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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




FLORIDA PLAYER WINS 2014 POKERSTARS CARIBBEAN ADVENTURE
2014-01-14

It's taken four days to complete, but the $25,000 buy-in Pokerstars Caribbean Adventure NLHE High Roller tournament has crowned a Apuestas Deportivas Online Bingo Play Slots Online in US winner after several changes in chip lead among a number of internationally respected poker aces.

The ultimate winner was not Vanessa Selbst, Ole Schemion, Robert Mizrachi or even former WSOP champ Greg Merson, all of whom appeared at one stage or another to be about to take the event down, but the relatively unknown Florida player Jake Schindler.

Schindler survived a field of 246 top professionals to reach a final table populated by eight formidable opponents, but he played through them all to end up in a heads up with Greg Merson.

The two immediately agreed a chop that would leave $200,000, the trophy, and a Swiss watch from Slyde worth $17,500 on the table for the winner, but generous prizes for both finalists.

Schindler then went on to demolish his last opponent in surprisingly quick time due to a series of all-in blind moves on almost every hand which quickly brought the game to a - for Schindler very positive conclusion.

A still-stunned Schindler claimed the winner's prize of $1,192,624 and the extras from the chop, leaving Merson with a runner-up windfall of $948,996.

Other final table pay-outs included:

3. Vanessa Selbst $607,580
4. Mustapha Kanit, $492,600
5. Robert Mizrachi, $389,720
6. Aleksandr Denisov, $295,920
7. Ole Schemion, $216,040
8. Joao Viera, $157,960




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.



RELAX GAMING EXPANDS PORTFOLIO WITH BINGO
2012-10-10

Relax Gaming, better known for its fast poker product, has diversified to include Bingo in its product range.

The company launched its bingo product on iGame Malta Ltd's Finnish-targeted BingoHuone brand and its Fast Poker Android client on iGame Poker and 24hPoker.

iGame Malta will also incorporate Relax Gaming's bingo product on its iGame.com brand in the near future.

We feel that our Bingo product is a fresh new addition to the market and we are confident our partners will be successful in doing very profitable business within their key markets, said Patrik sterker, chief executive officer of Relax Gaming Ltd.

iGame Malta recently moved to operate under its own gaming license after a several-year-long turnkey contract with IGT (formerly Entraction), and will be switching its poker operations to the Microgaming network by the end of 2012.