June 16th Poker news ... Poker Playergames at pokerplayergames.com
SECOND STARTING DAY AT WORLD SERIES OF POKER CONCLUDES
The second of three World 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).
GAMENET SIGNS INSPIRED VIRTUAL SPORTS
Italian operator Gamenet Italy has signed up for the Inspired Gaming Group's virtual sports for the Italian market.
Under the terms of the deal Gamenet customers will be able to bet on Inspired virtual events using Gamenet's own online platform at Gamenet.com as well at through over 100 retail betting shops in Italy.
Virtual sports on offer will encompass football, horse racing, horse trotting, greyhound racing, speedway, motor racing, tennis and cycling.
Gamenet joins a host of other Italian operators utilising Inspireds virtual sports offering that include SNAI, Sisal, Eurobet, Cogetech and Lottomatica.
Inspired has entered the Italian authority AAMS' homologation process following legislation that legalised fixed-odds bets on virtual sports events online. The company expects to have its products go live in July 2013.
Steve Rogers, Managing Director of Inspireds Virtual Sports division, commented: This is a very special moment for the new Virtual Sports market in Italy and for Inspired. Our years of experience worldwide have demonstrated that our virtual sports products generate incremental revenues for sports betting operators across all channels. Our premium content package continues to deliver revenues far in excess of those of our competitors. We supply our virtual sports to many of the worlds most successful gaming companies and were delighted to announce Gamenet as a new customer.
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.
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