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The Nightly Turbo: World Poker Tour Southern Poker Championship Final Table, PokerStars Adds Big Blind Cap Tables, and More

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If you're looking for the day's top poker news stories then you've come to the right place. We've got your look at the World Poker Tour Southern Poker Championship final table lineup, the new big blind cap tables that have been introduced at PokerStars, and more.

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Matthew Parvis, Elaine Chaivarlis, and Lynn Gilmartin meet again to discuss the 2011 Aussie Millions. This time Maria Ho joins them to discuss her trip Down Under as well. Listen to it all in the latest PokerNews Podcast.

UBOC 6 is in full swing. If you've been looking for the results, we've got you covered. Check out the results from the first half of the UBOC 6 schedule.

There has been plenty going on at the 2011 Aussie Millions. Good thing we've been there to get it all on camera. Watch some of our favorites in the latest Around the World with Lynn.

*Above photo courtesy of World Poker Tour

World Poker Tour Southern Poker Championship Final Table

The final table of the World Poker Tour Southern Poker Championship was decided Wednesday. At the start of play, 19 players remained with their final table hopes still alive. In the first hour of play, Hoyt Corkins (19th), Mark Rose (18th), Jordan Smith (17th), and Chad Brown (16th), and Hilbert Shirey (15th) were eliminated.

Just about five hours after play began, the official final table of six was decided. Alexander Kuzmin leads the way with 1,969,000, but its not a massive chip lead. Just behind him is Allen Carter with 1,928,000. Shannon Shorr is also still in the mix, sitting in fifth place on the chip leaderboard with 663,000.

The final table gets under way at 4:00 p.m. CST in Biloxi, Mississippi, and if you want to rail the updates, check out

PokerStars Introduces Big Blind Cap Tables

On Thursday, PokerStars introduced 20 big blind cap tables to their no-limit hold'em offering. Players at these tables will have a limit on how many big blinds they can bet per hand. The cap is set at 20 big blinds per hand, regardless of a player's total stack size at the table. According to PokerStars, testing over the past few months has shown these tables to be popular with players who want to limit how much they can lose on a single hand.

These cap tables will replace the 20-50 big blind buy-in tables that are scheduled to head out to pasture on February 10. Labeling for the no-limit hold'em ring game tables will change, as well, going from numbers to describe buy-in ranges to words. Six-max no-limit Omaha hi-lo tables were also added.

Read more about the cap tables at and if you want to try these tables out, sign up for a PokerStars account.

Hero Poker

New online poker site Hero Poker used the 2011 Aussie Millions as its launching pad. Hero Poker is the newest addition to the Merge Gaming Network.

“We are delighted to welcome David and all the team at Hero Poker to the Network. We are impressed by David's [Jung, Hero Poker CEO] knowledge of the Asia Pacific market and the group‟s diverse marketing plan that will attract a variety of players to their site," CEO of Merge Gaming Anthony Taylor said.

Gavin Griffin, Terrence Chan, Daniel Schreiber, James Mackey, Julian Powell, and David Ewing are all part of Hero Poker's list of pros.

"I am thrilled to take on this exciting role in creating a premier boutique online poker room. What I love about Hero Poker is that we are teamed with a group of respected pros and Merge, a world-class gaming platform,” David Jung said.

Find out more at

$250,000 Super High Roller

The $250,000 Super High Roller was held on Thursday in Melbourne, Australia, at the 2011 Aussie Millions. If you don't know who won, you should check out the a. Lynn Gilmartin caught up with a few of the players before play started to get their thoughts on the event.

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