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Poker News in Brief: April 19-25, 2010
It was a rather busy week in the poker world.
Liv Boeree won the European Poker Tour's San Remo title, David Williams took down the 2010 WPT Championship, the EPT Grand Final kicked off and the high stakes action on Full Tilt was running full force.
PokerListings had a beat on it all, but a few of the week's smaller stories managed to slip through the cracks.
Fortunately we've got them all below in our regular poker News in Brief feature.
This week we look at the World Series of Poker revamping its Academy for the summer, an Albanian winning in Australia, the Hard Rock in Vegas hosting a Supercross charity poker event and a whole lot more.
Matt Graham Joins DeepStacks Live
Two-time WSOP bracelet winner Matt Graham has joined the poker training group DeepStacks Live as an instructor.
A member of Team UB, Graham will lead poker seminars around the country, focusing on events in the Southern and Western United States.
"I'm looking forward to joining champions like Mike Matusow and Tom McEvoy, traveling the country helping passionate poker players get better," he said.
Graham's first classes will be at the DeepStacks Live 1-Day Tournament Primer Course at the Pala Hotel Resort and Casino near San Diego April 30.
For more information visit www.DeepStacks.com.
WSOP Beefs Up Academy
The World Series of Poker Academy has announced a new schedule of events at the Rio All-Suites Hotel and Casino to coincide with the 2010 World Series of Poker.
It all starts with a 2-day Tournament Academy May 28-29 with two-time WSOP bracelet winner Mark Seif designed to get you deep in the preliminary events.
There will also be an Alumni Only Hand Analysis Academy, a one-day Ladies Only Academy, and a Mind and Body Academy featuring poker mindset coach Sam Chauhan.
Plus there will be a Cash Game Academy at Caesars Palace and the signature annual Main Event Primer designed by Greg Raymer, Annie Duke and Phil Hellmuth, just before the Main Event begins.
Four Aces Finds a Winner
The first Poker Pro Canada Classic poker tournament at Four Aces Card Club in Montreal drew 250 players from all over Canada and the U.S. and Europe to compete for a piece of a $369,000 prize pool.
Sponsored by UB and Bodog, it was the largest poker event ever held in Quebec with a buy-in of more than $1,500.
Local player Oliver "O.B." Baksic took home $96,400 for first after defeating 2008 EPT Grand Final third-place finisher Maxime Villemure heads-up.
Team PokerStars, Eh!
PokerStars has added four new additions to its Canadian Team.
Joining Daniel Negreanu and Darus Suharto are Greg DeBora, who has better than $350,000 in career earnings, three-time WSOP final tablist Patrick Pezzin, Marcello Del Grosso, who had deep runs in the WSOP Main Event in 2005 and 2006 and Anh Van Nguyen, a 14-year pro and former dealer.
All four Pros competed at the PokerStars.net North American Poker Tour event at the Mohegan Sun in Connecticut, Apr. 6-13.
Hard Rock to Host Supercross Charity Event
The Hard Rock Poker Lounge Las Vegas and Feld Motor Sports are hosting the first Monster Energy AMA Supercross Charity Poker Tournament in Las Vegas May 6.
All proceeds from the tournament will go to benefit the Road 2 Recovery Foundation.
The $150 buy-in and $50 rebuy event is expected to draw stars of Monster Energy Supercross, professional poker players, and fans alike.
First pays $2,500 plus a number of sponsored prizes while the top twenty finishers will receive unforgettable products courtesy Hard Rock Poker Lounge, Monster Energy, Feld Motor Sports, Rockwell Time, Skullcandy, Ogio, DVS, Liquid Force, Metal Mulisha, Full Tilt, UB, and more.
Ex-pat wins in Australia
Albanian born Aussie Angelo Hanataj took down the PokerStars ANZPT Sydney main event this week.
He grabbed $219,432 for his efforts and rocketed into the top 5 in the ANZPT Player of the Year race.
After a win in Perth and another deep finish, last year's POY winner and Team PokerStars Australia Pro Tony Hachem holds a commanding lead in the battle for an AUD$100k sponsorship deal.
Europe's Biggest Tournament
The dates have been released for what was Europe's largest live No-Limit Texas Hold'em tournament last year, the International Poker Open.
The €180+ €20 buy-in freezeout is set for Oct. 15-17, 2010 at the Regency Hotel in Dublin, Ireland.
Organizers are estimating the prize pool will reach up to €250,000 including €20,000 added by sponsors Boylepoker.
"Last year we set the record for the largest live tournament field ever assembled in Europe," said Paul Spillane, the site's head of poker.
"We're confident the 2010 event will prove just as popular and we expect another sell out field."