May 20th Poker news ... Poker Playergames at pokerplayergames.com
RHODE ISLAND POKER PRO WINS W.P.T. FALLSVIEW
Rhode Island poker pro Anthony Zinno (33) is Cdn$ 399,579 richer after taking down the Cdn$5,000 buy-in World Poker Tour Fallsview Poker Classic this week.
The NLHE competition attracted a field of 419 players, with Zinno commencing final table action with a significant chip lead which he never really relinquished, obliterating his opponents in just 70 hands before facing Mark Bailey in the heads up.
Despite his 2 to 1 chip disadvantage, Bailey put up a valiant fight, taking the heads up out to 75 hands and at one point capturing an impressive lead before the champion staged a comeback and he was eliminated, taking home the runner up prize of Cdn$ 266,394.
Other final tablers were: Corey Hochman, David Cloutier, Jeremy Halaska, Erik Cajelais, Emanuele Carpignano, Henry Tran and Lu Zhang.
SECOND STARTING DAY AT WORLD SERIES OF POKER CONCLUDES
The second of three World NFL Odds Series of Poker main event start days over the weekend saw 2,144 players register, but by the time the chips were bagged early Monday morning just 1,428 were still standing and will go through to Day 2.
At the close of play for Day 1b the largely unknown Trey Luxemburger was holding the chip lead for the day on 193,450, hotly pursued by nearest rival Sarkis Hakobian on 190,125.
Notable names going through to the next round include Marvin Rettenmaier, Erik Seidel, Matt Affleck, Vanessa Selbst, Mike McDonald, Scott Seiver, Allen Cunningham and former Main Event winners Dan Harrington and Huck Seed.
Also going through are Brandon Shack-Harris, David Williams, Phil Galfond, Jeff Madsen, Jonathan Little, celebrity players Ray Romano and Kevin Pollak and NASCAR's Jason White.
Out for this year are Chris Moorman, Bertrand Grospellier, Joseph Cheong, Andy Black, Paul Volpe, David Sands, Scott Clements, Vivek Rajkumar, Dan Shak, Kevin Saul, Dan OBrien, Frank Kassela, Philipp Gruissem and Robert Mizrachi.
Officials expect a very large field for the final start day today at Day 1c amid unofficial reports that over 3,000 registrations have already been achieved. Some big names expected to take their seats for 1c include Phil Hellmuth, Phil Ivey, Daniel Negreanu, and previous WSOP main event champs Joe Cada and Joseph Hachem.
One notable absence will be the legendary Doyle Brunson, who has tweeted that he will not be entering.
BLAIR HINKLE WINS SEMINOLE HARD ROCK POKER OPEN
Kansas City, Missouri professional player Blair Hinkle (27) is $1,745,245 million richer after winning the $10 million guaranteed Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open Wednesday following an intense 160-hand heads up against internet and tournament ace Justin Bonomo.
Billed as the richest live poker tournament ever held in the state of Florida, the $5,300 buy-in Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open attracted a huge field of 2,384 entries, generating a prize pool of $11,920,000 - well over the casino guarantee.
The action took the most part of a week to unfold before Hinkle emerged as the winner.
By the time the competition had reached final table stage, Hinkle held the most chips, facing Justin Bonomo, Mukul Pahuja, Ray Qartomy, Samuel Bernabeau Guilabert and Greg Lehn.
Going into the heads up Hinkle and his last remaining opponent, Justin Bonomo, were more or less even in chips, adding to the already intense competition to win the first prize.
It turned out to be an exciting display of skill, discipline and aggression as the two professionals fought it out in a protracted struggle that saw the lead change several times before Hinkle was able to build a 6 to 1 advantage and finally take the win.
Bonomo's well-earned second placing pay day was worth $1,163,500.
The win brings Hinkle's career earnings to over $3.5 million, a million of which is reportedly still stuck in federal enforcement hands following the Black Friday debacle in April 2011....hopefully that will soon be released by the independent payment company hired by the federal authorities (see previous InfoPowa reports).
BWIN ENTERS INTO DIGITAL SPONSORSHIP DEAL WITH REAL MADRID
bwin.party digital entertainment plc (bwin) has said it is in the final stages of discussions with Spanish professional football club Real Madrid in an extension of their long-standing relationship which will see the two become official digital partners in a new multi-year deal.
The new digital partnership will follow the end of bwins six-year shirt sponsorship which the company said had been fundamental in establishing it as a leading online gaming brand in Europe.
The move to a digital partnership reflects a shift in consumer behaviour leading to bwin's sponsorship strategy focusing on social media, social gaming, online and mobile integration said a company statement.
Under the terms of the yet to be finalised deal, bwin will be positioned at the centre of promotional activities for the popular football club with integration of the bwin brand into Real Madrid's website, social media and mobile apps. Other initiatives will include the creation of co-branded gaming products, match day perimeter board signage and access to player for marketing campaigns.
Our decision not to renew the shirt sponsorship brings to an end one chapter in our relationship with Real Madrid which has delivered six highly successful years of brand promotion for bwin on the shirts of one of the worlds truly global football brands. We now look forward to beginning the next chapter by leveraging our brand strengths to drive revenue and create premium content for our customers and Real Madrids millions of followers. We remain committed sponsors and wish Real Madrid every success in the clubs pursuit of more trophies, said Norbert Teufelberger, chief executive officer of bwin.
Florentino Perez, President of the Real Madrid Club added: "Our partnership with bwin.party as our shirt sponsor has been very constructive and beneficial for both parties. We are pleased to have contributed to the success of the bwin brand and are grateful to have had the opportunity to learn and share experiences with one of the most dynamic and innovative companies.
POKER ACES IN ANOTHER MAJOR CLASH
Online poker railbirds at the virtual high stakes tables on the Full Tilt Poker site were treated to another series of epic confrontations between Ben Bttech86 Tollerene and Viktor "Isildur1" Blom this weekend as the two mixed it up once again.
InfoPowa readers will remember previous high-value PLO heads up games in which amounts in the millions have changed hands between the two young poker aces, most recently last week's clashes when Blom took Tollarene for over $700,000.
On Saturday Tollarene took his revenge on the $500/$1,000 CAP PLO tables at Full Tilt, sending the Swede home nursing a $400,000 loss at the end of the session.
Typically, Blom was back looking for more action on Sunday and Tollarene was only too happy to oblige, with the duo playing a thousand hands, again on the nosebleed PLO tables.
It was not a good day for Tollarene, who was down $880,000 at the end of the session, according to the High Stakes Database.
Railbirds who have developed a taste for the aggressive and fast moving clashes between these two talented players will almost certainly have more excitement in store.