Poker News in Brief: Dec. 28-Jan. 2, 2010


The last week of poker in 2009 saw Tom “durrrr” Dwan make a mad scramble to get even for the year, a new PokerStars world record and a new WSOP iPhone app.

Essentially it was pretty quiet in the poker world.

Despite the lack of news there were still a few stories that didn’t make the front page and as part of our ongoing Poker News in Brief feature we’ve compiled them below.

This week we’ll take a look at a rising online star, making a deal with an NHL team, a huge payout on the International Poker Network and more. Signs Deal With Calgary Flames is getting put on ice.

The company announced this week it has inked a deal with the NHL’s Calgary Flames that will see the logo displayed on Pengrowth Saddledome’s boards throughout the month of January.

A tilt with the Toronto Maple Leafs on Jan. 2, 2010, will mark the debut of the advertisement for the free poker site.

To celebrate the Calgary collaboration, is giving away four pairs of tickets to the Flames and Ottawa Senators’ game on March 11.

To qualify players can participate in one of the eight daily online satellite tournaments with the top 100 players from each qualifier winning a seat into the Sunday main event scheduled for 15:00 ET.

Each main event will award two tickets to the Flames and Senators and $1,000 cash for travel expenses.

The promotion is open to Canadian and U.S. players. Check the website for more information.

A Whole Lotta Cash

XBLINK Closes In On $1 Million

In the spirit of Isildur1 and Martonas, has its own run-up story in the form of online player XBLINK.

According to PokerListings’ Online Poker Stars section XBLINK has made $741,864 playing No-Limit Hold’em in the past two months and consistently ranks in the top 10 biggest pots on

What’s even more impressive is that TwoPlusTwo forum member 89blist outed himself as the aforementioned XBLINK and said it all started with an $11 tournament for the last of his bankroll.

XBLINK said he won the tournament and then went on the mother of all heaters, complete with some questionable bankroll decisions. He's no Martonas or Isildur1 but poker fans are starting to take notice.

SC Attorney General Appeals Poker Case

South Carolina Attorney General Henry McMaster has launched an appeal against a Judge’s decision to overturn a conviction of five Mount Pleasant poker players.

The incident occurred back in 2006, when the five players were arrested for taking part in a home game.

Circuit Judge R. Markley Dennis threw out the case saying that Hold’em in a private residence does not violate the state’s gambling laws. He went on to say that poker was clearly a skill game.

Now McMaster says that it’s irrelevant whether skill or luck is involved and that it was the legislature’s goal to ban all gaming for any amount of money in designated locations.

No timetable has been set for when the case will be heard.

IPN Awards €507,144 Jackpot

The International Poker Network, which is home to BetClic and PokerHeaven, awarded a €507,144 bad beat jackpot this week.

Online player 72osRocks! Saw his quad kings get cracked by Nogis22’s Royal Flush, which was enough to earn the entire table a huge payday.

72osRocks earned €177,500, Nogis22 picked up €88,750 while the other three players at the table each pocketed €29,583.

Despite the recent payout, the bad beat jackpot on BetClic and IPN is already back up to €146,469 as of mid-week. For more information check the BetClic website.

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