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Poker News in Brief: July 19-25, 2010
Summer is officially in full swing but that hasn’t kept poker news from breaking across the world this week.
There was a hearing for Barney Frank's new online poker bill, two big live tournaments began, tons of online action and of course everyone got to know the 2010 WSOP November Nine a bit better.
There are always lesser-known stories that threaten to fall through the cracks, however. Fortunately PokerListings has compiled a list of them in our ongoing Poker News in Brief feature.
This week we'll take a look at Tony G winning the Poker Lounge, PokerStars giving away a Gallardo, Full Tilt renewing a popular cash game show and more.
Tony G Takes Poker Lounge
Tony G won the new six-player winner-take-all Poker Lounge for $120,000 in Cardiff this week.
The PartyPoker pro had his work cut out for him as he had to outlast Mike "The Mouth" Matusow, Jennifer Harman, Chris Ferguson, James Dempsey and an online qualifier.
Tony G would eventually take a slight chip lead into heads-up play against Mike "The Mouth" Matusow.
In the final hand Tony G got it all-in with A-9 against Matusow's A-5 and ended up winning the hand.
The show, which is similar to Poker After Dark, is set to be broadcast in Britain later this year.
Full Tilt Renews Million Dollar Cash Game
Popular European poker show the Million Dollar Cash Game should be around for at least three more years as Full Tilt Poker has renewed its sponsorship for that length.
In years past Gus Hansen, Patrik Antonius, Chris Ferguson, Allen Cunningham, Tony G and Mike Matusow have all been regulars on the program.
Last year's show was perhaps the most memorable in the show's history as Tom Dwan raked a $1.1 million pot from Phil Ivey. It was the biggest pot ever won on television.
This year's Million Dollar Cash Game will take place at an exclusive venue in London on Sept. 8-9.
Free Lamborghini on PokerStars
PokerStars players could potentially drive away in a new Lamborghini Gallardo thanks to a new promotion.
The online room announced this week that it will run a series of daily freerolls where players can qualify for nine weekly finals, each with $100,000 added to the prizepool.
The top 2,000 players from each weekly final will progress to the grand final where players will compete for a $250,000 and a Gallardo.
The promo will run July 25 until Sept. 25 on PokerStars with the grand final scheduled for Oct. 3.
Everest Doles out $111k to Qualifiers
Players who qualified for the WSOP on Everest Poker got a nice bonus this week.
As part of its $1 Million Dollar Match program, Everest Poker awarded $111,789 to lucky qualifiers.
The promotion saw Everest Poker match whatever amount its qualifiers made in the WSOP Main Event and Event 54 up to $1 million dollars.
In total 14 players made the money in the Main Event and Event 54 to earn $111,789 in cashes.
It helped all the qualifiers that Live the Dream member Daan Slutter went very deep in the Main Event, eventually finishing 128th for $57,102.
The cash will be split between all 112 Everest Poker WSOP qualifiers this year.
Holyfield to Hit Poker in the Park
Boxing great Evander Holyfield will make an appearance in the 2010 Poker in the Park in London.
Holyfield, who is sponsored by Real Deal Poker, will be playing a series of "Beat the Champ" events where boxing and poker fans can play him heads-up.
A free festival, Poker in the Park is scheduled to take place Sept. 2-3 and will feature a variety of poker related activities including free tournaments, lectures, concerts and the chance to meet notable players and celebrities.