Poker News in Brief: Sept. 20-26


Poker fans had their choice of interesting articles over the last week as news was breaking all around the globe.

Of course the focal point was London, England, where the 2010 WSOPE Main Event began and Gus Hansen secured a spot in the final two of the 10k WSOPE Heads-Up.

England wasn’t the only place where poker was played however, as Dwyte Pilgrim won his first WPT title at Borgata in Atlantic City, “Brother D” Danny Leaoasavaii won APPT Auckland and Tom Dwan and Gus Hansen won hundreds of thousands online.

With all that news there were a few stories that didn’t get the press they might have on a normal week. Fortunately as part of our ongoing Poker News in Brief feature we’ve compiled a list of such stories below.

This week we’ll take a look at PokerStars heading back to the Philippines, a set-back for poker in Washington, a new RedKings Poker promotion and more.

Seattle Court Upholds Ban on Online Poker

Online poker players in Washington were dealt a blow this week when the Washington Supreme Court upheld a ban on playing the game for money.

Washington poker player Lee Rousso presented a law suit that argued the State’s online gaming laws violated the commerce clause of the U.S. constitution.

Justice Richard B. Sanders disagreed, claiming the legislature did not overreach in restricting online gambling.

The Poker Players Alliance’s chairman Alfonse D’Amato expressed “extreme disappointment” over the ruling and mentioned the organization will continue to fight to have it overturned.

PokerStars Confirms Return to Philippines

PokerStars will once again be returning to sunny Cebu in the Philippines as part of the Asia Pacific Poker Tour.

"We're delighted to be taking the APPT back to the Philippines, and Cebu in particular," said Jeffrey Haas, President of the APPT. "The Tour has gone from strength to strength in its relatively short life and fields are growing all the time. Last year's event in Cebu was a definite highlight and offered further evidence of the continued passion for poker in the Asia Pacific region."

APPT Cebu is now scheduled to take place Nov. 12-16 at the Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort and Spa. The buy-in for the No-Limit Hold’em tournament will be 100,000 pesos (approximately $2,165 USD).

Last season Korea’s Dong-bin Han outlasted a field of 319 players to win a $156,722 first place prize in Cebu.

ESPN3 to Broadcast 2010 WSOPE Final

Poker fans will get the chance to view the final two days of the 2010 WSOPE Main Event almost live on, ESPN’s 24/7 sports broadbank network, will feature the final two days next week on Monday and Tuesday. There will be a five-hour tape delay in effect so fans will be able to view the hole cards, which is a first for the event.

"ESPN is committed to delivering the best Poker content to fans, and ESPN3 is the ideal format to showcase this great event as it happens,” said Doug White, senior director of programming and acquisitions for ESPN.

Last year popular poker pro Daniel Negreanu lost to Barry Shulman heads-up in arguably the most exciting finale ever at the WSOPE.

Red Kings Offering GSOP Live Packages

RedKings Poker is adding a little extra incentive for players who take part in its online Grand Series of Poker V over the next two weeks.

Every player who wins an online GSOP V tournament will also receive a $3,000 seat to GSOP Live events in Riga, Malta or Budapest.

"At RedKings we value success and anyone who wins one of the main 15 GSOP online events playing at RedKings deserves to join our live poker Team at one of the groundbreaking GSOP Live events in Riga, Malta or at the RedKings Poker Open in Budapest in February,” said Marcus Greg, tournament manager for

GSOP V will run Sept. 19 to Oct. 3 with 15 events in a variety of different poker games and buy-in levels. Every winner will also receive entry into the Grand Slam Online Final with $300k guaranteed.

Betfair Running $120k Rake Race

Betfair Poker started a promotion this week that will award a total of $120,000 to the busiest players over the next three weeks.

The Betfair $120k Rake Race will run until Oct. 14 and the player who earns the most Betfair points in that span will receive $20,000. In addition the top 100 players will receive a share of the $120,000 up for grabs.

The promotion is open to all Betfair players but they have to log in to opt-into the contest.

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