Part 2 of Superstar Showdown Set for Sunday AfternoonPublished on April 10th, 2011 1:03 am EST
1. EPT Berlin Final Table Set.
After four full days of play, the final table of the EPT Berlin main event has been set.
All eight of the remaining players in the event are guaranteed a minimum of 66k Euros for making it this far, with the eventual winner receiving 825k Euros. 773 players turned out for the EPT Berlin main event, which ended up creating a total prize pool of nearly 4 million Euros.
Here are the chip stacks heading into the final day of play on Sunday:
Ben Wilinofsky, 5,225,000
Maximilian Heinzelmann, 4,970,000
Vadzim Kursevich, 4,345,000
Darren Kramer, 2,235,000
Armin Mette, 2,185,000
Martin Jacobson, 2,085,000
Joep van den Bijgaart, 1,060,000
Jonas Gutteck, 1,025,000
The final table will get underway on Sunday afternoon (local time).
2. "Isildur1" vs "urnotindangr" Part 2 Set for Sunday.
Part 2 of the "Superstar Showdown" match between Viktor "Isildur1" Blom and Scott "urnotindangr" Palmer will take place on Sunday afternoon on Pokerstars.
Blom and Palmer are playing a two-part, 5,000 hand match that is stretching over two consecutive Sundays.
Thanks to winning a late $60k pot, "urnotindangr" managed to finish Day 1 with a lead of $5,425. Expect more swingy action from these two ultra-aggressive players on Sunday.
Day 2 of the "Superstar Showdown" battle between Blom and Palmer will get underway at 3 pm ET on Sunday afternoon.
3. Day 1 of NAPT Mohegan Sun in the Books.
387 players turned out for this year's NAPT Mohegan Sun, which ended up creating a total prize pool of $1,764,330. The eventual winner of this event will take home $450,000, while the runner-up will receive $254,000.
Here are the top ten chip stacks heading into Day 2 on Sunday:
Chris Tryba, 173,400
Jerry Wong, 165,000
Aaron Mermelstein, 147,500
Mehrdad Yousefzadeh, 131,700
Sean Ripp, 128,700
Vanessa Rousso, 125,800
Joseph Gibbons, 125,400
Victor Ramdin, 123,100
Adam Junglen, 117,600
Greg Ostrander, 116,000
4. The Genesis of the Pokerstars/Wynn Deal.
An interesting blog post surfaced earlier this week from Forbes.com in which the author, Nathan Vardi, detailed how the deal between Pokerstars and Wynn came together.
The article reveals that the 50/50 joint venture deal was nearly two years in the making, and that Isai Scheinberg (founder of Pokerstars) had to do a great deal of convincing to get Steve Wynn to change his stance on online gaming and sign on to the deal.
You can read the article here.
5. Online Poker Coming to Washington, DC?
According to the Wall Street Journal, Washington, D.C. may beat states such as New Jersey and Iowa to become the first place in the United States to allow online poker.
According to the WSJ, "the city council approved a budget last year allowing the district's lottery to operate a poker website accessible only inside district boundaries. City officials say the window for Congress to raise objections to the law was due to expire Thursday, allowing to take effect."
The district estimates that an online poker venture could generate $13 million over a period of three years, beginning in 2012.
You can read more about the development in Washington, DC here.
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