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THE PERILS OF THE YAWN Whilst every man and his poker loving dog were glued to the goings on in Las Vegas last month, several of us on this side of the water had some more pressing and indeed worrying concerns to fret over. I am of course talking about the findings at the first International Conference on Yawning, which was held in Paris several weeks back. If you haven’t heard of the ICY until now, then fear not as it was anything but a bore fest. And if you have, then I imagine you’ve been cleaning up with the opposite sex at every available opportunity. You see I bring sex into this is because those fantastic scientists over in Paris determined that whilst yawning may well be a sign of tiredness and stress, it is also a sign of interest and wanting to have sex. That’s right, the beautiful girl you took out for a date last week was not yawning relentlessly because she thought your conversation monotonous and dreary, she was yawning because she wanted you to finish your drink, hail down a taxi cab and ravish her rotten on her living room sofa. Or maybe not, because here’s the catch. Whilst the yawning girl may well want to get down and dirty with you, the scientists admitted the yawn is not necessarily a sign of guaranteed hanky panky, as she’s just as likely to be yearning for a hot water bottle and a glass of milk. And this is because despite their extensive research, the men in white coats found it difficult to differentiate between an erotic yawn and a sleepy one, which kind of puts us back to square one again. Except it doesn’t. In the good old days before this ICY malarkey, us blokes used the yawn as a great tool for gauging female interest. One yawn and she’d just had a tough day in the office, two yawns and we needed to liven up our chat, and three yawns and it was game over. Zero yawns however meant we were doing just fine. Either that or she had very bad teeth. But now we’re completely unsure as to how we should read the yawn and are in a far worse situation than we were before, just because a bunch of scientists couldn’t admit to their own shortcomings with women. Thanks to the ICY, every time we see a yawn we’re left with the difficult and indeed dangerous task of distinguishing whether it was a sleepy one or an erotic one; certainly not the kind of thing we want to be muddling up very often. And so with all said and done, maybe we should just focus on what happened in Vegas last month, it was the World Series of Poker after all, and there wasn’t a yawn in sight.
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GX FIRST UP 9 FOX POKER CLUB TO OPEN THIS MONTH
9 CHEEKY PUNT PODCAST
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fter much anticipation, the Fox Poker Club in association with PKR has announced its opening date as the 7th August. The club, which is situated on Shaftsbury Avenue in London’s West End and is named after the famous 18th century politician Charles Fox, is the capital’s first fully licensed poker venue and has already stated its ambition to one day be recognised as the premier poker club in the world. The club is part owned by poker pros Joe Beavers, Barny Boatman and Phil Laak, and has joined forces with PKR who will look to hold their major events there. With seating for 180 players, an after game lounge, luxurious decor and furnishings and poker equipment specifically chosen by the poker pro shareholders, the Fox Poker Club
promises to be an impressive establishment for pros and amateurs alike to both socialise and play poker. The club has pledged to cater for players of all abilities and differing bank rolls with the hope of becoming the hub of London’s poker community and will provide a full spectrum of poker with daily tournaments and cash games as well as free afternoon tutorials. In other news, it has also recently been announced that the inaugural British Poker Awards will be held at the Fox Poker Club on 13th September, just before the start of the WSOPE. Awards up for grabs include Best Overall Poker Player, Best Cash Player, Best Tournament Player, Best Online Player and Best UK Card Room.
9 MARK DAVIES RESIGNS FROM BETFAIR
nline sports betting exchange operator Betfair have announced that its Group Director of External Affairs, Mark Davies, has left the company after ten years. Following a decade of service to Betfair, Davies has resigned to start his own PR consultancy company, which he has named Camberton. Known as the voice of Betfair, Davies’ expertise is very much in public relations, and he hopes to continue working with Betfair in that capacity, although in a new external consulting role. In speaking about the move, Davies said: “I have set up my own company, Camberton, which will offer to a broader church the sort of thing I have been responsible for at Betfair over the last decade; reputation management, public affairs, public relations, communications and external stakeholder management. It’s something I have talked about for a long time and now is the time to do it and I’m pleased that Betfair think I still have a role in offering that kind of thing because they are my first client.”
