A winner was crowned at UKIPT Edinburgh over the weekend. If you were wondering who can add "champion" to their name, we've got those results for you. On top of that, we're going to tell you what Harry Reid and Gary Loveman recently said about online poker legislation. Keep reading for all of the top poker news stories of the day.
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Over the weekend, Kristy Arnett went over to the Palms Casino to check out the inaugural Epic Poker League event. She caught up with Matt Savage and some players to get their thoughts on the event for the latest edition of the Sin City Series.
The biggest online poker tournaments of the week are played on Sunday and this week, four players pocketed over $100,000. The Sunday Briefing has the results, including a look at Owen Crowe's Sunday Warm-Up win.
Last week, NBC aired the second week of Poker After Dark's $100,000 Cash Game. If you missed it, check out the recap of all the high-stakes action.
The inaugural Epic Poker League Main Event crowned a champion over the weekend. With the event coming to a close, we decided to get players' reactions and their thoughts on EPL's future.
Last week, the seventh stop on PokerStars' UK & Ireland Poker Tour rolled into Edinburgh, Scotland. The £500 + £60 buy-in event attracted 519 players, creating a £251,715 prize pool, breaking the £200,000 guarantee.
Chris Moneymaker made it across the pond to Scotland for the event, and joined Liv Boeree, David Vamplew, Neil Channing, Jesse May, Jude Ainsworth, and JP Kelly on the felts at The Corn Exchange.
Vamplew is the only one of the above who finished in the top 63, taking home a payday. He finished 34th, good for £1,120.
Fintan Gavin bested the field to take home the UKIPT trophy and £61,500 first-place prize. He took on Andrew Hawksby and about two hours into heads-up play, the winner was crowned.
According to the PokerStars Blog, in the final hand, Gavin called a 160,000 raise from Hawksby and the flop fell . Gavin check-raised all-in with and was called by Hawksby with . The turn and river both blanked for Hawksby, eliminating him in second place.
UKIPT Edinburgh Final Table Results
You can find a full report from UKIPT Edinburgh at PokerStarsBlog.com.
Online Poker Legislation
Howard Stutz, a reporter for the Las Vegas Review-Journal, tweeted over the weekend, "Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid tells R-J staff Internet poker legislation 'will get done.' Reid: 'I-poker 'will be good for Nevada.'"
In addition to this, the Financial Times spoke with Gary Loveman, chief executive of Caesars Entertainment.
“The authorities cracked down on the illegal offshore providers, but that’s left a vacuum for people like us to be able to legally offer this service.
“I do believe there is a will in Congress to correct this …. we ought to clean up the regulatory and policing environment and that’s what we’re seeking.
“First, it creates the appropriate legal and enforcement environment where the game is being provided fairly by regulated entities that are known to the American authorities.
“Second, there’s a lot of job creation associated with this; we could provide thousands of American jobs if given the right to do so and there [also] would be the benefit of tax revenues," Loveman told FT.com.
The Financial Times has a video interview with Loveman at FT.com.
Bad Beat on Hunger
The Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City teamed up with Cabot Creamery Cooperative to host the "Put a Bad Beat on Hunger" charity poker tournament. The event benefits the Community FoodBank in New Jersey.
The $260 + $40 buy-in event, hosted by Bernard Lee, kicks off on August 21 with the goal of raising funds and generating awareness for the FoodBank. Players who are eliminated in the first eight levels of the event are allowed to re-enter. The winner of the event will receive a seat to the WPT Borgata Poker Open Championship, which begins Sept. 18.
Find tournament details at TheBorgata.com.
The Delaware Park Poker Room wants to set a Guiness World Record. Sponsored by Red Bull, WIP Sports Radio, and Mobius New Media, the poker room is attempting to hold the longest continuous poker tournament. It gets under way August 20 at noon and is supposed to run for over 36 hours.
The $500 buy-in poker tournament has a guaranteed prize pool of $100,000 and will be broadcast live online. It has a 350-player cap on it, but alternates will be seated as seats become available. The player who outlasts the field will take home at least $24,000. Not too shabby for a bit of sleep deprivation.
Read the press release for more.
How long can you keep "kid" in your nickname? Until your 30? 50? Until you quit feeling like a kid? ESPN set out to answer the question, "How long can Kid Poker be Kid Poker?" Find out what Daniel Negreanu himself, Tom Dwan, Antonio Esfandiari, and more had to say about Kid Poker's nickname.
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