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The Nightly Turbo: Doyle Brunson Battling Cancer, Poker Coming to Maryland, and More

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Doyle Brunson tweeted Tuesday that he is once again battling cancer. We're covering that story, plus big news for poker players in Maryland, in this edition of the Nightly Turbo.

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The 2012 APPT Macau: Asia Championship of Poker HKD$100,000 Main Event kicked off on Wednesday. Take a look at the leaders from Day 1 in our ACOP recap.

Doyle's Fight

Doyle Brunson has faced many tough challenges in his life, but none more grueling then his long bout with cancer.

On Tuesday, Brunson revealed via Twitter that was recently diagnosed with Squamous cell carcinoma, a form of skin cancer. It was the fourth time Brunson has been diagnosed with a life-threatening illness. He described this particular type as a "slow growth that is usually OK but it's still something you'd rather not hear."

Brunson has beaten cancer three times in the past 50-plus years and seems confident that he'll do it again. Each time, he's been told the illness is malignant, but the 79-year-old continues pushing forward, beating some of the toughest cash games in the world along the way.

Doyle received a large amount of support on Twitter Tuesday:

Maryland Gets Dealt In

The most expensive political advertising campaign in Maryland's history has resulted in the passage of a measure that will legalize table games like poker at the state's casinos.

On Tuesday, Maryland voters passed Question 7, also known as the Gaming Expansion Question, by a 52 percent to 48 percent margin statewide. The measure needed to be passed both by state voters and by voters in Prince Georges County, where it succeeded by a 59 percent to 41 percent margin.

According to WBAL in Baltimore, more than $90 million was spent by opponents and supporters of the Question 7 issue. Among the rivals of the measure is Penn National Gaming, which said Wednesday that it was "disappointed" in the results of the ballot. Penn National operates a casino in West Virginia and is hinting at taking legal action against the measure, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

"There remains a question as to the validity of the outcome given a legal challenge that has been filed by an outside group as to what constitutes a 'qualified voter' in this election," the company said in a statement. "We'll be exploring that issue in the coming days."

If all goes as planned in Maryland, table games could be introduced at the state's three existing casinos early next year and when a new casino opens in Baltimore near M&T Bank Stadium, home of the NFL's Ravens. Tuesday's measure will also allow for a new casino to be constructed at National Harbor along the Potomac River near Washington, D.C.

Maryland is the home of some of the top poker minds in the world, including Christian Harder, Anthony Gregg, and 2012 World Series of Poker Main Event champion Greg Merson, who expressed his excitement after the measure passed Tuesday evening:

USA Today has more.

Roothlus Contest Winner

Two weeks ago, Adam “Roothlus” Levy teamed up with 99designs and launched a contest to see who could design the best personal logo for the professional poker player’s personal website. In the end, a total of 23 designers submitted 102 different logos, and fans voted for the winning logo:

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Helsing,” the winning designer, earned $200 for being selected. This is the fourth contest that Helsing has won on, and the designer has earned $690 in the process.

For more on the competition, check out the article here at And check out Levy's site at

Moorman Falls Short

Chris "Moorman1" Moorman is the all-time winningest tournament player in online poker history, cashing for more than $7.5 million. But even thought he's added another $2.7 million in live tournament cashes, Moorman has struggled securing a major Main Event win on the live circuit, finishing runner-up in events like the World Series of Poker Europe Main Event and WSOP's $10,000 Six-max Championship in Las Vegas.

Moorman got another chance at glory Wednesday at the PokerStars United Kingdom & Ireland Poker Tour Online Main Event in Bristol. The British superstar entered the final table third in chips after securing his set online last month, and eventually found himself heads-up with Wojtek Barzantny. However, after a lengthy back-and-forth battle, Moorman came up short again when his {A-Clubs}{3-Hearts} was upended by Barzantny's {Q-Hearts}{J-Diamonds}. Moorman collected £55,471 for yet another runner-up finish, and Barzantny earned £77,126 and a seat to the champion of champions event.

Here's a look at the final table results of the inaugural UKIPT Online Main Event:

1Wojtek Barzantny£77,126
2Chris Moorman£55,471
3Rafael Porzecanski£41,090
4David Lenz£30,817
5Joep van den Bijgaart£20,545
6Dan Smyth£14,381
7Ben Jenkins£9,245
8Sregey Prostakoy£6,163

For more on the UKIPT, visit the PokerStars Blog.

Welcome to Macau!

The 2012 APPT Macau: Asia Championship of Poker Main Event kicked off on Wednesday. Before hitting the tournament floor, Lynn Gilmartin took a tour around the "Oriental Las Vegas."

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