The Weekly Turbo: Real Money Poker on the iPhone, Tony Dunst's New Gig, and More
If you were busy during the week and missed one of the Nightly Turbos, then you may have missed some important news. Luckily, the Weekly Turbo takes the best of the best and puts it all in one place to get you up to speed for and ready for the next week. So, what did you miss? A real-money poker game has just been released for the iPhone, the Raw Deal finally picked its host, and more.
It's Here! Real-Money Poker on the iPhone
Looking for a way to pass the time while on the subway or some place like that? Or maybe you're at a poker table playing a tournament and it's just not enough action for you. If this sounds like you, then you're in luck. Switchpoker.com has just been released and is a real-money poker site that can be played on the iPhone.
“Since the iPhone was launched, there have been calls by poker fans for a place to play poker on it,” Conor McCarthy, co-founder of SawadeeSoft said.
Switchpoker was developed by SawadeeSoft Limited. Because Apple doesn't allow real-money poker games in its App store, the developers had to come up with a way to get around this, which they did. They've built the site to work via the browser rather than having a native app. The site offers no-limit hold'em in buy-ins ranging from €0.20 to €1,000. Sorry U.S. players, this one isn't for you yet.
Find out more at SiliconRepublic.com.
Tony Dunst Introduced as WPT Raw Deal Host
After searching (suffering) through hundreds of audition tapes, the World Poker Tour has found itself a host for the Raw Deal TV segment it will be introducing. In the end, online poker professional Tony "Bond18" Dunst, who has always been unafraid to speak his mind, wooed WPT officials into hiring him for the role, which will be introduced to viewers for the first time at this year's upcoming Festa al Lago at Bellagio on October 15.
“For years, I watched the WPT every week and memorized the final hands, then would pick apart the strategy,” Dunst said. "I’m looking forward to the opportunity to work with icons Mike Sexton and Vince Van Patten, who were crucial to bringing our industry into its modern, global form. The WPT has given me carte blanche to be myself. I'll be as candid, blunt, and absurd as I like; a sweet deal, and I'm honored they chose me.”
Bodog Taking Over the Galaxy
In more Bodog news, the online poker site has announced that it signed an advertising deal with the LA Galaxy of Major League Soccer. Bodog.net will be advertised on all the LED field boards, corner section banners, the stadium's scoreboard and on in-stadium TVs.
"Both the LA Galaxy and Bodog brands are recognized around the globe, making this partnership not only mutually beneficial, but a perfect synergy between brands across the United States and beyond," said Ed Pownall Global PR Director at BodogBrand.com in a press release. "The fantasy sports industry has grown exponentially in recent years and is showing no signs of stopping, and soccer, with its many dimensions, offers itself perfectly to fantasy sports games."
Not going to make it to a Galaxy game to see the ad's in all their glory? Sign up for a Bodog account to get your fix right now.
Nacho Takes High Roller Cheese
Team PokerStars Pro Jose "Nacho" Barbero won the £20,000 buy-in European Poker Tour London high-roller event besting a field of 77 players for a £556,000 score. He battled a final table that featured Team PokerStars Pro Vanessa Selbst, Andrew Robl, Fabian Quoss and Finnish player Jani Sointula.
“I’m really happy to have won such a big tournament in Europe," said Barbero. Finishing first in back-to-back LAPT events was fantastic and very tough, but I was desperate to continue that form elsewhere. Now I can say I’ve beaten a world-class field in Europe – it’s a dream come true.”
Fun in the Sun
One of the tournament circuit stops on everyone's agenda each year is the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure. Why? The Bahamas, that's why. Well guys and gals, go ahead and call your travel agents now because PokerStars has released the PCA schedule. The PCA will once again be returning to the Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas. The ten-day festival kicks off January 7 and runs through January 16.
Over 50 tournaments are on the schedule with a wide range of buy-ins, formats, and disciplines. One of the highlights? A $100,000 buy-in Super High Roller event. Yes, you read right: 100,000 bucks. For those of you who don't have the roll for that, you can check out the $25,000 buy-in High Roller. There's plenty more where that came from too, but we like to keep things short and sweet around here.
If you're looking for the entire PCA schedule, visit PokerStarsCaribbeanAdventure.
The PokerStars UK & Ireland Poker Tour held its Grand Final in conjunction with the European Poker Tour London stop, which meant that the winner of EPT London earned a seat in the Champion of Champions. The Champion of Champions event took all the winners of Season 1 of the UKIPT and had them play against each other for the chance to win a seat to every stop on Season 2 of the UKIPT.
David Vamplew was crowned winner of the EPT London on Monday, besting the largest field ever in U.K. history. On Tuesday, he did it again. Only this time, he had to beat eight other players. Vamplew took on Padraig Parkinson, Joeri Zandvliet, Gilles Augustus, Andy Couldridge, Femi Fakinle, Jamie Burland, Nick Abou Risk, and Max Silver.
"It's pretty good; after yesterday, it's the icing on the cake," Vamplew said about winning two tournaments in two days.
He now gets a seat in every UKIPT Main Event in Season 2, and he'll be able to show his stuff, beginning December 2 in Galway.
Read more about Vamplew's win on the PokerStars Blog.
FTOPS XVIII Announced
The schedule for the eighteenth Full Tilt Online Poker Series has been released and over $19 million is guaranteed over 34 events. It all kicks off November 10 at 21:00 Full Tilt Time (or EST) with a $200 + $16 no-limit hold'em event with an $800,000 guarantee.
The Series culminates with the $600 + $40 Main Event on November 21, complete with a $3 million guarantee. There are seven Rush Poker tournaments on the schedule, as well as knockout, shootout, turbo, and superturbo events.
Also, if you're one of the unfortunate bubble boys in any FTOPS event, you'll be automatically entered into the "Bouncebackability" freeroll that will take place on November 27. The winner of that will receive entry to the Main Event of the FTOPS XIX.
Does all this sound up to your speed? Well, you know you have to have an account to play, so why don't you go ahead and sign up for one now.
PokerStars has announced that a new name has been added to its list of Team Pros. Maxim Lykov is the newest poker pro with a sponsorship deal from the online poker giant.
The Russian pro began playing in 2005, and it only took a year for his two $40 deposits to turn into a much bigger bankroll. He is now listed as one of the highest-earning Russian live tournament players of all time. In 2009, he won the European Poker Tour's first event in Kyiv taking on close to 300 players and winning $468,504.
You can find him playing under the screen name "Maxim Lykov" on PokerStars. Want to take him on? Sign up for a PokerStars account today.
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