Cash games take London by storm

Andy Black

It appears London has suddenly turned into the premiere destination for high-stakes cash games.

Eleven players from 10 countries sat down to play the second edition of the PokerHeaven European Cash Game over 12 hours Monday night at the Hospital Studios in Central London.

The line-up included Ricardo Sousa, Andy Black, Leo Margets, Eric Liu, Francois Balmigere, Andrew Feldman, Sammy "any two" George, Simon Munz, Andreas Hoivold and Jens Kyllonen.

And although George has been tagged as a fish by other players on more than one ocassion, he managed to win more than anyone else.

George arrived late but was able to outplay the others, taking a total profit of €24,075 out of the game.

Early on Black and Liu dominated, but as soon as George entered the game he started raking pots. By the time it was all over, Liu had lost €17,425 while Black held on to post a €11,275 profit.

Margets, the last woman standing at the 2009 Main Event, also left with a small profit.

Seven one-hour episodes of the game will now be edited for television and will air on The Poker Channel every Friday at 22:00 CET from Oct. 9.

Phil Ivey
Where there is high-stakes cash, there is Phil Ivey.

In the meantime, George is scheduled to play heads-up with Tom "durrrr" Dwan in London later this month.

As a part of a live durrrr Challenge event presented by Matchroom Sport, the two are expected to play a total of 500 hands of Pot-Limit Omaha or No-Limit Hold'em heads-up with $500,000 at stake.

A firm date has yet to be announced, but it clearly won't be Sept. 16 and 17 when Dwan will be joining a stellar line-up of Full Tilt Pros for yet another high-stakes cash game in the British capital.

Full Tilt Poker is playing host to the 2009 Million Dollar Cash Game event and pros Phil Ivey, Chris "Jesus" Ferguson, Justin "Boosted J" Smith, Patrik Antonius, Gus Hansen, Mike Matusow, Allen Cunningham and Howard Lederer are all confirmed to play.

In addition to Dwan, David Benyamine and Doyle Brunson are likely to appear.

Phil Ivey raked an $807,400 pot during the 2007 edition of the Million Dollar Cash game and it was considered the largest amount ever won in a single hand of a televised cash game at the time.

There have since been several pots on GSN's High Stakes Poker that cracked the $900,000 mark.

Episodes of the 2009 Million Dollar Cash Game will begin broadcasting on Sky Sports in January 2010.

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