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The Nightly Turbo: A New PokerStars SportsStar, Battle of the Sexes, and High Stakes Poker Coming Back to Your TV

Dani Stern

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Heads Up Canada

HeadsUp Entertainment owns and operates the Canadian Poker Tour and Canadian Poker Player Magazine. Now, after some sponsorship negotiation, HeadsUp is announcing the launch of an Internet television network:

The network is set to begin broadcasting at the end of 2009. It will feature coverage of poker events across Canada and documentary pieces with behind-the-scenes looks at the Canadian Poker Tour. This network is a key building block in the web interface HeadsUp Entertainment is launching as well, complete with a social community for members. "Facebook" for poker players? It's a shocker no one has thought of that one already. Wait a minute, we think someone did.

This press release has more.

High Stakesaments

Season six of High Stakes Poker has been "green-lighted" and will begin filming in November with plans to fill your HSP prescription in February 2010. Season five brought us appearances by Ilari "Ziigmund" Sahamies and the guy who simply ran over everyone at the table, Tom "durrrr" Dwan.

You may remember Barry Greenstein's now infamous catchphrases "LOL donkaments" and "Math is idiotic" that he said to raise money for the charity Children's Incorporated. Well, this season, he won't leave us wondering. "Bling Blang Blaow" is Greenstein's money-maker this season and because we know you can't get enough of the video — here you go.

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A Battle on the Felt

The High Heels Poker Tour is inviting men to one of its events. Not like the guy who invited himself to a women's-only party at the Borgata. On October 10 at Tampa Bay Downs in Florida, men and women will battle it out on the felt. The buy-in is $100 with $20 rebuys for three levels and a $50 add-on.

In this tournament, it doesn't matter if the men or the women win on the felt as the real battle is against breast cancer. Ladies, if you don't check your breasts frequently, we're sure there are many online poker players who would love to help you out, although we can't guarantee they have any experience touching anything resembling an actual breast. has more on the event.

Denmark and Their Danish Rules

Last year, when Peter Eastgate won the World Series of Poker Main Event, speculators guessed about how much he would have to pay in taxes to the Danish government, they have a 75% tax on casino winnings over 4 million Danish kroner. Now, an unemployed man has been told by the Danish Supreme Court that he must give up the 194,000 kroner he won by playing online poker.

The Danish government has rules against earning a living from gambling. Since this man's only source of income for an entire year was from poker, he is in violation of this law. The court ruled that even though the servers running the poker game were outside of Denmark, the individual computer was located in Denmark and therefore subject to Danish law. Wait a minute — don't Gus Hansen, Theo Jorgensen and plenty of other Danes play poker online? Isn't Denmark a hotbed of upcoming poker players? Let the Danish exodus begin. has more on the story.

A New SportsStar for PokerStars

PokerStars doesn't sit on the couch with a tub of ice cream watching sappy movies after a break-up, they get right back in there and find someone else. On the heels of Isabelle Mercier's break-up (she doesn't mope around either) with PokerStars, the online poker giant has signed Fatima Moreira de Melo.

Fatima Moreira de Melo is a Dutch field hockey star and led the Dutch national team to a gold medal at the Beijing Olympics. De Melo has played 191 international matches and scored 30 times during her career, that's 30 more times than any of you will ever score with her. She joins Boris Becker, Mats Sundin, Sebastien Chabal, and Sami Selio on the SportsStars roster.

We've never heard of Fatima until now, but after seeing these photos on Wicked Chops Poker, we bet we'll be seeing her a lot more.

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