In what has been an eventful few weeks for the fortunes of poker pros (Isildur1 identity revealed/Isildur1 hit with $150 million tax bill), UK poker player, Liv Boeree has ended January on a high note, having just signed a contract with Channel 4 to be the expert analyst on their UKIPT highlights show later in the year.
UKIPT host, Nick Wealthall is going to be the main commentator on the show, which starts on Tuesday March 1 with action from last December´s UKIPT Galway and February´s UKIPT Nottingham. Liv will dissect and comment on the key hands of each Main Event, plus the seven other stages of the UKIPT which climaxes in London in December 2011.
UB Hate Hellmuth
At the opposite end of the fortune scale, poker bad boy, Phil Hellmuth, has parted ways from UB Poker – a company he had been sponsored by for nine years. Writing on his blog, Phil states that the decision was mutual, but after his performance at the London EPT last year and the fact that he has spent much of the last few years focusing on a number of other business ventures, UB might now get a star that actually benefits their brand.
Inasmuch as Phil Hellmuth has contributed a huge amount to the live game (and its broadcasting), one can only feel that the online game is not his forte. Rumours persist that Phil will be off to Full Tilt (who need all the players they can get at the moment), but his prime goal at the moment appears to be getting on the U.S. version of Strictly Come Dancing. Should make good TV!
Aussie Millions Stays at Home
They might have lost the Ashes but represented by grandfather of 5 David Gorr, the Australians have managed to hang onto the $2 Million first prize in the Aussie Millions Main Event recently concluded in Melbourne. Despite a major challenge from a strong Full Tilt Poker contingent, 68-year-old David came out on top of the 721 players contesting the event, eventually overcoming UK poker player James Keys.
The Aussie Millions side events were a happy hunting ground for UK poker player Sam Trickett. Having taken the $100.000 Challenge (event nº 8) against Tony Bloom, the Titan Poker pro finished a credit-worthy second to Eric Seidel in the $250.000 Super High Roller tournament (event nº 21). Happy New Year Sam!
Kings Rule in Manchester
The first of the Grosvenor UK Poker Tour events has also just concluded, with UK Poker Player Peter McAdams scooping £58.100 at the G Casino in Manchester. Holding off a field of 207, Peter started the on a strong final table in only 8th position, but battling up the field throughout the Sunday action, took a short heads–up session against Dan Charlton with pocket Kings against Dan´s 9-8.
The GUKPT now moves onto London in March.
PokerStars Launch “Fifty/50” Sit ´n´ Gos
The popular “Double or Nothing” SnGs which now appear on most online poker sites, have been given a new twist by PokerStars. Called “Fifty/50”, this ten seater SnG tournament still rewards the last 5 men standing, but with the amount won dependant on how many chips each player has in their stack.
For example, at the start of the game, there are 15.000 chips on the table (each player starts with 1.500). When there are only five players left, the distribution could be:-
Player 1 – 5.000 chips
Player 2 – 4.000 chips
Player 3 – 3.000 chips
Player 4 – 2.000 chips
Player 1 – 1.000 chips
Each player will be paid out their original buy-in plus a monetary value per 100 chips. In games with a buy-in of $10.00 + $0.60, the value is $0.33 per 100 chips (other buy-ins work pro rata), so our winners above would receive:-
Player 1 – 5.000 chips $10.00 + $16.50 = $26.50
Player 2 – 4.000 chips $10.00 + $13.20 = $23.20
Player 3 – 3.000 chips $10.00 + $ 9.90 = $19.90
Player 4 – 2.000 chips $10.00 + $ 6.60 = $16.60
Player 1 – 1.000 chips $10.00 + $ 3.30 = $13.30
This new payout structure has been developed to encourage players to get involved a little more in the ultra-tight pre-bubble action, and reward winners you perform the best on the tables.
The existing DoN format will still be available for those who like to scrape in by the skin of their teeth, but you may find that those players who do most of the playing will prefer this new, more rewarding format.