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The Nightly Turbo: Matt Savage Announced as Executive Tour Director of the WPT, PokerStars Baltic Festival Update, and More

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The World Poker Tour has announced Matt Savage as the Executive Tour Director, the PokerStars Baltic Festival is in full swing, and Gloria Balding likes to shoot things. Check it all out in tonight's Nightly Turbo.

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Executive Tour Director

The World Poker Tour announced Wednesday that everyone's favorite tournament director, Matt Savage, will be joining the company as executive tour director.

“Matt is one of the world’s foremost experts on poker tournaments,” Steve Heller, World Poker Tour CEO said. “Matt’s expertise and relationships in the poker community will greatly enhance our upcoming ninth season.”

Savage has appeared on more than 300 televised poker shows, founded the Tournament Directors Association, and directed some of the most successful tournaments.

“I am excited about this opportunity to work with WPT as their Executive Tour Director,” Savage said. “WPT is one of the most respected and recognizable brands in poker, and I am happy to be a part of its efforts to improve tournament poker for players, fans and casinos.”

Check out to find out the tour's schedule and if you have tournament ideas, concerns, or questions, email Savage directly at msavage [at]

Baltic Poker Festival

The PokerStars Baltic Poker Festival is in full swing in Tallinn, Estonia. Leading Day 1a is Andry Purk, a 22-year-old sports data analyst who won his seat on PokerStars. Of the 96 players who entered the day, only 37 remained at the end of play.

PokerStars SportStar Sami Seliö, Team PokerStars Pros William Thorson, Marcin Horecki, and Ville Wahlbeck will take their seats at the felt on Day 1b along with many more who managed the €1,500 buy-in or won their seat. Over 80 players qualified for the tournament and will be wearing PokerStars gear during the tournament. PokerStars is giving them all the opportunity to win a €6,000 prize package for EPT Tallinn. The PokerStars-branded player who lasts the longest gets the prize.

Check out the PokerStars Blog for more.

Interjurisdictional Authorization Regime

A Memorandum of Understanding has been signed by theKahnawake Gaming Commission and the Financial Services Regulatory Commission for Antigua and Barbuda.

This memorandum will establish an innovative relationship between the two commissions that expands on the relationship that was established between the two in 2005. Under the 2010 memory of understanding, an operator with a primary license in either of the two jurisdictions can apply to the other jurisdiction for interjurisdictional authorization. This means that the operator can be hosted in either jurisdiction, but will be regulated by the regulatory body that issued the primary license.

Find out more at the here.

Show Off Your Skills

Daniel Negreanu and his training site PokerVT want to get you to the 2010 World Series of Poker so you can show off what you've learned from Negreanu and the other pro coaches.

The Member's-Only Freeroll will take place on June 23. Members of the training site will battle it out on the PokerStars felt for the chance of a lifetime ― a $12,500 WSOP package and a private lesson with Negreanu before the WSOP Main Event.

There are rules that apply and you have to be a PokerVT member by June 21. Check out for more.


First Gloria Balding checked out TapOut Traning Center. Now she's at a gun range. All we're going to say is, "Don't mess with her." This time, she took PokerStars Pro Arnaud Mattern with her. Who's the better shot? Gloria? Arnaud? Or will it be PokerNews' camera man, Alexander Bradley?

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