The Full Tilt Online Poker Series VIII just concluded, paying out an enormous amount to online poker players all over the world. The Main Event, which boasted a guaranteed prize pool of $ 2,000,000, was won by “skipoker,” who took home a staggering $ 410,000 for first place. “AceSpades” had a tremendous showing in the FTOPS VIII, collecting a pair of top three finishes for a combined total of $ 260,000. However, the brightest star of the Series was “Halfrek,” who won Event #11 and Event #21 for a grand total of $ 860,000!
This week’s online tournament rankings update shows aggressive player Daniel “djk123″ Kelly moving up to the number two spot worldwide. Daniel has been on fire lately; reaching six final tables in the month of May, including second place finishes in the UltimateBet $ 200k Guaranteed Sunday major and the $ 40k Guaranteed Sniper tournament. Phillip “USCphildo” Collins has put together one of the most impressive online tournament runs in the history of the game so far in 2008. Phil moves up one spot to #10 worldwide this week on the heels of yet another big score in the Full Tilt $ 1k Monday tournament. After winning the tournament earlier this year for nearly $ 70,000, he final-tabled it again – this time placing second for $ 58,700.
This week, the PocketFives.com Podcast welcomes Jim Evering, Co-Founder of Nevada Jacks. The company specializes in customized ceramic poker chips, making it perfect for your home game or charity tournament. The U.S.-based company got its start after Evering was unable to find a suitable poker chip. He commented, “I was looking for a good set of poker chips for my mother and father. I looked online and really couldn’t find much. Years of work and research allowed us to create Nevada Jacks and start manufacturing our own quality product.”
You can also purchase clay poker chips with a vintage Nevada mold. However, regardless of what type of chip you decide to purchase at Nevada Jacks, taking care of them should be a top priority. After all, no one will want to play in your home game if all your chips are covered in crusted nacho cheese sauce. Evering gives you a few tips to ensure that your investment will last a lifetime: “Never leave clay poker chips in the car. You shouldn’t wash them with any warm detergent; a mild bath should be fine. For home use, they can be played with for generations.”