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WCOOP Is Nigh!

Lay in the energy drinks and snacks - there are 45 events and a guaranteed $40 million prize pool this time around! Just a reminder that the PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) is about to get going, and this year will feature 45 events No-Limit, Razz, Pot-Limit Omaha, Fixed-Limit Hold'em, 8-Game Mix, Pot-Limit Hold'em, Badugi, Omaha Hi-Lo,...

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Poker Players' Funds Remain Frozen

Prosecutorial manoeuvring renders San Diego proceedings 'irrelevant'. Monies that were seized by federal orders on their way through e-cash companies and banks to pay US online poker players will not be released, a US District Judge in San Diego ruled as the week came to a close. The funds, which are understood to amount to some $13 million in the San Die...

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Long Island Poker Pro Anthony Argila In Online Gambling Ring Bust

Prosecutors seek $ million in forfeitures on 17 counts of felony Anthony Argila (52), a professional poker player from North Bellmore, has admitted in court to being the boss of a multimillion dollar international gambling operation centred on Costa Rica. Argila pleaded guilty to 17 felony counts of first degree promoting gambling, a felony count of first...

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iPoker Joins The Millionaire Tournament Sector

Monthly Million will compete with rival Party Poker iPoker, the online poker network for Playtech-powered gambling websites has announced a $1 million guaranteed prize pool tournament branded Monthly Million, which will start September 13th. Direct buy-ins of $535 are offered, along with satellite qualifiers around $1.10 for players on participating iPoker sk...

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Ukash Now On Pokerstars

e-Cash payment company continues its global expansion Players on the world's biggest online poker site, PokerStars.com, now have an additional and convenient vehicle with which to make deposits following an agreement signed with the rapidly expanding Ukash group. The Ukash network enables persons who use the Internet to buy vouchers from an ever-expanding...

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WPT Legends Taken By Prahlad Friedman

A welcome return In a tough six-man final table Prahlad Friedman proved he still has it in spades, starting third but finishing top this week in Los Angeles at the eigth edition of the WPT Legends of Poker. This is how the tourney ended: 1st : Prahlad Friedman - $1,009,000 2nd: Kevin Schaffel - $471,670 3rd: Todd Terry - $231,300 4th: Toto Leonidas...

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Pokerstars Plays Down U.S. Market Share

Usually companies talk up marketshare, not down.... The planet's biggest online poker operation, Pokerstars.com, took the unusual step this week of playing down its US market share, rather than the more usual claims of how big this important marketing statistic is. In a company statement, PokerStars announced: "In recent weeks various commentaries hav...

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Antonius Takes The Lead

In the latest round of the Durr vs. Antonius poker challenge, the overall lead changes hands For the second time in the last 24 hours, Tom Dwan and Patrik Antonius sat down and did battle in the 50 000 hand, million dollar Challenge series last night, going at it for over 4 hours and bringing the total hands played to date to 22 683. It was a torrid affai...

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Has The High Stakes Poker Crown Shifted To The Internet?

And can it last? Writing in the UK poker magazine Inside Poker this week, Alun Bowden asked some interesting questions about the future of high stakes poker and the development of the game on Internet nosebleed tables. Following a week of particularly big pots and frenetic action on the high stakes tables at Full Tilt Poker.com (see previous InfoPowa repo...

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Dwan And Antonius Get It On Again

It's been mid-June since the last clash, but now Antonius takes the lead It's been two months since Tom Dwan and Patrik Antonius last tangled in their epic 50 000 hand, million dollar online poker challenge, which is almost at the halfway mark. This week the two got it together again in a fast-moving multi-table clash that saw almost 800 more hands played......

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WPT Scores In New Acquisition Bid

PartyGaming outbids Gamynia in latest move World Poker Tour stands to gain substantially from a late second takeover bid which was announced Monday, identifying the origin of a second bid that WPT revealed in a mandatory SEC disclosure last week. Peerless Media Limited, a subsidiary of the online gambling giant Party Gaming, is the new bidder...and it's o...

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Vive La France! Adrien Allain Wins APT

23-year-old Frenchman takes Macau main event The 2009 Asian Poker Tour Macau main event is in the record books after reaching its conclusion over the weekend, with 23-year-old Adrien Allain from Rennes, France the winner. The Internet poker ace, who plays online under the handle 'zlatan35' collected the winner's prize of $391 556 after an exciting heads u...

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Pokerstars EPT Kiev Won By Maxim Lykov

Euro 330 000 for first Russian to take an EPT title A 21-year-old Russian pro became the European Poker Tour's first Russian champion over the weekend when he took down the Euro 5 000 buy-in PokerStars EPT Kiev and claimed the main prize of Euro 330 000. Maxim Lykov survived an entry field of 296 players from 33 countries before facing Ukrainian Alexander Dov...

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Now It's Phil Galfond's Turn Against Martonas

Online poker ace takes Martonas for $250 000 Online poker ace Phil Galfond is the latest pro to bite a chunk out of the bankroll of mysterious high stakes player Martonas on the the Full Tilt Poker site, taking him/her for $250 000 as the week ended in a series of PLO clashes. There were times when it looked as if Martonas may have overcome his/her losing...

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And The Macau APT Main Event Is Nearing The End

Some epic Steicke - Tran clashes in an exciting main event Across the world from the Kiev EPT, another major tournament is nearing its climax as the Asian Poker Tour at the Galaxy StarWorld Hotel and Casino in Macau sees some thrilling main event final table action. This year's main event saw an increase in the HK $ 34 400 buy-in entrance field for the ma...

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Kiev Poker Down To The Wire

Starting field of 296 now down to an 8-man final table In Kiev, Ukraine the relocated inaugural PokerStars European Poker Tour originally scheduled for Moscow has seen a Main Event starting field of 296 reduced to a final table of eight hopefuls after 4 tough days. Russian player Max Lykov will lead in chip counts when play resumes at the Kyiv Sport Palac...

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Was Cleopatra A Good Online Poker Player?

A bit of fun for Mac players MacUpdate.com has launched a bit of poker fun in the form of its new Imagine Poker, which enables player to take on virtual history greats at Texas Hold 'Em Poker. This imaginative concept uses AI and 21 beautifully crafted avatars of history-changing personalities like Cleopatra, Julius Caesar, Napoleon, Genghis Khan, Dracula...

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Russian Prosecutors Stick It To Poker

Not content with the general gambling ban, Russian enforcement bodies now seek disbandment of poker body Russian's enforcement community seemed intent this week in grinding down even further Russian gambling operators already cast down by the sweeping gambling ban consigning gambling to four remote regions in the vast country. The Moscow Times reports th...

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Korea Triumphant In Apt 'Battle Of The Nations'

Convincing victory for Brandon Wong and Poker Pack pros David 'Chino' Rheem and Steve Sung. It wasn't only the sports of golf which saw South Koreans triumphant this week; it was also glory for Korea in the inaugural JBET Battle of the Nations event at the 2009 Asian Poker Tour Macau Festival. Dominant throughout the event, all three members of Team Kore...

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Online Poker Hopes In California Fading

Time - and tribal opposition - seem to be against legalisation this year Hopes that poker may be legalised in the state of California this year are fading, according to a report in the publication Capitol Weekly, which cites tribal differences and political timing as the negative influences at work. This week the newspaper reported that California Senate...

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