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Poker News in Brief: Dec. 14-20, 2009
With Isildur1 apparently busto, poker fans had to be content with watching Scotty Nguyen make an epic run at the WPT Doyle Brunson Five Diamond World Poker Classic during the third week of December.
There were a few other big poker stories with Harrah’s releasing the official 2010 WSOP schedule and Mangas Gaming acquiring Everest Poker but for the most part the poker world has started to get quiet as the lead up to Christmas begins.
Fortunately there are always a few stories that don’t make the front page here at PokerListings and we compile them for you every week in our ongoing Poker News in Brief feature.
This week we’ll look at a PokerListings player winning a trip to Australia, another World Series of Poker Circuit winner, the Aria Poker Room opening its doors and more.
PokerListings Player Wins PartyPoker Aussie Millions Package
PokerListings player gimeyoursbr capitalized on an exclusive PartyPoker freeroll in a big way last week.
The 35-year-old Brazilian won a $15,000 package to the biggest tournament in the Southern Hemisphere – the 2010 Aussie Millions.
“I will try my best and see where it takes me,” he said after winning. “I am very excited about getting to know Melbourne and the nearby cities but once I am playing at the Aussie Millions I will be 100% concentrated on it.”
gimeyoursbr has been playing poker professionally for three years now and once hit the jackpot on PartyPoker for a large score. Suffice to say he’s a fan of the site.
“They are pretty good and getting big again,” he said. “That is terrific.”
PartyPoker is making a huge push to send players to the Aussie Millions this year with more than 27 packages already awarded.
Chris Klodnicki wins WSOPC Harrah’s AC
Poker pro Chris Klodnicki finally found the tournament victory he’d been looking for at the 2009 World Series of Poker Circuit Harrah’s Atlantic City main event this week.
Klodnicki outlasted 194 players to win $215,915 and a WSOPC ring.
“I feel great,” said Klodnicki. “I was having a pretty off year and this ended the year on a great note. I was starting to lose my confidence and this picked it up a lot.”
Noted online player Kyle Bowker finished in second place for $128,357.
Outside of a Borgata side event win, Kodnicki’s list of career cashes is full of second place and third place finishes. Klodnicki is perhaps most well known for coming in 12th place in the 2008 WSOP Main Event for nearly $600,000.
Aria Poker Room Opens
Poker players have yet another place to frequent in Las Vegas as the multi-billion CityCenter development opened its doors for business this week.
The 61-story ARIA holds the development’s casino and poker room. The poker room offers 24 tables complete with a closed off high limits room. Players will find limits of $1-3, $2-5, $5-10 on a daily basis although the room will spread higher ones based on demand.
Other hotels at CityCenter include the 400-room Mandarin Oriental resort and the upscale non-gaming hotel Vdara with Harman boutique hotel opening late next year.
Bonus Blizzard coming to Pacific Poker
Pacific Poker is giving its players a reason to be jolly over the Christmas season.
The online room will be running its “Bonus Blizzard” promotion during certain hours from Dec. 16-22.
If players are at the Pacific Poker tables during the right hours they could potentially receive a bonus of $8 all the way up to $888 just for being there.
Players can keep an eye out for Bonus Blizzards in a countdown timer in the main lobby. There’s no limit to the amount of bonuses that players can win and players who are multi-tabling will have an even better chance at taking home a hefty bonus.
PartyPoker Introduces $25/$50 PLO Table
PartyPoker launched a $25/$50 Pot-Limit Omaha table this week in an effort to kick-start the high stakes games on the site.
The gamble seems to have paid off as the room has since added several other high limit tables to keep up with player's requests.
“Demand meant we recently introduced a new $25/$50 Pot Limit Omaha table but since then we have had to open up more tables for high stakes action,” said a PartyPoker spokesperson.
“We used to have big limit games but this is the biggest game we have had at PartyPoker.com for a long time. The high stakes action has picked up.”
UB.com Set to Run Bubble Buster Promo
Players who make the money in UB.com’s upcoming Ultimate Bet Online Championship 4 will have the opportunity to win up to $1 million in extra cash.
As part of the Bubble Buster promotion any player that cashes at least twice in UBOC 4 will have shot at winning anything from a seat in a $10,000 freeroll all the way up to a $1 million cash giveaway to a player who makes 11 cashes in UBOC 4.
With over $4 million guaranteed, UBOC 4 is the biggest online tournament series available on UB.com. The series will run Jan. 20-31 with the $1 million guaranteed $1,050 buy-in main event is scheduled for Jan. 31.
PKR Teams Up with Nuts and Loaded
PKR poker announced a partnership with IPC Media, publisher of mainstream UK men’s magazines Nuts and Loaded, this week.
Players on PKR poker will now have the option of playing their favorite games while being surrounded by images of women in the popular magazines.
Players will also have the opportunity to customize their avatars with Nuts or Loaded t-shirts.
Meanwhile magazine readers will benefit from poker trips from Team PKR Pro as well as trip reports from high stakes tournaments around the globe.
"We think that the collaboration with IPC Media is a perfect matchup of brands,” said PKR marketing director Simon Prodger. “Nuts and Loaded readers are spot on for us, and by having branded environments within our game, we offer them a unique poker experience."