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Poker News in Brief: Jan. 10-16, 2011
The PokerStars Caribbean Adventure stole most of the headlines on PokerListings this week.
But with a World Series of Poker-sized schedule crammed into ten days in the Bahamas, some of the stories at the 2011 PCA didn't make the front page on the site.
Plus, with all the action at Atlantis, there were a few other stories that fell through the cracks a little as well.
Fortunately, we've compiled all that info into our weekly Poker News in Brief feature below.
This week, Italy wins the World Cup, a poker writer shows the ladies how its done, UBOC 6 gets underway and a whole lot more.
Italy Wins World Cup of Poker VII
Captained by Team PokerStars Pro Luca Pagano, Italy won the PokerStars World Cup of Poker VII for $100,000 during the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure this week.
The UK, led by Liv Boeree, finished runner-up for $70,000.
A total of nine teams were in the final, including the USA, Ukraine, Spain, France, Philippines, Argentina and Slovakia.
Fallsview Classic Wraps
The second annual Fallsview Poker Classic in Niagara Falls, Canada crowned three winners this week.
The 6-day tournament hosted 1,228 players for its $1,000, $2,500 and $5,000 main events with a total prize pool of over $2.4 million.
Joseph Mandool won the $1k beating a field of 599 to collect a $146,140 first-place prize.
The $2,500 event was won by David Quang who walked away with $283,387, while Maple Ontario's Giuseppe Spano claimed first in the $5k and $312,697.
In only its second year replacing what was once a World Poker Tour stop, the Fallsview Poker Classic field was the largest in Canadian poker tournament history.
Poker Writer Bihr Wins PCA Ladies $1k
Poker writer Kristin "Change100" Bihr became the PCA Ladies champion Saturday, beating a field of 96 to collect a $29,798 first prize.
"I am completely thrilled," she said. "For a poor writer, this is a huge score. It's also kind of surreal to be actually doing this, to step from behind the computer screen and actually do it."
Bihr, who has been covering the poker beat for various web sites and publications since 2006, beat poker pro Lauren Kling heads up.
She won her seat on PokerStars in an $81 satellite.
Team PokerStars Pro Vicky Coren and actress and TV host Ricki Lake also made the final table.
De Vries Wins PCA $5,250 Heads-Up
Pieter de Vries won the $5,250 Heads-Up Championship at the 2011 PCA, collecting $120k after beating Daniel Colman heads-up.
Colman picked up $60,000 for second place.
Eight places total were paid including $30k to Jamie Armstrong and Jonathan Jaffe for third and fourth and $17,600 to Scott Baumstein, Bryan Pellegrino, Benjamin Leblond, and Tobias Kuder for finishing fifth to eighth.
PKR Launches APT Satellites
The £215 satellites will take place every other Monday offering packages up to $5,000.
Daily feeder satellites start from as low as $2.28.
The 2011 APT Philippines takes place between Mar. 30 and Apr. 3.
UBOC6 Begins Now
UB's UBOC6 Begins today (Jan. 16) with more than $5 million in guaranteed cash up for grabs.
The 29 guaranteed tournament series debuts with a $500+30 $250,000 Guaranteed No-Limit Hold 'em Deep Stack event beginning at 2 p.m. ET and hosted by Team UB's Eric Baldwin.
The UBOC Championship Monster Stack $1 Million Guaranteed is scheduled for Jan. 30.