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The Weekly Turbo: Jack Effel, 888live Poker Festival London and Kassouf (AGAIN)

Chris Moorman
  • Weekly Turbo: Jack Effel gets talking, 888live gets moving and Kassouf talk needs to stop being news.

Never start your week behind. Start it with the Weekly Turbo. PokerNews has picked the news of the past week that you obviously can’t live without.

The Winner’s Circle

Elton Tsang, friends, family and coach

Elton Tsang won the Big One for One Drop Extravaganza for €11,111,111 (the biggest buy in event ever). This win brings Tsang up from his place at 3,102nd to 21st on the all-time money list. He and his coach, Mustapha Kanit, reflect on that very win here.

Svetlin Ivanov won the 888live Poker Festival London Opening Event for £16,440, after 14 hours of poker and a heads-up duel against James Mitchell.

Ben “Ben86” Tollerene won the PokerStars Sunday Grand NLHE for $62,457.85, navigating his way through a field that included Justin Bonomo, Chun Lei Zhou and David Miscikowski. This and more in your Sunday Briefing.

Paul Phua won the €100,000 re-entry at the Monte-Carlo One Drop Extravaganza (€752,700), the second largest of his career. He defeated Mikita Badziakouski in a short heads-up battle.

AJ "Chips_Jammed" Ten Hoeve shipped the GSSS #36 for $18,020 at partypoker NJ and New Jersey’s “BOnEheAd109” won almost $20K with a win in the NJCOOP-04: Sunday Special at PokerStars NJ. And the Champion's Ring and $10,500 went to "ohudidntknow" for winning the Fall Poker Festival Main Event! Everything you need to know about the latest New Jersey online happenings here.

Dino Moustakis and Je Wook Oh chopped the Foxwoods World Poker Finals Main Event for $108,651 apiece. Moustakis took the trophy after having chip advantage and a large lead heads up.

Sam Panzica engineered a massive comeback heads up to win the World Poker Tour bestbest Bounty Scramble in Jacksonville for $354,335. He bested a pair of former champions in the final table for his second-largest score and his first WPT title.

Eric Le Goff triumphed heads up to win the 888live London Festival High Roller for £30,000.

German bracelet winner Dietrich Fast won the EPT Malta €10,000 High Roller (€174,600).

The Game Changers

Jack Effel

WSOP Tournament Director Jack Effel tells all, starting with his latest rulings.

If November Nine players can follow these winning strategies and avoid these mistakes from Advanced Poker Training, it could affect the final table outcome.

Pennsylvania rushes to fix an unconstitutional portion of its gaming act before year's end. The chairman of the state’s House Gaming Oversight Committee asks the committee to fix this issue sooner rather than later, “Why wait until tomorrow to enact good policy today?”

Casino revenue in New Jersey declined for the second straight month despite a continued boom in online revenue.

In this week’s Five Thoughts, Marty Derbyshire debates the One Drop (and who it’s for), rethinks the Hall of Fame inductees (and asks for the Moneymaker), looks into the Kassouf conundrum and sees the Taj Mahal closure as the nail in the coffin.

Poker players at the 888live Poker Festival London debate William Kassouf's table talk at the WSOP. The question is: How much banter is too much banter at the poker table?

Dave "El Blondie" Colclough dies after losing his battle with cancer. Poker pros mourn the loss of this Welsh player.

A new book fromPhil Hellmuth Jr. delves into his latest challenges. Affectionately called Poker Brat, Hellmuth talks about how he overcame young social awkwardness and feeling like a loser to become a world champion, “I came from struggling so much with ego to finding great success.”

Note to self: Don’t mess with the people holding the cards. The merger talks between William Hill and Amaya are over. PokerStars (whose parent company is Amaya) took a stand to respond to “inaccuracies” brought to light in those very conversations.

Fedor Holz has been enjoying the lead since June for the 2016 Global Poker Index Player of the Year race. The real news here is who just joined the top 10: Samuel Panzica. Panzica grabbed the No. 9 spot after his WPT win this week.

A U.S. Congressman accidentally wrote a poker book. And he had to apologize. The deets on this week’s Poker & Pop Culture.

A pop star who plays poker? Justin Bieber hit Empire Casino Oct. 17 to play poker.

Charles Chattha goes to work at 888live Poker Festival London, trying to recover from some run bad.

Social media is crucial for any online poker site. 888poker is making people aware of their social media, running an $888 freeroll for its Twitter followers and a $1,000 freeroll for its Facebook fans.

Sometimes in poker we focus so intently on one thing we blind ourselves to something more important. Your poker lesson can also be a life philosophy. Read on here.

The NJ Senate votes against Carl Icahn's reopening the Trump Taj Mahal; NV votes for an NFL stadium; and China has detained 18 employees of Australia's Crown Resorts as part of its anti-gambling crackdown. Read on for more in this week's Inside Gaming.

Partypoker boosts the guarantee of it MILLIONS tournament from £5 million to £6 million.

Take Matters Into Your Own Hands

William Kassouf

When controversy strikes, it’s always fun to analyze. Zachary Elwood of Verbal Poker Tells, studies William Kassouf’s speech patterns in the WSOP Main Event.

PokerStars wants to give you $30 when you make your first deposit. How much will you spin it up to? This $30 of free play is accompanied by a ticket to a special freeroll with a $1 million guaranteed prize pool.

888poker has now established what has become a very popular line-up of multi-table tournaments at a variety of price points that more and more players are starting to add to their usual Sunday line-up of “must play” tournaments.

TigerGaming gives you the chance to win a share of $20,000 in its Multi-Table Tournament Challenge. Add some extra value to your poker tournament schedule now!

Want to move up in stakes? Learn to take shots and overcome (unfounded) fears of higher-stakes games.

The WSOP Circuit returns to King's Casino Rozvadov October 27. Could you win one of its 14 rings by qualifying via satellite? I mean, you could.

Sky Poker gears up for the £350,000 guaranteed UKOPS XVII, a 43-event festival starting October 28, with a variety of tournaments and prize opportunities.

Here's how you can play in the €125,000 guaranteed MPN Poker Tour Morocco Main Event for only €0.54.

Less than three tables remain at the 2016 WSOP Main Event. Could you fold these pocket pairs?

Great news for high-stakes ring game players: You can win a share of €40K for free at Unibet Poker today.

Trick or Treat: Earn some free money (instead of candy) at NetBet Poker just before Halloween!

Money doesn't grow on trees, but it seems to at PKR Poker. Play in its €1,000 New Player Freerolls!

Learn how to do more than just earn small cashes in tournaments and make deeper runs to final tables.

The 2017 Grosvenor UK Poker Tour released its schedule. Which events will you play?

Check Tape

Jesse Sylvia

Is it ever too early to start drinking at the airport? This week on the PokerNews Podcast, Sarah Herring and Matthew Parvis dive into whether or not the One Drop Extravaganza was a success, discuss the recent WSOP coverage on ESPN, and are joined by recent WPT champion Jesse Sylvia.

Zachary Elwood takes a look at William Kassouf and his table talk in accordance with the hands played. Watch along!

Do you know how to speak like a true Londoner? Sarah Herring put poker players' cockney rhyming slang knowledge to the test! #throwback

Two minutes with Mike “the mouth” Matusow may be enough. This week PokerNews’ Sarah Herring called the clock on him, asking him who he would fight and what question he’s tired of hearing. This segment comes straight from the PokerNews Podcast hosted by Herring and Parvis.

This week in social media featured some foolish fun at tournaments, some stereotypical wedding things, a blast from the past and an excitement for travel that all of us can envy.

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