Hellmuth Wins 13th Bracelet with WSOPE Main Event Victory

hellmuth at wsop 2006

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.

2005 WSOP gold bracelet

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Gus Hansen Returns to Full Tilt Poker

Gus Hansen at WSOP 2006 Rio, Las Vegas

Gus Hansen

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.

Full Tilt Poker

Full Tilt Poker (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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 press@ft-services.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.

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*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.

2005 WSOP gold bracelet

2005 WSOP gold bracelet (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

*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.

*More Howard Lederer interviews are on the way. The Two Plus Two pokercast will be interviewing Howard Wednesday night and releasing the podcast Thursday. Howard will have at least one more interview in the near future, as must-read  poker journalist “Diamond Flush” tweeted earlier:

Tom Dwan apparently just watched the Lederer Files and tweeted some thoughts:

Read more at Durrrr’s Twitter here.
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GSN High Stakes Poker (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Master of the poker parody video SrslySirius outdid himself with his new video Howard Lederer Confesses Everything.

For more great videos check out his youtube channel SrslySirius
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The Poker World Responds to The Lederer Files

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

Not exactly Edward R. Murrow

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:

Well played Rini

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 Greenstein (barryg1) made a post on 2+2 with his take here.

Barry Greenstein moments after winning event #...

That’s a Cosby sweater!

Poker commentator Jesse May just published a blog The Lederer Files: Remaining Questions.

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: