The Nightly Turbo: Duhamel's Premier League Debut, Play the WSOP on Facebook, and More
Miss any of the day's biggest poker stories? You've come to the right place. In this edition of the Nightly Turbo, we're bringing you the newest addition to the PartyPoker Premier League VI lineup, a new World Series of Poker game for Facebook, and more.
In Case You Missed It:
Las Vegas lawmakers are fast-tracking an online poker bill that would allow for interstate compacts. Get the full story here at PokerNews.com.
Mike "SirWatts" Watson leads the 2013 Global Poker Index Player of the Year standings, but he's also making waves on the overall GPI list. Mickey Doft breaks down the latest shift in the rankings.
PokerStars will soon be expanding its brick-and-mortar presence into Macau. Get more on the story here at PokerNews.com.
Day 1b of the ANZPT Perth Main Event wrapped up Thursday. Check out all of the highlights in our ANZPT recap.
Who led the way going into Day 2 of the World Poker Tour Baden Main Event? Find out in our WPT recap.
Duhamel Enters Premier League
2010 World Series of Poker Main Event champ Jonathan Duhamel is the latest player to join next month's PartyPoker Premier League VI lineup. Duhamel joins a stacked field that already includes Phil Hellmuth, Daniel Negreanu, Antonio Esfandiari, Tony G, Phil Laak, Dan "Jungleman" Cates, Scott Seiver, and Luke Schwartz.
“This is my first Premier League and I cannot wait! I am excited and honored to play in such a unique event,” Duhamel told the PartyPoker Blog.
PartyPoker Premier League VI will take place at Aspers Casino in London form March 17 through 23. The 16 players will each put up $125,000 and be split into two groups of eight in the Main Event, each competing in four league matches to earn points in the standings ($2,000 per point). The top three from each group will automatically go through to the final table, while the fourth and fifth seeds will square off in a series of heads-up matches (best of three) for spots in the eight-handed finale.
Discussing his strategy going into the prestigious event, Duhamel said: “I’ll have to adapt my game to the format that is completely different from what we usually see in poker tournament, but at the end you’ll see me with the trophy in my hand”!
The PartyPoker Blog has more.
Get the WSOP Experience at Facebook
Electronic Arts and Caesars Interactive Entertainment have launched World Series of Poker for Facebook. The game, which is available now, allows poker fans everywhere to hop into a game using their Apple® and Android™ smartphones and tablets, or directly through Facebook.
Various features and functions have been adopted straight from the WSOP, aiming to make this the truest poker experience available. Through an authentic atmosphere, participants have the challenge of winning virtual rings and bracelets. Family, friends and opponents can involve themselves in a social experience that includes live chatting on the platform and many poker statistics. Furthermore, there are VIP rooms and Pro status levels that can be unlocked with skill.
For more information, head over to WSOP.com.
Police Investigate Cada's Poker Bar
Following an investigation by the Michigan Liquor Control Commission and the Sterling Heights Police Department, arrest warrants have been requested for the owners of Cada's Sports Bar and Grill, an establishment that was opened in 2011 by poker pro Joe Cada and his father, Jerry.
The poker-themed sports bar located in Cada's hometown of Sterling Heights, Michigan, was voluntarily closed this month while the business was under investigation for selling liquor without a license. A nine-count misdemeanor warrant package was recently submitted for Joe's father, Jerry, and co-owner Patrick Bernhardt.
Joe Cada isn't listed as one of the owners of the bar, but he did have a large role in the 2011 launch. During an appearance on the PokerNews Podcast last June, Cada said he chose a charity poker bar as a business venture after Black Friday because he wanted to combine his love of poker and sports.
The Cadas purchased a bar that already owned a charity poker license, enabling them to offer charity poker games inside the property.
"It's something that I'm learning as I go along," Cada told PokerNews' Rich Ryan on the podcast. "I've never been in a position to own a bar."
Joe Cada recently set up a second residence in Canada to resume his online poker career. As a Michigan resident, Cada is only a 45-minute drive from the Canadian border, and he has spent much of his time there to play at PokerStars. He has not commented on the recent developments at his bar.
The Daily Tribune has more.
Harlem Shake — WSOP Edition
By now, you've probably already seen the Harlem Shake video featuring PokerNews' Sarah Grant and Kristy Arnett. On Thursday, our very own Rich Ryan took his own shot at the popular viral craze. He got some some help from Filippo Candio, Joseph Cheong, and Phil Ivey.