Archive for February, 2008.

Everest Poker Avalanche

29 February, 2008

Everest Poker has brought back one of their most popular online events.  After they revamped it Avalanche is now better than before! The pay out structure is more open with more than 1 million dollars in payouts. The bubble will now burst at number 80 What could be better?

The most obvious answer, the top ten still get a free vacation weekend, with a guest, plus a share in the 1 million dollar pot.  Each of the top 10 in the Avalanche will play face to face at a live table in a currently unreleased destination. Everest Poker is not one to shrug on the cost, so expect the most exotic poker destinations and you won’t be disappointed. To qualify for this fabulous opportunity enter in the round one satellites at Everest Poker.

On their site, Everest Poker said they will release further details of the live event weekend as it draws closer.

Poker Event for Charity – Play Todd Brunson

23 February, 2008

 In a press release Todd Brunson made it clear he is willing to leave the poker tables in Las Vegas for a good cause. He is partnering with a children’s cancer charity to raise money for a camp for children with cancer. Realizing that this must be a tough thing to deal with, Todd is doing what he can to support the children. The tournament is designed so every player who joins in gets to compete against Todd Brunson and some of his friends through out. California Bay Area players will be able to play like the pro’s while supporting the children. What could make a better day? Perhaps Golf? Matt Savage is hosting the second annual Udayakumar Nugyen Charity Golf Match. This will begin at 9am on the Coyote Creek Golf Course in nearby San Jose.

Todd Brunson Charity Poker Event Overview: 

Saturday, March 8, 2:00PM

590 Laurelwood Road, Santa Clara, CA 95054 (2.4 miles north of Bay 101)

Texas HoldEm Poker Rebuy Live Tournament (21 and older to enter)

Buy In Donation -$300; Rebuy Donation -$100

All proceeds from this poker event and the golf tournament prior to it will benefit Camp Okizu. This camp is specifically designed by the Leo Brien Foundation for children with forms of childhood cancer.

Door prizes for all sponsoring players as well as an autographed picture of Todd will be available on a first come first receive basis.
Assuming Poker and Golf have not filled your competitve need, Bay 101 will be hosting a 10 thousand dollar Championship Tournament on March 10th, starting at 10:30. They are hosting the Shooting Star World Poker Tour on their final seasonal event.

What could be more fulfilling, begin the weekend with golf, end it with a championship title and the award to come along with it.

European Poker Tour Copenhagen Day 2

21 February, 2008

A lot has happened in the last couple of days in Copenhagen. The sold out event saw the field widdled down to 170 players in the 2 part day 1’s series. The starting field of 460 players had stiff competition from many of the PokerStarts Team of poker pro’s.

Noah Boeken is still in the event, but not fairing well in chip stack ratio – he is holding a mere 9, 400. His PokerStars Team mate, Bill Chen, is fairing much better with more than 40 thousand to start day 2. Just to put in a good face for Team Poker Stars, Luca Pagano, is among the chip leaders with 56 thousand on hand for the start of day 2.

With a number of Team Poker Star’s Pro’s still in the running for the Copenhagen EPT pay out of 21, 086, 400 Euro’s, this will be a competition worth watching.

Poker is a game of chance?

14 February, 2008

 In a recent case the British appeals court established, under UK law, that poker is not a game of skill, but a game of chance. By doing this the courts are requiring that all small pubs and private clubs that would like to host a poker game or poker tournament become licensed. The case that brought this argument was Derek Kelly who ran the Gutshot Private Club located in Clarkenwell, London. He hosted poker games in the private club in which they took fees and rake for the games. His original defense that was turned over is that poker is a game of skill, similar to chess.  The jury did not agree with his argument, and neither did the Courts of Appeals.

Austria’s Online Poker Room Launched

13 February, 2008

As online poker has gained popularity, many countries have taken note. Two have taken actions that support both the industry, and their countries. Sweden was the first to launch a state run online poker room, Svenska Spel. This poker room has forged ahead and developed some of the greatest technologies and securities available to the online poker industry. They are no longer alone in the endeavor. Austria’s Win2Day began accepting registrations from Austrian citizens to play in the last week. 

One bonus that Win2Day is offering over Svenska Spel is the freeroll. As part of their launch, they will be giving away more than 72 thousand dollars through the freeroll competitions. Also available through the new government run poker room are satellite for the Casinos Austria Poker Tour aka CAPT. The prize pool will be paying out more than 7 million dollars through 6 live events between February and October. Satellites available at the online poker room Win2Day will open the door for those who do not typically enter the tour, but can play the game.

Take note of the responsible gaming practices already in place such as the deposit limit, and rake back set to 2.5 percent. This is certain to be the first not the only steps on enforcing responsible gaming at the online poker site for Austria. With this kind of money being raised online, there is no telling the kind of bonus the Austrian Government will be able to give back to their citizens.