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The Nightly Turbo: Negreanu's WSOP Struggles, Voulgaris Enters the Big One, and More

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We hope you enjoyed your weekend. Now it's time to get back to business. In this edition edition of the Nightly Turbo, we're bringing you Daniel Negreanu's latest video blog updating his World Series of Poker, Haralabos Voulgaris entering the Big One for One Drop, and more.

In Case You Missed It

Dennis Phillips and Hoyt Corkins were among the four players who made the final day of the World Series of Poker Seniors Event. Read all about how they got there in the Day 15 WSOP recap.

Can Joe Cada win his second bracelet on Monday? We take a look at that story and more in Monday's WSOP What to Watch For.

How did the Sunday Majors play out on PokerStars? Who took down the biggest score? Find out in the Sunday Briefing.

Looking for a fun, behind-the-scenes perspective of life at the WSOP? The Muck has daily stories from inside the Rio, so check it out!

Online poker opponents have been sending letters to lawmakers asking for stricter laws against Internet gambling.Read more in the story by Matthew Kredell.

Did you miss Sunday's World Poker Tour coverage on FSN? Read our WPT recap to get caught up.

Kid Poker Running Bad

Daniel Negreanu's Weekly Rant has turned into more of a bi-weekly briefing during the World Series of Poker, but Negreanu did find time to record a short update for his fans over the weekend. Negreanu discussed his run-bad during the first half of the WSOP and talked some fantasy poker.

For a look at the latest standings of Negreanu's $25K Fantasy League, check out Rich Ryan's article at

Haralabos Voulgaris Posts a Million

Availability for the $1 million buy-in Big One for One Drop event is drying up fast, but professional gambler Haralabos Voulgaris was able to find a gainful way to enter the event over the weekend.

On Sunday, PTPRPoker reported that Voulgaris purchased a One Drop ticket from Carlos Nahas, who won his $1 million seat in a $25,000 satellite in Montreal last month. Voulgaris reportedly negotiated a deal with Nahas and Keith Hamilton, who had won his seat to the $25,000 One Drop qualifier via a slot-machine contest and let Nahas play for him.

Voulgaris had mentioned on Twitter in past weeks that he was interested in playing the highly anticipated tournament. He told PTPRPoker that his main motivation for playing was the value in playing against a weaker field.

"It's a high buy-in tournament, so that aspect of it is very exciting," said Voulgaris. "In addition the field isn't exactly replete with professionals. There are a lot of casual players entered in this tournament so I think it's quite possibly one of the highest EV tournaments ever."

Read more at PTPR

Celina Lin Wins Macau Poker Cup

Team PokerStars Pro Celina Lin won her second Macau Poker Cup Red Dragon Main Event on Monday. Lin outlasted a field of 391 players in the HKD $10,000 event to secure a payday of HKD $854,000 ($107,605) and her second Red Dragon trophy in less than three years.

Lin won a back-and-forth heads-up battle against Qi Ming Fan to lock up the title. On the final hand of the tournament, Fan was all in with {Q-Diamonds}{5-Diamonds} on a board of {K-Hearts}{6-Clubs}{3-Diamonds}{4-Diamonds} and was trailing Lin's {6-Diamonds}{4-Spades}. The river brought the {Q-Spades} and Lin's two pair held up to give her the victory.

Lin last won the event in July 2009, defeating a field of 168 players to win HKD $394,800 ($50,932). She also took third in the Red Dragon Main Event in October for HKD $145,800 ($18,731).

"I always wanted to be the first female champion, but I thought it was impossible to win it twice," Lin told the PokerStars Blog Monday.

Here's a look at the final table results:

PlacePlayerPrize (HKD)
1Celina Lin$854,000
2Qi Ming Fan$589,100
3Chul Woo Park$351,200
4Chang Rak Choi$278,300
5Richard Hu$220,700
6Daniel Sing$180,400
7Jordan Westmorland$140,100
8Yu Liang$103,600
9Zhengwei Ni$84,400

Read the full event recap at the PokerStars Blog. And, if you want to learn a little more about Celina Lin, here's the interview she did for the PokerNews Seat Open:

MGM Looks to Expand

MGM Resorts International has signed a deal to develop and run a hotel-casino property near Washington, D.C. The property would be located at the National Harbor waterfront complex in Southern Maryland and feature 250 table games, 4,500 slot machines, retail outlets, restaurants and a luxury hotel.

MGM officials met with Maryland legislative leaders Friday to discuss plans for the potential complex. MGM announced it had come to an agreement shortly after the meeting ended.

"The opportunity to build a destination casino resort in the National Harbor complex was extremely compelling," said MGM Resorts International CEO Jim Murren. "We believe this ideal location will not only attract residents from Virginia and DC, but will also serve as a new amenity for the more than 40 million domestic and international visitors who travel to the Nation's Capital each year."

The deal is contingent upon lawmakers passing legislation to allow a sixth casino license at National Harbor. It would also depend on passage of a "competitive tax rate" for the development and a referendum by Maryland voters. Maryland currently has a 67 percent tax on gaming revenues, the highest in the country.

MarketWatch has more.

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Who Would You Rather?

Jennifer Harman found herself at a stacked table during the $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. event over the weekend. Sarah Grant asked Harman about her tablemates for the latest edition of Who Would You Rather.

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