Poker News in Brief: Oct. 18-24

Howard Lederer
Howard Lederer

Erik Seidel and Dan Harrington were the talk of the poker world during the second to last week of October.

The two players were officially chosen as this year’s Poker Hall of Fame inductees and with 10 WSOP bracelets and over $16 million in tournament winnings it was hard to argue with that decision.

Add in a star-studded Festa al Lago, a record-setting WSOPC event and a huge online heater by Gus Hansen and poker fans had plenty to chew on this week.

Fortunately 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 CardRunners' 2,000th video, a new WSOP iPad app and a new indie poker film.

Lederer: Raise Poker HOF Age to 40

Howard Lederer made a strong argument in the Full Tilt blog this week to raise the age of eligibility into the Poker Hall of Fame.

After congratulating fellow Mayfair poker players Erik Seidel and Dan Harrington on their induction, Lederer went on to say that poker should follow other popular professional sports like football and basketball and introduce a minimum age requirement to make sure players have stood the test of time.

Lederer pointed to Chip Reese, who was the youngest player inducted to the Poker Hall of Fame at 40, as an excellent cutoff point.

Lederer also cited Phil Ivey as a strong advocate of his cause. Lederer said that Ivey was even thinking of respectfully declining if he was chosen for the Hall of Fame this year.

Currently there are no age restrictions on the Poker Hall of Fame.

CardRunners Celebrates 2,000th Video

Popular online poker training site CardRunners hit a new milestone this week by posting its 2,000th video.

The 2,000th video, which was recorded by Brian “Stinger” Hastings, was a memorable one with Hastings sharing some of his experience from playing with Phil Ivey, Ilari “Ziigmund” Sahamies and Urindanger.

Since starting in 2005, CardRunners has revolutionized the way training sites work and now has more than 10,000 subscribers.

The current CardRunners roster of instructors includes Hastings, Dan “jungleman12” Cates, Andreas “Skjervoy” Torbergsen and Mickey “mement_mori” Petersen.

WSOP Launches iPad App

The WSOP released its first official iPad app this week.

The app is a game titled “WSOP Hold’em Legend” which was developed by game maker GLU who also designed the WSOP iPhone app.

WSOP Hold’em Legend is similar to the iPhone app but has been optimized for the resolution of the iPad.

In addition the game’s multi-player function has improved so that up to six players can play online on their iPad or iPhone.

WSOP Hold’em Legend is now available in the iTunes app store.

Betfair to Award 12 NYC Packages

As part of a new promotion, Betfair Poker will be giving away 12 $3,500 packages to New York City.

It’s all part of the Betfair Exclusive Big Apple Touchdown Final tournament on Nov. 10 at 19:00 CET.

Each package includes $1,500 flight tickets for two people, $1,200 accommodations for three nights at a four-star hotel, $200 in tickets to a football or basketball game, $300 for dinner at a high end New York restaurant and $300 for shopping.

There are a variety of ways to secure a seat in the Big Apple Touchdown tournament but perhaps the easiest is earning 1,000 player points between Oct. 19-Nov. 7. Every player who generates that amount of points or more will gain free entry into the event.

There are also daily freerolls where players can win tickets into the Big Apple Touchdown tournament.

Poker Film Wins Audience Award

Yet another poker movie has been produced but this one is actually generating solid reviews and winning awards.

Hitting the Nuts is a mocumentary about the 2007 Scott County Series of Poker starring Joe Byrd, Matthew Donnelly and Tara Rice.

The film is about an annual illegal poker tournament in Scott County, Indiana. In the movie Scott County is essentially a farm system for the bigger poker circuits.

Hitting the Nuts was shown at the Cincinnati Film Festival and after garnishing great reviews won the 2010 audience award.

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