Austrian capital Vienna also became the capital of poker for a short while as there are two PartyPoker events currently taking place there – the Premier League V and The big Game while WPT Vienna takes off today, April 10th, and runs up until Sunday. Check out today's Shuffle for all the latest results from the Montesino Casino in the Austrian capital. In non-Vienna news we have the Poker Players Alliance commemorating April 15th by launching the need for poker legislation awareness campaign called The Players Will Never Fold. Students in Canada and United Kingdom are hosting their own University Poker tournaments and we've got it all covered.
Premier League Final
The PartyPoker Premier League V reached its last phase with eight players battling it out at the Main Event final table. The grand prize of $500,000 and a ticket to the $25,000 World Poker Tour Championship awaits one player who proves himself better than the rest. However, the goal was tough to reach as the last 8 consisted of some of the most recognized and the most feared poker faces – Daniel “Jungleman” Cates, Sam Trickett, Patrik Antonius, Phil Laak, Tom Dwan, Tony G, Scott Seiver, and an online qualifier Mathew Frankland.
Although not as famous (yet) as the rest of the final table crew, Frankland proved his worth by winning two Group A Heats and collecting the most points. Daniel Cates won the group B competition and therefore the two were the chip leaders coming to the final table. Phil Laak and Tom Dwan, however, were not as good in the Group stage and had to go through the play-off round where they played heads-up against Andy Frankenberger and Yevgeniy Timoshenko respectively.
These were the chip counts prior to the start of the final table:
1. Mathew Frankland 400,000
2. J Daniel Cates - 380,000
3. Sam Trickett 330,000
4. Patrik Antonius - 320,000
5. Tony G 300,000
6. Scott Seiver - 300,000
7. Phil Laak 290,000
8. Tom Dwan - 280,000
The final results:
Mike Sexton and Jesse May talk to PartyPoker Premier League Winner Scott Seiver:
View all the Premier League V Final Table action on the PartyPoker Blog.
Tony G: Seidel's Dead
After playing against the world's winningest player, Erik Seidel, at the PartyPoker Premier League V tables, Tony G came to the conclusion that Seidel is a 'walking dead.' You know, the one from the popular TV series. “He's from the family of the walking dead. He's now a genuine walking dead man. He's no longer part of the living! He's out! He doesn’t care, he's got no feelings, he just plays every hand and that's all he cares about,” said Tony in his speech in which he also called Seidel a cyborg.
Check out the video to see what Tony had to say:
‘The Look’ by Dwan
And since we're at it, check out the look Tom Dwan gave Yevgeniy Timoshenko when the two were playing heads-up for the spot at the Premier league V final table. You can find more photos from the game by visiting PartyPoker on Flickr.
Tom Dwan image courtesy of PartyPoker.com
Big Game Live on PokerNews
The Austrian capital Vienna is under the poker spotlight with one big event following the other – when the Premier League TV Final Table is done, The Big Game will begin. The PartyPoker sponsored 48-hour game will gather some of the biggest names in poker to play the €25/€50 high-stakes cash game. Tony G, Tom “durrrr” Dwan, Patrik Antonius, Scott Seiver, Sam Trickett, Erik Seidel, and Luke Schwartz will be the ones to pull up a chair in the game which will be streamed live on PokerNews.
Yes, you will be able to catch all the PartyPoker Big Game action live on your computer by visiting PokerNews.com. The stream will start at 18:00 CET, Wednesday April 11th. While watching you will also get to vote on which player will be removed from the table, discuss with the rest of the crowd, take part in various competitions, and win prizes.
Go to The Big Game page on PokerNews for more on this.
The PPA Says The Players Will Never Fold
Next Sunday, April 15th, will mark a one year milestone after the events of Black Friday when the U.S. Department of Justice shut down three major U.S. online poker sites and indicted 11 people for running illegal gambling operations and processing online payments. In memory of the one-year anniversary, the Poker Players Alliance (PPA) started a new campaign with the aim to influence even more poker players and raise awareness of the poker legislation issue. The campaign is called The Players Will Never Fold and urges poker players and fans to contact their representatives in the Senate and Congress telling them to support H.R. 2366 – a bill which would legalize licensed and regulated online poker businesses.
