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WPT Announces Major Change To $25k Championship Tournament

The changes are continuing on the World Poker Tour. In the course of the past few months the WPT has announced the creation of the Alpha8 Super-High-Roller tournament series; replaced Kimberly Lansing with Lynn Gilmartin as the WPT host; launched a five-stop UK National Series Tour; and this week the WPT announced that the WPT Championship will be moving from the Bellagio in Las Vegas to the Borgata in Atlantic City.

Since Season 1 (back in 2002) the World Poker Tour’s $25k end of the season championship event has been held at the Bellagio, but all that will be changing for Season XII, as the WPT issued a press release stating that the Season XII Championship will be moving to the Borgata.

The move to the Borgata almost certainly has to do with the partnership between bwin.party (the parent company of the World Poker Tour) and the Borgata in the soon to be launched online gaming industry in New Jersey.

The Borgata has also been one of the few stops on the World Poker Tour that has managed to draw sizable crowds and maintain their attendance numbers since the tour started to wane around 2008. There will now be three televised WPT events held at the Borgata during Season XII of the WPT

Below is a look at the press release issued by the WPT to announce the historic change:

World Poker Tour’s Season XII World Championship Moving to Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa

Tournament Marks WPT’s Third Televised Event from Borgata in Season XII

Twitter: @WPT

Facebook.com/WorldPokerTour

www.WPT.com

Los Angeles, CA (September 17, 2013) – For the first time in its history, World Poker Tour’s prestigious, season-ending World Championship will be held outside Las Vegas at the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Together with the currently running WPT® Borgata Poker Open and January 2014’s WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open, this event will make Borgata home to three televised WPT tournaments in Season XII.

“We’re very pleased to name Borgata — now home to four of the five biggest tournaments in WPT history — the host of the Season XII WPT World Championship,” said WPT President Adam Pliska. “With Borgata’s well-deserved reputation for running world-class tournaments and providing unparalleled service to its players, we believe this venue is perfectly suited to host our season-culminating event. We look forward to working with the team at Borgata to bring the WPT World Championship to new heights.”

Along with the change of venue, World Poker Tour is pleased to welcome PartyPoker as the official sponsor of the Season XII WPT World Championship. “The partnership of WPT, PartyPoker, and Borgata brings together three of the most respected names in poker, and we look forward to making the World Championship more impressive than ever before.” Pliska said.

“We are extremely pleased to be growing our long-standing relationship with World Poker Tour and to be expanding our relationship with PartyPoker, especially as we look to launch Borgatapoker.com,” said Borgata’s Senior Vice President of Operations, Joe Lupo. “Adding the WPT World Championship Sponsored by PartyPoker is a welcome addition and an important new chapter in the history of this illustrious tournament.”

Borgata’s first televised WPT touranment of the year, the WPT Borgata Poker Open, is running now. With 1,189 entrants, this year’s event surpassed last year’s impressive turnout and genrated a massive prize pool of $3,923,700. Sponsored by ClubWPT.com, the tournament’s final table will be recorded on Friday, September 20 and will air on FOX Sports Network in March 2014. World Poker tour will return to Atlantic City for its second televised event of the season when the WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open begins in January 2014.

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WCOOP and Mini-FTOPS Highlight Tournament Schedules

It’s a very busy time for online poker tournaments, as several tournament series kicked off this past weekend, not to mention the usual slate of big weekend action that can be found across the Internet. The biggest tournaments for the next three weeks will be found on PokerStars (as they always are, but for the next three weeks they will be even bigger than usual) as the 2013 World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) got underway this past weekend.

In addition to the WCOOP, PokerStars sister site Full Tilt Poker will be hosting the Mini-Full Tilt Online poker Series (Mini-FTOPS) over the next couple of weeks, and over on the Merge Gaming Network the Poker Maximus VI tournament series also got started on Sunday –the Poker Maximus is the only one of the three open to US players.

WCOOP Fever Already Gripping the Poker World

The numbers are a bit mind boggling: 66 tournaments over three weeks, with at least $40 million in prize-pools waiting to be won. This can only mean that the PokerStars WCOOP has returned. The 2013 WCOOP is looking like it will be one of the biggest in the series history (which is no small order) and as always there will be a player of the Series leader-board where players will compete for even more cash and prizes.

