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Howard Lederer Through To Poker Million IX Final

First Heat Won By Full Tilt Pro Who Flips Three-To-One Chip Deficit Heads Up

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Howard Lederer wins first heat of Poker Million IXHoward Lederer has won heat one of the FullTiltPoker.com Poker Million IX beating recent World Series of Poker bracelet winner Richard “Chufty” Ashby heads up.

Ashby entered heads up with a three-to-one chip lead but Lederer battled back to take a two-to-one chip lead before losing it again, clawing his way back to chip leader and finally doing Ashby in when his pocket jacks improved to trips against Ashby’s K-3 on the 200th hand of the game.

“Sometimes you just have to stick around and be patient to progress in a tournament,” said Lederer.

The full result of heat one was:
1: Howard Lederer
2: Richard Ashby
3: Greg Mueller
4: Chris Ferguson
5: Ross Boatman
6: James Dempsey
7: Stuart Rutter
8: Thomas Maxwell

Lederer earns a minimum of $90,000 for making the final table and could go on to win $1 million – up from the $500,000 reported earlier.

Today’s heat sees Gavin Smith, Ram Vaswani, Andrew Feldman, and Neil Channing among those in action.