The weekend is finally here, but not before one last Nightly Turbo. In this installment, we'll catch you up on the latest from the Australia New Zealand Poker Tour Perth, Daniel Negreanu's appearance on television, and more. So, before you go and enjoy your weekend, be sure to enjoy the latest in the poker world.
In Case You Missed It
Last week, Andrew “EireAbu” Grimason took over the top spot on PokerStars’ yearly leaderboard with almost $1.3 million in profit. Unfortunately for him, his reign lasted just one week as Ben “Sauce123” Sulsky overtook the top spot. Find out how in the Online Railbird Report.
The latest blog from AsianSpa focuses on a #TeamSpaMember winning at MGM and donating to NSPCA, and more. Read it in The Muck.
In this week's PokerNews Weekly, you can find tournament results from APPT Cebu, the PokerStars and Monte-Carlo® Casino European Poker Tour Grand Final and much more. Watch it here.
Will a woman win an open event at the 2012 WSOP? Will Phil Ivey win his ninth bracelet? Will Phil Hellmuth win his twelfth? Rich Ryan weighs in on the WSOP prop bets.
ANZPT Perth Day 2: Didier Guerin Leads as Money Bubble Looms
On Day 2 of the PokerStars.net Australia and New Zealand Poker Tour (ANZPT), the final 136 players of a 310-player field returned to battle. It took seven levels of play, but when the field was reduced to 40, Didier Guerin was leading the pack with a healthy stack of 304,000.
Guerin thrived early on when he got all in preflop for 176,000 with and got two callers who both held . One of those players held , so the flop with two diamonds made for a good sweat; however, the on the turn put a dagger through Guerin’s heart. Fortunately for him, his pain was quickly diminished when a spiked on the river for the two outer and the win, chipping him up to 280,000.
Not everyone was as fortunate as the chip leader. Leo Boxell, Josh Barrett, Tony Tartaglia, Kristina Griffith and Aleks Lackovic were just a few of the players who fell on Day 2.
Boxell was fresh of a win in a side event, which finished up just a few hours prior to the start of Day 2, but he was working with a short stack in the Main Event. His demise came when he opened from early position for 6,000 and was met with a three-bet to 15,000 by Daniel Loobas. Boxell made the call and then check-called off his remaining stack on the flop. Loobas rolled over , which was far ahead of Boxell’s . Neither the turn nor river changed a thing and the Australian Poker Hall of Famer was sent to the rail.
Here’s a look at the top ten chip counts at the end of Day 2:
ANZPT Perth Day 2 Top Ten Chip Counts
The remaining 40 will return for Day 3 on Saturday at 1230 WST (2130 PDT Friday).
For more on the ANZPT Perth, be sure to check out the PokerStars Blog.
Negreanu Makes Appearance on CTV
Daniel Negreanu made an appearance on CTV Friday morning to discuss his recent trip to the PokerStars and Monte-Carlo® Casino European Poker Tour Grand Final, his start in live poker, and his epiphany that took him from being a recreational poker player to being a professional.
In the interview, Negreanu talks about his reading ability, soul reads, and even how a baby has the ability to pick up live tells.
You know we like making things easy for you, but we searched everywhere and couldn't find an embed code, so you'll have to check out the full interview on CTV.
Nancy Todd Poker Palace Coming to Arkansas?
Arkansas poker players will have more than one reason to hit the voting booths this November as The Nancy Todd Poker Palace announced that its submission for an amendment was approved by the Attorney General this week. If the amendment passes, Todd plans to create the largest poker palace in the world, in Pulaski County, Arkansas.
The amendment would also allow for four local-based land casino entertainment venues in Crittenden, Miller, and Franklin Counties. The casinos created will pay a 12.5 percent tax, which will be split to various programs in Arkansas including public schools and veterans affairs. Todd has been a big advocate for gaming outside Las Vegas and Atlantic City and has helped add gaming to many venues. In addition to this, Todd has a World Poker Tour Ladies Event Championship under her belt from May 2008.
To view the full break down check out the Siftings Herald here.
PokerStars Road to 100 Billion: 80 Billion Hands
PokerStars is back on the Road to 100 Billion Hands this week. The online poker site’s 80 billionth hand is predicted to hit on Sunday, May 6. As with previous Milestone hand promotions, PokerStars is awarding cash bonuses to players who are dealt into any of the final 300 milestone hands (every one million hands) in the lead up to the 80-billionth, with the final Mega Milestone hand set to award a much larger amount.
The ring game milestone hands have been coming fast since Monday, so don’t miss out on the opportunity to get a piece of the action this week. PokerStars expects to award more than $1,000,000 in cash bonuses over the week’s promotion. All the players dealt into the Mega Milestone will receive at least $10,000 and the winner of the hand will get at least $20,000.
To find out how the cash bonuses are calculated and how many hands have been dealt at any point, go to PokerStars for more info.
$100K Depositor Freerolls 2x Month
PokerStars has doubled the amount of money in the $100K Depositor Freerolls for May meaning that players making a deposit this month have access to eight $1,000 freerolls per day every day until the end of the month. That’s more than $200,000 in free tournament value!
The freerolls run at the following times: 0100 ET, 0400 ET, 0700 ET, 1000 ET, 1300 ET, 1600 ET, 1900 ET and 2200 ET. They are listed in the PokerStars lobby under "Tourney" > "Freeroll." The tournaments have a special free-buy format, where entry is free but three optional re-buys of $0.30 each can be purchased in the first hour, boosting the overall prize pool.
For more information, go to www.pokerstars.com/poker/promo tions/depositor-freerolls and read more about the offer on the PokerStars Blog.
Royal Flush Girls at Crazy Horse
What better way to send you off into the weekend than with the World Poker Tour's Royal Flush Girls dancing at the Crazy Horse in Paris.
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