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The Nightly Turbo: Negreanu Not Headed to High Stakes Poker Set, Royal Flush Girl Wins Maxim's Hometown Hotties, and More

Melanie Iglesias

You're halfway through your week and we're pretty sure we're looking forward to the weekend just as much as you are. Tonight, we can confirm that High Stakes Poker will be missing one of its staple faces (maybe this will shake off his HSP curse). Also, so you can have something pretty to look at today, we're going to tell you who won Maxim's Hometown Hotties (and yes, it has something to do with poker). Enjoy!

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No Negreanu on HSP

According to Daniel Negreanu's Twitter page, Kid Poker won't be appearing on the new season of High Stakes Poker. We told you in Tuesday's Nightly Turbo that the possibility of Full Tilt Poker pros appearing on the show weren't too likely because of PokerStars sponsorship of the show. (Say it ain't so!)

We're not much for speculation around here, so besides Antonio Esfandiari and Barry Greestein (who have confirmed via Twitter), we're not going to try and figure out who will be on set at the Bellagio when the show begins filming, but as soon as we hear anything, we'll let you know.

Hottest Hottie

If you've been living under a rock, you haven't noticed the Royal Flush Girls at the World Poker Tour stops and you're probably kicking yourself now that you've seen the above photo of Melanie Iglesias. Get out from under that rock! Those of you who are well aware of the RFGs presence on the WPT, are probably also aware that Iglesias made it to the top ten of Maxim's 2010 Hometown Hotties search. Well, pat yourselves on the back folks, because all of your votes gave her the win.

"I was so excited and shocked when Maxim called to tell me. What an amazing honor!” said Iglesias. “First, I get picked to be a Royal Flush Girl, then I’m fortunate enough to win this great contest – it’s been an unbelievable year.”

She beat out thousands of contestants to win and will be featured in an upcoming issue of Maxim.

“It’s no surprise Melanie won,” said WPT CEO Steve Heller. “She has grace, beauty, smarts, wit and ambition. She’s the total package. We’re thrilled for what this victory will mean for her career and how it will elevate even more the tremendous impact of the Royal Flush Girls as brand ambassadors for the World Poker Tour.”

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*Photo courtesy of the World Poker Tour

Not Racing

Since Monday, we've heard rumblings that Maria Ho and Tiffany Michelle would be reprising their roles on the Amazing Race in Season 18's all-star format. Sorry Amazing Racers, but the cast list has been announced and the poker duo is not on it. Former NFL cheerleaders, cowboys, and Harlem Globetrotters are, though, so at least you have that to look forward to.

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Sunday Kickoff

While we probably would have timed this new poker tournament with the first game of football season, a new poker tournament with a $50,000 guarantee is OK with us at any time of year. PokerStars is introducing the Sunday Kickoff to its Sunday Majors lineup. The $109 buy-in tournament begins at 8 a.m. EST, for those of you early birds in the U.S. The start time is perfect for players in Central Europe — 2 p.m., but if you're on the West Coast of the U.S., you should probably think of partying all night Saturday and just staying up for this one because it starts at an awesome (note the sarcasm) 5 a.m.

The first-ever Sunday Kickoff gets under way Sunday December 19 and if you're looking to satellite your way in, you can do that for a mere 11 bucks — and you'll need a PokerStars account too.

The PokerStars Blog has more.

It's Beginning to Look a lot Like....

To get you in the holiday spirit, Gloria Balding takes you on a tour of the lit streets of Prague while on a break from the European Poker Tour.

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