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Poker For Hope Coming To Caesars Palace This May

On Saturday, May 17 in the Caesars Palace poker room in Las Vegas, the first annual Poker For Hope charity tournament will take place, benefiting cancer charities Tia’s Hope, The Life Raft Group and Phase One.

The $ 500 buy-in event, which kicks off at 12:30 p.m. and will be hosted be former WSOP champion Jamie Gold, gives players two days of poker fun.

The first 100 players to register will be invited to attend a private VIP Celebrity Improv Show at Cleopatra’s Barge on Friday, May 16 starring Cheryl Hines, Kevin Pollack, Willie Garson, Larmorne Morris, Kevin McHale and Sara Rue. The first 175 players to register will get tickets to the Friday night showing of Absinthe.

Every player who registers for the event will be invited to attend a private poker lesson with Antonio Esfandiari. The $ 60,000 prize pool includes a $ 25,000 first-place prize and 10 separate $ 1,000 bounties on celebrity and pro players, which will be gambled on a hand or spin of roulette or blackjack.

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Sixth Annual Deep Stack Charity Classic Coming To Daytona Beach Kennel Club April 27

The sixth annual Deep Stack Charity Classic will be returning to the Daytona Beach Kennel Club and Poker Room in Florida on Sunday, April 27 and will award more than $ 70,000 in prizes.

The tournament, which completely sold out the last four years, will feature poker legend Phil Hellmuth, 2012 WSOP main event champion Greg Merson, ESPN’s Norman Chad and Card Player’s own Barry and Allyn Jaffrey Shulman.

This year, the entire final table and their guests will win a trip to Las Vegas to compete in the Venetian Deepstack Extravaganza. The eventual winner will take home a prize package valued at more than $ 11,000, which includes a $ 5,000 buy-in for the VDSE main event which last year awarded approximately $ 1.2 million.

The Deep Stack Charity Classic, presented by Daytona Toyota and DeLand Kia, will include all of the unique and special attributes for which the tournament has become famous. For the $ 195 donation ($ 220 for alternates) players will receive tournament entry, a pre-tournament brunch from D.B Pickles, a delicious dinner from Carabba’s Italian Grill, door prizes, and a raffle entry for more than $ 7,000 in additional prizes.

Even better, Card Player readers can buy their seats before they go on sale to the general public on Mar. 1 at a very special discounted price of just $ 170, a savings of $ 25. This price will only be available until Feb. 28, so be sure to register today.

The Deep Stack Charity Classic supports Congregation B’nai Torah, a faith-based organization focused on volunteerism and humanitarian works.

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

Doyle Brunson

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.

In Case You Missed It

Full Tilt Poker reopened on Tuesday. Which pros will be keeping their bankroll on the site to play? PokerNews’ Chad Holloway found out.

With the year coming to a close, Dan Smith still has a huge lead in the Global Poker Index Player of the Year race. Mickey Doft takes a look at some of Smith’s closest contenders.

On Tuesday, the World Poker Tour released the 2013 schedule for its 11th season. Take a look at all of the stops here at

The PokerNews Podcast returned to the airwaves on Wednesday. This week, the crew discussed the conclusion of the WSOP Main Event, the relaunch of Full Tilt Poker, and more.

The 2012-13 World Series of Poker Circuit River Rock Main Event played down to a final table on Tuesday. Find out who is contention for the ring in our WSOPC recap.

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:

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:

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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The Nightly Turbo: Ben Lamb Enters One Drop, Poker Coming to North Carolina, and More

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Thursday was a busy day in the world of poker. Outside of the major happenings at the World Series of Poker, two companies were recommended for online gambling licenses in Nevada, and a bill was passed in North Carolina to allow live poker at a Harrah’s-owned casino. We’ll cover those stories and more in this edition of the Nightly Turbo.

In Case You Missed It

Phil Ivey earned his first cash of the World Series of Poker on Wednesday. We break down that story and more in the Day 11 WSOP recap.

Which pros were making deep runs in tournaments on Thursday? Read about the day’s biggest story lines in the WSOP What to Watch For.

As you might expect, the action was crazy in the first week of the WSOP. Chad Holloway takes a look at some of the most memorable hands our live reporting team has come across so far.

Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier still occupied the top spot in the Global Poker Index this week. Mickey Doft takes a look at the biggest movers and shakers in the GPI rankings.

Looking for a fun, behind-the-scenes perspective of life at the WSOP? The Muck is providing several daily stories from inside the Rio, so check it out!

Benba Spends Some Main Event Winnings

2011 World Series of Poker Player of the Year Ben Lamb has announced that he will be putting up the $ 1 million buy-in for the Big One for One Drop at this year’s WSOP. Lamb, who’s spent more time at the WSOP Live Action games than the tournaments so far this summer, announced his intentions via Twitter on Thursday.

