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Splashing the Pot – Nicolas Chouity Monte Carlo, EPT Awards, “Durrrr Challenge,” Possible Rio Suitors….

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Andrew “LuckyChewy” Lichtenberger Wins WSOP Circuit Main Event

Andrew Lichtenberger entered the final table of the World Series of Poker Circuit Main Event sixth in chips, but used a masterful performance honed online as “LuckyChewy” to win the championship.   While Lichtenberger has drawn quite the following as a very good online player, he is also no stranger to big live scores, including an 18th place finish in last year’s WSOP Main Event, that netted him half a million dollars.

“LuckyChewy” closed the deal when he defeated Dan Casetta, who was chip leader after Day 1, in an exciting heads-up match.  Casetta had doubled up just minutes before eventually being eliminated, leading the rail to think they may be in for a long night.  Lichtenberger took it into his own hands to make sure that didn’t happen, closing the show, and earning $190,137 for his troubles.
Nicolas Chouity and Tobias Reinkemeier Capture Last Two EPT Titles of the Season

The European Poker Tour Season 6 ended this week in Monte Carlo, crowning two more big money winners before turning out the lights.  Nicolas Chouity, who was near the top of the leaderboard from the beginning of the tournament, parlayed that into a €1,700,000 first place check.  Chouity’s previous career best cash came one year ago in the same event where he finished 50th for €31,000.

Tobias Reinkemeier beat a very impressive field in the €25,000 High Roller Event, scooping up the first place prize of €956,000.  A few of the well known players that Reinkemeier had to outlast at the final table to win this challenging tournament were Olivier Busquet (2nd), Tom Marchese (5th) and Sorel Mizzi (6th). 

EPT Award Winners Announced

Shortly after the final card was dealt in Season 6 of the European Poker Tour a banquet took place announcing the award winners on the tour for the year.  Max Lykov won EPT Player of the Year.  Lykov earned the award by winning the first Main Event of the year in Kyiv, as well as finishing high in a number of other Main Events in side events during the entire duration of the season.  Lykov, who won the award by a point system, held a comfortable lead heading into Monte Carlo, and solidified his win when he cashed in the very first side event.
Allan Baekke earned the EPT Achievement of the Year, in the eyes of his peers, for winning EPT Snowfest, and then following that up one week later with a 12th place finish in San Remo.  Finally, “The Players Choice” award, as voted by any player who played in an EPT event, was awarded to Kevin MacPhee.  MacPhee felt particularly joyful about this award because he felt it was an honor as an American to win this award on the European Poker Tour.

Dwan and Antonius Revive “Durrrr Challenge”

Since Dwan voiced concerns in Bluff Magazine about how long the first round of the “Durrrr Challenge” was going with Patrik Antonius, the two have put in a handful of sessions.  The y have now completed 38,974 of the agreed upon 50,000 hands, with 2,700 of those being played in one long session this week.
Despite both players winning pots worth hundreds of thousands of dollars, Dwan’s lead of nearly two million dollars has been kept intact.  Most of the poker world is convinced that Dwan’s lead is nearly insurmountable and he’s well on his way to winning the $500,000 side bet in addition to whatever he walks away with.  However, railbirds are once again happy to see action between the two, partly they were hungry for some action after long delays, but also because they are excited to see what Brian Townsend, the round 2 opponent, can do against Dwan.  Between the “Durrrr Challenge” and the high stakes games on Full Tilt, Dwan is up $6,000,000, which is far and away the most earned this year by any online player in the world.

Two Groups Reportedly Interested in Acquiring Rio from Harrah’s

This week it was reported that Harrah’s is looking to sell the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino, home of the World Series of Poker.  The asking price of $500 million is significantly cheaper than the $888 million they bought it for in 1999, and has brought the interest of at least two groups.  

Starwood Capital Group LLC and Colony Capital LLC are being reported as the two companies making a serious effort to acquire the property.  The future home of the World Series of Poker is undecided for the time past the 2010 series, but Harrah’s has a number of choices to choose from.  Early rumors state that will move it to Caesars Palace, which they own, hoping to increase the number of traffic because Caesars is on “The Strip,” while Rio is slightly off of it.  However, concerns about any of their other properties hosting the WSOP arise, as Rio has significantly more space to hold the number of players and spectators who watch the action than any of their other properties.  Harrah’s also acquired Planet Hollywood this year, leaving others to think the new WSOP home could be there.

Annette Obrestad Becomes Newest Member of Full Tilt Team

Despite turning 21 less than seven months ago, Annette Obrestad has joined the poker elite as the newest member of Team Full Tilt.  Obrestad chose her then online nickname of “Annette_15” when she started playing poker at 15, naturally. 

She was able to build up a bankroll without ever depositing one cent of her own money, and before she was 18 had developed a following.  When she turned 18 she began playing tournaments in Europe only because of the 21 year old age restriction in America, and an even larger fan base followed.  She became a superstar when in just her fourth live event she won the WSOP Main Event Europe Championship.  This year she will compete in her very first WSOP on American soil wearing Full Tilt Poker gear.

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