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The End Of Lacey Jones At Absolute Poker

Right before the World Series of Poker gets underway is probably not the best time to lose the biggest name –and prettiest face—representing your online poker site, but that is precisely what happened when it was announced that the best poker player  Lacey Jones would be leaving Absolute Poker.

The 31 year old Texan born beauty is known as much for her stunning looks as she is for her poker skills and has been very much involved in promoting the poker industry since getting her first break as a hired model playing at an ESPN tournament in 2005.

As of writing, she still appears on the Absolute Poker website as a sponsored player, but it’s unclear precisely when the two will officially part company. Lacey Jones is known more for her hosting of poker shows and events, and is one of the better interviewers in all of poker. She also does numerous modeling, as well as being able to hold her own at the poker tables – although she enters very few events due to her hosting and interview duties.

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Gavin Griffin: The Youngest WSOP Champ

The record Gavin Griffin set as the youngest bestpoker player ever to win a World Series of Poker bracelet, in all honesty, didn't last too long. Eric Froehlich broke it only a year later, Jeff Madsen broke it again a year after that, and the honor leapfrogged over to Steve Billiarkis in 2007.

However, last year, Gavin Griffin set another record that is proving much more difficult to shatter — he became the first and only player to win a WSOP bracelet, a World Poker Tour title and a European Poker Tour title, a distinction that would come to be known as poker's "Triple Crown".

Gavin Griffin instead enrolled at Texas Christian University and began studying to become a speech pathologist. At home for summer break after his freshman year, Gavin Griffin was invited to a friend's weekly $20 buy-in home game. Though the stakes were small, it was enough to put a dent in a starving student's budget.

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Huckelberry “Huck” Seed

In today's media-friendly poker industry where fans are subjected to Daniel Negreanu's rambling monologues on his preference in breakfast granola and televised weekly cries of "No fair!" from Phil Hellmuth, it's refreshing to find a player who's willing to sit back, shut up and let his game speak for itself.

Huck - or Huckleberry - Seed is just such a player. By all accounts, the World Champion and top No-Limit Hold'em player is quiet and unassuming - but simultaneously lethal on the felt.

Earlier in life, however, the Montana native had designs on becoming an electrical engineer, and put his natural math proficiency to the test at the California Institute of Technology upon graduating from high school. But like many a gambler before him, Seed wouldn't last in the hallowed halls of academia.

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Aria Resort And Casino Launches Phil Ivey Poker Room

It was likely an easy decision for the brass of the MGM Mirage hotel group to decide on creating an ultra-high-stakes table in the new Aria Poker Room, and equally as much of a no-brainer to name the new room after poker mega-star Phil Ivey.

Phil Ivey is considered one of the best all-around cash game players to ever sit at a poker table, and is also one of the most feared tournament players on earth. Having won 10’s of millions in poker as well as 7 WSOP bracelets, Ivey is likely to go down as one of, if not the, greatest poker player of all-time.

Following their successful model of Bobby’s Room at the Bellagio –another MGM Mirage Las Vegas property—the casino magnates have announced a huge tournament to launch the high-end poker room which will feature a single table. The tournament is by invite only and will feature a $1,000,000 prize-pool –put up by the casino—as well as a sizeable bounty on the room’s namesake, Phil Ivey.

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Andrew “luckychewy” Lichtenberger

Full Tilt is scooping up some of the poker players likely to receive a lot of attention from the ESPN cameras at this year’s World Series of Poker

Having already inked Annette Obrestad –who is likely to be a major focus of ESPN during the early days of play, and could very well be the genesis of the television table—the popular online poker room has also come to an agreement with online poker pro Andrew Lichtenberger.

Andrew Lichtenberger was one of the big stories from last year’s WSOP, where he finished in 18th place, and judging from ESPN’s track record will likely get a lot of camera time, since he is already a known commodity to ESPN viewers. 

Full Tilt has been showing so very canny business in their recent signings, getting top quality best poker players, as well as popular and likeable  poker pros that the cameras are likely to follow around.

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Isildur1 Is Back After The Controversy

The online poker world has seen many poker players who arrive on the scene, play some big sessions, go broke and disappear into obscurity. Earlier this year, the previous resident mystery Swede “martonas” had a hot run before a big downswing led him to stop logging so much time on the tables. The skeptics out there may think Isildur1 is just another person in a long line of players who took a shot at the nosebleeds and walked away empty-handed.

