Friday Wrap: Epic Bankruptcy details, RaiseOnce and more

Posted by Steve Ruddock on Apr 06, 2012 Posted in Live Poker News, Online Poker News | No Comments »

Poker News BoyOur weekly look at the big headlines and interesting stories from the world of poker is all over the place this week, with some rumors, gossip, legal news, and tournament action. In this article we’ll be taking a look at the identity of a high-stakes online poker account; going over the details of new court papers in the Epic Poker League bankruptcy filing; looking at the Party Poker Premier League and the iSeries Live, and more.

James Dempsey wins inaugural iSeries Live

The inaugural iSeries Live tournament was played in Dublin on Thursday night and it was long-shot (a long-shot in the betting odds anyway) James Dempsey who captured the $100,000 winner-take-all prize. Dempsey defeated David “Devilfish” Ulliott to win the iSeries 10-man Sit and Go tournament which allowed spectators to make real-time wagers on a number of different outcomes.

For more on the iSeries you can check out our write-up on the innovative poker format.

Party Poker Premier League in full swing

At the time of writing, four of the initial six heats at the Party Poker Premier League in Vienna, Austria are in the books and its Phil Laak and Tony G tied in Group A, and Patrik Antonius out in front of Group B.

All of the participants are still alive, and have a chance to advance to the final table, but players like Luke Schwartz (3 points), Ben Wilinofsky (2 points), are not only going to have win the final heat, but they are going to need a lot of help if they have any hope of advancing.

RaiseOnce on PokerStars is Phil Ivey according to one outlet

According to the entities at the identity of the high-stakes online poker player at PokerStars “RaiseOnce” is in fact Phil Ivey. The account has been linked to Ivey for quite some time, but with nothing but scant circumstantial evidence to go on a definite confirmation could never be made. However, Wicked Chops is citing an unnamed source confirming the account belongs to Ivey.

You can read their article on the matter HERE

More details emerge in Epic Poker bankruptcy

On Thursday Cardplayer Magazine published another scathing report on the Epic Poker League’s bankruptcy filings, this time detailing the league’s lavish payouts to executives, overpricing of assets, and immense debt. The way CP has gone after the Epic Poker League makes me wonder if they are on the list of debtors????

You can read the Cardplayer report HERE

Blom defeats Haxton

Isildur1 finally defeated Isaac Haxton in a heads-up challenge match earlier this week, and even though he is now 1-2 against Haxton, Isildur1 is up over $450,000! You can read our report on the three day $1 million freeze-out match HERE.

Party Poker eyes version of Rush Poker

Rush Poker at Full Tilt, ZOOM Poker at PokerStars, false rumors of Dash Poker at the Merge Gaming Network, and now Party Poker is getting in on the act, as CEO Jim Ryan explained the site’s intention of launching their own version of Rush Poker in the near future during a stockholders meeting.

You can read more about Party Poker’s plans HERE

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