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Andy Black wins PartyPoker.com Premier League
The poker-playing Irishman, who has spent more than 20 years trying to capture his first major title, beat a final table that included Tony G and Alexander Kravchenko to win the 2008 PartyPoker.com Premier League Grand Final.
Black has ranked among the elite players on the poker circuit for years but in the past had an unfortunate habit of accumulating an astounding amount of chips and then burning through them in a short amount of time. In 2005 Black came to the final table of the WSOP Main Event holding more than a third of the chips still in play. Despite his chip lead Black still managed to bust out fifth.
More recently Black was one of the early chip leaders on Day 1a of the 2007 WSOP but didn't make it to Day 2.
Black came to the final table of the Premier League as one of the chip leaders with $330,000 and we had to wonder if we would see another spectacular meltdown.
Instead Black managed to reverse the curse and finally get a coveted first-place finish. Black will receive $250,000 for his efforts as well as the removal of the bus-sized monkey on his back. Each player bought in for $60,000 with PartyPoker.com adding an extra $280,000 to create a $1 million prize pool with $520,000 allotted just for the final table.
While the 2008 Party Poker Premier League was incredibly successful for Black it was the exact opposite for Phil "Poker Brat" Hellmuth.
Last year Hellmuth was one of the dominant forces in the Premier League and finished atop the league standings by winning four separate heats. This year he finished with zero points in two heats and acquired only eight points during the entire season. The Poker Brat essentially finished last.