PKR to host singles 'Poker Nights' in London, European Deepstack Poker Championships return and more

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PKR launch poker dating service

Virtual reality poker room PKR are once again bridging the gap between online and live poker, this time with a series of poker nights aimed at singles in London. They have teamed up with LoveStruck.com to host poker nights where men and women can meet and play poker starting next month, at the Hoxton Pony bar in London on November 6th.

Simon Prodger of PKR said "Poker is a very social game and we know our players actively chat both in the game and on our forums. We've seen romance bloom on PKR and so partnering with a site like Lovestruck that caters to young, outgoing professionals is perfect for us."

I for one am glad I am spoken for, because if I had to pull at a poker tournament I would have no chance. Don't get me wrong, I'm sure this will be a huge success, I could just envisage ruining an hour of my best lines on a lady in one fell swoop by angrily saying "How can you call with that you muppet?" to her.

European Deepstack Poker Championships II announced

The Green Joker Poker European Deepstack Poker Championships will return in 2009 between the 5th and 8th of February. The popular tournament will be at the Green Isle Hotel in Dublin and once again boasts a whopping 50,000 starting stack. This €1500+€150 main event really is one of the most fun tournaments of the year and expect a lot of big names to confirm in the coming months. The tournament also boasts two deep stack side events and the full schedule looks like this:

Thurs Feb 5th - 7pm
Super Satellite to European Deepstack Main Event
€100+€10 with one rebuy and one rebuy/top up @ €100 each. 7 tickets Gtd.
Fri Feb 6th - 2pm
European Deepstack Poker Championship - 3 day event
€1500+€150
Sat Feb 7th - 5pm
€500+€50 NL Holdem - 2 day event
Sun Feb 8th - 6pm
€300+€30 NL Holdem - 1 day event

Lodden thinks about signing for Pokerstars, running well in the EPT

Norwegian online giant Johnny Lodden has put pen to paper with Pokerstars.net to possibly join their growing team of poker superstars. The high stakes superstar, who is famous for losing one of the biggest pots off all time a few years ago, has been crushing the high stakes heads up SNG on Stars and recently finished 11th in the WSOPE main event. 'Stars has put him in a few events and we are waiting to see if Johnny makes the 'Stars team.

And it seems like a good omen for him, because he is amongst the chip leaders in the Pokerstars.net EPT Budapest as we start day 2. 182 players will sit down again today as battle commences for a nearly €600,000 first prize and the chip leaders look like this:

Mauro Corsetti - Italy - 136,200 chips
Annette Obrestad - Norway - 101,300 chips
Arnaud Mattern - France - 90,600 chips
Christophe Haller - Germany - 86,100 chips
Pierre Husson - France - 76,100 chips
Sorel Mizzi - Canada - 74,900 chips
Johnny Lodden - Norway - 70,000 chips

The only place to see how Lodden and all the other big names progress is at our exclusive live updates section.

Annette and De Wolfe confirmed for Premier League

To add to the suspense, Party Poker are announcing the runners for the next Premier League in drip feed basis. It's guaranteed to be a crazy one, because Annette Obrestad and Roland De Wolfe have been announced to join Andy Black, Juha Helppi and JC Tran this year.

On being invited to PartyPoker.com Premier League III Obrestad said: ""The Premier League is a poker event that I am extremely excited about. It has a good structure, the best players from around the world and amazing prize money. I'm looking forward to the games, the rivalry and of course winning!"

De Wolfe said: "I'm going to come back and put on a show. The Premier League to me is one of the best events in poker. Last time out I played the best and will get the win I deserve this time around."

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