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The Nightly Turbo: PokerStars EPT Season 8 Schedule, Reid and Barton, and More

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Are you the type who likes to plan well in advance? If you are, get out your calendar because we've got the first half of the Season 8 schedule of the PokerStars European Poker Tour for you. On top of that, we'll tell you who is teaming up with Harry Reid in favor of online poker legislation, and more.

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EPT Season 8 Schedule - The First Half

The first seven events of Season 8 of the European Poker Tour were announced on Friday. The first event kicks off in Tallinn, Estonia, on August 2.

“I’m really looking forward to the coming EPT season. My live game is something I want to work hard on improving, and I would love to have some deep runs this year. I plan to play in most of the events, including Barcelona, the PCA and London. Those stops will be big events for me," said Team PokerStars Pro Viktor "Isildur1" Blom.

The PCA is on the schedule again this year, as well as EPT London. Those two events are the only "Festival of Poker" events set to take place. Barcelona, San Remo, Prague, and Deauville are on the schedule as well.

“We’re delighted to announce the dates for the first half of EPT Season 8. We’re expecting another incredible year, with a whole host of new champions crowned and maybe even the first ever two-time EPT Main Event winner," EPT chairman John Duthie said.

EPT Season 8 Schedule

EventDateBuy In
EPT TallinnAugust 2 - 7€4,000 + €250
EPT BarcelonaAug. 27 - Sept. 1€5,000 + €300
EPT LondonSept. 30 - Oct. 5£5,000 + £250
EPT San RemoOctober 21 - 27€4,600 + €300
EPT PragueDecember 5 - 10€5,000 + €300
2012 PCAJanuary 5 - 14$10,000 + $300
EPT DeauvilleJan. 31 - Feb. 6€5,000 + €300

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Barton Joins Reid

Representative Joe Barton and Senator Harry Reid don't agree on much, but one thing they have been able to come to terms with is online poker legalization.

Barton is the chairman emeritus of the Energy and Commerce Committee and intends to introduce a new online poker bill. The bill, which is still being worked on, is expected to be introduced this summer.

“I love to play poker,” Barton told the Las Vegas Sun last week. “When I was in the minority, I told (other lawmakers), ‘you’re in the majority, do something about it.’ But now I’m in the majority and I’m trying to get it going.”

John Pappas, executive director of the Poker Players Alliance said, “We think he can bring a very strong coalition of conservative-minded Republicans to support it. He’s respected, not only with the more socially conservative, but the more fiscally conservative caucus within the House, and brings a really credible voice to this issue ... because he understands why regulation makes sense, not only from the perspective of a lawmaker, but also that of a poker player.”

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Australia Looking for Legalized Online Poker

Four of Australia's biggest online gaming sites have backed proposed measures that would stamp out match-fixing. Betfair chief executive Andrew Twaits is not only calling for that legislation, but is also asking for tighter controls on online poker, as well.

"While it is pleasing to see both the federal and state governments taking the integrity of betting in sports seriously and on a united front, the present legislation is clearly not working when it comes to online poker," Twaits said.

"Online sports betting in this country turns over $300 million a year, is highly regulated and we pay our taxes, while operators of online poker sites are not, many of which are controlled and run offshore.

"That's the real challenge facing not just the federal and state governments of this country, but governments across the globe." has more.

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