Lindgren Wins Poker Pro Showdown
It took nearly four hours for Erick 'E-Dog' Lindgren and Mike 'The Mouth' Matusow to get heads up at the FullTiltPoker.Net Pro Showdown at Red Rock Casino, but just one hand for Lindgren to claim the victory and the $600,000 first-place prize. On June 22, Lindgren and Matusow outlasted five other Team Full Tilt members, including Phil Ivey, Chris Ferguson, John Juanda, Erik Seidel, and Clonie Gowen who each paid $120,000 to enter this invitational poker tournament broadcast live on FOX Sports Network. 'E-Dog' and 'The Mouth' went head-to-head after Lindgren knocked Clonie Gowen out of the tournament. On their first hand of heads-up play, Matusow moved all in after picking up Ace-Jack against Lindgren's Ace-King. Matusow couldn't improve, and Lindgren walked away from the table with the title and a $600,000 check. Matusow collected an impressive $280,000 for second place, while Gowen recouped her $120,000 buy-in for her third-place finish.
The FullTiltPoker.Net Pro Showdown at Red Rock Casino was the latest in a string of live televised poker tournaments created by Full Tilt Poker, and continued the tradition of exciting play and large prize pools established by their other events: The FullTiltPoker.Net Championship at Wynn Las Vegas and the FullTiltPoker.Net Invitational from Monaco.
"It was a privilege to be able to call the action live as these great pros all brought their "A" games to the table" said Team Full Tilt member Howard Lederer. "Erick Lindgren played beautifully and is a deserving champion."