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Poker News in Brief: Feb. 15-21, 2010
An unknown named Isildur1 was once again the talk of the poker world during the third week of February.
Rumored to be Swede Victor Blom, Isildur1 disappeared from the high-stakes games after he went on a devastating multi-million dollar downswing in late 2009.
He returned with a vengeance this week with huge matches against Justin Bonomo and Brian Townsend.
With all the attention focused on Isildur1 there were a few poker stories that were nearly forgotten. Fortunately, as part of our ongoing Poker News in Brief feature we’ve compiled a list below.
This week we’ll look at another winner on the UKIPT, a notable player winning at the LAPC, the record-breaking sale of a poker domain and more.
Dutch Student Wins UKIPT Manchester
Twenty-one-year-old Dutch student Joeri Zandvliet outlasted 517 players to win the inaugural UK & Ireland Poker Tour Manchester event this week.
The final table was dominated by residents of the UK with only Zandvliet and Julian Hasse of Germany coming from Europe.
Zandvliet beat Newcastle native Jack Ellwood heads-up to claim the £63,200 first place prize.
“I feel very happy and lucky,” said Zandvliet after his big win. “There were five relatively strong players at the final table. Whatever I did today didn’t really work too well but I managed to get lucky a couple of times.”
The £550 buy-in event drew several big name players including John Duthie, Victoria Coren and Julian Thew.
To learn more about UKIPT qualifying visit the PokerStars website.
ChiliPoker Launches DeepStack Open
ChiliPoker released the schedule for a new French tournament this week.
The Chilipoker DeepStack Open will take place April 9-11, 2010, in the Partouche poker room in France.
The tournament will offer a deep structure of 50,000 starting chips, 50/100 starting blinds and 60 minute levels.
In contrast to large buy-in tours like the EPT and WPT, the Chilipoker DeepStack Open will offer a more affordable buy-in of €500+€50. There will be a maximum of 500 players allowed into the event.
Chilipoker will also introduce a couple unique elements to the tournament.
The first called “Extra Ball” which will see the online poker site throw in an extra 50% of the first place prize. Half of this will go the winner while the other half will go to all the players who qualified on Chilipoker.
The second feature is called “Knock-Out Insurance” and it rewards players who finished out of the money but managed to bust five opponents. Each player performs this feat will receive a free seat in the next Chilipoker DeepStack Open event.
To qualify for the ChiliPoker DeepStack Open visit the poker room’s website.
Jonathan “Fatal Error” Aguiar Wins LAPC 8-Game Event
You can add another well-known poker player to the list of players who have cashed in on the LAPC preliminary events.
Jonathan Aguiar, who plays online as Fatal Error, outlasted 106 players to win the $34,800 first place prize in the LAPC 8-Game Mix side event.
With the victory Aguiar is quickly approaching $1 million in lifetime live tournament winnings with $722,351.
Joe Tehan also made the final table of the Eight Game event but crashed out in fourth place for $9,460.
PokerListings’ blogger Jason Mercier came in 14th place and blogged about it here.
The LAPC has already seen some notable victories with Carlos Mortensen, “Miami” John Cernuto and Chino Rheem all taking down tournaments.
Betfair Poker to Sponsor Amateur Poker Association & Tour
Betfair Poker announced this week it will be the headline sponsor of one of the leading amateur poker tours.
The London-based online poker site will be the exclusive sponsor of Season 4 of the Amateur Poker Association & Tour (APAT).
“Our tie-up with APAT signals our commitment to grass roots poker,” said Matt Mowlam, head of U.K. poker for Betfair. “APAT are a professionally run, fun tour, and one that has been keenly contested by thousands of players in the three seasons to date."
Season 4 will see the APAT host 28 live tournaments in the U.K., Ireland and Europe with buy-ins ranging from £25 to £250.
The APAT has seen rapid growth over the last three seasons and is currently home to over 20,000 registered members.
The first event on the Season 4 APAT schedule will be the Welsh Amateur Championship in Aspers, Swansea on March 20. Check APAT website for the complete schedule.
Poker.org Sold for $1 Million
Poker.org became the most expensive .org domain ever sold this week when PokerCompany.com purchased it for $1 million.
PokerCompany.com, which already owns BlackJack.org, EveryPoker.com and Rakeback.org, did not announce their plans for the domain.
Previous .org sales pale in comparison with Engineering.org the closest, selling for $198,000.
The most expensive website ever sold was Sex.com, which went for $14 million in 2006.