Poker News in Brief: Dec. 13-19, 2010

WPT Royal Flush Girl and Maxim Hometown Hottie Melanie Iglesias.

With EPT Prague, WSOPC Atlantic City, the second durrrr challenge and Isildur1's SuperStar Showdown stealing the headlines this week, there was room for little else on the PokerListings front page.

Our news team stayed hard at work, however, and collected all the stories you may have missed in our weekly Poker News in Brief feature below.

This week, the PPA is disappointed by the failure of another online poker bill, a WPT Royal Flush Girl is named Maxim's Hometown Hottie, the WSOP gets a little Italian flavor and a whole lot more.

PPA Disappointed By Reid Bill Fail

The Poker Players Alliance expressed disappointment this week that lawmakers likely missed an opportunity to license and regulate online poker before the end of the 111th session of Congress.

"On behalf of the millions of Americans who play online poker, I am disappointed Congress has not acted to implement important licensing and regulation of this growing industry," said former Senator Alfonse D'Amato, chairman of the PPA. "It's a missed opportunity, pure and simple."

Several attempts by Senate Majority leader Harry Reid to piggyback legislation to legalize and regulate online poker onto tax and spending legislation before the current lame duck congressional session ended Dec. 17 failed.

However, the PPA remains committed to the cause.

"The progress we've made this year and the momentum of the past few weeks will only help as we continue to work with lawmakers at the state and federal levels to protect the rights of Americans to play the great game of poker in a safe, regulated, U.S. market," said John Pappas, executive director of the PPA.

Paddy Power Releases Irish Open Schedule

Paddy Power Poker released the full Irish Open 2011 schedule this week.

The five day-long festival will run Apr. 21-25 at the Burlington Hotel in Dublin, Ireland.

The four day €3,200+€300 main event begins at 2 p.m. Apr. 22 and runs through the conclusion of the festival.

Several satellites and side events are also included. Weekly super satellites take place on Paddy Power Poker every Sunday and Tuesday.

WPT Royal Flush Girl Named Hometown Hottie

WPT Royal Flush Girl Melanie Iglesias has won Maxim Magazine’s Hometown Hotties national model search competition.

Iglesias beat out thousands of contestants to make it to the Top 10 and the Magazine announced she was the leading vote-getter this week.

“I was so excited and shocked when Maxim called to tell me. What an amazing honor,” she said. “First, I get picked to be a Royal Flush Girl, then I’m fortunate enough to win this great contest – it’s been an unbelievable year.”

A new pictorial will appear on the website and Iglesias will be featured in an upcoming issue of Maxim.

WPT on Facebook Offers Invitational Seat

WPT Texas Hold ’Em Poker on Facebook is giving fans a chance to win a seat at the WPT Celebrity Invitational tournament this coming February.

One draw winner and a guest will be able to attend the Commerce Casino event in Los Angeles, California and play side-by-side with celebrities and poker pros.

WPT Texas Hold ‘Em Poker on Facebook players will receive a draw entry for each purchase of any poker chip package during the promotion period.

The promotion runs Dec. 15 through Jan. 10, 2011.

WSOP Goes Italian

Caesars Interactive Entertainment, Inc. announced a long-term agreement with Microgame S.p.A. for its WSOP brand in the Italian poker market this week.

Microgame and Caesars will now work together to market the WSOP brand in Italy with online and offline poker tournaments and promotions.

Microgame already operates the largest poker network in the newly-regulated Italian online market.

People’s Poker, a network of over 120 online poker sites, will be co-branded utilizing the WSOP brand and People’s Poker brand.

Microgame and the WSOP will also create land-based tournaments for the Italian players using the WSOP name and Microgame now becomes the exclusive satellite provider in Italy for WSOP land-based events around the world.

Christmas at Betfair

Betfair is hosting several holiday poker promotions this month.

The site has a $60,000 Christmas Points Race from Dec. 1-21 promising players in the top 100 a share of $60,000 with $10,000 for first.

The site is also giving players the chance to win one of 85 iPads via its 85 iPad Giveaway tournament Jan. 5. Players can secure a seat through select satellites all this month.

And finally, Betfair is hosting a $40,000 Raked Hand Frenzy from Dec. 11-29. Players with the most number of raked hands in the Gold, Silver and Bronze leaderboard will all win live satellite seats and prizes.

PartyPoker Starts WPT Venice Satellites

Satellites for the WPT Venice main event begin online at PartyPoker Dec. 20.

The $7,000 packages up for grabs all include the buy-in, hotel accommodation and $1,000 in spending money.

“Play in our mix of daily qualifiers that run from Dec. 20 to Jan. 23 for your chance to play in these prize satellites," a PartyPoker spokesperson said. "Remember, start with our daily freerolls and you could end up at the WPT Venice main event for free.”

The main $350+$25 online satellites take place every Sunday at 3:20 p.m. ET with one package guaranteed.

WPT Venice runs Feb. 3-11 at the Casino de Venezia.

Springael wins 2010 3LT Grand Final

The Everest Poker sponsored 3LT Grand Final drew 261 players to Vienna, Austria this week.

Belgium's Joris Springael outlasted them all to take the title and €132,680 first-place prize.

Run by TD Thomas Kremser, the 3 Länder Poker Tour (3LT) debuted as the first poker tour held in the three German-speaking countries this year.

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