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Poker News Nuggets 09/15: Focus on UK Players, APPT & WSOPE Begin

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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

WSOP Europe:
  For the fourth year running, the World Series of Poker Europe kicked off its series of events in London as players gathered at the Casino at the Empire in Leicester Square. This year, a total of five events were on the schedule, more than in the past, and a little PLO and various NLHE events awaited. The first event, which was a £2,500 + 150 six-handed no-limit holdem got it started on September 14, and the three-day event drew a total of 244 players and a prize pool of £610,000. Only 31 players survived the first day, and Day 2 was set to take the players into the money and reach a final table before playing it out on September 16.

APPT Auckland:  The fourth season of the Asia Pacific Poker Tour got underway in March and took its time moving around that region of the world. Its third stop was Auckland, New Zealand, and brought players to the tables on September 15 for the five-day tournament at the Skycity Casino. The first of two starting days for the NZD$3,250 NLHE tournament found 89 players in the field, though a higher number, as well as big names like Tony Hachem, was expected to be added on the final starting day.

Who’s Playing

British players:
The British Poker Awards were held at the Kensington Close Hotel on September 13, and the UK poker industry was out in force for the festivities hosted by Antonio Esfandiari. Some of the awards that were bestowed on poker faces included Best Cash Player to Neil Channing, Best Tournament Player to James Akenhead, Best Online Player to Chris Moorman, Best International Player to Phil Ivey, Best All-Around Player to Richard Ashby, Best New Player to Sam Trickett, Player of the Year to Praz Bansi, and Best Contribution to Poker to Victoria Coren.

Fabian Quoss:
  The 2010 English Poker Open took place at the Palm Beach Casino in London from September 11 - 14, and the four-day £3,500 Main Event was one of the many options players had during the month of September in London and received a solid turnout because of it. Out of the 193 players who started the tournament, Fabian Quoss was the only one left standing in the end, and though the tournament didn’t get as much press as others in the area, Quoss still won a substantial £220,000 for the win.

Daniel Tzvetkoff:  It was international news when Australian Daniel Tzvetkoff was arrested in Las Vegas in April on charges that included money laundering and fraud, all stemming from his ownership of a payment processing company. The U.S. Department of Justice, in a recent effort to prosecute those who assist the funding of players on online gaming websites, arrested the man and denied him bail. However, with the trial not set until June 2011, a federal judge reportedly allowed Tzvetkoff to leave jail on bail, though it is not known whether he was allowed to return to Australia as his passport had been forfeited at the time of his arrest. The hearing happened in late August but news didn’t leak to the media until mid-September.

Where They’re Playing

Online:  Players located in the United Kingdom are playing online more than ever before. A recent Nielsen Group survey showed that the number of online gamblers based in the UK rose by 40 percent over the last year, which translated to approximately 3.2 million individuals, with online poker seeing the most new players. Most access was through Facebook with its online gaming options. Though some information was not surprising, that most new gamblers were middle-aged men with average-paying day jobs, the overall numbers showed that approximately 46 percent of total online gamers were women.

New Hampshire:  People in Hampton Falls are starting to raise objections to a new poker room that is being established in their fair city. A building that has recently been abandoned will soon be filled with poker players, as Seacoast Poker will host a 275-seat parlor in which to host poker events. By virtue of a 2006 law, such poker functions must donate at least 35 percent of profits to charity, which Seacoast has vowed to do. Similar past events have donated tens of thousands of dollars to organizations like the town’s fire department. However, some residents of the town object not only to the poker but the fact that the parlor will be the only place in town selling alcohol.

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