The Nightly Turbo: Ivey Crushes Online, Negreanu and Seiver Join Premier League Lineup

Phil Ivey

Phil Ivey fell short of making the Aussie Millions Main Event final table this week. But he's still up more than $800,000 since he made the trip to Melbourne. We'll bring you that story, plus the first two players to join the Premier League VI lineup, in this edition of the Nightly Turbo.

In Case You Missed It:

Sam Trickett won another high-roller event in Australia this week. Read about his victory run in the Aussie Millions $250,000 Challenge recap.

Fellow high rollers Dan Shak and Patrik Antonius also have title hopes in Australia this week. Both made the Aussie Millions Main Event final table on Friday.

How was the high-stakes action at the online tables this week? Read the Online Railbird Report to find out the week's biggest winners and losers.

A final table was reached at the World Poker Tour Borgata Winter Open on Thursday. Matt Salsberg was the lone notable among the final six.

There were few changes in the top 10 of the Global Poker Index this week. But that could change next week after Dan Shak's amazing run at the Aussie Millions. Mickey Doft breaks down the latest movement in the GPI rankings.

Ivey Ivey Ivey

How does Phil Ivey cope with busting out of a major poker tournament? By making nearly $600,000 playing online cash games. That's how.

Shortly after he finished 30th in the Aussie Millions Main Event on Thursday, Ivey hit the high-stakes tables at Full Tilt Poker and made $589,000 playing mixed games, pot-limit Omaha and no-limit hold'em. According to, Ivey has made $818,000 on FTP over the last three days, bringing him out of the red for the first time since the site relaunched in November.

Ivey's biggest win on Thursday came in a $300/600 no-limit hold'em heads-up match against Alex "IReadYrSoul" Millar. Playing under the name "Polarizing," Ivey won more than $280,000 from the young Brit during a one-hour session. The session produced three six-figure pots, all of which were pushed to Ivey. The biggest came when Ivey's {10-Diamonds}{10-Spades} held up against Millar's {a-Diamonds}{k-Spades} after Millar called Ivey's five-bet shove preflop. The board ran out {2-Clubs}{q-Hearts}{2-Spades}{8-Clubs}{2-Hearts}, sending a pot worth $135,598 to Ivey.

For a full recap of Ivey's big win, be sure to catch next week's edition of the Online Railbird Report. You can also find more at

Seiver, Negreanu Enter Premier League

Scott Seiver and Daniel Negreanu have confirmed they will be participating in the PartyPoker Premiere League VI in Stratford City, London March 17 through 23. They are the first two entrants of the 16-player field who will partake in the $125,000 buy-in event.

Seiver will return as the defending champion because he won the Premier League Poker V last year, defeating top talents like Dan Cates, Phil Laak, Sam Trickett and Patrik Antonius at the final table. His victory came with a $500,000 grand prize and a seat to the World Poker Tour World Championship. On returning to the Premier League this year, Seiver said, “I really enjoyed the interesting format last year and it was great to win. I am looking forward to defending my title.”

Negreanu’s last appearance was in Season IV when it was held in Las Vegas. Talking about his return to the event, he said: “I’m really excited to be back playing the Premier League this year! I love the format and unique events like this are great for poker. I’m honored to be invited and happily support the event and plan on winning it!”

According to a PartyPoker press release, the event will feature “16 players split up into two groups of eight in the Main Event, each competing in four league matches showcasing the famous point system ($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.”

The inaugural £1,500 WPT National London Main Event will run alongside the Premier League VI from March 15 through 19.The tournament will offer re-entries and have two Day 1 starting flights. Qualifiers and weekly satellites will be offered to give players a chance to enter the Main Event on a freeroll. The $3,400 package includes a WPT National London Main Event buy-in and $750 spending money.

For more on the Premier League VI, visit the PartyPoker Blog.

UKIPT Releases Season 4 Schedule

On Friday, the UK and Ireland Poker Tour (UKIPT) unveiled the schedule for its upcoming fourth season. The UKIPT has some big changes in store for this year, opting to venture out of the U.K. entirely, and promises a £500,000 guarantee for every Main Event.

The UKIPT also partnered with the Estrellas Poker Tour to bring the first stop of the season in Marbella on the Costa del Sol in Spain. It will be held at the Casino Marbella and feature a Main Event with a €1,100 buy-in.

The tour will then move on to Galway and showcase a two-week festival during Galway Race Week, playing host to a cash-game event, the Irish Bridge Masters, and the inaugural UK vs. Ireland Heads-Up Championship.

The UKIPT will then stop in London at the Connaught Rooms, followed by the Isle of Man at the Villa Marina in November. The season will close in Nottingham at the Dusk Till Dawn Poker Club in December. That last series will host the first six-max Main Event in the history of the UKIPT. All stops will feature the same €1,100 buy-in for the Main Event.

Here is the full schedule:

LocationVenueDateMain Event Buy-In
MarbellaCasino MarbellaJune 10-16
€1,000 + €100
GalwayVolvo RaceAug. 8-12
€1,000 + €100
LondonConnaught Rooms
Oct. 2-6
£1,000 + £100
Isle Of ManVilla MarinaOct. 31-Nov. 4
£1,000 + £100
NottinghamDusk Till Dawn
Nov. 28-Dec. 2
£1,000 + £100

More information can be found at the PokerStars Blog.

Calling the Clock: Patrik Antonius

Patrik Antonius is one of seven players who reached the final table of the Aussie Millions Main Event. But instead of talking poker, Lynn Gilmartin caught up with Antonius to ask him about his bad habits, his favorite movie, and more.

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