Poker News in Brief: Dec. 20-26, 2010

Dag Palovic
Dag Palovic

The lead up to the holidays saw Roberto Romanello win at EPT Prague, Chris Bell come through on the World Series of Poker Circuit in Atlantic City and Isildur1 take on Isaac Haxton in the first of his Superstar Showdown series on PokerStars.

All that action made for a busy week in the PokerListings news room and there a few stories that didn't quite make it to the front page.

Fortunately, we've complied them below in our weekly Poker News In Brief feature.

This week Dag Palovic signs with PokerStars, the LAPC gets mature, PKR names it's Player of the Year and more. 

Palovic joins Team PokerStars

Slovakian Dag Palovic has joined Team PokerStars Pro.

The 37th place finisher in the 2010 World Series of Poker Main Event has two EPT final tables on his resume and more than $750k in career live tournament earnings.

He is also the number one ranked player on Slovakia's all time money winners list.

Betfair Live!

Betfair Live just wrapped up in Vienna, Austria where the main event attracted a robust 595 players.

Markus Stoeger took first and over €30k in prize money.

Online poker satellites for the next Betfair Live events in Kiev, Ukraine (Jan. 17-23) and London, UK (Feb. 12-13) have begun on the site.

Commerce to Host LAPC Senior Championship

Commerce Casino will host the first ever LA Poker Classic No Limit Hold'em Senior Championship Feb. 23.

Only people aged 50 and above will be allowed to compete in the $545 buy-in event.

"By giving our more mature players an opportunity to compete against others more in keeping with their own mindset, playing style, speed and experience, we create an environment that is exclusive and yet more relaxing," said Tournament Director Matt Savage.

The event is just one of 53 set to go off during Commerce's 2011 LA Poker Classic.

PokerStars Macau Announces 2011 Calendar

PokerStars Macau at the Casino Grand Lisboa has released its events calendar for 2011 this week.

The schedule features the Macau Poker Cup series beginning Feb. 21; the Macau Poker Cup Championship Oct. 7-16; the Macau Millions Apr. 2-10; and the annual Asia-Pacific Poker Tour (APPT) Macau event in November.

For the complete schedule please go to

PKR names POY

PKR asked its players to cast votes for the 2010 PKR Players of the Year awards and the results were released this week. The Tournament Player of the Year award went to Norway's Ovnis, who accumulated $80,000 in tournament winnings including 12 major titles and 23 cashes of $1k or more.

The Cash Game player of the Year award went to PKR Team Pro Beyne, the first player to cash-out $1 million on the site this year.

Finally, Forumite of the Year honors went to Ireland's Pkr1princess.

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