Davies joined the Betfair management team in 2000 before the company launched and has been integral to the company’s development over the past decade, so it is unsurprising he will be retained as an external advisor whilst the company adjusts to losing him. It is currently a busy time for Betfair, with speculation circulating that the firm is set to float on the stock market in the autumn with a target valuation of £1.5bn. This would not be the first time that Betfair founders Ed Wray and Andrew Black have considered the move, pulling out of floating at a late stage in 2005, but have so far yet to confirm whether there is any substance to the rumour.
espite the shambolic performance of the national side during last month’s World Cup, fans were given reason to cheer thanks to the huge success of the World Cup sports betting podcast, the Cheeky Punt. The podcast, commissioned on behalf of 888sport, ran daily throughout the duration of the tournament and included a number of comedy features such as Fake Fabio and WAG-watch, whilst also welcoming top sports journalists and betting guests including our very own GX editor. The show’s unique nature has meant it has now been included in iTunes’ ‘New and Noteworthy’ category and is available for free download with immediate effect. Sharks Media’s managing director Peter Sharkey, the man who wrote and coproduced the show, was thrilled with the show’s winning formula and said: “We’re delighted to be rubbing shoulders with the BBC, Sky and ESPN in iTunes’ sports section, especially as we created the Cheeky Punt from scratch and with a fraction of the budget enjoyed by much larger organisations.” The Cheeky Punt was the only bettingrelated podcast produced during the tournament to be chosen by iTunes, and Sharks Media have unsurprisingly been inundated with requests from other gaming companies to produce further shows. So stay tuned to the iTunes airwaves.
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CHAMPIONSHIP PLAYERS TO WATCH Connor Wickham - A prodigiously talented 17-year-old who looks set to have a big future. A product of the Reading academy, now at Ipswich, it has been reported that Tottenham have shown interest in recruiting the England under-17 forward. A move to the Premier League would make Wickham a household name, and touts of England’s saviour would be likely to follow. Adam Matthews - Making his debut last season, Matthews was a regular fixture at right back for Cardiff. The 18-year-old made 32 appearances for the Bluebirds, and it is no wonder the likes of Manchester United have been linked with him. NORWICH CITY No club has achieved back-to-back promotions to the Premier League for ten years, but Paul Lambert will feel his men are ready to step up to the plate. Norwich went from strength to strength last season and their spirit will be excellent. They score lots of goals and will be looking to Chris Martin to spearhead their attack and take them towards the play-off spots. SWANSEA CITY A valiant effort to reach the play-offs was thwarted by their Achille´s heel last season – a lack of goals. They were one point away last time round and the goalless draw with Doncaster on the last day of the season epitomised their campaign. Ex-manager, Paulo Sousa, did a good job at building defensive resilience, but whoever fills the vacancy will need to get The Swans scoring. BRISTOL CITY Gary Johnson’s four and a half year reign came to an end in March following a series of poor results and un-rest in the dressing room. His replacement, Steve Coppell, has a good record of producing results at smaller clubs and if Nicky Maynard can build on his prolific campaign last season, City will be in with a decent shout of making the play-offs.
