Chris Ferguson's second place finish at the second annual National Heads-Up Poker Championship (NHPC) in Las Vegas this past weekend marked yet another occasion when a Full Tilt Poker-sponsored player harnessed their talent and championed a field of seasoned pros and celebrity players.
For the second year running, Ferguson demonstrated his exceptional skills as a seasoned poker player and rose to the top of a 64-player field consisting of some of his most worthy peers.
Ferguson, who won the World Series of Poker (WSOP) Main Event in 2000, bested notables Chip Reese, Josh Arieh, and fellow WSOP Main Event champion and Team Full Tilt pro, Huck Seed, on his way to this year's final table.
However, he was again unable to take first in the event after opponent Ted Forrest battled him out of his 1-0 nothing lead to win the remaining two heads-up matches after nearly three-and-one-half hours of play.
Last year, Ferguson was defeated by T.J. Cloutier.
"Considering the talent and level of play shown in this event, Chris' ability to reach the final table two years in a row shows why he is considered to be one of the world's finest pros," said Tiltware LLC CEO Raymond Bitar.
Huck Seed, another Full Tilt Poker-sponsored player competing at the NHPC, had a much stronger run in this year's event than in 2005, where he was defeated by eventual champion Phil Hellmuth in the second round.
This year, Seed defeated fellow Team Full Tilt members David Oppenheim and Erick Lindgren in the first two rounds, and Scott Fischman and Barry Greenstein in the later matches before losing to Ted Forrest in the semi-finals. Seed's tie for third earned him $125,000.
As members of Team Full Tilt, Ferguson, Seed, Lindgren, and Oppenheim represent the online gaming site and play poker several hours a week in its poker rooms, helping online amateurs improve their game by offering tips through real-time chats at the tables. They are joined by 29 other top players at Full Tilt, including Howard Lederer, Phil Gordon, Clonie Gowen, Jennifer Harman, Phil Ivey, Erik Seidel, Andy Bloch, Mike Matusow, and John Juanda, among others.
Please see Forrest Beats Ferguson For NHPC Top Prize for the NHPC's final results, and Full Tilt Poker for further details on Team Full Tilt and its members.