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Poker News in Brief: Nov. 15-21
Another busy week in the poker world means another story or two got left behind in the PokerListings news room.
Fortunately, we've compiled them below in our weekly Poker News in Brief feature.
This week Chilipoker comes to the U.S., The Legends of Poker goes back to the Bike, the WPT starts a new series and more.
ChiliPoker goes American
ChiliPoker plans to launch a online subscription poker operation in 2011 that will allow U.S. customers.
The new operation will complement the company's existing gaming businesses. Online subscription poker is legal in a majority of U.S. States.
Chiligaming does not take, and has never taken, U.S. bets and this latest move is expected to position the company well in the event of a regulated U.S. online poker market.
GUKPT Grand Final Begins
The GUKPT Grand Final Festival kicked off inside London’s Victoria Casino this week.
Along with the World Heads Up Championship Nov. 19-22, the full festival runs until Nov. 28, including the £2,500+£125 No-Limit Hold'em main event beginning Nov. 25.
In 2009, the Grand Final was won by Tony Cascarino, beating a field of 183 for £168,800.
Live satellites are currently underway at the Vic.
WPT Signs Bike Extention
Just days inton the PokerStars NAPT event at the Bicycle Casino in Los Angeles, the World Poker Tour announced it had extended its deal with the casino to keep the WPT Legends of Poker at the venue through 2015.
The five-year agreement ensures the Legends of Poker event will maintain its position on the WPT Tour and the WPT televised series as far out as Season XIV.
Held annually in late August, winners of the Legends of Poker tournament include Hall of Famers Dan Harrington and Doyle Brunson, Prahlad Friedman, Mel Judah and John Phan.
The 2010 Legends of Poker was won by Andy Frankenberger, the current WPT Player of the Year points leader.
UKICOOP Satellites Begin
Satellites are now running for the PokerStars UK & Ireland Championship of Online Poker.
The series is set for Dec. 5-12, with satellites now running for all of the Championship events.
$512,000 in guaranteed cash is up for grabs over the course of the 11-event series.
Winner of Player of the Series honors will recieve a UKIPT Passport to the UKIPT events in Nottingham, Manchester, Cork, Newcastle, Brighton, Edinburgh and Dublin.
New WPT Series
The World Poker Tour announced a new series of events this week.
The events will be branded WPT Regional Series Events in the United States and WPT National Series Events in Europe.
No WPT title, Player of the Year points or WPT World Championship buy-in is up for grabs, but the events are branded with the WPT name.
The first WPT Regional and National events include the $4,750+$250 buy-in WPT Regional Series: Florida at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood Florida from Nov. 19–22, the $1,500+$100 buy-in WPT Regional Series: Indiana at the Hollywood Casino in Lawrenceburg, Nov. 20-21 and the €5000 buy-in WPT National Series: Paris at Aviation Club de France in Paris, France Feb. 9–15, 2011.