October 21, 2009
The worlds largest online poker room Pokerstars has teamed up with the England international rugby union team, offering the side a 2 year sponsorship deal.
The sponsorship agreement will see Pokerstars place prominent branding around Twickenham Stadium, home of the nations rugby union side as well as advertisements within the programmes that are placed on sale at each game that is hosted at their stadium.
The sponsorship will see Pokerstars place their name into a list of large brands that have entered into agreements with the english national side, alongside the likes of Nike, O2 and Emirates Airlines.
Pokerstars Regional Director, Julia Tasker spoke out about the new agreement that is due to start next month, saying “This two-year sponsorship deal will continue to associate the PokerStars brand to premier sporting events and talent, whilst also enabling rugby fans to interact with the world’s premier online poker room in live environments.”
With Pokerstars speaking out about the deal it was only fitting that the english based Rugby Football Union (RFU) also issued a comment about the new partnership, with Paul Vaughan, Business Regional Director saying “It is always exciting to welcome a new partner to the RFU family. The growth of the game over the past few years has deepened and broadened our supporter base both at matches and through our supporter clubs and as a result our rugby watching audience is a perfect match for brands like PokerStars. We are looking forward to working closely with them to help them meet their sponsorship objectives.”
Pokerstars look dead set on becoming the number one online poker room across the world in more of a scale than they already are, already having over 20 million members on their site.
The introduction of the branding at major sporting events such as rugby union will be sure to increase the popularity of the Pokerstars brand.
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October 20, 2009
Top UK based poker player James Akenhead has once again reached the final table of the Poker Million, a tournament that has recently been signed up under the sponsorship of Full Tilt Poker.
This will be the players 3rd appearence on the final table of the tevevised poker tournament in as many months, already holding 2 other participations within the tournament.
Akenhead has not just had success gaining entry into the final table of the Poker Million but has also already booked his place in the World Series of Poker (WSOP) main event which is set to be played on November 7th for a total prize pool of $8.5 millilon.
This appearence will not be the palyers first in the WSOP either, having already played in the WSOP Europe main event in London where he placed a very respectable 9th place, cashing over $70,000.
The Poker Million tournament which is due to air in December but be played in Novemeber is a reward for the players consistant form that has seen the poker world sit up and take notice of the player, especially after Akenhead managed to knock out Tom “Durrrr” Dwan and eatting away at the stack of Antonio Esfandiari all within the same hand.
Akenhead will enter the main event with a chip count of 338,000 and will face off against some known faces due to the fact that a number of his Full Tilt Poker Pro collegues will also be attending the tournament.
Akenhead will have his eyes set on one player inparticular, Peter Vasiliou who qualified into the tournament via online poker play.
There is still one place remaining in the tournament which will be won thorugh online poker room Full Tilt Poker who as already mentioned have placed their name into the sponsorship of the live tournament.
Akenhead will be looking to improve on his previous placings within the tournament before turning his attentions to the WSOP main event where he will be rubbing shoulders with some of the biggest names in the poker world such as Full Tilt Poker team mate Phil Ivey.
The WSOP main event will offer Akenhead a huge challenge due to the fact that the UK based poker player will be taking to the tables as the short stack but this will not hinder the performance of the player who is constantly looking to make a household name for himself.
Akenhead has already taken part in a WSOP main event and was very close to achieving victory until he ran into a hand that left the player finishing in second place, cashing for over half a million dollars.
October 20, 2009
The World Poker Tour has once again managed to break into the record books by playing host to the largest poker tournament to be held in Africa.
The tournament was hosted in Marrakech and had enough players register to boast a prize pool of €1,648,613 for players to battle it out for.
The tournament drew in 416 hopefuls as they bought into the tournament looking to not only take home the €377,262 first place reward money but also the WPT crown.
Frenchman Christophe Savary successfully outlasted the whole of the player field, beating Irishman Eoghan O’Dea at the final table.
Savary seemed to play his hands to perfection, waiting for O’Dea to make his plays before stepping the game standard up a level and using the check-raise plays that have been credited to the players known ability.
The final hand of the tournament saw a straight placed onto the board for the Frenchman, leaving O’Dea with no where to hide, drawing died.
O’Dea will be licking his wounds after getting so far in the tournament but the €262,446 second place prize money will go a long way to helping the Irishman to get over the disappointment that he will be feeling after getting so close.
The final table did offer alot for the specators to watch though, with Ludovic Lacay who had dominated much of the days play seeing his chip stack fall in quick proportion, crashing out in third place.
The biggest poker tournament in Africa certainly didn’t fail to impress with a huge turnout as well as some highly impressive plays and laydowns which were shown across the whole of the player pool.
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October 2, 2009
The World Series of Poker Europe main even has come to an end, with professional poker player Barry Shulman outlasting the field to take the victory.
With Daniel Negreanu sat across the final table for the professional it was never going to be a walk in the park, with Negreanu as much feared name within the poker scheme.
The tournament saw 334 players buy entry, meaning that the prize pool was £3.34 million.
With Shulman not letting the occasion nor his opponent scare him into any sudden or unthought plays, he successfully managed to get the better of Negreanu, against the tips within the stands.
With Negreanu finishing second in the tournament, it leaves him becoming the leading poker player in terms of amount cashed from tournament entries, before been sat behind the likes of Jamie Gold and poker sensation Phil Ivey.