In addition to the huge events that will be taking place the WCOOP will also be running countless warm-up and second-chance tournaments, as well as their usual daily and weekly tournaments.

For more information on the PokerStars WCOOP you can visit the following website: http://www.pokerstars.com/wcoop/

Full Tilt’s $3 million Mini-FTOPS

The Mini-FTOPS is exactly what you would expect it to be; an exact replica of the recently concluded FTOPS XXIII with the exception that the buy-in for every tournament has been slashed by a factor of 10. The series will feature 39 events with $3 million in guaranteed prize money.

The Main Event of the Mini-FTOPS will be a $70+$5 buy-in No limit Holdem tournament and will take place on September 29th.

You can learn more about the Mini-FTOPS at the following website: http://www.fulltiltpoker.com/promotions/ftops/mini

Poker Maximus at the Merge Gaming Network

85 Poker Maximus VI tournaments will be held on the Merge Gaming Network in the coming 15 days with $3 million in guaranteed prize-money on the line. The tournament are pretty affordable, with some featuring buy-ins s low as $1.10, but the Main Event will be a bit more exclusive, with a $530 buy-in.

You can learn more about the Poker Maximus series at the following website: http://www.carbonpoker.ag/promotions/poker-maximus-vi.html

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PokerStars Unveils Preliminary Schedule for the 2013 WCOOP

On the same day that Full Tilt Poker offered up their schedule for the FTOPS XXIII series, their sister-site, PokerStars, released preliminary details on the 2013 World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) which will be a 65 event tournament series beginning on September 8, 2013 and running for three full weeks.

No guarantees were given except to say that the winner of the Main Event on September 29 will win at least $1.5 million, and as Rick Dacey stated on the PokerStars blog:

“Now, this schedule is not set in stone and the guys sat hammering away in the poker room boiler room are asking for feedback. You can send that to them direct by emailing wcoop@pokerstars.com.”

Unveiling a tentative schedule, and letting their players’ feedback decide where a tweak may need to be made, or what type of tournament should be added, has been PokerStars MO over the past couple of years, and the poker community has praised for the site for listening to and acting upon their suggestions.

Here is a glimpse at the preliminary 2013 WCOOP Schedule revealed by PokerStars on Monday:

Sunday 8 Sep
Event 01 – 11:00 ET: $215 NL Hold’em [6-Max] (2-Day Event)
Event 02 – Sun, 08 Sep, 14:30 ET: $215 NL Hold’em (2-Day Event)

Monday 9 September
Event 03 – 11:00 ET: $320 PL Omaha
Event 04 – 14:00 ET: $320 NL Hold’em [6-Max, Shootout, No Late Reg] Event 05 – 17:00 ET: $215 NL Hold’em [Rebuys, Turbo]

Tuesday 10 September
Event 06 – 11:00 ET: $215 NL Draw
Event 07 – 14:00 ET: $215 PL Courchevel Hi/Lo [Re-Entry] Event 08 – 17:00 ET: $1,050 NL Hold’em (Super Tuesday Replacement) (2-Day Event)

Wednesday 11 September
Event 09 – 06:00 ET: $215 PL Omaha (Knockout)
Event 10 – 11:00 ET: $320 NL Hold’em [Ante Up] (2-Day Event)
Event 11 – 14:00 ET: $215 NL Hold’em [Heads-Up, No Late Reg] (2-Day Event)

Thursday 12 September
Event 12 – 06:00 ET: $215 PL 5-Card Omaha H/L [6-Max, 2R1A] Event 13 – 11:00 ET: $530 NL Hold’em [6-Max, Knockout] (2-Day Event)
Event 14 – 14:00 ET: $215 7-Card Stud H/L

Friday 13 September
Event 15 – 11:00 ET: $215 PL Omaha [6-Max] Event 16 – 14:00 ET: $215 NL Single Draw 2-7
Event 17 – 17:00 ET: $320 NL Hold’em [Turbo, Zoom]

Saturday 14 September
Event 18 – 11:00 ET: $109 NL Hold’em
Event 19 – 13:00 ET: $320 NL Hold’em [Super-Knockout] Event 20 – 15:00 ET: $215 FL Hold’em

