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Bodog Poker Open III Main Event caps successful week with more than 4,800 online poker players competing for $606,741 in prize money and T$12,150 in bounties.

May 6, 2009 – The Bodog Poker Open III wrapped up a hugely successful week of tournaments on Sunday night with the Bodog Poker Open III Main Event. The $500 buy-in championship event drew 279 online poker players and featured a prize pool of $161,130, which included $30,000 in added prize money courtesy of Bodog.com. In the end it was “Biffsworld” who bested the tough field to become Bodog.com’s next poker champion, winning the $40,282.50 first-place prize.

The 23-year-old Pennsylvania resident has been playing on the virtual felt of the Bodog.com Online Poker room since Oct. 2007 and has taken down several smaller tournaments over the past two years, but this is by far his biggest cash. Much like the last two Bodog Poker Open Main Events, Biffsworld did not have an easy road to victory. The field featured many well-known online poker aces, including Bodog.com Poker Pros Jean-Robert Bellande and Justin Bonomo, who played alongside regular Bodog.com leaderboard fixtures “ImTheJackal,” “IGotAPair,” “Bevos_Nuts,” “daisyxoxo,” “vinnyb9,” “3pounder” and the inaugural BPO Main Event winner “phatcat.”

“With around 25 people left I realized I had a shot at winning the event,” says Biffsworld. “I started really building up a good size stack and was able to pad my lead by putting a lot of pressure on my opponents. I was also fortunate to win a lot of coin flips.”

The Bodog Poker Open III Main Event final table results are as follows:
1. biffsworld – $40,283
2. ShuMoneyTonite – $26,989
3. Mr Walcott – $17,885
4. Seanpoker1 – $12,890
5. Sebby10 – $9,346
6. ImTheJackal – $7,251
7. RJules12 – $5,640
8. Mazelucky – $4,028
9. SKeeeter – $2,739

The Bodog Poker Open III Main Event was one of three Main Events that took place on Sunday, representing the three tiers of tournaments that have been running all week long: the Championship Tournament Series, Mid-Stakes Tournament Series, and Mini-Bounty Tournament Series.

The $150 buy-in Bodog Poker Open III Mid-Main Event pulled in 217 players, generating a prize pool of $32,550. Online poker player “scarface0928” outlasted 2008 Bodog Tournament Leaderboard Champion “alienface” in a heads-up duel to capture the title and its $8,951.24 first-place prize.

The $15,000 Guaranteed Bodog Poker Open III Mini-Main Event gave the 321 entrants incredible value for their $50 buy-in. When all was said and done, Bodog regular “winjack” walked away with the top prize of $3,750.

“The Bodog Poker Open III was the most diverse and accessible tournament series Bodog.com has ever hosted, giving online poker players of every experience and bankroll level the chance to get in on the action,” said Bodog.com Poker Pro Justin Bonomo. “Now that the Bodog Poker Open III is behind us, players can look ahead to the 2009 World Series of Poker* and joining me and the rest of Team Bodog in Las Vegas by qualifying through one Bodog’s cheap and easy qualifying tournaments.”

Over the past eight days, the Bodog Poker Open III paid out an incredible $606,741 in prize money and drew 4,861 online poker players who participated in the unique combination of high-stake, mid-stake and low-stake events. In the Mini-Bounty Tournament Series an incredible T$12,150 in bounties was paid to 243 players.

With another successful Bodog Poker Open in the books and the summer quickly approaching, attention in the Bodog Poker room turns to qualifying online poker players for the 2009 World Series of Poker*. Bodog’s simple and easy online qualifiers for $12,000 Main Event VIP packages start for as little as $1+$0 and offer online poker players a surefire shot at poker immortality.

For more details on Bodog Poker’s 2009 WSOP* Main Event online qualifiers, visit Bodog’s website.

About Bodog

Bodog has its head office in the Caribbean nation of Antigua. Bodog licenses the Bodog brand to a variety of brand licensees for an array of products worldwide. The Bodog group of brand licensees currently includes an online Sportsbook, Casino, Poker Room and a suite of other world-class gaming products.

Morris Mohawk Gaming Group

Morris Mohawk Gaming Group (MMGG) is the exclusive licensee of the “Bodog” brand for online gaming services in the United States and is led by Alwyn Morris, Olympic gold medalist, Order of Canada recipient, noted Canadian sportsman, First Nations leader and former Associate Director for the Mohawk Council of Chiefs in Kahnawake. MMGG is located in the Mohawk Territory of Kahnawake – part of the seven communities that make up the Mohawk Nation – just outside Montreal, Quebec, Canada, and is licensed by the Kahnawake Gaming Commission to offer gaming services from Kahnawake to users worldwide. The Antiguan-based Bodog organization has entered into a licensing agreement with MMGG to allow this group to use various elements of the Bodog brand within North America to support MMGG’s marketing activities.

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