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Latest Poker NewsPOKERSTARS-ESTRELLAS SETS NEW POKER TOURNEY RECORDS
Only cancellations are now available for the third and last entry day of the Pokerstars Estrellas live poker tournament currently unfolding in Barcelona.
2,343 hopefuls have entered the tournament, a significant increase over the 2,131 entries recorded at Pokerstars record-breaking EPT tourney in Sao Paolo last year.
Estrellas entry Day 1a had 438 entries; there were 872 players for Day 1b and Day 1c has 1,033 players registered and was only selling alternates when InfoPowa went to press.
Dutch player Daniel Reijmer is leading the 125 players who survived Day 1a and goes into Day 2 on Tuesday with 209,300 chips. EPT regulars Vallo Maidla, Jacques Zaicik, Andras Kovacs, Andrea Benelli and Andrey Gulyy were also among the survivors.
Last season German player Soenke Jahn beat a 1,798-strong field (a record at the time) to win Euro 169,136.
August 18 (today) will see the start of the three day, $50,000 buy-in Super High Roller with over 30 players already registered, including big names like Jason Mercier, Daniel Negreanu and Vanessa Selbst, along with last seasons runner-up Erik Seidel.
Other players will include the EPT10 PokerStars and Monte-Carlo Casino EPT Grand Final Super High Roller winner Daniel Colman, who won over Euro 1.5 million in Monaco and then took down the WSOPs Big One for One Drop in Las Vegas for more than $15 million - an occurrence that has recently been widely reported in a mainstream international press apparently fascinated by Colman's poker face.
The event will also see performances from past EPT Super High Roller champions, including Martin Finger (EPT10 London), Scott Seiver (PCA 2013), Fabian Quoss (PCA 2014), Max Altergott (EPT9 Grand Final) and Dan Smith (EPT9 Barcelona).
Smith also won this summers WSOP SHR for $2,044,766.
BETFRED AUSTRALIA OPEN FOR BUSINESS
Betfred Australia's mobile sports betting product has gone live offering betting on AFL, NRL, Basketball, Soccer, EPL, American Football, Cricket and Tennis.
The mobile offer is the first foray for Betfred in the Australian market, where the company currently holds a regional sports betting licence awarded by the Northern Territory Gaming Commission.
The Australian operation is headed up by managing director Luke Brill, who previously served as global head of marketing and gaming at Centrebet, global marketing director/UK managing director at Game Bookers and head of PR at Sports.com
This is the first of a multi-phased approach to the Australian market, Brill said. "The mobile site will soon be followed by stand-alone apps for both Android and Apple for sports, rugby league, Australian rules football and Lotto.
ULTIMATE POKER PROS FALL OUT WITH MANAGEMENT
In what appears to be a disagreement with management, at least two members of Nevada-based Ultimate Poker.com's professional team have ended their contracts with Team U.
Randy Dorfman and Tom Marchese - and possibly others - have indicated that they are dissatisfied with management's response to their suggestions on improving the playing environment at the site, with Dorfman using social media site Facebook to voice his frustration.
I have resigned from Ultimate Poker as their Team Pro. At this point in my life there are more important and creative things for me to be involved with. To have your ideas and experiences from the game I love fall on deaf ears while you bust your ass to build a game for a new Company just was extremely frustrating to me, Dorfman wrote, closing on a a more amicable tone with:
I wish UP the best and I hope things do turn around for them. I met some great people there and hopefully the chemistry between all involved gets straightens out soon.
Ultimate Poker.com was the first Nevada intrastate online poker site to go operational earlier this year, signing up respected professional players to promote the site.
Thus far Ultimate Gaming management has not commented on the issue.
COCKTAIL WAITRESS IN RARE WORLD SERIES OF POKER WIN
A California cocktail waitress with a talent for poker is the latest bracelet winner at the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas, taking down the fifty fourth event at this years' series, a $1,000 buy-in NLHE open event with a main prize of $454,207.
Outlasting a field of 2882 other hopefuls, Dana Castaneda - the only woman to reach the final - entered final table action with one of the lowest stacks, but managed to bounce back to defeat Jason Bigelow, Matthias Bednarek, Michael Zucchet, Philippe Clerc, Barry Hutter, Jacob Bazeley, Joseph Wertz and Kenneth Gregersen.
In the heads up she faced Canadian player Jason Bigelow, sending him home with a second placing pay-out of $281,991 and securing her second cash this series - earlier this week she earned $1,768 for a 94th placing in the Ladies NLHE Championship playing against 900 other players.
The win was a rare achievement for a female player; renowned poker pro Vanessa Selbst is the only woman who has won bracelets in open events over the last six years, achieving victory in 2008 and 2012.
Five nationalities were represented at the final table of event 54, and the event generated a total prize pool of $2,594,700, enabling 296 entrants to cash.
888POKER NEW TITLE SPONSOR OF MMA PORTUGAL
888poker has been named new title sponsor of MMA Portugal (mixed martial arts), and its televised MMA fights, for the remainder of 2013.
888Poker's logo will appear on the cage mat during the broadcast of Cage Fighters on Sport TV in July, October and December 2013 as well as on YouTube, the company said.
The company also carries a strong presence across the MMAPortugal's digital properties.
According to a company statement, the MMA is showing a strong gain in popularity in Portugal and its website MMA Portugal is ranked as the top Portuguese news and social portal and media partner, covering mixed martial arts and combat sports.
FORMER FULL TILT POKER BOSS SENTENCED
Former Full Tilt Poker chief executive Ray Bitar was all over the US mainstream media again Monday, having formalised his guilty plea flowing from the Black Friday shutdown of the company two years ago (see previous InfoPowa reports).
Last week Bitar's legal representatives revealed that he would plead guilty and accept the forfeiture of some $40 million in cash and assets, but that he would throw himself on the mercy of the court to avoid jail time, due to a serious health problem that requires a heart transplant.
On Monday Bitar's plea was formalised by U.S. District Court Judge Loretta Preska in a Manhattan Court, with Bitar appearing via video link from California due to his poor health.
Judge Preska confirmed Bitar's guilty pleas on charges of fraud and violating the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act, and the forfeiture requirement.
She also ruled that despite federal sentencing guidelines which called for imprisonment of over seven years, Bitar would not go to jail due to the parlous condition of his health. He was credited with time served in respect of the seven days he spent in detention following his arrest.
Bitar's plea included the admission that he conspired with others to find ways to process hundreds of millions of dollars of gambling revenues through U.S. banks by disguising the income as money generated by phony companies that seemed unrelated to gambling.
He said that he and others falsely promised customers that their money was safe and secure and that funds were held in segregated accounts.
I regret my actions. I know they were wrong and illegal. I am very sorry, Bitar said.