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CAMBRIDGE TOPS IN FULL TILT INTER-VARSITY POKER TOURNAMENT
2014-06-11

Some of the brightest young minds from Oxford and Cambridge universities went head to head for some intense competition at the Oxford vs. Cambridge Varsity Poker Match 2014 and the 12th annual Oxford Cup, both sponsored by Full Tilt Poker.

To kick-start the weekends festivities, which took place on June 7th and 8th, Cambridge triumphed over Oxford in the Varsity Poker Match.

Cambridge captain Mark Hammond was the last man standing at the end of the days action, securing the bragging rights for his university.

Hammond, a history student from Wimbledon said, The Cambridge team played well, we deserved it. Both teams gave a good account of themselves, but we led it all the way.

The event featured six players from each team facing off against each other in a heads-up shoot-out to determine the amount of chips each player started the final table with. The first part of the competition saw Cambridge take a 20-16 lead in the matches. This gave them a slight advantage going into the final stage of the event.

Things had looked bleak for Oxford when, of five remaining players, only Yousisif Moneimne, a PPE student, remained to wave the dark blue flag. Despite a valiant effort, Yousisif was next to exit, allowing the remaining Cambridge players to enjoy the rest of the match, safe in the knowledge victory was already secured.

Oxford captain Gabriel Tiplady, who studies French and Italian, was obviously disappointed but still proud of his teams showing in the event.

He said, This has definitely been the highlight of leading the Oxford Poker Society, theres something special about the rivalry between our two universities, the venue [Oxford Student Union] has been amazing."

The Oxford Cup XII followed the Varsity tournament and was won by Oxford local Rick Hawkins after he triumphed over a field of 153 entrants.

This event originally began as a tournament for Oxford students but has since expanded to attract poker players from across the globe including well-known names like Tony G, Phil Hellmuth and Full Tilt Poker Professional Gus Hansen over its 12 years.

Hawkins, a software engineer who only entered the event on a passing whim, took home the lions share of the GBP 4,500 prize pool and was delighted with the win, beating many of the participants of the previous days Varsity event to the top prize.




POKER TOUR ORGANISER ABOUT TO PUSH THE BOAT OUT
2014-01-14

Pokerstars marketers are already hard at work on the European Poker Tour's Barcelona stop planned for August 2014, and for good re ason; the event will be the one hundredth in this popular international live tournament series, and the EPT intends to make it the biggest and most spectacular yet seen in Europe.

The EPT was born in Barcelona so its very fitting to celebrate EPTs 100th event in true style and with unforgettable poker, said EPT President Edgar Stuchly this week.

EPT Barcelona is one of the most popular tour stops and attracts players from all over the world for the fantastic mix of beaches, iconic architecture, party atmosphere and world class poker, he claimed.

Planning is well advanced for the event, scheduled for August 16-27 at the Casino Barcelona. The EPT will once again partner with the regional Estrellas Poker Tour to offer players a full-on 12-day poker festival that could surpass 2012's record-breaking entries due to the addition of 20 extra tables to meet player demand.

Stuchly revealed that since it started back in 2004, the EPT has hosted over 180,000 poker players, visited 16 countries and awarded over Euro 535 million in prizes.



WSOP RESHAPES INTERNATIONAL EVENT FORMAT
2013-11-26

Caesars Entertainment's World Series Of Poker announced significant changes to its International event schedule Tuesday, consolidating and making bi-annual the WSOP Asia-Pacific and the WSOP Europe events.
The second WSOP Asia-Pacific (WSOP APAC), in partnership with Australia's Crown Melbourne, will be expanded to feature 10 open bracelet events and is expected to run from October 1 to October 17, 2014. Thereafter, WSOP APAC will officially move to an even year calendar with 2014's event followed by the next in 2016.
The decision to move the event to October provides for a springtime tournament and allows Crown Melbourne more time to arrange satellites and promotions.
"The WSOP standard is bigger, better and different. Moving to a rotational approach, with one international event per year allows for better organization and more marketing in each region. We also want to do right by the players, and provide more value for their travel dollar. There is a glut of poker tournaments around the world, and our vision is to each year put on a single global showcase that cant be missed," explained Ty Stewart, WSOP Executive Director.
Crown Melbourne Chief Operating Officer, Xavier Walsh added: "Crown is once again proud and excited about this partnership between two industry leaders to create another premier poker event in this region. The new scheduling sits perfectly within the Melbourne events calendar, at the tail end of the Australian Rules Football finals and the beginning of the internationally renowned Spring Racing Carnival.
This provides Crown with significant exposure in Asia, Europe and America, which will in turn form an integral part of Crowns global marketing strategy to attract additional international visitors to Australia and Crown Melbourne."
WSOP Europe will return to the schedule in 2015 moving forward in odd-years. The complete schedule and dates are expected to be announced early in 2014.


PLENTY OF ACTION ON DAY 2A OF WORLD SERIES OF POKER
2013-07-10

On Day 2A at the World Series of Poker main event, 1,890 players took their seats - the survivors of Days 1A and B heats (see previous InfoPowa reports).
The bad news - former WSOP main event champ Chris Moneymaker was eliminated, along with a slew of other big names that includes Steve ODwyer, Faraz Jaka, Eugene Katchalov, Gaelle Baumann, Johnny Lodden, former main event champ Joe Cada, Eugene Katchalov, Marc-Andre Ladouceur, Jonathan Karamalikis, Matt Salsberg, Jason Lester, Josh Brikis, Lee Markholt and Joe Tehan. and Tristan Wade.
The good news is that 10-time bracelet winner and poker legend Doyle Brunson is still in the hunt, as is last year's main event winner, Greg Merson. Brunson bagged up 224,000 in chips, while Merson grew his stack to 275,600.
Also finishing strongly were Kenny Tran, Ravi Raghavan, Brandon Meyers, Ludovic Lacay, Annette Obrestad, Ronnie Bardah and Cliff Josephy.
When Day2A action closed, it was Nick Schwarmann in the lead on 413,600 in chips, with closest rival Jason DeWitt on 382,900.


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