The Nightly Turbo: PokerStars Signs Argentinian Soccer Star, a Poker Cruise, and More
Much of the world is focused on South Africa for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, so why not sponsor a footballer? Also, looking for a good way to unwind after the monster that is the 2010 World Series of Poker? You could always take a poker cruise. Andy Bloch gives us a peek at his Tesla. We've got those two stories and more in tonight's Nightly Turbo.
In Case You Missed It
The Australian government has released its final report on liberalizing online poker. Check out the story here.
Phil Ivey, Men Nguyen, Frank Kassela, and Jeffrey Papola were making waves this week at the 2010 World Series of Poker. The latest episode of As the World Series Turns has the story.
The 27th day of the 2010 World Series of Poker is in the books. Frank Kassela won his second bracelet of the summer and Scott Montgomery bested a field of 3,102 to win his first. What else happened? You'll have to read this.
PokerStars' list of international ambassadors is growing with the addition of Argentinian
soccer football star Juan Sebastián "Brujita" Verón.
Verón regularly plays for Estudiantes de La Plata but is part of the Argentinian national football team that is playing in the World Cup in South Africa.
“It is truly a pleasure for us to have Verón as an Ambassador for PokerStars.net,” said Sarne Lightman, PokerStars' Latin America Marketing Director. “His sporting and competitive spirit embodies the values of our brand and we feel very proud that this great soccer player decided to represent the number one poker site in the world."
Sign up for a PokerStars account today.
The third Ante Up poker cruise is ready to set sail October 25. The port of call? Port Canaveral, Fla. From October 25 through 29, cruisers will sail to Nassau, CocoCay and the Bahamas aboard Royal Caribbean's Monarch of the Seas.
Rates start at $299. The poker room will be open for 46 hours throughout the cruise. There will be cash games, sit-n-gos, as well as other tournaments and a poker strategy course. Thinking of that fruity drink with a little umbrella yet? We are.
Read more about it here.
Poker and a Pint
The PokerStars UK & Ireland Poker Tour latest stop in Killarney is under way. The guaranteed prize pool is €250,000 and more than 220 players have registered for the €1,000 buy-in event.
PokerStars Team Pro Julian Thew stayed across the pond for this event as did UKIPT Coventry winner Gilles Augustus and UKIPT Nottingham winner Andrew Couldridge.
If you're in Las Vegas for the World Series of Poker, you clearly missed this Ireland event, but there's always UKIPT Brighton, which begins July 15, and that's only if the Vegas heat is running hotter than you.
Check out the PokerStars Blog for UKIPT Killarney updates.
Ante Up for Africa
Ante Up for Africa is a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising awareness for Africans in need. The organization was founded by Don Cheadle, Annie Duke and Norman Epstein. Every year, Ante Up for Africa hosts a charity poker event at the World Series of Poker.
This year, Ante Up for Africa is launching an online campaign to raise $10,000 by the start of the WSOP Main Event on July 5.
"$10,000 is enough to change one person's life at the World Series of Poker. But in Africa, it can change thousands of lives," Duke said. "With the poker world focused on the WSOP right now, we're hoping poker players will once again step up and contribute, and even put aside at least the money towards one satellite buy-in, and instead donate it online to Ante Up For Africa, where the money can provide much-needed assistance to those in need in Africa."
To donate, head on over to AnteUpforAfrica.org.
Blow Your Bankroll
Looking for a new ride? Maybe a Tesla Roadster Sport, which starts at around $128,500, is something you'd be interested in. It's what Andy Bloch is riding around in. He took time out from his WSOP schedule to show it to Kristy Arnett, and we filmed his show and tell.