Poker News in Brief: April 11-17, 2011

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2011 Macau Millions winner Hung-Sheng "Shaq" Lin.

With stops on the EPT, WSOP Circuit and NAPT all wrapping up this week, plus the shocking news that three of online poker's biggest sites had been indicted by the U.S. Attorney's Office, it was a very busy week in the PokerListings news room.

But the poker world soldiers on, and, as always, the stories that slipped through the cracks get collected and placed in our weekly Poker News in Brief feature below.

This week, the Irish Open goes live, 888 doubles prizepools, records get broken in Macau and more.

888poker Doubles Guaranteed Prizepools

888poker continues to grow and has now doubled the prizepools in their major guaranteed tournaments just to keep up.

The site's Sunday Challenge now guarantees a prizepool of $100,000.

Other major tournaments on the site have also followed suit.

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Irish Open Web Stream

Paddy Power Poker will host a live web stream broadcast of the Irish Open 2011 later this month.

Jessie May will anchor a broadcast that will feature live interviews, roving reporters and cameras in every corner, a dynamic news ticker, social media interactivity and a live feature table with running commentary.

The stream will be accessible at beginning at 1 p.m. on Friday, April 22 and continue through the end of the final table April 25.

The €3,200+€300 event takes place April 22- 25 at the Burlington Hotel in Dublin, Ireland.

WPT Facebook Game Offers VIP Access

The WPT Texas Hold ‘Em Poker game on Facebook is giving fans the chance to win an All-Access VIP Pass and prize pack for two to the upcoming WPT World Championship at the Bellagio in Las Vegas May 14-20.

The package includes a one-night stay at the Bellagio, lunch with the Royal Flush Girls, two seats at the final table taping of the WPT World Championship; a meet-and-greet with Mike Sexton, Vince Van Patten and Kimberly Lansing; a WPT Swag Bag; $1000 cash prize; bottle service; and a private booth for the winner and seven friends at the Bellagio’s The Bank Nightclub.

Those who purchase any poker chip package from April 11-25 will be entered in a draw to win.

WSOPC Back In Las Vegas

The World Series of Poker Circuit returned to Las Vegas and Caesars Palace this week to host 17 days of poker action.

The tournament series began April 14 and will run through April 30.

Events ranging from $70 to the three-day long $1,600 main event are all on offer.

This marks the sixth consecutive year Caesars Palace has hosted a WSOP Circuit stop.

Both the main event winner and the the player who accumulates the most points in the ten gold ring events at Caesars will win seats in the $1 million freeroll National Championship back at Caesars Palace next month.

Shaq Wins Macau Millions

The 2011 HKD $2,200 Macau Millions saw 1,329 entries this year, smashing the HKD $1,500,000 guarantee and becoming the first poker tournament in Asia to break the 1,000-entry mark.

Chinese Taipei's Hung-Sheng "Shaq" Lin took down the title and collected a HKD $400,000 first-place prize.

"This year the popularity of the Macau Millions is so much greater, particularly within the region," said PokerStars Director of Live Operations for Asia-Pacific Danny McDonagh.

"Poker is really taking off in Asia. It's a proud moment for our PokerStars Macau team and speaks volumes about Grand Lisboa's well deserved reputation for quality and success."

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