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Ziigmund Uses His Full Tilt Winnings to Finance a Movie

Ilari ‘Ziigmund’ Sahamies, one of the most feared players at online high stakes tables is spending his summer traveling, drinking and thumbing his nose at the WSOP

He has now come up with the idea that he would use part of the money he collected at Full Tilt Poker to support the Finnish film industry.

Ilari ‘Ziigmund’ Sahamies

The movie is in the making at the moment, and will tell the story of C.G.E. Mannerheim, the Commander-in-Chief, Marshal and later President of Finland during the second World War. He is celebrated as a national hero for not giving in to the Germans and supporting his citizens at all times.

C.G.E. Mannerheim
C.G.E. Mannerheim

The amount of money Ziggy puts into this movie has not yet been declared, but it is for sure, that he will cover at least 10% of the filming costs.

The movie is set to be introduced world-wide in the fall of 2011.

Djk123 is the Latest Member of the Brunson 10

Doyle Brunson is putting together his own pro team at Doyle’s Room. Before the start of the WSOP, Doyle announced that he had chosen four online poker players, out of which one would become part of his pro team, based on their performance at the WSOP.

These four players were Daniel ‘djk123’ Kelly, Faraz Jaka, David Sands and Michael Martin.

Although this has been his first WSOP, Kelly was thought to have the greatest chance to win, even before the launch of the Series. Seeing his current results, this is understandable.

Daniel Kelly

Eurosport Poker Joins the OnGame Network in France

Bwin has recently signed Eurosport Poker to the OnGame Network in France.


A popular brand all over Europe, Eurosport Poker and the Eurosport TV channel are owned by TF1, which already operates a UK-facing betting site on the OnGame Network.

With Winnings Over $11 Million, Is it Time to Stop?

Peter Eastgate, WSOP winner of $9.15 million in 2008 and another sum of around $2 million on following races, released a statement via PokerStars, his sponsor, on 6 July.

Peter Eastgate

The statement reads as follows:

2006 WSOP Champion Jamie Gold Is Out

Jamie Gold, winner of $12 million on the 2006 WSOP Main Event, has already said goodbye to this year’s championship in just about a few hours into the game.

Gold’s behaviour suprised the participants, as when reaching the money bubble, he threw in his chips and his hand without even taking a look at it, announcing that he would be drinking in the bar in case anybody wanted to see him. He also added that he won an ’incredible’ amount of money with a bet.

Jamie Gold
Jamie Gold with his 2006 Main Event Winnings

California Proposal on Online Poker Legalisation Delayed

Democrat State Senator Roderick Wright has proposed than repealed a draft legislation to legalise and monitor online poker and gambling in California, USA. Consensus on the proposal seems distant as several groups of various interests are protesting against it in its present form.

California Republic

WSOP Main Event On The Go

On 5 July 2010 the WSOP Main Event took a head start at 12:05 PM at the Rio with the welcome speech of 2004 WSOP champion Greg ’Fossilman’ Raymer, showing off his 18-karat gold bracelet, which the players „all came here for”.

WSOP 2010 Main Event Day 1A

This year’s event is expected to exceed the current record of 63,000 participants with more than 70,000 players estimated. The Main Event alone houses about 7,000 champion wannabes.  The prize pool is over $100 million, which means WSOP is still among the leading sport and gambling events around the world.

Huck Seed Wins the Tournament of Champions

On Sunday, a huge mass of spectators gathered around the poker tables at the WSOP to watch the Tournament of Champions (TOC) in the Amazon Room.

A tournament with a million dollar prize pool, the TOC is only available on an invitational basis and is a non-bracelet event organized for former WSOP champions.

27 players took part in this special event, and we could see: Phil Ivey, Daniel Negreanu, Doyle Brunson, Phil Hellmuth, Chris Ferguson, Allen Cunningham, Johnny Chan, Scotty Nguyen, Barry Greenstein, John Juanda, Erik Seidel, Jennifer Harman, Huck Seed, Dan Harrington, T.J. Cloutier, Sammy Farha, Howard Lederer, Greg Raymer, Joe Hachem and Antonio Esfandiari compete for the glory of becoming Champion of the Champions.

Huck Seed
Huck Seed

Daniel Alaei Wins WSOP Event #55 (Pot-Limit Omaha)

Daniel Alaei has won the $10,000 Pot Limit Omaha Event of the World Series of Poker, grabbing his third WSOP bracelet.

