August 6th – Daily Deal
On today’s edition of the Daily Deal, PokerStars offers fifty million dollars guaranteed for the upcoming WCOOP. In other news, Harrah’s denies it’s selling the Rio, Liv Boeree leaves UB, and Full Tilt gets ready to conquer France.
Hello, I’m Sean Gibson and welcome to the Daily Deal by Poker News Daily.
After seeking input from the online poker community, PokerStars released the final schedule for the two thousand and ten World Championship of Online Poker, or WCOOP, on Friday. The online series has a record-setting fifty million dollar guaranteed prize pool – the highest ever offered. The two-thousand ten WCOOP will feature a total of 62 tournaments, beginning with a $200 No Limit Hold’em Six-Max event September fifth.
The first three tournaments all have seven-figure guarantees. The two-thousand ten WCOOP will go out with a bang, as its Main Event carries a $5,000 buy-in and promises at least ten million bucks. The grand finale will start on September 26th.
Rumors of a sale of the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas by casino giant Harrah’s have been quashed by Seth Palansky, Communications Director for Harrah’s Interactive Entertainment and the World Series of Poker. The rumor mill began churning on August fourth, when Pokerati published a short article entitled “Rumorati: Harrah’s Sale of the Rio Complete, New Home for 2011 WSOP Almost 100 Percent Unofficially Semi-Confirmed.” However, on the same day as Pokerati published this story, Harrah’s released its two thousand and ten second quarter financial results, which had no mention of the Rio being sold.
Palansky shot down any finalized sale of the Rio, telling Poker News Daily on Thursday,
“We’ve already been meeting about the two thousand eleven WSOP and are planning on having it at the Rio with the Main Event final table in November at the Penn and Teller Theater.”
Poker it-girl Liv Boeree has officially left Team UB, and she must be fending offers with a stick right now. Back on July eighth, Poker News Daily first reported that Boeree was not wearing any UB branding while playing in the WSOP Main Event, and at that time we were able to confirm that Liv and Team UB were renegotiating her expiring contract. Apparently it was not to be and the EPT San Remo Winner is now available to represent another poker room.
Full Tilt Poker, the world’s second largest online poker site, officially announced the launch of FullTiltPoker.fr this week, allowing French players to join the popular site. The new poker room will be available exclusively for residents of France and French territories as part of the newly established online gambling regulations in the country. Full Tilt has an impressive roster of French poker pros, including David Benyamine and European Poker Tour champ Pascal ‘PPTHEBANDIT’ Perrault.
With the addition of Full Tilt, PKR, and seven other sites last week, the list of ARJEL licensees now numbers twenty-seven. The first eleven licenses were issued in June, a list that included Bwin, Everest Poker, and Paddy Power. PokerStars, iPoker, and Microgaming were granted licenses in July.
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