Hungarian Player Finishes 23rd in Irish Winter Festival
A total of 395 players took their seats at the Burlington Hotel in Dublin, Ireland, to compete in the Irish Winter Festival tournament. Among the participants were twelve players who had qualified at Titan Poker. Some of them had previous land-based tournament experience, while others were seeing the real poker action for the very first time.
Titan Poker’s delegation included:
Dorlan Schick (Canada): finished 8th at the €1,500 No Limit Togel Hari Ini – 2010Irish Winter Festival.
Jan Bjoersland (Norway): former Team Titan member.
Lorna Lancaster (Canada): finished 12th at the 2011 Irish Open for a prize of €19,400.
Lars Bollhagen (Germany): cashed recently at the 2011 Grosvenor UK Poker Tour in Luton.
Owen Shiels (UK)
Dennis McCartney (Belgium / USA)
Mario Keimer (Germany)
Jack Connolly (UK)
Lautaro Mayon (Argentina)
Daniele Vagni (Italy)
Jozsef Vass (Hungary)
Ian Pumphrey (Canada)
Six of the players succeeded in advancing to Day 2 of the tournament, with Dorlan Schick leading the delegation with a stack of 43.4K. At the start of Day 2, 121 players remained with the average chip stack being 49,000.
Jozsef Vass doubled up to 40K on the very first hand of the day, when his pocket sevens saw two more of the same in the community cards. Jack Connolly was not so lucky when his pocket eights were defeated by a pair of kings. Dorlan Schick was eliminated in 99th position twenty minutes before the end of Level 12.
At the start of Level 13, McCartney was kicked out when his sixes were defeated by a pair of jacks. Next to go was Shiels. Meanwhile, Vagni built a comfortable stack, but he busted at the beginning of Level 5, when his tens fell to aces.
The only Titan Poker player who managed to reach the money stage of the tournament was Hungarian Jozsef Vass. He had a stack of 103K when the 41st player was eliminated, ensuring that he would cash. His stack went up and down but he reached the final 27 players and was moved to the feature table.
On his final hand, Vass held A4 against an opponent’s K8. A king fell on the flop, an eight on the turn, and another eight on the river, completing the opponent’s full house.
Canadian Reigns Supreme at Online Tournaments
Canadian Jeff Hakim is no stranger to online poker competition. With over $4.7 million in lifetime winnings, he is currently listed in 38th place on the PocketFives online poker tournament rankings.
Playing under the nickname “YoungSupremacy” at Titan Poker, Jeff recently won the $35,000 GP High Roller Monday and scored a second place finish in the $30,000 GP Super Tuesday R/A.
We recently interviewed Jeff to get an insight on his online poker tournament strategy.
Q: What is your occupation?
A: Pro poker player / Investor
Q: How long have you been playing poker for and how did you start?
A: Been playing poker since 2005! I started during my senior year in high school with friends.
Q: What has helped you to improve your game?
A: Experience, going over hands with good players, etc.
Q: Have you read poker books?
A: Not really, tried to, too boring, I guess.
Q: Do you use any special strategy to win tournaments?
A: I do my best to win every pot of course! I take creative lines, etc.
Q: What do you do with your tournament prize money?
A: I invest it in other poker tournaments!
Q: What was your biggest win at Titan Poker?
A: I finished 2nd in the big Sunday $200,000 Guarantee a couple of years ago.
Q: What was the competition like in the High Roller tournament?
A: Tough, it’s the high rolla!
Q: What was your biggest achievement at a land-based tournament?
A: I chopped a $5k side event at Foxwoods for $103k/
Q: What are you goals in poker for 2011?
A: Win a big live event!
Q: Do you have any advice to other players?
A: It’s tough to give advice that hasn’t already been given! To sum it up in one word… discipline!
Q: Will we see you as part of the Titan Poker team at the 2012 World Series of Poker?
A: Possibly, if Titan Poker offers some good benefits to those being part of the team!