Poker News in Brief: Feb. 21-27, 2011

Tom Dwan
Tom "durrrr" Dwan.

With a slew of action online, live tournaments wrapping in Brazil and kicking off in Copenhagen and Los Angeles, it was a busy week in the PokerListings news room.

As a result, a few stories didn't quite get the front page space they deserved.

Forced to take action, we've gathered them all below in our weekly Poker News in Brief feature.

This week, durrrr has a new challenge, the dream continues at Everest Poker, WPT Bratislava satellites begin and a whole lot more.

A New durrrr Challenge

It appears Tom "durrrr" Dwan is up for another challenge and this time you could be his opponent.

Full Tilt Poker is offering players the chance to Challenge durrrr for up to $1.5 million in prize money.

Starting this weekend through March 13, interested players must undertake a series of online poker challenges to prove their abilities in Ring Game, Tournament, Matrix and Heads-Up multi-tabling challenges.

The first step is earning a spot on the leaderboard by playing 500 consecutive qualifying hands on at least two No-Limit Hold 'em or Pot-Limit Omaha ring game tables simultaneously or one Rush Poker table.

Top Leaderboard finishers must then play four concurrent Sit & Gos for a spot in a $25K Matrix Tournament.

The player who earns the top Matrix score will take on durrrr in four simultaneous heads-up Sit & Gos on Sunday, March 27th, with $1.5 million on the line.

Players must elect to participate in the promotion through the Full Tilt Poker software.

Living the Dream

Everest Poker has signed 4 former Live the Dream players to Team Everest 2011.

After winning the Live the Dream promotion last year and representing Everest Poker around the world, the dream will continue for Javier Martinez, Koen de Bakker, Tobias Wagner and Leonard Truche.

The four will join Everest's roster of sponsored pros in 2011 playing in the world's largest live poker events once again, beginning with the Everest Poker ONE, April 21-24 in Monte Carlo.

ParadisePoker Tour Prague

The ParadisePoker Tour heads to Prague, Czech Republic this week for a €125,000 guaranteed main event.

The Card Casino in the Czech capital will play host to the €500+€50 event March 4-6 with a number of side events starting on March 2.

Last year the tour saw 252 players for the Prague main event with €22,000 going to Czech winner David Huspeka.

PKR's London Social

The latest in the series of PKR Social events designed to lure PKR players away from their laptops will go off in London at the Fox Poker Club March 25-26.

The weekend will include a Friday evening 'Sit & Go Madness party' with nonstop Sit & Gos and free drinks.

Saturday the Fox will host a one-day $130 buy-in No Limit Hold'em tournament with Team PKR Pro and staff bounties.

PKR is hosting satellites into the event starting at just $1.88,

Piece of Cake

Cake Poker is bringing back its Two for the Money promotion and Champions League tournaments this month as Irish Open 2011 satellites come to aclose and 2011 World Series of Poker satellites begin.

From March 1-28 Cake will present weekly challenges to its players to meet a multi-table hand target through their Two for the Money promotion. Those who meet the target will gain entry into that week’s kamikaze tournament - an all-in every hand event requiring no action by players at all.

Cake will also be hosting nightly Champions League Tournaments March 8, 9, 15 and 16 mirroring the football competition. Players who cash in two tournaments in the same week will receive an extra $50.

And although 2011 Irish Open satellites wrap up this month with the final one March 27, 2011 WSOP satellites start on the site March 1.

This year, Cake is hosting a series of MTTs with a weekly final awarding the winner a $13,000 WSOP prize package.

Plus, players can get in on daily Sit-n-Go step tournaments to advance to a final that awards the winner a $2,500 prize package to help them build up a “WSOP* fund” to cover the cost of accommodations, restaurants and whatever else their hearts desire while in Sin City.

Players can win as many of the packages as they want and use the cash however they wish.

Daily satellites for both start as small as $1.10.

WPT Bratislava Satellites

PartyPoker is hosting online qualifiers for WPT Bratislava this month.

The €2,500+€220 main event runs at the Golden Vegas Casino March 30- April 3 and PartyPoker is offering players the chance to win $6,000 packages including the buy-in, four night’s accommodation and hospitality.

There are daily freerolls feeding into a weekly $300+$20 satellite taking place every Sunday through March, with one $6,000 package up for grabs for every 20 players.

Bratislava is the capital of Slovakia and sits just 45 minutes from Vienna, Austria.

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