Another day, another set of news stories to keep you up to date on the goings on in poker. What do you have to look forward to? Well, CardRunners has a new instructor who may know a thing or two about MTTs, considering that he just won an FTOPS. Also, if you're in Connecticut and looking for some poker, we'll tell you how to get your fix. Oh, and we're going to give you some advice about what not to do at the poker table.
In Case You Missed It
The World Series of Poker Circuit has been revamped in hopes of gaining bigger attendance. We've analyzed how the numbers have been over the years.
In the world of high stakes poker, there are big winners (Phil Ivey) and big losers (Gus Hansen). The Online Railbird Report has Hansen's woes, Ivey's joys, and when the next installment of the "durrrr" Challenge will take place.
Who thinks Phil Ivey is more intimidating than Mel Gibson, would choose flying as his superpower, and can't make any November Nine predictions because he doesn't know who made it? Find out in the latest edition of Off the Felt.
New Kid on the Block
Fresh off a victory in Event #27 in the Full Tilt Online Poker Series XVII, Mickey "mement_mori" Petersen has signed on as the latest instructor for CardRunners. His recent FTOPS win marked his second gold jersey, and he is currently sitting on top of the Bluff Online Player of the Year rankings and in fifth place on PocketFives.
Foxwoods Mega Stack Challenge
Looking for some poker in Connecticut? What about a tournament series with $500,000 in guaranteed prize-pool money? The Foxwoods Mega Stack Challenge XVII began Tuesday August 17, will run through August 23, and will give you just that.
There are three tournaments in the series ranging in buy-in from $340 to $1,650 for the Main Event, which gets under way on Saturday. Scheduled to attend are Chris Moneymaker, Darvin Moon and this year's November Nine chip leader Jonathan Duhamel. Satellites are running daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Head on over to Foxwoods.com for more.
This is going to be our advice blurb for the day. You can take the advice or not, the choice is yours, but just know that if you don't, you could land yourself in jail.
On Sunday evening 52-year-old Mesbah Khaffaji was arrested at the Bicycle Casino in Bell Gardens, Calif. What did this man do at the poker table that got him in such trouble? He spit a mouthful of food in the dealer's face.
“We can only assume because he lost a hand,” Sgt. Brendan Kirkpatrick of the Bell Gardens Police Department said. Security got to Khaffaji and detained him until police could arrive. He was arrested on suspicion of misdemeanor battery.
According to Kirkpatrick, this isn't the first time a player has taken their frustrations out on a dealer. We'd just like to say that everyone needs to keep their emotions in check from now on, for the dealer's sake and everyone else's.
Read more on the LA Times Blog.
Kashyap Takes ANZPT Title
The PokerStars Australia New Zealand Poker Tour Gold Coast saw a crowd of 287 take the felt on Wednesday, August 11 in hopes of walking away with the title, but as we all know, it could only go to one of them. When all was said and done on Sunday, it was Nauv Kashyap who was declared the 2010 ANZPT Gold Coast champion.
Kashyap went into the final table as the chip leader and went to work immediately, sending two of his foes to the rail on the very first hand. Eliminations were fast and furious at the final table with seven players being eliminated in just three hours, leaving Kashyap and Ricky Kroesen heads up for the title. Two hours later, Koresen's king-deuce was no match for Kashyap's tens, and Kashyap walked away with the title and $182,965 AUD.
PokerNetwork has the rest of the final table results.
The next leg of the ANZPT takes place at the Crown Casino in Melbourne from October 8-11. Qualifiers have already begun at PokerStars and if you sign up a new account via PokerNews, you will also be eligible for our $10,000 WCOOP Freeroll on September 5.
A Sign of Things to Come
This is just something to keep on your radar. Harrah's has begun promoting its online poker room and casino in the U.S. Free play is offered on the sites now, but it seems as though Harrah's is positioning itself for a move if and when legislation in the U.S. changes.
Head on over to CasinoNewsAuthority for more.
That's All She Wrote
The first stop on the seventh season of the European Poker Tour is in the books. Gloria Balding gives us the rundown of EPT Tallinn's final table results and even a few bloopers in the video below.