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Poker News in Brief: Nov. 1-7
The 2010 World Series of Poker Main Event stole all the headlines this week.
But as the November Nine played down to heads-up in Las Vegas this weekend, there were a few other stories happening in the poker world.
Since we didn't have the time or space to put many of them on the front page, we've compiled them below in our weekly Poker News in Brief feature.
This week the PCA sets a date for its Ladies Event, the USPC kicks off, a German wins in Macau and more.
PKR Reaches 4 Million
Four-year-old poker site PKR reached the 4 million customer milestone this week.
"This is a great accomplishment for us and a real achievement considering we don't take players from America," Marketing Director Simon Prodger said. "2010 has been a great year for PKR and we look forward to many more milestones in the future."
PokerStars Women's Caribbean Adventure
PokerStars is hosting another $1,100 Women's event at the 2011 PokerStars Carinbbean Adventure Jan. 14-15.
Team PokerStars Pro Vanessa Rousso won the event in January 2010 for $25,000, besting a field of 91 players that created an $88,270 prize pool.
Online satellite buy-ins start from as little as $2 or 500 Frequent Player Points on PokerStars.
German Wins Macau Poker Cup
Germany's Julian Hasse took down the Macau Poker Cup Championship at Casino Grand Lisboa this weekend.
Hasse bested a record field of 254 players to book the win and HKD $1,064,000 first prize.
"I still can't believe it, I'm speechless!" Hasse said.
Here's how the final table finished up:
1 Julian Hasse HKD $1,064,000
2 Kelly Flynn HKD $729,000
3 Wee Yee Tan HKD $440,000
4 Chi Chen HKD $347,000
5 Takashi Ogura HKD $278,000
6 Nathanael Seet HKD $231,000
7 Kristian Lunardi HKD $185,000
8 Renyong "Richard" Hu HKD $139,000
9 William Pastout HKD $116,000
Jack Links Inks WSOP Sponsor Deal
Jack Link’s Beef Jerky and the WSOP have signed a new multi-year sponsorship agreement that will keep the jerky king as presenting sponsor of the event.
The tournament will continue to be known as the World Series of Poker Presented by Jack Link’s Beef Jerky.
The deal begins at the 42nd Annual World Series of Poker Presented by Jack Link’s slated to get underway at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas May 30, 2011.
“This remains a great fit between two category-leading brands,” said WSOP Vice President Ty Stewart. “We couldn’t ask for a better organization to be our lead sponsor. We love being with a market dominator that shares our sense of fun and irreverence.”
U.S. Poker Championship Kicks Off
The 2010 United States Poker Championship began at the Trump Taj Mahal Casino and Resort in Atlantic City Nov. 1.
The tournament series runs through Nov. 22 and the USPC main event will be filmed for television.
Betfair Goes Canadian
Beginning Monday Betfair Poker will be localized for all Canadians.
Customers visiting the site from Canada will see global promotions but also have exclusive visibility to Canadian specific poker promotions.
To celebrate the launch of the Canadian poker website, Betfair Poker has planned a week of promotions, featuring freerolls, guaranteed tournaments, U.S Sports merchandise giveaways, and sports events packages.
The O Canada Series will consist of 16 freerolls and small buy-in tournaments.