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Splashing the Pot – EPT Berlin Robbery, UB Cancels 2010 Aruba Poker Classic, Phil Ivey Tops “The Nuts,” Hellmuth and Negreanu Bet In The Works

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No Leads on EPT Berlin Robbery

It seems that every day the group of thugs is getting closer and closer to getting away with their reported $335,000 robbery at the European Poker Tour Berlin stop at the Grand Hyatt Hotel and Casino.  Despite the Berlin police having a number of videos and eyewitness accounts to sort through, the official stance is there are no new leads.

Kevin “ImaLuckSac” MacPhee Appears on “Early Show” to Speak on Robbery, Brunson Speaks on Blog About Heist

This past Monday morning EPT Berlin Main Event Champion Kevin MacPhee appeared on CBS’s “Early Show” to speak his thoughts on the robbery.  MacPhee, still in Berlin said, “It was one of the craziest days that I’ve ever experienced. There was a lot of panic in the room that day and then we were asked to come back and play for €1 million. It was very unusual.”

When the robbery occurred there were 20 players left, and when they returned after a few-hour delay it was MacPhee who triumphed to take down the $1,356,429 first prize.  When the interviewer asked MacPhee how he celebrated, he replied in a true poker professional fashion, “Sundays are our busiest day, so… I celebrated by playing more poker.”  MacPhee has since returned to the United States.

Another poker professional who never let a robbery get in the way of a good poker game is the legendary 10-time World Series of Poker Champion Doyle Brunson.  Brunson, speaking on his blog, pointed out that while he wasn’t at the Berlin tournament, he has been victim to a robbery while playing a total of five times, and stated “I’ll bet everybody that was there will remember it the rest of their lives.
After his victory, one of the first people MacPhee talked to was Brunson, leaving a tweet on his page saying he’s bringing the title and the $1M plus back to America. 

Ultimate Bet Cancels 2010 Aruba Poker Classic, Wants to Increase Presence at Existing Major Events

In a surprising announcement, Ultimate Bet had decided to cancel the 2010 Aruba Poker Classic.  Instead, Ultimate Bet has said they would like to focus their attention on making their presence felt at other popular existing events, like the World Poker Tour and the World Series of Poker.

In addition to trying to become a bigger player in live events, Ultimate Bet is also in the developmental stages of bringing a $500,000 guaranteed weekly tournament to their online room, with the thought that it can become a $1,000,000 guaranteed eventually.  They also hope to start running their Online Championship Series twice a year, instead of just once, which it does now.
UB sponsored pro Joe Sebok, who is also a host of the UB Show “Poker2Nite,”likes the changes, stating, "I, for one, am excited about what this shift in focus means for UB and what this will add to the experience for our players.”

Phil Ivey Tops ESPN’s “The Nuts” List for Third Consecutive Month

For three months ESPN has been producing a list of the top ten poker players , and for three months Phil Ivey has been atop that list.  The list is voted on by a number of members in the media, and tries to compile a list of the best poker players “of the moment.”

Ivey holding down first place since the list began doesn’t come as a surprise to many, as he is continuously running over people in cash games, and routinely goes deep in big tournaments.   One of the biggest risers on the list over the past three months has been Jason Mercier.  When the list first came out he was number six, but third place in the L.A. Poker Classic’s High Roller Event, has seen him move all the way up to the second position.  Tom Dwan, who had made $2,700,000 in online winnings the 30 days previous to the March list being published, is currently at 3rd.  A player that has steadily been moving down the list is Patrik Antonius, who lost over $1,000,000 in the last month. 

Phil Hellmuth and Daniel Negreanu Discussing 250 to 1 Bet

Tournament director extraordinaire Matt Savage has posted a video on TwoPlusTwo where both Phil Hellmuth and Daniel Negreanu speak about a 250 to 1 bet that is in the works between the two.  During play at the Bay 101 Classic (in which both players have advanced to day 2) the two started talking about Hellmuth’s chances to win the $50,000 HORSE Championship at this year’s WSOP.  The odds Hellmuth originally gave himself were 800 to 1, but Negreanu was unwilling to take any money on that bet.  Eventually Hellmuth dropped the odds to 250 to 1, and the two then started to take the bet more seriously.
Hellmuth is the all time WSOP bracelet winner with 11, but all of those wins have came in Hold’em.  This bet would certainly add some inspiration for Hellmuth into winning his first bracelet in another event.

PokerWorks and PokerStars 2000 Freeroll on March 13

This coming Saturday PokerWorks and PokerStars join forces to bring you a $2,000 freeroll.  The tournament, which begins at 6:30PM ET, is open to all players who meet the easy requirements.  The easy requirements include downloading the PokerStars software via PokerWorks, make a minimum deposit of only $10, and then acquire 150 Frequent Player Points, and then you’re in!  To view an upcoming schedule of all PokerWorks freerolls, please visit the Online Poker Tournament section.

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