Million Dollar cash game returns to London
London is the only place to go for poker players in September and October during the WSOPE and EPT, and to mark this the occasion we'll see a 3rd outing for the Full Tilt Poker Million Dollar Cash Game. Last year Phil Ivey won the biggest ever televised pot at the time, winning $807,400 and will be returning this year with some new and old faces to the series.
David Benyamine and Doyle Brunson will be joining Phil Ivey, Patrik Antonius, Mike Matusow, Allen Cunningham, Phill Hellmuth, Tony G, Tom Dwan and many more. The game is set to be televised in January on Sky Sports.
John Phan wins the WPT Legends of Poker
He is one of the more prolific players on the WPT circuit despite this being his first WPT title. Yesterday John 'The Razor' Phan finally won a WPT title after his 4th attempt at the final table, taking down the 2008 Legends of Poker. Phan won just over $1 million after defeating Amit Makhija heads up. This has put him in firmly in the driver's seat for the Player of the Year race after he won two bracelets at the WSOP this year.
PaddyPower launch new VIP C*A*S*H Programme
These days you are a fool if you are not making the most of a good VIP loyalty scheme, and Paddy Power Poker have just upgraded their already excellent package. Now it is much easier to climb the ranks within the C*A*S*H programme and move up the VIP levels, as PaddyPoints are now accrued much faster. Players can also make the most of an unlimited monthly loyalty bonus and a new 100% reload bonus to be taken up before the end of September.
"By making it easier for players to earn promotion and get their hands on bigger bonuses, we're rewarding all those players who choose paddypowerpoker.com as their preferred poker room" said Paddy Power, Communications Manager for paddypowerpoker.com. "We're happy to hand out even more cash than ever before to our players and they'll find it painless to climb the ranks and earn those stars! It's a good time to be in the C*A*S*H army!"
Czech Republic to make Poker a Sport?
The Prague Post has reported that the Czech Government are poised to review their gambling laws soon and the Czech Association of Poker Clubs are lobbying their government to declare poker a sport. The game is getting increasingly popular with players between the ages 18-30 and over 60,000 Czech's are estimated to play poker, the new proposals would help reduce the element of crime in Czech poker.
The perception of poker across Europe is incredibly varied, some countries do not deem it as a game of skill at all and others even have banned the game. However some countries have recently relaxed their views on poker and Russia even went as far to declare the game a genuine sport. Even if the Czech Republic do not eventually recognise the game as a sport this is still potentially good news for poker in general, because even the very mention of it as a sport helps to legitimize the game in the eyes of non poker playing society.
Party Poker Revenues Up
PartyGaming have announced their 6 month report up to June 2008 today and Party Poker have seen net revenue increase by 6.4% to $153.9 million up from the $144.6 million the previous year when they pulled out of the US market. This is excellent news for the once industry giant who have seen revenues drop massively in the last two years but are now poised to have a big relaunch.
Jim Ryan, CEO of the company said, "Our poker business continues to grow but is being held back by the continued competition from those sites that accept players from the U.S. The imminent relaunch of PartyPoker will be at the heart of our new initiative and should foster further growth of our existing franchise, whilst greater licensing of our technology will create new and, I believe, significant opportunities to grow revenue and profit."
Student Poker Championship to be held at Dusk Till Dawn
It seems strange that this year's Oxford Cup VII, an annual student tournament, should be held in Nottingham, but if you have played at Dusk Till Dawn you would understand why. This year's Oxford Cup takes place on the 20th of September and is a £20+£5 rebuy event with added prizes. On top of the usual prizes there will also be seats to the monthly 3-2-1 festival at Dusk Till Dawn on offer.