We know you're all too busy bluffing the fish with seven-deuce to look for the day's top poker news stories of the day, that's why we're here. So we'll get right to it and let you get back to your game.
In Case You Missed It
We sat down with Ryan "gutshtallin" Welch to talk downswings, staking, and the top five online tournament players in the world. Check out the Online Poker Spotlight for the interview.
Day 1b of the PokerStars Asian Pacific Poker Tour saw 63 players make their way to Day 2. Lynn Gilmartin caught up with Tony Hachem to talk about his royal flush, but you'll have to check out the recap to get the story. Remember to follow the Live Reporting Team for all the action in Auckland.
The 2M2MM crew might have a hard time trying to reach their goal with only one week left. They're doing everything they can to get there and last night's episode was no different. If you missed it, we have you covered.
After all the controversy about the 2009 Poker Hall of Fame nominations, we finally have a winner. You probably already know who it is, but in case you don't, we're going to slow-roll you a little. Find out a little about the newest member of the Poker Hall of Fame here.
Dream Team Poker at the Bike
If you like football and you like poker, then Monday night at the Bicycle Casino in LA is where you want to be. For 11 weeks, Dream Team Poker will be the host of a Monday Night Football event at the Bike.
Beginning Monday, October 19, for 11 consecutive weeks, teams will battle on the felt for cash and Team Chips that they will be able to use in a championship tournament on December 28. The tournament starts at 7 p.m. every Monday night and has a $201 buy-in per team of three (that's $57 + $10 per person). Every Monday event that a player plays earns more Team Chips, which will be distributed evenly among the team members during the championship event. Also, each winning team from the Monday event will earn a seat in theHo-Ho No Limit Hold'em DTP Bike Main Event, which will take place on December 12.
The championship event is the one you want to work toward if you're a true football fan. The winning team and winning individual of that event will win tickets and $500 in cash to Super Bowl XLIV on February 7, 2010, at Miami Dolphin's Stadium.
Head on over to the Dream Team Poker Web site to find out more.
Hedgehogs Can Play Poker?
SEGA Games Ltd. filed an application with the Alderney Gambling Control Commission in March 2009 to enter the online gambling market. Sure enough, the application passed and SEGA now has a full interactive license and can begin operations.
SEGA has partnered with Playtech for this foray into online gambling. The two are working on finishing touches on the SEGA Casino and SEGA Poker sites. For those of you wondering whether Sonic the Hedgehog will be making an appearance, rest assured, SEGA characters will be incorporated into the games.
“The Alderney Gambling Control Commission provides the most comprehensive gaming regulations with the strictest requirements and as such is recognizes as the most reputable online gaming jurisdiction. This provides as excellent fit with Sega’s regulatory compliant strategy, and we are pleased to be approved by this leading authority," a SEGA spokesperson said.
We're just curious if a code like A, up, down, left, right and start will throw out a royal flush or something.
Read more at SlotsGeek.com.
PartyPoker World Open V Final Table is Set
The Palm Beach Casino in London will be the arena for the final table of the PartyPoker World Open V. Those of you in the U.K. can catch the coverage beginning October 28 on Five. The event will be presented by Kara Scott.
Poker's resident bad boy Luke "FullFlush" Schwartz joins Andy Black, Phil Laak, Jennifer Tilly, Jan Veit, newly signed PartyPoker pro Bodo Sbrzesny, and the just-inducted-into-the-Poker Hall of Fame-PartyPoker ambassador Mike Sexton at the final table. The winner of this event will pad his or her bankroll with $250,000.
Want to pad your bankroll? Sign up for a PartyPoker account through PokerNews and get $50 free just for signing up.
Harrah's Going Euro
Harrah's Entertainment Inc. is interested in expanding into Eastern Europe. Harrah's is looking at a casino in Slovakia and has signed a nonbinding letter of intent with Hungarian developer, TriGranit.
TriGranit is heading up a $2 billion mixed development named "Metropolis" being built outside of Bratislava. If the deal goes through, Harrah's would foot less than $50 million of the bill.
"Harrah's involvement is dependent on TriGranit receiving the necessary governmental approvals to proceed with the development. Even if it succeeds, it could some time before the project breaks ground," Senior Vice President of Communications and Government Relations Jan Jones said.
Harrah's isn't the only casino company considering expanding on the cheap. MGM Mirage is working on franchising some of its brands throughout the Middle East.
The Wall Street Journal has more.
Lee Nelson was really looking forward to playing the APPT Auckland Main Event. Little did he know his Main Event wouldn't last long. Although there may have been a discrepancy about the flop in the stories that Nelson and Sherif Badran told us, there certainly was no discrepancy about who won the hand. Find out how it went down in the video below.
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