Poker News in Brief: Dec. 6-12, 2010

Maria Ho
Maria Ho is doing her part for charity on UB this week.

The PokerListings news team was busy covering Antonio Esfandiari's big WPT win in Las Vegas and Isildur1's activity on PokerStars this week.

As a result, there were a few stories that didn't make it on the front page.

Fortunately, we've compiled them for you below in our weekly Poker News in Brief feature.

This week, the PCA schedule changes, the PPA reacts to Harry Ried's planned poker bill, 888 gears up for the Irish Open and more.

PCA Updates Schedule

In response to high player demand and rising interest from International television broadcast interests, some changes have been made to the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure schedule.

The $5,250 buy-in NAPT Bounty Shootout Event has been upgraded to a three-day, six-max triple-shootout format with a capacity for 216 players.

Plus, the massive $100,000 buy-in Super High Roller Event is now scheduled to take place Jan. 6-8 and will be filmed for TV.

PPA Reacts to Reid Bill

John Pappas, the Executive Director of the advocacy group the Poker Players Alliance (PPA), released a statement regarding Sen. Harry Reid's proposed bill to license and regulate online poker.

"Lawmakers are acknowledging what PPA has been saying all along – that Americans want to play the great game of poker in any venue they choose and they deserve to be afforded the basic consumer protections that regulation can provide," said Pappas.

"While no bill will give players 100 percent of what we want and deserve, I do believe the legislation will be a victory for the poker playing community over the long-term.

"With the support of millions of Americans, and a growing bipartisan contingent of lawmakers, we are optimistic that Congress can get this done before the end of the year. We urge lawmakers to take action now and not let this important opportunity be missed."

Second Sundays With Maria Ho

UB and its newest Team pro Maria Ho are hosting an online fundraiser to benefit the North Wales Library Sunday.

As a part of UB's 'Second Sundays' the $10 buy-in event is scheduled for Dec. 12 at 2:45 p.m. ET.

UB will match the total funds raised by players, with all proceeds donated to the North Wales' cause.

Established in 1927 in the basement of the local elementary school, the North Wales Library was relocated to its present day location in January 2010. The Library's new venue houses 30,000 volumes and community space for activities.

UB Christmas Freerolls

UB is firing up the freeroll action with its Green Christmas Giveaway Dec. 12-29.

The site is hosting daily freerolls and low-limit Rebuy tournaments featuring satellite seats for its $80K GTD Sniper tourney on Wednesdays and the $200K GTD on Sundays.

PKR Ready For The Holidays

PKR is hosting its annual Christmas Cracker Dec. 23 featuring thirteen events with a total of $238,000 in expected prize pools up for grabs.

Players will also have the opportunity to bag state of the art technology prizes in the Santa's Grotto Freeroll.

Further information on the Christmas Cracker series can be found here.

888poker Hosting Irish Poker Open Qualifiers

This week sees the beginning of the 2011 Irish Poker Open qualifying satellites on

The Irish Poker Open is the longest running No-Limit Holdem tournament in Europe and 888 is hosting a a $288+12 qualifier every Sunday at 8:05 p.m. GMT where at least one $7,200 package to the Irish Poker Open will be up for grabs.

Sub-satellites into the tournaments are available.

To win your seat to the Irish Poker Open visit 888Poker. Offers Academy Packages is offering its players the chance to win one of four WSOP Poker Academy packages worth £5,000 each.

The packages include flights to Las Vegas and five days at Caesars Place, a Master class with WSOP Pros, VIP hospitality and a $1,000 poker tournament.

Newly depositing players can win a package in freerolls set for Dec. 12 and Jan. 2.

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