Poker770 Offers $25K Bounty Pro770 Tournaments

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After taking a brief reprieve for the 2013 World Series of Poker, the Texas Holdem Bounty tournaments at Poker770 return as of Wednesday, July 17. This is a chance for players to compete against some of poker’s top pros online for only a $5.50 buy-in. What’s more, there’s an increasing bounty the better you do in the events and you can even win a sponsorship deal to be the next member of Poker770’s Team Pro770, worth $25,000.

The Poker770 Bounty Pro770 tournaments take place nightly at 8:00 pm and unlike the bounty tournaments at other sites, at this one you get a larger and larger bounty the more pros you knock out of the running.

Knock out one pro and get $25; knock out two pros in the same week and get $125; knock out a pro who has already taken a bounty in the tournament and get $250; knock out three pros in the same week and get $500; knock out four pros in the same week and get a $25,000 year of sponsorship as a member of Poker770’s Pro Team 770.

On Mondays, knock out Stjepan “Privko” Jokic; on Tuesdays, knock out Sonja “Afroditaluna”; on Wednesdays knock out Oanh “Oanhtime” Bui; on Thursdays knock out Dominik “polkapool” Kulicki; and on Fridays knock out Jonathan “Royallus” Rozzema.

In addition to the cash bounty and possible Poker770 sponsorship that you can win in the site’s nightly Bounty Pro770 tournaments, you’ll also get your names posted on the website next to the size of the bounty you won and the pro player you knocked out.

Poker 770 Offers Shootout And Heads-Up Tournaments

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Poker770 has taken two popular poker variants and combined them into one with its new Shootout and Heads-Up tournament format.

As you may know, a shootout tournament is one in which the competition is eliminated one by one until only one player remains. In a heads-up tournament there are only two players to begin with. Well, in this novel combo of the two that Poker770 calls Shootout and Heads-Up tournaments, players compete in a multi-table tournament where each table has only two players. Every time one player is knocked out the remaining player is paired with the remaining player from one of the other tables. In this way, players duke it out head-to-head until only one player is left standing.

Shootout & Heads-Up tournaments are offered in both MTT (multi-table tournament) and SNG (Sit and Go tournament) formats with buy-ins ranging from $1 to $30 for the MTTs and from $1 to $200 for the SNGs. To find these Shootout & Heads-Up tournaments in the Poker770 lobby go first to Sit ‘n’ Go or Tournaments, as you prefer, then to “All” of the respective category (i.e. “all sit ‘n’ go). Then click the little magnifying glass icon at the upper portion of the screen and type into the search field “Shootout”. There you’ll see all shootout tournaments at which you can find the Heads-Up events by looking for the ones with the HU.

Other popular Poker770 offerings to look for include $50,000 in monthly freerolls, daily every hour, $25,000 monthly in Bounty Pro tournaments, and Speed Hold’em.

Americas Cardroom Holds The Beast $50K GTD

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The next The Beast $50K Guaranteed tournament coming out of Americas Cardroom is coming up this Sunday, February 10, 2013. The buy-in is $50 + $5 and the name of the game, of course, is Texas Hold’em. The action starts at 6:00 pm ET.

Now keep in mind, The Beast $50K Guarantee tournament is not replacing the regular $50K guaranteed event that Americas Cardroom ordinarily has every Sunday at 7:00 pm ET. That means there’s $100K guaranteed on the table that night across just two tournaments at America’s Cardroom.

Players can avoid the $55 buy-in cost to get into The Beast $50K Guarantee through a satellite tournament, being offered daily at 6:35 pm ET. The buy-in for this event is $7 + $0.70 and each event awards the top 2 players seats The Beast $50K Guarantee.

There’s also a The Beast $50K Super Satellite taking place daily, every hour at 5 minutes after the hour. These events cost only $0.25 + $0.02. And each event awards 2 seats to that night’s The Beast $50K Satellite.

The Beast, to the uninitiated, is America’s Cardroom’s progressive rake race, offering a guaranteed jackpot that gets awarded every month. The Beast jackpot rises throughout the month as more players play at jackpot tables at the site. Players earn points for playing at these jackpot tables which are then tracked on leaderboard, with the top finishers at the end of each month winning a share of a 6-figure jackpot. Then it resets for the next month and the fun starts all over again.

