The World Poker Tour's inaugural event in London is in its second Day 1 flight, so we've got a look at who's leading the Day 1a pack and who showed up for Day 1b. Also, Tony G stopped by The Poker Show with Jesse May and we've got a look at the sights of Vilamoura for you, and it's all in tonight's Nightly Turbo.
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By now we're sure you've heard that the Commerce Casino is opposing Barney Frank's online gambling legislation. The Poker Players Alliance has responded with a letter urging the Commerce to reconsider.
Tom Dwan and Daniel Cates sure are getting right to business in the second installment of the "durrrr" Challenge. If you want to know who's leading the way after their second session, you're going to have to read the "durrrr" Challenge recap.
World Poker Tour London
The inaugural World Poker Tour London is under way. Day 1a wasn't lacking in the "heavy-hitters" category, as Phil Ivey, Erik Seidel, Luke Schwartz, Andrew Robl, and Roland de Wolfe were part of the 72 players who entered the day. It was Seidel who finished the day as the chip leader with 226,200 in chips. Ivey is in fourth place with 146,200. All that could change, however, depending on how the chips fall on Day 1b.
Tatjana Pasalic caught up with Phil Ivey for a little chat about his thoughts on the tournament.
Chris Moorman, Neil Channing, Frank Kassela, Barry Shulman, and Freddy Deeb are among the Day 1b players. Registration is open until level eight, which will be the first level on Wednesday, so official numbers aren't in yet.
The PartyPoker Blog has all the action from London's Mayfair Palm Beach Casino.
The World Cup threw888 Holdings a curve ball this summer. The firm credits the World Cup for its 43 percent drop in online poker revenues in June. Things are looking up in August, however. The firm reports that revenue for poker has jumped 15 percent in August, which has returned things to normal for the time of year.
"The market has been challenging on a number of fronts, from the weak economic environment and overall poker weakness to the impact of the World Cup on poker and casino activity," chief executiveGigi Levy said.
888poker has rolled out new software along with a 3D casino to offer players an improved user experience. Following the bwin and PartyGaming's line of thinking, the firm is considering potential mergers, as well.
"We look at consolidation as one of the possible routes to realising our full value and feel that longer term this is the direction the industry will take," said Levy. "We have always stated that we will look into all relevant deals and expect the recent merger news to accelerate such discussions in the industry."
The Press Association has more.
WSOP Circuit: Council Bluffs
The first stop on the 2010-2011 World Series of Poker Circuit has been in Council Bluffs, Iowa, for the past two weeks. The $1,600 Main Event began on Sunday, and at the start of play today, only 12 players of the 251 who entered remained. First place will take home $88,555, the gold WSOP-C ring and an automatic entry into the $1 million WSOP Circuit National Championship, which will be held in Las Vegas in May 2011.
Dwyte Pilgrim went into the day with the chip lead and is in search for his fourth WSOP-Circuit gold ring. He'll have his work cut out for him with WSOP bracelet winner Blair Hinkle and ESPN's Bernard Lee both looking for the win as well.
Follow the live coverage on WSOP.com.
The Poker Show
The Poker Show with Jesse May is back with its latest installment. PokerNews' Tony G was this week's guest and as you can already guess, the G didn't hold back. “Daniel’s game? It was my game! I owned it, I thrashed them, I tore them up," he said, talking about his stint on The PokerStars Big Game. Since Tony was in London for the World Poker Tour, they discussed his WPT history as well.
Neil Channing also made an appearance on the show and if you'd like to listen to it, head on over to PartyPoker.com.
The PokerNews Live Reporting Team is in Vilamoura, Portugal, for the second stop on the seventh season of the PokerStars European Poker Tour. If you're wondering what you're missing, then the below video will fill you in, and quite possibly make you jealous and make you plan for next year.