Before you kick back and start enjoying your weekend, the Nightly Turbo is here to bring you the biggest poker stories of the day. Today we've got Matt Glantz speaking out about Full Tilt Poker, the WSOP Africa handing out its first championship ring of 2012, and more!
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Matt Glantz Pessimistic About Sale of FTP
Poker pro Matt Glantz's stance on the situation at Full Tilt Poker has gone through a complete transformation in recent months. The high-stakes regular was one of the few players to defend Full Tilt Poker after Black Friday, but it seems that Glantz has officially lost his patience with the company.
In a recent blog post, Whispers From Full Tilt, Glantz said that he's reached out to a number of Full Tilt Poker shareholders, most of whom said they've remained silent about the issue so as to not catch blame for interfering with the sale of the site.
Glantz says he believes that the pending deal between Full Tilt Poker and Groupe Bernard Tapie is looking bleak, especially now that Tapie has publicly revealed the list of players who allegedly owe money to Full Tilt Poker.
"Unfortunately I feel based on their recent actions, I believe it is inevitable that Tapie will be backing out," Glantz wrote. "It looks to me that for whatever reasons they have no real interest in acquiring FTP ... The truth is that some if not most of the players Tapie has outed do not have the money to pay the company back and it is not going to happen. One can assume that Tapie is only doing this to save face, so when they officially back out of the deal they will have public names to blame."
To read the full blog, check out mattglantzpoker.com.
Gregory Ronaldson Wins Opening Event at 2012 WSOP Africa
The 2nd Annual World Series of Poker Africa is under way at the Emerald Casino in Johannesburg. The first of six champions on the 2012 schedule was crowned on Friday when Gregory Ronaldson won the opening event, a $350 no-limit hold'em event which saw 324 players compete for a prize pool of $92,200.
After three days of play, Ronaldson, a 28-year-old poker pro from Johannesburg, found himself heads-up against Jaco van Tonder for the title. On the final hand, Ronaldson's pocket eights held up against van Tonder's , and Ronaldson collected nearly $23,000 for his efforts. It was the second title for Ronaldson in a month. He took down the $5,000 Heads-Up Championship at the 2012 Aussie Millions for $82,358 on Jan. 23.
Here's a look at the final table results from the opening event of the 2012 WSOP Africa:
2012 WSOP Africa Event #1 Final Table Results
|2||Jaco van Tonder||$14,123|
|8||Eugene du Plessis||$2,642|
There are still five events on the 2012 WSOP Africa schedule, including the $3,300 Main Event beginning on Friday, Feb. 24. Visit wsop.com for detailed recaps of each event.
Vanessa Selbst Wins Star-studded $5,000 LAPC Event
The $10,000 Main Event at the Los Angeles Poker Classic kicked off on Friday, but a prelim event was getting all the attention at the Commerce Casino late Thursday night. A stacked field in the $5,000 no-limit hold'em event played down to a winner, and Team PokerStars Pros Vanessa Selbst and Jonathan Duhamel were the last two standing from a field of 98.
After notables like Josh Brikis, Stephen Chidwick, Faraz Jaka, Matt Stout and McLean Karr exited the final table, Selbst and Duhamel decided to cut a deal. Selbst then went on to take down the title and a top prize of $140,295, while Duhamel collected $121,115 — his fourth six-figure score of 2012.
Here's a look at the final table results of the 2012 LAPC $5,000 no-limit hold'em event:
2012 L.A. Poker Classic Event #45 Final Table Results
For an in-depth look at how the final table played out, read the recap here at PokerNews.com.
Galfond Selling Apartment
Phil Galfond moved to Vancouver last year following the DOJ's crackdown on online poker, so he didn't see the need to hang onto his multimillion dollar grinding pad in New York City. According to the Wall Street Journal, Galfond is asking for just under $4 million for his duplex penthouse apartment located in Manhattan's East Village.
Galfond's apartment comes with two bedrooms, four baths, elevator entry, and a helical steel slide connecting the two floors. Yes, that's right — a slide. It was even featured in Design Milk last year.
For a look at the listing of Galfond's apartment, check out the Wall Street Journal.
Everleaf Confirms U.S. Authorities Seized Funds
Nearly two weeks after making a hasty exit from the U.S. market, Everleaf Gaming broke its silence with a statement to the media on Thursday. The company confirmed that player funds had been seized by U.S. authorities but reassured all affected players that all the funds will be refunded in full.
Everleaf players residing in the U.S. were prohibited from playing on any of the network's 100-plus skins beginning on Feb. 9, 2012. Everleaf did not release an explanation for the stoppage, but a representative from Minted Poker revealed that the network received a cease and desist order from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and faced legal action if it continues to facilitate its services in the U.S.
Everleaf said in the statement that the seizure occurred in the U.S. and only affects U.S. players, and that business in other markets will continue to run as usual.
Everleaf's statement can be found right here at PokerNews.com.
Andrew Robl, Alec Torelli Leave Victory Poker
On Friday, poker pros Andrew Robl and Alec Torelli both took to their blogs to announce their departure from Victory Poker.
"I’m parting ways with Victory Poker to pursue other business opportunities," wrote Robl, who joined Team Victory Poker when the site launched in February 2010. "I had a great time representing Victory Poker and wish them continued success in everything they do. I no longer have any association with the company or any associated businesses/products."
Torelli wrote a similar entry, thanking the site and wishing the company "continued success in the future."
Victory Poker closed its poker room last June. The site moved its international poker player base to the Cake Poker Network after Black Friday, and CEO Dan Fleyshman had plans to run an affiliate site providing "news, strategy, videos, and reviews.”
PokerStars LAPT Gears Up for Season 5
Season 4 of the PokerStars.net Latin American Poker Tour came to a close on Monday, but the tour is already getting arrangements in order for Season 5. The next season will get under way on March 25, 2012, from the Vina del Mar Enjoy Casino and Hotel in Chile.
The LAPT returns to Vina del Mar for the third time and has lowered the buy-in for the $1,000 Main Event in hopes of besting last year's field of 621 players.
“For this third visit to Chile, the capacity for the Main Event has been increased to allow up to 1,000 players, so we can cater for the entire Latin American and international poker community," said Carolina Elchiver, the venue's corporate marketing manager. "In addition, the seven side events will also have an increased capacity.”
You can find the full Season 5 LAPT schedule at PokerNews.com.
Mega Poker Series Hits Nottingham in March
The second event of Poker 770's Mega Poker Series 2012 is set to take place from March 7 through 11 at the Dusk Till Dawn Poker Club at Nottingham. With a buy-in of just €770 and various live and online qualifiers available, the deep structure of 77,000 starting chips and 77-minute blind levels offers players one of the best-valued tournaments of the year.
In addition to the great tournament, Poker700 will be hosting an exclusive VIP Players party on Saturday, March 10. Players can earn their VIP status by accumulating 1770 Points on Poker770 or by qualifying for the Main Event through an online satellite.
For more information on how to qualify online, check out Poker770.com.
Grand Final Thoughts
Earlier this month, we found out that the EPT Grand Final will be headed back to Monaco after a one-year hiatus. Sarah Grant caught up with some of the players at EPT Copenhagen to get their thoughts on the move back to the Monte Carlo Bay Hotel & Casino.