Today on the 3-Bet we announce who we'll be collaborating with to make this WSOP Asia-Pacific the best ever, plus the latest confusing developments in the Party Poker Premier League and an update on 888's activities in Nevada.
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1) Poker Asia Pacific Collaborates with PokerListings on WSOP APAC Official Coverage
We announced yesterday that PokerListings will be the official online media partner for the upcoming WSOP Asia-Pacific at the Crown Casino in Melbourne.
But we won't be doing it alone.
PokerListings is teaming up with Poker Asia Pacific to collaborate on live updates and chip counts.
PAP has deep experience reporting on major events in the Asia-Pacific region and will bring the local knowledge we need to cover WSOP APAC the right way.
“We are thrilled to be partnering with an organization that is so well respected in this industry,” said Poker Asia Pacific’s Heath Chick.
“PokerListings recognized our intimate knowledge of the local player base and our experience in the live reporting field.
“We look forward to providing plenty of great coverage of local players as well as the international superstars who will be heading to Crown Melbourne this April.”
Follow the action from the WSOP Asia Pacific with PokerListings.com and head over to the PAP site for more info.
2) Shak, Reinkemeier ... Duhamel Lead Confusing Party Poker Premier League
If there's a more confusing tournament structure than the Party Poker Premier League we haven't seen it.
Trying to unravel what's going on is like deciphering a baby-saturated Scotty Nguyen rant.
What we do know is that after three heats three players are looking like a lock for the final table.
Dan Shak and Tobias Reinkemeier are tied for the lead in Group A with 27 points while former world champion Jon Duhamel is out in front in Group B with 31 points.
Points are awarded based on where players finish in each heat, and $2,000 in real cash is awarded for each point earned.
With one heat still remaining for both groups big-name players like Antonio Esfandiari, Phil Hellmuth and Daniel Negreanu are all fighting for a spot at the eight-handed final table.
After four heats the top three players in each group automatically advance while the fourth and fifth players battle their counterparts from the other group heads-up for the last two final-table seats.
Players final-table stacks are determined by how many points each player accumulates over the four heats at a rate of 10,000 chips per points.
We told you it was confusing.
3) 888 Adds Treasure Island to List of Vegas Partners
When you're in Vegas it only makes sense to get involved with multiple partners, and that's exactly what 888 Holdings has done most recently with the Treasure Island Hotel and Casino.
The parent company of 888poker now has non-exclusive deals to provide the online gaming platform for three different companies, including Caesars Interactive Entertainment and slot machine maker WMS Industries.
This week the Nevada Gaming Commission approved both 888 and Treasure Island for interactive gaming licenses.
“888 has chosen Nevada as its first U.S. market, and we are hopeful that future developments will present even greater commercial opportunities for 888’s Nevada-facing business,” 888 CEO Brian Mattingley told the gaming commission.
888 attorney Gil White told the commission that 888 will keep a reserve fund covering 100% of player funds.
“The company has never been sanctioned for its operations in any jurisdiction, nor is it presently involved in any material adverse litigation,” White said.
“Similarly, the company and its operations have not been the subject of adverse formal action by any regulatory authority.”