Full Tilt finds WSOP seat winner in Greece

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The players who have won money and prizes from the Full Tilt Poker freerolls exclusive to PokerListings.com have come from across the globe. The latest, The_Fisherman_9, hails from Greece and is getting ready to take on the 2008 World Series of Poker.

The_Fisherman_9 is a 23-year-old student studying trade and advertising while also working as an insurance agent. Somewhere in between all that, he is also an avid poker player, and has been for about three and a half years.

He got into playing poker watching some videos of major tournaments and now he plays every day, with four to five days of play at Full Tilt Poker each week.

"It's a well-known site with a very large number of players," The_Fisherman_9 said of Full Tilt Poker. "I like playing MTTs there."

All his play at the poker site resulted in him racking up the necessary 300 player points during one week to qualify for the WSOP freeroll. He ended up being one of 108 players who qualified and played in the freeroll, which awarded a $12,500 WSOP prize package to the winner, plus $3,000 for the rest of the prize pool.

In the end, the playing field came down to The_Fisherman_9 and TheDoud. The_Fisherman_9 finished off TheDoud on a hand where The_Fisherman_9 raised three times the big blind from the button with pocket sevens.

TheDoud called from the big blind, and they saw a flop of 7-K-3.

"He bet first - about three-fourths of the pot," The_Fisherman_9 said. "I slow-played my set and just called."

The turn brought a jack and TheDoud bet three-fourths of the pot again, and The_Fisherman_9 called. After the river brought a six, TheDoud went all-in, and The_Fisherman_9 called. His trip sevens were good, and he had a $12,500 WSOP prize package to show for it.

The freeroll's final-table results were:

Place Name Prize
1st The_Fisherman_9 WSOP package
2nd TheDoud $600
3rd Nilius85 $390
4th Dirt04 $300
5th laribu $225
6th CharliePeru $165
7th hiz61 $135
8th buffy26 $105
9th JohnnyG999 $82.50

The_Fisherman_9 said he thought this was probably his biggest win so far, and now he'll be busy preparing to take on the WSOP Main Event in July.

"It will be a fabulous experience for me," he said. "I am not nervous at all, but I am very excited!"

When asked if there was any particular pro he'd be eager (if apprehensive) to play against in the series, The_Fisherman_9 said. "There is, and [it] couldn't be anyone else ... Allen Cunningham!!"

For poker players who would like to take on some of their heroes at the 2008 World Series of Poker, Full Tilt Poker has two more freerolls left for PokerListings players.

PokerListings players who earn 300 points at Full Tilt Poker from June 8-14 will be invited to play in the June 15 freeroll, and those who earn 300 points from June 15-21 will gain entry into the June 22 freeroll.

Both freerolls play at 1 p.m. EST and are offering two $12,500 WSOP prize packages each.

Those prize packages include the $10,000 buy-in for the Main Event plus money for travel and accommodations.

For your chance to win a seat, visit full tilt.

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