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The Nightly Turbo: Online Poker Hearings on Capitol Hill, IFP Nations Cup, & More

The Nightly Turbo

Online poker hits Capitol Hill again this week with a pair of hearings to discuss potential online poker legislation in the U.S. Across the pond, poker is being showcased as part of the London Mind Sports Festival to prove that poker is a skill game. We'll provide details on those stories and more in this edition of the Nightly Turbo.

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Online Poker Hearings in Senate and House

Online poker will be discussed at two hearings on Capitol Hill this week, first in the Senate Indian Affairs Committee on Thursday and then in the House Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade on Friday.

Thursday's oversight committee hearing is called Future of Internet Gaming: What's at Stake for Tribes? The hearing is likely to focus on testimony from representatives of various tribes and tribal groups. Poker Players Alliance Chairman Al D'Amato will testify before the Senate Indian Affairs Committee. Other witnesses will be primarily made up of tribal representatives.

Friday's hearing will be the second go-around by the House Subcommittee on Internet poker. The subcommittee first met Oct. 25, 2011, to discuss the safety of online poker. RepresentativesFrank Wolf (R-VA), John Campbell (R-CA) and Barney Frank (D-MA) will be on hand Friday to discuss the potential of future regulation in the States. They will be joined byNevada Gaming Control Board Chairman Mark A. Lipparelli, who recently told that the Nevada State Gaming Control Board will be accepting applications for online poker licenses beginning in February of next year.

Thursday's Senate hearing gets under way at 2:15 p.m. EST, and Friday's House hearing will begin at 9 p.m. EST. More information can be found at the websites of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee and House, Energy and Commerce Committee.

Poker's Biggest Names to Compete in Nations Cup

The International Federation of Poker (IFP) is set to host the inaugural Nations Cup this week as part of the London Mind Sports Festival. The event will kick off on Thursday, Nov. 17, in London.

Twelve teams consisting of some of the world's best poker players will face off in an innovative variant of team poker called "duplicate poker," which the IFP says will keep the element of luck in the game to a minimum. The winner of that event will be crowned the champion of the Nations Cup this weekend.

"Rather than competing against those at their table, duplicate poker pitches players against opponents dealt exactly the same cards in exactly the same position on neighboring tables," says the IFP. "With all players in a particular seat given the same allocation of cards the only determining factor in the result of the tournament is how skillfully each player uses them."

Among the countries participating in the event will be the United States, Spain, Germany, Holland, Denmark, Australia, and Ireland. Online gaming giant Zynga will also have a team. Some of the poker pros taking part include Tony G, Antonio Esfandiari, Barry Greenstein, Gus Hansen, Vanessa Selbst, David Benyamine, Liv Boeree, Sam Trickett, and 2011 November Niners Sam Holden and Eoghan O'Dea.

Following the conclusion of the Nation's Cup, the IFP World Championship will take place on Nov. 19 with 130 of the world's top players squaring off for a top prize of $250,000. The event, known as "The Table," will be filmed for a worldwide audience.

Details on the Nations Cup and the IPF World Champions can be found at the International Federation of Poker's website.

PartyPoker Premier League Nears

The final table of the PartyPoker Premier League Mixed Game Championship is nearly in place after both groups competed in their third and final heat on Wednesday. The 12 players faced off in a round of pot-limit hold'em at the Playboy Club London. Group A completed their heat in the evening, but played was paused in Group B with three players remaining.

Feared U.K. mixed-games specialist James Dempsey won his second heat of Group A to earn a spot at the final table. He will be joined at the final by Max Pescatori, who won the other heat in Group A, and Matt Giannetti, who used three consistent performances to earn enough points to secure a seat.

In Group B, Andrew Feldman and Andy Frankenberger locked up seats to the final, but the last seat is still up for grabs. Sorel Mizzi moved past Mike Sexton and is still alive in Heat 3, but Yevgeniy Timoshenko can pass Mizzi with a victory while earning double points with his double-up card.

It will come down to those two players when play resumes in London Thursday morning. Here's a look at the current standings:


1James Dempsey24
2Max Pescatori20
3Matt Giannetti19
4Tony G10
5Luke Schwartz6
6Jen Tilly6


*1Andrew Feldman19
2Andy Frankenberger18
3Mike Sexton9
*4Sorel Mizzi8
5Ben Carpenter4
*6Yevgeniy Timoshenko1

*denotes players still competing for points in Heat 3

All the action from the PartyPoker Premier League Mixed Game Championship can be found at

Venetian Deep Stack Extravaganza IV Update

The Venetian Deep Stack Extravaganza IV is past the midway point as 25 of the 43 events had crowned winners through Monday. Among the notables taking down tournaments since our last update: Tyson Marks, Brent Hanks, and Eric Baldwin.

The series runs through Nov. 22 and concludes with a $2,500 Main Event. Here's a look at the results since Nov. 5:

Venetian Deep Stack Extravaganza IV Results

DateEvent# of EntrantsPrize PoolWinnerPrize
Nov. 5$340 No-Limit Hold’em357$103351Eric Johnoff$24,810
Nov. 6$340 No-Limit Hold’em259$74,981Brett Morash$17,994
Nov. 6$340 Pot Limit Omaha87$25,186Tyson Marks$8,060
Nov. 7$340 No-Limit Hold’em318$92,061Joseph Kuether$22,098
Nov. 8$340 No-Limit Hold’em334$96,693Harlen Miller$23,203
Nov. 8$340 Pot-Limit Omaha87$25,186Stephen Metzler$8,563
Nov. 9$340 No-Limit Hold’em337$97,561David Patterson$23,417
Nov. 10$340 No-Limit Hold’em309$89,455Stephen Graner$21,473
Nov. 10$230 No-Limit Hold’em (Ladies)128$24,832Claudia Roberts$7,448
Nov. 11$550 No-Limit Hold’em267$128,827Shahaf Hadaya$30,920
Nov. 12$340 No-Limit Hold’em424$122,748Brent Hanks$28,850
Nov. 13$1,070 No-Limit Hold’em141$136,065Eric Baldwin$36,736
Nov. 13$340 H.O.R.S.E.102$29,529Kenneth Kavowras$8,268
Nov. 13$340 No-Limit Hold’em324$93,798Lytle Allen$22,514

The Best View in Loutraki?

The European Poker Tour is in Loutraki, Greece, this week. PokerNews' Sarah Grant took some time away from the tournament floor to get a close look at the Oceanos Restaurant inside the Club Hotel Casino Loutraki.

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