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Poker News in Brief: April 5-11, 2010
The PokerStars.net NAPT Mohegan Sun received massive numbers, a Londoner won the Irish Open and durrrr continued to crush during the second week of April.
Those stories took the lion's share of coverage but as usual there were several poker stories that almost got swept under the rug.
Fortunately we've compiled the lesser-known poker stories in our weekly Poker News in Brief feature below.
This week we'll take a look at the first player to make Supernova Elite in 2010, a new poker series at Borgata and bwin potentially re-entering the French market.
George "Jorj95" Lind Becomes First Supernova Elite of 2010
It took George "Jorj95" Lind just under three months to earn one million VPPs and become the first player to achieve Supernova Elite status on PokerStars in 2010.
Lind is no stranger to Supernova Elite status and he was also the first player to achieve the coveted title in 2008. He finished 2008 with over 3 million VPPs.
"I get really motivated to be the first/best at things, even when it's goofy stuff like this," explained Lind.
From Jan. 1 to March 30 of this year, Lind put in 648 hours at the PokerStars tables, played 70,997 tournaments and played 836,402 hands.
To learn how to achieve Supernova Elite status check out our PokerStars room review here.
Borgata Spring Poker Open Begins
It may not have the presence of the WPT or NAPT but the inaugural Borgata Spring Poker Open started yesterday with a $500 buy-in No-Limit tournament.
The tournament series will run from now until April 30 with 26 events in Hold'em, Pot-Limit Omaha, Omaha Hi-Lo and H.O.S.E.
The $3,500 buy-in main event is scheduled to take place April 25-30 with two Day 1s. The main event will carry a $1 million guarantee.
A new addition this year is the $8,000 buy-in East Coast Championship event on April 13. The high-roller style tournament offers a $500,000 guaranteed prizepool.
To learn more check out the Borgata website.
Legal Online Poker in New Hampshire?
New Hampshire is the latest state to consider online poker and gambling as a potential way to earn revenue for a growing budget deficit.
Gov. John Lynch is scheduled to announce a plan for gambling in the State this week and legalization of online gambling is reportedly one of the options the government is reviewing, according to reports.
If he decides to support legalization of online gambling he will face stiff opposition from advocates of live gambling in the state that have already offered five potential sites for slot machines and casino style gambling.
Paddy Power Poker Starts April Bonanza
Paddy Power Poker will offer more than $40,000 in exclusive promotions in the month of April.
The Irish-based online poker room will run its biggest online series, host several high-profile live event satellites and give away straight up cash.
"We've got so much going on in April that it's hard to keep up with it all", said the communications manager for Paddy Power.
"We've got our traditional giveaway promotions alongside new live event qualification and of course the ECOOP VI is making a welcome return - it is going to be busy month for poker enthusiasts!"
From April 5-May 2, Paddy Power Poker will offer a $20,000 rake race, an MTT league with 10 WSOP packages available and a variety of individual WSOP satellites starting at $1.
On April 11 the site will run its first super satellite for the Irish Winter festival with two packages to be won.
Visit our Paddy Power Poker review for more information.
bwin to Restart Online Gambling Site in France
Online gaming operator bwin has plans to return to the French market.
Earlier this week a bill passed through French parliament that ends the state monopoly on online gambling, poker and sports betting. The bill will effectively open the market to commercial operators.
bwin hopes to obtain a licence from the French government before this summer.
In 2006, two bwin executives were famously detained in France for allegedly violating French online gambling laws.
The pair were later released and bwin subsequently opted to suspend its French-facing website.