Poker News in Brief: Aug. 2-8, 2010

Mike Matusow
Expect to see, and hear, a lot of Mike "The Mouth" Matusow as ESPN kicks off it's 2010 WSOP Main Event coverage this week.

With live tournaments running in China, Brazil and Italy, plus the latest edition of FTOPS kicking off, it was a busy week in the poker world.

As always, PokerListings had all the news you needed to know splashed all over the front page, but there were a few small things that fell through the cracks.

Fortunately, we've compiled those stories below in our weekly Poker News in Brief feature.

This week, the WSOP launches a free-play U.S. site, ESPN's Main Event coverage begins, Mexico gets a National poker tournament, London gets a strip poker event and lots more.

WSOP Launches Free U.S. Site launched a free play World Series of Poker site for players in the United States this week.

A real money WSOP-branded site is currently available to UK customers and while the WSOP is awaiting changes in U.S. legislation before it rolls out a real-money U.S. site, is offering players in the U.S. the chance to download its software now and play for free.

"WSOP is a pre-eminent brand in poker worldwide, and this free play option will give U.S. players the opportunity to experience a quality poker product tailored to their local market," said Gigi Levy, Acting Managing Director of Dragonfish and CEO of 888 Holdings, which runs the site.

Hard Rock Readies Detox Poker Series

Renowned tournament director Matt Savage and the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino's Poker Lounge are joining forces to bring Las Vegas the Detox Poker Series Aug 13-22.

The 15-event series, with buy-ins ranging from $230 to the $550, will feature three massive guarantees, including a $100,000 opening event, a $50,000 guaranteed rebuy tournament and a $200,000 guaranteed main event.

There will also be a player appreciation tournament with $5k added on the series' final day.

For more info check out the series' .

ESPN Main Event Coverage Begins

Coverage of the 2010 World Series of Poker Main Event begins airing on ESPN Tuesday, Aug. 10, at 8 p.m. ET.

As always, Lon McEachern and Norman Chad share hosting duties.

This week, Mike "The Mouth" Matusow takes center stage on opening day, with 2003 champion Chris Moneymaker, 2004 winner Greg Raymer and 2010 Poker Players Championship winner Michael "The Grinder" Mizrachi also featured.

Viewers can also expect to see Annette Obrestad, former Main Event champion Dan Harrington and 2008 Player of the Year Erick Lindgren throughout the first episode.

Commerce Set for September Series

$1.2 million in guarantees will be up for grabs at Commerce Casino's 19-day Hold'em Series, set to begin Sept. 1 at the Los Angeles area cardroom.

Buy-ins for the series start as low as $120 and two multi-day start events, with a $500,000 and $300,000 guarantee respectively, are planned.

The schedule also includes turbo, ironman, and knockout bounty events.

London Poker Festival to Host Strip Poker Event

Organizers are expecting the Baller Strip Poker Championships to be one of the highlights of a busy London Poker Festival schedule this September.

The Stringfellows gentlemen's club in London's Covent Garden will play host to the unique event Sept. 21.

Fortunately, no poker players will lose any clothing in this one as the rules dictate that Stringfellows girls will be doing the undressing on their behalf.

Blind Man's Bluff World Championship today will play host to the Blind Man's Bluff World Championship at this years' Irish Winter Festival in Dublin Oct. 24.

The €100+€10 Championship will follow a No-Limit Hold'em structure except players will not be permitted to look at their own two cards and have a full view of their opponents' holdings.

"This is a complex game with a lot more skill involved than one might initially think." said Paddy Power, Communications Manager for"Poker players like to think they can read their opponents - let's see how good they really are at judging a situation without knowing what cards they hold in their hat."

Online qualifiers to will take place on paddypowerpoker in September.

The Life Poker Championship

PokerTek, Cirsa Mexico and PokerStars are joining forces to host Mexico's first National poker tournament later this month.

The Life Poker Championship will be held at the Cirsa's Casino Life Del Valle property in Mexico City Aug. 18-22.

The event will be played on the latest PokerPro automated poker tables. Over 300 players are expected and it will be televised live throughout Mexico.

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