The countdown to 2010 has began and I'm still wandering where the year has gone, but 2009 was a good year for poker. There were many new records and achievements like the youngest player to win the World Series of Poker, the largest online poker pot and tournament. Phil Ivey makes it to the November Nine after winning his 7th WSOP bracelet.
High Stakes player Tom Dwan became a Team Full Tilt Poker member after many hours of high stakes action in the Durrrr challenge. Isildur1 the unknown Swedish high stakes player ends the year on a bad note.
Top 10 'Poker' News stories of 2009
One of the biggest poker events every year is the World Series of Poker which is one of the many televised poker events which helps promote the game of poker.
Twenty-one year Joseph Cada is the youngest player to win a World Series of Poker main event bracelet beating Darvin Moon in the heads-up stage of the 40th anniversary WSOP event which had 6,494 players participating.
- Joseph Cada – $8,546,435
- Darvin Moon – $5,200,000
- Antoine Saout – $3.500.000
- Eric Buchman – $2.500.000
- Jeff Shulman – $1,953,452
- Steve Begleiter – $1,587,160
- Phil Ivey – $1,404,014
- Kevin Schaffel – $1,300,228
- James Akenhead – $1,263,602
Phil Ivey was a favorite to win the WSOP 2009 when November nine was announced probably because it has been so long since a Poker Pro has made it to the final table below is the seating positions and chip stacks of the November Nine.
Seat 1: Darvin Moon – 58,930,000
Seat 2: James Akenhead – 6,800,000
Seat 3: Phil Ivey – 9,765,000
Seat 4: Kevin Schaffel – 12,390,000
Seat 5: Steven Begleiter – 29,885,000
Seat 6: Eric Buchman – 34,800,000
Seat 7: Joe Cada – 13,215,000
Seat 8: Antoine Saout – 9,500,000
Seat 9: Jeff Shulman – 19,580,000
Phil Ivey not only made the final table of the WSOP 2009 main event 2009, he won two WSOP bracelets ($2.500 No Limit Deuce-to-Seven Lowball event) and ($2.500 Omaha-Seven-Card Stud Hi-Lo event) proving that he is one of the greatest poker players of all time.
High Stakes players Patrik Antonius and Isildur1 set a new record for the largest online poker pot while playing $500/$1000 Pot Limit Omaha on Full Tilt Poker. Patrik Antonius won a $1,356,946.50 Pot with his five-high straight.
On the 27th December 2009 - PokerStars hosted an uncapped tournament with a $300,000 guaranteed prize pool. The tournament had 149,196 players registered, a drastic improvement of more than double their previous Guinness World Record for the largest online poker tournament twice in one year.
Tom Dwan aka Durrrr challenges Patrik Antonius to play four $200/$400 Pot Limit Omaha or No Limit Hold’em heads up tables consecutively over a minimum of 50,000 poker hands.
Should the contender end up ahead of Durrrr after 50,000 hands he will win the challenge and take down the $1.5 million side bet prize should the contestant loose he would be out of $500,000 plus all money won during the sessions.
Full Tilt Poker have added Tom 'Durrrr' Dwan to Team Full Tilt Poker, Tom Dwan is one of the best online cash game players and has certainly earned his way on the Team by playing thousands of hands estimated at about 166,325 hands on Full Tilt Poker since 21st March 2008.
High Stakes Swedish player Isildur1 was more than 5 million dollars profit from playing high stakes poker games on Full Tilt Poker against Durrrr, Brian Townsend and David Benyamine until his bankroll started falling into the red. Isildur1’s bankroll then took a huge fall down to $-2,139,064 after playing Brian Townsend and Brian Hastings.
Full Tilt Poker introduced their new Poker Academy website, filled with content such as Pro lessons and tips, Videos and challenges. No other poker room offers such valuable poker information as the Full Tilt Poker Academy. Players can log in using their Full Tilt Poker details to access the content and earn Academy Credits which can be used to purchase goods from the Full Tilt Poker Academy Store
On Sunday 19th July 2009 Full Tilt Poker tried to host the largest online poker tournament, PokerStars quickly defended their World Record title by hosting a tournament on the same day with a cheaper buy-in. PokerStars broke the record by having 65,000 registered players playing in their tournament. In December 2009 PokerStars made another attempt and hosted an uncapped tournament which had 149,196 players participating.
Top 5 Poker Room Software Updates 2009
Some major poker room updates in 2009 with new software released by Full Tilt Poker, UB Poker the New UltimateBet, PartyPoker, Carbon Poker and Titan Poker. The new updates for these rooms impress us the most in 2009 and we highly recommend their new poker software.
Top 5 Flash Poker Software 2009
In 2009 many poker rooms have introduced the flash version of their poker software, it is really something I think that all Poker Rooms should invest in because it allows players to play poker online directly from their web browser and it is Mac and Linux compatible as well. Come on Full Tilt Poker and PokerStars we want a flash version in 2010.
- UWin Poker
- Titan Poker
- Party Poker Anywhere
- Bodog Poker
- Bwin Poker