The Sky Poker Tour goes to Scotland, the Pokernews Cup has begun and more
Sky Poker UK Tour Heads To Scotland
The third leg of the highly sought after Sky Poker UK Tour will be heading to Edinburgh on the 31st of January 2009, at the Gala Casino in Maybury. The Birmingham leg has already sold out in record time and the same level of interest in being shown for this one.
As usual players will be competing for a £5000 prize pool, with guaranteed seats to the £25,000 grand final going to anyone who makes the final table. If you are relatively new to live poker or just want to go to a really fun event, this is the one to put in your diary. The satellites are much easier than the usual ones found online and the atmosphere is awesome, not to mention a great chance to meet your favourite Sky Poker presenters.
You can qualify for as little as £2.65 only at Sky Poker.
Daniel Craker wins APPT Auckland
Pokerstars.net hosted the biggest ever tournament to be held in New Zealand last week, with 306 players buying in to the SKYCITY Hotel and Casino for the Asia Pacific Poker Tour Main Event. The event boasted some big names including Joe Hachem and Greg Raymer, but it would be local boy Daniel Craker who would take down the title.
Craker went into the final table 2nd in chips but dwarfed by the mighty stack of Luke Stanford, who had almost double that of the next man. Wang Jung came to the table with 373,000 and went on a real heater, eliminating almost everyone at the table including Luke Stanford, until the play became three handed, when he ran a huge bluff on a nine high board and got looked up by Craker with pocket eights. Heads up was a very short affair as all the money went in on hand number two, with the pocket twos of Craker holding up against the ace-nine of very short stacked Matthew Konnecke. Plasterer Craker ended the day $257,040 better off as well as taking the prestigious trophy.
1. Daniel Craker — $257,040
2. Matthew Konnecke — $162,972
3. Wang Che Jung — $85,680
4. Dan Sing — $59,976
5. Luke Stanford — $46,267
6. Nathanael Seet — $34,272
7. Jani Karke — $25,704
8. Michael Mariakis — $19,706
9. Wai Kwan Yuen — $14,565
Pokernews Cup is underway
For the second year in a row, the Pokernews Cup is once again underway at the Crown Casino in Melbourne, Australia. For those of you that have never been, the Crown Casino is one of the best venues in the world for poker and last year's events were fantastically run and the atmosphere was electric. The opening event has just concluded, the $115 pokerpro deep stack event, which was ran entirely on the unique electronic poker tables they have at the back of the Crown Casino poker room. Mark Casale took down the event after just one hand of heads up play, and took over $17,000 for his troubles.
Today sees the start of the event which I heroically came 4th in last year, the $240 PLO Rebuy event, and you can see our exclusive live updates from the very start to see just who takes down the coveted 4th place spot....oh and the eventual champion too.
Poker off at Genting Stanley in Leicester
Cank Casino in Leicester has been chosen by the Genting Stanley group to pilot a new concept in gambling. Live table games, including poker, will be replaced with slot machines and electronic games. The move may result in 35 job losses; however the Mint Casino in Leicester, also owned by Genting Stanley, has no plans to make such a bold move.
Poker is very popular in Leicester, as we know it is the home of the lads from the 'Best Homegame in the East Midlands' like GBPT champs Neil Blatchly and Rupinder Bedi. However, with Dusk Till Dawn in Nottingham just a short drive away, it is understandable that some poker custom may have been taken away from the Cank casino, which may have influenced this decision.