Poker News in Brief: April 12-18, 2010

Annie Duke
There's an app for that.

Jason Mercier further cemented his status as one of the game's rising stars during the second week of April.

The Team PokerStars Pro and PokerListings blogger took down the NAPT Mohegan Sun $25k High Roller shootout event for $475,000.

Mercier understandably received a large amount of coverage in the poker media, but there several other lesser known stories that broke this week.

We've compiled a list below in our weekly Poker News in Brief feature.

This week we'll take a look at Annie Duke getting her own iPhone app, a new UKIPT winner and Nat Nast joining forces with the World Series of Poker.

Annie Duke Releases iPhone App

UB Poker pro Annie Duke launched a free iPhone poker app this week.

The Annie Duke Poker Tutor offers a variety of poker training including a new tip every day, a poker odds calculator and No-Limit Hold'em rules.

The app also offers content from Duke's website, Twitter and the UB website.

Annie Duke Poker Tutor users will also benefit from a freeroll on UB hosted by Duke on April 29 with prizes to be announced. The player who knocks out Duke will receive an extra $25.

To download the app visit the iTunes store or to learn more about the freeroll check out our UB Poker room review.

ChiliPoker VIP Wins French Deep Stack Open

French player Julien Subreville outlasted 500 players to win the first installment of the ChiliPoker Deepstack Open in Aix-En-Provence Pasino this week.

Subreville, who is a Chilipoker VIP, officially won €43,000 at the €550 buy-in tournament although there was a chop heads-up with Florent Aubert.

More than 15 different nationalities took part in the tournament with noted players Liz Lieu, Liv Boeree and Michelle Orpe hitting the felt.

The next DSO event is scheduled to take place in Portugal at the Vilamoura Casino from Sept. 23-26, 2010. All DSO events carry a fixed €550 buy-in.

To learn more take a look at our Chilipoker room review.

Gilles Augustus

Belgian Wins UKIPT Coventry

Belgian Gilles Augustus outlasted a field of 367 players to win the United Kingdom & Ireland Coventry event this week.

Augustus, a 22-year-old computer programmer, won £46,000 for taking down the £550 buy-in tournament.

Foreigners have been dominant in this season of the UKIPT as Dutchman Joeri Zandvliet won the Manchester stop back in February.

The tour now shifts to Nottingham where the Dusk Till Dawn casino will host a £560 tournament from May 12-17.

To qualify for the UKIPT go to our PokerStars room review.

WSOP Partners With Nat Nast

The World Series of Poker found another major corporate sponsor in the form of luxury men's clothing company Nat Nast this week.

The American Sportswear company designed an exclusive collector's series of embroidered shirts featuring WSOP artwork, which will launch in late 2010.

"We are delighted to be collaborating with the World Series of Poker in creating an exclusive collection of shirts that celebrates the game of poker and its ultimate challenge" said Lawrence DeParis, President & CEO of Nat Nast.

The collection will be available at select department and speciality stores as well as luxury resorts, casinos and online in the United States, Canada and the Caribbean.

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