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PartyPoker Womens World Open Announced
Later on this month in London the PartyPoker Women’s World Open IV will take place, featuring 24 of the best female players in a $3000 event. The 23rd and 24th of March are the dates for the eight seater shootout tournament, with the top two from each heat progressing to the final. This year the stacks are deeper, meaning more play on show.

Last year Sky Poker producer Aisling Collins caused a major upset when she battled back from the brink of defeat to capture the title. She will be defending her title this year against a lot of big names including Kara Scott, Annette Obrestad, Laurence Grondin, Shelley Rubenstein, Stefanie Bergener, Maria Demetriou, Christine Klecz, Pippa Flanders and season two winner Soraya Homam.

Eddie Hearn, Director of Matchroom Sport said: "The PartyPoker.com Women's World Open has proved extremely popular with players, viewers and broadcasters over the last three seasons. As the game continues to grow, we have made a number of changes to our formats that enables the viewers to watch a deeper-stacked game with more skill, where players can really showcase their ability and flair. We are delighted to welcome back Aisling Collins who will be defending her title but it won't be easy as the likes of Annette Obrestad, Kara Scott, Laurence Grondin, Kim Wooka and Maria Demetriou will be looking to take it down."

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Akenhead Favourite for BlackBelt Live
James Akenhead has been named the 33/1 favourite to win the inaugural BlackBelt Poker Live Event this weekend in London. Boylepoker have run a book for all the entrants and the Poker Million Champion is the big favourite to win the sold out deepstack event. Behind him Praz Bansi,and EPT winner Julian Thew, both of whom are priced at 40/1. Black Belt Poker co-founder and 2008 Irish Open Champion Neil Channing, meanwhile, is being offered 50/1, whilst Nik Persaud is just a few spots down at 66/1. The event at the Vic is the first live outing for Neil Channings outfit and it sold out well ahead of time, reaching the capacity of 300.

GUKPT Satellite on Blue Square Tonight
You can book your place in the Grosvenor UK Poker Tour event of your choice tonight at BlueSquare Poker tomorrow. At 20:30 GMT on Wednesday there is a £75+£7 rebuy for a £1,450 package to the GUKPT event of your choice and includes money for travel expenses. Sub feeders are running round the clock for this one.

Failing that you can play on a £55 rebuy on Friday or a £162 freezeout on Sunday, both at 20:30GMT.

You can start off your satellite campaign with a free £11 and £55 tournament token, exclusive when you join BlueSquare Poker via UK Pokernews, also good for an impressive $500 sign up bonus.

England Rugby Stars Play Worlds Largest Poker Game with Pokerstars
Last year Pokerstars signed a big sponsorship deal with the England Rugby Team and now they have released a fun looking viral with some of the team. James Haskell, Ben Foden and Delon Armitage are all seen playing the largest poker game in the world on a field with giant chips and cards. Naturally it degenerates into name calling and rugby tackles as you would expect it to, just like any good home game.

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