Poker News in Brief: Nov. 2-8, 2009

PokerListings.com Invades London for the WSOP-E
Yet another poker tour will hold a tournament in London, England.

It's poker's biggest weekend and if you're reading PokerListings.com there's a good chance you know the 2009 WSOP Main Event is down to just two players.

If you're looking for spoilers just check out our CD Poker, Bet365 and ChiliPoker will benefit from some new features thanks to a software update to the iPoker network.

Playtech released the new iPoker client on Wednesday and users now have access to tools like auto top-up, buddies functionality and a sharp new interface.

Other innovations include a multi-currency option, five-step seat finding feature, hand-for-hand mode in tournaments and a new tournament time-bank that offers player a predefined allotment of extra time throughout the tournament.

Brandon Cantu
Brandon Cantu has been killing it.

Brandon Cantu dominating UltimateBet games

Las Vegas Team UB pro Brandon Cantu is having one hell of a year.

Just this past Sunday, Cantu won the signature UltimateBet $100,000 guaranteed tournament for $34,580. In August he won the same tournament for nearly $37,000.

Cantu also won the weekly heads-up tournament leaderboard match on UltimateBet.

Each week the tournament leaderboard winner faces off against a Team UB pro for $1,000. Team UB pros have won the event for three straight weeks meaning the prize pool is up to $4,000 for next Saturday.

Cantu's success in 2009 hasn't just been online either. This summer Cantu won his second WSOP bracelet by taking down the $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha event for $228,867.

The aggressive poker pro is up to over $3 million in lifetime tournament earnings as well as several hundred thousand earned online.

Sites offering Belgium Poker Championships qualifiers

Satellites for the Belgium Poker Championships began this week on PokerStars.com, Everest Poker and bwin Poker.

On PokerStars, the satellites start at just $5.50, which are the first step in qualifying for the $215 monthly final.

Meanwhile, on Everest Poker, players can attempt to climb the Sit 'N' Go steps which start at just $2 and go all the way up to $360.

Finally, bwin will hold a freeroll later this year with first place winning a seat in the Belgium Poker Championship.

Last year Sijbrand Maal won €315,875 for outlasting 842 players in the 2008 Belgium Poker Championships.

The 2009 Belgium Poker Championships will take place this Nov. 21-29 at Casino de Namur.

Bertrand "ElkY" Grospeliler, Ludovic Lacay, Davidi Kitai, Lex Veldhuis and Marcel Luske are all confirmed to play with several other big-name poker players expected to sign up.

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