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UBOC 5 Begins in 8 Days

The fifth Ultimate Bet Online Championship (UBOC) will start on Cereus Network's UB and Absolute Poker on the 18th August.

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With 20 online tournaments and a total prize pool of at least $4 million up for grabs, UBOC 5 will also have a MiniUBOC counterpart running simultaneously and joining in a $1,050 buy-in Monster Stack Championship Event on the 29th August.

The Championship Event will be hosted by no other than Phil Hellmuth, the Poker Brat himself. The tournament will have at least a million dollar prize pool.

Tonight on ESPN: 2010 WSOP Main Event

Starting at 8pm EST/5pm PST /01am GMT, days 1A and 1B of the 2010 WSOP Main Event will finally be airing.

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Tonight we will see the fifth and sixth episodes of the WSOP broadcasts; ESPN has covered the $50,000 Poker Player’s Championship and the Tournament of Champions so far.

ESPN will be airing two episodes every Tuesday, right until 9th November, the broadcast of the Main Event Final Table.

Big names playing day 1A and 1B included Mike ‘The Mouth’ Matusow, Chris Moneymaker, Michael ‘The Grinder’ Mizrachi, Maria Ho and Tiffany Michelle.

There also will be some celebrities to be seen, including David Alan Grier, Ray Romano, the NBA star Shawn Marion and gorgeous playmate Sara Underwood.

Unibet Open Prague – Henri Ojala is the Champion

The Prague stop of the Unibet Open series (advertised by the beautiful host Tatjana – video below) has ended with a young Finnish poker player gaining victory, with the most well-known player Jan Skampa taking 3rd place.

424 players enrolled in the €1,500+€150 Main Event of Unibet Open Prague, making the total prize pool a nice €629,640.

The biggest names registering to the tournament included Sorel Mizzi, Jan Skampa, Pieter de Kover, Peter Dalhuijsen, Dan Glimne, Sergey Rybachenko, Zdenek Habala, Jordan Mitrentzova, the Golden Sands winner Dan Murariu and last year’s winner Fuat Caan.

PokerGuruBlog Facebook Freeroll This August

PokerGuruBlog joined forces with PokerStars to organize an exclusive poker freeroll.

Tournament name: PokerGuruBlog Facebook Freeroll
Date: August 15th, 2010
Time: 21:00 CET
Prize pool: $100
Tournament ID: 295934272

The tournament is password protected. The password will be sent out to PokerGuruBlog's Facebook fans, so do not miss to join my fan page.

PokerGuruBlog Facebook Freeroll

The PokerGuruBlog Facebook Freeroll couldn’t be easier to find in the PokerStars lobby. Simply select ‘Tourney’ then the ‘Private’ tab to find it. The tourney is already listed in the client.

PokerGuruBlog PokerStars Facebook Freeroll

Barney Frank Says PokerStars and Full Tilt Could Still Obtain US Licenses

Following the current and upcoming changes in online gambling regulations in the United States, many sites have been worrying about an amendment, made by Mr. Bachus and Mrs. Bachmann, stating, that any operator offering services to US citizens after the passage of UIGEA will be excluded from online gambling in the future.

As both Full Tilt Poker and PokerStars have been consistently operating in the United States, they would have to be denied a licence.

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Congressman Barney Frank (the author of the bill), however, said this week that PokerStars, Full Tilt Poker and other sites that had not ceased to welcome US players might receive licenses as well.

Vienna is Officially Back on EPT Schedule

PokerStars has officially announced, that the October tournament of the seventh EPT season will be organized in Vienna.

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There have been rumors and debates going on since June on the whereabouts of the tounrey, held between the 26th-31st October, and the calendar issued by PokerStars in May did not have a venue yet.

With the Vienna tourney, Austria now has two official EPT stops, the other one being the very popular EPT Snowfest (made its debut last year) in Saalbach-Hinterglemm.

The buy-in for EPT Vienna will be €5,000+€300, and the event will take place at the Concord Card Casino.

