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The final table of the World Series of Poker Main Event will be determined on Monday evening in Las Vegas. But we're here to bring you what's going on outside of the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino. In this edition of the Nightly Turbo, we're covering Rafael Nadal's debut at PokerStars, Adam Junglen's retirement from poker, and more.

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Only 27 players survived Day 6 of the World Series of Poker Main Event. Get all the storylines in our Day 50 WSOP recap.

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

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

How can Onnit Labs products enhance your poker game? Onnit CEO Aubrey Marcus discusses what supplements can do for the mind.

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

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Hairabedian Wins WPT National Series Mazagan

Poker pro Roger Hairabedian won the World Poker Tour National Series Mazagan over the weekend, besting a field of 158 players to earn €63,890 and his first WPT title.

Hairabedian was near the top of the leaderboard on each day of the €1,650 buy-in event. It came down to him and Hicham Zaakour for the title, and after a three-hour duel Hairabedian emerged as champion. On the final hand of the match, Hairabedian's {K-Diamonds}{7-Spades} bested Zaakour's {8-Clubs}{7-Diamonds} when the board rolled out {J-Diamonds}{6-Clubs}{2-Spades}{5-Diamonds}{Q-Diamonds}.

With the win, Hairabedian also earned a trip and a seat to the World Poker Tour Grand Prix de Paris in September.

WPT National Series Mazagan Results

1Roger Hairabedian€63,890
2Hicham Zaakour€40,960
3Kamal Sefrioui€26,390
4Philippe Barouk€19,110
5Karim Bennani Smires€14,380
6Mohamed Benboubker€11,380
7Rachid Arbaoui€9,560
8Philippe Garet€7,640

Read more at (Google Translate is your friend).

MicroMillions II Winners

The second edition of the PokerStars MicroMillions tournament series continued over the weekend with nearly 30 affordable events for the low-limit grinders.

The biggest event came on Sunday when 36,523 players pit up the $11 buy-in for the PokerStars Sunday Storm Micro Millions Special. The $365,230 prize pool was bigger than ever Sunday Major except for the Sunday Million and Sunday Warm-up. After nearly 11 hours of play, Russia's "@rtemur" defeated Ukraine's "Rom4iks" for the victory and $31,376. Not a bad return on an $11 investment!

Here's a look at all of the winners from the weekend:

#6: $2.20 NLHE 2x-Turbo w/ Rebuys6,589Beckersen81$7,927.33
#7: $5.50 NL Hold'em6,467Bung Eyed Ho$3,721.15
#8: $4.40 NL Hold'em 2X Chance3,492Vegan19$7,464.85
#9: $8.80 PL Omaha8,343ViTaMin_F22$3,896.32
#10: $1+R NL Hold'em 3x-Turbo18,102jayme1987$11,601.45
#11: $11 NL Hold'em 6-Max13,512pyablondu$15,500.00
#12: $3.30 NL Hold'em Big Antes25,466egonsonnn$6,554.96
#13: $8.80 HORSE4,362gosh22$5,654.51
#14: $3.30+R NL Hold'em8,5452stonedbirds$11,663.29
#15: $5.50 FL Hold'em Turbo2,607jephoy77$2,061.32
#16: $2.20 NL Hold'em11,562smak9$2,661.23
#17: $5.50 NL Draw2,517vas_panev74$1,089.27
#18: $3.30 NL Hold'em Turbo15,768mantecacacao$5,366.83
#19: $4.40 NL Hold'em 4-Max14,017DonkDeezNutz$3,187.52
#20: $2.22+R NL Hold'em19,224A83Z$22,513.25
#21 $3.30 PL Omaha 6-Max, Turbo8,103Liska01$3,750.00
#22: $11 NL Hold'em SuperKnockout21,529fab1070$11,314.28
#23: $1+R NL Hold'em 3x-Turbo29,538rereissumies$16,196.90
#24: $2.20 NL Hold'em15,137stefanoy$3,793.26
#25: $3.30 NL Hold'em Ante Up7,461Rhyno2008$2,706.15
#26: $2.20 NL Hold'em 2R1A9,114stepikbakins$7,582.97
#27: $1+R NL Hold'em 3x-Turbo16,829CBabycee$9,592.72
#28: $5.50 NL Hold'em 6-Max12,531yuuruma$7,844.20
#29: $1+R NL Hold'em 3x-Turbo20,968tron1ft8$12,890.16
#30: $3.30 NL Hold'em Heads-Up, Turbo16,384MilkTheRuler$3,189.47
#31: $3.30 FL Stud Hi/Lo6,887ADP1985$2,728.52
#32: $11 NL Hold'em Sunday Storm36,523@rtemur$31,376.06
#33: $2.20+R NL Hold'em 2x-Turbo17,444JyMaster1$17,852.55
#34: $5.50 NL Hold'em 6-Max, Shootout6,744afroditaluna$4,391.52
#35: $5.50 NL Hold'em 1R1A4,962yolove7$4,284.28

MicroMillions II runs through Sunday, July 22, culminating with a $22 Main Event with a $1 million prize pool. For an in-depth look at the weekend's results, visit the PokerStars Blog.

End of an Era

On Sunday, poker pro Adam Junglen announced he will be taking an extended break from the game after a "disappointing" end to his 2012 World Series of Poker.

Junglen, who has close to $1 million in live tournament cashes, says he wants to focus on "finding happiness" rather than continue his career on the felts. Junglen played in 20 events this summer, cashing three times without any final tables.

"It’s completely normal to be burnt out from the tourney grind after the (World Series), but this year I’ve slowly noticed the enjoyment level just isn’t quite as high as it used to be," Junglen wrote in his blog. "My backer and friend for over 5 years now, Daniel Negreanu, had noticed and we agreed it’d be in my best interest to take an extended break from poker. Basically just work on finding happiness, something I’ve unintentionally set aside for quite some time now."

Read Junglen's full blog entry at


Tennis icon and newest Team PokerStars Pro Rafael Nadal recently made his debut at the world's leading online poker site. Last week, Nadal was introduced to the PokerStars Mobile app and then quickly learned how not to play a small pocket pair.

Rafa's first lesson: Don't trust anybody. Not even a poker coach.

Clearly, he still has a lot to learn about the game. Nadal is currently preparing for the London Olympic Games and U.S. Open, but he plans on honing his poker game online later in the year. We're excited to see the eight-time French Open winner at the PokerStars tables in the near future.

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