Poker News in Brief: April 26-May 2, 2010

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The poker world experienced a storm before the calm during the last week of April.

With winners at the WPT Championship, EPT Grand Final and even WSOPC Caesars there were millions of dollars awarded to poker players in the last week.

It was the last glut of tournaments before the start of the 2010 World Series of Poker and the poker news was flying.

With so much news it was easy to miss the lesser-known stories, but fortunately we're breaking them down today in our ongoing Poker News in Brief feature.

This week we'll take a look at PartyPoker giving away an Aston Martin, Cake Poker releases a new beta version, Shaun Deeb collecting a Bodog bounty and more.

Drive the Dream Roars onto PartyPoker

PartyPoker introduced a new promotion this week that will see one lucky poker player drive away in a brand new Aston Martin DB9 Coupe.

"It is simple to get involved, just join the daily freerolls, qualifying through to the monthly satellites where you can win your seat to the live final in London!" said a PartyPoker spokesman. "This is well and truly the opportunity of a lifetime - the possibility of winning an Aston Martin DB9 Coupe for free!"

The freerolls, which are open to PokerListings players, will run every Tuesday from April 27 to Sept. 12. Every player that wins will qualify for the monthly main satellite, which takes place every second Sunday.

There will be prizes for every player at the final table in London including racing packages and cash.

For information take a look at our PartyPoker review.

Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels Actor Joins Ladbrokes

English actor Nick Moran has signed on board with Ladbrokes Poker as their new poker school host.

Moran notably played skilled rounder Eddy in the Guy Ritchie action flick Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels but in real life he's a poker novice and that's why Ladbrokes wanted him.

Over the last few weeks Moran has been filming a series of training videos with Ladbrokes pro Jon Kalmar where they explore the fundamentals of the game. The videos are now available on the Ladbrokes website.

To learn more check out our Ladbrokes review.

Shaun Deeb

Shaun Deeb Collects Bodog Bounty

Consummate poker tournament grinder Shaun Deeb collected the €1,000 bounty on Bodog Network CEO Patrik Selin at the EPT Grand Final this week.

It took a significant cooler as Selin turned a straight but Deeb turned a full house to bust the CEO.

"It was always going to be a tough day sat next to Shaun and to be honest if anybody on the table was going to kick me out I wanted it to be him," conceded Selin after the hand.

Selin announced the knockout bounty in early April, arguing that more online poker room CEOs should play live tournaments to better understand their players.

UB, Absolute Poker Offering World Cup Prize Package

CEREUS network sites UB and Absolute Poker are giving new players $50,000 in freerolls and one VIP prize package to the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

The promotion, which is called the $50k Soccer Freeroll Frenzy on UB and the South African Soccer Spectacular on Absolute Poker, is open to anyone who deposits for the first time on either site between April 25 and May 30.

The $50k in prize money will be spread throughout 33 separate new depositor freerolls in the month of May.

Every player who participates in the new depositor freerolls will be entered into the Grand Prize $20k Freeroll on June 5 with top place receiving a $14,000 package to the 2010 World Cup.

To learn more check out our UB Poker review or Absolute Poker review.

Cake Poker Introduces Software Beta

Cake Poker began rolling out a private beta version of its poker client this week with new lobby features, filters and customizable themes.

"We are excited to launch the private beta for our new Cake Poker client and to get some further feedback on our efforts," said Lee Jones, a leading driver of the new interface and the Cake Poker card room manager.

"We are delighted at the how the client is currently operating and looking forward to being able to offer an improved online poker experience to all our players."

Although Cake is currently testing the software with a select group of cash and tournament players there are plans to introduce a public beta of the new software shortly.

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