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The Nightly Turbo: Full Tilt Signs Tennis Star, World Poker Tour Headed to Morocco, and More

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Full Tilt Poker has added a sports star to its "Friends of Full Tilt" list. We know you're pretty smart, so you can probably already guess who it is (see: leading photo). That's not all we're going to tell you about in tonight's Nightly Turbo. the World Poker Tour is headed to Morocco again, and Chris Moneymaker is getting on a boat. You'll have to read to find out more.

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Ace in the Hole

Full Tilt Poker has announced that it has signed top tennis star James Blake to its "Friends of Full Tilt" roster. Blake turned pro in 1999 and has been competing at the highest level ever since, winning 15 career tennis titles. He was also voted the world's sexiest athlete in the People's 2002 Sexiest Man Alive issue and finished second on the second season of Bravo's Celebrity Poker Showdown.

You might not be able to take on Blake on the courts, but you can test your skill against him on the felt by signing up for a Full Tilt Poker account.

World Poker Tour Marrakech

The World Poker Tour is headed back to Morocco this year for WPT Marrakech. The event, sponsored by Chilipoker, will take place from November 27 through November 30. The Casino de Marrakech will host the €4,250+€750 buy-in.

Last year's event was a sellout with 416 players from 32 countries buying in. It was Christophe Savary from France who took down the event and won €379,014 plus a buy-in to the WPT Championship.

“WPT Marrakech takes place in an amazing setting and if last year is anything to go by you can expect a loose aggressive field. Casino de Marrakech is world renowned for its hospitality and WPT players can look forward to an experience unlike any other," WPT Executive Tour Director Matt Savage said.

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PartyPoker Premier League IV

If you're not in the U.K., you were probably cursing the poker gods under your breath that you couldn't watch the PartyPoker Premier League IV when it aired. Well, you better take it back. The PartyPoker Blog didn't want to leave you out and has posted the first episode for your viewing enjoyment. We're going to do you one better and embed it for you. And for you Gloria Balding fans, check out her interview with JC Tran just before the 41-minute mark. Be on the lookout for the second episode later this week.

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All Aboard

If you've never been on a cruise before, you don't know what you're missing, and the cruise that has just been announced might be the one for you. Carnival Cruise Lines and PokerTek have announced that Chris Moneymaker will be on board for the 2011 Carnival PokerPro Challenge.

The poker tournament is set to take place on the Carnival Destiny the week of January 29, 2011. Players can qualify by winning a satellite tournament on board another one of the 22 "Fun Ships" or players can buy in directly for $750.

"We're pleased to have Chris Moneymaker as part of the Carnival PokerPro Challenge tournament this year. This is the third year we've hosted this tournament, and it has grown each year with more players and benefits. We believe Chris Moneymaker's participation takes this event to the next level for guests who are scheduled to play," Rodney Dofort, senior vice president of casino operations for Carnival Cruise Lines' parent company, Carnival Corporation & plc. said.

Check out the press release for more.

Operation All In

Want to help out an awesome event and get to play alongside some of your favorite mixed martial arts fighters and poker players? Randy Couture's Operation All In is the charity poker tournament for you then. Gray Maynard, Mike Pyle, Tyson Griffin, Antonio Esfandiari, Lacey Jones, Matt Savage, and obviously Randy himself, are confirmed to attend the event.

The $225 buy-in event with $100 rebuys will take place on October 30 at 2:00 p.m at the Golden Nugget in Las Vegas. First place gets $10,000 cash and prizes and the top 20 finishers will also win something. Prior to the tournament starting, there will be a silent auction, and after everyone has battled on the felt, a Halloween Bash will be held at Gold Diggers in Golden Nugget.

The event is being held to benefit the Xtreme Couture GI Foundation, a nonprofit organization that raises money and awareness for those wounded in war.

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