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The Nightly Turbo: Full Tilt Poker Hearing, PokerStars Agreement with DOJ, and More

Nightly Turbo

We hope you all didn't miss us too much over the holiday. We've had our rest and now we're back to bring you the top poker news stories of the day. Full Tilt Poker has a date for its hearing with the Alderney Gambling Control Commission, so we'll give you those details. We've also heard that the Department of Justice and PokerStars have reached an agreement over funds held in an account. Keep reading to find out more.

In Case You Missed It

The World Poker Tour kicked off its stop in Paris on Monday with Day 1a of the Grand Prix de Paris. A total of 140 players ponied up the €7,500 buy-in for the event, but only half made it through to Day 2.

Day 2 of the PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker crowned five champions on Monday. Among them was Aussie pro Jonathan "MONSTER_DONG" Karamalikis. Find out who else took home WCOOP glory in our daily recap.

With the 2011-2012 World Series of Poker Circuit just days from kicking off, we thought it would be a good idea to take a look at some of the stories from the 2010-2011 Circuit. Who made it to the top of the WCOP-C edition of our PokerNews Top 10?

September got off to a somber start with the passing of Thuy Doan. There are some bright spots on the horizon though in our Five Thoughts.

We sat down with Randal Flowers recently to discuss poker, prop bets, and pick up lines. How does he woo the ladies? Find out in the latest edition of Off the Felt.

Hearing Set for Sept. 19

On July 26, PokerNews was in London for the first Alderney Gambling Control Commission hearing for Full Tilt Poker. If you recall, that hearing was adjourned and scheduled for a later date. The AGCC then released a statement announcing that the hearing would reconvene no later than Sept. 15. They changed their minds.

According to a press release, the AGCC scheduled the hearing for Sept. 19 (four days later than the deadline) at 0900 BST (0100 PDT). It will take place in the Plaza Suite at the Riverbank Park Plaza Hotel in London.

That's all the information the AGCC has provided at this time, but the press release does state that a full update is pending.

Read the entire press release at

Some Money Released

According to eGaming Review, the U.S. Department of Justice released money from a frozen PokerStars account. The sum was unspecified but EGR is reporting that the money was held in the Hapoalim Bank in Luxembourg. Hapoalim Bank, one of the banks named in the civil complaint that goes with the April 15 indictments, is tied to Sphene International Limited, PokerStars' payment company.

“[T]he Government and PokerStars have reached an agreement pursuant to which PokerStars consents to the restraint of US$5.5m in the Account...and the Government agrees that it does not object to PokerStars’ use of the remaining funds in that account," the release said.

The order will remain in place until the conclusion of the U.S. v. PokerStars case in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York or an order which supersedes it is issued. The order, filed on Sept. 2, also states that the consent to it by PokerStars does no constitute admission of liability.

If you want to find out more, read the article at


"Why are you here? Are you here to say you made it past Day 1? Are you here to say you made it past the money or are you here to become the next World Series of Poker Main Event champion?" Those are the questions Lon McEachern asks in one of the teaser trailers for ESPN's coverage of Day 4 of the World Series of Poker.

In another sneak peek, players discuss the toll that the long days take on their minds and bodies.

Don't forget to set your DVR Tuesday night at 8 p.m. EDT for the latest episode of the WSOP on ESPN.

Omaha Cup

Over the weekend, the 2011 Rendez-Vous à Paris held the €5,000 Omaha Cup at the Aviation Club de France. The event attracted 65 players, creating a prize pool of €312,000. Sorel Mizzi, Jason Mercier, Jeff Lisandro, Freddy Deeb, Rui Cao, Ludovic Lacay, and Patrick Bruel were among the players who played in the event.

None of the players mentioned above made the final table, but that doesn't mean it was an easy road to victory. Antony Lellouche, Davidi Kitai and Tristan Clémençon were all seated at the final table. Clémençon finished in seventh place for €15,600. When play was three handed — between Lellouche, Kitai, and Vadim Kursevich — the three made a deal. In the end, it was Lellouche who outlasted the field to take home the title.

Omaha Cup Results

1. Antony Lellouche (France) - €99,840 (Deal €71,760)
2. Davidi Kitai (Belgique) - €65,520 (Deal €70,200)
3. Vadzim Kursevich (Biélorussie) - €43,680 (Deal €67,080)
4. Pascal Leyo (France) - €31,200
5. Juha Vilkki (Finlande) - €24,960
6. Petteri Vanhapelto (Finlande) - €18,720
7. Tristan Clemencon (France) - €15,600
8. Michael Fratty (France) - €12,480

For more, check out (Yes, we Google translated it for you.)

Annie Duke on The Late Late Show

On Monday night, Annie Duke was a guest on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson. We're never up late enough to watch the show, but we caught the episode online. If you also missed it, you should know that Duke discussed the Epic Poker League, as well as her new book, Decide to Play Great Poker. We have to say, Duke kept her composure and tried to keep the interview on track while Ferguson was all over the place. And the two played the harmonica at the end. Go figure.

Apparently CBS doesn't want us to embed the video, so you'll have to watch it at Duke's interview comes in around the 30-minute mark.

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