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The Nightly Turbo: NAPT Shootout, World Poker Tour Announces Regional Series Events and National Series Events, and More

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A slew of poker players are in Compton, California, for a shootout. No, not that kind of shootout, but if you read on we'll tell you who's there, as well as give you the news on the World Poker Tour's latest announcement, and tell you just how good, that other Hachem is doing.

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Shootout in Compton

The North American Poker Tour is holding a $5,000 bounty shootout in Compton, California, and players seem to be having fun with the fact that the tournament is in Compton. There have been several playful tweets regarding the location and tournament format. Draw your own conclusions.

Funny or not, serious money is on the line at this televised event. There is a $1,000 bounty on each player's head, and the field was capped at 81 players. Among those who were on hand at the event include, Annette Obrestad, Lauren Kling, Liv Boeree, Phil Hellmuth, Daniel Negreanu, Jason Alexander, Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier, Barry Greenstein, and Aguiar. The tables at the Crystal Casino are filled with the who's who of poker.

There are two flights Tuesday, one that began at 11:00 a.m. PST and one at 6:00 p.m. PST. The winner of each first-round table will pocket $20,000. The nine players who win Tuesday, will play again Thursday in a winner-taker-all final table. The winner will walk away with $134,280. There's also something in it for the player who collects the most bounties at the event — a seat at the PCA Bounty Shootout.

The PokerStars Blog has all the action from the event.

Battling it Out

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WPT Announces New Events

The World Poker Tour has announced a new series of events. Responding to players' requests for WPT caliber event with a variety of accessible buy-ins, the company has added the WPT Regional Series Events in the United States and the WPT National Series Events in Europe.

In these events, winners would not qualify for a WPT title, player of the year points, or a WPT World Championship buy-in, but the event carries the prestige of playing in a WPT-branded event.

The first WPT Regional and National events are WPT Regional Series: Florida at the Seminole Hard Rock, which runs November 19 through 22; the WPT Regional Series: Indiana; at the Hollywood Casino, which runs November 20 through 21; and the WPT National Series: Paris at the Aviation Club de France, which runs February 9 through 15, 2011.

If you'd like to find out more about these events, head on over to

Hach-ing it Out on the Felt

Tony Hachem is having a great 2010. The PokerStars Team Asia pro won the Australia New Zealand Poker Tour Perth event in March and also secured ANZPT Player of the Year status for the second year in a row.

On Monday, "Back-to-Back Hach" scored his first win outside of Australia. He won the Asia Pacific Poker Tour Cebu no-limit hold'em six-handed event, good for PHP650,000 or about $15,000. He also finished just outside the money of the Main Event.

Find out more on Hachem's win and watch him put his bartending skills to the test on the PokerStars Blog.

Calling the Clock: Will Failla

Kristy Arnett caught up with Will Failla at the North American Poker Tour Los Angeles and decided to call the clock on him. He drops his favorite pick-up line on Kristy, what he'd do for a living if he wasn't playing poker, and which poker player he'd most like to box.

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