Watch the video for more on this:
You should also pay ThePPA.org a visit to find out more on how you can support the cause.
888 Takes Over the Canadian University Championship from PokerStars
Maxime Gagné, a student at the Université du Québec en Outaouais won this year's Canadian University Poker Championship known as L’Omnium Universitaire which took place in Montreal, MarketWatch.com reports. Gagné outplayed the field of 84 online qualifiers from 14 universities across the Province of Quebec and collected the main prize of the tournament, a $5,000 package to one of the 2012 WSOP bracelet events.
Unlike in previous years, the 2012 Canadian University Poker Championship was sponsored by 888Poker which replaced rival poker site PokerStars. A spokesman for G-Poker, Jeremy Taylor explained that the organizers decided to make the switch in sponsorship due to the events of Black Friday and their wish to partner with a poker site that was not involved in legal issues. 888poker also hosted the online qualifiers for the Main University Poker Championship Event.
“Last year this university poker tournament was hosted by PokerStars, but it’s clear the organizers wanted to try something different in a post-Black Friday world,” said Taylor. “Even though PokerStars reopened to Canadian online poker players after the shutdowns, it would make sense to partner with a company like 888 that was completely removed from the legal issues of Black Friday.”
Read more on MarketWatch.com.
UK Students Championship
And while we're on the subject, students on the other side of the pond hosted their poker championship as well. The Betfred UK Students Poker Championship took place at the G Casino, Ricoh Arena in Coventry and saw a crowd of 280 students playing the three-day £35 buy-in Main Event. Lewis Hield from Sussex University was the best in the field collecting the first place prize of £2,190 and a 6-Day Dublin DeepStack Package
These are the final standings and payouts of the 2012 Betfred UK Students Poker Championship:
|1st||Lewis Hield (Sussex)||£2,190 + 6-Day Dublin DeepStack Package|
|2nd||Villus Semenas (Exeter)||£1,460|
|3rd||Nick Birkett (Manchester)||£960|
|4th||Sam Keltie (Southampton)||£740|
|5th||Damon Wilson (Surrey)||£455|
|6th||George Wright (Exeter)||£370|
|7th||Will Fasano (Exeter)||£285|
|8th||Matt Johnson (Leicester)||£225|
|9th||Mark Etchels (Gloucestershire)||£160|
Go to PokerNews for the full report.
All Vegas Poker
This is a very interesting online tool that helps you find all the poker action going on in the entertainment capital of the world, Las Vegas. If you're planning on visiting Vegas and wonder what games you can play and where, go to AllVegasPoker.com and check out the poker room schedules. On the site you will also find quality room reviews including all the contact information, room websites, and Facebook pages.
Another nice feature about the site is that it provides a lot of players' experiences including room reviews and explicit comments, Vegas trip reports, and forums as well as the latest Vegas news and announcements.
Go to AllVegasPoker.com and start planning your own Vegas trip.
PokerStars Celebrates Sunday Storm Anniversary
PokerStars has been celebrating a lot lately and now there's +1. It's been one year since the Sunday Storm has been around and so PokerStars is hosting a special Storm event this Sunday, April 15th at 13:30 ET. Players will be able to buy-in for the regular $10+$1, although the tournament prize pool will grow to $1 million instead of the regular $300,000. Plus, those to eliminate Team PokerStars Pro members will receive $50 bounties.
There's also a special deposit offer – each player to make a deposit of no less than $50 using the bonus code 'STORM' will receive a free $11 ticket to the Sunday event.
Find out more about the Sunday Storm anniversary by visiting PokerStars Blog.
Article image courtesy of PartyPoker.