December 06, 2006 15:56 ET

Team Players Reign Supreme at Ongame Network Poker Classic

Five of the top nine finalists for US$1.7 million in prize money are Team players from the US and New Zealand

BARCELONA, SPAIN--(CCNMatthews - Dec. 6, 2006) - Team players from the United States and New Zealand took home nearly a half-million dollars in prize money from the final table at the first Ongame Network Poker Classic Championship in Barcelona, Spain.

A total of 273 players made it to the online final on November 4. The top 45 qualified for the live final and were flown to Barcelona, Spain for the No Limit Texas Hold'Em two-day tournament December 1-3 at the prestigious Casino de Barcelona.

Team players took nearly $500,000 in prize money at the final table of nine players. Among them were:

Second place - Ben "Kill U" Blair, US - $155,729.50
Fourth place - David "Stuart531" Whalen, US - $99,034.00
Fifth place - James "jimdownunder" Honeybone, New Zealand - $84,970.00
Seventh place - David "Davidp18" Peters, US - $56,549.00
Eight place - Douglas "deadblind" Smith, US $42,485.00

In all, the 16 Team players in the 45-person final took home a total of $600,000 in prize money.

"The tournament has demonstrated once again why players are among the best in the world," said Karin Klein, bwin spokesperson for " players displayed nerves of steel, incredible skill, savvy and a touch of luck to beat their opponents. And it's clear that the Ongame Network Poker Classic is destined to be one of the premier online poker tournaments in the world."

Stuart "foxystong" Fox, UK, outlasted all competitors and took first place including a $239,383.75 prize and $10,000 Gold-and-Ruby card protector trophy.

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