The Nightly Turbo: Partouche Honors €5M Guarantee, Hellmuth Helps Eva Longoria, & More

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The drama at the Partouche Poker Tour came to a satisfying conclusion for players on Friday. We'll bring you that story and more in this edition of the Nightly Turbo.

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Partouche Restores Guarantee

The €8,500 buy-in Partouche Poker Tour Main Event resumed Friday with 47 players returning for Day 5. Each of the survivors had already reached the money and shifted their focus to the final table, and 14 were able to advance to Day 6 on Saturday.

Among the notables still alive is poker pro Dan O'Brien, who will enter Day 6 second in chips. Also advancing Friday was Dan Smith, the current leader of the Global Poker Index Player of the Year race. David Williams and Antoine Saout were among the 33 players eliminated on Day 5.

The biggest story on Friday, though, was an announcement made by Patrick Partouche, the CEO of Groupe Partouche. Two days after after reneging on the Main Event's supposed €5,000,000 guaranteed prize pool, Partouche changed his mind and honored the guaranteed money, adding €735,420 to the prize pool.

After the controversy over the guarantee of the Main Event, Partouche spoke yesterday to players and the media saying the €5 million prize pool had never been confirmed by Groupe Partouche. The announcement was captured on video by numerous players. In addition, Partouche announced the end of the Partouche Poker Tour after five years of existence.

In a follow-up statement on Friday, Partouche maintained that the $5 million pledge was never set in stone, but said he will meet the guarantee after players were wrongly convinced through several ads for the tournament. He added that Jean-Jacques Ichai, the director of marketing for the tour, will not have his resignation letter accepted by the group.

With the €5 million guarantee restored, the final payouts were adjusted for the 57 players who cashed, and the top prize was boosted to €1,172,850. Each of the remaining 14 players are guaranteed €49,999.

Here's a look at the new final table payouts for the Main Event:


Check back for results from the Partouche Poker Tour Main Event right here in the Nightly Turbo.

Eva Longoria Celebrity Casino Night

Desperate Housewives star Eva Longoria is returning to the felt for her 5th annual Celebrity Casino Night on Saturday, Oct. 6. The event will take place at the JW Marriot San Antonio Hill Country Resort and Spa, and proceeds will to go toward Eva’s Heroes.

Among the stars in attendance will be poker pro Phil Hellmuth and Saved By The Bell star Mario Lopez. Hellmuth will emcee the festivities while guests take part in blackjack, roulette, craps, live and silent auctions, casino prizes, and a Texas hold'em tournament.

Individual tickets for the event cost $200, which includes cuisine by celebrity chefs and chips to use at the casino. The charity poker tournament has an additional entry fee of $200.

Check out the Eva’s Heroes website for more information.

More Progress in Nevada

On Thursday, the Nevada Gaming Control Board gave two more companies preliminary approval for an interactive gaming license in Nevada.

Slot machine maker WMS Industries Inc. and casino operator American Casino & Entertainment Properties LLC were each given the green light by the three-member NGCB panel. Both companies will seek final license approval from the Nevada Gaming Commission on Sept. 20.

ACEP, which owns the Stratosphere and two other casinos in Las Vegas, was recommended as an interactive gaming operator. The company will need to link up with a licensed business-to-business service provider to provide an online poker platform.

WMS was recommended as an interactive gaming system manufacturer and as a service provider. In July, WMS inked a partnership with online gaming operator 888 for the launch of a real-money online poker offering once the licensing and regulation process is completed in Nevada and other U.S. states.

Under the agreement, WMS will market and distribute 888’s online poker platform to land-based casino customers in venues in the U.S., initially with a play-for-free offering. The joint offering will be ready to go as soon as a real-money platform is given the go-ahead by gaming authorities. 888 has also applied for a gaming license in the state.

UKIPT Newcastle Update

The PokerStars UK & Ireland Poker Tour (UKIPT) Newcastle Main Event kicked off Friday with the second of two Day 1 flights at the Aspers Newcastle Casino. Day 1b saw 364 players hit the felts, and after seven levels, former UKIPT Nottingham runner-up Brett Angell was the leader with 103,900.

Among the notables in in attendance Friday were Team PokerStars Pros Vicki Coren and Liv Boeree, both of whom were eliminated before play ended. On Coren's final hand, she saw a {k-Hearts}{9-Clubs}{3-Clubs} flop with {k-Clubs}{8-Clubs} and got all of her chips in against another player's {k-Hearts}{3-Clubs}. The turn and river were no help to Coren and she made a quick exit out of the first UKIPT event of the season.

Jude Ainsworth was the only member of Team PokerStars Pro to advance to Day 2. Other players who survived Day 1b were Emmett Mullin, David Trigg, and recent ANZPT champ Sam Razavi.

Here's a look at the some of the top stacks from Day 1b:

1Brett Angell103,900
2Kevin Monroe84,200
3Andreas Hansson80,000
4Lee Atherton70,500
5Jude Ainsworth47,100

Day 2 will kick off at 1300 BST (0500 PDT) Saturday with the combined fields from Day 1a and 1b. For more on the UKIPT Newcastle over the next four days, be sure to check out the PokerStars Blog.

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