Final Four of FTP $25,000 Heads-Up Championship Set

Published on May 23rd, 2009 10:14 pm EST

poker player david benefield - full tiltWere you expecting names such as Phil Ivey, Tom Dwan and Erick Lindgren to make it to the final four of the $25k Heads-Up Championship on Full Tilt Poker?

If so, then you were surely disappointed by the results of Saturday's action.

The semi-final match-ups will look like this when play resumes on Sunday afternoon:

David Benefield vs "WinnerFish"

"theASHMAN103" vs "yogiblair"

The well-known names that entered into the tournament didn't fare very well, as David Benefield was the most recognizable name that was actually able to cash.

The four players who cashed but didn't make it to the final four were: "Past", "Kadabra", "IvanLendL" and "Vaga_Lion".

Defending champion David Singer was eliminated in 12th place.

Phil Ivey, who was one of the favorites to win this event, ended up being the first player eliminated. Gavin Smith, Phil Galfond, Tony G, Andy Bloch and Erick Lindgren also failed to make it out of the first round.

Tom "durrrr" Dwan and Lukas "__FullFlush1__" Schwartz squared off in the second round. These two have been embroiled in a battle of words over the past few months, so many people were excited to see these two battle each other in the second round. The match ended up lasting just a few minutes - Schwartz and Dwan got all-in preflop with Dwan holding pocket Queens and Schwartz holding pocket Tens. A ten came on the turn, and Dwan was eliminated.

"Ziigmund", Brian Townsend and Isaac "luvtheWNBA" Haxton were some of the names that lost their second round match-ups.

"__FullFlush1__", "LarsLuzak" and David "The Dragon" Pham came close to cashing, but couldn't win their third round matches.

The tournament ended up having 63 entrants and a total prize pool of $1.575 million dollars. The eventual champion will receive $551,250, while the runner-up will receive $315,000.

The lone bye of the first round went to "thedarktilt". Unfortunately for "thedarktilt", he was eliminated in the second round.

All four of the players who made it to the final four are guaranteed at least $165,375 for making it this far. The 5th-8th place finishers all received $94,500.

The tournament is now paused, and the action will resume on Sunday afternoon.


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