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Published: 3rd July 2008 Written by Poker News
Updated: 10th December 2023

partypoker bonus codesAndy Black has finally captured the title after 20 years of playing when he won at the 2008 PartyPoker Premier League and the first prize of $250,000. 42 year-old Ireland, Dublin player Andy Black who is also known as ‘Mad Monk,’ burst into tears of joy after he defeated UK player Roland De Wolfe heads-up in an event that seats twelve of the world’s top professionals up against each other in league format.

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Andy Black comments: “It has taken 20 years to finally finish the job, it is a fantastic feeling. I’ve been in so many strong positions before and not ended up winning that sometimes I doubted whether I could actually get the first place. Everybody was waiting for me to blow up. I see this as a turning point – perhaps now I can convert my dominant positions in tournaments into victories.”

Black during his years in the scene has earned millions of dollars and gained a great reputation since winning $1.75 million for his 5th place in the 2005 WSOP Main Event when he qualified for his seat through PartyPoker. He was also Chip Leader on day one at the 2007 WSOP Main Event and 2008 Aussie Millions Main Event but sadly this huge lead fell away. 2007 Aussie Millions tournamnet saw him end up in third place.

Black started practicing Buddhist meditation techniques and working with the mind between 1998 till 2003 and he actually quit playing poker. Since his return he claims his acquired knowledge improves his game.

Andy stated jokingly: “The black death is over, I killed them all, I tried to blow-up but it didn’t quite work! The victory is particularly sweet as it was over eleven of the world’s top players,”

De Wolfe had a 3:2 chip lead going into the final showdown. Tony G was chip leader going into the final table after finishing top of the league. Second place in chips was Black.

Players bought $60,000 into the Premier League and PartyPoker added $280,000 to increase the pool to $1 million, which was double last year’s $500,000. The twelve players were Phil Hellmuth, Dave Ulliott, Tony G, Andy Black, Ian Frazer, Roland De Wolfe, Vicky Coren, Juha Helppi and Eddy Scharf new comers to this years league were Marcel Luske, Annie Duke and Alexander Kravchenko.

Final qualifiers were Tony G, Andy Black, Alexander Kravchenko and Marcel Luske in the top four place, with Roland De Wolfe and Annie Duke winning their place in the final after a play-off heads-up matches.

PartyPoker spokesman commented: “Andy is a deserved winner, he’s finally got the monkey off his back. It would have been a black day if he managed to choke again. Roland De Wolfe’s achievement was also significant. He looked down and out in the final league heat but showed true class to finish second. Everybody involved was thrilled with the event, it just continues to get bigger and bigger.”

Head of Online Gaming at Matchroom Sport, Eddie Hearn, stated : “ Premier League Poker exceeded the hype. I have never seen so many of the world’s top players want a title so badly and Andy Black’s tears sums up just how much this event means. We are already planning Premier League Poker III where there will be a further increase to the $1 million prize fund.”


  • Andy Black (Ireland) $316,000
  • Roland De Wolfe (England) $160,000
  • Tony G (Australia) $136,000
  • Alexander Kravchenko (Russia) $92,000
  • Marcel Luske (Holland) $72,000
  • Annie Duke (USA) $58,000
  • Eddy Scharf (Germany) $38,000
  • Dave “The Devilfish” Ulliott (England) $38,000
  • Vicky Coren (England) $34,000
  • Juha Helppi (Finland) $22,000
  • Ian Frazer (England) $18,000
  • Phil Hellmuth (USA) $16,000


  • Andy Black (Ireland) $250,000
  • Roland De Wolfe (England) $120,000
  • Tony G (Australia) $60,000
  • Alexander Kravchenko (Russia) $40,000
  • Marcel Luske (Holland) $30,000
  • Annie Duke (USA) $20,000


  • Seat 1 Annie Duke (USA) 190,000
  • Seat 2 Andy Black (Ireland) 330,000
  • Seat 3 Marcel Luske (Holland) 210,000
  • Seat 4 Roland De Wolfe (England) 200,000
  • Seat 5 Tony G (Australia) 380,000
  • Seat 6 Alexander Kravchenko (Russia) 260,000


  • Tony G (Australia) 38 pts
  • Andy Black (Ireland) 33 pts
  • Alex Kravchenko (Russia) 26 pts
  • Marcel Luske (Holland) 21 pts
  • Roland De Wolfe (England) 20 pts

Prize Money Breakdown Final Table ($520,000)

  • Winner $250,000
  • Runner-Up $120,000
  • Third $60,000
  • Fourth $40,000
  • Fifth $30,000
  • Sixth $20,000

2008 Prize Money Breakdown League Stage ($480,000) 12 Matches

  • Winner $18000 x 12
  • Runner-Up $10000 x 12
  • Third $6000 x 12
  • Fourth $4000 x 12
  • Fifth $2000 x 12
  • Sixth $0


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