Poker News in Brief: July 25-31, 2011

Greg Raymer
Greg Raymer and FairPlayUSA hope to help bring regulated online poker to the US.

We're getting you ready for a brand new week by recapping the news you may have missed in the last few days.

This week's brief covers the recently set final table at APPT Melbourne, a brand new Sunday major on PokerStars, Greg Raymer's efforts with FairPlayUSA plus Harry Demetriou's run-in with the AGCC.

Final Table Set to Go at APPT Melbourne Main Event

Just nine players remain at the Asia Pacific Poker Tour’s first Season 5 stop. That’s down from the 260 who bought into this thing on Day 1.

Phillip Willcocks, a poker pro from Auckland, New Zealand, is leading a final table headlined by Australian name pro and Melbourne native Van Marcus.

All nine players have their sights set on the $330,000 AUD first place prize.

Here are the final table chip counts:

  1. Phillip Willcocks                 2,317,000
  2. Leo Boxell                        1,170,000
  3. Phares Bouya                    910,000
  4. Michael Frydman                741,000
  5. William Jones                    730,000
  6. Jackson Zheng                   640,000
  7. Julius Colman                    513,000
  8. Van Marcus                       346,000
  9. Eddie Mascardi                   335,000

New PokerStars Sunday Major

PokerStars has added a brand new tournament to its already robust roster of Sunday Majors.

The $55 Cubed event will give players one re-buy and one add-on and will have a $50,000 guaranteed prize pool.

The tournament is scheduled to begin at 05:00 ET each Sunday, a clear indication that PokerStars is beginning to gear its event schedule to its European customers.

Lex Veldhuis
European pros like Lex Veldhuis will appreciate the Sunday Cubed's start time.

The event can be found in the PokerStars lobby by selecting ‘Tourney’ and ‘Regular’.

Raymer and FairPlayUSA to Fight for US Online Poker

FairPlayUSA, a non-profit organization funded by Caesars Entertainment and MGM Resorts International, will look to former poker world champion Greg Raymer to help in its fight for regulated online poker in the US.

Raymer is serving on the panel of advisors that will help FairPlayUSA  “… educate policymakers and the public on the broad public policy interests raised by the current ambiguous laws in the U.S. that have led to millions of Americans gambling on the Internet,” according to the group’s website.

Get more information on the group’s activities here.

Wise Owl v. the AGCC

Earlier this week in London Full Tilt Poker presented an application to adjourn their hearing with the Alderney Gambling Control Commission, successfully delaying the hearing into the future of its gaming licenses with the AGCC.

UKL poker pro Harry “Wise Owl” Demetriou was in attendance and he let it be known he didn't appreciate Full Tilt's business practices very much by voicing a few complaints on behalf of FTPs customers.

Demetriou followed up by sending the AGCC an email seeking answers regarding the repayment of player funds, but he failed to get any meaningful response.

Follow the thread here.

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