The British newspaper Metro, which has readership in 13 U.K. cities, has launched a new poker and online bingo site. The paper has over 2.8 million readers online and in distribution, and hopes to tap into this following in the online poker market. The paper has signed a deal with St. Minver for online bingo and poker facilities, and the poker software will be Boss Media’s. The site will join the International Poker Network of sites along with Liberty Poker, bet-at-home.com, Casino Club Poker and PokerHour.com.
The popularity of poker in the U.K. has big media players all competing for the gaming dollar. Now that the game is regulated in the U.K., different types of companies are putting resources into profiting from the game. Metro is the fourth largest paper in the U.K. and should make a splash in the U.K. gaming market, if their marketing approach properly reaches the public.
MMA Champ to Host Charity Poker Tournament
Randy Couture, the UFC heavyweight champion (aka “The Natural”) who recently resigned from Dana White’s hugely popular MMA organization, is set to host a charity poker tournament on January 12, 2008 at The Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in (where else?) Las Vegas.
Jamie Gold, the 2006 World Series of Poker Main Event winner, and Dean Cain, the actor who starred as Superman in the popular television series “Lois and Clark”, have signed on to be part of the field in “Operation All In”.
With a buy-in of only $550 “Operation All-In” is a No Limit Texas Hold’em event with a guaranteed prize pool. The goal? To raise money for the Xtreme Couture GI Foundation, a non-profit founded by Randy and Kim Couture to honor the veterans of America’s armed forces. Its goal is to raise money and awareness for those wounded in action and their families.
For more information on Togel – how to participate in this charity tournament or how to donate to Couture’s non-profit, please visit his website.
Asia Pacific Poker Tour
Created by PokerStars.net, Asia Pacific Poker Tour (APPT) was and kicked off in August 2007 in South Korea before going onto the Philippines and Sydney. It’s goal? To become one of the world’s richest poker tours (and a first in Asia!). Like all big poker tournaments (think WSOP and WPT), the APPT is also scheduled to air its first season on television channels across the world in early 2008.
Providing poker enthusiasts with the chance to test their No Limit Texas Holdem skills against some of the world’s best players in the most glamorous of Asia Pacific destinations, the APPT is currently working on a new season’s worth of poker tournaments.
APPT Season 1 Highlights: Grant Levy Becomes First Aussie to Win Sydney Tournie
On December 16th Grant Levy, a 28-year-old school teacher, beat out a field of 561 players (including four pros!) and picked up a cool one million dollars en route to becoming Sydney’s first ever PokerStars.net APPT Champion at Star City Casino.
Levy had no idea he had become the first Aussie to win a million-dollar tournament on Aussie soil. “To be honest I am still taking it all in,” Levy said immediately after his big win. “It’s unbelievable to think that I have taken on some of the world’s greats and come out on top. I’m ecstatic to take the title and the million – I think it’s going to take a week or so to even sink in.”
Top 5 Poker News Stories of 2007
- Annette Obrestad wins WSOP Europe at the age of 18. She is already an online star and has earned over $2.5 million. She will be an anticipated addition to Vegas when she’s old enough.
- Tom Schneider wins two WSOP bracelets at the 2007 WSOP in Omaha and Stud Hi/Low and the 7-card Stud Hi/Low $1000 event. He won over $800,000 combined this year and was named WSOP 2007 player of the year.
- Rep. Barney Frank enters bill to legalize online gaming. Frank’s bill H.R. 2046 was introduced in April and seeks to legalize and regulate internet gaming.
- David “The Dragon” Pham wins the Cardplayer Player of The Year award for the second time after Jonathan Little was unable to catch him at the last event of the year.
- Legendary player Chip Reese dies at home at the age of 56 after having pneumonia symptoms.