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Tournament: Bad beats and blowups at Bucharest World Poker Tour Event

March 31, 2010 Leave a comment

The World Poker Tour made its first visit to Eastern Europe this week for its inaugural event in Bucharest, Romania. The Main Event, a tournament with a €3,000 (US$3,750) buy-in featured more than one hundred sixty players, for a total prize pool of €449,450 (US$562,000) and a top prize of over €125,000 (US$156,250). The field features many of the top players in Europe; including recent WPT champion Carlos Mortensen.

The tournament action at the Novotel Bucharest City Center Hotel was not the only newsworthy event to happen at the no-limit Texas Holdem tables. A relative of the owner of a popular local soccer team showed his frustration at the proceedings. Giovanni Becali, a soccer agent and cousin of the owner of the Bucharest soccer club Steaua, yelled out after a floor ruling went against him. He tossed his chips in the air and advanced on a poker room tournament director as if he was going to throw a punch.

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Becali, who has had a history of public outbursts and offensive remarks, stormed out of the hotel ballroom. He did not respond to calls for interviews and has yet to apologize for his unsportsmanlike behavior. The tournament staff gathered up the thrown chips and resumed play after Becali left.

In other poker news, a gang in Austin, Texas robbed a home poker game using many of the same methods as those who raided the European Poker Tour event in Berlin earlier this month. Robbers fired guns in the air and stole the cash on the table, as well as wallets, cell phones and cash from the players.

Police already have one suspect in custody on charges of felony credit card abuse after he tried to use a player’s stolen credit card. According to news reports, each player only carried $200 or $300 in cash for the game, with only ten to twelve players in attendance at the modest home game.

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Win £1500 playing online bingo – Online Casino News

March 30, 2010 Leave a comment

Gibraltar-licensed online bingo site is celebrating Easter with a special promotion this weekend promising to reward one lucky player with £1,500 in cash.

The site’s £2,000 Egg Hunt promotion will take place this Sunday from seven o’clock in the evening London time and players are being given the opportunity to pre-buy their cards for one pound.

The player that is the first to bingo on the Golden Egg pattern in this special game will walk away with the top prize of £1,500 in cash while all runners-up will share £500.

Players can purchase a maximum of 48 cards but may also earn one entry into this special game for every 500 points that they have accumulated. Five points are earned for every £20 that is wagered on one the site’s instant titles while ten points are awarded for wagering a pound on a bingo game. In addition, 20 points await all those that have hit bingo on the Letter E or Star patterns while 250 points are being awarded for sending the site an e-mail recounting the best place to ‘hide an egg’.  

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Call Of Duty 4 Slots At Virgin Casino

March 30, 2010 Leave a comment

Virgin Casino is running a new promotion called Warfare bonanza which will run all of this week (Monday 29th March until Sunday 4th April).

As part of this fantastic promotion, Virgin casino is giving away three Sony Playstation 3 games consoles plus a game of your choice!

The warfare bonanza is a prize draw which will be held on Monday 5th April and to enter all you have to do is wager £50 or more on their Call of duty 4 slots game. For every £50 you wager you’ll receive another entry into the draw.

If you manage to wager £3,500 or more on the call of duty slots game by Sunday Virgin casino will give you 100 extra entries into the prize draw!

Call of Duty 4 is one of Virgin Casino’s most popular online slots games amongst both gaming enthusiasts and jackpot seekers! The game has five reels and 25 pay lines with a bonus section which plays like a proper first person shooter!

So if you fancy your chances at winning cash playing COD 4 slots or you have your eyes on a brand new play station, the warfare bonanza at Virgin Casino is certainly too good to miss out on!

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Win £11K This Easter At Littlewoods Casino!

March 29, 2010 Leave a comment

Littlewoods casino is giving away more than £11,000 worth of prizes over the Easter weekend. There is going to be a special raffle taking place with each winner that’s pulled from the draw winning a cash prize of £500! In order to take part simply deposit £20 or more and start collecting comp points by playing your favourite online casino games. The more comp points you earn the more raffle tickets you’ll receive!

20-39 Comp Points= 1 raffle ticket

40-79 Comp = 3 raffle tickets

80-159 =8 raffle tickets

160-219 Comp Points =21 raffle tickets

320 Comp Points or more= 45 raffle tickets

You can participate in an even bigger event at Littlewoods Casino on Monday– the monthly Casino Race!

The Littlewoods casino race pays out a total of £9,000 to 250 players with the outright winner taking home a very nice £935!

For your chance to win a share of that cash bundle simply deposit £60 on Monday 5th April and collect as many comp points as possible, the top 250 on the leader board will win a cash bonus! The 250th place prize is £15 so even if you don’t make it to the top of the chart you can still walk away smiling!

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Tournament: Carlos Mortensen wins Hollywood WPT Event

March 29, 2010 Leave a comment

Former World Series of Poker Main Event champion Carlos Mortesen won his third World Poker Tour title this week at the Hollywood Poker Open in Lawrenceburg, Indiana.

