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Poker News in Brief: March 8-14, 2010
The Poker Brat returned to the forefront of the poker scene during the second week of March.
Phil Hellmuth made his fourth WPT final table at the 2010 Bay 101 Shooting Star with a chance to win his first WPT title.
You can read more about the stunning conclusion of Bay 101 in our news section.
It wasn't all Hellmuth during the week, however, and as usual, PokerListings compiled some of the lesser-known poker stories in our ongoing Poker News in Brief feature.
This week we'll take a look at UB sponsoring a major Canadian tournament, PokerStars hosting the world's largest poker game and the upcoming Wynn Poker Classic main event.
UB Poker to Sponsor Poker Pro Canada Classic
UB Poker said no to the Caribbean and yes to Canada this week.
The online poker site cancelled its signature tournament in Aruba, but announced it is becoming one of the key sponsors of the Four Aces Poker Pro Canada Classic in Montreal.
Taking place April 15-18, the $1,650 buy-in tournament will now feature UB Poker pros Phil Hellmuth and Annie Duke.
UB will be sending over 50 players from its site to the tournament in satellites that start at just $11.
To learn more or qualify for the tournament check out the UB site here.
Wynn Classic Main Event Kicks Off Tomorrow
The Wynn Classic poker series, which began Feb. 25, is scheduled to culminate with the $5,000 main event this Monday at noon PT.
The series has already seen a couple of notable pros take down side events including Justin Young winning the $500 H.O.R.S.E. event and Chris Bjorn taking down the $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em event.
Scott Clements and Bryan Devonshire also finished runner-up in two events.
Now in its fourth year of existence the Wynn Classic has crowned Chris Moore, Zachary Hyman and Keith Ferrara as champions in previous years.
This year's Main Event will run three days with the final table playing out on Wednesday.
$1 million in Prizes as Gladiator Continues
The Gladiator promotion on PartyPoker is off to a hot start and organizers are estimating players could potentially earn over $1 million by taking part.
"The Gladiator is off to a mightily powerful start and we forecast over $1 million in prizes based on the first week's activity," said a PartyPoker spokesman.
"It still isn't too late to get involved though - there is still plenty of time to win some great cash rewards. If a customer earns 2,000 points a day for the remaining 20 days of the promotion they will pick up a cool $5,000."
The Gladiator runs from March 3 to April 1 on PartyPoker and any player that earns a minimum of 10 PartyPoints each day will gain entry into $10,000 freeroll.
To learn more about the Gladiator promo visit the PartyPoker website.
PokerStars Hosts World's Biggest Poker Game
PokerStars held one of the more unusual events related to poker this week.
The online poker room hosted what site representatives are calling, "The world's largest poker game."
The title doesn't refer to number of players or the prizepool - it refers to the size of the chips and cards being played with.
The event featured English rugby stars James Haskell, Ben Foden and Delon Armitage pushing massive shoulder-high chips around a field.
PokerStars is the official gaming and casino partner of the English Rugby team and the entire event was filmed as a promo for the site.
You can check out the clip here.
International Poker Network Upgrades Software
The International Poker Network, which includes poker room's bwin, BetClic and Paradise Poker, released an improved poker client this week.
The software update allows players to pick their own seats and the ability to use the same wallet for poker and casino.
"Being able to choose your own seat at the table may seem like a small thing to some," said Wendy Lawrence of GTECH G2, the software provider for IPN, "But we design everything from the player's perspective, so when players told us this is a feature they'd like to see, we built it in.
IPN recently celebrated its three millionth member and its two billionth hand. The network also awarded a €601,370 bad beat jackpot last fall.