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The Nightly Turbo: SuperStar Showdown III, World Poker Tour Southern Poker Championship Results, and More

Viktor "Isildur1" Blom

You've made it to another weekend. You can look forward to Sunday, though, because you'll be able to rail the third installment of the PokerStars SuperStar Showdown. We'll give you the details on that, the World Poker Tour Southern Poker Championship, and more. Read this and go enjoy your weekend!

In Case You Missed It

Wondering how you can win your seat to the NBC National Heads Up Championship? Kristy Arnett fills you in in the latest edition of the Sin City Series.

The 2011 World Series of Poker schedule was released this week and we've decided to take a look at some of the events. Here's a closer look at the hold'em events, which comprise more than half of the events on the docket.

While there was plenty of high-stakes tournament action at the 2011 Aussie Millions this week, that doesn't mean that the high-stakes action online diminished. Check out the Online Railbird Report for more on Gus Hansen and Daniel Cates' big week.

Soon after he busted the $250,000 Super High Roller at the 2011 Aussie Millions, Tom Dwan tweeted that poker needed to have a series of super-high-roller events. In our latest PokerNews Op-Ed, Rich Ryan takes a look at why this is a good idea.

PokerStars SuperStar Showdown III

The third installment of the PokerStars SuperStar Showdown has recently been announced. Viktor "Isildur1" Blom will take on Daniel "w00ki3z" Cates on Sunday, Jan. 30 at 5:30 p.m. EST. If you aren't familiar with the format, the two must play 2,500 hands across four tables at $50/$100 or higher. On Sunday, Blom and Cates will play four $50/$100 no-limit hold'em tables. Blom is one and one in the SuperStar Showdown, losing to Issac Haxton in the first match, but winning against Tony G in the second.

We don't know who is going to take this match, but we do know that it'll finish before the "durrrr" Challenge will.

If you want to rail the match, you'll need a PokerStars account, so why don't you sign up for one.

World Poker Tour Southern Poker Championship: Alexander Kuzmin Wins

At the start of the fifth day of the World Poker Tour Southern Poker Championship, six players took their seats with one thing in mind: taking home the title and $600,000+ first-place prize. Alexander Kuzmin led the way at the start of play, but Allen Carter was close behind him. Carter had the chance to make history because no player has ever won the same WPT event. Carter won the WPT Southern Poker Championship in 2009.

Carter just barely missed out on history this time when he was eliminated in third place, taking home $218,471. Though Kuzmin didn't hold on to the chip lead the whole day, he held on to it when it counted, and after a heads-up match with Leif Force that lasted 60 hands, Kuzmin was crowned champion of the WPT Southern Poker Championship. He took home $601,469, a WPT bracelet, and a Beau Rivage bracelet — not to mention the $25,000 buy-in to the WPT World Championship that was included in the first-place prize.

WPT Southern Poker Championship Results

1. Alex Kuzmin - $601,469
2. Leif Force - $315,790
3. Allen Carter - $218,471
4. Shannon Shorr - $144,985
5. Pat Mahoney - $113,208
6. Ryan Hughes - $89,375

If you want to check out the play-by-play, head on over to

Bwin Shareholders Approve Merger

On Friday, Bwin's shareholders unanimously approved the proposed merger with PartyGaming. If PartyGaming also approves the merger, the company will be renamed Digital Entertainment Plc.

The decision to merge was announced on July 29, 2010. In a prospectus released to PartyGaming shareholders in December, it was suggested that both companies would retain their core existing brands but would operate under Digital Entertainment Plc, which would be headquartered in Gibralter and listed on the London Stock Exchange. Bwin shareholders are expected to hold 51.6 percent of shares and the current PartyGaming shareholders would have 48.4 percent.

If you'd like to read more on the merger, you can do so on

First Inside Deal of the Year

ESPN's Inside Deal crew is back, but there's been a change in the lineup. Laura Lane is no longer hosting the show. Instead, ESPN MMA Live's Jon Anik has taken over those duties and joins Andrew "the Feld" Feldman and Bernard Lee to discuss the 2011 World Series of Poker schedule. They also speak with Annie Duke about the pro poker league that was announced recently, and they talk with Galen Hall about his win at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure.

Looking for that Edge?

Have you ever considered using an imitation blogger to get that little edge in a tournament? Check out the video "guide" by Lynn Gilmartin, Donnie Peters, and Tim Duckworth. And just in case it's not crystal clear in this video, PokerNews does not support cheating of any form.

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