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Poker News Nuggets 09/10: Silver Wins UKIPT, Jarvis Wins Heads-Up in Canada

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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

UKIPT Dublin:
  When the first season of the PokerStars-sponsored UK & Ireland Poker Tour began in December of 2009, it was unique to the region but also offered many low buy-in events that other poker tours did not. The tour stops have been hits with players, and as the season finally begins to wind down on its way to London to merge with the EPT for its grand finale, Dublin was the scene of the second-last city for action. There were 590 players who turned out for the £500 + £60 buy-in, which made for a £295,000 prize pool. And after the final 72 players were in the money, the final table ultimately played out on September 12, at which point Max Silver was seated at his second one in a row and made this one into a winner by defeating Ronan Gilligan in the end. Silver took home a trophy and £72,000 for the victory.

MiniFTOPS: 
The month of August hosted the 17th running of the Full Tilt Online Poker Series, and that meant the MiniFTOPS was set for September with its identical series but buy-ins at 1/10th of the price. Low-stakes players as well as many big names headed to the online poker tables for the action that began on September 8, and it all started with a $20 + $2 no-limit holdem event with a $200K guarantee that was won by loldazzlements for more than $30K. With the completion of more than a dozen events so far, players like Scott Clements have made final tables, and many more tournaments remain on the schedule before it wraps on September 19.

Who’s Playing

Matt Jarvis: 
He may not be a household name, but he is a member of the November Nine with one of the seats at the World Series of Poker Main Event final table. Matt Jarvis has been using his guaranteed ninth place money and desire to play more live tournaments to participate in more of the tours around the world, one of which was the Canadian Open Poker Championships in Calgary. And he showed that he has what it takes to win by emerging victorious in the $5,000 buy-in heads-up NLHE Main Event. He won all of the matches that came his way, including the last one with Christopher Bush, and took home $100,000 for the win.

Chinese cheaters:  The story of a ring of Chinese online poker players who cheated players out of money on PokerStars wasn’t given a terrible amount of attention in the poker industry, but it sure caught the attention of some in the mainstream media. The BBC in the UK released a story on its main site about the scandal, and they found PokerStars refunding $2.1 million to players who felt they were cheated. The site also pledged to improve its security in order to be more proactive about stopping such cheating scams before the players begin asking for refunds. The story also brings to light the larger issue of the massive global business that is online poker and the need to potentially regulate by authorities outside of the UK.

Where They’re Playing

Commerce Casino: 
It seems that players are torn over efforts to scold Commerce Casino for sending a representative to the House Financial Services Committee meeting this summer to testify against Rep. Barney Frank’s H.R. 2267 that would legalize and regulate online gaming. The Poker Players Alliance created a website that consisted of an online petition, and in the few weeks of its existence, more than 10,000 people have signed it to let Commerce know of their disapproval. But on the other hand, poker players know that there are few cardroom options in Southern California, and Commerce not only boasts of the biggest cardroom in the world but it currently hosts the Commerce Hold’em Series with Matt Savage as the tournament director. Events are consistently beating their guarantees and finding solid crowds of players, despite the lack of well-known players in the fields. It seems that the petition may make a statement, but players will still head to Commerce, California to play their poker.

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