EYES ON THE TRAPDOOR SCUNTHORPE Scunthorpe narrowly survived the drop last time round and it seems they´ll be battling from the off yet again. Manager Nigel Adkins deserves better from his players, but a club with an average attendance of just 7,000 and has the lowest budget in the league is doing
well to compete with so many big clubs. They will have to string a good run of results together at some point in the season and striker Martyn Woolford needs to be firing if they are to stay in the second-tier of English football. WATFORD Despite almost going into administration and finishing 16th, The Hornets can consider last season a respectable campaign. The sale of two top players before the end of August, bickering amongst shareholders, an inexperienced squad and a rookie manager made survival all the more commendable. Malky Mackay’s side are likely to be scrapping again and if Championship football is being played at Vicarage Road this time next year, the 2010/11 season can be considered a success. DONCASTER ROVERS A successful season last term, Doncaster continue to punch above their weight. However, they may find it harder this time. Top scorer Billy Sharp is only on loan from Sheffield United, and Sean O’Driscoll will need to weave his magic and build on his reputation as one of the finest young managers in the game if they are to survive. They are a club with a low budget and are crying out for investment. BARNSLEY With the play-offs looking realistic at one stage last season, The Tykes faded dismally, eventually finishing 18th. Mark Robins will look to secure a steady finish in his first full season in charge, but a rapid transformation from the poor form they displayed at the back end of last season does not seem likely.
Nathaniel Clyne - A gifted, well-rounded defender who is committed to Crystal Palace for the time being. The teenager rejected a move to Wolverhampton Wanderers in February, but if his London side are struggling then a move to a bigger club may be what is needed in order to aid his development; just like Victor Moses did last year. Gylfi Sigurosson - Named Reading’s 2009/10 player of the season, Sigurosson was a pivotal part of the Royals’ FA Cup run. The Icelandic international scored crucial goals against Liverpool and Burnley, proving that he would be a decent acquisition to any Premier League midfield. Nicky Maynard - Maynard netted 20 times in 38 appearances for Bristol City last season and has proved himself to be prolific in the Championship. The 23-yearold is City’s record signing - costing £2.5 million from Crewe Alexandra. The striker has an eclectic catalogue of goals - his most famous being a 2009 strike against QPR that scooped ‘Football League Goal of 2009’.
PREDICTIONS Champions: Nottingham Forest Promoted: Cardiff City Play-offs: Middlesbrough (P) Burnley Reading Norwich City Relegated: Scunthorpe United Watford Doncaster Rovers
So it´s a goodbye for now from the Royal Flush girls. Maybe they´ll be back in November. Maybe they won´t be. Whatever the outcome, we´ll never forget them.
have been reminiscent of some kind of post Cold War three-way espionage encounter in a shady cafe in back street Beirut. Or so I’m told. But with three super powers together, there could only be one winner – and that was Tomer Berda from Israel. Tomer won $825,976 as he fended off the other 1,941 runners to win the first bracelet of the Series for Israel. The Russian player who came second meanwhile, has such a difficult surname to pronounce that we’ll inform you of the players who finished 6th and 7th, Hungcheng Hung from Taiwan and Ali Alawadhi from the US, because their names roll off the tongue like a very rolly Rollo.
TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS.
Huck Sows His Seed When 27 of the world’s finest poker players lined up in anticipation of battling it out to become The Top Dog, The Bees Knees, The Hunky Monkey and any other animal related way of describing a poker champion, they all knew there could only be one winner. Phil Ivey, Daniel Negreanu, Doyle Brunson and Phil Hellmuth were just a handful of those competing – and the rest of the field wasn’t any easier as Joe Hachem, Mike Sexton and
Greg Raymer were lurking elsewhere on the felts. But it was none of the above who were able to claim the Tournament of Champions victory and the $500,000 that went with it as Jonny Chan, Howard Lederer and Huck Seed eventually emerged as the final three. The latter of the three, 1996 World Champion Huck Seed, was the man who finally triumphed and thus etched his name down into the all-time poker annals as one of poker’s greatest ever players.
Huck shows them who´s boss after taking down the Tournament of Champions and ethcing his name into further poker folklore
Opening Up It’s unlikely you’ll have heard too much about David Warga before despite his bracelet win in 2002. And that’s because the 41-year-old won the Casino Employee’s Championship eight years ago, and thus this was his first bracelet in an open event. He has now made history though, as no other Casino Employee’s Championship winner has gone on to win an open bracelet before. Warga won the Seven Card Stud Hi-Low 8 or Better $1,500 buy-in event for more than $200,000.
