July 14th – Daily Deal
On today’s Daily Deal, Full Tilt Poker announces the FTOPS seventeen schedule, the World Poker Tour‘s Bellagio Cup is in full swing, and as always we bring you the latest news from the WSOP Main Event.
Hello, I’m Sean Gibson and welcome to the Daily Deal by Poker News Daily. The 17th Full Tilt Online Poker Series will kick off on August 4th, featuring 34 events and offering up at least $19 million dollars in guaranteed prize money. The series will begin with a two hundred and sixteen dollar No Limit Hold’em event with a seven hundred and fifty thousand dollar guaranteed prize pool. Full Tilt Poker players can duke it out in events in Hold’em, Omaha, HORSE, Stud, Seven Game, and Razz. Six of the thirty-four events will take on a Rush Poker format and include games of Pot Limit Omaha High-Low Knockout, No Limit Hold’em Turbo, Pot Limit Omaha Turbo, No Limit Hold’em Super Turbo, Limit Hold’em, and No Limit Hold’em with Rebuys.
The World Poker Tour Bellagio Cup has grown this year. Between consoling players who dropped out of the Main Event and a lower price tag, the Bellagio Cup has seen more sign-ups. This year’s field has over 350 players, whereas only 268 signed up last year. Day three concluded yesterday with a huge extended registration period that included names like Tom Dwan, Daniel Negreanu, and Phil Hellmuth, who made another big entrance with the new WPT Royal Flush Girls. The 31 players remaining in the event will continue play today and a champion will be crowned on Thursday.
Meanwhile, the granddaddy of them all continues at the Rio as Day Five begins today at the World Series of Poker Main Event. Our new chip leader is Tony “Bond18” Dunst. He typically dresses in suits and currently has one point five five MILLION in chips. All four of the Mizrachi brothers ended up cashing in the Main Event and three are still in contention . Maybe 2010 should be dubbed the Year of the Mizrachis.
Meanwhile, some of the top names in poker busted yesterday and hit the rails. Allen Cunningham and Patrik Antonius were two of the bigger names that left the tournament. Some other names still in contention include WPT co-host Vince Van Patten, who might have to miss the Bellagio Cup’s final table because he’s making such a deep run in the Main Event. Phil “OMG Clay Aiken” Galfond is in fifth place, while Adam “Roothlus” Levy, Johnny Lodden, Christian Harder and Eric Baldwin are all in contention. In addition, bracelet winners Scotty Nguyen and Praz Bansi are still running strong.
As always thanks for tuning in to The Daily Deal and be sure to come back tomorrow for our update straight from the Rio and the Main Event. I’m Sean Gibson, wishing you deep runs in all your tournaments!