January 21st Poker news ... Poker Playergames at pokerplayergames.com
RHODE ISLAND POKER PRO WINS W.P.T. FALLSVIEW
Rhode Island poker pro Anthony Zinno (33) is Cdn$ 399,579 richer after taking down the Cdn$5,000 buy-in World Poker Tour Fallsview Poker Classic this week.
The NLHE competition attracted a field of 419 players, with Zinno commencing final table action with a significant chip lead which he never really relinquished, obliterating his opponents in just 70 hands before facing Mark Bailey in the heads up.
Despite his 2 to 1 chip disadvantage, Bailey put up a valiant fight, taking the heads up out to 75 hands and at one point capturing an impressive lead before the champion staged a comeback and he was eliminated, taking home the runner up prize of Cdn$ 266,394.
Other final tablers were: Corey Hochman, David Cloutier, Jeremy Halaska, Erik Cajelais, Emanuele Carpignano, Henry Tran and Lu Zhang.
SECOND STARTING DAY AT WORLD SERIES OF POKER CONCLUDES
The second of three World NFL Betting Odds Series of Poker main event start days over the weekend saw 2,144 players register, but by the time the chips were bagged early Monday morning just 1,428 were still standing and will go through to Day 2.
At the close of play for Day 1b the largely unknown Trey Luxemburger was holding the chip lead for the day on 193,450, hotly pursued by nearest rival Sarkis Hakobian on 190,125.
Notable names going through to the next round include Marvin Rettenmaier, Erik Seidel, Matt Affleck, Vanessa Selbst, Mike McDonald, Scott Seiver, Allen Cunningham and former Main Event winners Dan Harrington and Huck Seed.
Also going through are Brandon Shack-Harris, David Williams, Phil Galfond, Jeff Madsen, Jonathan Little, celebrity players Ray Romano and Kevin Pollak and NASCAR's Jason White.
Out for this year are Chris Moorman, Bertrand Grospellier, Joseph Cheong, Andy Black, Paul Volpe, David Sands, Scott Clements, Vivek Rajkumar, Dan Shak, Kevin Saul, Dan OBrien, Frank Kassela, Philipp Gruissem and Robert Mizrachi.
Officials expect a very large field for the final start day today at Day 1c amid unofficial reports that over 3,000 registrations have already been achieved. Some big names expected to take their seats for 1c include Phil Hellmuth, Phil Ivey, Daniel Negreanu, and previous WSOP main event champs Joe Cada and Joseph Hachem.
One notable absence will be the legendary Doyle Brunson, who has tweeted that he will not be entering.
GAMENET SIGNS INSPIRED VIRTUAL SPORTS
Italian operator Gamenet Italy has signed up for the Inspired Gaming Group's virtual sports for the Italian market.
Under the terms of the deal Gamenet customers will be able to bet on Inspired virtual events using Gamenet's own online platform at Gamenet.com as well at through over 100 retail betting shops in Italy.
Virtual sports on offer will encompass football, horse racing, horse trotting, greyhound racing, speedway, motor racing, tennis and cycling.
Gamenet joins a host of other Italian operators utilising Inspireds virtual sports offering that include SNAI, Sisal, Eurobet, Cogetech and Lottomatica.
Inspired has entered the Italian authority AAMS' homologation process following legislation that legalised fixed-odds bets on virtual sports events online. The company expects to have its products go live in July 2013.
Steve Rogers, Managing Director of Inspireds Virtual Sports division, commented: This is a very special moment for the new Virtual Sports market in Italy and for Inspired. Our years of experience worldwide have demonstrated that our virtual sports products generate incremental revenues for sports betting operators across all channels. Our premium content package continues to deliver revenues far in excess of those of our competitors. We supply our virtual sports to many of the worlds most successful gaming companies and were delighted to announce Gamenet as a new customer.