346 players sat down at the tables of the Rio for the $10,000 PLO event, for a share of the $3,252,400 prize pool. Some of the big names taking part in the tournament included Anette Obrestad, David Benyamine, Eli Elezra, Daniel Alaei, Tom ’durrrr’ Dwan, Phil Hellmuth and Jason Mercier.

At the end of the first day, Antonio Paino was leading with a 240,000 stack.

By the beginning of the third day, there were only 33 players left. At this time, durrrr was leading with a 910,000 stack, but in the end, he dropped out by taking 17th place in the tournament.

On the third day, gameplay continued until it came down to the 9-handed final table.

Daniel Alaei
Daniel Alaei

Following a massive battle, Daniel Alaei managed to win the event with three of a kind, fives, thus collecting his third WSOP bracelet.

The Berlin Robbers Have Been Convicted

The German court has come to a decision concerning the attack at the Berlin European Poker Tour: the guilty have already been caught in April, and by now, the trials have also ended.

The Berlin Robbers

According to the sentence, a more than three-year penalty will be inflicted on each of the four robbers. This is quite a strict decision, considering that none of the robbers are more than 21 years old. Criminals younger than 22 usually receive a lighter sentence.

It is highly plausable, that the German court wanted to statuate an example, which, in my opinion, is a very wise decision, as crimes of this type have become a fashion since the Berlin attack.

French Players Paralyze Traffic at

On the 4th July, French poker players invaded the cash game tables at, and then they all went on sit-out, thus demonstrating against the illogically high rake structure.

As I have mentioned in previous posts, because of the French gambling regulations, PokerStars has said good-bye to its French players, and sent them to play at the site. This poker site, however, uses a much higher rake structure than its predecessor. Besides the huge amount of rake taken from each pot, French tax authorities also deduct 2% after every hand, up to €1.

David Williams and Vanessa Selbst Become PokerStars Pros

Rumors have already been circulating in the past few days, but on the 30th June it became official, that David Williams and Vanessa Selbst have signed a contract with PokerStars.

PokerStars published its official announcement on Wednesday, in which they confirm to have signed two well-known poker players to their pro team, David Williams and Vanessa Selbst. Williams used to play for Bodog Poker, but he broke up his contract this year, after winning the Main Event of the WPT World Poker Classic, which earned him $1,530,537.

ESPN’s Inside Deal with Vanessa Rousso, Dean Hamrick and Phil Laak

ESPN’s news franchise recently interviewed the fresh WSOP bracelet winner Dean Hamrick and poker pro Vanessa Rousso.

Dean is the happy winner of a $1,500 No Limit Hold’em event for $604,000, which also made him a bracelet owner. He told the Inside Deal host Laura Lane and Andrew Feldman about his feelings when winning the tournament.

Follow Durrrr on Twitter!

As we surf the Net, we can find countless celebrities registered on various community sites, but, unfortunately, most of these accounts are fake.

This time, though, the real Tom ’durrrr’ Dwan decided to create his own Twitter account. His first ever message (’tweet’, to be precise) was as follows:

"I have a twitter... Hiya"

Durrrr seems to like the idea of tweeting regularly, as on his first day he posted around twenty messages. Tom already has 4,237 followers, which is quite a big number in just a few days and he is sure to acquire many more in the near future.

Tom Dwan

Chinese Poker Thieves Got Busted in South Korea

The South Korean police have arrested a Chinese band of hackers, who stole money from online poker players in Internet cafés all around the country. 

China hackers

According to the South Korean 'Joongang', the 33-member band started operating in November 2009 and has only recently been caught. Since the beginnings, they have hacked the security systems of more than 700 South Korean Internet cafés in different locations around the country. The band was controlled by two men, 30 year-old Yu and 29 year-old Kim.

Yu acquired a Netbook Attacker program on the black market, with which they were able to launch a so-called DDos attack. During the DDos attack, computers connected to the Internet of the cafés became remotely controllable, and this made it possible for the hackers to view the hole cards of the users playing there. 

Under half a year, they won almost $50,000 from the victims. This makes a monthly wage of $250 a month per person, which might sound ridiculous at first hearing, but if we take into consideration that the hourly average wage of a factory worker in China is 75c, it looks much more tempting.

Of course, the following question can still be posed: Wouldn't it have been more beneficial if they had studied some poker strategy? Smile

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