April’s largest poker payday came from the other side of the pond, where Lebanese player Nicolas Chouity triumphed in the European Poker Tour’s 2010 Grand Finale in Monte Carlo. Chouity’s win was worth a monstrous €1,700,000 (approximately $2,101,200), with Chouity entering the final with a huge leader over his final-table rivals and coasting to the win. Josef Klinger finished second (€1,000,000), with Dominykas Karmazinas third (€700,000).
BOEREE SCORES ONE FOR THE GALS AT SAN REMO
MORTENSON TRIUMPHS IN HOLLYWOOD POKER OPEN
The World Poker Tour's revamped Season VIII schedule featured a brand new stop in late March, the Hollywood Poker Open in Lawrenceburg, Indiana, near Cincinnati, but a very familiar winner. Carlos Mortenson cemented his status among poker's all-time tournament greats by winning his third WPT title, tying Gus Hansen for the most WPT wins all-time. Mortenson topped the 143-player field and collected $393,820 in winnings after leading the way to the final table. Mike Mustafa finished in second ($223,623), with Frank Calo in third ($167,717).
FLORIDA CONSIDERS ONLINE POKER REGULATION
Add Florida to the list of US states giving consideration to regulating online poker for the state's poker players. A new bill filed by State Rep. Joseph Abruzzo (D-Wellington) would create a framework to regulate online poker within the state as a form of revenue generation. The measure is among the first of many that could potentially dovetail with the federal regulatory framework bills championed by US Rep. Barney Frank and others, with a state-by-state patchwork of laws regarding online poker a growing possibility.
LAPC DRAWS NEARLY 6,000 TO OPENING EVENT
Think poker isn't for the masses? The opening event of the 2010 Los Angeles Poker Classic, which runs through early March at LA's Commerce casino, drew 5,847 entries, even if 2,083 of them were second-chance attempts by players who busted early and gave the $300 buy-in tourney another shot. Sacramento's Darrell Cain survived the bedlam to take down top honors, collecting $363,936 and the official win after a late three-way chop with Amir Ghazvinian and Joel Tushnett.
AN AUSSIE! AUSSIE! REPEAT AT AUSSIE MILLIONS
WORLD SERIES OF POKER SCHEDULE RELEASED
World Series of Poker officials have released the official schedule for the 2010 WSOP. The poker world's largest series will again be held at the Rio in Las Vegas, and will repeat 2009's effort by offering 57 bracelet events. Two marked changes for 2010 are the expansion of the Series into the entire Rio Convention Center, and the replacement of the $50,000 HORSE tournament with a similar high buy-in, mixed-games event.
POKERSTARS SETS NEW GUINNESS MARK