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bertman19 finished the event with the most chips and claimed the first TPTCS Victory

The Twitter Poker Tour Championship Series kicked off its very first event today with 23 players in a $10+1 Pot Limit Omaha Hi tournament, with each player looking to be crowned the very first series champion and get their hands on the extra bonus cash added to the prize pool.  It was also an opportunity to get a head start on the Player of the Series leaderboard.  The event was hosted on Full Tilt Poker by Red Pro Aaron Bartley (@gambleAB).  Bartley has been on a tear on the online poker tables recently, booking 5 cashes in the MiniFTOPS events, a win in the Omaha High/Low $8k Guarantee, and a runner up in the $21k Guarantee No-Limit Hold’em event.  Bartley joined the Full Tilt Poker Pro Chat and fielded questions during the event while running deep in the TPTCS Tournament, finally finishing in 5th place.  Many thanks to Aaron for hosting the first ever TPTCS, and congrats on the recent great play.

The event was also joined by Full Tilt Red Pro Pascal Perrault, who finished the event in 16th place.

After Bartley was eliminated in 5th place, the remaining 4 players agreed to take some money off of first and second place to pay 4 places.  Shortly thereafter, on a flop of 8s-3s-8d, BAABU1 got the rest of his chips in with Kh-9h-Ks-7h vs. Barnum who held Ah-4c-2d-As.  The board ran out with the 9s on the turn, and the 4h on the river to give Barnum the better 2 pair and eliminate BAABU1 just short of the leaderboard points.

With three players left, JosephShowdown fought back to get virtually even stacked with bertman19, but the two got all of their chips in on a flop of As-4h-7c.  JosephShowdown showed Ks-Jd-6s-Kd, but bertman19 was way ahead with Ad-Kc-3h-Qh.  The Qc gave JosephShowdown a few more outs with a broadway straight draw, but the river was the 8d, and JosephShowdown was left with just 228 chips.  Not enough to post a small blind, he was eliminated on the next hand.

Heads up play began with Barnum holding a 2.5 to 1 chip lead over bertman19, but battling the short stack, bertman19 launched a furious comeback and eventually claimed all the chips, and the victory in the first TPTCS Event, and also became the first player to qualify for the TPTCS Tournament of Champions Freeroll event.  Bertman19 not only booked $105 for the first place prize money, but also added a $26 Step 3 Token, valid for any $26 buy in tournament on Full Tilt Poker, and claimed the top spot on the “Player of the Series” leaderboard, with a shot at winning another $216 Tournament ticket and a DeepStacks Live Training Course.

Event #2 kicks off at 9pm EST This Tuesday on Full Tilt Poker and is a $2+1 No-Limit Hold’em event with Rebuys for the first 6 levels, and will be hosted by 2008 November Niner and Full Tilt Red Pro Kelly Kim. Check the TPTCS Tournament Information Page here for full information on each of the 25 remaining events.  Registration is open now!