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The Nightly Turbo: NBC National Heads-Up Qualifier, Isildur1 Winning For Now, and More

Viktor "Isildur1" Blom

Some well-known pros are taking their own routes to grabbing a seat at the NBC National Heads-Up Championship this year. We'll tell you who made it to Day 2 of the NBC Heads-Up qualifier that's being held at Caesars Palace, how much Isildur1 has added to his PokerStars account in the last few days, and more in this edition of the Nightly Turbo.

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Not Invited - No Problem

We're just about a month away from the 2011 NBC National Heads-Up Poker Championship, and while we don't have an official list yet, we'll soon find out who will fill the "live qualifier" spot. The $230 buy-in event held at Caesars Palace drew 217 players. A multitable tournament format was used to begin play but turned into a heads-up bracket format when the final 16 were reached. Those 16 began play at 3:00 p.m. in Las Vegas on Wednesday.

Among the final 16, there are some well-known faces. Justin Young, Kathy Liebert, Eric Baldwin, Jonathan Friedberg and Sam Grizzle, who Phil Hellmuth is surely rooting for, are all still in the running to win their spot to the event that takes place in March.

All remaining 16 players have made the money, with first place obviously taking home the $25,000 seat. Second place will get $3,760, third and fourth receive $1,881, fifth through eighth will get $1,026, and ninth through 16th will walk away with $684.

The bracket will be up on as soon as its released.

Up, Down, Back Up Again

In the last week of January, Viktor "Isildur1" Blom lost about $110,000, or a small house in the suburbs - yea, no big deal. Well, in true Isildur1 fashion, he won that house back and what would amount to a much, much bigger house, $640,000 to be exact. This was all after he beat Daniel Cates in the third installment of the PokerStars SuperStar Showdown, putting him back in the black since becoming a Team Pro.

And if you're wondering when you can expect the next SuperStar Showdown, the PokerStars Blog says that the rumor is that it will go down on February 13, but no word on who Blom will take on.

To see which players' bankrolls are now lighter from Blom's winning sessions, check out the PokerStars Blog.

Such a Tease

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Creating Jobs

Pocket Kings Ltd., the service provider for Full Tilt Poker, is expanding its Dublin-based office — by 100 — which will bring the number of people employed by the company to 800.

“From our last accounts filing [for the period up to April 2009], we have sustained our accelerated growth and almost doubled our headcount,” the Pocket Kings spokeswoman said.

The company will continue to recruit event after the spots are filled, as well. “This growth trend is estimated to continue at this strong rate for all of 2011 and beyond. All of our positions are for highly skilled technical and marketing positions with a significant number requiring a second European language.”

The Irish Times has more.

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