The Week That Was: Black Friday Updates, Tournament Action and More

The dust is settling on Black Friday and, for the first time since since April 15th, we’ve got major tournament action both in the States and abroad.  We’ve got all the news on those tournaments and the latest from Black Friday in this edition of The Week That Was.

Black Friday updates

PokerStars announced Tuesday US players could begin cashing out the remaining funds in their accounts through a variety of methods, including direct bank transfer, paper checks and eChecks. Players reported seeing their money hitting their bank accounts as early as Thursday afternoon.   Monday, Ira Rubin, one of the payment processors name in the indictment, was arrested. After being arrested in Guatemala, Rubin appeared before a Magistrate Judge in Miami, where he remains awaiting a May 2nd hearing. and Players Only announced they would stop accepting new US players starting May 1. Existing US players will still be able to play, deposit and withdraw on the site. Full Tilt Poker updated their US players’ FAQ with an announcement on facilitating the withdrawal of funds from US accounts next week. Meanwhile, there is no new news to report from the third site named in the indictments, Absolute Poker.

Tournament action resumes around the world

The World Poker Tour visited Florida for the first time with the Seminole Hard Rock Showdown in Hollywood, Florida.  An impressive field of 433 players ponied up $10,000 to enter the Matt Savage-run tournament. Day 4 action resumes with 51 players remaining, six spots short of the money. Get caught up on the action so far with recaps of Day 1, Day 2 and Day 3.

The European Poker Tour returned for the penultimate event of Season Seven as 987 players spread out over two opening days of the €5,300 Main Event at the Casino San Remo in Italy. Action is already underway this afternoon, with the field currently in the money.  Recaps of the opening days can be found here, here and here.

The World Series of Poker Circuit tournament series made its annual visit to Caesars Palace in Las Vegas this week, highlighted by 496 players entering the $1,600 Main Even. Chris Johnson holds the chip lead with ten players returning Saturday afternoon vying for the coveted gold ring and a return visit in May for the $1,000,000 National Championship. A recap of the final table will be available at on Sunday.

In other news…

Viktor “Isildur1″ Blom defeated online qualifier “Mastermixus” Sunday in the PokerStars SuperStar Showdown, profiting by $1,279 after 2,500 hands of $5/10 no-limit hold’em. The online qualifier is also a winner, keeping the remaining $13,721 from their starting stack of $15,000. Jeffrey Pollack resigned as Executive Director of Professional Bull Riders to focus on his role at Federated Sports + Gaming, the professional poker league headed by Annie Duke.  Niall Smyth earned €650,000 winning the Paddy Power Poker Irish Open, defeating Surinder Sunar heads-up.  Russell Crane earned over $276,000 winning the $2,700 Borgata Spring Poker Open Main Event. Evelyn Ng renews her sponsorship deal with Bodog.

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