Did you hear the news? Isildur1 is Viktor Blom! Oh, you say you heard about that? Well, there is a lot more happening in the poker world as well, including an upcoming November Nine reunion, PCA coverage galore, a legal battle over electronic poker in Wisconsin, and the biggest poker jackpot in Florida history.
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For this week’s edition of the Sunday Grind, Kristy Arnett took to the halls of the Atlantis Resort and Casino to find out how McLean Karr, Faraz Jaka, and Team PokerStars Pro Victor Ramdin were handling spending their Sundays away from home. Take a look.
Speaking of Jaka, his Sunday appeared to have gone well, relatively speaking. The player known as “The-Toilet 0” just missed three different final tables yesterday. Check out the Sunday Briefing to see how Jaka did, as well as all of the results from this week’s Sunday Majors.
Daniel Negreanu had himself a decent weekend, too, earning a cool $1 million for his runner-up finish at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Super High Roller event. It was an entertaining final table, eventually won by Eugene Katchalov. For more of Negreanu’s most entertaining moments, check out this PokerNews Top Five compiled by Rich Ryan.
Finally, the much anticipated return of Poker After Dark last week saw Huckleberry Seed take down a special $100,000 buy-in, winner-take-all freeze-out. Click here for a full recap of the week's play.
November Nine Redux, Foxwoods-Style
The 2010 World Series of Poker Main Event final table was one of the most exciting in recent memory. Jonathan Duhamel earned the bracelet, but several of the other final tablists had their chances at one of the toughest final tables in Main Event history.
Soon those nine players will get the opportunity to compete against one another once again. As part of Foxwoods Resort Casino's upcoming Mega Stack Challenge XIX, the 2010 November Niners will all be participating in an historical reunion event. A three-table tournament will take place on February 8 involving all nine WSOP Main Event final tablists plus two more tables' worth of qualifiers.
"This will be a legendary reunion," said Bernard Lee, spokesperson for the Foxwoods Resort Casino, noting how the players would not only get a second chance to compete against one another, but "will also test their skills against the casino's strongest poker players," too.
Lee chatted with PokerNews at the PCA, providing further details of the upcoming event. Check it out:
Read more about this unprecedented reunion over at the Foxwoods site.
PCA Main Event Final Table on ESPN2
The PCA Main Event continues this week, with PokerNews' live reporting team providing coverage right up until the final hand.
Fans will be able to follow this Saturday's Main Event final table on both ESPN3.com and ESPN2 as well. ESPN3.com will pick up the coverage at 5 p.m. ET with a one-hour, unedited delay (with hole cards), while ESPN2 will be joining in starting at 10 p.m. ET.
James Hartigan and David Tuchman will be providing play-by-play commentary, with Daniel Negreanu, Chad Brown, and others expected to chime in, as well. Lon McEachern will be there, too, along with David Williams to give additional analyses from a studio set.
Stop by the ESPN MediaZone for more.
Wisconsin Indian Tribe Battles to Keep Electronic Poker Tables
Back in late November, the Ho-Chunk Nation installed new electronic poker tables in the tribe's Dejope Gaming bingo hall in Madison, Wisconsin. The tables proved quite popular, satisfying numerous requests from patrons that some form of poker be offered.
However, state officials now believe the tables to be a bit too close to prohibited casino games such as slots, and so the state and the tribe are currently locked in a dispute over the matter.
The case has been sent to an arbitrator who will ultimately decide whether the poker tables fall under a prohibited class of games.
The Wisconsin-State Journal provides more on the differing opinions of the Ho-Chunk tribe and Wisconsin state officials regarding the tables' legality.
Bad Beat Jackpot Largest in Florida History
Meanwhile, the poker scene in Florida continues to flourish, with two players in particular especially enjoying the games being offered in the Sunshine state.
Patricia Dumas and Mija Choi found themselves locked in a memorable hand of $2/$4 limit hold'em at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Tampa on Saturday, with Choi's quad aces ultimately proving best against Dumas' quad kings. However, thanks to the casino's Mega Bad Beat Poker Jackpot promotion, there were many winners besides Choi.
Dumas earned a cool $292,430 for her bad beat, while Choi received $175,458. The six other players at the table all each won $19,496 as the group together split the $584,864 jackpot.
WTSP News provides more details on the largest jackpot in Florida history.
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