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Poker News in Brief: Aug. 30- Sep. 5, 2010
With the EPT in Portugal, the WPT in London, the WSOPC in Iowa and Tom Dwan kicking off the second durrrr Challenge online, it was a busy week for the PokerListings news team.
A few stories slipped through the cracks, but we caught them all and neatly organized them into our regular Poker News in Brief feature below.
This week we’ll take a look at the 2010 Poker Hall of Fame nominees, a new WPT TV deal, WSOPE qualifiers on UB, WCOOP kicking off and more.
Hall of Fame nominees announced
Ten nominees have been named for the 2010 class of the Poker Hall of Fame after a two-month voting process on WSOP.com.
The ten players under consideration include Chris Ferguson, Barry Greenstein, Jennifer Harman-Traniello, Dan Harrington, Phil Ivey, Linda Johnson, Tom McEvoy, Daniel Negreanu, Scotty Nguyen and Erik Seidel.
These names will be vetted by the Poker Hall of Fame Governing Council, who will then select the final list of candidates.
The 16 living Hall of Fame members and a 17-person media panel will then determine who will enter the Hall at an induction ceremony held as part of the World Series of Poker Main Event final table festivities in November.
The Poker Hall of Fame, established in 1979, traditionally elects one or two members annually.
High Heels Heads South
The High Heels Poker Tour, the first all women’s poker tour on the U.S. East Coast, is planning a big Fall all over Florida.
The HHPT 2010 Fall schedule will stops at Mardi Gras in Hallandale, Ebro Greyhound Park in Ebro, Orange Park Kennel Club in Jacksonville, The Isle in Pompano, and The Silks Poker Room in Tampa.
For additional information, including dates, times and buy-ins go to www.highheelspokertour.com.
WPT Inks TV Deal
The World Poker Tour and Fox Sports Net announced a multi-season broadcast and promotional agreement for the distribution of WPT Seasons 9, 10, and 11 this week.
The new agreement features prime time national premiere airtimes on Sunday nights, as well as repeat airings throughout the week. Plus, the two have agreed to extensive promotional advertising that will keep viewers up-to-date on new airings.
WPT’s Season 9 will premiere with its 179th episode in January 2011.
"This season promises to be unlike any previous incarnations of the WPT," said Steve Heller, CEO of WPT.
"The shows will be faster-paced and edgier, featuring the biggest names in poker mixing it up with more up-and-coming stars, pre-final table action and, as always, poker’s greatest and most recognizable play-by-play commentary team of Mike Sexton and Vince Van Patten."
Have Your Cake
Cake Poker is running a number of promotions this September, including the debut of a Monday Night Football tournament series.
Debuting Sep. 13 and running for four weeks, Cake Poker will offer Money Night Football tournaments during the NFL broadcasts.
Plus, players who change their screen name to reference their favorite NFL team and cash in one of the tournaments will be entered into a weekly $500 Kamikaze tournament.
WSOPE Qualifiers on UB.com
The World Series of Poker Europe main event is returning to London’s Casino at The Empire Sep. 23-28 and UB wants to send you there.
From Sep. 1-12 UB is offering players the chance to earn a seat for as little as $10.
Players can qualify through $10 Ultra Turbo Rebuy and $55 Freezeout feeders, or buy-in directly to the $500+$30 3-Seat Guaranteed WSOPE Super Satellite scheduled for Sep. 12 at 2:30 p.m. ET.
PKR Offers New Poker Fest
PKR and The Fox Poker Club are teaming up to present a new breed of poker festival with dealer dealt tournaments at affordable buy-ins in London this fall.
Running for a full 28 days between Oct. 11 and Nov. 7, the PKR.com 'London Calling' festival will consist of 57 tournaments with buy-ins ranging from £20 to £300.
The festival will conclude with a £300 buy-in main event.
“With regular buy-ins ranging from £20 'London Calling' is for the huge number of people who'd love to play a high-quality, dealer-dealt tournament but find most poker tours and festivals are too high for their bankroll," said PKR Marketing Director Simon Prodger.
Further details can be found at www.pkr.com/londoncalling.
William Hill Revamps Software
William Hill Poker has made a few improvements aimed at making the player experience more enjoyable.
The poker tables on the site now have a new look. Players can adjust table-sizing to tile and cascade multiple tables and now have the ability to play on more than one monitor at a time.
The site has also introduced flashing avatars to indicate when a player is on the clock, new backgrounds, borders and shading.
The player's chat functionality has been improved and incorporated in a side toolbar to access the chat commentary, player's notes, relevant statistics, hand history and settings.
Check out PokerListings’ William Hill Poker review for more.
WCOOP Kicks Off
PokerStars’ World Championship of Online Poker begins today.
The richest online poker series in the world, WCOOP will consist of 62 events over 23 days, with tournaments in every poker discipline and $50 million in guaranteed cash.
Last year, 43,973 players from 140 countries took part in WCOOP with Yevgeniy “Jovial Gent” Timoshenko winning the main event and more than $1.7 million.
PokerStars is offering a 20% WCOOP Reload Bonus to help bankroll your run at a WCOOP title.
Make a deposit before 11:59 p.m. ET on Sep. 11 using the code WCOOP to take advantage.
For more details, go to the WCOOP website.