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The Nightly Turbo: Full Tilt Poker Planning Land-Based Events, Darvin Moon Signs Sponsorship Deal, and More

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We know you want to get off to your weekend, so there's no sense in you poking around on the Internet for the latest in poker news. An announcement is coming next week from Full Tilt Poker. We'll tell you about that, Darvin Moon's new sponsor and more in tonight's Nightly Turbo.

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Full Tilt Poker's Big Announcement

Be on the lookout for a big announcement from Full Tilt Poker soon. Allegedly, the announcement is supposed to come on Monday regarding the online poker site's plans to launch land-based poker events.

PokerNews reached out to Full Tilt Poker when news of this announcement broke, but the site's spokesperson could not confirm anything at that point.

So far, all that has been leaked to Wicked Chops Poker, which first broke the story, is that the events would run in direct competition with other tours, and Full Tilt pros would not be able to play in competing tours if they coincide with the dates of the Full Tilt events.


Finally Patched Up

We can't say we didn't see this coming, because we kind of did. We knew eventually that the man who didn't want a sponsor, Darvin Moon, would change his tune. So which site has snatched up the 2009 November Niner? No site. He has signed on as the official ambassador of the Heartland Poker Tour.

“I’m very comfortable with the HPT folks. They’re like family...I also love the work they do for veterans," Moon said.

Moon began playing on the HPT at the Iowa stop, and since then, hasn't missed a stop.

“In a short period of time, he’s become a close friend,” HPT Executive Producer Greg Lang said. “Like most of our players, Darvin enjoys the lively atmosphere of our tour."

Check out the press release on

A Message from The Micros

To tide us over until the fourth episode of The Micros, the gang decided to send out a special message to Erik Seidel and any other pro that wants a piece of Micro karma.

Sahara Shuts Its Doors

For all you out-of-town poker players who were hoping to find a reasonably priced hotel on the strip for the World Series of Poker this summer, one of your options is shutting its doors. The Sahara Hotel will close on May 16. Owners said it was "no longer economically viable" to keep the 60-year-old resort in operation any longer. SBE Entertainment, the company that owns Sahara, is exploring other options for the 18-acre parcel.

"We are working with our partners to assess a variety of options for the property, including a complete renovation and repositioning," SBE Entertainment CEO Sam Nazarian said. "While no final decisions have been made at this point the continued operation of the aging Sahara was no longer economically viable."

The Las Vegas Review Journal has more.

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