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The Nightly Turbo: ISPT Signs Antonius, UKIPT Season 3 Kicks Off, and a Partouche Update

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Lots of new coming out of France where Patrik Antonius was spotted wearing a new patch; likewise, the Partouche Poker Tour played through Day 3, while the UKIPT kicked off their third season in Newcastle. Those stories and more in the latest edition of the Nightly Turbo.

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Antonius Represents the ISPT at Partouche

There have been some interesting stories coming out of the Partouche Poker Tour, such as the prize pool debacle we told you about in Wednesday’s Nightly Turbo. The latest involves Patrik Antonius, who was spotted sporting a International Stadiums Poker Tour (ISPT) patch at the Palm Beach Casino in Cannes, France.

A quick check of the ISPT website revealed that Antonius was representing the ISPT for the duration of the Partouche Main Event: “Always looking for new and exciting experiences, Patrick Antonius was immediately attracted by the concept of ISPT. The Finnish player wore an ISPT logo during the final of the Partouche Poker Tour that takes place in Cannes from Sept. 3 to Sept. 9, 2012.”

A quick check of ISPT’s Twitter revealed a picture of Antonius alongside ambassador Liz Lieu and co-founder/chief executive of the ISPT Prosper Masquelier:

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The World Series of Poker and Other Caesars Assets in Question

It’s been a rough ride for Caesars Entertainment Corp. as of late. The company, which owns the World Series of Poker, was down 2 percent on Wednesday and opened at $6.55, which came on the heels of a 7 percent slide on Tuesday. Needless to say, it was not a good couple of days for Caesars, which had lost $241.7 million in the second quarter.

The dismal showing inspired Fitch Ratings to change its ratings outlook for the company from stable to negative, and some analysts believe Caesars may have to restructure in order to meet its $19.9 billion debt obligations. A possible restructure could see assets like the WSOP spin off, but some analysts are high on the hopes of interactive gaming giving the company a boost.

“A spin-off of Caesars’ Interactive unit or other means of monetizing the online business could be logical precursors to a restructuring. The parent guarantees OpCo’s debt and sponsors, if electing to restructure OpCo, would likely want to extract value out of Interactive and not risk the entity being pulled into the restructuring proceedings,” Fitch said in its report. “Fitch believes that most of Caesars’ current equity value is attributable to this unit, which would benefit materially if online gaming is legalized on the federal level in the U.S.,”

For more on Caesars Entertainment Corp.’s financial situation and the Fitch Report, visit

Day 3 of Partouche Poker Tour Main Event Ends with 47 Remaining

The 2012 Partouche Poker Tour €8,500 Main Event continued at the Palm Beach Casino in Cannes on Thursday with Day 3 action. The day began with 122 players remaining from the original field of 573, and that number was reduced to just 47 by night’s end.

Some of those who fell on Day 3 shy of the money were Mohsin Charania, Michael Mizrachi, Davidi Kitai, Jan Heitmann, Fabrice Soulier, Johan Van Til, Gabriel Nassif and Philip Gruissem.

While many failed to survive, others thrived. David Williams, Aaron Lim, Tobias Reinkemeier, Tristan Wade, Antoine Saout, Andrew Lichtenberger, Kyle Julius, Justin Bonomo and Dan O’Brien all punched their ticket to Day 4.

Here’s a look at the top 10 chip counts headed into Day 4:

1Ole Scemion1,251,000
2Karen Sarkisyan957,000
3Paul Tedeschi798,500
4Fabrice Touil798,500
5Fabron incandela Magal678,000
6Roland Bachmann669,000
7Gaston Onana647,000
8Daniel Smith577,000
9Enri Jaakkola572,000
10Marcello Marigliano558,000

Check back for daily updates on the Partouche Poker Tour Main Event right here in the Nightly Turbo.

Season 3 of the UKIPT Kicks Off in Newcastle

The PokerStars UK & Ireland Poker Tour (UKIPT) kicked off its third season on Thursday with Day 1a of the UKIPT Newcastle Main Event at the Aspers Newcastle Casino. As PokerStars describes: "The city of Newcastle is one of the U.K.’s finest with a rich history, thriving cultural scene and plenty to see and do for the visitor. It’s situated in the North East of England on the River Tyne and surrounded by beautiful countryside and coastlines."

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Gareth Walker. Picture courtesy of the PokerStars Blog.

Day 1a of the event attracted 246 players, including the defending champ, Richard Sinclair, who couldn’t repeat his success from Season 2 and was among the early eliminations. Lee Mulligan, Peter Brackley, Chris Greensmith, William Champion, Wayne Fletcher, Nadeem Riaz and John Mann joined him on the rail throughout the day, as did UKIPT Season 2 Nottingham winner Gareth Walker. In his last hand, Walked three-bet all-in for 4,000 {8-Diamonds}{8-Spades} over Michael Huber, who called with {Q-}{Q-}. The board ran out {J-Hearts}{K-Diamonds}{7-Hearts}{J-Clubs}{Q-Spades} and Walker’s day came to an end.

Among the approximately 117 players who survived the day are former World Series of Poker November Niner Sam Holden, Alan Vinnicombe, Jack Ellwood and Ben Grafton, just to name a few. Here’s a look at the top 10 chip counts at the end of Day 1a:

1Alan Tinlin93,000
2Timotheos Timotheou70,000
3Paul McTaggart43,000
4Dean Lyall43,000
5Ben Jackson42,000
6Keith Hawkins40,000
7Graema Morl39,000
8Jeff Kimber37,000
9Sam Holden34,000
10Richard Haile30,000

Day 1b will kick off at 1200 BST (0400 PDT) when a whole new cast of characters will take to the felt.

For more on the UKIPT Newcastle over the next four days, be sure to check out the PokerStars Blog.

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