Poker News in Brief: Feb. 22-28, 2010

Mike Matusow

The North American Poker Tour and the WPT Celebrity Invitational were the talk of the poker world during the last week of February.

The NAPT held its first exclusive event at the Venetian and more than 800 players paid the $5,000 buy-in.

Meanwhile the stars were indeed shining bright at the WPT Invitational with Tia Carrera, Trishelle Cannatella, and Marlon Wayans coming out to play.

With all the excitement over the competing poker tours there were several poker stories that were almost forgotten.

Fortunately as part of our ongoing Poker News in Brief we’ve compiled a list of the lesser-known stories below.

This week we’ll take a look at PartyPoker running an endurance promo, new schedules for two PokerStars tournaments, a training seminar by Mike “The Mouth” Matusow and more.

Class in Session for Mike “The Mouth” Matusow

When The Mouth talks you’d better listen.

That’s what organizers are hoping participants will take out of the upcoming Mike “The Mouth” Matusow poker training session in California.

Matusow, who is the dean of DeepStacks University, will teach a special five-hour session that covers winning strategies for tournament and cash game poker in addition to giving one-on-one poker analysis at the tables.

The training session will cost $495 to attend and every contestant will receive a copy of the Team Full Tilt Pro's new book Check Raising the Devil.

The event will take place March 12 at the Palo Casino Spa and Resort.

Luke Schwartz

Big Names Headline The Poker Show Live

One of the poker's most popular radio shows is returning with Phil Hellmuth, Daniel Negreanu, Phil Galfond, Tony G, David Benyamine and Luke “FullFlush” Schwartz all coming along for the ride.

The Poker Show Live, sponsored by Boylepoker, will feature all the aforementioned poker players in new episodes for the show’s third season beginning March 2.

Hosted by Jesse May, The Poker Show Live has interviewed almost every well-known poker player over the span of its first two seasons.

Tom Dwan, Vicky Coren, Andrew Feldman, Huck Seed, Neil Channing, Erik Seidel have all taken their turn on The Poker Show Live microphone.

The show is available on, and iTunes.

Ontario Considers Online Gaming

The Canadian province of Ontario is taking a serious look at running its own official online gambling service that could potentially include poker.

Ontario Lottery and Gambling chairman Paul Godfrey and Premier Dalton McGuinty want the province to provide Internet gambling instead of letting potential revenue go to offshore gambling sites.

In Canada, British Columbia and Atlantic Lottery Corporations already officially allow online gambling. The BC Lottery Corporation offers a limited poker game called Pacific Hold’em Poker, which is played against the house.

Loto-Quebec’s poker site is set to launch this fall and analysts are estimating it could potentially net $50 million in revenue for the government over the next three years.

Gladiator Promo Returns to PartyPoker

One of the most popular promotions on PartyPoker is returning this March.

The Gladiator promo rewards players who generate at least 10 PartyPoints every day for a minimum of five days. There are potentially bigger rewards available for players who earn up to 2,000 PartyPoints.

“The Gladiator is back and the rewards are greater than ever before,” said a PartyPoker spokesman.

This promotion is about spreading play over a period of time for maximus rewards! It is simple and offers great value and we encourage players to challenge themselves and take a closer look.”

If a player manages to earn 2,000 PartyPoints a day from March 3 to April 1 they will instantly earn a $12,500 package to the 2010 WSOP Main Event.

PokerStars Releases SCOOP, NAPT Mohegan Sun Schedules

PokerStars announced the dates for one of its biggest online series and its burgeoning North American tour this week.

The PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker will take place over 14 days from May 3-16 with 33 events. Like last year, each event will have a low, medium and high buy-in variant.

The series will culminate with the Main Event on May 16, with guarantees of $1 million, $3 million and $5 million for each buy-in level.

Meanwhile the North American Poker Tour’s next stop, at the Mohegan Sun in Connecticut, will take place April 7-11. The main event carries a $5,000 buy-in and there will be a $10k High Roller Bounty Shootout.

To see the complete schedules for the upcoming SCOOP or NAPT check the PokerStars website.

Versus Picks Up Season 2 of Poker2Nite

Poker news show Poker2Nite is returning for another season, but leaving Fox Sports Net behind for Versus.

Poker2Nite follows an informal news format with UB Poker pro Joe Sebok and poker personality Scott Huff acting as hosts. Dana Workman also produces the satirical Weekly Misdeal for the program.

All 13 episodes of the first season were shown on Fox Sports Net. The second season will kick off this Wednesday at 11 p.m. ET on Versus, which was formerly OLN.

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