THE WORLD SERIES OF POKER
And Now For The Main Event Johnny Chan’s hopes of a second World Series win, Tom Dwan’s last chance in his bracelet quest, Redmond Lee flying the flag for Britain. Anyone in search of headlines at this year’s Main Event was in for a real treat as the poker gods once again conjured up story after story in a truly enthralling 41st World Series of Poker. PICTURES ANNE LAYMOND
nother year and another World Series. We had so many high hopes for the 41st World Series of Poker with our beloved sport getting bigger and better with every passing hand. The WSOP once again broke all records in terms of runners and prize pools and as 7,319 players lined up on the eve of the Main Event, us spectators weren’t the only ones with fairytale scripts just waiting to be written. Yet before we get lost in a Main Event dream world though, where Phil Ivey, Phil Hellmuth and Doyle Brunson would be lining up in the mother of all final tables against sports stars Shane Warne and Boris Becker, Hollywood beauties Jayde Nicole and Shannon Elizabeth, and reincarnated poker gods Johnny Moss and Stu Ungar, let’s just take a step back and remember the facts.
With approximately 600,000 hands being dealt throughout the Series, and over 7,300 poker players entering the Main Event, making it through a single day’s play is a feat in its own right, let alone cashing or making the final table. And so while many would have been disappointed to see reigning champion Joe Cada, English enigma James Akenhead and even Maryland logger Darvin Moon bust without cashing this year, there was still enough drama for the romantics to pounce upon.
and brutal event. If that wasn’t a proud enough moment for Michael’s mother, she also saw her eldest son Robert make the final table and take home $341,429 for his 5th place finish. Two cashes with a win then, in the most expensive tournament of the Series, would have provided ample enough reason for most of us to kick back and enjoy the rest of the summer sipping cocktails by the pool. Not the Mizrachi’s though.
At the top of their list would undoubtedly have to be the story of The Mizrachi Family and, more importantly, Michael ‘The Grinder’ Mizrachi. In the first open event of this summer’s World Series, the $50,000 Player’s Championship, Michael Mizrachi won $1,559,046 for topping a shark infested
For Michael then went on to make two more final tables in Stud events as well as grabbing a fourth cash of the Series in a smaller Hold’Em event, meaning the 2005 LA Poker Classic champion could roll on to the final event of the summer with confidence running higher than a poker
The World Series of Poker in Numbers
No Limit Hold’em Event 6, ran all the way to the final day of the event before being eliminated in 11th place for $635,011.
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WORDS CONOR MILLS
8,944,138 Amount in US dollars that will go to the winner of this year’s Main Event; the second largest total in WSOP history.
Number of entries in this year’s Main Event. The huge number of entrants required four Day 1’s and two Day 2’s so that all the competitors could be seated in the Amazon room at the Rio.
Total number of events at this year’s World Series of Poker. The total is the largest amount in the event’s 41 year history and is up two from last year’s 55.
Lowest first prize total in US dollars received by an event winner. The modest sum went to Hoai Pham for winning this year’s first event, the $500 Casino Employees No-Limit Hold'em tournament.
Number of different nations represented; the largest number ever, two up from last year’s previous record total.
Total entries spanning all 57 events; up a very impressive 20% on last year.
