Poker News in Brief: Jan. 25-31, 2010

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It was a busy week for poker fans with major tournaments in Australia, France and the United States.

With all that poker news coming from the WPT, EPT and Aussie Millions it was almost inevitable that some stories wouldn’t make it to the front page of

Fortunately, as part of our ongoing Poker News in Brief Feature, we’ve compiled a list of smaller stories below.

This week we’ll take a look at Doyle Brunson joining an elite lineup, vietcong01 winning his second Sunday Million, Michael Phelps hitting the felt at Borgata and more.

Brunson Fills Out Premier League Lineup

Doyle Brunson is the final poker player to grab a spot in the elite Premier League IV.

“I’m very happy to have the challenge of playing against all these great players,” said Brunson.

Brunson will join Daniel Negreanu, Vanessa Rousso, David Benyamine, Phil Hellmuth, J.C. Tran, Yevgeniy Timoshenko, Roland de Wolfe, Luke Schwartz and Tony G at the Premier League IV.

There are two remaining seats with one of them going to an online qualifier and the other going to the winner of a mini Premier League playoff between Team Party members.

The Premier League IV is set to take place Feb. 12-18 in Las Vegas.

vietcong01 Wins Second PokerStars Sunday Million

Juan Antonio Maceiras Barros, known online as vietcong01, outlasted 8,699 players to win the PokerStars Sunday Million and $255,954 cash last Sunday.

It wasn’t the easiest final table either as Ben “benba” Lamb, who finished 14th in the 2009 WSOP Main Event, was one of the chip leaders heading into the final nine. Lamb finished in sixth place.

Barros, who first won the Sunday Million in 2007, joins Jesper Hougaaard as the only players to ever win multiple Sunday Million titles.

Barros came very close to performing the feat at the final table of a Sunday Million in March, but eventually bombed out in sixth.

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Bodog Recruiting Female Pros

Bodog Poker is looking for female players to sponsor in various poker tournaments around the world.

The announcement comes just a couple weeks after the online room did not opt to re-sign Justin Bonomo to its pro team.

The site also let Jean-Robert Bellande walk several months earlier leaving David Williams and Evelyn Ng as the only members of Team Bodog.

Bodog is requesting that all applicants send a recent a photograph and a short biography in an email with the subject: Female Pro Submission.

To learn more check out the Bodog website here.

Phelps Goes to Borgata

Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps made another splash in the poker world this week at the Borgata Winter Open.

Phelps played the double elimination heads-up event and beat noted pros Paul Wasicka and Adam Gerber before being eliminated by Basilios Diakokomninos.

During the Summer Olympics in Beijing, Phelps mentioned one of his favorite hobbies was playing online poker and in 2008 he made the final table of a $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em event at Caesars.

PartyPoker Encourages Players to Hit or Run

PartyPoker started a new promotion this week, which gives players a chance to hit or run.

“Simply collect 20 PartyPoints and we’ll give you $1 to bet on our special Hit or Run heads-up game,” said a PartyPoker spokesperson.

“Win and we’ll double your money. You can then choose to hit for another hand and the chance to double your cash or take the money and run. Lose at any point though and the game is over.”

It’s possible to hit up to 10 times per game making each one worth $1,024. If a player collects enough points they could potentially play 10 games a day, which would give them $10,240.

To learn more or sign up for a PartyPoker account click here.

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