The inaugural iSeriesLIVE event took place yesterday and it was one of our own who took down the tournament and helped himself to the €100,000 first place prize. We are of course talking about the man known as "Flushy, " James Dempsey.
Dempsey was one of ten players invited to the €10,000 buy-in event that was streamed live, with hole cards, over the internet. The event was the first of its kind in that viewers could bet on a plethora of betting options whilst the action unfolded in front of them including the next player to be eliminated and last-longer bets wagers between the players on show.
Despite being the second favourite to win the tournament at the start of play, the "Poker Brat" Phil Hellmuth was the first player to head for the rail empty handed. He lost the majority of his stack when his pocket queens were cracked by the sixes of Dave "Devilfish" Ulliott and the rest of his chips went into the middle with ace-queen but could not pair up against the pocket nines of Daniel Negreanu.
Ironically it was Negreanu who busted out shortly afterwards at the hands of Dempsey. The Canadian got his gigantic stack in with an open-ended straight fluhs draw against Dempsey's top pair but Negreanu bricked all of his many outs and was eliminated in eighth place, leaving Dempsey with a huge stack.
Germany's Tobias Reinkemeier was the next player to go and he was followed to the sidelines by Faraz "The Toilet" Jaka and "Mad" Marvin Rettenmaier before Dempsey sent the dangerous Spaniard Carlos Mortensen home in fourth place, which left him with an ample chip lead over fellow Brit Ulliott and the only woman in the field, Mario Ho. The Devilfish dispatched of Ho in third meaning there would be an English winner of this first iSeriesLIVE event.
The large blinds resulted in a brief heads-up encounter and the final hand saw Ulliott all in with against the dominating of Dempsey. The latter's hand held and Dempsey became the inaugural champion.
This latest win is the latest in a long line of victories for Dempsey who recently won his first World Poker Tour title when he took down Doyle Brunson Five Diamond World Poker Classic for a career best score of $821,612. To date Dempsey has live tournament winnings approaching $2,000,000.