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Poker News in Brief: March 28-April 3, 2011
With the World Poker Tour in Vienna, the World Series of Poker Circuit in San Diego and a host of action online, it was a busy week in the PokerListings news room.
A few smaller stories may have slipped through the cracks, but fortunately, we've compiled them all below in our weely Poker News in Brief feature.
This week, the WSOP champ heads to Macau, the WSOPC returns to St. Louis, 888 is offering iPad2's and a whole lot more.
The 2011 Macau Millions drew 230 players to the PokerStars Macau poker room at Casino Grand Lisboa over its first two starting days this week.
With seven starting days, the HKD $1,500,000 Guarantee event is attempting to become the first tournament in Asia to break the 1,000-entrants mark.
2010 WSOP Main Event champion Jonathan Duhamel, Defending Macau Millions champion Justin Chan, Team PokerStars Pros Bryan Huang, Raymond Wu, and Marcel Luske are expected to play this week.
Day 1C will go off Wednesday and the event will run through April 10.
“We`re on course to comfortably break last year`s 741-entry record by Day 1E,” said Danny McDonagh, PokerStars Macau Operations Manager. “But clearly we wouldn`t be satisfied with just another record. The PokerStars Macau team was challenged with the 1,000-entry goal from the start. 741 entries is great but reaching 4-figures is an achievement that`s truly remarkable.”
Irish Open Last Chance
Paddy Power Poker is giving players one last chance to win their way into the 2011 Irish Open with its Last Chance Saloon schedule.
The Irish Open Last Chance Saloon satellites will kick off April 7 with five seats guaranteed and will run for 14 days up until just before the Irish Open live event.
Winners of any Last Chance Saloon satellite will also qualify for the poker room's €100,000 Sole Survivor promotion, awarding a €100,000 package to the longest-lasting online qualifier.
The Irish Open 2011 will take place April 22– 25 at the Burlington Hotel in Dublin, Ireland.
Partygaming and bwin Complete Merge
PartyGaming Plc and bwin Interactive Entertainment AG have completed their merger.
The Company has formally re-registered its name as bwin.party digital entertainment plc.
The new London Stock Exchange 'ticker' for the Shares is 'BPTY'. The Company's new name will appear on its trading system from April 1.
PKR and the WSOP
Next generation poker room PKR has launched its 2011 World Series of Poker Experience satellites, giving players the chance to win their way to Las Vegas for as little as $2.30.
Final Stage tournaments are rolling Wednesday nights until June 15 with winners earning a $4,200 World Series package including buy-in to WSOP event #54, $1,000 for flights and travel, $500 in cash, six nights accomodations, a WSOP goody bag and access to a range of VIP events including the official PKR Vegas party, PKR pool party and a 4th of July dinner.
“We’d rather send a bunch of players to Vegas to have a great time than send a just a few to the Main Event," said PKR Marketing Director Simon Prodge "PKR Experience Packages are a great way to experience all the excitement of playing a World Series event, enjoying 5* five-star Vegas and partying like a rockstar.”
WSOPC in St. Louis
The World Series of Poker Circuit returned to Harrah’s St. Louis this week for a schedule off 33 events running through April 12.
There are ten official ring events concluding with the $1,600 buy-in main event set to go off April 10.
This is the second year that Harrah’s St. Louis will play host to the WSOP Circuit Events with last year’s tournament series opening with the largest poker tournament ever held in the state of Missouri.
The winner of this year's main event will earn an automatic entry to the $1 million WSOPC National Championship to be held May 27-29 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.
A second National Championship entry will be awarded to the player earning the most points through the ten ring events at Harrah’s St. Louis.
iPad2's at 888poker
888poker is giving its players the chance to win an iPad2.
The 888poker iPad 2 Challenge will offer players the chance to turn a $2 buy-in into an iPad 2.
888poker players just need to finish in the top two in any iPad 2 Challenge tournaments on the site and they will win their very own iPad 2.