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Feldman And Williamson III The Winners At Party Poker's Poker Den Marathon.

Poker Den Final Table

After a marathon session of play in East London, PartyPoker's Poker Den: The Big Game III saw a consistent stream of large pots from start to finish. The big winners ended up being the UK's Andrew Feldman, who built on his recent consistent success online and on the live circuit by cashing out with a profit of $63,350 and Robert Williamson III from the USA, whose marathon stint ended $63,675 in the black.

In the end, 21 poker players took to the table in The Big Game III, which kicked off at 2 PM on Tuesday, September 30th and ran until 9 PM on Wednesday 1st October, providing over 30 hours of exciting play.

Roland de Wolfe, Neil Channing, David Williams, Sammy "Any Two" George, Ilios Kamatakis, Chris Parker, Robert Williamson III and Jennifer Tilly were the first to take to the felt, the majority with a $20,000 starting stack. Channing put in one hell of a shift, playing straight through until 5 PM on Wednesday, picking up $6,450. Hollywood actress Jennifer Tilly cashed to the tune of $12,550 - and she might add that sum to that of her partner, Phil Laak, who entered the game at 10 PM on the first night and stayed until the end to pick up $22,325 cash. One man from the States who didn't go home happy was 2004 WSOP* Main Event runner-up David Williams, who lost $40,000 in the Poker Den. That said, he didn't lose the most - Sammy "Any Two" George was over $50k to the good at one stage, but eventually the rest of the table got on top of him and he ended up losing $78,425.

De Wolfe was involved in a huge pot with Joshua Ladinus in the last 30 minutes of the game, which ultimately saw him leave before the end with a loss of $50,000. One revelation was Germany's Bodo Sbrzesny, who won a cash game rake race for VIP's on to secure his place and ended up $22,850 in the black. Sbrzesny's bluffing won plaudits all round with commentator Jesse May exclaiming that "a new star is born." After Sbrzesny showed a bluff with 7-2 off-suit all the players on the table agreed to give $200 to any player who won a pot with the famous hand. And Sbrzesny then proceeded to do it again! Straddling and the first five figure pot was introduced after just 4 hands.

Each player bought-in for a minimum of $10,000 fee, with blinds starting at $25/$50 and all players were free to leave the table at any time they wanted. Party Poker also introduced the "Party Pot," that saw players winning a $1,000 bonus from a selected hand every hour and it certainly pumped up the action. For the first long stretch of the game Neil Channing had almost a monopoly on the Party Pot - he was determined to win every one!

Eddie Hearn, Head of Online Gaming at Matchroom Sport said: "The Poker Den just keeps getting better and better. If you thought season one and two were entertaining you ain't seen nothing yet! Whilst the old guard stood firm at the poker den, new stars were born."

A Party Poker spokesman said: "We gave an exclusive opportunity for one VIP to play in the poker den through a rake race on the site and the winner certainly didn't disappoint. Bodo Sbrzesny is certainly one to look out for in the future."

Coverage of the game, organized by Matchroom Sport, will be shown on Five in the UK early next year and will then be distributed worldwide. Commentary will be provided by Jesse May, Ian Frazer, Matt Broughton, Andrew Feldman, Roland De Wolfe and Roberto Romanello. Details on all hands can be found at

For a clip from PartyPoker Poker Den: The Big Game I see: For a clip from The Big Game II see

Player: $ Buy-in (inc. re-buys) $ Cashed out
Andrew Feldman   40,000   103,350
Robert Williamson III   30,000   93,675
Richard Wheatley   20,000   61,025
Phil Laak   20,000   42,325
Bodo Sbrzesny   20,000   42,850
Jennifer Tilly   20,000   32,550
Chris Smith   20,000   40,000
Juha Helppi   40,000   55,775
Roberto Romanello   10,000   24,400
Joel Nordkist   30,000   14,200
Chris Parker   60,000   28,550
Barny Boatman   30,000   19,000
Ian Frazer   20,000   28,550
Neil Channing   60,000   66,450
Joshua Landis   39,350   41,874
Ilios Kamatakis   10,000   0
Alex Roumeltiotis   25,150   0
David Williams   40,000   0
William Martin   40,000   0
Roland de Wolfe   50,000   0
Sammy George   78,425   0

To celebrate the introduction of its next generation poker product, Party Poker room is pleased to announce that there will be an exclusive freeroll for all members who are already real money players. If you don't already have an account, don't worry! It's a simple process to sign up and Party Poker is offering a great new 100% up to $500 sign-up bonus click here to download software and claim your bonus.

The tournament will take place on Saturday 18th October at 14:45 ET (19:45 BST, 20:45 CET). To register all you have to do is e-mail your name and your Party Poker real money account name (not your screen name) to

The freeroll prize pool is currently $10,000 and the payout structures will be standard based on the standard multi table tournament payouts. Early registration is encouraged. The 18th October may be a little way away but you will receive an e-mail to remind you to take part and that you are registered. This tournament is not open to players from the United States.

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Source: Party Poker

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