Poker News in Brief: May 3-9, 2010

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UB is offering players the chance to join Phil Hellmuth's team.

The poker industry began gearing up for its annual trek to Las Vegas and the World Series of Poker this week.

Add in some high-stakes action online, a WPT event in Paris and a few other smaller events kicking off in California and Nevada and it turned out to be a pretty busy week.

It might have been easy to miss a few of the less popular stories coming across the poker wires, but fortunately we've broken them down today in our ongoing Poker News in Brief feature.

This week we take a look at the WSOP Circuit heading to South Africa, UB offering players a chance to join its team, Pokerpalooza heading to Freemont Street and a whole lot more.

Join Team UB

UB is offering players who qualify for the 2010 World Series of Poker on the site a chance to become part of Team UB.

Along with a seat in the Main Event UB is offering qualifiers a taste of the pro poker lifestyle giving them at least $1,000 in cash just for showing up in Las Vegas.

The Show Up, Get Paid promotion simply asks qualifiers to turn up, take their seat at the WSOP Main Event and wear the UB logo to claim a share of a progressive prize pool growing each time another player qualifies up to a maximum of $5k.

Make the November Nine and there's also a $750,000 sponsorship up for grabs.

Step tournaments start on UB as low as 10 cents and there are twice weekly $500+$30 Super Satellites.

For more information, check out our UB room review.

Pokerpalooza Hits Freemont

The popular "Pokerpalooza" gaming trade show held annually at the World Series of Poker has moved to Freemont Street.

From Jun. 24-27 downtown Las Vegas will play host to the Fremont Street Gaming Expo.

Hundreds of exhibitors are expected to descend upon the five-block entertainment complex representing poker, gaming related and lifestyle brands.

Bodog Crowns New King

Bodog Poker crowned its inaugural King of the Felt this week, handing Ddsromero the title.

Ddsromero beat Brutus31 heads up to win a $1,000 prize and ultimate bragging rights as Poker's first ever King of the Felt.

This Thursday, the reigning King of the Felt will once again have to rise to the challenge and defend his crown against a newcomer. Every week a new challenger will be drawn, at random, and will have the chance to topple the reigning King in heads-up online poker action.

Defending the crown for 5-weeks straight pays $2,500, and an incredible 10-week streak will earn the reigning King a shot at a 2011 World Series of Poker Main Event prize package worth an estimated $12,000.

For more details head to our Bodog Poker room review.

WSOPC Africa

The first World Series of Poker Circuit Event on the continent of Africa is set to take place at the Emerald Resort and Casino in Vanderbijlpark, South Africa Oct. 27-31, 2010.

"This is the biggest news in Poker," said Emerald Resort and Casino CEO Martin Rice. "Rugby, soccer and cricket each have a World Cup, poker has the WSOP.

"Poker has, over the past half-decade, accelerated in popularity. Our Emerald Poker Series, and its growing fields, is testament to the unlimited success of the sport. It was only natural to follow-on its popularity with the greatest tournament on the planet."

WSOPC Africa will include two events, an $1,100 3-day Pot Limit Omaha tournament with $300 rebuys and a $5,000 4-day No-Limit Hold'em Freeze Out main event.

Cake Eats Intertops

Intertops Poker has moved to the Cake Poker Network.

In celebration, the site will host free rolls and special tournaments all throughout the month of May.

CPT Signs Hotel Deal

The operators of the Canadian Poker Tour announced a national sponsorship agreement with Sandman Hotels this week.

The deal will allow CPT members to qualify for preferred room rates and incentives across the country.

The CPT will host and sanction over 560 events in 2010 including the upcoming 2010 Canadian Open Poker Championships in Calgary this August.

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