Poker News: Hellmuth Leaves UB; Washington State Poker Fund Bank Seizures Continue; Borgata Sets 2011 Winter Poker Open scheduleJanuary 19, 2011 - 3:08am
HELLMUTH, DUKE DEPART UB, FRIEDMAN JOINS RANKS
Among the many business and legal matters to dominate poker’s year-end headlines were the departures of Phil Hellmuth, Jr. and Annie Duke as headliners for online site UB.com, formerly known as UltimateBet. The two pros, particularly Hellmuth, had been the faces of the site for nearly a decade, and their sponsorship deals were among the longest-running and highest-visibility of all pokerpro endorsement deals. The departure of the two continued a trend by Cereus of moving away from all faces from the UltimateBet days, and Hellmuth’s official departure came not long after he appeared at a major Vegas tourney sporting patches for the new Aria casino, rather than UB gear. UB promised several new signings in their stead, the first of which turned out to be Prahlad “Spirit Rock” Friedman, which in itself is strange, since Friedman is frequently mentioned as a player who was cheated out of large sums of money in that scandal.
2011 WORLD SERIES OF POKER TO RETURN TO RIO
Despite rampant speculation that the World Series of Poker would move to another casino in 2011, this year’s WSOP will once again be held at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. The WSOP’s 2011 edition will run from May 31 through July 19, with the main event’s final table again pushed back to November. The 2011 WSOP’s complete schedule has yet to be released, though the main event will start on July 7, and feature four separate starting days. One wrinkle to be added this year is a “hard stop” for each tourney, meaning that no more than ten levels will be played on a single day in any given event.
SELBST WINS PPT CANNES; TEKIMTANGAC TOSSED FROM FINALE FOR CHEATING
Former WSOP bracelet winner Vanessa Selbst added another major title to her growing poker resume at the Partouche Poker Tour’s recent stop in Cannes, France. Selbst’s triumph was worth €1,300,000, equal to approximately $1,800,000. Selbst won the eight-player finale after dominating the play, with Raphael Kroll ending up second and winning €800,000, with Fabrice Soulier finishing third to take home €500,000.
MONTANA MAN WINS $2.278 MILLION IN WCOOP MAIN EVENT
Tyson “POTTERPOKER” Marks made online poker history in late September by taking down the main event championship in the 2010 PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker. Stars’ WCOOP is the largest annual online poker series, and Marks’ triumph in the final tourney was worth $2,278,097, the single largest online-poker payday ever. Marks emerged from a massive 2,443-player field in the $5,200-buyin event. “joetsweetp” took second for $1,404,725, while “Russian_nuts”’ third-place showing was worth $1,019,952.
POKERSTARS PULLS OUT OF WASHINGTON STATE
WHO WILL BE INDUCTED INTO THE POKER HALL OF FAME?
This year’s ten finalists for induction into the Poker Hall of Fame have been announced by Harrah’s and the WSOP, following a round of nominations by the general public. In alphabetical order, the nominees are: Chris Ferguson, Barry Greenstein, Jennifer Harman, Dan Harrington, Phil Ivey, Linda Johnson, Tom McEvoy, Daniel Negreanu, Scotty Nguyen and Erik Seidel. The list of finalists will be voted on by a panel comprising all living HOF member and select media representatives, who can vote more than once. The top two vote-getters will be inducted, provided they receive votes from at least 50 percent of the panel.
Canada’s Jonathan Duhamel leads the way to this November’s finale of the 2010 World Series of Poker main event.
When the final table was established on July 18, Duhamel held 65,975,000 in chips, nearly 20 million ahead of his closest competitor, John Dolan, who had 46,250,000.
BRACELET IN $3,000 HORSE
Phil Hellmuth might be the all-time leader in WSOP bracelets with 11, but recent years have seen a much-younger Phil Ivey quickly close the gap. Ivey picked up his eighth WSOP bracelet by taking down Event No. 37, $3,000 HORSE. The mixed-games format drew a loaded 478-entrant field, with Ivey finishing off double bracelet winner Bill Chen for the win and $329,840 in prize money. Ivey’s win was more remarkable in that he fought his way back from shortstack status with 16 players remaining.
KASSELA TAKES TWO