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Poker News in Brief: Sep. 6-12
London's time in the poker spotlight began this week with the WPT London Poker Classic and PartyPoker World Poker Open both going off.
Add in some high stakes action, the UKIPT heading to Ireland and the Partouche Poker Tour setting its own November Nine and it was a busy week in the PokerListings news room.
A few stories may have slipped through the cracks, but we've gathered them below in our regular Poker News in Brief feature.
This week, the WCOOP main event gets the biggest guarantee ever, Boxing legend Evander Holyfield hits the felt, UB's bad beat jackpot is claimed and more.
$2 Million for WCOOP Champ
PokerStars is now offering a record-breaking guaranteed payout to the winner of this year’s World Championship of Online Poker main event.
The 2010 WCOOP main event champion will walk away with a guaranteed $2 million payday, the largest first-place prize for an online poker tournament in history.
The $5,200 two-day main event begins Sep. 26.
Last year Yevgeniy “Jovial Gent” Timoshenko won the title and $1,715,200 first-place prize.
High Heels Heads West
The first all women’s poker tour launched on the East Coast, is headed west.
The High Heels Poker Tour will hit the Wildhorse Resort Casino in Pendleton, Oregon. The Nov. 8 for its $165 Fall Round Up Ladies No-Limit Hold’em event.
For more information, including dates, times and buy-ins go to www.highheelspokertour.com.
Still The Champ
Evander Holyfield won the celebrity 'Beat the Champ' poker tournament live at Poker in the Park in London this week.
London's Leicester Square played host to thousands of fans attending Europe's largest poker festival including one Midlands man who got the chance to take on the former Heavyweight Boxing Champion of the World on the felt.
"It's like fighting," Holyfield explained. "If you want to win you have to focus and prepare and that's exactly what I did for this tournament, just like I do for any challenge."
Leif G. won his way into the tournament through RealDealPoker.com.
A Ferris, Texas woman lost with quads, but won $218,115 in Bad Beat Jackpot money on UB this week.
KAPPIT saw her four nines crushed by CJBV’s quad queens at a $0.25/0.50 table, triggering the payday.
For his part, CJBV picked up $109,057.85 while the seven other players banked at least $1,000 just for being there.
Plus 610 others grabbed $89.36 because they were playing the same limit.
"I've been playing Poker for 45 years now, mostly live poker, and I hit a jackpot once in a land-based Casino, but this is the biggest prize I've ever got,” she said. “Keep those jackpots coming UB... Dreams do come true."
Full Tilt Sponsors MMA Series
Full Tilt Poker is putting its name on the Bellator Fighting Championships.
Now in its third season, the Bellator Fighting Championships is a continuing series of televised World Class Mixed Martial Arts presented in a tournament format.
This week marked the first of eight nationally and internationally televised Bellator events sponsored by Full Tilt.