187,109,850 The largest cumulative prize pool in US dollars in WSOP history, up 3.5 % on last year’s record year. 72
THE ROMANCE OF THE BRACELET In spite of the November Nine dashing thousands upon thousands of dreams, the Main Event still threw up plenty of stories for the romantics to sink their teeth into. One of these came in the shape of Johnny Chan, who after a barnstorming start, harboured high hopes of battling through eight arduous days of poker and reaching the final table. Chan, the 1987 and 1988 Main Event winner, ran deepest out of the former world champions and for more than a while looked capable of making it all the way. Unfortunately for Chan though, dreams of a third World Series win disintegrated on Day 6 in desperately unfortunate circumstances as first his Kings ran into Aces to decimate his stack and then, hoping for a double up, his Jacks ran into another pair of Aces. This sent Chan packing in 156th with just under $60k for his efforts and meant no further part would be played by any former Main Event winners. Scotty Nguyen was in fact the only other former winner to cash in the event; the 1998 champion finished in 209th. There were still a handful of 2010 bracelet winners in the event though, really proving just how much a bout of confidence can affect a player’s chances even in a 7,000man+ event. 2009 November Niner Eric Buchman, fresh off the back of his bracelet win in the $2,000 Limit Hold’em Event 18, reached the furthest out of all last year’s final tablists and cashed in 554th. Tomer Berda meanwhile, who had won Event 56 just days prior to playing the Main Event, made it to Day 6 before busting in 134th. And Pascal LeFrancois, winner of the $1,500
Following the success of the British players this summer, who mustered five bracelets between them as well as several other second places and final tables, there was initially hope that we’d see a repeat of James Akenehead’s success last year and have a home grown player to cheer come November. Akenhead alas, fell on Day 2A, while bracelet holder Praz Bansi did manage to run deep before cashing in 240th. 2009 bracelet winner JP Kelly also went deep but couldn’t finish higher than 111th. All this meant little known 26-year-old Redmond Lee from Barnett was the last English hope. Lee, who has cashed twice before at the World Series of Poker, but who could have quite honestly been called Lee Redmond and we’d have been none the wiser, made it to the final day’s play before running his pocket fours into pocket tens. Lee finished in 21st place, a fantastic effort from the Barnett-based Brit, and received $317,161 for his efforts.
NOTABLE OTHERS Those looking for a few stories elsewhere would have been following the progress of 21-year-old American John May. The youngster turned 21 the day before competing in the Main Event and would have beaten Joe Cada’s record had he gone on to win. May eventually busted in 177th place, ensuring Cada’s record will stand for at least another year, but the 50k May took home would have eased his angst at not threatening Cada further.
(and then -8hours in Vegas) but also because the WSOP was going to have a lot of my attention. Having said that, we had one of the best venues in the world to experience the England opener on the Saturday at Dupont Circle for an outdoor showing of the USA game. We weren't sure what to expect from this organised event but to give credit to the Americans they really got up for the occasion, with 1000's of people dressed head to toe in Yank gear.
DC United show Ronaldinho and Pato how it´s done
Dan had completely forgotten his position in the world and tried to pull off one of the greatest punches of all time with Miss Virginia 2010
THE WORLD CUP AND RUN GOOD Back in DC on Monday and it was back to the grind. NY had proved to be more expensive than I'd thought and I was determined to get a good upswing going. I thought I'd play more cash as the tournaments took up hours in the evening that could otherwise be spent out of the apartment. Luckily I found a Russian player at 100 PLO headsup and jumped in. He was sat with around 1500 over two tables and I managed to take it off him plus some excess. I don't know whether it was run good, or that I had become a lot better at heads-up PLO, but I felt I knew exactly where he was every hand. Eventually he left and I reviewed the session, thinking that it would be lovely if poker was always this easy. To my fortune it turned out that poker was going to be easy as this guy was putting in some serious sessions heads-up and I guessed would be considered as a reg. I bum hunted him to ridiculous degrees for that week, only wanting to play him. When I saw him in games I would jump on the waiting list and bide my time. It was a little dirty of me but the fact that I had his life so badly owned made me feel guilt free. The most ridiculous part of the whole thing was that he was crushing every other player somehow so by the time it was my turn he was loaded with about 2k of other people’s money. When I played him at reasonable times in the day he seemed to play better but after a few hours of wearing him down and taking a few buy-ins from him he would eventually slip back into the same robotic mode. In four days and about six sessions I had taken 67 buy-ins off him and I was well and truly chuffed. It was like god himself had sent me my very own euro donk who was rinsing the good regs and donating to me in my time of need. As rocky as 2010 had been I was starting to feel things shifting my way.
