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Poker News In Brief: June 7-13 2010
With the World Series of Poker 2010 in full flow, PokerListings is bringing all the highs and lows of the series to your door.
The Poker News in Brief bulletin is designed to round up some of the other breaking poker news going on around the rest of the world.
This week, we'll hear about PokerStars' new Team Pro Ville Wahlbeck, hear about Party Poker's big game, find out about the PokerStars Baltic Festival and hear the latest deal the Canadian Poker Tour have struck.
PokerStars Sign Wahlbeck
PokerStars have just announced they have signed Finnish star Ville Wahlbeck as a Team PokerStars Pro.
Wahlbeck achieved great recognition following an excellent showing at the 2009 WSOP, picking up a bracelet in the $10k Championship Mixed event as well as making several other big final tables and winning over $1 million in prize money.
Runner-up for the 2009 WSOP "Player of the Year" slot, he went on to win "Best Live Tournament Player" and "Best Performance" in the Nordic Poker Awards.
"I am really proud to be part of Team PokerStars Pro," said Wahlbeck. "PokerStars has always taken good care of its players and has made an effort to ensure that all the players are treated equally and honestly."
PartyPoker Big Game IV Set To Broadcast
Boasting such talents as Luke Schwartz, Roland De Wolfe and Neil Channing, PartyPoker's "Big Game" is now about to be broadcast on U.K. television, having played out back in April at Les Ambassadeurs Club in Mayfair.
The game featured some novel twists, designed to create action and saw cash game specialists from both sides of the Atlantic do battle to win both money and the respect of their peers.
The action can be seen on U.K. television Channel 5, June 9th at 11.55 p.m.
Pokerstars Baltic Festival
A host of stars are playing next week's PokerStars Baltic Festival in Tallinn, Estonia - set to take place June 16-19. The €1,500 Main Event will see newly-signed up Team PokerStars Pro Ville Wahlbeck playing his first tournament as a 'Stars-sponsored player.
The tournament will also be attractive to many high-stakes Scandinavian players who have chosen to miss out on the World Series of Poker for tax purposes or other reasons.
Last year's Baltic Festival saw 307 players from 24 countries contend the title, creating a prize pool in excess of €300,000. Thomas Partridge from the U.K. was the man who eventually took 1st prize for €75,000.
Canadian Poker Tour Teams Up With Deepstacks Live
The Canadian Poker Tour has signed a deal with Deepstacks Live to host a live seminar at the Canadian Open Poker Championships.
Deepstacks live run seminars designed to radically improve the abilities of poker players. Team DeepStacks boasts such talent as Mike Matusow, Justin "Boosted J" Smith and TJ Cloutier in their ranks.
The team have 16 WSOP bracelets and more than $40 million in lifetime tournament earnings between them.