Playing what he describes as “the best poker” of his life, Phil Hellmuth was the last man standing in the World Series of Poker Europe Main Event (a starting field of over 400 players). Hellmuth held the chip lead for most of the final table thanks in part to adopting a more aggressive playing style than most fans of the “Poker Brat” are used to. Antonio Esfandiari covered the live stream of the final table and was taken aback by Hellmuth’s performance: ” I was shocked, impressed and completely confused by Phil Hellmuth today.” Esfandiari stated. By defeating Ukranian businessman Sergii Baranov, Hellmuth won 1.02 million euros and took the lead in the WSOP Player of the Year standings (which he will win unless Greg Merson can win the WSOP Main Event set to resume later this month). Phil became the first player to win the Main Event of both the WSOP and WSOPE and seemed to appreciate the history he was making, ” I know people don’t expect me to use this word, but I’m humbled,” he said. “I’m trying to figure out if this is real or not.” Hellmuth also joins Esfandiari as the only other player to win more than one bracelet in 2012 and extends his own record of most bracelets won, widening the gap between himself and Doyle Brunson and Johnny Chan who are tied for second with 10 bracelets apiece.
Gus Hansen has agreed to represent the new Full Tilt Poker according to a press release issued today. The role will be a familiar one for the popular Danish poker player who held a similar position with Full Tilt under previous management. Hansen, a world-class backgammon player as well as one of People Magazine’s “Sexiest Men,” has long been a fan favorite. Since the demise of the old FTP Gus has played online at PokerStars (mostly PLO and PLO8) under the screen name “Brokski.” After Tilt’s re-launch this November, Gus will be back “home” and he’s ready for the challenge of rebuilding the reputation of the former #2 site in the world:”I’m very excited to represent the industry’s most authentic poker brand” Hansen stated. Players around the world are eagerly awaiting the return of FTP and Gus’s high stakes matches.
The full Press Release:
GUS HANSEN WILL RETURN AS THE FACE OF FULL TILT POKER
“The Great Dane” becomes re-launched site’s first brand ambassador
DUBLIN – October 2, 2012 – FullTiltPoker.com today announced that international poker star and tournament legend Gus Hansen will return as brand ambassador for the site, which plans to re-open for real-money poker on November 6, 2012.
In August, PokerStars obtained the assets of Full Tilt Poker and committed to reimburse Full Tilt Poker customers outside the U.S. whose accounts have been inaccessible since the previous management closed the site in June 2011.
Full Tilt Poker will offer real-money poker games and tournaments globally, with the exception of the U.S., France, Italy, Spain, Denmark, Estonia and Belgium. Full Tilt Poker’s customers in the rest of the world can soon look forward to accessing their accounts and playing on the re-launched site, confident that they are supported by PokerStars’ history of integrity combined with Full Tilt Poker’s track record of delivering the highest quality online poker experience.
Hansen, a poker icon and four-time WPT champion, already boasts career tournament earnings of nearly $11.2 million and is widely considered to be one of the best all-around players in the world – whether it be large tournaments, live cash games or online. As a former Full Tilt Pro, Hansen, 38, is excited to be returning to one of the world’s leading poker brands.
He said: “I’m very excited to represent the industry’s most authentic poker brand. Full Tilt Poker has the best games, most innovative software and the strongest poker community; to me this feels like coming home.”
“Gus is one of the best-known and most respected names in the poker community,” said Sarne Lightman, the newly-appointed Head of Marketing at Full Tilt Poker. “Gus has always embodied the best characteristics of the Full Tilt Poker brand and we are thrilled to have him return as an ambassador.”
“Expect plenty more news in the comings weeks,” states Lightman. “More international pros, exciting launch promotions and the return of Full Tilt Poker as the world’s most innovative poker site.”
Players can start playing on Full Tilt Poker from November, 6 2012
For more information contact email@example.com
About Full Tilt Poker
FullTiltPoker.com is a leading poker brand known for delivering the most authentic online poker experience in the world. Full Tilt Poker’s innovative software, game design and game play make it the online home for serious poker players.
Full Tilt Poker is being re-launched in November 2012 by The Rational Group, which also operates PokerStars, the world’s largest online poker site. Full Tilt Poker plans to operate globally under license from the Isle of Man, which provides rigorous regulatory oversight and deploys the best practices in ensuring player fund protection and the security and integrity of online poker.
*Antonio Esfandiari‘s success continued as he took down the second event of the WSOPE. The € 1000 entry fee for the event was only 1/1000 of what he paid to enter the Big One over the summer. Antonio outlasted a field of 626 players to win his third bracelet and managed to take the lead in the WSOP Player of the Year race.
*In other tournament news, PokerStars player “maratik” took down the Main Event of the World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP). A small stakes grinder, maratik won entry to the Main Event through an FPP satelite. Outlasting 1825 players, maratik agreed to a deal at the final table (after stating “I wont million”) which earned him over $900,000. By being the last man standing he won another $100,000 and the championship title and brought joy to all those who were rooting for the underdog to win.
- Howard Lederer Interview Part 7 (rakerefuge.wordpress.com)
- Antonio Esfandiari on The Howard Stern Show (Full Interview) (rakerefuge.wordpress.com)
Here’s a collection of some of the many responses to the Lederer Files that have popped up online over the last few days.
It’s only right to start with Matthew Parvis who actually conducted the interview. He gives his thoughts in a written article on PokerNews- The Lederer Files: The Process and Opinions
Next is an interesting blog from Bill Rini. He offers his unique perspective on the videos as someone who actually worked for Full Tilt in the past.
A Review of The Lederer Files (Parts I – IV) and Andy Bloch Interview Covers the first 4 parts of the interview and has this “BaghdadHoward” photoshop:
And The Lederer Files Parts 5, 6, and 7 covers the end of the interview.
Daniel Negreanu took a brief respite from tweeting to conduct a short interview with PokerListings. Negreanu: Ivey, Juanda Will Refute Lederer Files
Haralabob tweeted a blog will be out soon with his thoughts:
Barry Carter also wrote a blog- The Lederer Files from a Poker Media Perspective.
And finally, if you missed it here is the great montage of Lederer’s interview:
- Responses to “The Lederer Files” (rakerefuge.wordpress.com)
In part 4 of the exclusive interview with Howard Lederer on PokerNews.com, Lederer opens up about the first few months after Black Friday, and how the company reacted to finding out about the massive shortfall.
Here’s Antonio Esfandiari on Howard Stern from yesterday. Enjoy.