Casey somehow managed to resist Dan´s charms
The final full week of DC and the World Cup had begun. I had predicted that this wasn't going to be that memorable to me because firstly, I was going to miss some games being five hours behind UK
It was packed outside and the sun was red hot and I was a bit gutted to later discover that half my face had been burnt from it. We got liquored up early to witness a pretty weak England performance, though at least a draw meant that we were not hated for that night out. It was to be our last so I thought I'd treat Dan to some bottle service at a decent club. I had had a pretty good week online that was topped off by a 1st and two 2nds for about 10k total. Overwhelmed by the excitement of that day, Dan had completely forgotten his position in the world and tried to pull off one of the greatest punches of all time with Miss Virginia 2010. I was completely gone at this stage and can't quite remember the events, but inevitably the recently single, 3rd place runner up for Miss America, did not allow 'Big P' this incredible feat and he was seen an hour later in a familiar position; passed out in bed alone, with the remains of a Maccys lingering on the side table. The next day was Sunday and we went to watch the Germany game and get some food. Dan said he was quite up for walking around so in my badly hungover state I agreed. Then we started talking about money and I suddenly got a burning desire to go back and play some Sunday tourneys. So I went back and loaded up 5 MTT's including the Sunday Million. My run good was to continue as I final tabled 3/5 of them, starting with the Weekly $215 Mixed (tiny field), 3rd in the $162 6-max for 13k and 2nd in the 50R/A for 10k....boom. Incredible timing to get a heater going right before Vegas, though one could argue that this would lead to me burning more money, but whatever. My time in DC was coming to an end now and I was actually quite sad to be leaving even though I was excited about Vegas. Three weeks had flown by and I added Washington to the list of places I would quite like to live. The people are really friendly and generally quite intelligent too; I could imagine myself moving there. I guess it could be considered a terrorist hotspot but I think that’s a minor down point. That Tuesday I packed up and headed to the airport about to embark on the second part of my Journey.....Vegas! Read Bassy’s Stateside Summer Saffari Part 2 next month
winning a bracelet does fulfil that. But now I’ve won a bracelet I’ve got a much greater determination to win another one, especially after coming second a week later, that’s really given me the hunger to get another one. GX: On that point, you say how great it felt to win one, how did it feel coming second? JD: I went from the highest point to the lowest point, it was absolutely soul crushing. After winning, I was on cloud nine, walking around the Rio, head held high, thinking whatever happens in the rest of the Series I’ll be leaving up, I can’t come away a loser. I’ve got a title, it’s great. All week up to that event, I was like that. Then after coming second, my mood completely changed. Poker players being poker players, all I think now is that my last deep run was a second, because good poker players are never happy with that. I just thought ‘this is horrible. I hate poker.’ I really was distraught after it. GX: I can imagine after you won the first one, going heads-up in the second, you must have thought that you were going to win? JD: Yeah, I starting running good and was getting a stack together, and then it hit me and I thought ‘hang on a second...’ Once you’ve done something once, it’s easier to do it again. When you’ve got the experience it’s strange because you just understand what needs to be done. It’s
so much easier, it just is. It felt much more natural, I felt more in control. The table was fairly stacked with some decent players and big names, but I felt very comfortable. But coming second, especially after such a long heads-up battle, was the absolute worst. I was just devastated, I’d honestly never felt like that before. If I hadn’t won the first one it wouldn’t have been so crushing, I’d have been pleased to have done so well and to have won the money, but the desire to win was so strong which made losing so much worse. GX: Most poker players say they’d rather win a bracelet for its own sake than win the money. As someone who’s actually got the bracelet, which would you rather have, because you won more money coming second than coming first? JD: Before I went out to Vegas I would have said the money but now, well, all I can say is that it’s a very nice feeling to have the bracelet. And you can’t buy that. I don’t know. I’d like to say I’d still take the money because at the end of the day that’s what we play for. It’s a hard question because when I play online, if I came second in a tournament for £30,000 one day and then first for £10,000 the next, I would feel a lot better about coming first for £10,000 because in poker there is so much emphasis on the competition, on wanting to beat people and win things. That’s a big drive that keeps me playing.
