PokerWorks brings you the top news of all that's been happening in the poker world lately with a brief review of some of the most important events. The PCA, WSOP-C, and USA are the peak of poker action standing out in today's “Yet to be named” No-Name News.
The United States government has been committing crimes against their citizens for a long time and continues to prohibit people from playing online poker legally. Want to know more? PokerWorks' editor-in-chief Linda R. Geenen took time to put the facts together and explain how flawed the government is: The United States Crimes Against Citizens and Online Poker.
Randy “nanonoko” Lew – a member of Team PokerStars Online and the latest APPT Macau champion – has just set a new Guinness World Record. He played the most hands during an eight-hour period online and had to show a profit for a record. Read more: Guinness World Record Set by Randy “nanonoko” Lew.
2010 WSOP Champion Jonathan Duhamel was robbed just before Christmas, but the offenders were soon arrested and put into custody. Their bail request was recently denied by the court which means they will be a guest in the Crow Bar Hotel until trial time. For more on the story read Two Denied Bail in Jonathan Duhamel Robbery.
La Sengphet Wins Third WSOP-C Trophy
La Sengphet became the first female poker player to win three World Series of Poker Circuit Titles. One of the most notable players on the circuit, Sengphet who travels around the country with her boyfriend, David Clark, (who also has two gold rings on his fingers), won a WSOP-C event at The Bicycle Casino in Los Angeles last Saturday, January 7th.
On her way to the record-breaking third trophy, Sengphet outplayed the field of 377 contenders who entered the two-day $300+$45 NLH event. What's even more impressive is that Sengphet won all of her trophies in just one year. In February, 2011, she topped the WSOP-C event in Tunica and then won a tournament in St. Louis. She also recorded a fourth-place performance during the WSOP Circuit National Championship event last year gathering a whooping cash out of $100,000. Finally Sengphet collected her third title in Los Angeles last week. She received a cash prize of over $25,000 along with the WSOP-C gold ring.
Here are the final standings of the tournament:
Team PokerStars Pro Viktor “Islidur1” Blom has finally proved himself in a prestigious live event. A 30-player, star-packed $100,000 event gathered a prize pool of more than $3 million with only the top five players getting their share of the cash. The field of Blom's opponents at the final table included such prominent poker masters as Humberto Brenes, Jonathan Duhamel, Daniel Negreanu, Galen Hall, and Dan Shak.
Blom was on fire that Saturday night, eliminating five out of seven of his last rivals and claiming his well-deserved first major tournament title. Negreanu was the one with the smallest payout as he got eliminated in fifth place by the soon-to-be-champion for a quarter of a million dollars. Next off was the 2010 WSOP Main Event champion Jonathan Duhamel who was sent to the rail by Blom as well. Galen Hall and Dan Shak ended the tournament in third and second places respectively after both being upset by the same Viktor Blom.
Not only did the young Swede win his career-first major title, he also collected the first-place cash prize of $1,254,400 as well as a PCA trophy and Shamballa bracelet valued at $20,000.
These are the tournament payouts:
PokerStars Real-Money Mobile App
In non-tournament related news, the online poker industry's leading brand PokerStars has introduced a real-money mobile app for Italian users. The mobile application which follows the play-money version launched in November 2011 is currently available only on iPhones and iPads and can be downloaded for free from the Apple store and used by anyone with a PokerStars.it account.
The mobile version of PokerStars.it supports most of the functions available on the regular version of the poker site – those to download the mobile PokerStars,it app can play cash games, MTTs and SNGs. However, one thing that the players are not able to do on their mobile devices is make a deposit and withdraw money from their accounts.
PokerStars says it's currently working on the app version for Android phones which should be released in the near future. Other future plans includes launching similar real-money app for British and French players in 2012 who should then be followed by Denmark and Spain.
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Epic Poker For Sale?
The Epic Poker League could be acquired by the new owners in the very middle of its first season, Although both the EPL Commissioner Annie Duke and the Pinnacle Entertainment officials denied making any comments for PokerNews.com on the possible transaction, Wicked Chops Insider reports that the two sides are very close to signing the deal. According to Wicked Chops, EPL and Pinnacle have almost reached an agreement and the deal could be closed in the next two months. However, the details of the transaction are not disclosed.
The friendship between the two entities comes as no surprise – Pinnacle marketing director Ginny Shanks used to work with Epic Poker co-founder Jeffrey Pollack at the World Series of Poker. The two have maintained their relationship after parting ways with WSOP which makes the rumor even more likely to prove itself.
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