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Entrance of the Concord Card Casino

PTR Confirms that the Cake Network is Safe

The Cake Poker Network has successfully changed its encryption method to SSL, and the problems detected earlier by PTR were not present in the software.

As I have mentioned before, PTR found a security gap in the Cake software. The weak XOR encryption made it available for hackers to access others’ passwords and view their hole cards.

Cake Poker

Although Lee Jones, Cake Poker’s Card Room Manager said that their players were not in serious danger, as an expert hacker would be necessary to crack the software, he acknowledged that the software was not 100% secure and started fixing the problem immediately.

Cake Poker has now finished changing their encryption to SSL. Although there were smaller difficulties with the transition, PTR claims that the software is now secure.

Also, PTR advises players to check if the changes have been made to their own Cake skin, as they are unable to test all the platforms. This can be done by finding ssleay32.dll in the folder where the Cake software is installed. If the file is there, our safety is guaranteed.

Full Tilt Poker Set to Boycott Italian Poker Tour

After the last IPT event in Venice, the next stop of the series will be San Remo, where PokerStars is planning to hold an exclusive invitational tournament (the Pro Championship) besides the IPT main event.

San Remo - IPT

The Pro Championship will have a buy-in of €3,500 and will be capped at 64 participants, the players being selected by a special points system.

PokerStars, however, will not allow players to wear other sites’ logos. Full Tilt Poker is, of course, objecting this, and has decided not to send any of its sponsored players to the tournament in exchange.

The Very Short Life of the Michael Jackson Casino

This past weekend, a strange casino appeared on the internet: covered with Michael Jackson themes and images, and lacking any kind of information related to the casino’s headquarters or licenses, the casino advertised real money games.

Michael Jackson Online Casino

The Michael Jackson estate stated that the casino had nothing to do with the King of Pop and used his images without gaining authorization, with attorney Howard Weitzman adding that he would “take whatever legal actions that are necessary to shut this operation down”.

He probably didn’t hesitate too long, as the site was already shut down two days ago, with the domain provider GoDaddy.com being sued for allowing a company to register the MichaelJacksonCasino.com domain.

Howard Weitzman is asking for $100 million to compensate damages.

A GoDaddy.com spokesperson stated the following on the matter on Tuesday: "While we have not seen the lawsuit, if we are named, GoDaddy plans to vigorously defend itself. When customers are involved in a legal dispute, GoDaddy complies with court orders."

Rumors: Harrah’s Is Selling the Rio and Looking for a New WSOP Venue

According to yet uncomfirmed sources on PokerAti, Harrah’s Entertainment has sold the Rio and it is “almost 100 percent unofficially semi-confirmed” that they found a new home for the 2011 WSOP.

Rio, the casino that had been bought and sold more times than any other casino in Las Vegas (if we believe rumors, that is) has once again been up for grabs, and will probably not be the venue that accommodates the 2011 WSOP.

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No more World Series at the Rio?

According to LasVegasMichael’s investigations, the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas has been taken. Of course, this is all just “word on the street”, without any confirmation from Harrah’s.
The identity of the buyer is unclear, but rumors had it back in April that Starwood Capital Group LLC and Colony Capital LLC were also among the companies bidding for the resort, valuing the Rio at about $500 million.

All Star Week – PokerStars Pros Annihilated by the Challengers

Running from 26th July to 1st August, PokerStars has once again organized the ’All Star Week’, during which Team PokerStars Pros play heads-up matches against the team of ’Challengers’. Members of the Challengers’ team are the winners of the Sunday majors, SCOOP, WCOOP, the yearly TLB table and a special Joker tournament. Also, some Supernova Elite players took part on the side of the Challengers.

All Star Week

With five heads-up matches a day (35 altogether), each game had a $1,000 prize pool, plus $25,000, awarded to the winning team in the end. The Challengers could increase their own bankroll with the money won, while the Pros’ winnings added to the prize pool of an $11 buy-in All Star Week Supporter Game, to be held on the 8th August.

