The Nightly Turbo: World Series of Poker Circuit on Versus, Full Tilt Poker Adds to Pro Roster, and is Isildur1 Sponsored?
You've made it to the weekend, but that doesn't mean that the news stops. So what do we have for you today? Well, the World Series of Poker announced where you'll be able to watch the WSOP Circuit, Full Tilt added a new pro to its Red Pro list, and more.
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Where to Watch
The World Series of Poker has announced that the WSOP Circuit will air several of its events on Versus beginning in June 2011. The episodes will be produced by Poker Productions, the same company that brought you High Stakes Poker, the National Heads Up Championship and the World Series of Poker Europe.
"This is a big milestone for the industry,” WSOP Vice President Ty Stewart said. “We’re thrilled that one of the premier all-sports networks has recognized the brand power of the WSOP and decided to take the plunge into broadcasting our game.”
The episodes will feature two hours of poker action from various WSOP Circuit stops from around the U.S., ending with the $1 million WSOP Circuit National Championship.
“We are very excited to present coverage of the World Series of Poker Circuit tour to a national audience of more than 75 million U.S. homes,” Jeff Goldberg, Vice President of Programming for VERSUS said. “The WSOP tour is one of the most successful in the business and we knew it was a great opportunity for our first venture into poker tournament coverage.”
Find out more at WSOP.com.
New to the Team
The Full Tilt Poker Red Pro roster just got one name longer. It was announced today that Felipe "Mojave" Ramos has joined the team. Ramos, who was previously sponsored by PartyPoker, has over $1.3 million in career earnings and is in third place on the Brazilian All Time Money list, behind Thiago Nishijima and Alexandre Gomes, who is in the top spot. Ramos has had excellent results in pot-limit Omaha, securing seats on final tables of five of the most respected PLO tournaments in just two years - WSOP, WSOPE, EPT, WCOOP and FTOPS.
Take your shot at Ramos on the felt by signing up for a Full Tilt Poker account.
Will Isildur1 Be Patched Up Soon?
With a slew of player signings from online poker sites recently, can we believe that the one we're about to tell you about is actually true? Reports have surfaced that a 20-year-old Swedish poker pro is close to signing a deal with an online poker site. Swedish poker blogger Sohello "BankTheMan" Shah broke the news on his blog.
"This is not yet official, so unfortunately I cannot reveal his name or nick. But the person is 20 years old and has during the end of 2009 and the whole of 2010 become one of the poker world's hottest topics. Some say he is the best heads-up player in the world, and that he will soon take over the throne from Phil Ivey." Shah said.
In his blog post, he has a photograph of Isildur's ninja avatar blurred out, leading people to believe that it could be the international man of mystery that he is referring to. Looks like we're just going to have to wait and see on this one.
Poker.org has more.
The latest installment of ESPN's The Nuts is back. The monthly blog post ranks the best players in poker at the moment. The Panel includes PokerNews' Editor-in-Chief Matthew Parvis, PokerNews' Tournament Reporting Manager Don Peters, ESPN's Andrew Feldman, Gary Wise, and Bernard Lee, Bluff Magazine's Editor-in-Chief Lance Bradley and Bluff Magazine's senior writer Jessica Welman, PokerRoad's Court Harrington, PokerNewsDaily's Dan Cypra and ESPN Deportes poker editor Nahuel Ponce.
If we told you the top spot of this list changed this month, we'd be lying. Phil Ivey is once again in the top spot. Michael "The Grinder" Mizrachi and Jason Mercier flip-flopped their spots this month. John Juanda, who was in tenth place last month, edged out Tom Dwan for fourth place. Dwan just dropped one spot to fifth. "A couple million won online here, a couple million lost there, but where is the big live win? He needs one of these or he'll just keep slipping in my book," Don Peters said about Dwan.
Two new players making appearances this month are Dwyte Pilgrim and Tom Marchese. "The poster child for the WSOP Circuit seemed doomed to always be considered the best AAA player on the planet, but with a World Poker Tour win at Borgata he's announced his arrival with the big boys," Lance Bradley said regarding Pilgrim.
You can find the entire list at ESPN.com.
Last week on the Doubles Poker Championship on GSN, the first of two semifinal matches aired. If you watched it, you know the two teams of Huck Seed and Allen Cunningham and Howard Lederer and Phil Gordon advanced to the finals. This week, a fresh batch of players will need to play their best to advance.
The teams this week are, Teams C (Phil Galfond and Annette Obrestad), A (Johnny Chan and Erick Lindgren), H (Chris Ferguson and Phil Ivey), and F (Tony G and David Benyamine).
You'll have to tune in to GSN Saturday night at 9 p.m. EDT to find out who makes it to the finals.