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Poker News in Brief: Nov. 9-15, 2009
It was one of the biggest weeks in poker history and the final table of the 2009 WSOP did not disappoint.
Although poker legend Phil Ivey didn't win his eighth bracelet, fans were still treated to a thrilling final table that saw 21-year-old Joe Cada become poker's youngest world champion.
There was plenty of poker news that nearly slipped through the cracks, however, and as part of our ongoing Poker News in Brief feature we've compiled a list of the lesser-known stories below.
This week we'll take a look at Fox Sports en Español picking up the LAPT, Tom "durrrr" Dwan starting his own blog, Joe Sebok passing the one million mark in Twitter and more.
Fox Sports en Español Broadcasting Latin American Poker Tour
Fox Sports en Español and PokerStars reached an agreement this week that will see the network broadcast the Latin American Poker Tour in Spanish.
The Fox Sports en Español broadcast will feature highlights from tour stops in Costa Rica, Chile, Uruguay and Argentina.
"It's amazing to see how poker has become one of the most popular sports in Latin America, it has taken off like wildfire," said Team PokerStars Pro Humberto Brenes. "To think that the prize pool has nearly doubled in just one year is a testament to the power of poker."
Coverage is scheduled to air on Friday nights at 8:00 ET on Fox Sports en Español.
Joe Sebok hits one million twitter followers
Pokerroad.com president and UltimateBet pro Joe Sebok hit over one million Twitter followers this week.
To put things in perspective Sebok also has more Twitter followers than Tom Cruise (153,905) and Lindsay Lohan (142,474).
UltimateBet is celebrating the occasion by offering a $5.50 tournament with $24,000 in added prizes and a $1,500 bounty on Sebok. The event is scheduled to take place Dec. 13 at 3 p.m. ET.
Tom "durrrr" Dwan starts blogging
Noted high stakes online player Tom "durrrr" Dwan is giving fans an inside look at his life thanks to a new blog launched this week.
One of the few players without a training site or blog, Dwan did mention in his first post that he was officially blogging for Full Tilt Poker, which he recently joined as a team member.
In his first post, Dwan discussed taking a helicopter ride with Patrik Antonius to see a Jay-Z/Coldplay show in London and skydiving while inebriated.
He also said he would be recapping some of the action at the live durrrr heads-up challenge scheduled to take place in London later this week.
Annie Duke to host "Use Poker Skills for Life"
UltimateBet.com poker pro Annie Duke will be hosting a special presentation on how to use skills learned in poker in real life settings.
The "Use Poker Skills for Life" presentation will take part in conjunction with the Annie Duke Celebrity Poker Night which benefits the Decision Education Foundation. Both events will take place on Nov. 19 at the Commerce Casino in L.A.
The free presentation will start at 6:30 p.m. and guest entry is on a first come, first serve basis, for up to 80 attendees.
The presentation is sponsored by Stakes Supper Club.
Brad Booth joins GR88.com
Former Full Tilt poker pro "Yukon" Brad Booth has signed with new gaming site GR88.com as their official spokesperson and head of poker development.
Primarily a cash game player, Booth is perhaps most well-known for buying into High Stakes Poker for $1 million and pulling off a risky bluff against Phil Ivey.
Although he now resides in Vancouver, Canada, Booth earned his nickname by playing underground games in the Yukon.
Booth made his biggest tournament score when he came in third place in the 2006 WPT Mandalay Bay Championship for $319,180.