The final table of the event offered spectators alot of action, with the final few having to battle it out for a huge 17 hours before Shulman was crowned as the champion and bracelet winner.
The game wasn’t without its fair share of shocks and luck for Shulman though, at one point entering into a hand with Negreanu holding pocket aces to Shulman’s A/5 suited.
Negreanu allowed Shulman to see the flop which dealt Shulman a lifeline in terms of 2 hearts hitting the board.
Seeing this Negreanu and Shulman were both fast acting to get all of their chips into the central pot, leading to a showdown.
The cards ran juicy for Shulman, hitting his flush in order to stay in the game and double up on his chip count.
The final hand of the tournament saw Negreanu push all in while holding pocket 4′s pre flop, Shulman saw his chance and called with pocket 10′s. Negreanu needed to hit a 4 in order to remain in contension to win the tournament but the cards ran dead, giving Shulman the victory.
Shulman took home a cash prize of £801,000 with Negreanu leaving with £500k for his runner up finish.
October 1, 2009
Peter Murphy is known for making a public challenge to himself that could be seen by players on Doyle Poker.
The challenge that the player has set himself was that he could deposit $100 into the site and increase his inital stake by 1000%. You could be thinking that this is something that is seem across a huge number of sites but never talked about but this poker professional didn’t believe in giving himself much margin for error, laying down the challenge across a set time limit of 10 days.
The rules were that the player had to earn his money through playing on the site, so no donations or heads up action on real money tables was allowed as well as if he did not hit the target of $10,000 or higher within that time scale he would fail.
The player went on to succeed in the challenge and meant that many players where now ready to take the online poker professional seriously.
Once news travelled of the players success more and more players began to lay themselves the same challenge, with the site seeing an increase of players funding their accounts by $100 and hitting the tables from the off.
Many of those players of course failed to hit the target of the $10,000 with some losing their inital stake within the hour of placing their funds into the site but others successfully managed to do just as Murphy had done.
Most noticably Adrian McCarthy, who saw Murphy playing on the site and thought that he too would be able to echo the professional players successes.
On McCarthy’s attempt, he had no idea just how well he would do from an inital stake of $100, seeing himself win 6 straight victories within the $20 sit and go tournaments which offered a jackpot. This meant that the player had successfully generated more than $10,000, infact earning $35,000 as a jackpot payment from Boyle Poker.
With days left to spare, the player decided that he would look to further raise the bar set by Murphy, entering into a guaranteed $2.5 million tournament in the hope that he would place within the money, after all he had nothing to lose as he had already topped the professionals achievement.
After playing in the $2.5 million guaranteed tournament, McCarthy placed in 6th place, boosting his bankroll by a further $100,000.
This meant that within the time scale that professional poker player Peter Murphy had set himself to make $100 into $10,000, McCarthy had made his $100 into $135,000!
Murphy commented on the success of McCarthy saying that he wanted to offer the player his congratulations but this would not be something that would trigger him into making higher bets in terms of increasing funds by the amount that the player had done.
Now that the achievements seem to have fallen into the hall of fame for players online, Murphy is back and this time he is looking to offer the challenge that he can generate $40,000 from the $100 in a period of 11 days.
Keep an eye out for the result of the challenge but one thing is for sure, anyone playing against Murphy on Doyles Poker will have to tread with caution as he is a man on a mission.
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October 1, 2009
The singer Lady Gaga has agreed to take part in a poker festival that is scheduled to be held in Ireland.
The singer is not known for her skills at the table, rather for her hit song ‘Poker Face‘ which topped the charts on its release and became one of those song that you just can’t seem to get out of your head.
According to PokerNews, the singer has agreed to take to the tables as she looks to her hit single to guide her thorugh the field to battle it out for first place, hoping that she can infact show her best poker face while at the tables not just stood on stage or over a microphone.
The appearence is not for definate due to the singer about to engage in a tour supporting Kanye West but a source close to the pop star has said that she is a fan of the game so the festival organisers will be hoping that she will be able to take the time to show her poker face over the felts.
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October 1, 2009
Pokerstars, the world’s largest online poker room has announced that they are going to increase their latest promotion on freeroll tournaments, taking the $2,000 prize pool tournaments right through until December 2009.
The series of tournaments has been named as the $2000 Freeroll Series and means that players on the site can guy into tournaments for 150 VPPs in order to take part in the large prize pool freeroll tournament.
With the buy in for the tournament set so low, there is always a full field that you have to battle against but with the promise of a $2,000 prize pool for the investment of points that are given by just playing the tables and generating rake, you can hardly complain.
Entry into the tournaments is a simple as downloading the Pokerstars client via our download link, generating 150 VPPs by playing on the real money tables or within real money tournaments and then just exchanging the points for entry.
This is a great way for players with a small bankroll to be able to enter into a tournament that is going to offer a huge reward should you reach the final table.
The tournament schedule sees the series of tournaments been played 4 times a month, meaning that you have the opportunity to obtain points inbetween the weekly tournaments to make sure that you are entered into the tournament.
Making the tournaments even more appealing to you, Pokerstars have decided that instead of the usual 4 tournaments that would take place this month, they are going to throw you another one too!
This means that the month of October will offer you 5 chances to enter the series, more importantly giving you the opportunity to win a share of the $10,000 that will be placed up for grabs!
Tournaments in October will be played on 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th and 31st October and if you have the points to enter then they want to see you there!