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Poker News in Brief: April 18-24, 2011
The fallout from online poker's Black Friday filled the pages of PokerListings this week.
Add in the continued action in the high-stakes arena even without U.S. players and there wasn't room for much else.
Fortunately, those stories that slipped through the cracks as a result were collected and put together below in our regular Poker News in Brief feature.
This week, the WTP gets postponed, PKR moves into The Cosmopolitan, a local wins at Betfair Live Tallinn and more.
WTP Postpones Event
World Team Poker has potponed its Championship Event scheduled for May 24-26 at the South Point Hotel Casino and Spa.
“The recent developments in online poker has had a rippling effect throughout the poker industry,” said WTP CEO Michael A. Christian.
“World Team Poker has decided that it is in the players and World Team Poker’s best interest to postpone the event until the end of the summer. This should allow the current situation with online poker to settle down and resolve itself.”
Co-Captained by Johnny Chan and David Chiu, Team China won World Team Poker’s Inaugural Event last year.
PKR at the Cosmo
PKR says newly opened City Center hotel The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas will be its base for the 2011 WSOP.
Anyone winning a WSOP package on the site will also earn a six night stay in Las Vegas' newest hotel.
Each PKR player will have their own Terrace Studio with a private balcony and views of the Vegas strip.
"The WSOP Experience is about living the Las Vegas life to the full and The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas is the perfect base for that," said PKR Marketing Director Simon Prodger.
"Its reputation as the newest, hippest, hotel on the Strip means that our players will experience the best of Las Vegas, and feel like true VIPs. ”
Poker Pro Magazine Signs WSOP Deal
Poker Pro Magazine has signed a distribution deal for the World Series of Poker at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.
The magazine will be available at the Rio to players competing in the WSOP.
“We plan to make Poker Pro available free of charge to every player at the World Series,” said Poker Pro editor-in-chief John Wenzel.
“These are the best players in the world and this is a chance to show them what we’ve got.”
Poker Pro will be available at numerous outlets at the Rio during the entire six-week run of the WSOP.
Local Wins Betfair Poker Live! Tallinn
Estonia's Tõnu Sodla took down the Betfair Poker Live! Tallinn title and €13,062 this week.
The local player went into the final stages of the tournament with massive chip lead, but by the time he'd reached heads-up with Finland's Seppo Jokisalo, the stacks were about even.
Sodla agreed to a chop and the players blind flipped for the title.
Six-three offsuit managed to beat ace-queen and the title stayed in Estonia.