It's the week on ESPN you've all been waiting for ― oh wait, college football season hasn't started yet. OK, so it's one of the weeks on ESPN you've all been waiting for: the 2010 World Series of Poker Main Event coverage makes its debut tonight. On top of that, we've got the names of three women who will be inducted into the Women in Poker Hall of Fame. (Hint: one may be photographed to the right of this paragraph.)
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It's Time for the Main Event
To quote from the preview video shown below, "This is the table. And the journey to get to this table, begins now." ESPN's coverage of the 2010 World Series of Poker Main Event begins tonight at 8 p.m. EDT. Lon McEachern and Norman Chad are back at it, hosting the coverage where some dreams come true and other dreams are crushed.
Mike Matusow will be front and center at the feature table tonight. Annette Obrestad, Erick Lindgren, Greg Raymer, and Michael Mizrachi will also appear in tonight's episode.
So, don't forget, coverage starts tonight at 8 p.m. EDT and then continues every Tuesday night until a winner is crowned in November.
And the Winners Are
On September 3, three women will be inducted into the Women in Poker Hall of Fame at a ceremony at the Golden Nugget's Grand Ballroom in Las Vegas.
This year, Jennifer Harman and Kathy Liebert are being inducted, as well Billie Brown, who will be inducted posthumously. Brown created and hosted the California State Ladies Poker Championship and was the first person to guarantee a prize pool in a poker tournament. She was known as an innovator for establishing exciting tournaments and poker promotions.
To find out more about the inductees and get your tickets for the event, head on over to the WomensPokerHallofFame.com.
Full Tilt 500
The inaugural National Poker League Full Tilt Poker 500 was held in Sydney over the weekend with a "pro-am" format that brought together amateurs and Australia's top poker pros. The amateurs qualified through their local pub leagues, but the pros bought in for the $2,200 AUD. Among the pros were Full Tilt Red Pros Jonathan "xMOSTERxDONGx" Karamalikis, Van Marcus, Mark Vos, Simon Watt and Billy "The Croc" Argyros, as well as local pro players Brendon Rubie, Jarred Graham, Ben Delaney, and Raj Ramakrishnan, to name a few.
The field was capped at 250, creating a prize pool of $500,000. Most pros hit the rail during Day 1, but Delaney and his mountain of chips were the focus of play on Day 2. A mountain of chips, however, doesn't necessarily amass a win, and Delaney made his exit in 11th place. It was Terry Tserdanis who bested the field to take home the lion's share of the $250,000 prize pool.
PokerNetwork has all the updates from the event.
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Smaller Bankroll, Smaller Buy-in, Big Prize Pools
The UB Online Championship 5 is just about a week away, and we know that some of you (most of us at PokerNews HQ included) might not have the bankroll to play all of those events. Luckily for us, UB knows that too and is offering the Mini-UBOC.
There is over $280,000 in guaranteed overall prize pools for the Mini-UBOC, which kicks off August 18 (the same day as the UBOC5). The Mini-UBOC events will run simultaneously with the UBOC5 and will be hosted by some of your favorite UB VIPs and MVPs.
Whether it's the big buy-ins or the smaller ones that caught your eye, you'll still need a UB account to play, so sign up for a UB account today!