Poker News in Brief: Nov. 8-14

Maria Ho
Newly minted Team UB Pro Maria Ho.

Jonathan Duhamel's 2010 WSOP Main Event win kept the PokerListings News Team relatively busy this week.

Almost everything else in the poker world seemed less important than a 23-year-old from Boucherville, Quebec collecting $8.9 million and becoming the first Canadian to win poker's World Championship.

But there were a few stories we couldn't just let slip through the cracks. Instead, we've compiled them below in our Weekly Poker News in Brief feature.

This week, UB signs Maria Ho, the NAPT kicks off in L.A., London Calling crowns a winner and a whole lot more.


A total of 701 players from more than 20 different countries entered the PokerStars North American Poker Tour's Los Angeles main event over two starting days this weekend, including some of the game's biggest names.

The healthy turnout created a $3.2 million prize pool with $725,000 reserved for first.

Dane Kim Frederiksen finished Day 1b with the overall chip lead heading into Day 3 at the Bicycle Casino Sunday.

NAPT L.A. runs through Nov. 17.

UB Signs Ho

The last woman stading at the 2007 WSOP Main Event has inked a sponsorship deal with UB.

Maria Ho famously finished 38th of 6,358 players in 2007, but her success did not end there. She now has nine WSOP cashes and three WPT cashes, including a 10th place finish at the Bellagio Cup this past July.

Off the felt Ho recently appeared as a contestant on the Emmy Award The Amazing Race with fellow Team UB Pro Tiffany Michelle.

"I am honored to be joining the ranks of top UB pros such as Phil Hellmuth and Annie Duke," she said. "With the new direction and vision I know UB has for their future, this is an extremely exciting time to become a part of such an amazing team."

FPS Lyon

The Lyon leg of the PokerStars France Poker Series drew 320 players to the capital of French gastronomy Saturday.

Names like Arnaud Mattern, Thomas Bichon, EPT London winner David Vamplew and 2009 EPT San Remo champ Constant Rijkenberg helped create a €342,144 prize pool with €88,444 and a ticket to the FPS finals in Paris set aside for the winner.

Anthony Chaneto grabbed the overnight chip lead with just 71 players surviving to Day 2.

Wing Wins London Calling

Simon "tigerwing" Wing defeated Gem Husnu to take down the £300 London Calling main event this week.

The 32-year-old from Middlesex outlasted PKR's own WSOP bracelet winner Scott Shelley and well known UK poker pros Neil Channing, James Akenhead, Barney Boatman and Joe Beevers to book the win.

"The London Calling poker festival has been a great success and we are over the moon with Simon's win," said Marketing Manager Erika Schwartz Poole. "It couldn't have happened to a nicer guy."

The London Calling poker festival ran for 28 days at the Fox Poker Club in association with PKR and included 57 tournaments.

PKR Live V

PKR Live V kicked off Friday at London's Tower Bridge.

150 qualifiers and their guests from from 21 different countries are participating in the festival at the Fox Poker Club in the heart of London's Soho.

New Team PKR Pro and WSOPE bracelet winner Scott Shelley will make his PKR Live debut this weekend vying for part of a $75,000 estimated prize pool and sought after Main Event trophy.

Mediterranean Poker Cup

The five-star Hotel Merit Girne, Crystal Cove, Cyprus will host the Mediterranean Poker Cup week-long poker festival Nov. 22-28.

The festival features a $2,500 main event with a $400,000 guaranteed prize pool beginning Nov. 26.

"This is amazing place – the best resort I've ever seen for a poker tournament," said Artur Voskanjan of organizer Poker Club Management.

"It has 24-hour food in the tournament area, gym, spa, and is right by the beach. We'll have Russian models, fantastic entertainment, a rich spread of poker games and, above all, are not expecting many pros so it's a great opportunity to play for a guaranteed prize pool in the main event against a beatable field."

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