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Poker News Week of May 21

PokerStars Breaks Records, WPT and WSOP Have Big Weeks

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This week, Card Player covered each day of the World Poker Tour Mirage Poker Showdown and continued bringing readers poker news updates online poker as well as the upcoming World Series of Poker.

Mirage Poker Showdown Championship

Day one of the World Poker Tour Mirage Poker Showdown turned out 309 players. The end of the first day saw the elimination of big-name pros including Daniel Negreanu, J.C. Tran, Michael Mizrachi, Dan Harrington, and Jennifer Harman. Still in the running at this point are 144 players, among them Daniel Alaei, Shannon Shorr, and Davidson Matthew. The first-place prize was announced at $1,066,295.

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Forty players were left after day two of the World Poker Tour Mirage Poker Showdown. Barry Greenstein, Gavin Smith, Erik Seidel, and Kenna James were eliminated in the early rounds of the day. Darrell "Gigabet" Dicken finished day two with the chip lead. Jonathan Little and Jon Friedberg both began the day with very short stacks and ended near the top of the chip leader board.

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The World Poker Tour Mirage Poker Showdown played down to two tables on day three. Darrel Dicken began the day as chip leader with a nearly 2-1 lead on his closest competitor, Phil Ivey. The bubble popped with the elimination of Tommy Garza in 28th place. Dicken once again ended the day as chip leader.

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A final table emerged at the end of day three at the World Poker Tour Mirage Poker Showdown. The day started with only 18 players. David Peat was eliminated at the televised final table bubble. Phil Ivey will begin play on day four as chip leader. Fellow pro Amnon Filippi is the short stack.

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Jonathon Little outlasted his opponents on the final table of the World Poker Tour Mirage Poker Showdown main event. Two poker pros went out first, as Amnon Filippi and Phil Ivey were knocked out in sixth and fifth place, respectively. Richard Kirsch went out in fourth and Darrel Dicken in third. Little and Corey Carroll went heads up nearly dead even, but Little won the match. He received $1,066,295 and a $25,000 seat into the WPT Championship.

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Tournaments

Don Cheadle and Annie Duke are set to host the Ante Up for Africa charity poker tournament to raise money and public awareness about the humanitarian crisis in Darfur. It is scheduled for July 5 at the Rio. The tournament buy-in is $5,000 and open to the public. An exclusive party at the VooDoo Lounge will be held that night for all the players.

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World Series of Poker satellites are under way at the Rio. A number of mega-satellites are scheduled for the main event and the $50,000 H.O.R.S.E. event. Sit-and-gos will be running around the clock throughout the series to get into any event. The Rio has introduced a kiosk system to make the sit-and-go tournaments run more smoothly. The variety of satellites can be found in this story.

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Lou Esposito, played through a total field of 346 players on his way to claiming the title at the World Series of Poker Circuit event at Harrah's New Orleans. The $5,000 buy-in generated a prize pool of more than $1.6 million. Esposito took $516,801 for his win.

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Online Poker

PokerStars shelled out $100,000 to celebrate the 10 billionth hand being dealt, and a 19-year-old university student from Canada was the recipient. Justine Hall was playing a 1¢-2¢ six-handed table with $12 in her account when she won the PokerStars.com's Big 10 Billion Celebration promotion.

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The Sunday Million tournament on PokerStars broke the world record for largest player field in history. Sunday's event attracted 10,894 players, which generated a prize pool of $2.4 million. PokerStars had added an extra $250,000 as part of its Big 10 Billion Celebration. Fourth-place finisher of the 2005 World Series of Poker main event Aaron "011180" Kanter made a by-the-chips heads-up chop with tanbai and then played for $30,000. Tanbai won the match and received $187,901, while Kanter took $160,875.

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Card Player

John Grinzivich won the Card Player employee freeroll for a 2007 World Series of Poker main event seat that took place at the Palms on May 18. Card Player owner and CEO Barry Shulman put up the $10,000 for the seat. If he cashes, Grinzivich will receive 20 percent of his total winnings, while second-place finisher Tim Resnik will take 15 percent. Justin Larue finished third and will get 10 percent and Scott Dedoes will get 5 percent for placing fourth. The rest of the Card Player employees will get 1 percent whether they played in the tournament or not.

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This week's CardRunners video that was posted on Card Player TV this Wednesday features Brian Hastings talking about bet sizes. He gives advice during a session of a $2-$4 no-limit cash game on Full Tilt.

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Other Poker News

Bodog has announced betting odds and wagers for propositions during the World Series of Poker. People can bet on the race between Phil Hellmuth, Johnny Chan, and Doyle Brunson to their eleventh bracelet or even the color of the final winning hand of the main event.

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The World Poker Tour has hired Layla Kayleigh as the new hostess to replace the current host Sabina Gadecki for season six. Kayleigh has appeared on Punk'd, The Best Damn Sports Show Period, and the G4 shows Icons and Attack of the Show, as well as a photo spread in Maxim and King Magazine.

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