Poker News in Brief: May 24-30, 2010

Viktor Blom
Could this be Isildur1?

At long last the 2010 WSOP is finally upon us and the poker world is buzzing.

The tournament series has yet to crown an open-event bracelet winner but the $50,000 Player's Championship, the first $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em event and a $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo are all underway in Las Vegas.

Be sure to check our live tournaments, news and video sections for complete WSOP coverage.

This summer our ongoing Poker News in Brief feature will feature some of the rare poker stories that occur outside of the WSOP.

This week we'll take a look at a new offer for Isildur1, William Hill leaving France, Fox Sports broadcasting World Team Poker and more.

DragTheBar Makes Offer to Isildur1

Poker training site DragTheBar publically offered the still-unidentified Isildur1 $250,000 to join their coaching staff this week.

Apparently the site also offered to let Isildur1 keep his or her identity a secret.

"We have no other way of reaching Isildur1 other than making a public offer," said DragTheBar CEO Hunter Pick.

"He is a one of a kind player, and I think his unique thought process would be a huge addition to our site and add tremendous value for our members. He should know that we'll keep his identity anonymous if he wants us to."

Isildur1, who broke almost every big pot record on Full Tilt Poker last year, is widely believed to be Swedish player Viktor Blom, though Blom has denied the association.

World Team Poker Joins Fox Sports Net Lineup

Fox Sports Network will broadcast episodes based on the newly-formed World Team Poker league this week.

The inaugural event of the World Team Poker took place at the Golden Nugget earlier this month and Team China, which included noted poker pros Johnny Chan, David Chiu and Maria Ho, ended up winning the event for $300k.

The format of the league sees various poker stars act as team captains for their respective countries. The captains have the ability to make substitutions in their team based on how players are performing.

Regional and repeat airings will show on FSN throughout the week.

Ghezelbash Wins Melbourne Poker Championship High Roller Event

A world away from Las Vegas, Ali Ghezelbash outlasted 41 players to win the AUD$5,200 High Stakes Event of the 2010 Melbourne Poker Championship in Australia.

Ghezelbash took home AUD$92,250 for getting past Australian poker pros like Jason Gray, Daniel Neilson and Billy "The Croc" Argyros.

The Melbourne Poker Championship main event, which is currently running at the Crown Casino, concludes on Monday.

William Hill Pulls Out of France

William Hill is the latest online poker operator that has decided to close its doors to French players.

It shouldn't come as a huge surprise considering France introduced new laws regarding online gambling in the country on Wednesday and many online poker rooms have already left the market.

Apparently William Hill is considering whether it will apply for a license, which would allow them to operate in the country.

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