Another Monday, another day back at the grind. We've got a little something to make that grind go by a little quicker ― news. What's on the line up today? We've got previews for this week's MMA packed Poker After Dark, tomorrow night's WSOP coverage on ESPN, and more. Enjoy!
In Case You Missed It
What happened on Day 4 of the PokerStars European Poker Tour Tallinn? Find out in the EPT recap.
We all know Sunday is the biggest day on the virtual felt. Yesterday, it marked the end of the FTOPS XVII as well. The Sunday Briefing has all the results.
Now that the 17th installment of the FTOPS is over, we're bringing you a few of the stories that came out of the online poker series. Check out FTOPS XVII: Double Jersey Winners, Family Ties, and More for the scoop.
The PokerStars Big Game is back on the tube after a month-long vacation. Did you miss it? Check out the recap for what happened.
Fighters on the Felt
What's the theme on this week's Poker After Dark? Mixed Martial Arts. Dan Henderson and Randy Couture are used to battling their opponents in the octagon, but this week they'll be doing the battling on the felt, along with the "Veteran Voice of the Octagon" Bruce Buffer. The three will tackle three of poker's top players: Patrik Antonius, Howard Lederer, and Erick Lindgren.
Lindgren is still in the hunt for his first PAD title and if Lederer wins this week, he'll tie Johnny Chan for the PAD record of four wins. This week's episode is full of great stories from the octagon and the felt as these legends in their own games trade them back and forth.
Be sure to catch all the action on NBC at 2:05 a.m. every night this week.
Day 1 Action
ESPN's coverage of the 2010 World Series of Poker is back on Tuesday with Day 1c and Day 1d. Coverage starts at 8 p.m. EDT with the first hour dedicated to Day 1c, highlighting two WSOP record holders, Phil Hellmuth and Joe Cada. In the second hour, it's Day 1d action with two 2009 November Niners: Darvin Moon and Phil Ivey.
Who will make it out of the Day 1s to see the second day of play at the WSOP? You'll have to watch to find out.
You just watched the preview for Day 1c. To check out the Day 1d preview, head on over to ESPN.com.
Channing Wins GUKPT Title
The Grosvenor UK Poker Tour was held at the Luton G Casino over the weekend where 229 players took to the felt in the £1000 no-limit hold'em Main Event, creating a prize pool of £229,000. Neil Channing took down the three-day event, taking home £64,050 along with a seat in the GUKPT's Champion of Champions tournament.
Channing went into the final day of play as the chip leader and held on through the bustouts to go heads up with Adebayo Odetoyinbo. The heads-up match didn't last too long, Odetoyinbo was all in for his tournament life against Channing's ace-king which held.
"The final table was pretty long. For just a second I nearly let myself get tilted. Managed to hit a few hands in the end and come through to win my first GUKPT. Proud to do so in my Black Belt Poker badge," Channing said.
UK.PokerNews.com has more.
What's that saying, "Never kick a man when he's down?" Well, the folks at UnabomberPoker.com aren't really holding to the age-old adage. We told you about Phil Laak's ATV accident a few weeks ago. Luckily, Laak is on the road to recovery, but the staff at UnabomberPoker has come up with a freeroll for players. On August 31, a bounty freeroll will be held, and the person who knocks Laak out will receive a signed Unabomber hoodie.
"I easily could have lost my eye or had soup for brains. I got lucky, and only have seven broken bones in my arm and 34 stitches around my eye. With Nurse Jennifer taking care of me well, I now have plenty of time for online poker." He added, "While I am definitely battered and bruised physically, my brain is razor sharp. Just try and take me down on August 31st," Laak said.
Check out the press release for more.
No Better Time Than Now
It might be August and the 2011 Aussie Millions might be five months away, but there's no reason not to start planning now. 888poker has officially launched its Aussie Millions satellite qualifier series. The $17,500 package up for grabs includes a Main Event buy-in, travel, 10-night accommodation at the new Crown Metropol Hotel, spending money, swag, and, of course, an invite to the 888poker party. Daily qualifier tournaments start as low as $1.10.
In other 888poker news, the biggest 888poker jackpot ever was won on a notoriously unlucky day for those superstitious people, Friday the 13th. Anh-Tuan was playing $1/$2 no-limit Texas hold'em at a jackpot table, when he made a spade royal flush, which was good for over $190,000!
Aussie Millions qualifiers and jackpot tables sound like something you're in to? Sign up for an 888poker account today!
Try Something New
Want to add another game to your poker arsenal? Ville Wahlbeck gives you the scoop on picking up mixed games. And look for an article later this week, because Kristy Arnett sat down with Wahlbeck to talk strategy with him.