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Week in Poker News: WPT Finds New Home

Gavin Griffin Wins EPT and Phil Gordon Raises $1 Million for Cancer Research; Other Hot Topics

The big news of this week includes the World Poker Tour finding a new home at the Game Show Network, Gavin Griffin taking down the European Poker Tour Grand Final in Monte Carlo, and more poker professionals giving to charity.

High Stakes Poker

GSN, home of High Stakes Poker, announced that season four will be filmed at South Point Casino in Las Vegas in May. The show features famous poker professionals playing for high-stakes money. Along with being one of the most popular poker shows on television, it is the most-watched series on GSN for men ages 18-34.

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The World Poker Tour

The WPT is leaving the Travel Channel and has been picked up by the GSN. GSN has agreed to pay $300,000 per episode along with $3 million for marketing. Click here to view the entire story, and click here to read what GSN's president had to say.

The World Poker Tour entered its fifth season. The show has made millionaires out of 68 people and has awarded over $300 million in prize pool money.

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Online Poker

The PokerStars Sunday Million broke the 7,000-player mark for the first time since NETELLER stopped serving U.S. customers with a total field of 7,034, making a prize pool of $1,406,800. No chop was made as Kid_Poker47 took down the $198,358.80 first-place prize after beating manger1st who received a respectable $99,882.80.

Full Tilt's $400,000 guarantee stayed strong with a turnout of 2,211 entrants, creating a $442,000 prize pool. Tkilpatrick1 won $81,121.59 for first after his pocket queens beat thorro's pocket fives heads up. Second place paid $49,791.72.

The Ultimate Bet $200,000-guaranteed tournament attracted a respectable 864 players but was not enough to match the guarantee. Ultimate Bet was forced to post $27,200 for the overlay. Ira "Big Jew" Mazie began heads-up play with the chip lead against teecue and ultimately won the $45,000 first-place prize. Teecue received $27,000 for second.

Bodog's $100,000 guarantee also had to come out of its pocket to make up the prize pool. The 864 players played for an extra $13,600 in free money. Jraye89 won $25,000 for first place and i12play received $14,000 for second.

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Ultimate Bet ran satellites to give away numerous $5,000 packages to play in a live supersatellite into the $25,000 World Poker Tour Five-Diamond Poker Classic to be held later this month. The feeders were $215 buy-ins. The $5,000 package included the $2,600 buy-in for the supersatellite and $2,400 for expenses.

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Public Poker in Texas

A bill, sponsored by Democrat Representative Jose Menendez of San Antonio, that would allow publicly played poker in Texas had a public hearing in Austin. The bill proposes that poker be considered a game of skill, and that games would be spread by licensed establishments in order to ensure public safety and fairness.

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The National Poker League's Paris Open will mark the beginning of the 2007 Global Circuit Tour. The tournament features a $4,200 buy-in with an extra $100,000 added to the prize pool. The NPL said that the estimated prize pool would be €3.5 million.

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Gavin Griffin wins the European Poker Tour event in Monte Carlo. The Grand Final was a €10,000 ($13,000) buy-in event that attracted 706 players. The prize pool of $8.8 million made this the largest poker tournament field held outside the U.S. Griffin won $2,429,103 and beat Marc Karam heads up. Karam received $1,413,291. Griffin recently dyed his hair pink and publicly announced his efforts to bring awareness for breast cancer. During final table play, PokerStars took donations from real money transfers.

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The 2007 World Series of Poker Circuit events began at Caesars Palace Indiana on April 4. Events at the Grand Tunica Casino and Caesars Atlantic City see much better turnouts, which equates to bigger prize pools.

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Raj Patel wins $1,298,405 for first in the World Poker Tour's Foxwoods Poker Classic. The event attracted 415 players who put up the $10,000 buy-in, generating a prize pool of more than $3.8 million. Paul Matteo came in second for $643,275. The episode will premiere on Wednesday, Aug. 1. on the Travel Channel.

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Jennifer Harman is set to host a charity poker tournament to benefit the Nevada Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. It will take place on April 20, the day before the start of the World Poker Tour's $25,000 buy-in championship at Bellagio. A seat into the tournament requires a $300 donation. Optional $200 re-donations or add-a-donations will be available until the end of the third round.

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Phil Gordon, along with Rafe Furst, brought the "I'll raise you a million challenge" to poker players in an effort to raise $1 million between the start of last year's World Series of Poker and the start of this year's. Players and supporters met this challenge, and their goal was recently surpassed. The Cancer Research and Prevention Foundation benefited from these donations.

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Former New York Senator and newest member of the Poker Players Alliance board Al D'Amato will host a video conference. The question-and-answer session will take place Thursday, April 12, at 3 p.m. ET. People can also send e-mail questions before and during the webcast.

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Joe Navarro, a former FBI agent, hosted a seminar at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas on nonverbal behavior as it relates to poker. Poker players from across the country showed up to learn how to read these behaviors on their opponents. The eight-hour session included lecture and a question-and-answer session, as well as a live playing session during which Navarro offered players advice on their own nonverbal tells.

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15 years ago

The NPL Paris Open is coming in May, 2007 and registration is currently open for registation at This event has not taken place as yet. The Paris Open mark the begining of the World Wide Tour and will appear in Hi-Def in 400,000,000 homes through the world. Again, This event is taking place in May 2007


15 years ago

hey, u should click on the story. it says it takes place in may... again, you should click onthe story.