NBC National Heads-Up Championship Returns to TV

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After a year-long hiatus, NBC television is bringing back its popular poker TV show the National Heads-Up Championship, although without the participation of one previous presence at the series, Daniel Negreanu. Still this latest installment of the NBC National Heads Up Poker Championship will see 64 of poker’s most well-known players facing off in an invitation-only $25K buy-in made-for-television event, says producer Mori Eskandani.

And for the 2013 NBC National Heads-Up Poker Championship, the events banners will promote the brand for the first time since the televised tournament’s inception in 2005. In addition, Caesars Interactive Entertainment Inc., the company that owns, has recently been granted permission to legally operate online poker in the state of Nevada.

The 2013 NBC National Heads-Up Poker Championship started yesterday, Thursday, January 24th, and saw Jennifer Tilly facing Antonio Esfandiari, best friend of Tilly’s boyfriend Phil Laak. We won’t tell you who won, however, in case you want to watch the inevitable rerun. We will say that it promises to be an exciting season, with other matches like Ike Haxton against Justin Bonomo, Michael Mizrachi against Mike Matusow, Liv Boeree against Gaelle Baumann, and Mike Sexton against Phil Hellmuth.

Players are required to win at least two heads-up matches in order to cash in this contest, with the champion needing to win six matches to take the $750,000 first place prize.

The schedule for this 8th installment of the popular series is as follows: it’s being filmed now at Caesars Palace Las Vegas between January 24th and 26th. The 1st round on each day begins at 1:30 pm local time.

Vienna Mind Sports Festival 2013 Includes Poker

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The 2013 Vienna Mind Sports Festival is heavy in poker, including the World Poker Tour Main Event, a Grand Series of Poker Live main event and a host of other big money live tournaments, mostly in No Limit Hold’em but including at least one event in Pot Limit Omaha.

The GSOP Live Vienna is 4-day event that takes place from Feb 13 to 16, 2013 for a €1100 buy-in. The WPT Vienna is a 3-day event running Feb 19 to 23, 2013 for a €3500 buy-in with entry.

There’s also the Montesino Opening, a 3-day event running Feb 14 to 18, 2013 with a €340 buy-in and re-entry for a €200,000 guaranteed prize pool. And there’s a Planetwin 365 Vienna 1-day event taking place Feb 17, 2013 for a €400 + €40 buy-in with reentry for a €50,000 guaranteed prize pool.

There’s a NLH 8-max 2-day event Feb 21 and 22, 2013 for a €1100 buy-in and a NLH Highroller Event for the 2 days Feb 23 and 24, 2013 for a €10000 + €300 buy-in.

Players planning on being in Vienna over the period of the Vienna Mind Sports Festival can pre-register for any of these events online at the official website: www {dot} viennamindsportsfestival {dot} com.

The host of all these events is Montesino Casino, which is also hosting live satellite tournaments for every one of these events, with lower buy-ins in the €40 – €60 range. For these events there is no pre-registration online, only on-site.

Other events on the Vienna Mind Sports Festival’s poker schedule include bounty freezeouts, turbos and Pot Limit Omaha events.

Also included in the Vienna Mind Sports Festival besides poker are Risk, Scrabble, Open Face Chinese Poker, Backgammon, Bridge, Chess, Magic the Gathering, and eSports.

Bovada Poker Daily Guaranteed Tournament Overview & Schedule

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Every day of the week, 7 days a week, Bovada Poker hosts Daily Guaranteed Tournaments, which are, just as they sound, online poker tournaments with guaranteed prize pools. And these guaranteed prize pools are big, with more than $900,000 awarded in these events alone each week at the site.

