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The Nightly Turbo: PokerStars Pros Crushing PCA, Epic Poker Hits Europe, and More

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Did you miss any of the tournament action around the globe on Thursday? Be sure to check out the PokerNews Live Reporting page for the latest updates from Melbourne, Los Angeles and the Bahamas. In other news, the Epic Poker League has partnered up with a European poker television channel, and Team PokerStars Pros are piling up wins at PCA side events. Read about those stories and more in this edition of the Nightly Turbo.

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Faraz Jaka was back atop the leaderboard after Day 4 of the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Main Event. Jaka was kind enough to join the PokerNews Podcast crew after a busy day at the tables.

Phil Collins had an incredible run at the 2011 World Series of Poker Main Event, taking fifth place for more than $2.3 million. Collins joined the latest Strategy with Kristy podcast to talk about some interesting spots he encountered during the tournament.

The United States is inching closer toward an intrastate online poker platform. U.S. Digital Gaming's Richard Bronson believes online poker will be operating in at least one state in 2012. Find out more in the latest edition of The Insiders.

In the recent Global Poker Index rankings, Jason Mercier remained at No. 1. Find out where Galen Hall landed after a huge climb in the rankings, thanks to his great start to 2012.

The 2012 Aussie Millions got under way with $1,100 Opening Event on Thursday. Read about the action in our Day 1 recap.

In celebration of its 10th anniversary, the Aussie Millions will be hosting a Tournament of Champions during the festivities this month. Crown Poker officials gave PokerNews a rundown of what to expect.

The largest stakeholder of Wynn Resorts has sued the company to get access to its financial records. Inside Gaming has more on that story and the latest business news from the industry.

Only 17 players were left standing after Day 2 of the World Series of Poker Circuit Bicycle Casino Main Event. Brandon Crawford was leading the way with more than 2.2 million chips.

PokerStars Pros Cleaning Up the Side Events at PCA

There's certainly no shortage of side tournaments running for players who have busted out of the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Main Event. The PCA is hosting 41 tournaments in the Bahamas this month, and several Team PokerStars Pros have already found their ways into the winners circle.

On Wednesday, 2010 World Series of Poker Main Event champ Jonathan Duhamel outlasted a 158-player field in the $5,000 no-limit hold'em event to collect nearly $240,000. Duhamel had to weave through a loaded final table that included fellow Team PokerStars Pros Jason Mercier and Pius Heinz, as well as online superstars Keven Stammen, Laurence Houghton, Kenny Hallaert and Owen Crowe.

Duhamel's predecessor, 2009 world champ Joe Cada, also won an event this week. Cada took down the $2,000 no-limit hold'em event for $175,000. It marked his biggest cash since his victory at the WSOP Main Event for $8.5 million.

Team PokerStars Online member Adrienne "talonchick" Rowsome won her first-ever live event by claiming victory over a 24-player field in the $1,000 Omaha 8/Stud 8 High-Low event. The part-time poker pro collected $10,900 after defeating Norway's Iversen Torsten heads-up for the title.

Results from the PCA side events can be found at the PokerStars Blog. And, of course, is your best source for the latest updates from the PCA Main Event.

Epic Poker League Hits TV Screens in Europe

Amid reports that it is in negotiations with a potential buyer, the Epic Poker League has announced a partnership that will bring the league's televised action to millions of homes across Europe.

The EPL has teamed up with The Poker Channel Europe to broadcast more than 70 hours of Epic Poker tournament coverage to more than 30 million viewers in Europe and a global audience online.

"Expanding our television coverage into Europe is a step forward for building a global fan base for Epic Poker," said Katherine Kowal, Vice President of League Operations and Programming for Federated Sports + Gaming. "Poker Channel Europe, with quality distribution and broad reach, will help us introduce our content to a very important market and audience."

The Epic Poker League will make its official television debut on The Poker Channel on Sunday, Jan. 15, 2012. A full TV schedule with previews and programming details can be found at

Joe Hachem, Shane Warne Host Charity Event

The 5th Annual Joe Hachem and Shane Warne Charity Poker Tournament will make its way to Crown Casino on Sunday, Jan. 15 at 1 p.m. during the 2012 Aussie Millions Poker Championship.

Players can hand over the $1,000 tournament fee to rub elbows with superstars in poker and sport, as well as a handful of celebrities expected to take part in the event.

In addition to Warne and Hachem, the list of attendees already includes the following: Tony G, Atlanta Braves pitcher Peter Moylan, television personality Fifi Box, poker player Clonie Gowen, boxer Jeff Fenech, and rugby players Brendon Goddard, Luke Hodge, Jason Akermanis, Jimmy Bartel, Dermott Brereton and Leigh Montagna.

The winner of the event will receive a Las Vegas High Roller package which includes an entry into the World Series of Poker Main Event. Two seats into the 2012 Aussie Millions Main Event will also be awarded.

Proceeds from the charity tournament will go toward the Shane Warne Foundation, which raises money to help enrich the lives of children and teenagers in Australia.

For more, visit

Full Tilt Poker Releasing Player Information?

According to a recent thread at, former Full Tilt customers have been receiving "snail mail" sent to addresses that only Full Tilt had knowledge of.

Selling customer data to third parties is a common practice in the business world. Advertisers use the data to better target consumers, and businesses use it for market research. Full Tilt Poker's Privacy Statement states the that it uses each player's personal for specific purposes such as age verification, providing customer support, statistical analysis and market research, and advertising and marketing activities.

It adds, "We may be required to disclose your personal information to third parties for purposes other than to support your customer relationship with us, such as in connection with a sale of our company, business or assets (including our associated customer lists containing your personal information)."

As we're sure you've figured out by now, the timing of this coincides with the potential sale of Full Tilt Poker's assets to Groupe Bernard Tapie. However, we have no confirmation that either company actually sold the FTP customer database to a third party.

Read the thread at for more.

PokerNews Nominated for Affiliate Award

We were proud to learn this week that PokerNews has been nominated for an iGB Affiliate Award. PokerNews is up for an award in the Best Poker Affiliate category. The honor recognizes the poker affiliate that has excelled most in 2010-2011.

This year's black tie event will be held on Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012, in London. More than 500 people from the iGaming affiliate community will be in attendance.

For a look at the other nominees, head on over to

Mercier vs. Deeb

Who's a better mixed game player: Jason Mercier or Shaun Deeb? In the latest edition of Versus, Kristy Arnett caught up with both players to find out.

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