Monday Headlines: Blom v Haxton Round 3, EPT and more

Posted by Steve Ruddock on Apr 02, 2012 Posted in Poker News | No Comments »

Poker News BoyWhen it comes to poker you never really know what you’re going to get over the weekend. Like sports or movies the weekends can be either really slow, or create some attention grabbing headlines. Fortunately this past weekend was more of the latter than the former as two of poker’s brightest stars made the final three at the PokerStars EPT Campione Main Event; Isildur1 and Isaac Haxton started their heads-up, $1 million freezeout match; along with the typical news and notes coming from the world of poker: All of which you’ll find below!

Isildur1 wearing down Isaac Haxton

After two four-hour sessions Viktor “Isildur1” Blom holds a commanding lead over Isaac Haxton in the pair’s $1,000,000 freezeout Heads-Up No Limit Holdem match. Blom ended the first day (Saturday) with a near $200,000 lead and despite watching Haxton erase the entire deficit on Sunday, the online phenom and Team PokerStars Pro managed to make his own comeback and end the second day of the match with a $287,000 lead over Haxton.

For more details on the match and a complete look at the Day 1 proceedings you can check out our recap of the $1,000,000 freezeout.

Busquet and Soulier come up just short at EPT Campione

The inaugural EPT Campione Main Event saw a solid turnout for a post-Black Friday poker tournament, as 570 players registered for the tournament. The final table was headlined by two top poker players in Olivier Busquet and Fabrice Soulier, and neither disappointed finishing second and third respectively.

The big story was the winner of the tournament Jannick Wrang of Denmark: Wrang became the third straight Danish winner on the PokerStars European Poker Tour (EPT)! Here is a look at the final table payouts from the tournament:

1. Jannick Wrang – £640,000 ($854,000)

2. Olivier Busquet – £430,000 ($574,000)

3. Fabrice Soulier – £240,000 ($320,000)

4. Balazs Botond – £157,000 ($210,000)

5. Koen De Visscher – £124,000 ($165,000)

6. Mario Nagel – £92,000 ($123,000)

7. Stefano Puccilli – £71,500 ($95,400)

8. Robin Ylitalo – £54,000 ($72,000)

You can read tour entire final table report HERE

PokerTracker 4 beta released

One of the premier pieces of poker software, PokerTracker, has just released their latest version for Beta testing. PT4 has a number of new features, as well as an updated look, giving the software a more modern look. Here is a look at some of the new features players will find in PT4:

* PokerStars Zoom Poker support

* NoteTracker automated note system for the HUD

* New Vector HUD engine to keep the screen cleaner when using a HUD

* Preset HUD profiles as well as a new drag and drop HUD Profile Editor

* Global Player Scatter Graph to find statistical anomalies

* Easy drill-down on reports to view deeper layers with more detailed information

* LeakTracker statistical range analysis

* ICM Analysis and Quizzes

* PokerTracker Themes to personalize the look of the software

* Social networking functions with YouTube video export

* Easier database maintenance

* Video guides to help new users

We’re hoping to have a full review of PT4 in the near future.

Bubble Protection on a signing spree

Bubble Protection, has been on a signing spree as of late adding a number of the best-known poker pros as spokesmen for the site. Among the recent signings were Chris Moorman, Will “The Thrill” Failla, Ylon Schwartz, and Casey Jarzabek. You can click any of the above links to learn more about each player and Bubble Protection.

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