Last year I bought 10% in someone in the Main Event of the World Series and I’d never met him, I only knew him because someone had told me about him and said I should back him
THE UNITED KINGDOM PREMIER POKER LEAGUE
Get Ready For Lift Off Online poker players will be delighted to hear that this month sees the highly anticipated arrival of the most exciting new feature to hit online poker in recent years, the UK Premier Poker League (UKPPL); a brand new social networking online poker league. This great and unique concept will fuse online poker with social networking to create an unrivalled and exhilarating online poker experience. Cheap buy-ins, fantastic prizes and week upon week of competitive poker league action, as well as the ability to interact with other players in the leagues through the social networking platform means the UKPPL is this summer’s hottest property in town. Season 1 of the UKPPL will kick-off over the weekend of August 14th 2010, so if you haven’t yet registered for this brand new league, then get moving fast and check out everything the UKPPL has to offer. www.ukpremierpokerleague.com
UKPPL LEAGUE STRUCTURE There are two leagues in the UKPPL, the Premier Division and Division 2, and here’s how they’ll work. PREMIER DIVISION Division Start Date: London Invitational, 15th August 2010, 7.30pm This is where the big money and big prizes can be won. The division is split into a regular season and the post-season play-offs. Regular Season: There will be one tournament per week, held every Sunday at 7.30pm with a buy-in of $5 + $0.50. There are a total of 15 tournaments in the regular season, after which the highest point scorer will be crowned the UKPPL player of the year. Play-Offs: The top players in the league will then qualify for the play-offs, which will take place in the shape of the semi finals. These will be held on Sunday 28th November at 7.30pm with a buy-in of $5 + $0.50. The top point winners in the semi finals will then progress through to the UKPPL Grand Final which will take place on Sunday 12th December, with the winner crowned UKPPL Season 1 Champion. DIVISION TWO Division Start Date: Tournament 1, 14th August, 7.30pm Regular Season: Division 2 is a free-to-play division with the concept behind it being for players to practice and get used to the
system before attempting to compete as a major player in the Premier League. However, just because it's free, it doesn't mean there aren't great prizes on offer. Weekly tournament winners will win a free seat to play in the Premier Division the following day. Like the Premier League there will be 15 tournaments during the season, which will be held every Saturday at 7.30pm. There will be no play-offs in Division 2 and so the player with the most points at the end of the season will be crowned Division 2 Champion.
UKPPL POINT SYSTEM The UKPPL point system will be based on a grading system. The top 50 finishers in each tournament will be awarded points on a descending scale, with the winner receiving the most points, the runner-up receiving the second most points and so on. Furthermore, every player who competes in a tournament will be awarded points. Extra points are also available every week and will go to points leaders, money leaders, the week's highest climbers and both the weekly top 10 and top 5. Points will also be awarded outside of tournaments to players who enter special events, participate in all 15 tournaments and refer friends to the UKPPL. These points will not be as plentiful as those going to tournament winners but could make the difference between qualifying for the playoffs and falling agonisingly short.
