Poker News in Brief: March 29-April 4, 2010

Joe Sebok

There was plenty of poker news during the first week of April despite the lack of a major poker tournament in North America.

Danish pro Allan Baekke won EPT Snowfest, Isildur1 confirmed he would play the PartyPoker Big Game, numerous poker rooms launched 2010 WSOP qualifiers and Tom "durrrr" Dwan continued to dominate online.

There were still some lesser-known poker stories, however, and as part of our Poker News in Brief feature we've compiled them below.

This week we'll take a look at a new Full Tilt TV show, the UB Poker Perfect 10 Challenge and a new proposal for online gambling legislation.

UB Poker Introduces Perfect 10 Challenge

Online poker site UB Poker launched a new promotion this week that gives players the opportunity to win big by playing in a series of $10 tournaments every day.

The Perfect 10 Challenge will run from now until April 30 with 10 special $10 buy-in tournaments hosted every day.

UB Poker will award over $100,000 in bonus cash to players who top the Perfect 10 Leaderboard with $20,000 going to the player who wins the most cash in the $10 tournaments.

"The launch of the Perfect 10 and the $100K Leaderboard Challenge are the first of many new and innovative promotions set to be introduced at UB," said Team UB member Joe Sebok.

"UB has a completely revamped approach to 2010 and will be working to keep its entire community in the know about all new promotions and events. The offers will be more exciting, more unique, and each one geared towards rewarding our players for playing with us like never before."

To learn more about the promo check out our UB room review.

Sofia Lovgren

First Female on Team PKR

Online poker site PKR introduced the first female member of its Team PKR this week.

Twenty-year-old Sofia "welllbet" Lövgren of Gothenburg, Sweden, will now carry the PKR flag where ever she plays poker.

"It's a pleasure to be the first female on the Team," says Sofia.

"It's a very good opportunity for me to get to play big live tournaments and take my online game to the live scene. Playing poker and travelling are my favorite things, so this will be a great experience."

Lövgren had been a regular on the PKR tables since 2008 and emerged as one of the biggest earners on the site.

Full Tilt Launches Poker Lounge

Hot on the heels of PokerStars new cash game TV show, Full Tilt Poker has launched a high stakes Sit and Go show.

The Poker Lounge will pit one qualifier against five seasoned pros in a $20,000 buy-in freezeout. It will follow a winner-takes-all format with $120,000 dedicated to the ultimate victor.

Gus Hansen and Phil Ivey have already been confirmed to appear on the show, which will be filmed in London and broadcast on Channel 4 in the U.K.

Qualifiers to appear on the show will run from now until July 4. There will be eight $22,000 packages up for grabs. Each satellite will carry a $640 buy-in and run every Sunday at 19:30 GMT.

To learn more visit our Full Tilt Poker review.

McDermott Updates Online Gambling Legislation

Rep. Jim McDermott wants the proceeds from taxing online gambling to go towards foster care in U.S.

McDermott, who introduced a bill that would regulate and tax the online gambling industry last year, updated his legislation this Thursday so that a percentage of the potential revenue generated from online gambling would go towards foster care programs.

The bill would see a 6% state tax and a 2% federal tax on all online poker deposits. McDermott proposed that foster care programs receive 25% of the revenue from the federal tax.

McDermott cited the recession and the subsequent lack of funding for social services as a reason to funnel revenue from online gambling to those programs.

PokerStars Announces France Poker Series

This week PokerStars moved one step closer to sponsoring a poker tour in every country.

The online poker giant announced the France Poker Series, which will include stops in Beaulieu-sur-Mer, Divonne-les-Bains, Saint-Amand-les-Eaux, Lyon, Forges-les-Eaux, Paris and Morocco.

Buy-ins will range from €1,200 to €2,500 with the cash satellites only available to players from France, Belgium, Germany, Holland, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland and the UK

It's likely that members of Team PokerStars France, which includes Vanessa Rousso, Arnauld Mattern, Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier, Sebastien Chabal and Thomas Bichon, will make appearances on the new tour.

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