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The Nightly Turbo: World Poker Tour Slovenia, Ongame in Italy, and More

World Poker Tour

The final nine of the 2011 World Series of Poker Main Event will be decided at some point Tuesday night. While you're waiting on that news, catch up on the news of the day. We've got a World Poker Tour Slovenia update for you, a look at Ongame's foray into the Italian market, and more.

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If you're up to your ears in poker news and are wondering what else is going on in the gaming world, we've got you covered. Inside Gaming will give you an update on gaming proposals in Germany and Greece, tell you which company doesn't want Caesars to build its arena, and more.

On Monday, 57 players took their seats inside the Amazon Room at the Rio with the hopes of making it through the day and on to the final day of play in the 2011 World Series of Poker Main Event. Find out who had their dreams crushed and who made it through in our daily WSOP recap.

*Above photo courtesy of WorldPokerTour.com

World Poker Tour Slovenia Day 2

The second stop on Season X of the World Poker Tour has landed in Slovenia. Day 2 of the €3,000 + €300 buy-in event began on Tuesday with 84 players surviving both Day 1 flights. Dominik Nitsche, who began the day as the chip leader, couldn't hang on and was eliminated near the end of the day when he ran into pocket aces. Benjamin Piquet and Toby Lewis were also sent to the rail on Day 2.

Gianluca Speranza will go into Day 3 as the chip leader with 421,700 chips. Notables who made it to Day 3 include John Eames, Casey Kastle, and Tony G.

Only 26 players have moved on to Day 3 and will be playing for the €144,399 first-place prize. Fourteen players will make the money.

Play resumes at 1300 CET (0400 PDT) on Wednesday and you can follow all the action at WorldPokerTour.com.

Cashing in in Italy

According to EGRMagazine.com, the Ongame Network has become one of the first networks to offer cash poker in the Italian market. Bwin and GDPoker are part of the network and will be the first to add the cash variant.

EGRMagazine.com spoke with Ongame CEO Peter Bertilsson who said the network was looking to launch cash poker with other network members by August.

Bwin.Party Southern Regional director Paolo di Feo "said he was 'delighted' that Ongame was one of the first-movers into this 'exciting new segment of the Italian market.'"

Other sites that have been given licenses to begin offering cash poker include PokerStars, and the iPoker Network. According to EGRMagazine.com, PartyPoker was also issued a license but until the sale of Ongame is complete, its poker client will stay on the same platform as bwin and Giocco.

If you'd like to know more, head on over to EGRMagazine.com.

Hitting The Nuts Always Wins

We've told you about the poker-themed comedy Hitting the Nuts before. It's the one that has won pretty much every film festival it's been entered in. It won Best Feature Film at both the Cincinnati Film Festival and the Derby City Film Festival earlier this year.

Well, the Las Vegas Film Festival was no different for the movie. On July 16, Hitting the Nuts was screened in front of a sold-out audience at the Las Vegas Film Festival inside the Las Vegas Hilton. The movie won the Golden Ace Award for Superior Filmmaking, making it the third award for the film in as many festivals.

Joe Boyd, producer and director of the movie said, “It really was an amazing reception. The crowd never stopped laughing from beginning to end. We are humbled by the movie’s success. We are grateful to the Las Vegas Film Festival and the international poker community for the support.”

The DVD is only available at www.HittingTheNuts.com but is getting closer to being released as digital versions to outlets like Netflix and iTunes, as well as a larger distribution deal to get the DVD out to major retail centers.

You can find out more at HittingTheNuts.com.

Know No Limits with Moneybookers

Payment processor Moneybookers is hosting an exclusive promotion this summer guaranteeing easy money.

Anyone who deposits money from Moneybookers into an online poker room between now and August 21 will get a 1 percent bonus on their deposit. Plus, if you send over €2,000, you will be upgraded to a Moneybookers VIP.

This promotion might actually be worth it just for the VIP upgrade. The benefits include:

  • No outgoing transaction limit
  • Increased credit card limit
  • Free deposits and withdrawals
  • Enhanced security
  • 100% Funds Guarantee
  • A dedicated account manager

There are no limits to the amount you get back, so if you deposit €1,000 you get €10 back, if you deposit €1,000,000 you get €10,000 back.

Check out our Moneybookers VIP page for more details.

Looking Ahead

With the 2011 World Series of Poker Main Event November Nine almost set, it's time to start looking toward the 2011 World Series of Poker Europe in Cannes, France. Sarah Grant caught up with Vice President of Caesars Interactive Entertainment Ty Stewart, poker pros Ben Lamb, Freddy Deeb, and Olivier Busquet, among others, to get their thoughts on the upcoming event and what to expect.

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