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Poker News in Brief: Feb. 28- Mar. 6, 2011
The end of the L.A. Poker Classic and the start of the NBC National Heads Up Championship made it another busy week in the world of poker.
As a result, a few stories didn't quite get the front page time they may have deserved on PokerListings.
But, as usual, we've complied those stories below in our regular Poker News in Brief feature.
This week, Phil Laak's record is recognized, Full Tilt signs an NFL star, 10 High Heels Ambassadors are named and a whole lot more.
Laak is in the Guinness Book
Phil Laak officially entered the Guinness Book of World Records this week
The popular pro set set a new world record for the most hours of poker played in a single sitting playing 115 hours straight at Bellagio this past June.
The Guinness Book of World Records has now finished verifying the act and named Laak the holder for the record of 'Longest marathon playing poker by an individual' this week.
"This has been one of the most wonderful journeys I've ever taken, touchingly human and beautiful on so many levels," Laak said. "Thanks to everyone who shared in this amazing ride."
VC and The Boy
Victor Chandler Poker has signed poker player, writer, author and commentator Roy "The Boy" Brindley as Team VC Captain and Resident Pro.
Brindley will represent Victor Chandler at upcoming European Masters of Poker events around Europe where he will act as host, coach, and captain to Team VC players at each event.
Brindley will also write about VCpoker.com's qualifiers progress at EMOP events for the site.
Show Up, Get Paid
UB's Show Up, Get Paid World Series of Poker promotion is back again this year.
And by taking a seat in the Main Event and sporting the UB brand, qualifiers will automatically bank a $1,000 cash bonus even if they bust early.
The prizes escalate depending on how deep a player runs and there is a $1 million final table sponsorship deal for players who make the November Nine.
Full Tilt Signs Emmitt Smith
FullTiltPoker.net signed Emmitt Smith, the NFL's all-time leading rusher, as the latest "Friend of FullTiltPoker.net" this week.
The three-time Super Bowl champion will represent Full Tilt at a selection of live events, starting with this weekend's National Heads-Up Poker Championship, where he made it to the second round.
In 2010, Smith won a seat in the WSOP Main Event through a Celebrity Invitational Charity Tournament by beating Team Full Tilt member Phil Ivey.
Double or Nothing For Less
PartyPoker has made a few changes to its tournament schedule, including reducing the fees on $6 Double or Nothing Sit & Go’s by 50%.
The site has also slashed the fees on cash multi-table tournaments with buy-ins of $6 and below by the same 50%.
“Now, there’s nowhere cheaper or better than PartyPoker.com to play Double or Nothing Sit & Go's," a spokesperson said.
"In addition, we've added almost $500,000 in weekly tournament guarantees including a new and improved $40,000 Super Weekday tournament."
High Heels Ambassadors
The High Heels Poker Tour has chosen 10 women as HHPT Ambassadors after a campaign across Canada and the US wrapped this week.
The women were chosen for their love of the game, outgoing personalities, poker resumes and continued support of the women's poker community.
As ambassadors for the HHPTthey will promote women's poker, promote HHPT and attempt to bring more women to the game.
The new HHPT Ambassadors are:
Yvette Villanueva, TX
Bonnie Overfield, WA
Julie Clark, PA
Jennifer Tokarek, Canada
Kerry Dorsey, MS
Michelle McLeod, FL
Tabatha Berry, CA
Christine Hirsch, NY
Dana Bensen, Canada
Shannon Vezina, NV