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UK Pokernews Roundup: Full Tilt Poker Million IX Starts Next Week, Darren Thompson Wins Mega Stack Main Event, and more

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Full Tilt Poker Million Starts Monday

The Poker Million IX is back this month with its first three heats in London, where some of the top players in the UK will meet the world elite from overseas for a $500,000 first prize. The first three 8 handed heats start next week with the winner of each making the December final live on Sky Sports, the runners-up from each heat will meet in a runners-up heat in October after the second run of heats begins on October 12.

Howard Lederer, Ross Boatman, Stuart Rutter, Chris Ferguson, Patrik Antonius, Neil Channing, Gavin Smith, Tony G, Annette Obrestad and Mike Matusow are all amongst the players expected for the first three heats. Last year James Akenhead rounded off an amazing 2009 by winning this coveted TV event.

This time round the stacks have been tripled and you can still qualify for this event at Full Tilt Poker. There will also be the innovative Parachute Promotion where one lucky online qualifier will win a place in the final table with a 150,000 starting stack (Everyone else gets 300,000).

"The change in format for this year's Million IX is great news for poker," said Matchroom Sport managing director Eddie Hearn. "You only have to read the forums and the poker media to understand what the viewers want to see and that is the World's best players battling it out in a format that promotes skill and allows them to showcase every facet of their talent. The line up is will be the event's strongest yet and this news helps secure Poker Million as one of the World's leading poker tournaments."

Darren Thompson Wins Caesars Mega Stack Main Event

One more big Brit result to report in Vegas over at the Mega Stack Series at Caesars Palace. The month long festival culminated in a $1000 main event which was won by Darren Thompson of Kent. This event was won two years ago by UK deep stack specialist Kevin O’Leary and now Darren chalks up another six figure win for the Brits with his $140,901 score this month.

Darren Thompson
Darren Thompson

$10,000 Sunday Million Freeroll

On August 8th at 8:35 GMT Pokerstars and Pokernews are hosting an exclusive $10,000 Freeroll with tickets to all the Sunday Majors on offer. Big money and 22 Sunday Million tickets are on offer, plus nearly 200 others will win a seat in the Sunday 200 Grand. All it costs is 250 VPPs for new Pokernews referred customers, find out more on our $10,000 Sunday Million Freeroll Page.

  • The Payout
    1st: $1,241
    2nd: $711
    3rd: $496
    4th: $281
    5th - 27th: $215 Sunday Million Ticket
    28th - 239th: $11 Tourney Ticket

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