Poker News in Brief: Oct. 11-17, 2010

James Blake
James Blake

With a number of tournaments wrapping up in Europe, the WPT Festa al Lago main event kicking off in Las Vegas and a ton of online high-stakes action, it was as hectic as ever in the PokerListings news room this week.

As a result, there were a few stories that didn't get the attention they deserved. Thankfully, we had a little space in our weekly Poker News in Brief feature and have thrown them in below.

This week Full Tilt signs a tennis star, an MMA legend hosts a charity tournament, poker might be Bad for Your Wealth and more.

Tilt Signs Blake

Full Tilt Poker signed US tennis star James Blake as a Friend of Full Tilt this week.

Since turning pro in 1999, Blake has consistently been ranked amongst tennis' elite and has led the US Davis Cup team since being selected in 2001.

He was also named the world's "sexiest athlete" in People Magazine's 2002 Sexiest Man Alive Issue.

Blake is an avid poker player.

London Calling

PKR's London Calling poker festival kicked off this week at the The Fox Poker Club in London's West End.

The PKR sponsored 28-day tournament series runs through Nov. 7 with 57 tournaments, the majority of which range in buy-ins from £20 to £100.

The festival will conclude with a £300 buy-in main event.

Nicolak Joins Cardrunners

John "Nicolak" Kim joined the poker training site CardRunners as a mid to high stakes cash instructor this week.

A winning pro since 1998, his first video for the site features Kim four-tabling $5-$10 six-max No-Limit Hold'em. 

Kim was already co-host of the site's bi-weekly strategy podcast Cash Plays, along with Jeremiah Smith.

Bad For Your Wealth

A new book claiming to provide scientific evidence that tournament poker is a losing proposition was released this week.

Bad for Your Wealth: A Scientific, Evidence-Based Study of Why You Should Avoid Playing Poker Tournaments, written by Ramy C. Tadros, includes calculations verified by Minimax Statistical Consulting, LLC.

Publishers claim the book is a must read for struggling players trying to understand why they cannot beat the game,

MMA Star Hosts Charity Event

Mixed Martial Arts legend Randy "The Natural" Couture will host the third annual "Operation All In" charity poker tournament and auction fundraiser benefiting the Xtreme Couture G.I. Foundation Oct. 30.

Held at the Golden Nugget in Las Vegas, the event is open to the public and will include a celebrity charity poker tournament featuring pro players, MMA and Hollywood celebrities; live and silent auctions; autograph sessions with photo opportunities; raffle prizes; and a Halloween after party inside the Nugget's Gold Diggers club.

Already confirmed are Tyson Griffin, Ryan Couture, Martin Kampmann, Gray Maynard, Jason Ron, Ray Sefo, Mike Pyle and John Alessio, David Zayas of "Dexter" and "The Expendables," and poker pros Howard Lederer, Andy Bloch, Layne Flack, Gavin Smith, Perry Friedman, Antonio Esfandiari, Todd Brunson, Nick and Michael Binger, Dutch Boyd and Lacey Jones.

The buy-in for the tournament is $225 with $100 multi re-buys. The winner will receive a $10,000 prize. Proceeds will benefit injured US soldiers.

Double Up October

Titan Poker is offering players a chance to increase their bankrolls at its popular Double Up Sit 'n' Go tournaments through its $150,000 Double Up October promotion.

$30,000 in weekly prizes will be awarded to the site's leading Double Up Sit 'n' Go players all this month.

Plus there will be an additional $30,000 in prizes awarded to players on top of the monthly leaderboard.

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