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Keshner79 Wins Sunday Millions

Thursday, November 27th, 2008

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“kesher79” Takes Down PokerStars Sunday Million

With the finalization of the 2008 WSOP Main Event last weekend, online poker fans are geared up more than ever to take on some of the biggest poker tournaments on the Internet. PokerStars Sunday Million was certainly no exception as nearly 8,000 participants bought into the online poker tournament, jumping the expected $1.5 million prize pool to $1,599,800.

The tournament kicked off at 9:30pm Sunday and continued into the morning, lasting just over 10-1/2 hours. It was an action packed adventure from start to finish as some of the top poker pros took part, including Barry “barryg1” Greenstein and Daniel “KidPoker” Negreanu.

In an interesting twist of events, the final table came down to only 8 players, rather than the usual 9. “LEstradioto” was eliminated in the 9th position before the final table was prepared, leaving the final 8 to battle it out for the top prize of nearly $200k.

Dwindling quickly, it came down to heads-up play when “mjluth” went all-in pre-flop with A-K offsuit against the K-Q offsuit of “kesher79”. The Q paired on the Turn, sending mjluth to the virtual rails in 3rd for $89k.

It took only 5 minutes to declare a winner once kesher79 and “rS.Wisdom” settled into one-on-one. With 300k/600k blinds, kesher79 raised 1.8m from the button. A call from rS.Wisdom brought the Flop, Jh-Td-2h. A check from rS.Wisdom inspired a 2.4m raise from kesher79, to which rS.Wisdom called. Then came the Turn, Ac. Another check from rS.Wisdom, and another 6m Raise from kesher79. The River, 2s, brought another check from rS.Wisdom, while kesher79 went all-in.

After only a moment’s thought, rS.Wisdom called the bet to reveal his slow-play of two pair, Aces and Tens; an excellent hand, but nothing compared to the Quad 2s kesher79 was holding.

For his amazing final hand, kesher79 was awarded the 1st place prize of $195,975, while rS.Wisdom exited the table proudly with a 2nd place purse of $132,143.

PokerStars $1.5M GTD Sunday Million Final Table Results

1st - kesher79 ($195,975.50)
2nd - rS.Wisdom ($132,143.48)
3rd - mjluth ($89,588.80)
4th - maverick8487 ($72,790.90)
5th - Mr_BigQueso ($56,792.90)
6th - orkim ($40,794.90)
7th - RiverCardRob ($27,996.50)
8th - jarocho123 ($18,397.70)
9th - LEstradioto ($11,198.60)

PokerStars Sponsors Zoe Gillings

Wednesday, November 26th, 2008

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PokerStars Sponsors Female Snowboarding Star, Zoe Gillings

UK-based PokerStars, the world’s largest online poker room, offered their sponsorship to Zoe Gillings last week. Gillings, Britain’s premier female snowboarding star, happily accepted the offer and will be sporting PokerStars branded gear throughout the upcoming season.

The news came just after Zoe Gillings returned to the UK after a fourth place finish in Argentina’s opening round of the FIS Snowboardcross World Cup. As Gillings looks to expand on her already impressive accomplishments in recent years, the Internet gaming company PokerStars will be backing her every step of the way.

“We are absolutely delighted to be supporting Zoe as she heads into another year on the World Cup circuit and begins to look ahead to the Winter Olympics in 2010,” expressed Tom Wyse, Marketing Director of PokerStars Download. “We are committed to supporting local sport and we hope our backing will help drive her towards her goals.”

Zoe was honored with the British Olympic Association’s Athlete of the Year Award in for her exceptional triumphs in the 2007/08 season, which included a 2nd place finish in the Japan FIS World Cup Snowboardcross finals, a 4th place finish in the Korean FIS World Cup Snowboardcross finals, and a 6th place finish in snowboardcross at Colorado, USA’s prestigious X-Games.

PokerStars EPT Hungary

Monday, November 24th, 2008

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UK’s Will Fry Takes 1st in PokerStars EPT Hungary

The European Poker Tour (EPT) made its first historic stop in Budapest, Hungary last weekend as Will Fry of Nottingham, England whittled his way through the impressive field of 540 competitors to take the 2st place crown and a healthy prize of nearly €600,000.

At 28 years old, Will Fry is a former casino croupier who plays regular low- to mid-level stakes cash game player, but after his sensational victory last weekend at the sponsored EPT event, that may soon change. Fry routed some phenomenal pro poker players in Budapest, including the 2007 WSOPE winner Annette Obrestad, EPT London winner Vicky Coren, PokerStars Pro Katja Thater and recent RPT victor Bertrand “ElkY” Gropsellier.

The Main Event of PokerStars EPT Hungary took 3 days to complete, culminating in heads-up action against Romanian Ciprian Hrisca and Will Fry as Martin Jacobsen of Sweden busted out in 3rd. Hrisca and Fry battled it out for the next 30 minutes, each determined to skillfully whisk away the EPT title.

The final hand came down to a battle of raises and re-raises until finally all the chips were on the table pre-flop. Fry revealed pocket Jacks while Hrisca turned over A-6 off-suit. Hrisca’s chances grew minimally when the Flop came down Td-Qs-6s, but the Turn and River came up empty, giving Fry the triumphant win.

Ciprian Hrisca walked away with the second place prize of €342,608 and a great deal of pride for his home country of Romania. Will Fry claimed the PokerStars EPT-Hungary Title and a monumental cash of €595,839 for his 1st place emergence.