose the motion or to file an amended complaint.

Gowen is seeking $40 Million in damages against Full Tilt, which would represent the 1% share in the company that she is claiming to have been promised as a result of her representing the company on TV and online.


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