Poker News in Brief: April 13-19

Jennifer Harman

Welcome to another thrilling edition of Poker News in Brief for the week of April 13-19.

As part of our weekly ongoing feature we've compiled another collection of poker stories that didn't quite make the front page on but definitely raised a few eyebrows.

This week we learn about a certain European Footballer who has developed a passion for card flopping, Jennifer Harman being charitable and a big golf tournament.

Goooal!!! Soccer star Christian Vieri to play EPT Monte Carlo

World renowned Italian forward Christian Vieri has made plans to play this year's EPT Grand Final in Monte Carlo, according to a story published by ESPN.

Vieri mentioned in the story that he used to play a lot of Italian card games while in training camps but was recently introduced to No-Limit Hold'em.

The Italian striker was originally scheduled to play at EPT San Remo put was forced to pull out due to an illness.

Jennifer Harman hosts successful charity tournament

Poker player Jennifer Harman once showed her passion and love for animals this weekend. Harman raised over $130,000 for animal cruelty prevention by hosting a poker tournament at the Venetian.

Over 120 players turned out to play in the event including well-known players like Phil Hellmuth, Daniel Negreanu and Phil Ivey. In addition to the poker players several celebrities showed up including Simpsons voice-actor Nancy Cartwright and Dancing with the Stars contestant Karina Smirnoff.

All proceeds went directly to the Nevada Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA).

Erick Lindgren
Erick Lindgren is no golf slouch.

Full Tilt to tee-off with another World Series of Golf

It appears that Full Tilt Poker will once again be putting its weight behind the World Series of Golf. The annual golf competition is set to take place on the week of May 11 and will likely include several poker players and celebrities.

The competition, which began in 2007, follows a unique format that sees each hole played out in a similar manner to No-Limit Hold'em.

Previous winners include day trader Mark Ewing and automobile salesman Andrew Johnson. Johnson beat poker pro Erick Lindgren to take top prize.

Castille de Peralada
The WPT returns to Barcelona.

WPT adds two new European Events

The World Poker Tour is trying to emphasize the "world" in its name by adding a couple new international stops to the tour.

In addition to the Venice and Marrakech events, there will be stops in Barcelona and Northern Cypress this year.

The €5,000+€300 Barcelona event will take place at Casino Barcelona on June 24-30. Last year over 250 grinders battled it out for a prize pool of nearly $2 million, which was eventually won by Casper Hansen.

In the fall the focus will shift to Northern Cyprus for a $10,000+$300 event at the Merit Hotel from September 6 to 12.

Poker After Dark seat up for grabs at Charity Tournament

If you've ever dreamt of being on popular TV show Poker After Dark you might want to check out an Suzie and Howard Lederer Celebrity Charity Poker Tournament on July 1 at the Golden Nuggent.

Proceeds from the event are going to the Boys and Girls club but the winner will also receive a $20,000 seat on the top rated late night poker show and the chance to win $120,000. The seat is being donated by Full Tilt and additional prizes will be donated by the Golden Nugget.

CEREUS releases $530,000 points race

The CEREUS poker network, which includes Ultimate Bet and Absolute Poker, has started a two-month points race worth $530,000. The prize pool will be divided amongst the top 500 status point earners.

First place in the race will get $25,000, second receives $22,000 and finally third place gets $20,000 added to their bankroll. Everyone who makes the leaderboard will get at least $150 and the top 10 will pocket five-figure paydays.


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