Poker News in Brief: Aug. 9-15, 2010

Katja Thater
EPT Mixed Game Player of the Year Katja Thater

The EPT's seventh season kicked off in Tallinn, live tournaments went off in Australia, China, Latvia and South Florida and the high-stakes games online continued to steal the headlines all week.

As a result, there were a few stories that feel through the PokerListings news team's clutches. Fortunately, we've compiled them below in our weekly News in Brief feature.

This week, Katja Thater grabs some recognition, 888 awards a huge jackpot, P0ker H0 gets his own UB event and more.

888poker Pays Largest Jackpot Ever

One South Australian pub league poker player found Friday the 13th to be his lucky day thanks to 888poker

Anh-Tuan hit 888poker's largest Royal Jackpot in history at over $190,000 playing on a $1/$2 No-Limit Hold'em table he hit the Royal Flush of Spades.

"When we established the jackpot on 888poker we hoped for big wins for the players and we are excited to see our first 190,000-plus jackpot," Said Gareth Edwards, Director of Poker Strategy at 888.

"We congratulate Anh-Tuan on his victory and look forward to the next set of big winners and jackpots."

The progressive jackpot now starts again at $25,000 on 888's designated jackpot tables where players can choose to place a jackpot bet during play. 

Thater Presented Mixed Game Award

German Team PokerStars Pero Katja Thater was presented the EPT Award for Mixed Game Player of the Year during a break at EPT Tallinn this week.

Thater won the title after an eight-way tie at the end of the season was played out in an online final on PokerStars against competition including EPT Berlin runner-up Ilari Tahkokallio and Team PokerStars Pro Joe Hachem.

The mixed-game Award recognizes achievement in some of the more obscure poker variants, such as Deuce to Seven, Badugi, Triple Stud and Eight Game.

Betfair Live!

Some 260 players descended upon Yalta in the Southern Ukraine for the latest event in the Betfair Live! Series this week.

The $820 No-Limit Hold'em main event saw a $206,804 prize pool pay 36 places with first worth $45,000. Kirill Telezhkin booked the win. 

The series continues later in the year in Portugal with dates and details coming soon.

Take Down a H0

Wisconsin bar owner, radio personality and Team UB Pro Mark "P0ker H0" Kroon is now hosting his own weekly poker tournament at

Take Down a H0, a $50,000 Guaranteed No Limit Hold'em Deep Stack tournament, kicked off this Saturday and will run every Saturday at 3:05 p.m. ET on UB.

The event includes a weekly $300 bounty on Kroon's head.

Poker in the Park Tournaments

The Poker in the Park 2010 festival has teamed up with some of the UK's leading poker leagues to put together a two-day tournament schedule set for this September..

The fourth annual poker festival, going off in London Sept. 2-3, will now play host to a series of poker league-sponsored tournaments under the canvas of its Poker Domes.

"Right from the very first Poker in the Park, it was our intention to support the game at its grassroots level and we're delighted this year to be partnering with so many familiar leagues, as well as welcoming some new faces to the table," said event organizer Michael Caselli.

For the full schedule and more information check out Poker in the Park.

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