August 18th – Daily Deal



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On today’s Daily Deal, the next installment of the Durrrr Challenge may start this week, MMA Week debuts on NBC’s “Poker After Dark,” and CardRunners signs one of the most successful tournament players around.

Hello, I’m Sean Gibson and welcome to the Daily Deal by Poker News Daily.

Even though Tom “durrrr” Dwan and Patrik Antonius seem to be at a standstill in the first Durrrr Challenge, the next installment might only be a few days away. CardRunners instructor Daniel “JungleMan12” Cates has agreed to step up to the plate and face Dwan. In fact, the two could begin their 50,000 hand match as early as this week.

Dwan and Cates were seen discussing the details of their impending bout in a Full Tilt Poker chat box on Monday. JungleMan12 told Dwan that he had shipped the challenge’s $500,000 buy-in to Phil Ivey, who will act as its escrow. Full Tilt Poker, which hosts the Durrrr Challenge tables, has remained completely quiet on JungleMan12’s involvement. Meanwhile, Dwan and Antonius have been playing for nineteen months.

On Monday, MMA Week debuted on NBC’s “Poker After Dark.” The show, which airs at 2 a.m. Eastern Time nightly for one hour, pitted three staples of the MMA world against three poker pros. Representing the world of Mixed Martial Arts were UFC ring announcer Bruce Buffer, former UFC champion Randy Couture, and “Ultimate Fighter” coach Dan Henderson.

Representing the world of poker were Patrik Antonius, Howard Lederer, and Erick Lindgren. Watch new episodes of “Poker After Dark” every night this week on NBC. On Saturday following “Saturday Night Live,” catch a special recap episode featuring interviews with all of the players involved.

The popular poker training site CardRunners has inked two-time Full Tilt Online Poker Series event winner Mickey “mement_mori” Petersen. The new arrival owns the top spot in the Bluff Online Poker Player of the Year leaderboard and is the fifth ranked player on PocketFives.com.

Petersen is fresh off a win in a two-hundred sixteen dollar No Limit Hold’em Rush tournament held during FTOPS Seventeen. He banked thirty-seven thousand dollars in the process and outlasted a field of nearly eight-hundred entrants. In the previous FTOPS, which played out just before the start of the World Series of Poker, Petersen took down a two-hundred sixteen dollar No Limit Hold’em Six-Max event for eighty-six thousand dollars. Two FTOPS jerseys later, he finds himself in elite company.

Petersen joins a talented team at CardRunners that includes Durrrr Challenge participant “JungleMan12” and John “Jimmy Legs” Wray, who produces the popular “Brian Fail” series. Wray, who authored a popular strategy article for Poker News Daily entitled “Poker and the Endowment Effect,” released the eighth installment of “Brain Fail” on Monday. This week’s edition focuses on why certain players like PhilIvey have managed to keep a low profile despite record winnings.

Well, thanks for joining us for another edition of The Daily Deal and be sure to come back every weekday for a new episode. Be sure to check out our twitter page at twitter dot com slash poker news daily. I’m Sean Gibson and I’ll see you tomorrow!

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