Poker News in Brief: Sept. 7-13, 2009

George Danzer

PokerStars was once again the centerpiece of a busy poker week.

EPT Barcelona wrapped up with Carter Phillips winning over $1.2 million for taking down first place while the WCOOP continued to bring some impressive numbers to the virtual felt.

There are always stories that don't make the front page of, however, and as part of an ongoing feature we've compiled a list of them for you to peruse below.

This week we'll be taking a look at the other major online poker series going on this week, the Jonathan Little, Nenad Medic and Layne Flack all busted on the tournament's second to last day before the final table was set.

David and Goliath: MiniFTOPS vs. WCOOP

Not to be outdone by PokerStars' WCOOP event, Full Tilt Poker has gone in a decidedly different direction this September.

Instead of offering a complete Full Tilt Online Poker Series, FTP started running MiniFTOPS XIII on Sept. 9 and it will run to Sept. 20.

MiniFTOPS are almost identical to FTOPS events except for the buy-ins.

Every MiniFTOPS event carries a buy-in that is exactly 1/10 the size of a regular FTOPS event.

Buy-ins for the 25 events range from $11 to $250. Some of the events have some respectable prize pools with the main event weighing in at an impressive $500,000 guaranteed.

Check out the complete schedule over at Full Tilt Poker.


Four Planet Hollywood poker managers arrested

Four Las Vegas casino floor managers were arrested this week in a scam that saw them take $2,201 in fake jackpots.

According to the Las Vegas Sun, Jonathan Sanner, Jason Peterson, Thomas Kordick and Scott Marshall worked in the poker room at Planet Hollywood and are accused of creating fake identities to award jackpots to themselves.

Surveillance staff at Planet Hollywood noticed that none of the fictitious players had ever played in the poker room.

All four managers were arrested by the Gaming Control Board officers and Las Vegas Police.

Commerce Casino holding Iron Man tournament

The Commerce Hold'em Series, which runs Sept. 10-27, is underway in L.A and there are some very unique events on the schedule.

On Sept. 23 the Commerce will be hosting an "Ironman" tournament, which will give players 10,000 chips, one hour levels and blinds moving at a snail's pace.

The catch? Absolutely no breaks.

The entire tournament will play from start to finish with no interruptions. The casino will provide three meals at the tables, but other than that players are on their own.

The tournament will only be paying the final table and 50% of the prizepool will be going to first place.

For more information check the Commerce website.





George Danzer wins WCOOP event


The pros continue to perform well at the 2009 WCOOP. Just days after Raymond Davis took down his first WCOOP title in Badugi, Team PokerStars Pro George Danzer accomplished a similar feat by winning the WCOOP Short-Handed Pot-Limit Omaha event.


The German outlasted 975 players and a tough final table that included WPT winner Shawn "buck21" Buchanan to take down a first-place prize of $109,545.


It was Danzer's first WCOOP win and also the biggest score of his career.


The 2009 WCOOP runs all the way until Sept. 20 when PokerStars will host the two-day No-Limit Hold'em main event with $10 million guaranteed.

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