The PokerStars Pros arrived with great hopes and determination, as last year they only managed to win by one point, that being the very last heads-up game at a 17-17 standing. According to previous statements, they were hoping for a much better performance this year.

IPT Venice 2010 – Tamas Lendvai Wins

This year’s IPT Venice tournament has ended two days ago. Attracting 505 players, the Ca’Noghera Casino in Venice was the home for the second season of the IPT.

It got down to the final 8  at the 25th blind level, when the chip counts were as follows:

Ali Tekintamgac - 2.254.000
Toby Lewis - 2.117.000
Davide Cerrato - 2.030.000
Giovanni La Padula - 914.000
András Kovács - 815.000
Cristiano Guerra - 806.000
Sandro Mazzei - 731.000
Tamás Lendvai -  429.000

Mazzei was the first to leave the final table, going all-in preflop with KJ and getting called by Andras Kovacs, holding JJ.

Toby Lewis followed after losing a hand against Tekintagmac, and took place 7, worth €25,000.

Andras Kovacs was the next to get busted, followed by Tekintagmac.

Holding HeartA HeartK, Tekintagmac bet 170,000 preflop, got called by La Padula (SpadeQ Diamond6), went all-in on a Clubs6 Spade5 Diamond5 flop, and saw no help come on the turn and the river.

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Ali Tekintamgac

The British Poker Awards: Voting Is Open

The ’Year of the Brit’ in poker is to reach its climax on 13 September at the soon-to-be-opened Fox Poker Club with the inaugural British Poker Awards.

The British Poker Awards

Voting is now open for the public on the official website: eight out of the eleven awards are Reader’s Choice. These categories are as follows: Best Cash Player, Best Tournament Player, Best Online Player, Best International Player as well as the Best Poker League, Best UK Card Room, Best Contribution to Poker and Best UK Poker Forum, which is sponsored by PokerNews.com. From the additional three awards, two are Player’s Choice (Best All Round Player, Best New Player) and one is Editor’s Choice (Player of the Year). Nominees for the different awards include Phil Ivey, Michael Mizrachi, Patrik Antonius, Neil Channing, Tom Dwan, Brunson 10 member Chris Moorman as well as Victoria Coren.

The event takes place during the London Poker Festival, just a day before the WSOPE launches. Tickets, unless you are the lucky voter to win one free, cost £100 and include a cocktail reception, apart from the opportunity to meet your favourites. You can also participate in an optional £50 NLHE tournament after the Awards Ceremony.

888 – “Highly Likely” to Merge

Gigi Levy, CEO of 888 Holdings stated on eGaming Review (EGR) on Tuesday that it was “highly likely” that 888 would favor merger discussions with other online poker sites within the next six months. Levy also told EGR that their marketing tactics would remain the same regardless of other companies’ mergers.

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 “I think that the first thing to remember is that the consolidated Party-Bwin, when the transaction is completed, will represent less than 10% of the market,” Levy told the online gaming news site.  “We are not talking about someone controlling 50% of the market, giving us no chance to compete. We are talking about an entity which is significantly larger than us, but still is less than 10% of a very fragmented market. In that regard, I don’t see us changing anything in our strategy because of that” said Levy.

What Is to Come?

Although it is definitely the silly season for poker right now, PartTimePoker.com presented their usual compilation on the week ahead in poker – and things don’t seem to be as bad as I thought they would.

WSOP Tournament of Champions

To begin with, after the successful broadcast of the Player’s Championship, Tournament of Champions airs today on ESPN, ’starring’ among others Phil Ivey, Daniel Negreanu, Johnny Chan, Doyle Brunson and Phil Hellmuth. Regarding live action, we also entered into the second week of The Legends of Poker tournament with Events #3-12; meanwhile, three international events commence this week: the $2,600 Main Event of the Latin American Poker Tour Florianopolis (Brazil), the €2,000 Russian Poker Tour Riga (Latvia) as well as the $2,750 Scottish Poker Open. Also, FTOPS XVII with 34 events and a guaranteed $19 million prize pool launches tomorrow.

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