Sunday 15 September
Event 21 – 11:00 ET: $215 NL Hold’em (2-Day Event)
Event 22 – 12:30 ET: $25,500 NL Hold’em [High-Roller] (2-Day Event)
Event 23 – 14:30 ET: $700 NL Hold’em (2-Day Event)

Monday 16 September
Event 24 – 11:00 ET: $215 NL Hold’em [4-Max] Event 25 – 14:00 ET: $320 7-Card Stud
Event 26 – 17:00 ET: $215 PL Omaha [Turbo, 1R1A]

Tuesday 17 September
Event 27 – 11:00 ET: $320 Mixed Hold’em
Event 28 – 14:00 ET: $320 PL Badugi
Event 29 – 17:00 ET: $1,050 NL Hold’em (Super Tuesday Replacement) (2-Day Event)

Wednesday 18 September
Event 30 – 06:00 ET: $215 NL Hold’em [Progressive KO] Event 31 – 11:00 ET: $530 NL Hold’em [10-Max, Triple Shootout, No Late Reg] (2-Day Event)
Event 32 – 14:00 ET: $320 8-Game

Thursday 19 September
Event 33 – 06:00 ET: $320 NL Hold’em [6-Max] (2-Day Event)
Event 34 – 11:00 ET: $320 PL 5-Card Omaha [6-Max, 1R1A] Event 35 – 14:00 ET: $320 Triple Draw 2-7

Friday 20 September
Event 36 – 11:00 ET: $215 NL Hold’em (Rebuys)
Event 37 – 14:00 ET: $530 FL Omaha H/L
Event 38 – 17:00 ET: $215 PNL Hold’em

Saturday 21 September
Event 39 – 11:00 ET: $700 NL Hold’em [Heads-Up, No Late Reg] (2-Day Event)
Event 40 – 13:00 ET: $320 NL Hold’em [Super-Knockout] (2-Day Event)
Event 41 – 15:00 ET: $320 HORSE

Sunday 22 September
Event 42 – 11:00 ET: $215 NL Hold’em (2-Day Event)
Event 43 – 12:30 ET: $15,400 NL Hold’em [High-Roller Heads-Up, No Late Reg] Event 44 – 14:30 ET: $2,100 NL Hold’em (2-Day Event)

Monday 23 September
Event 45 – 11:00 ET: $320 PL Omaha [Rebuys, 6-Max] Event 46 – 14:00 ET: $320 NL Hold’em [Re-Entry] (2-Day Event)
Event 47 – 17:00 ET: $215 NL Hold’em [Turbo, Knockout]

Tuesday 24 September
Event 48 – 11:00 ET: $320 Mixed NL Hold’em/PL Omaha
Event 49 – 14:00 ET: $530 Razz
Event 50 – 17:00 ET: $1,050 NL Hold’em (Super Tuesday Replacement) (2-Day Event)

Wedmesday 25 September
Event 51 – 06:00 ET: $215 NL Hold’em (1R1A)
Event 52 – 11:00 ET: $215 NL Hold’em [Re-Entry, Big Antes] (2-Day Event)
Event 53 – 14:00 ET: $320 PL Omaha H/L

Thursday 26 September
Event 54 – 06:00 ET: $320 NL Hold’em
Event 55 – 11:00 ET: $530 NL Hold’em (Rebuys)
Event 56 – 14:00 ET: $2,100 PL Omaha [6-Max]

Friday 27 September
Event 57 – 11:00 ET: $530 NL Hold’em (1R1A)
Event 58 – 14:00 ET: $1,050 FL Hold’em [6-Max] Event 59 – 17:00 ET: $215 NL Omaha H/L

Saturday 28 September
Event 60 – 11:00 ET: $700 PL Omaha [Heads Up, No Late Reg] (2-Day Event)
Event 61 – 13:00 ET: $320 NL Hold’em [Super-Knockout] (2-Day Event)
Event 62 – 15:00 ET: $2,100 HORSE

Sunday 29 September
Event 63 – 11:00 ET: $215 NL Hold’em [8-Max] (2-Day Event)
Event 64 – 12:30 ET: $5,200 8-Game
Event 65 – 14:30 ET: $10,300 NL Hold’em Main Event [$1.5M Gtd to 1st] (2-Day Event)

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Final Table Set for 2013 Poker Players Championship

The $50,000 buy-in Poker Players Championship at the 2013 World Series of Poker drew the largest field for the tournament since 2008, as 132 players registered for what is considered one of the Crown Jewels on the tournament calendar. After four days of play the field has been pared-down to the official final table of eight players, all vying for the $1.7 million first-place prize and the coveted Chip Reese Memorial Trophy.

