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Mark Abbott and Joel Mohr may live an ocean apart, but that doesn't mean they don't have something in common. The Brit and the American both won the Full Tilt Poker weekly $3k freeroll exclusive to PokerListings.com players in the past couple weeks.
Abbott, who lives in Leeds, England, picked up his win April 12, while Indiana native Joel Mohr picked up a win in the freeroll April 19.
Abbott is an IT project manager and has been playing poker for about five years. He said he plays probably four or five days a week at Full Tilt Poker.
"[Full Tilt Poker is an] excellent site with good user interface and some pretty loose action," Abbott said.
His play at the poker site resulted in qualifying for the weekly $3,000 freeroll for PokerListings.com players. Any player who signed up at Full Tilt Poker through a PokerListings link is eligible for the freeroll if they earn 150 player points during the seven-day qualification period leading up to the weekly freeroll.
The April 12 and April 19 freerolls both had good turnouts with 90 qualifiers showing up to play.
"I had some pretty good cards early and mid tournament and took the lead toward the end without endangering my stack with sub-premium hands," Abbott said of his freeroll.
"I used my lead to pressure the small stacks late in the tournament and was the aggressor heads-up, eventually winning despite a couple of all-in outdraws by the second-place finisher."
The April 12 freeroll final-table results were:
Abbott, who is married and has a daughter and another child on the way, didn't waste any time putting his freeroll winnings to use either.
"I have already bought a new mattress for my pregnant wife!" he said.
Mohr, a 21-year-old college student, isn't sure yet what he'll be doing with his $960 win. He was really happy to have the win because his bankroll was almost gone, and he said he's sure glad to have the extra cash now.
"I've been playing poker for about five years, I would say," Mohr said. "What got me attracted to poker was watching the '03 WSOP on TV. I just thought it was the coolest game and I've watched pretty much every WSOP episode since."
His interest in the game led him to playing online at Full Tilt Poker as well, where he plays almost every day.
"Full Tilt is a great site; they have the best pro players," He said. "I love to watch them play high stakes."
Mohr, who plays as JOELPOKERGOD at Full Tilt Poker, isn't much of a high-stakes player himself. This freeroll win is his biggest win so far.
"The freeroll playing field was interesting. I pretty much got off to a nice start early in the game [when I] had like 4,500 chips and I pretty much stayed in the top 10," Mohr said. "From there, when we got down to two tables, I became the chip leader."
Mohr didn't play a lot of hands as the playing field was getting closer to the final table, and he said play ended up being 10-handed for a grueling 30 minutes.
"When I got to the final table, I had about an average stack," he said. "People seemed to just be blowing up left and right, so I just let them take each other out and really didn't play many hands while four or five people got KO'd moving up the money ladder."
Mohr got more involved when play was down to the final four.
"I just played my game and tried not to make any mistakes," he said. "There were some ups and downs, but I eventually got the win."
The April 19 freeroll final-table results were:
Full Tilt Poker also hosted a World Series of Poker* freeroll exclusively for PokerListings.com players on Sunday. Out of 78 entrants, FreakshowGE1904 came out on top to pick up a $12,500 prize package for the 2008 WSOP Main Event.
The prize package includes the buy-in for the WSOP Main Event plus money for travel and accommodations.
There are seven exclusive WSOP freerolls left for PokerListings players at Full Tilt Poker. The next one is May 4 at 1 p.m. EDT, and players have from April 19 to May 3 to accumulate the 300 player points to qualify. There will also be WSOP freerolls May 18, May 25, June 1 and June 8 with a WSOP seat up for grabs.
Full Tilt Poker is upping the ante for PokerListings players in the June 15 and June 22 freerolls by offering two prize packages for each freeroll. That doubles players' chances of being able to go to the World Series of Poker on Full Tilt Poker's dime while still only having to earn 300 player points to qualify.
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