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MISSOURI POKER PRO WINS LAST OF THE PRELIMS AT WORLD SERIES OF POKER
2014-07-07

Missouri poker pro and primarily cash game player Pat Walsh enjoyed a profitable weekend after claiming his first winner's bracelet and the $923,379 first prize in event 64 of the 2014 World Series of Poker, an excellent return for his $10,000 buy-in for the Pot Limit Omaha competition.
The event, which lasted for 29 one hour levels over three days, was the last of the preliminary competitions leading up to the main event, and attracted an entry field of 418, building a prize pool of $3,929,200.
Walsh turned in a polished and successful performance throughout the event, either holding the chip lead or not being far from it as he powered his way onto a talented final table that was populated by Javed Abrahams, Miltiadis Kyriakides, Isaac Baron, Marko Neumann, Matt Marafioti, Michael Shklover, Michal Maryka and Jonas Entin.
On the way he eliminated aces like Alex Kravchenko and Tom Marchese, denying them the opportunity to join the final table action and heading the final nine players in chip counts, an advantage he managed to retain for much of the final phase of the event.
Heads up, Walsh faced Javed Abrahams, who gave the Missouri pro his first serious challenge by briefly taking the chip lead from him, but it was a temporary lapse for the on-form Walsh, who 18 hands later claimed the honours, leaving Abrahams with the still-impressive $570,284 second prize.
Walsh has two other WSOP cashes on his resume...but none paid as much as this victory.
Other final table pay checks were cut for:
Miltiadis Kyriakides $412,408
Isaac Baron $301,369
Marko Neumann $222,549
Matt Marafioti $166,087
Michael Shklover $125,223
Michal Maryka $95,361
Jonas Entin $73,358




PATIENT POKER FANS IN LINE FOR $82 MILLION
2014-02-19

The Garden City Group - the independent financial administration company selected by the US Department of Justice to dish out legitimate Full Tilt Poker payments - has announced that the first tranche of pay-outs will involve $82 million dollars and will go to 30,000 former Full Tilt players who have no dispute with the amount in their FTP accounts as assessed by the administrator.
The payments are expected to go out at the end of this (February) month, and will be financed from the hundreds of millions of dollars paid to the DoJ by Pokerstars in settlement of its Black Friday shutdown three years ago and its subsequent acquisition of Full Tilt Poker (see previous InfoPowa reports).
Unconfirmed reports suggest that as much as $300 million may have been involved in the official seizure and shutdown of Full Tilt Poker in April 2011.
The following year, Pokerstars inked a deal with the DoJ, agreeing to repay FTP's international players and hand over another $547 million for the DoJ to disburse to owed FTP players in the USA, clearing the way for its takeover of Full Tilt Poker.
Although Pokerstars complied with its undertaking to pay the international players, doling out another $184 million, the DoJ spent an inordinate amount of time finding the right administrator and putting an assessment and payment system in place.
In the next phase, GCG will deal with players who dispute the amounts it claims they are owed, along with the cases of affiliate marketers with FTP accounts and professional players engaged by the old management.