The Nightly Turbo: $250,000 Super High Roller in Macau, ISPT Picks Up Steam, and More
Another $250,000 Super High Roller is hitting the tournament circuit next week. Can Phil Ivey win his second in a row? We'll cover that story, plus more news from the International Stadiums Poker Tour, in this edition of the Nightly Turbo.
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High Stakes Action in Macau
Macau's high-stakes poker scene is about to grow. Next week, the city's StarWorld Hotel and Casino will play host to a massive HK$2,000,000 ($250,000) Super High Roller with an optional $250,000 rebuy. StarWorld's Poker King Club says it will go down as one of the world's largest prize pools ever.
The Macau High Stakes Challenge, hosted by the Neptune Group and PokerAce.tv, will take place Friday, Aug. 31 at the Poker King Club, home of the world's richest cash games in 2012. According to the poker room's Facebook page, poker pros Phil Ivey, Sam Trickett, John Juanda, Erik Seidel, Johnny Chan, Andrew Robl and Joe Hachem are already confirmed for the massive event.
Tom Hall, CEO of Asian Logic, posted on TwoPlusTwo Thursday that 26 players were already registered. In comparison, the $250,000 Aussie Millions Super High Roller in January had 16 entries, creating a prize pool of $4 million. Phil Ivey won that event for $2 million.
The Macau High Stakes Challenge isn't affiliated with a poker tour, but the size of the event alone will attract attention from poker fans all over the world. Stay tuned to PokerNews.com for results.
ISPT Looks to Boost Profile
The International Stadiums Poker Tour (ISPT) has teamed up with the Amateur Poker Association and Tour (APAT) to begin a worldwide campaign to promote the tour's debut event at Wembley Stadium in London next May.
The partnership with APAT will start with this weekend’s European Championship of Amateur Poker at Dusk Till Dawn Poker Club in Nottingham. ISPT will attempt to increase brand awareness across four APAT Championship series, including stops in Glasgow and Luton.
The Player of the Series at this weekend’s European Championship of Amateur Poker will be awarded the first prized seat to the inaugural Wembley event. More details on APAT satellites to the ISPT event will be announced in the near future.
“All the poker fans are welcome, from amateurs to professionals. Therefore, partnering APAT was completely natural for us,” said Prosper Masquelier, CEO of ISPT.
Earlier this year, the ISPT signed Michael Mizrachi as its official ambassador, adding more credibility to the highly debated tour. The ISPT is hoping to draw 30,000 to the Wembley event, which has a £20 million guaranteed prize pool. Earlier this month, ISPT was given the green light by local authorities to hold the event at Wembley Stadium.
Once again, here's the awesome ISPT advert in case you haven't seen it (we can only hope it's this exciting):
Visit the ISPT's website for more information.
DeepStacks Mohegan Schedule
The DeepStacks Poker Tour has unveiled the series of events for the inaugural DeepStacks Poker Tour Mohegan Sun National Championship from Nov.23 through Dec. 3, 2012. The 32-event series will be highlighted by a $2,500 buy-in Main Event with a $500,000 guarantee. DeepStacks Pros Michael Mizrachi, Mike Matusow, Randal Flowers and Justin "Boosted J" Smith will be among the players in attendance.
Each winner of this season's DeepStacks Poker Tour main events will earn a seat to the DSPT National Championship at Mohegan Sun. Billy Vogel is the only player to win a seat so far after taking down the Western New York Poker Championship in February, but seats will also be given to winners in the following events: Reno, Nevada (Sept. 27-Oct. 7); Hampton Falls, N.Y. (Oct. 25-28); Los Angeles, Calif. (Oct. 30); and Niagara Falls, N.Y. (Oct. 27-Nov. 5).
The National Championship final table at Mohegan Sun will be televised regionally, with Joe Stapleton and Tristan “Cre8ive” Wade calling the action.
Here's a look at the full schedule of the DeepStacks Poker Tour Mohegan Sun National Championship:
|1||Nov. 23 (11:00 ET)||No-Limit Hold'em Re-entry Day 1a||$400 (125,000 Guaranteed)|
|2||Nov. 23 (14:00 ET)||Step 1 Satellite||$130|
|3||Nov. 23 (18:00 ET)||Mega Satellite to Main Event||$280|
|4||Nov. 23 (19:99 ET)||No-Limit Hold'em||$175|
|1||Nov. 24 (11:00 ET)||No-Limit Hold'em Re-entry Day 1b||$400|
|5||Nov. 24 (14:00 ET)||Step 1 Satellite||$130|
|6||Nov. 24 (18:00 ET)||Mega Satellite to Main Event||$280|
|7||Nov. 24 (19:00 ET)||No-Limit Hold'em Turbo||$225|
|8||Nov. 25 (11:00 ET)||No-Limit Hold'em||$300 ($40,000 Guaranteed)|
|9||Nov. 25 (13:00 ET)||No-Limit Hold'em Ladies Event||$175|
|10||Nov. 25 (18:00 ET)||Step 2 Satellite||$550|
|11||Nov. 25 (19:00 ET)||No-Limit Hold'em||$225|
|12||Nov. 26 (11:00 ET)||No-Limit Hold'em||$1,100 ($100,000 Guaranteed)|
|13||Nov. 26 (14:00 ET)||Step 1 Satellite||$130|
|14||Nov. 26 (19:00 ET)||No-Limit Hold'em||$175|
|15||Nov. 27 (11:00 ET)||No-Limit Hold'em||$350 ($30,000 Guaranteed)|
|16||Nov. 27 (14:00 ET)||Step 1 Satellite||$130|
|17||Nov. 27 (19:00 ET)||No-Limit Hold'em Turbo||$225|
|18||Nov. 28 (11:00 ET)||No-Limit Hold'em||$500 ($75,000 Guaranteed)|
|19||Nov. 28 (14:00 ET)||Step 2 Satellite||$550|
|20||Nov. 28 (17:00 ET)||Mega Satellite to Main Event||$280|
|21||Nov. 28 (19:00 ET)||No-Limit Hold'em||$175|
|22||Nov. 29 (11:00 ET)||No-Limit Hold'em||$330 ($30,000 Guaranteed)|
|23||Nov. 29 (14:00 ET)||No-Limit Hold'em (Ante Only)||$330|
|24||Nov. 29 (16:00 ET)||Step 1 Satellite||$130|
|25||Nov. 29 (19:00 ET)||No-Limit Hold'em Turbo||$225|
|26||Nov. 30 (11:00 ET)||Mega Satellite to Main Event||$280|
|27||Nov. 30 (14:00 ET)||Mega Step 2 Satellite||$550|
|28||Nov. 30 (16:00 ET)||No-Limit Hold'em Turbo||$500|
|29||Nov. 30 (19:00 ET)||Mega Step 2 Satellite||$550|
|30||Dec. 1 (11:00 ET)||National Championship Main Event||$2,500 ($500,000 Gtd.)|
|31||Dec. 2 (11:00 ET)||No-Limit Hold'em||$600 ($100,000 Guaranteed)|
|32||Dec. 2 (17:00 ET)||No-Limit Hold'em Turbo||$225|
For more information, visit DeepStacks.com.
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