Mortensen defeated a field of one hundred and forty players, each paying the US$10,000 buy-in, to take home almost US$400,000 in prize money. He is also eligible for a free seat to the US$25,000 WPT Championship held at the Bellagio casino on the Las Vegas Strip later this spring.

Mortensen had a small chip lead going into his heads-up match with Mike Mustafa, but he took a huge lead during the match when he went all-in while holding the eight of hearts and seven of clubs. The flop gave him the top straight with the ten of diamonds, nine of diamonds and six of spades for the ten-high straight. Mustafa called with two pair, tens and nines, and was left with only a few chips.

On the last hand, Mortensen raised Mustafa all-in. Mustafa called with a pair of red sixes as Mortensen showed the king of clubs and the ten of diamonds. Mortensen paired his ten on the flop and also flopped a flush draw, leaving Mustafa with only one out, the six of spades. When the five of clubs came on the river, the tournament was over and Mustafa had to settle for second place and US$223,623 in winnings.

Mortensen’s win marks a milestone in World Poker Tour history. His three WPT wins matches Gus "The Great Dane" Hansen for the most career victories. He now sits atop the tour’s all-time money list with US$5.7 million, just US$200,000 more than former WPT Player of the Year Daniel Negreanu. His win at the 2005 WPT Championship accounts for nearly US$4 million of that total, and he stands as the only player in history to win both the WPT Championship and the World Series of Poker No-Limit Hold’em World Championship.

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Tournament: Binh Nguyen wins Manila APPT Main Event

March 28, 2010 Leave a comment

Las Vegas resident Binh Nguyen had to travel a long way to win his first major poker tournament title, but he believes it was worth the trip. Last year, he came up short of winning the World Poker Tour LA Poker Classic, taking home nearly US$1 million as he finished second behind Cornel Andrew Cimpan. This year, he earned his first victory at the Asia-Pacific Poker Tour event in Manila, Philippines.

Nguyen (no relation to former World Series of Poker Main Event Champion Thuan "Scotty" Nguyen) defeated a field of more than four hundred players, including notable poker pros Barry Greenstein, Nam Le and David "Chino" Rheem. Each player put up US$2,700 to play in the no-limit Texas Hold’em tournament, creating a prize pool of over US$1 million for the event and a first prize of US$260,000.

In addition to the first-prize money, Nguyen also took home the PAGCOR Chairman’s Cup. PAGCOR (Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation) is the corporation, owned by the Philippine government, which controls and regulates casino gaming on the island chain. PAGCO, along with online poker giant PokerStars.Net, sponsored the event. PokerStars also sponsors other events on the Asia-Pacific Poker Tour as well as other regional poker tournament series.

Nguyen entered the final table in sixth place with 660,000 chips, only 100,000 more than the short stack. The chip leader at the final table, Singapore native Choon Kwang Lim, started with nearly 1.9 million chips. Lim lost most of his chips early in the day when his ten-high flush lost to a king-high flush. Lim finished in sixth place to earn US$44,300.

At the start of heads-up play, Nguyen had a three-to-one chip lead on Englishman Gordon Huntly. Huntly moved all-in before the flop with the king of hearts and queen of clubs. Nguyen called the raise with a pair of sevens. When the board failed to show a card higher than a nine, Nguyen’s medium pair held up, earning him his first career title.

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Circus Casino to Give Away Trips to Major Sporting Events

March 26, 2010 Leave a comment

To win a ticket to one of these prestigious events, all players at Circus Casino have to do is enjoy some time playing their favourite casino games. Every Circus Casino Comp Point earned will give players one entry in this exclusive promotion. The ‘We are the Champions’ promotion runs from now until April 11.

Players will be able to choose from the 150 games on offer at Circus Casino, knowing that whatever cash they win on the games will be supplemented by the chance to win a trip to a sporting event of a lifetime.

The events featured are so special that cable television companies cannot even buy tickets for them and all the best tickets will have already been sold out.

However, as Circus Casino is one of the UK’s largest casino operators and owned by the $17 billion Genting Group, anything is possible.

One keen Circus Casino fan and regular player said: “I love Circus Casino. Their customer support is great and I think their blackjack software if one of the best in the business. I play there a lot which is why I am thrilled they are offering a promotion that is very similar to that from where you can win something that ‘money can’t buy’.

“Getting a good seat at the FA Cup or to the Wimbledon final will be very difficult or very, very, expensive. I just hope I can get lucky and win a free ticket by playing enough blackjack at Circus Casino,” he said.

A spokesman for Circus Casino said: “Most of these events are considered so prestigious that Pay TV companies aren’t even allowed to bid for the rights to show them. And you could be right there at the heart of the action with our ‘We are the Champions’ promotion.”

What are you waiting for? Celebrate spring with Circus Casino and you could be heading to Wembley, Wimbledon, Epsom, or Silverstone. You could witness the crowning of a new Wimbledon champion or an FA Cup winning football team. Every game counts at Circus Casino  – from blackjack to baccarat, craps to roulette and slots to video poker. The more you play, the more chances you’ve got of winning.

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