Weekend review: Ivey, Jorgensen, & other champs abound

If poker is dead, its zombie is really, really busy.

This weekend made it clear that no matter whether the buy-ins are small or otherworldly, no matter whether the events are live or online, no matter whether the players are faceless avatars or the most famous people in the game, poker (or, okay, its reanimated corpse) is here to stay for a while.

Why, you say? Well, from France to Australia, from TCOOP to the Sunday Million, this weekend rocked. Phil Ivey won enough money to keep being Phil Ivey for a while, Theo Jorgensen won a story-worthy TCOOP event, and the EPT Deauville festival blew up.

EPT Deauville Festivals crowns first champions

We have our team in Deauville for what is looking like a massive festival. As Chris Hall reported to start the party, more than 1,300 players showed up for a record-breaking France Poker Series Main Event that eventually handed its title to Anthony Apicella.

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Anthony Apicella

As the janitorial staff sweeps up from that massive event, the rest of the festival and its big buy-in tournaments have gotten underway. Here's how you can keep up with all of it.

EPT Deauville Main Event live coverage

EPT Deauville Side Event results


Aussie Millions concludes with Phil Ivey and an easy $2 million

Phil Ivey reportedly wasn't happy with the Super Bowl outcome yesterday, but because he's Phil Ivey, he found a way to make up for how bad it went for him in the sports world. He just won $2 million like it was nothing.

This is something he knows how to do pretty well.

See, as Josh Bell reported earlier today, the Crown Casino has run five of the so-called Boutique $250,000 events during the Aussie Millions. Phil Ivey has won three of them.

So, sorry about the Seahawks, Phil. Wipe your tears with Aussie dollars, I guess.

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Phil Ivey with, you know, just another $250K buy-in title to his name


Meanwhile, our full coverage of the 2015 Aussie Millions ended this weekend with more championship stories.

Melbourne's Manny Stavropoulos wins 2015 Aussie Millions Main Event

Richard Yong, king of the high rollers


Theo Jorgensen wins TCOOP High Roller, Main Event crowns new champ

Team Pro Theo Jorgensen can tell a story. Sometimes the tales are long. Sometimes they are short. Sometimes, he puts it together in one sentence.



As our Kristin Bihr reported, Jorgensen entered the TCOOP event with the biggest buy-in and promptly (not much other choice in the turbo format) won it.

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It likely looked a little something like this


Jorgensen's win came just an hour or so before the TCOOP Main Event came to an end with Russia's Nikki_Hefner banking nearly $400,000 in the $2.7 million event.

Martin Harris wrote it all up in his report, Nikki_Hefner nabs Main Event title, nearly $400K (Event #49, $700 NLHE).

Here are the results from that final table.

TCOOP-49 ($700 NL Hold'em, Turbo) results
Entrants: 4,169
Total prize pool: $2,772,385.00
Places paid: 540

1. Nikki_Hefner (Russia) -- $396,516.38*
2. riversouza (Brazil) -- $363,119.56*
3. PitBully01 (United Kingdom) -- $228,721.76
4. Spraggs (United Kingdom) -- $159,412.13
5. basil86 (United Kingdom) -- $117,826.36
6. jxarturo (Colombia) -- $90,102.51
7. yryryryr (Portugal) -- $62,378.66
8. majo-K88 (Germany) -- $34,654.81
9. GhettoHomie (Germany) -- $22,179.08

*= reflects the results of a two-way deal that left $40,000 in play for the winner

While those were the two biggest pieces of online action happening over the weekend, there was still a lot more. Here are the biggest stories of the weekend.

All 2015 TCOOP final table reports

Sunday Warm-Up: Alberto.m7 nabs victory and $74K after five-way chop

Sunday Million: holy h3ll burns through final table to earn win, $170K

If that's not enough for you, we have every weekend major result from Saturday and Sunday, including all the TCOOP final table results from the weekend right here on our February 1, 2015 PokerStars Weekend Majors results page.

And if that's not enough for you...well, just wait a few minutes and we'll have another 100,000 words of poker coverage for you to catch up on.

Until then, congrats to all the new champions...and Phil Ivey.


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