The great Johnny Moss has some company in the World Series of Poker record books. On Wednesday, Phil Ivey tied Moss for fourth all-time by winning his ninth WSOP bracelet at the inaugural World Series of Poker Asia Pacific at Crown Casino in Melbourne, Australia. Ivey defeated Brandon Wong in a grueling heads-up match to win the $2,200 Mixed Event for a top prize worth AUD$51,840 — a number which likely has little meaning to one of poker's all-time earners. Ivey's entire focus during the three-day event was the ninth gold bracelet that eluded him five times during last summer's World Series of Poker in Las Vegas. Ivey now sits tied for fourth behind Phil Hellmuth (13 bracelets), Doyle Brunson (10) and Johnny Chan (10) for the most prestigious mark in tournament poker. All nine of his bracelets have come in non-hold'em games, further demonstrating his dominance across all variants of poker.
Earlier this week, 2005 World Series of Poker Champion Joe Hachem selected five-time WSOP gold bracelet winner Jeff Lisandro and Australia's top all-time female money earner Jackie Glazier as the first two players to join him on Team Asia-Pacific for the upcoming WSOP Asia-Pacific Caesars Cup, a made-for-television, invite-only event that pits three regional teams (Team Americas, Team Asia-Pacific and Team Europe) against one another. Hachem has now announced that Shane Warne, Andrew Hinrichsen and Richard Yong will round out the team.
On Wednesday, social gaming giant Zynga launched its real-money online poker operation in the U.K. Named Zynga Poker Plus, the site is a skin on the PartyGaming network and is available via the web or in a downloadable version. Under terms of the deal, Zynga would join the PartyGaming player pool, meaning Zynga Plus Poker customers would be playing alongside PartyPoker, bwin, WPT Poker and Gamebookers customers. The Zynga Plus Poker uses its own images that are usually seen on its Facebook app, but the ties to bwin.party are there for all to see. Under the promotions tab there are a number of promotions that appear across all PartyGaming skins, many of which you will have read about in our PartyPoker Weekly articles. Another similarity is the Zynga Plus Poker VI and Rewards scheme, which is the exact same “Palladium VIP” scheme used by the skins on the PartyGaming network. Players can also find real-money offerings at ZyngaPlusCasino, which brings players more than 160 slots games and a variety of table games to choose from including blackjack, roulette, baccarat and video poker, as well as the first-ever FarmVille-themed slots game. "Our long-term vision is to offer our players the next generation of real-money games on multiple platforms in regulated markets worldwide," Zynga CEO Barry Cottle wrote on the Zynga Plus Poker blog. "We take responsible gaming seriously and are proud to partner with bwin.party, an industry leader and a reputable company that is fully licensed by a premier regulatory authority.
It was an uncharacteristically slow week at the high-stakes cash games on Full Tilt Poker this week, and that came as quite the surprise seeing as the Full Tilt Online Poker Series (FTOPS) XXII was in full swing. Both FTP and PokerStars produced some big winners and losers, but not on the scale railbirds have become accustomed to in 2013. For instance, the biggest winner this week was “Sanlker” who won $469,770 in 1,949 hands over 12 sessions on FTP. While that’s a huge score to most people, it isn’t a million-dollar swing like we’ve seen from Viktor “Isildur1” Blom in the past. Speaking of Blom, the Swede actually finished as the biggest loser this week after dropping $661,949 in 3,270 hands over 28 sessions — essentially wiping out the $763,306 he had won the week before. Other big winners on FTP included Phil “Polarizing” Ivey (+$274,075 in 9 sessions/399 hands), Patrik “FinddaGrind” Antonius (+$259,062 in 3 sessions/286 hands) and Alexander “PostFlopAction” Kostritsyn (+$193,408 in 9 sessions/681 hands). Meanwhile, Jens “Jeans89” Kyllönen was the biggest winner over on PokerStars, banking $290,518 in 6,164 hands over 78 sessions.
Phil “Polarizing” Ivey was up $274,075 on the week. Over the last 48 hours, Ivey has smashed that number and brought his profit up to $736,844 on Full Tilt Poker, which has come from 1,126 hands spread across 16 sessions of games that include pot-limit Omaha, no-limit hold’em and fixed-limit Omaha hi-low. According to HighStakesDB.com, Ivey’s good fortune began on Wednesday, March 27, when he finished as the day’s biggest winner with $244,100 in profit. It started with a $19,000 win at the $500/$1,000 NLHE tables in a 25-minute match against “NiklasHeinecker” followed by a $90,000 win against Viktor Isildur1” Blom in 18 minutes at the $500/$1,000 CAP PLO tables.
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