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The Nightly Turbo: NAPT Shootout Final Table, World Poker Tour and the Bike Sign Extension, and More

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The North American Poker Tour Bounty Shootout is down to nine players. We'll give you that line up, which includes a November Niner, give you the scoop on the WPT and the Bike's extension, and tell you what Tony G wants to buy for his dog. All this is in tonight's Nightly Turbo.

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Nine Left Standing in NAPT Shootout

Nine players of the 81 that began the day on Tuesday have survived the North American Poker Tour Bounty Shootout. The field was stacked with some of poker's best and brightest, includingSorel Mizzi, Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier, Lauren Kling, Jon Aguiar, and Antonio Esfandiari, just to name a few. They did not make it through their tables, however, and all were sent packing.

So how does the final table of this event stack up? Justin Young, Clint Coffee, Tom Marchese, Michael Mizrachi, Eric Baldwin, David Williams, Pat Pezzin, Moshin Charania, and Kevin MacPhee will all meet again on Thursday to play for the $134,280 winner-take-all prize. Remember, the player with the most bounties also takes home a seat to the PCA Bounty Shootout, and at this moment, it's Michael Mizrachi, Tom Marchese, and Moshin Charania leading the way with four bounties each. But that doesn't mean anything. We'll have to wait and see how it plays out at the Crystal Casino on Thursday.

The PokerStars Blog has more.

Five-Year Extension

The World Poker Tour and the Bicycle Casino in Bell Gardens, California, have signed a contract extension that would see the Legends of Poker remain a WPT event through 2015.

"The Bicycle Casino has been an enthusiastic and devoted venue partner and the WPT is proud to continue its association with the incredibly popular Legends of Poker event and the team behind it," WPT President Adam Pliska said. "The Bicycle Casino is a charter member of the WPT and this extension will allow us to build on a tradition of collaboration and best-in-class poker started in 2002."

This five-year extension ensures that the Legends of Poker will maintain its position on the tour and the WPT televised series through Season XIV.

“It is very evident that the WPT made significant enhancements across the board this year and has plans to continue to do so in the future. We believe these changes are resonating with our players and with us. We've had nine great seasons together and look forward to at least five more. I believe together we’ll continue to offer players a better experience during every year of this deal,” Bicycle Casino Director of Marketing Kelly O’Hara said.

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Dog Collar Bling

Tony G has decided to buy Peter Eastgate's 2008 World Series of Poker Main Event bracelet. If you recall, Eastgate has put the bracelet up for sale on eBay, and is donating 100 percent of the money received to UNICEF. We know you may be asking yourself, "What on earth is The G going to do with the bracelet?" According to his blog, he'll make a dog collar for his German Shepherd Zasko.

"...As my gladiator and protector he deserves to be kitted out in such style," he wrote.

At the moment, the bidding price for the bracelet is $21,100.

"People will accuse me of trying to make a mockery of Peter’s WSOP Main Event win but that is not the intention – I really want to do this. I respect Peter’s decision to turn around and say that’s it – each to their own and hope that the money I give him for the bracelet goes to a good cause," he wrote.

Read all of Tony's blog for more on his latest (and might we say pricey - but for a good cause) shopping excursion.

The Stakes are Going Up

Last week, we told you about the insanely high high-stakes cash games that were taking place in Macau between some Chinese businessmen and your favorite high-stakes regulars, Phil Ivey, Tom Dwan, John Juanda, and Chau Giang.

A post was added Tuesday to the Two Plus Two thread that has been discussing these cash games by Poker King Club Marketing Director Stella Yeh adding more insight on the games. What stakes are they playing for? HKD$10,000/HKD$20,000 with a HKD$10,000 ante per player. Yeh recounts one hand that Giang won over HKD$20 million (around $2,578,255).

Read all about it on TwoPlusTwo.


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