The Week That Was: PokerStars Makes Waves Online, in London, & in WA

Liv Boeree made headlines this week (Photo courtesy of the PokerStars Blog)
Liv Boeree made headlines this week (Photo courtesy of the PokerStars Blog)

It has been a busy week in the poker world with continued tournament action in England, huge tournament action online, and some detrimental news for online poker enthusiasts in the northwestern section of the United States.  Here’s the scoop:

WSOPE Concludes with Another Brit Bracelet

When the WSOP concluded this summer, the Brits and the Canadians were neck and neck in the bracelet race.  Now, the Brits have one-upped the United States’ neighbor to the North by taking down the most prestigious bracelet of the London World Series of Poker Europe series, the Main Event.

James Bord bested the field of 346 players to take down the bracelet and the top prize of ₤830,401 (approximately $1.3 million).  This marks the first time in the WSOPE’s four-year history that a British player won the Main Event.  Bord’s competition in the later stages of the event included Phil Ivey, Viktor Blom, David Peters, and Roland de Wolfe.  Save for de Wolfe, all those big names busted out on the penultimate day of play.

But Wait! There’s More From London

The never-ending stream of London-based poker tournaments continued this week with the PokerStars.com European Poker Tour London Event.  The Main Event of the series set records with its 848-person field.    By the end of Day 2 of play, only 128 players and they were all guaranteed a payday.  Just one day later, the field was down to the final 24 and a number of big name and PokerStars Team Pros remained in contention for the EPT crown.  Sunday, the field played down to the eight-handed final table.  The tournament will play down to a winner on Monday.

Monday will also  see the conclusion of the EPT London High Roller event, which drew 77 players.  Newly appointed Team PokerStars Pro Vanessa Selbst leads the remaining 18 players.

Speaking of Team PokerStars…

The PokerStars family has a new member.  British pro and EPT San Remo winner Liv Boeree made her debut as a member of Team PokerStars at the EPT London event.  Prior to joining forces with PokerStars, Boeree was a sponsored player for both Absolute Poker and UB Poker.

WCOOP Ends with a $2.3 Million Payday

The 2010 World Championship of Online Poker drew to a close on Monday, and it went out with quite a bang.  Tyson “POTTERPOKER” Marks won the WCOOP Main Event outright and pocketed $2,278,097.50 for his efforts.  He defeated a field of more than 2,400 players over the course of two days of play.  All told, the tournament series produced over $65 million in prize money–an increase of $14 million over last year’s event.

James “Andy McLEOD” Obst won the Player of the Series honors, thanks to a productive final weekend during which he final tabled the $2,100 HORSE event and cashed in the Main Event to edge out Kroko-dill for the title.

Washington Clamps Down on Online Poker

Washington State has long been one of the most hostile states when it comes to anti-online gambling legislation.  The past couple of weeks saw the matter go from bad to worse as the Washington State Supreme Court upheld the law that made online gambling a Class E felony.  As a result, PokerStars withdrew from the Washington market, leaving Washington residents and visitors with one less place to play online.

KevMath Revealed

Even if you are not an avid reader of the TwoPlusTwo poker forums, you are likely familiar with Kevin Mathers, aka KevMath.  The super mod and uber-Tweeter has been an enigmatic presence in the poker world for some time now.  This week, he went from enigmatic presence to bona fide person, unveiling himself on the weekly internet poker show “This Week In Poker.”

Mathers and WPT Borgata champion Dwyte Pilgrim were two of the guests on the show, while BLUFF’s Jessica Welman joined the hosts in studio.    Here’s the latest episode:

This Week in Poker airs live on Tuesdays at 7pm ET/4pm PT.

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