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ONLINE HIGH STAKES POKER ACE GETS HIS FIRST W.S.O.P. BRACELET
2014-06-11

Doug Polk, a well-respected player on the virtual nosebleed tables at Full Tilt Poker, where he is better known and often feared as the aggressive "WGCRider" has scored his first World Series of Poker bracelet, proving that he can be just as dangerous on the live tournament tables, even in major competitions.

Polk survived a stellar field of 1,473 entrants in the 23rd event of this years WSOP schedule, a $1,000 buy-in NLHE competition, to join - and eventually dominate - a formidable final table that comprised himself as chip leader, and Phounsavath Andy Philachack, Jonathan Hanner, Chad Cox, Liam Alcock, Anthony Gregg, Gianluca Cedolia, Dash Dudley and Andrew Mackenzie.

The quality of the entry field is illustrated by the names that did not reach the final table: Liv Boeree, Greg Raymer, Tony Dunst, Vanessa Selbst, Sorel Mizzi, Allen Cunninghamd, Oliver Busquet, Brandon Cantu, Scott Clements and many others.

With the departure of Jonathan Hanner in third for $102,503, the stage was set for a heads up between Polk and Philachack, a medical doctor with a penchant for poker.

With a 3 to 2 advantage in chips, Polk immediately turned on the super-aggressive playing style that had earlier enabled him dispatch four of the final table players as he started seriously eroding the good doctor's chip stack.

Philachack was no push-over, and came back with some strong double-ups, but Polk was in overall control and was able to leverage that into a win in short order, claiming the main prize of $251,969 and his first WSOP bracelet.

It wasn't his biggest career win (he took home A$860,000 from the Aussie Millions earlier this year for a fourth placing in the High Roller event, and has earned significant amounts online at the high stakes tables) but it was enhanced by the prestige of the bracelet.

Polk had the additional satisfaction of calling in a few bets that revolved around the achievement of his bracelet, notably $5,000 from his friend Jason Mo, who paid up on the spot.

Philachack's very creditable performance was rewarded with a runner up prize of $155,756, with other final table finishers earning:

Chad Cox $73,894
Liam Alcock $54,088
Anthony Gregg $40,168
Gianluca Cedolia $30,252
Dash Dudley $23,093
Andrew Mackenzie $17,857




ONLINE POKER FIRMS GEAR UP FOR NEW JERSEY TOURNAMENTS
2013-11-26

With New Jersey online gambling nfl football betting Online Bingo Play Slots Online in US NFL Odds now moving into full commercial operations, major companies are gearing up their promotional efforts in the new market, with the Party Poker and World Series of Poker brands especially prominent.

The former is vigorously promoting www.njpartypoker.com, with Mike Sexton, a member of the Poker Hall of Fame and founding father of the firm's professional team saying:

Weve been waiting a long time for this day and during that time have done all we can to create the best online gaming experience in the world. Were excited to be here and are looking forward to bringing fun and excitement to New Jersey for a long time.

NJ Party Poker is operating around the clock, offering online tournament and cash games as well as FastForward, a high-velocity fast-fold poker game.

The company plans to have a range of poker tournaments on offer in New Jersey every day, with buy-ins ranging from $0.10 to $500 and guaranteed prize pools to attract poker players of all skill levels. Major highlights on launch include:
* Sunday Majors $50,000 NLHE guaranteed event for New Jersey players this Sunday with satellite qualifiers for as low as 10c.
* $1 million seeded jackpot on www.njpartypoker.com casino.
* World Poker Tour qualifiers - packages from day one for live WPT events in New Jersey and elsewhere. A sister brand of partypoker, World Poker Tour has held more than 240 championship events on its Main Tour, awarding more than $611 million in prize money. Qualifiers for Januarys Fox Sports televised WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open are available now with online players able to win their $3,500 entry fee, hotel costs and expenses.
PartyPoker is touting its recent website and software upgrades in its New Jersey marketing, along with its decision to shift the prestigious $15,400 buy-in Partypoker-WPT World Championship from Las Vegas to Atlantic City and the Borgata in April 2014.
On the internet casino front, the company is offering a full range of online casino games, including top slot and major progressive jackpot games.
The World Series of Poker brand, owned by Caesars Interactive, has also started vigorously marketing its products, starting with the WSOP New Jersey Online Championships Tournament Series
WSOP.com is offering two $250,000 freerolls on December 19 and January 19 and nine NLHE and PLO events in between carrying guaranteed prize pools totalling a million dollars with buy-ins ranging from $109 to $530.


WORLD SERIES OF POKER: DAY 2C OFFICIAL NUMBERS (Update)
2013-07-12

World Series of Poker officials have advised that just 953 players survived the action in Day 2C of main event action (see previous InfoPowa report) and will join the 790 players still standing after Day 2 A-B when the combined field reassembles later today (Thursday) Vegas time to play Day 3.
That makes a combined field of 1,743...way down from the starting field for this event just a few days ago, when 6,352 players ponied up the $10,000 buy-in to take part.
The current top two chip stacks are both US players, Mark Kroon on 507,300 and Victor Figueroa on 460,600.
More details on big names who have busted out or have stayed the course are now available.
Staying (for now) are former WSOP Main Event champs Carlos Mortensen (295,500), Johnny Chan (169,000), Tom McEvoy (82,500) and Phil Hellmuth (49,000).
Jean-Robert Bellande (320,900) is still in with a good chance, as is internet ace Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier (245,600), Theo Jorgensen (187,900), Jake Cody (160,000), Isaac Haxton (106,000), Humberto Brenes (66,100), Phil Ivey (198,800) and Angel Guillen (50,300).
Hoping to again make the November Nine are Rob Salaburu (180,300) and Jeremy Ausmus (38,600).
Out of this year's main event are online mavens like David Doc Sands, Brian Hastings and Tom durrrr Dwan, along with Maria Ho, Frank Kassela, Vanessa Selbst, Jen Harman, Matt Perrins and Matt Waxman.


iPOKER UPGRADE IS NIGH
2013-04-24

Online gambling group Playtech plc, which owns the iPoker Network, announced Thursday that the coming weeks will see a significant upgrade in its poker software.

The improvements will involve the introduction of iOS and HTML5 apps, a new multi-tiered VIP system, re-designed mobile clients and fresh tournament structures.

The VIP changes will see up to 54 different tiers with matching benefits available to players, whilst the tournaments refresh will include new shoot out and heads up tournament formats, both in SNG and scheduled tournaments.