So without further ado, here is the full schedule of daily guaranteed tournaments currently running at Bovada Poker:
• 6:30 pm – $1.5k GTD 6-seater Deep Stack for a $13 buy-in, offering a $1,500 GTD prize pool
• 7:45 pm – $1k GTD Rebuy for a $3.30 buy-in, offering a $1,000 GTD prize pool
• 8:00 pm – $2k GTD Rebuy for a $22 buy-in, offering a $2,000 GTD prize pool
• 8:30 pm – $6k GTD Deep Stack for a $44 buy-in, offering a $6,000 GTD prize pool on weekdays and a $7,000 GTD prize pool on Saturdays and Sundays
• 9:00 pm – $10k GTD Deep Stack for a $60 buy-in, offering a $10,000 GTD prize pool Monday through Saturday and a $15,000 prize pool for a $109 buy-in on Sundays
• 10:00 pm – Ten O-Clock Turbo for a $44 buy-in, offering a $5,000 GTD prize pool on weekdays and Saturdays and a $15,000 guaranteed prize pool on Sundays
• 10:45 pm – $1k GTD Knockout running Monday through Saturday only for a $16.50 buy-in, offering a $1,000 GTD prize pool
• 12:00 am – $5k GTD Turbo for a $33 buy-in, offering a $5,000 GTD prize pool

PCA Main Event and High Roller Event To Feature Live Webcast

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2012 Pokerstars Caribbean AdventureThe PokerStars Caribbean Adventure has quickly become one of the most interesting and exciting poker tournaments offered, and they’ve done a little something to make their events even better overall.  Fans of the game of poker will get a great opportunity to be able to follow the action throughout the tournaments this upcoming year, with a live stream that will give players the chance to see hole-cards as well.  The stream will be on a 40-minute delay that players can see on

Players who tune in will not only get to see all of the action and get to see the hole cards on the delay, but they will get analysis and live broadcast from the likes of Joe Stapleton, James Hartigan, and a poker player who a few people may know the name of, Daniel Negreanu.  It will feature the final tables of two events with huge buy-ins, the $10,300 Main Event, and one of the largest buy-in tournaments on the planet in the $25,500 buy-in High Roller event.

The PCA Main Event draws in a huge number of players in especially the past two years.  The event has had over 1,500 players each year, and the first place prize for last years winner, Galen Hall, was over $2.3 million, which probably comes in second to about one other tournament series; the World Series of Poker.  For this coming year, there are actually a total of 800 players registered already, and there’s a chance that this could be one of the largest events in their history.

As far as the High Roller event goes, it has been around since back in 2009 and last season featured 151 players.  Last years winner was Will Molson who won over $1 million for beating out those 150 other players.  While this event is obviously a huge buy-in, PokerStars has actually decided to go even bigger in 2012.  They are introducing a $100k Super High Roller tournament, that already has a total of 20 players registered including names like Negreanu himself, Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier, Brian Rast, Dan Shak, David Sands, Jason Mercier, Jonathan Duhamel, and many other big names as well.

Action for the PCA will kick off on January 5th and runs through January 14th.

James Dempsey Takes Down WPT Doyle Brunson Five Diamond World Poker Classic

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In what is definitely the longest tournament name out there, James Dempsey prevailed over a field that was star studded at the World Poker Tour’s Doyle Brunson Five Diamond Classic.  The final table itself drew some well-known names, featuring players like Antonio Esfandiari, Vanessa Selbst, Andrew Lichtenberger, and 2012 November Niner Soi Nguyen.  Esfandiari was looking to become the first ever player to become a repeat champion of a WPT event, while Selbst was looking to become the first female winner of one.

To start the six handed action, Nguyen found himself atop the leaderboard with over a 1 million chip lead (4.995 million), with Dempsey in second place (3.86 million).  Lichtenberger was in third with 3.605 million chips, followed by Selbst with 2.25 million, Esfandiari with 1.255 million, and Vitor Coelho with 560k.

When all was said and done through the first four eliminations, there was Dempsey and Nguyen, the two players atop the leaderboard to start the day, matched up to decide the championship.  Esfandiari went out in 6th, and was followed by Coelho in 5th place, Lichtenberger in 4th place, and Selbst falling just short in 3rd place.  The heads up play started with each player almost even in chips, and set up quite an interesting match.

It started with Dempsey up a bit early on, but it wasn’t long before Nguyen took a big pot and control of the game.  After Nguyen kept raising and re-raising, Dempsey found himself at a huge disadvantage of over 10 million chips, 13.5 million to 3 million.  He was able to get up to about 6 million before a huge hand went down.  The action started with a raise by Nguyen pre-flop, and a three-bet by Dempsey.  The flop came down with the Queen of spades, 2 of spades, and 4 of clubs; prompting Dempsey to bet out 1 million chips.  Nguyen called this, and the turn came with a Ten of spades, leading to an all-in from Dempsey.  Nguyen debated for multiple minutes before finally calling and turning over As-5d for the nut flush draw and a straight draw.  Dempsey had Ad-Js for a worse flush draw, but a higher kicker, meaning that he could either hit one of his straight cards, or have a blank come on the river.  It was the King of hearts, giving Dempsey the straight with no flush for Nguyen, and everything had turned.