The Poker Players Championship always draws an all-star field (considering the $50,000 buy-in and the mixed-game format) so it’s not surprising that the final table is a murderer’s row of poker talent:

  1. Don Nguyen – 5,068,000
  2. Matthew Ashton – 2,996,000
  3. George Danzer – 2,868,000
  4. David Benyamine – 2,709,000
  5. Minh Ly – 2,307,000
  6. Jonathan Duhamel – 1,627,000
  7. John Hennigan – 1,412,000
  8. Mike Wattel – 810,000

Interestingly, the Poker Players Championship has an good mix of online era players like Don Nguyen, Mike Wattel, Matt Ashton, George Danzer and Jonathan Duhamel alongside some older, more experienced poker pros like Minh Ly, David Benyamine, and John Hennigan.

The massive chip-leader heading into Thursday’s final table will be Don Nguyen, who is relatively unknown to the casual poker fan, but who has an impressive resume in online poke where he played under the screen-name “SoCalQuest” (if I have the right Don Nguyen of course!) and was a former BlueFire Poker coach alongside Phil Galfond. Nguyen already has a huge cash at the 2013 WSOP, finishing as the runner-up in the $10k NLHE Heads-Up Championship; a win or strong finish in the Poker Players Championship would really allow him to leave his mark on the 2013 WSOP. Join the latest tournament at Titan Poker at our Titan Poker game schedule.

Another big story at the final table will be Jonathan Duhamel, whose poker resume would be greatly enhanced if he could add a Poker Players Championship to his 2010 WSOP Main Event victory. Duhamel is considered to be one of the better Main Event champions during the Internet era, but he just hasn’t been able to put together the resume to prove that at this point.

Danzer is looking to win Germany’s first bracelet at the 2013 WSOP, a stunning statistic considering the utter dominance German players have displayed over the past two years in poker tournaments. This is Danzer’s sixth WSOP final table and he is hoping to improve on a 2nd and two 3rd place finishes.

This will mark the second Poker players Championship in three years for Minh Ly, who finished 3rd in this event back in 2011. Minh will have to pick-up his aggression this time around if he wants to improve on that showing.

For Benyamine and Hennigan this tournament is right in their wheel-house, as both players are considered excellent all-around players. And for Wattel and Ashton a win in the Poker players Championship could propel them up to the top tier of young poker players.

*Resources: www.wsop.com, www.thehendonmob.com

Heads-Up Championship from Titan Poker

Part from the celebration of Titan Poker Download from their 6th Year Anniversary, they now encourage players to take part and win the $25,000 total prize money. Their heads-up championship consists of 2 phases in the 24 Hour race Heads up Tournament.

For the Phase 1, the player has to win one of their eight 24 Hour Races in all points in the month of September. During Sundays and Tuesdays, the races will run twice in a week. Also, there will be four divisions for the players in accordance to their VIP levels. This also means that in each division, they will have their very own 24 Hour Races as for phase 1. The players will be qualified only once.

For Phase 2, one can win as much as $3,000 including the recognition to be the best player. The winners from Phase 1 will have to square off against each other as part of their heads-up tournaments. Since there will be ranking based, the division will have 3 rounds of competition. For instance, you won in the first part of 24 Hour Races, so your ranking will become the 1st and so on and so forth.

After a winner is declared from each division, they will then have to move one to the Semi-Final matchups. Then, those winners from the two Semi-Finals will square off in the finals for the championship in Head-Ups Final. This also means that they get the chance to win the main prize. This Titan Poker Bonus competition will spread out for over a period of 5 day.