Many within the poker community will tell you that even if Isildur1 were to never play another hand of poker, his presence at the tables during the fall and winter of 2009 changed online poker forever thanks to his record-setting moments and memorable sessions with virtually every major high stakes pro around.

Isildur1 was spotted at the Full Tilt poker tables this past week; far from his usual nosebleed stakes Isildur1 was playing $50/$100 and $100/$200 against Jungleman12 and URnotINdanger2. Despite playing far lower than usual, his mere presence at the Full Tilt Poker tables was enough to get the high-stakes rail-birds talking.

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WPT Paris Final Table Update

 The Grand Prix de Paris was one of the original stops on the WPT, and the only foreign stop for quite some time. In its second incarnation the Paris tournament is the first stop on this the WPT’s 9th season. 

With a strong international poker pro presence, the final table is shaping up to be a star-studded affair, with players like Isabelle Mercier, Antione Saout, and Andrew Feldman all in terrific shape to make a deep run in the event.

With a €2.7 million prize-pool, and €633k going to the winner, the poker players will be battling hard to reach the final table. Many of the big names who weren’t lucky enough to survive the first day will likely be hanging around Paris for a few extra days; when the €20,000 high-roller tournament is set to begin –The high-roller events are popping up at more and more major tournaments, almost as a second-chance event for the top pros.

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Jean Robert “Action Bob” Bellande

World's best poker player Jean-Robert Bellande made a name for himself in the poker arena at the World Series of Poker (WSOP) circuit event in 2005. The championship took place at Rio Las Vegas and he competed in the $10,000 No Limit Hold'Em event. In this tournament, he came in 3rd place and earned attractive prize winnings in the amount of $210,900.

In 2006, Jean-Robert made a cash finish in 2006, at the WSOP No Limit Hold'Em event. In this event, he earned prize winnings in the sum of $14,617.

Jean-Robert Bellande achieved another cash finish at the 2008 WSOP No Limit Hold'Em event winning $10,712, before moving on make to additional winnings in the same series at different events. He entered the WSOP No limit Texas Hold'Em event with a $10,000 buy-in also in 2008 and then made another cash finish at which he earned prize winnings in the sum of $27,020. Although he had already made two cash finishes at WSOP in the same year, things were about to get even better for Jean-Robert.

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Cereus Poker: A New Glitch Software

Absolute Poker and Ultimate Bet have joined forces to become the Cereus Poker Network. Both AbsolutePoker and UltimateBet poker share tables, software, and players. 

They are now one Cereus Poker site. This has created a great opportunity for rakeback players seeking Cereus Poker Rakeback. If you have an existing account at Absolute Poker, you can simply sign up for Ultimate Bet rake back. If you have an existing account at Ultimate Bet you can sign up for Absolute Poker rake back.

Poker Table Ratings informed the online poker community that it had “cracked the code” for both Cereus Poker Network sites, UB and Absolute Poker. PTR informed the network that it was able to find a software flaw that could allow would be hackers to see a player’s hole cards.

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Mike “The Mouth” Matusow Joins Poker2Nite

The Fox Sports Net poker news show “Poker2Nite” welcomed the always outspoken Mike “The Mouth” Matusow this week. The franchise airs at 11:00pm ET every Wednesday night and can also be seen on The Score at 3:00pm ET on Sundays. This week’s installment began with a discussion of the $335 buy-in re-entry event that kicked off the L.A. Poker Classic. The tournament was the brainchild of Matt Savage and allowed players to buy back in on a later starting day should they be knocked out.

On top of the unique formula, the tournament also guaranteed $1 million. Interviews were shown with David “Chino” Rheem, Amnon Filippi, Thor Hanson, and Andreas Hoivold. Filippi commented, “It’s so hard to get so many people in one place at one time. You have to have a 100-table room and you have to have the players. L.A. has both.” Darrell Cain ultimately took down the kickoff event for over $300,000.

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Play Poker And Drive An Aston Martin DB9 For Free

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WPT Season 9 Kicks Off In France

PartyPoker also looks to grow outside of Europe, where it continues to maintain a stronghold on the poker industry. Starting in Canada, where poker is still in a growth period, PartyPoker hopes to see Scott at the tables of various live poker events. After Season 8 of the World Poker Tour (WPT) concluded with David Williams capturing the $25,000 buy-in championship at Bellagio, Season 9 of the popular poker tour is set to get underway in Paris, France on May 8th.

So far the poker tournament series has announced four stops for their 2010-2011 schedule. All four stops are scheduled in Europe with the usual break in the action surrounding the World Series of Poker which will take place from late May to early July:

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