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Poker News Nuggets 08/13: Tweeden with Troops, Doubles on GSN

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Poker News Nuggets are presented on PokerWorks each week to give readers a glance at some of the big news stories in and around the poker industry. From international poker tournaments to player prop bets, from political happenings to sponsorship deals, game enthusiasts can stay informed with these weekly tidbits of information.

What They’re Playing

Russian Poker Series:
  It is not one of the most talked-about poker series on the live tournament circuit, but Russian players are happy to have the PokerStars-sponsored RPS in their own backyard. The first season of the Russian Poker Series started many months ago, but it wasn’t until August that the second stop on the tour finally took place in Riga. The tournament brought 183 players to the tables to create a €328,393.50 prize pool, and when it was all over, Alexander Kuperman of Estonia won the Main Event and took home €95,468.50 for his victory.

Unibet Open:  Another tournament that wrapped in the past week was the Unibet Open tournament in Prague. It was one of the first big live poker tournaments held after the World Series of Poker, and the event garnered a field of 424 players, many of them well-known. Even former EPT Prague winner Jan Skampa made it to the final table, but in the end, he exited in third, and Henri Ojala beat Nino Ryschawy to take the title and €157,000 in first place prize money.

Who’s Playing

Leeann Tweeden:
  Many know Leeann Tweeden from her hosting jobs on NBC’s Poker After Dark and National Heads-Up Poker Championship, and she is recognized outside of the poker world for her modeling jobs that included the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition. Now, she is one of the celebrities listed on the website “Letters From Hollywood” as one of the many who have dedicated their time to visiting the military troops overseas. Tweeden penned a letter to the troops recently, noting that because of her father’s service in Vietnam and her husband’s active duty in Iraq and Afghanistan, her 15 visits to date have allowed her to thank the members of the military in person and serve America in her own way.

Doubles:  The latest television show from Poker PROductions is edited and ready to air on GSN. The Doubles Poker Championship will make its debut on the cable network on Saturday, August 14 at 9:00pm ET. Players entered the tournament for $50K each, and all of the action was filmed at the Golden Nugget in Las Vegas in the spring of 2010. With Full Tilt Poker as its primary sponsor, the show features a number of Team Full Tilt pros, as well as names like Annette Obrestad, Annie Duke, and Tony G. Two-person teams were formed and played the show’s version of team poker until only one team remained to take down the $1 million first place prize. There will be eight initial broadcasts of the show with a three-hour season finale scheduled to air on September 25.

Where They’re Playing

American Universities:
  The latest news from the Global Poker Strategic Thinking Society, the brainchild of Harvard Law Professor Charles Nesson, comes in the form of a research study that determined poker to be a game of skill. The GPSTS group often researches the game of poker for what it can contribute to academia, specifically secondary education, and the latest information was distributed via the Gaming Law Review. The study took 41 students and asked them to each play eight games of poker, 25 hands each, with some receiving instruction and practice and others playing with only the basic knowledge of the game. The ultimate conclusion showed that “participants who were instructed outperformed those who were not instructed” and “skill is the determining factor in long-term outcome.”

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