The Nightly Turbo: Cada Talks Poker on the Hill, Luske Sings, and More
If it is in the news and it is poker, then you'll find it here. The Nightly Turbo is bringing you all the news you need to know so you can get back to your game sooner.
In Case You Missed It
It's that time of the day where we decide to check out something that's not poker. Look what we found. The East Coast is looking into legalizing casinos and Harrah's online casino has gone live. Inside Gaming has the scoop.
We opened our mailbag again here at PokerNews HQ and decided to answer some of your questions. Who do we think is the best tournament player in the world? You'll have to check out the PokerNews Mailbag to find out.
Is there a better way than spending the start of the new year in the Bahamas playing poker? That's all the convincing we need, but in case you need more, here are our Top Five Reasons to Qualify for the PokerStars Carribean Adventure.
Full Tilt Poker
First off, we'll tell you about the Full Tilt $1k Monday. Seems like the good run the pros were having on Sunday, rolled over into Monday. Three big names final-tabled this tournament, and counting the final table, six Full Tilt pros cashed.
Full Tilt $1k Monday $300,000 Guarantee
Buyin: $1,000 + $60
Prize Pool: $372,000
1. thewood503 - $93,000
2. JUMP PUTT - $59,520
3. this is punny - $44,640
4. Christian “charder30” Harder - $34,410
5. domino20 - $26,040
6. Jon Turner - $18,600
7. Ram Vaswani - $12,090
8. IGetMugger- $9,300
9. jbk2 - $7,440
Notable Finishes: Christian Kruel (18th — $2,790), Trond Eidsvig (19th — $2,046), Leandro Barbosa (21st-$2,046), Tristan “Cre8ive” Wade (23rd-$2,046), Bruce Buffer (24th-$2,046), Chris “MrDoggy Klodnicki (26th-$2,046), Kenny “Hixx” Hicks (28th-$1,674), Jeremiah “Believer8219” Vinsant (29th-$1,674)
And this is our friendly reminder of the day: The Full Tilt Poker MiniFTOPS XIV begins tomorrow. Twenty-five events are scheduled and the first one starts tomorrow 21:00 (Full Tilt time) and is hosted by Jeremiah Smith. It is a $20 + $2 buy-in no-limit hold'em 6max tournament with a $250,000 guarantee.
OK, that was us reminding you. You're welcome. If you don't have a Full Tilt account, how are you going to win a MiniFTOPS event? Sign up for one now.
Cada on the Hill
2009 World Series of Poker Main Event winner Joe Cada is taking his role as poker's newest ambassador seriously — and we like it. Cada was on Capitol Hill Tuesday to lobby Congress to legalize online gaming.
"I support the right to play poker online," Cada said recently in an interview with Time magazine. "Poker isn't gambling. It's a hobby, an activity, a game. It's not about luck — it's about logic, decision-making, math."
We all know Cada is mainly an online player, so he's a good fit to talk to Congress about the legalization of online gaming. He'll be meeting with Rep. Candice Miller (R-Mich.) and the rest of the delegation from his home state of Michigan.
According to The Washington Scene, Cada had dinner at Ray's the Steaks to prepare for his meeting on the Hill. A little ironic, dontchathink?
Read more at WashingtonScene.com.
Poker in Jefferson County, WV
Table games have been approved recently for Jefferson County, W. Va. That means blackjack, craps, roulette, three-card poker, and real poker will be making their way to the Charles Town Races and Slots. According to Pokerati, the poker room could be the first to open with cards in the air by June 2010.
The issue was voted on and won 29 out of 32 precincts with 6,279 votes out of 10,622 in favor of it. Jefferson County voted on the issue in 2007 but it lost. About 500 new jobs will be created now that the vote has passed and it supports the horse industry, which is a major part of Jefferson County.
Find out more at Pokerati.com.
More Than Just a Game
If actors can become singers and singers can become fashion designers, what's to keep poker players from doing whatever they want? Yes, we know, Jeff Madsen spits his rhymes off-the-cuff without any planning, and Phil Hellmuth has a clothing line.
Well, Marcel Luske isn't going to let those two steal the spotlight. "The Flying Dutchman" will be releasing an album called "More Than Just a Game." On top of that, he has a mini concert planned at the Fontana Lounge at the Bellagio on Dec. 20.
“There are 13 songs on the album – the same as a suit in a deck of cards. The songs include two I wrote myself, as well as covers by artists I admire such as the award-winning Canadian singer Michael Bublé," said the full-time poker player, part-time singer.
He uses his singing at the poker tables to throw off his opponents. “I can tune them by talking to them and by singing at the table..If some one’s in a good mood at the table, you stay away from them..But sometimes they really get irritated because they just lost a few hands and they’re not in the mood to listen to a song..So let’s say there’s that kind of guy, and if I attack his big blind and he has half a hand, he’s going to go for it. He’s frustrated..Now, I know if I start to sing, he’s going to go so wild..So I’m going to test him. People react in different ways and show their moods.”
So, if you're in Las Vegas and want to hear some Luske originals, be sure to stop on by. OnlinePoker.net has more.
2010 Aussie Millions
Want to spend a good part of January in the land down under? Well, PokerStars wants you to, too, so it released its 2010 Aussie Millions weekly satellite schedule. From now untill Jan. 9, 2010, qualifiers will be running in a range of different buy-ins for the $530 Aussie Millions satellites. You can buy into the qualifiers with all those FPPs you've racked up or enter for $16.
Sign up for a PokerStars account now and get started. Remember, it's nice and warm in Australia this time of year.
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