Even though it was a short week for us, we couldn't be more happy that it's the weekend. And even though it's Friday, there's no shortage of news to talk about. It seems there's another class-action lawsuit brewing for Full Tilt Poker. We'll tell you about that, what you can expect from the World Series of Poker Europe Caesars Cup, and more.
In Case You Missed It
If you can't wait for the Weekly Turbo, or hearing is more your speed than reading, then Sarah Grant has you covered. She covers the new EPT stop, the Epic Poker League and more in the latest edition of the PokerNews Weekly.
The World Poker Tour Grand Prix de Paris began with 61 players on Thursday, but by day's end, the field was left with 18. Matthew Waxman led the field into Day 4 as one of two players who crossed the 1 million-chip mark.
After Thursday's day of action at the Palms Casino in Las Vegas, the Epic Poker League Main Event was down to its final eight. Erik Seidel made his way to the final table, marking his second EPL final, but leading the way into play was David Steicke.
More bracelets were handed out on Day 5 of the PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker. Read our daily WCOOP recap to find out who added more bling to their wrists.
The high-stakes cash games on PokerStars have really been heating up the last few weeks. In this week's edition of the Online Railbird Report, we'll tell you which player claimed the largest pot ever recorded on PokerStars.
The first game of the 2011-2012 NFL regular season kicked off Thursday. Rich Ryan gave you his pick on that game earlier this week, but what about Sunday's games? The Pigskin Diaries breaks it all down for you.
*Photo courtesy of WSOP.com
They've Been Served
Yes, we're watching the US Open while we work on this, but unfortunately we're not talking tennis serves. Full Tilt Poker has another class-action lawsuit on its hands. Canada's Consumer Law Group filed a national class-action lawsuit against the online poker site on Sept. 8 in the Superior Court of Quebec. The suit was filed "on behalf of individuals who have funds being held in their Full Tilt Poker player accounts."
According to the Montreal Gazette, CLG's Jeff Orenstein said that "Canadian patrons could have lost anywhere from $5 to $10 million when Full Tilt shut down its online site to all players on June 29."
Mitchell Schnurbach is the lead plaintiff in the class action suit. The Montreal Gazette is reporting that Schnurbach had between $1 to $5 in his player account. Yes, you read that right, and yes, we're scratching our heads too.
Orenstein has been contacted by other players regarding the suit and says that one player had $250,000 in his account, while another had $10,000.
The suit needs to be approved by a Quebec judge before moving forward, and if it is, Orenstein plans to go after Full Tilt's U.S. and Canadian assets.
If you want to contact CLG, you can do so at CLG.org, and if you want to read more, check out MontrealGazette.com.
Brat v. Bling
Over the last few days, Phil Hellmuth tweeted about his captain status in the 2011 Caesars Cup. The last Caesars Cup was held at the 2009 World Series of Poker Europe, where Annette Obrestad's Team Europe defeated Team Americas, which was captained by Daniel Negreanu.
This time around, Hellmuth is captaining Team Americas and Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier will be leading the charge for Team Europe. The event will take place Oct. 19 in Cannes, France, during the 2011 World Series of Poker Europe.
“Team Americas has a score to settle after what most considered a colossal upset in London,” said WSOP Executive Director Ty Stewart. “You see a real rivalry developing as European players continue to win more tournaments around the world.”
Two teams of five will battle in the no-limit hold'em tournament that will feature partner and heads-up formats. Points will be awarded for different elements and the first team to three points wins.
As for who will be on the teams, that hasn't been decided yet. Hellmuth has tossed out some of his picks though, tweeting:
I'm considering picking: Phil Ivey, @Erik_Seidel Johnny Chan, @HuckleberrySeed @RealKidPoker @Tom_Dwan @JasonMercier @BenbaLambFollow @phil_hellmuth
WSOP.com has more information about the Caesars Cup.
World Poker Tour Live Stream
The World Poker Tour debuted its live streaming final tables with the WPT Legends of Poker last month. On Saturday, the WPT will be live streaming again — this time from Paris. The final table of the Grand Prix de Paris will begin streaming at 1000 EDT (1500 BST) from the Aviation Club de France. Tony Dunst will host the live stream along with Roy "The Boy" Brindley.
The remaining six players will compete not only for the $701,573 first-place prize, but for a seat to the Season X WPT World Championship, entry into the WPT Champions Club, a Champion's Cup, and Tiffany card protector.
You can catch the live stream at WorldPokerTour.com.
Internet Poker in Massachusetts?
According to MetroWestDailyNews.com, Massachusetts State Rep. Dan Winslow will "file an amendment to the Massachusetts gaming legislation to allow for Internet poker."
The state would become the first in the U.S. to regulate Internet poker if the gaming legislation is approved. "This one, I think, is a great opportunity for Massachusetts to take the lead. No state in the country has yet enacted legislation to authorize and regulate Internet poker," said Winslow.
Wilson pointed out that if the state regulated Internet poker, players "would have confidence that it is a fair game."
He believes that adding Internet poker "would maximize total revenue while also expanding job creation into areas untouched by the addition of casinos and slots in the state."