The $25,000 Heads-Up Championship on Full Tilt Poker has now been paused, and play will resume on Sunday. There are currently four people left in the tournament, with three of them being "red" Full Tilt pros. The remaining players are: Andy Bloch, Brian Hastings, David Singer and Emil "whitelime" Patel.
There was some thought that the tournament might get as many as 128 players, but in the end, 64 began play on Saturday afternoon. 64 entrants meant a total prize pool of $1.6 million dollars, with $560k going to the first place winner. According to Full Tilt Poker, this is the highest buy-in for a Heads-Up tournament, either live or online, ever.
The large prize pool brought out some of the best talent in the game today. Names that included the likes of Phil Ivey, Patrik Antonius, Howard Lederer, Eli Elezra and Chris "Jesus" Ferguson. Some of the top young poker talent in the world participated as well, including the likes of Tom "durrrr" Dwan, Phil "OMGClayAiken" Galfond, and Jeff "Actionjeff" Garza.
The final four features an interesting mix of young and "older" players, with Brian Hastings and Emil Patel representing the "young guns", and Andy Bloch and David Singer representing the more experienced, older players. Hastings and Patel both have a wealth of experience playing heads-up poker online, so this should prove to be an interesting Sunday. Andy Bloch is scheduled to take on Emil Patel in one of the semi-final matches, with Brian Hastings taking on David Singer in the other.
All four players are guaranteed at least $168k for making it this far. The winner of the tournament will receive $560k, while the second place finisher will receive $320k.
Everyone who made it to the quarterfinals received at least $96k. Patrik "FinddaGrind" Antonius, "Ansky451", "mischiefofmagic" and "mastrblastr" all received $96k for making it to the quarterfinals.
Pros who didn't make it out of the first round included: Gus Hansen, Phil Ivey, Phil "OMGClayAiken" Galfond, Cory "UGOTPZD" Carroll, David Benyamine, Christopher "Genius28" Lee, Erik Seidel and Erik Lindgren.
We predicted that a "young gun" would win this event before it started, and I'm sticking to this prediction. I think that Hastings or Patel takes down this event tomorrow.
The best finish by someone who qualified via satellite belonged to "mischiefofmagic", who managed to turn a $535 satellite entry into a $96,000 cash.
We'll have more on this event tomorrow after a champion is crowned.
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