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Another Addition to Team UB

Last week, Ultimate Bet announced Liv Boeree was their newest team member. That title was short lived, because this week, UB announced yet another addition to their team: Billy Kopp.

Despite going into Day 8 of the Main Event as one of the chip leaders, Kopp finished just short of the November Nine, in 12th place. As a consolation prize, Kopp walked away with $896,730. He also finished 8th in Event #15 at the WSOP for $71,115.

Kopp, known for his loose-aggressive style of play at the tables, joins Phil Hellmuth, Annie Duke, and Liv Boeree as part of Team UB. You can find him at the tables playing under the screen name "billy_kopp."

Sign up for an Ultimate Bet account and take your shot at Kopp.

Shaq vs The Poker Pros

Shaquille O'Neal was in Las Vegas yesterday filming a segment for his new reality TV show that premiers tonight on ABC. The show, Shaq Vs., pits O'Neal against star athletes such as Olympic gold medalist (and poker fan), Michael Phelps and NFL quarterback Ben Roethlisberger in their respective sports.

According to reports, and Phil Hellmuth's twitter, O'Neal will take on poker's best as he goes up against Phil Hellmuth, Mike Matusow, Chris Ferguson, and Erick Lindgren.

To see who Shaq takes on first be sure to tune in to ABC tonight at 9pm EST. Pokerati has more on Shaq's trip to Vegas.

Australian Poker Hero

Full Tilt Poker will be taking over Australian television sets soon with their show, Australian Poker Hero. The show will pit poker players, from all over Australia, against each other in weekly matches. Players will have a shot at their share of the weekly prize pool of $25,000 with $10,000 going to the charity of their choice. There are 10 episodes slated for the series. The final table of each episode will be a direct satellite to the 2010 Aussie Millions. Qualifiers are running daily through November 21, 2009 on Full Tilt Poker. The only way on the show is to win one of the qualifying tournaments online.

Read more about Australian Poker Hero at GenQ. Sign up for a Full Tilt account for your shot a television stardom.

Caesars Cup Teams Forming

The 2009 World Series of Poker Europe will also host the first ever Caesars Cup. The Caesars Cup will feature the United States team against the European team for the title of poker's best.

Annette Obrestad is the team captain for the European team, and she has added Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier and Dario Minieri to her team, which also includes 2008 WSOP Main Event Champion Peter Eastgate.

Daniel Negreanu will captain Team Americas and he has added Phil Hellmuth and John Juanda to his team that already includes 2009 November Niner, Phil Ivey.

The teams will eventually have eight players on them, with one of the European members being a qualifier from Betfair. The event will take place September 26th in London.

Sign up for a Betfair account to get your shot at representing Team Europe.


After his new found fame on 2 Months. 2 Million, BLEWJOB has started a blog and decided to tell us about it in the comments section of our 2 Months. 2 Million recap. In his blog he talks about the night he sat down against Krantz and even said that had he have known it was him, he wouldn't have played him. Lucky for him that he did, because he made his TV debut. He even mentions "Bling Blang Blaow!" Check out the video below.

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