Hidden Headlines: Congress ratings, Triathlons and more

Posted by Steve Ruddock on Sep 17, 2012 Posted in Poker News | No Comments »

Poker News BoyIt’s been a busy week in the poker world, so by the time Monday rolled around I knew I would need to throw-up another Hidden Headlines article, as there was simply too much going on to cover everything. So here again are some of the stories you may have missed over the past week.

Tony G and Phil Hellmuth to compete in “Triathlon”

At the WPT Malta, poker arch-enemies Tony G and Phil Hellmuth will compete in a triathlon variation where they compete in basketball, bike riding, and swimming. Never one to pass up a chance to get a needle in against Phil, Tony G had this to say on the competition:

“I suggested these three disciplines and am surprised Phil accepted them. It’s not as if I have been at the Olympics with the Lithuanian National basketball team is it? I have the edge in basketball. He may have a chance at the bike-riding though because he is sent on his bike frequently. As for swimming, unless he is attached to the backside of Michael Phelps like he usually is I feel I am favourite.”

PPA releases Congressional Ratings for 2012

Every year the PPA releases their congressional ratings, giving their members a breakdown on which members of Congress are favorable to online poker and poker in general. The rankings take into account voting records as well as public statements that are made.

You can look at the congressional ratings from the PPA here: http://www.congressionalpoker.org/

David Benyamine joins the ISPT

The International Stadiums Poker Tour (ISPT) has added another big name to their roster, signing David Benyamine as an official sponsor. Benyamine joins Sam Trickett, Liz Lieu and Mike “The Grinder” Mizrachi as official ambassadors for the ISPT.

You can visti the ISPT website here: http://www.ispt.com/

$50k Reentry at the WSOP Europe

The WSOP Europe tournament schedule has gotten a little bigger with the announcement of a €50,000 buy-in NLHE High-Roller tournament that will allow reentries, which should be one of the biggest prize-pools of the entire tournament series, potentially eclipsing the Main Event in terms of the first-place prize.

In an interview with PokerNews.com WSOP executive director of the WSOP and vice president of Caesars Interactive Entertainment, Ty Stewart explained the decision for the tournament by saying:

“Many factors, but really, the success of the Big One [for One Drop] and seeing all the high-stakes action it created around the city. There is an appetite for a group of players to continue to play really big, and we strive to have offerings for every player at WSOPE events.”

The reentry tournament will not be a bracelet event, but still should see a very good turnout as most of the top-tier poker players will be in Cannes for the WSOPE tournament series.


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