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You've all made it through another weekend, and hopefully you took down one of those tournaments you were registered in and padded your bankroll enough to get you through another week. We're going to pad your brain a little bit with the day's top poker news stories. Want "Black Card" status? We'll tell you how to get it on Full Tilt Poker. We've got the latest ESPN Inside Deal, and Phil Hellmuth is emceeing a charity poker tournament this weekend.

In Case You Missed It

We know you want to check out how your favorite online pros do their online poker grinding. Well, we do the dirty work for you. Go check them out and then bring you the Sunday Grind.

Sunday is poker's biggest day on the virtual felt. You probably didn't get to rail all the big tournaments because you were running well in one of your own, so we've got all the results in the Sunday Briefing.

The 2010 PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker is almost over. The $5,000 Main Event started Sunday and we've got the top ten chip counts in our WCOOP Day 22 recap.

The Million Dollar Challenge aired Sunday right after football on FOX. If you missed it, you missed this season's first $100,000 winner. We didn't miss it, so we've got all the action in the Million Dollar Challenge recap.

Personal Shopper Not Included

Some of us might not have the bankrolls to be privileged enough to have an American Express Black Card and all the perks that come with it, but Full Tilt Poker is trying to give you the next best thing. The Black Card from Full Tilt is officially launching on September 30, but we're going to go ahead and give you the scoop.

To gain Black Card status, a player must earn a minimum of 500 points per day over a 100-day rolling period. Once you achieve this status, you'll get a Black Card mailed to you. It's not "one time and you're in," to maintain the status, you need to maintain a 500-point daily average. If at any time your average drops below 500, you have a 50-day grace period to get it back up there.

All Black Card holders will get access to the Black Card Store where they can redeem points for luxury collectors' items, exchange points or cash, and redeem points for tournament tickets. Black Card holders also receive 2x FTPs, entry to Black Card tournaments, and access to the WSOP Pro's Choice suite.

If that sounds good to you, Full Tilt Poker not only give new players a 100% up to $600 Sign Up Bonus, they also hold a monthly $100,000 First Deposit Freeroll for new players!

On the Inside

ESPN's Inside Deal is back this week with Laura Lane and Andrew Feldman at the helm, bringing you the news on the 2010 World Series of Poker Europe, the PokerStars WCOOP, and more. Jonathan Little joined them in the studio to discuss poker, poker coaching, and being on the Victory Poker Pro.

Poker for a Cause

The 3rd Annual Tony & Eva Parker's Celebrity Casino Night is being held this weekend, October 2 at Pedrotti's North Wind Ranch in Texas. The casino night is benefitingEva's Heroes, which is an organization that is dedicated to enriching the lives of those with special needs.

Phil Hellmuth will once again emcee the poker tournament. Obviously Eva Longoria and Tony Parker will be there. Leeann Tweeden, Ricardo Chavira, and Sarah Lancaster are among the celebrities scheduled to attend.

Want to take part in the game and help out Eva's Heroes? Find out more at

Final Nine

The PokerStars UK & Ireland Poker Tour has announced the final nine players for its Champion of Champions tournament. The tournament will take place at the end of the European Poker Tour London Poker Festival. All eight winners of the UKIPT season, including the winner of the EPT London Main Event will play for the title, a seat to every UKIPT Main Event, and a seat in next season's EPT London, on October 5.

"We've had a fantastic first season of the UKIPT and this event will be a fitting way to finish the season, by crowning one of the nine worthy winners as the UKIPT Season 1 Champion," UKIPT President Kristy Thompson said.

So who's taking their seats for the title? Padraig Parkinson, Nick Risk, Jamie Burland, Andrew Couldridge, Max Silver, Femi Fakinie, Belgian Gilles Augustus, Joeri Zandvliet, and the yet-to-be-determined EPT London champ.

Read all about it on the PokerStars Blog.

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