Last year, Lamb put together one of the most incredible performances ever at the WSOP. In just seven events, Lamb made five final tables and scooped his first bracelet in the $ 10,000 Pot Limit Omaha Championship for $ 814,436. He also took third in the Main Event for more than $ 4 million.

The World Series of Poker announced 12 new additions to the One Drop lineup on Thursday, not including Lamb or Jean-Robert Bellande, who announced his intentions to play on Tuesday.

You can find the full list of entrants in our article at

Welcome to the Party, North Carolina

North Carolina Governor Beverly Perdue has approved a bill that would sanction the Harrah’s Cherokee Casino to offer Vegas-style card games like poker and blackjack. Perdue signed the bill into law about an hour after the measure was given final approval by the Senate on Wednesday, according to CBS News.

Live-dealer games are illegal everywhere in North Carolina, but Harrah’s Cherokee Casino has been seeking permission to offer live card games since the casino opened in 1997. The new legislation will bring up to 400 additional jobs to the Harrah’s Cherokee Casino and Hotel. A percentage of the revenues from the casino will be sent to the North Carolina education department.

“It’s a deal that I think puts money in the classroom of North Carolina for our kids,” Perdue said, according to CBS News. “It helps us get 400 new jobs in the west. And the derivatives from the economic development activities from the tribe will be remarkable to us. I’m happy with the deal.”

Many of the video machines offered by Harrah’s Cherokee Casino will be replaced by live dealers. Chief Mitchell Hicks says he hopes the live games to be up and running by July 4.

CBS News has more.

William Hill, IGT Recommended for Nevada Licenses

On Thursday, slot machine company International Game Technology (IGT) and online bookmaker William Hill were recommended for licensing ahead of the Nevada’s intrastate online gambling market.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports that the Gaming Control Board in Carson City gave a unanimous ruling in favor of both companies to receive a license. On Wednesday, Bally Technologies was the first operator to be recommended for a license by the control board. All three companies will next meet with the Nevada Gaming Commission on June 21 for final license approval.

William Hill made headlines this week when it pulled its sportsbook out of Australia. Online gambling is illegal in Australia per the 2001 Interactive Gambling Act, but no offshore operators have been charged with any crimes since the bill was enforced. It’s believed William Hill exited Australia in order to gain favor with the NGCB.

Read more at the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

Dwan Still in Macau

The live cash games at the Rio in Las Vegas have been thriving since the World Series of Poker kicked off last month, but the nosebleed games in Macau are still king so far this summer.

Several players have confirmed to PokerNews that Tom Dwan’s absence at the WSOP is due to the large cash game action at the Poker King Club in Macau, where no-limit hold’em games have been running as high as HKD $ 30,000/$ 60,000 (USD $ 3850/$ 7700). Dwan posted via Twitter that he was headed to Macau on May 18, and he has yet to return to Vegas to play in the WSOP.

On Thursday, new Poker King Club COO AJ Brock told Poker Portal Asia that the Big Game has been going strong during the WSOP, but it will likely go on hiatus early next month when Dwan and a handful of Chinese businessmen jet off to Las Vegas for the Big One for One Drop. Dwan and Macau regulars Richard Yong and Paul Phua have already registered for the $ 1 million buy-in event which kicks off July 1 at the Rio.

To get a closer look at the Big Game in Macau, read Gus Hansen’s recent interview with (Google Translate is your friend).

From the Road to the Felt

NASCAR drivers, celebrities and race fans will be participating in the Pocono Celebrity Charity Poker Showdown on Thursday evening in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. The event will take place ahead of the Sprint Cup Series Pocono 400 and benefit the NASCAR Foundation and the Armed Forces Foundation.

Among the drivers taking part in the event are Jeff Burton, Greg Biffle and Travis Kvapil. NASCAR president Mike Helton and Pocono Raceway president Brandon Igdalsky will also take a seat at the felt.

Race fans can put down a $ 250 donation and receive a pre-tournament, VIP meet-and-greet with drivers and celebrities on hand, as well as entry to participate in the Poker Showdown. A $ 150 donation reserves a seat in the poker tournament, and a $ 50 donation allows for fans to attend the event as spectators.

“Both the NASCAR Foundation and Armed Forces Foundation do a lot of work to help their respective communities and in order to do that they depend greatly on the generosity of people who can contribute,” said Burton, who is on the board of directors for the Armed Forces Foundation. “It’s great that Pocono Raceway is helping in this way with the poker tournament. It’s just a fun way to raise money and draw attention to the work of the two groups.”

Former Sprint Cup Series Champion Kurt Busch was scheduled to participate in the Poker Showdown, but Busch was given a one-week suspension by NASCAR for verbally abusing a media member on Saturday. Hmmm … sound like someone you know?

