The Nightly Turbo: World Poker Tour Heads to London, EPT Awards, and More
The World Poker Tour has announced a new stop, the European Poker Tour handed out awards over the weekend, and we've got a story about Ziigmund and Paris Hilton - you'll have to read on to find out more.
In Case You Missed It
It was a epic Sunday on the virtual felt. The FTOPS XVI came to an end and four gold jersey winners emerged. Check out the Sunday Briefing for the results.
We've got another rookie in our WSOP Roundup. Carter Phillips will be making his WSOP debut this year. We sat down with him recently to talk about his thoughts on his summer. Check it out here.
The World Series of Poker is expanding its reach. Where is it going? You'll have to read this to find out.
The PokerStars SCOOP is underway. We've got the recap and results of Day 1 here.
Wondering what's been going on in the gaming industry outside of poker? Inside Gaming has you covered.
And the Winner Is....
The sixth season of the PokerStars European Poker Tour has come to a close and awards were handed out in Monte Carlo at the EPT wrap party over the weekend.
The EPT Awards were hosted by EPT Founder John Duthie and Team PokerStars Pro Vicky Coren. Max Lykov, who won the first event of season six in Kyiv, took home player-of-the-year honors. “This is awesome. I worked very hard to win this. I played almost all the EPT Main Events, I played a lot of side events. I am very pleased. This is great for my profile as a player," he said.
Allan Bække was given the EPT Achievement of the Year and Players' Choice Award was won by Kevin MacPhee. William Thorson won the Omaha Award and PokerStars serial Qualifier, 68-year-old Pierre Neuville, won the Online Qualifier of the Year award. There was an eight-way tie for Mixed Game Player of the Year.
To decide the winner, Matthias Kuerschner, Katja Thater, Ben Kang, Scott Clements, Mike Gorodinsky, Joe Hachem, Ilari Tahkokallio, and Alex Kravchenko will battle it out in an online deep stack sit and go sometime in May.
Country of the Year honors went to the Czech Republic and all Czech players who cashed during the sixth season will be invited to take part in a special freeroll at EPT Prague in December.
Individual award winners will receive a prize package for the very first event of the seventh season of the EPT, which will take place in Tallin, Estonia from August 11 through 16.
The season seven schedule of the European Poker Tour will be posted on EPT.com soon.
That's a Wrap
The sixth season of the PokerStars European Poker Tour came to an end over the weekend with the Grand Final and the Grand Final High Roller crowning winners. Gloria Balding has a recap of both final tables and PokerNews hands out a few "honors" of its own.
Bodog's Newest Pro
For some time now, Bodog has been on the lookout for a new pro for its team. Now, Amanda Musumeci joins Evelyn Ng as part of Team Bodog. Yes, you read that right. It seems as though David Williams is no longer part of the team.
Musumeci has been a regular tournment player at Bodog for a few years and has over $175,000 in winnings. She lives in Las Vegas with fellow poker pro Anna Wroblewski.
"When you respond to an opportunity like this, no matter how confident you are in yourself and your abilities, there's always a little nagging doubt in the back of your mind. So when Bodog showed a genuine interest in me, I was ecstatic," Musumeci said. "I've spent most of my online poker career playing at Bodog.com, and getting the chance to play as a pro for my favorite room was the opportunity of a lifetime. It also really showed me that, unlike a lot of other rooms, Bodog supports and invests in their players. I couldn't ask for a better home and look forward to kicking some butt in Bodog's name."
Sign up for a Bodog account and get in a game with Musumeci. You can find her under the nickname "BodogMander."
Headed to London Town
The World Poker Tour has announced that it has added a new stop to the WPT schedule. The World Poker Tour London Poker Classic will take place from August 29 through September 5, 2010, at the Palm Beach Casino at the Mayfair Hotel.
The £5,000 + £300 buy-in Main Event will have a 400 player cap and will begin on August 30. There will be online qualifiers for the event on PartyPoker, as well as a land-based satellite series in casinos across London.
“London is a great poker destination and has always been a major target in our ongoing expansion,” said WPT president Adam Pliska. “We’re thrilled to have found amazing partners in The Palm Beach Casino, Genting UK and The MayFair Hotel London. With the added power of PartyPoker.com, this is sure to be a highly anticipated WPT event on the international schedule.”
The next four WPT tournaments up on the docket are over on WorldPokerTour.com.
Paris' new BFF?
To celebrate the launch of PowerVegas.com, PowerPoker will be hosting two parties during the Cannes Film Festival this month.Ilari "Ziigmund" Sahamies, Paris Hilton, and Mel B have already confirmed their attendance for what is being dubbed, "the party of the year."
"It's going to be one sick party" Sahamies said. "Once I heard PowerPoker has the chance to sponsor the party I immediately knew it'll be something crazy - a true opportunity to have the best party in a long time. I don't think any other poker room has done something similar before so it's cool to be arranging such a high profile party."
We can only imagine the debauchery that will come from that party and we're sure some more epic Photoshop threads on TwoPlusTwo will surely follow it.
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