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The Nightly Turbo: Cates and Schwartz Join PartyPoker Premiere League VI and More

Daniel "Jungleman" Cates

Daniel "Jungleman" Cates and Luke Schwartz will be headed to London in March to participate in the PartyPoker Premiere League VI. Find out what they had to say about the event and more in tonight's edition of the Nightly Turbo.

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Cates and Schwartz Join Premier League VI

Daniel “Jungleman” Cates and Luke “FullFlush” Schwartz have been added to the all-star lineup for the PartyPoker Premiere League VI in London. The duo will be joining Scott Seiver, Daniel Negreanu, Antonio Esfandiari, Phil Hellmuth, Phil Laak and Tony G for the $125,000 buy-in event, which kicks off March 17.

After finishing second last year for $300,000, Cates is looking for revenge.

“I really enjoyed the Premier League last year and am really looking forward to its unique format and personalities,” said Cates. “One thing I do want to change from last year, though, is I want to finish first, not second!”

Cates finished runner-up to Seiver, who will return as defending champion. Seiver’s victory earned him $500,000 in cash and a seat in the $25,000 World Poker Tour Championship Event at the Bellagio. This year's winner will pocket $450,000, with no seat to the WPT Championship included.

Schwartz was the first to be eliminated at last year's event, collecting zero points and no money after Day 1. This year, he is more than enthused, saying: “I cannot wait for the Premier League VI. From what I see, there isn’t a single shark in the line-up yet, so they’ll all be getting completely steamrolled. I’m a one-man pigeon police.”

For more, check out the PartyPoker Blog.

Tuguz Wins WPT National Brussels

On Monday, Russian Yunoz Tuguz won the Win2Day WPT National Brussels Main Event at the Grand Casino Brussels Viage, earning €135,000. Tuguz bested Dane Bo Kjaer Erichsen heads up to win the title. Kjaer earned €96,000 for second place.

WPT National Brussels Final Table

1stYunoz Tuguz€135,000
2ndBo Kjaer Erichsen€96,000
3rdMohamed Razab€61,000
4thFrédéric Maréchal€45,000
5thJérome Dumayet€34,000
6thCicurel Didier€27,000
7thStéphane Benoit€22,500
8thRico Pauker€18,000
9thKris Pereira€13,600

Jérome Dumayet, who finished fifth, entered the final table as the chip leader. The Frenchman, who is known by his online name "AllezVaKanMeme," moved all in on the button holding the {j-Hearts}{10-Diamonds}, and Erichsen re-shoved from the small blind with two black kings. The big blind released, and Erichsen held as the board ran out {j-Hearts}{3-Hearts}{8-Diamonds}{a-Clubs}{7-Spades}.

Frédéric Maréchal exited in fourth place when he called an all-in bet with the {a-Diamonds}{10-Diamonds} against the {k-Clubs}{q-Clubs} of Erichsen. The {5-Diamonds}{9-Hearts}{10-Clubs} flop gave Erichsen a gut-shot straight draw, the {2-Clubs} on the turn added a club draw, and the {3-Clubs} spiked on the river.

Mohamed Razab was busted in third place when he moved all in from the small blind with the {k-Clubs}{q-Clubs}. Tuguz called with the {a-Clubs}{10-Hearts} in the big blind, and held as the board came {6-Spades}{4-Spades}{3-Spades}{8-Hearts}{3-Clubs}.

Unfortunately, the Poker52 coverage did not include a final hand from heads-up play.

Among the 54 players who cashed in the record breaking, 450-player tournament was Pierre Neuville. Neuville finished in 14th place, earning him €8,000.

The next stop on the WPT National circuit is Cyprus. Play will kick off at the Merit Crystal Cove Hotel and Casino on March 1.

The Chicago Poker Classic Set to Start on Wednesday

The fourth annual Chicago Poker Classic is set to begin Feb. 20 and run through March 4 at the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Indiana. The tournament series will feature nine events, 18 turbo tournaments and millions of dollars in prizes. Mega and super satellites will run through March 4.

The series kicks off with a $350 buy-in event featuring a $1 million guarantee. The tournament will have six starting days, and rebuys will be allowed for the first nine levels of play every day. Every player who advances to Day 2 will receive prize money.

This unique event encourages players to participate in multiple Day 1's, as they will receive $3,000 for each additional Day 1 they advance from. For example, a player who advances from each of the six start days will earn $15,000 plus whatever they earn from the $1 million prize pool.

Other key events on the CPC schedule include a $5,000 heads-up no-limit hold'em event (64-player cap) on Feb. 27 and a $350 winner-take-all no-limit event on Feb. 27. At the end of the nine-event series, the top-performing player will receive a cash prize of $50,000.

The series culminates March 1 with the flagship $3,200 buy-in Main Event, which features $60,000 in added prizes. Last year, Anthony Marisco bested a 360-player field and earned $265,825.

In addition to the nine events, an 18-tournament turbo series with run along with the CPC. Players will receive points based on how they finish, and at the conclusion of the 18th tournament, the player with the most points will be awarded a 2013 Dodge Challenger SRT8.

For a full schedule of events, head here.

Charity Poker in Maine

Maine lawmakers are set to meet Feb. 20 to discuss a potential new law that would allow non-profit organizations to hire an outsider to direct poker tournaments intended for the use of charity donations.

Mike Mullett, resident of Westbrook, Maine, was a typical dad who tried to raise money for his children’s sports teams through raffles, candy sales and bottle drives. He eventually saw it as a problem because it attracted the same group of people and was limited to buying and selling a product. His solution was to create a poker tournament intended for the same use, to raise money for his children’s sports teams, but through a different avenue.

According to the Portland Press Herald, Mullet started his first poker charity tournament in 2009, and it drew more than 70 players, raising over $1,000 for the local youth basketball team.

Since then, he’s held 18 state licensed events, and raised more than $12,000. He also has a list of 300 people interested in participating in future events.

Now, he wants to use his services to help other non-profit organizations raise money for charitable use. However, state law prohibits someone who is not already a member of the non-profit from conducting tournament games.

Bill L.D. 121 would to allow charitable organizations to hire non-members to conduct games while paying that person up to 20 percent of the gross revenue collected from entry fees. That money would be used for chips, tables and any more equipment needed.

Mullet intends to plan events for non-profits, and then show these organizations how to plan them on their own. It would also be recommended that the law continued to hold the non-profits responsible for running the events including record of all financial transactions that detail gross revenue, expenses, prizes, etc.

“If this bill was law in 2009, we could have helped other groups make money,” said Mullet.

For more, head on over to the Portland Press Herald.

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