It wasn’t long after that before Dempsey sent the knockout punch to Nguyen, as he called his opponents’ all in with K-Q, and Nguyen turned over K-J.  Nguyen actually flopped a Jack to take the lead, but the river gave Dempsey a flush, the championship, and a $821,612 payday.  Nguyen got a nice pay out for his run as well, taking home $517,478.

Sam Trickett Continues Hot Streak; Wins Partouche Poker Tour

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The Partouche Poker Tour took a two month break before the final table kicked off, and it worked out very similar to how the World Series of Poker Main Event did.  While this event didn’t draw in nearly as many entrants as the WSOP Main Event did, its 579 total entrants still created a first place prize of €1,000,000.  The event was played at the Palm Beach Casino in Cannes, France, and featured a buy in of €8,500.

The final table started with a well-known name in Sam Trickett holding the chip lead, and not much changed when all was said and done.  Trickett did have a bit of work to do when he got to heads up play against Salman Behbehani, but he was able to overcome a two to one chip deficit and won the grand prize in the end.  It wasn’t all bad for Behbehani though, who got a nice second place pay day of €600,000 for his excellent run.  As a matter of fact, each player who made it to the final table received a payday of over six figures.

While this was a very nice score for Trickett, it’s just one of many for a player who has been one of the hottest in the game this year.  He started off the action with a $1,525,000 score at the Aussie Millions, which featured a $100k buy-in.  He also had a second place finish soon after that in the $250k Super High Roller event, which paid him another million dollar score, of $1,400,000.  Trickett then went on to bring home a few other five figure cashes, including an 11th place finish at the EPL’s first event.  No one can put up an argument that Trickett is one of the hottest players in the game right now.

His strong run also pushed him into the top ten in the ESPN top ten poker rankings, which are called “The Nuts”.  He has won over $4.2 million just this year, which places him fifth for the year behind the final three players from the 2011 WSOP Main Event, and Erik Seidel, who was actually the player that beat him at the Aussie Millions Super High Roller Event.

Daniel Santoro Takes Down WPT Foxwoods Event

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Daniel Santoro is not the most well-known poker player in the game today, but he definitely made a name for himself after this World Poker Tour Foxwoods event.  Before this event, Santoro had a total live tournament earnings of $260,862, and he gave himself quite a bump on that total with his impressive win at this tournament.  The first place prize was set at $449,910 that he pocketed, and he was involved in a few big hands at the final table, and one hand that determined his fate as the eventual champion.

The final table featured six players with Steven Brackesy starting atop the leaderboard with 1.81 million chips, and was followed up by Christian Harder (1.29 million), Santoro (1.16 million), Bob Carbone (588k), Eli Berg (496k), and Andy Frankenberger (374k).  The first three eliminations happened fairly quickly, and the first elimination sent Berg home after only three hands.  Frankenberger was the next to go, and after that came one of the biggest hands of the tournament.

It involved Brackesy and Santoro, who got involved pre-flop and were going back and forth before getting it all in.  Brackesy flipped over A-4 suited to be quite a bit behind the pocket Queens that Santoro were holding.  This pot put Santoro in a massive chip lead over the remaining players, and it ended up having Santoro matched up against Harder to decide who would win it all.

Heads up play kicked off with Santoro as the chip leader by almost 4 times Harder’s chip stack.  Harder was forced all the way under 400k in chips before making a massive comeback and doubling up to get back into it.  Harder’s incredible storm back saw him actually take the chip lead at one point before Santoro was able to turn it back around.  The final hand of the tournament saw Santoro re-raise his opponent, which led to Harder to push the remainder of his chips into the middle.  Santoro made the call with A-K, and was up against the pocket ten’s of his opponent.  It wasn’t until the final card that Santoro was able to take the lead, and win the entire event.

While Santoro won the championship and the huge grand prize, Harder got a nice consolation prize of $248,962 for his run as well.