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Event #18 of the ninth Full Tilt Series of Poker was yet another variation on the ever popular No Limit Hold ’em. This time the format was a $500 + $35 3x Shootout, and it attracted a healthy 662 runners. Once Full Tilt’s guaranteed $300,000 had been included the total prize pool stood at $331,000 – it would be up to the final 81 players to fight it out for the money.

The tournament was hosted by poker’s resident Northern Irish Buddhist, Andy Black. Known as much for his poker expertise as his breakdown and subsequent five year break from the game, it is worth remembering that Andy came agonizingly close to winning the biggest prize of all – finishing 5th at the 2005 World Series. Add to that his 12 WSOP cashes and you can begin to see what a formidable player he is.

The eventual winner of this event was none other that “jobless23” who’s first place prize of $65,510 means that he won’t need to be looking for work any time soon. In second was the more sensibly named “m_reed05“, who collected $46,340, and in third came the mysterious “zelik”, who took home $33,100.

The highest finishing Full Tilt sponsored pro was Erick Lindgren (65th), who recently shed the mantle of the best player never to have won a WSOP bracelet. Having already won two WPT titles, as well as their 2004 Player of the Year award, it seemed to be a case of when rather than if he would take down his first World Series event. And not only did he claim his first bracelet he also went on to capture the coveted WSOP 2008 Player of the Year award.

All that Zen calm and meditative power must be doing the trick, as Andy Black became one of the few hosts to cash his own event, ending the day in 67th place. The only other Full Tilt pro to end in the money was Peter “Nordberg” Feldman, who added a 76th place finish to his, rather more prestigious, two WSOP Circuit titles.

The full list of cashes for Event #18 are:

1      jobless23      $69,510.00
2     m_reed05     $46,340.00
3     zelik     $33,100.00
4     AlexB81     $24,825.00
5     Catenaccio     $18,205.00
6     zekulya     $13,240.00
7     mreki88     $9,268.00
8     jonpijonpi     $6,289.00
9     MattSuspect     $4,468.50
10     SENORSCOOP     $2,813.50
11     bastet2004     $2,813.50
12     jalla79     $2,813.50
13     Rizen     $2,813.50
14     nesta123     $2,813.50
15     Floppy McSets     $2,813.50
16     YellowSub86     $2,813.50
17     willybetmore     $2,813.50
18     Jackal78     $2,813.50
19     jonkheer     $1,986.00
20     sebbau     $1,986.00
21     LobiS     $1,986.00
22     JOEYTHEB     $1,986.00
23     FresnoDull     $1,986.00
24     Kenny Rap     $1,986.00
25     Slutaments     $1,986.00
26     helst66     $1,986.00
27     Stamdogg     $1,986.00
28     l__MCMK__l     $1,390.20
29     Ponga80     $1,390.20
30     MANYA999     $1,390.20
31     ChipSteela     $1,390.20
32     Kr sunshine     $1,390.20
33     KAFFEPUNCH     $1,390.20
34     Cmoney3     $1,390.20
35     rplrplft     $1,390.20
36     SNACKERS     $1,390.20
37     MPetes     $1,390.20
38     DonFederico     $1,390.20
39     GrayGrey     $1,390.20
40     Don89     $1,390.20
41     apestyles     $1,390.20
42     bigmoneystud     $1,390.20
43     Pay4MyHouse     $1,390.20
44     TheBrain     $1,390.20
45     gaffel5     $1,390.20
46     NOLOOSES     $1,390.20
47     OutPlayAsians     $1,390.20
48     bobcards2     $1,390.20
49     attheshow     $1,390.20
50     goni_bablo     $1,390.20
51     Halfrek     $1,390.20
52     Von_Dutchie     $1,390.20
53     niceday12     $1,390.20
54     AJKHoosier1     $1,390.20
55     PhukMath     $926.80
56     Mig_com     $926.80
57     Bluffman85     $926.80
58     shAAAArk     $926.80
59     Q3s     $926.80
60     Teledonk     $926.80
61     stancranford     $926.80
62     kenny05     $926.80
63     FatalError     $926.80
64     hoodini10     $926.80
65     Erick Lindgren     $926.80
66     stevie444     $926.80
67     Andrew Black     $926.80
68     ATM4Life     $926.80
69     DonDunk666     $926.80
70     breeth     $926.80
71     ANIMAL5050     $926.80
72     Ruslan1977     $926.80
73     PWSTONES     $926.80
74     The Omaholic     $926.80
75     John00Flemming     $926.80
76     Nordberg     $926.80
77     bokkie87     $926.80
78     TIEFENMUEHLE     $926.80
79     PokerKaiser     $926.80
80     UPlayPoker     $926.80
81     MrQuist     $926.80