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Poker News Nuggets 09/20: APPT & MiniFTOPS Wrap, Wright Indicted

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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: 
The preliminary events at the 2010 World Series of Poker Europe continued to roll on. After starting with a 244-player field in Event 1 and Phil Laak walking away with that title and £170,802, Event 2 was finishing up as well. The £5,250 PLO tournament brought in 120 players and a £600K prize pool, and it developed into an exciting final table that resulted in Jeffrey Lisandro taking down his first WSOPE but fifth overall WSOP title along with £159,514. By September 20, Event 3 was finally in its second day after a total of 582 players gathered over the three starting days to create a prize pool of £582,000. Eventually, the event would pay the top 54 players and award £133,857 to the winner. And Event 4 was soon to begin as well.

APPT Auckland:
  The third season of the PokerStars-sponsored Asia Pacific Poker Tour made its annual stop in Auckland, New Zealand on September 15, and after two starting days, the field showed a total of 218 players. The resulting prize pool was NZD$654,000, which ended up paying out the top 24 players. Day 3 set the final table, and Day 4 saw it play out as the long day became longer when Thomas Grigg and New Zealand hip-hop star Danny “Brotha D” Leaoasavaii got involved in a heads-up battle that lasted approximately four hours. Ultimately, Leaoasavaii was able to get the upper hand and win the tournament for NZD$123,058 in prize money and his first APPT title.

MiniFTOPS: 
After 12 days and 34 tournaments the miniature version of the Full Tilt Online Poker Series wrapped up on Sunday, September 19. More than $6 million in prize money was awarded to the players who played in the events, all of which boasted of the same schedule as FTOPS but with buy-ins at 1/10th of the price. And on Sunday, the Main Event of MiniFTOPS got underway with a $70 + $5 buy-in for the NLHE tournament with a $1 million guarantee. A total of 15,527 players turned out, creating a prize pool of $1,086,890, and after the final 1,890 players were paid, it came down to The_Dean221 who beat castellimich to take title and $152,086.69 in first place money.

Who’s Playing

CA Sen. Wright: 
It seems that the California intrastate online poker legislation championed by State Senator Roderick Wright may be sidelined for a time, as it is now the least of his worries. The Los Angeles Times reported that Wright was indicted last week on eight felony charges, ranging from false declaration of candidacy, as he does not live in the residence he claimed, and voter fraud stemming from the 2008 and 2009 elections in which he allegedly fraudulently voted. Wright pleaded not guilty in the California Superior Court but was arrested and subsequently released on bail. He will face a judge again on October 8. In the meantime, it is not known whether or not any other member of the California legislature will take up the intrastate poker cause or leave it untouched while Wright deals with his serious charges that could end his career.

Where They’re Playing

Fox Television: 
The show’s first season was a hit for Fox Television, and Season 2 is now prepared to begin airing on Sundays through the fall months. The PokerStars Million Dollar Challenge is the game show that gives players the opportunity to compete on national television for $1 million. Players who finish in the top 20 in any of the daily freerolls on PokerStars can then submit a video to the site to demonstrate why they should be featured on the show. Winners of that video contest will be flown to the television studio to compete in heads-up poker matches against Team PokerStars Pros and celebrities, all the while being coached by Daniel Negreanu. Winners of those matches can choose to leave with $25K or move on to compete against Negreanu for $100K, and the same dilemma faces them at that point: leave with $100K or come back to the season finale to play for $1 million. All of the action is documented for television, and anyone could be the first to win the $1 million.

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