January 24th Poker news ... Poker Playergames at pokerplayergames.com
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.
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r 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.