This weekend the Santiago Bernabéu will witness not only one of the most anticipated matches in the League but also the first stop on bwin’s “Magic Moments of Casino Malaysia” tour. The seven people who fought hard to qualify online for this first semi-final of the tournament have been rewarded with a very exclusive weekend. In addition to being able to experience the emotion of the Real Madrid-Atlético de Madrid derby live tonight at a time when the League is turning red hot, yesterday they were able to play a game of poker in the white team’s temple. Also with them was Michael Robinson, former soccer player and sports commentator.
about the tournament
The “Magic Moments of Poker” tournament consists of 7 qualifiers. In all of them the 7 semifinalists live a very special weekend, visiting some of the biggest football clubs in the world (Real Madrid, AC Milan, Bayern Munich…) or attending one of the main European sporting events of the year such as the MotoGP Spanish Grand Prix or the European Basketball Championship. The winner of each semi-final secures his place in the grand final to be held in Vienna later in the year. There the winner of the tournament will become a member of Team bwin poker, a prize valued at more than 100,000 dollars, and which will give them access to the most important international tournaments, such as the WSOP (World Series of Poker) and the WSOPE (World Series of Poker Europe).
The next semifinal of the tournament will be resolved on Italian soil. Once again, a total of seven lucky players will have the opportunity to experience their own Magic Moments of Poker in Milan. On this occasion, the glory that awaits them is the opportunity to see inside the factory where players of the talent of Paolo Maldini have come from, train at the High Performance Center of one of the most successful clubs in Europe and take a tour in exclusive for the facilities of the San Siro stadium.
The well-known Full Tilt Online Poker Series (FTOPS) was a success in its 10th year, its $15,000,000 guaranteed prize pool being greatly surpassed as FullTilt delivered a total of $17,482,300 over the course of its series.
With one of Full Tilt Poker’s pros hosting each event and a wide variety of games, the only thing that could have stopped you from participating was the high buy-ins, wait, no, that’s no excuse not to play the satellites.
On Saturday this past weekend, DuckU, better known outside of poker circles as Greg Hobson, won the No-Limit Hold ’em Shootout event, taking home $87,000. In addition to his win, Hobson finished third in the $530 6-max rebuy World Championship of Online Poker event for another $119,000. In the live poker arena he cashed in the 2023 World Series of Poker Main Event.
In the second event played on Saturday, the $109 Pot-Limit Omaha rebuy, kutuz_off overcame a field of 962 entrants to win $92,000. The New York City native isn’t a poker pro, but this wasn’t his only final table, as he’s also reached the finals of tournaments like the Full Tilt $750k Guaranteed or his PokerStars Sunday Second Chance victory for what that he could take up poker at any time.
But all the lights of the weekend were pointing to an event that wasn’t the Main Event, but the Big Daddy, with a $5,200 buy-in and $2,000,000 guaranteed for this two-day event, in one of the favorite formats of the pros. , No-Limit Hold ’em deepstacked 6-max. Full Tilt pro Brandon Adams put together a great run throughout the event but became the last player to be eliminated before the final table. Still, he took home $57,500 for his performance in this 500-player event. This number pales in comparison to the $550,000 that he took to amak316 for winning the event. WSOP final table player Craig Marquis finished in 24th place.
That wasn’t the Main Event, however, which saw 5,225 players take to the virtual field, exceeding the $2.5 million guaranteed prize pool by more than $100,000. Eric Lindgren, Gus Hansen, Phil Ivey, and hundreds of FullTilt players all tried for the glory. Julian Verse was the recipient of $450,708.50 (it’s those 50 cents that make the difference) and the illustrious title of FTOPS Main Event champion.
Speaking of champions, it would be easy to forget about the PokerStars Sunday Million during FTOPS, but you’d be wrong. This week nearly $200,000 of first prize was awarded to kesher79, who flopped leg 2 and rivered four of a kind to win the final hand, eliminating rS in second place. Wisdom.