Poker News in Brief: April 5-12, 2009

Terrence Chan
T-Chan was the man at SCOOP.

Welcome to another exciting edition of Poker News in Brief for the week of April 5-12.


As part of our weekly feature we've collected a list of stories that didn't quite make it onto the front page of PokerListings but were worth mentioning.

This week we take a look at some big names popping up at the PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker, George Costanza running a charity tournament and more sad news for the Chip Reese family.

Pros reign supreme at PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker

Suffice to say the first ever Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP) has been an overwhelming success for PokerStars, but it's also been a big hit with professional poker players.

Over the last week players like Michael "The Grinder" Mizrachi, Daniel "steamraise" Alaei, Hevad "RaiNKhAN" Khan and James "Andy McLEOD" Obst have all tallied big wins in the online poker series.

Obst's win was the most impressive as it came in the high-stakes Mixed Hold'em event and he won $184,000.

Terrence Chan wins two SCOOP events

In other SCOOP news, Terrence "Unassigned" Chan did the unthinkable and won back-to-back events.

He did so by winning the $530 buy-in FL Hold'em (6-Max) event and then the $5,200 FL Hold'em (6-Max) event. It is the first time that any player has won the same event twice at different buy-in levels.

He took home $51,300 for the low-buy-in event and $134,887 for the high-buy-in event. Props goes to Terrence "Not Johnny" Chan!

More details on all SCOOP event winners here.


Michael Mizrachi
Michael Mizrachi would probably be OK with UIGEA going away.

Barney Frank once again takes aim at UIGEA

Rep. Barney Frank, who has been a stalwart defender of online poker, is planning on introducing a stand-alone bill that would potentially repeal the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act and legalize online poker.

The latest update has Frank introducing a stand-alone bill instead of just attaching it to another one. It's surprising because that's exactly how the UIGEA was originally passed.

California Jen has an interesting write up about it over at

Chip Reese's son dies

Exceptionally sad news coming out of Las Vegas this week as Chip Reese's son Casey Reese died. The cause of death is still being investigated.

Doyle Brunson, who was one of the Chip's closest friends, has been writing in detail about the sad development over at his blog.


Jason Alexander
Apparently Costanza has a heart after all.

Alexander antes up

Seinfeld's Jason Alexander is hosting a charity poker tournament in Los Angeles on May 9 to benefit domestic violence victims and homeless youth.

The $250 buy-in with $100 rebuys event will take place at the Hollywood Park Casino and features a first-place prize of $10,000.

All proceeds will go to the 1736 Family Crisis Center in Los Angeles, which runs total of five shelters, three outpatient clinics and five around-the-clock emergency treatment centers in the Los Angeles area.

For more information, or to donate, check out the Crisis Center's website at

Poker in the Park

Leicester Square Park will once again play host to Poker in the Park this summer, Europe's largest free poker festival.

The event returns to London for the third time August 13 and 14 and will feature a series of free tournaments, lectures and autograph signings from top pros.

Last year 10,000 people filled Leicester Square for the event.

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