The Weekly Turbo: NBC National Heads-Up Poker Championship, the Newest Member of the Brunson 10, and More
If you missed anything that happened this week, never fear, we're bringing you the top poker news stories of the week, all bundled into one, making it easier on you to read while you wait for all your tournaments to start.
Tony Parker's Newest Sponsor
One of the leading sportsbooks, BetClic, recently announced the signing of one of the biggest names in basketball. San Antonio Spurs point guard Tony Parker has signed a three-year deal with the sportsbook giant.
Parker joins Marcel Desailly, Stefan Effenberg, Kiko Narvaez, and other sports stars as an ambassador of the site.
"A great adventure begins. BetClic is a leading company with big ambitions and I am very happy to contribute to its development in the sport during the coming years," said Parker about his new sponsor.
FR.PokerNews.com has more.
Poker2Nite Round 2
After a successful first season, Poker2Nite fans can rejoice in knowing that the weekly poker news and entertainment show is back for its second season.
You'll have to update your DVRs, however. The show is changing channels from FSN to Versus. One thing that's not changing - the hosts. Joe Sebok and Scott Huff will be back on the air on Wednesday March 3 at 11 p.m.
"We're thrilled to be going to Versus because it's going to allow us to open up the show and be a lot more innovative and edgy," Sebok said. "Be ready for changes. We tweaking the show as we go along, so its definitely going to be a new season."
PokerRoad.com has more.
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Life Takes Visa - Poker Doesn't
Following in the footsteps of MasterCard, Visa has decided to block all online gambling transactions, making it that much harder for U.S. players to get money on their favorite online poker site.
It seems that Visa is just getting things in place for when the UIGEA goes into effect in June.
GamesAndCasino.com has more.
The Brunson 5
DoylesRoom is on a mission and is halfway there. Alex
"AJKHoosier1" Kamberis has been announced as the fifth member of the Brunson 10.
The 23-year-old Kamberis has earned over $4 million in online tournament earnings. He joins Zach Clark, Amit Makhija, Chris Moorman, and Dani Stern as part of the Team.
"I was on hiatus last year, taking it easy. This year I’m going to be everywhere though. I’m going to LA after this and Monte Carlo after that. I’m coming back. Online, live everything. I’m going to remind people that I can play,” said Kamberis.
Read more at OnlinePoker.net.
PokerStars SCOOP Schedule
PokerStars has announced its schedule for the 2010 Spring Championship of Online Poker. We're calling it SCOOP because we like efficiency — and ice cream.
The SCOOP will run from May 3 through 16. Each of 33 events scheduled will have three buy-in levels. There is $36 million in prize money being guaranteed with the Main Event promising $1 million, $3 million, and $5 million for the low, medium, and high levels respectively.
We'd love to post the entire schedule here, but 33 events can take up a lot of room. Good thing the PokerStarsBlog has it all for you.
Oh yeah, you can't play in the SCOOP if you don't have an account. This is the remedy for that.
NBC National Heads-Up Poker Championship - The List
With the NBC National-Heads-Up Poker Championship less than two weeks away, we're sure you were on the edge of your seats just waiting to find out who was on "The List." Wait no more, here it is.
Patrik Antonius, Eric Baldwin, Andy Bloch, Doyle Brunson, Joe Cada, Johnny Chan, Don Cheadle, Allen Cunningham, Pieter De-Korver, Annie Duke,Tom Dwan, Peter Eastgate, Eli Elezra, Antonio Esfandiari, Sam Farha, Chris Ferguson, Ted Forrest, Jamie Gold, Phil Gordon, Barry Greenstein, Bertrand Grospellier, Joe Hachem, Gus Hansen, Jennifer Harman, Phil Hellmuth, Orel Hershiser, Jesper Hougaard, Phil Ivey, John Juanda, Gabe Kaplan, John Paul Kelly, Phil Laak, Howard Lederer, Erick Lindgren, Mike Matusow, Jason Mercier, Dario Minieri, Chris Moneymaker, Darvin Moon, Greg Mueller, Daniel Negreanu, Scotty Nguyen, Annette Obrestad, Brock Parker, Dennis Phillips, Greg Raymer, Vanessa Rousso, Kara Scott, Huck Seed, Erik Seidel, Mike Sexton, Gavin Smith, Jennifer Tilly, Paul Wasicka, David Williams, Leo Wolpert, Jerry Yang, and seven online qualifiers.
The Draw Party is scheduled to take place on March 4 at Caesars Palace, so you'll have to wait until then to fill out your brackets. Play will begin on March 5 and run through March 7.
Find out more about the competition and when it airs on the picture box on NBCSports.com.
PartyPoker is looking for its next TeamParty member and needs your help. The 16 finalists have already been chosen, but you get to vote on who you want to make it. It's like American Idol but without the horrible singing.
The winner will get a $100,000 sponsorship with PartyPoker for one year and will travel the tournament circuit as a representative of the site. The videos are posted on PartyPoker's Facebook page. There are three up right now for your viewing pleasure: Giovanni Rizzo, Scott Wellenbach, and Talal Shakerch.
We know you have an opinion, check the videos out here and help one of these guys out.