durrrr Challenge Begins Today
One of the big TV spectacles of the year begins filming today in London, the durrrr Million Dollar Challenge at the Les Ambassadeurs club in Mayfair. Tom Dwan will become the first poker player to have a TV tournament named after him when he sits down against Sammy George today in the $500,000 buy-in heads up cash game. He will also face Ilari "Ziigmund" Sahamies and Marcelo "luckexpress" Marigliano.
Dwan will face Sammy and Marcelo in No Limit Hold'em and then take on Ziigmund in PLO, which will be one of the first times the four card version of the game will make it onto UK TV.
"The stage is set for Tom to make history in London here this week," said Eddie Hearn, managing director of Matchroom Poker. "The opponents are ready. Tom Dwan is the biggest draw in poker and to have a TV show in his name at such a young age shows the commercial power of the man. Poker is changing and we are delighted to be at its cutting edge."
Matchroom Poker will be providing regular live updates with the action running from 2pm-2am each day.
Betfair Poker Live
An exciting looking addition to the live poker calendar courtesy of Betfair Poker now, as they have announced Betfair Poker Live! An event in Kiev in conjunction with the Sports Federation of Kiev, PokerNews, BestBet and CGM. The event in Kiev will run from December 15-20th and will take place at the River Palace which is situated in the centre of Kiev just on the bank of the river Dnepr.
This $1000 main event will also award the eventual winner will also get 2 VIP hospitality tickets for any football match in Europe, while the winner of the $100 side event2 VIP hospitality tickets to a match in either the Premiership, La Liga, or Seria A. There will also be spot prizes from the sponsors presented to players who provide top level performances throughout the tournament.
You can win a $2500 package, which includes The buy-in on the CGM Championships worth $500, Betfair Poker LIVE! Main Event entry worth $1 000, flights and accommodation for 3 nights, for as little as $1 on Betfair Poker. You can add even more on top of that when you make the most of an exclusive $1500 sign up bonus when you register a new account via UK Pokernews.
Feldman Out of High Stakes Poker?
In more nosebleed stakes televised cash poker news, the rumours are that young UK high stakes star Andrew Feldman has pulled out of playing in the 6th series of High Stakes Poker in Las Vegas. Feldman was set to become both the first UK player to star in the show and also the youngest ever participant, but according to several poker forums he didn't play in the show which was filmed last week and broadcast early next year.