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Obrestad Versus Karr

Annette Obrestad and McLean Karr were seated across from each other in the $ 1,500 No-Limit Hold’em Shootout on Thursday. Naturally, Sarah Grant pitted them against each other in the latest edition of Versus.

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The Nightly Turbo: Gary Loveman on Legalizing Online Poker, PokerStars Cash-outs Coming, and More

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All you players with money on PokerStars may be getting your cash out faster than you thought. We’ll tell you about that, what Caesars Entertainment CEO Gary Loveman thinks about online poker legalization, and more in tonight’s Nightly Turbo.

In Case You Missed It

The Poker Players Alliance has been working hard to fight for the rights of poker players in the U.S. We recently sat down with PPA executive director John Pappas to get the PPA’s reactions to Black Friday.

If you missed the second week of the $ 100,000 PLO cash game on Poker After Dark, then you missed some of biggest pots ever seen on PAD, and, obviously, some of the best high-stakes PLO players battling on the felt. The next best thing to actually watching it? Reading the PAD recap, of course.

The royal wedding will be held on Friday, and sportsbooks aren’t missing an opportunity for getting people to make bets. This week’s Inside Gaming has the scoop on royal wedding betting, why Singapore could surpass Las Vegas’ gaming growth, and more.

While some of your U.S. high-stakes online favorites aren’t battling on the virtual felt, there’s still plenty of action. In fact, the Finns are running away with it. Check out the Online Railbird for more.

Legalize It

On Tuesday, CNN Money ran a piece contributed by Caesars Entertainment CEO and President Gary Loveman. In it, Loveman says that instead of wondering whether there will be online poker, the question that should be asked is “Should we seize the moment to legalize online poker, permit a safe and legitimate industry in the U.S., and bring those jobs and revenues home?”

“Unequivocally, the answer is yes,” he wrote.

He went on to discuss how to regulate it, saying, “State level legislation will not adequately address the problems that currently exist,” and, “Only federal legislation can clear up the current ambiguities in U.S. law and crack down on other online gambling like sports betting and casino games.”

“In short, this bill should recognize the reality of the world we live in, protect the interests of law-abiding citizens who want to play a little poker from the privacy of their homes, create thousands of new jobs, and produce millions of dollars in new economic activity. And it should acknowledge that as a game of skill, poker deserves to be treated differently than other forms of gambling,” he wrote.

He closed out the piece with this: “One day, we’ll look back at 2011 and laugh at the folly of a ban on Internet poker — just like we now think about Prohibition. The sooner that day comes, the better.”

If you want to read the entire article, you can head on over to

PokerStars Cash-outs

In the latest TwoPlusTwo PokerCast it was revealed that cash-outs on PokerStars could start as early as Tuesday. Sure enough, we logged into our PokerStars account to check and we were pleased to see a notice pop up that said, “We are pleased to announce that the Cash Out option in the PokerStars Cashier is now available.” The pop up also warned us that there could be a delay in processing and delivering our funds. Upon clicking the Cashier button, we were told that it was mandatory that we cashed out.

Since we know you’re all excited about that, we’ll also fill you in on the gem near the end of the podcast. SrslySirius and the guys from The Micros collaborated on a song called Seiborg, we can only describe as epic. We can’t wait for the video. Yes, if you’re thinking Erik Seidel, you’re on the right track.

Listen to the entire podcast for more from PokerStars’ Steve Day and for the new song featuring Erik Seidel.

Pollack Leaving PBR?

According to the Sports Business Journal, PBR executive chair Jeffrey Pollack is leaving the organization and has “stepped down from its board.” According to Tripp Mickle of SBJ, Pollack is leaving to focus on the Federated Sports + Gaming pro poker league.

If you’ve got a subscription to SBJ, you can read the entire article.

2011 Paddy Power Poker Irish Open

The 2011 Paddy Power Poker Irish Open is in the books. Topping the 615-player field was Niall Smyth, who took home €550,000 of the €1,968,000 total prize pool. He qualified for the event through a satellite on Paddy Power Poker after winning a bet on the Grand National horse race and transferring the money to his poker account. Smyth was also awarded €100,000 for being the Sole Survivor – the last standing qualifier out of 160 who entered the field.

After winning, Smyth said, “Unbelievable. I just can’t believe it. It started when I put €10 each way on the winner of the English Grand National, I won €200 and now I have €650,000. Surinder is such a great player, my support has been fantastic, and here I am!”

2011 Irish Open Results

1. Niall Smyth – €550,000
2. Surinder Sunar – €290,000
3. Martin Petri – €180,000
4. Seamus Cahill – €145,000
5. Aleksi Savela – €115,000
6. Karl Rudwall – €85,000
7. Rob Taylor – €63,000
8. John Eames – €45,000
9. Niall McCann – €30,000

For more, check out the press release.

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