THE UKPPL SOCIAL NETWORK Fundamental to the framework of the UKPPL is its innovative and original social poker world. I can hear your confusion now, why have a social network site with an online poker league? The answer is, why not? Whether you play poker professionally, occasionally or just socially, you’ll come across other players within your poker circuit, and you’ll soon be part of a poker society. This society is what the UKPPL is offering through the social network. It eradicates the blandness of playing poker online and creates rivalries, friendships and bonds with those you compete against. SOCIAL NETWORK FEATURES Similar to other social network sites, each user will have their own personal poker player page which they can customize by uploading photos and videos, writing blogs and sharing content with friends. Players will also be able to display their achievements from the 15 weekly tournaments on their profiles. Social interaction is available through writing on your or your friends’ walls, posting pictures and videos onto your friends’ profiles, and personal messaging with other players. There is also a search option which enables players to look up their rivals in upcoming tournaments and to check out their previous tournament stats and achievements.
The Perfect Poker Summer Holiday: Part 2
BREAKING THE SUMMER GRIND After a month of long overdue sunshine, the Great British summer is now well and truly upon us. Yet with the chances of it lasting being as slim as ever, Alex Hammond brings you the second instalment of the perfect poker summer holiday getaways to break up the summer poker grind and suggest some enticing hotspots to get a break from the norm.
GLITZ AND GLAMOUR ON THE UK & IRELAND POKER TOUR
Killarney and Brighton Fill Vegas Void Words ALEX HAMMOND Pictures MICKEY MAY
Whilst the world’s top poker pros were attracted like moths to the bright lights of Vegas last month, our fare shores remained as vibrant as ever with the UKIPT offering players a shot at quality poker action away from the hustle and bustle of the WSOP.
esisting the lure of the blistering desert heat, 253 players from across Ireland, the UK and Europe gathered at the Gleneagle Hotel in the picturesque holiday resort of Killarney, Ireland, for the 5th Leg of the UKIPT. The leafy green settings of Southern Ireland’s most visited tourist resort may have been in stark contrast to the glitz of Nevada’s poker Mecca, but the poker was just as compelling as the tranquil settings were disregarded by players who took to the tables with all the intensity of seasoned Vegas veterans in Ireland’s second UKIPT event of the season. The UKIPT then returned back to England at the end of July as the Tour made its way to
sunny Brighton for Leg 6. James Dempsey returned from the US one prestigious piece of jewellery heavier to lead the field of 259 UKIPT hopefuls at the Rendezvous Casino, and was joined by several other top pros all looking to add their names to the UKIPT winners list and take home a share of the spoils.
The UKIPT Killarney DAY 1: THE LUCK OF THE IRISH There were casualties all over the card room on the first day of the tournament in Killarney as over 100 players who had made the trip to South West Ireland failed to make it out of the first day, including a number of more prominent names on the tournament circuit.
PokerStars Pro Julian Thew struggled from the first shuffle up and never made it over the average stack count. Thew hung around until just before the final break of the first day, but was eventually forced to ship his stack only to see his A-J lose out to the Big Slick of Dave Curtis. Two previous UKIPT winners also both fell early on the first day, ensuring that the inaugural tour would have to wait for its first repeat winner: UKIPT Coventry winner Gilles Augustus was unable to make it out of the 3rd Level and UKIPT Nottingham winner Andrew Couldridge had his tournament ended in the 4th. In a tough opening to the event, you could have forgiven some of the players as play
The functional design aspect has been carried over from the exterior with large amounts of space for every day bits and pieces behind the seats and centre console and the speedometer is a digital offering displayed within a large round tacho-dial. This all combines in a comfortable albeit rather compact interior to keep things simple and ultimately focussed toward the driving experience in hand. PERFORMANCE Given the reputation of McLaren, performance was always going to be paramount. Publishing big figures and outlandish claims of top speed really isn’t McLaren’s style, they are far more concerned with real world performance; cars that are adept to both normal roads and the track. The chassis of the MP4-12C is an astonishing thing; it really could change the way cars are made forever. Rather than the traditional method of forming a chassis from various metal components, the predictable step forward in motorsport was the use of Carbon Fibre. Nothing new right? Wrong. McLaren have spent five years developing the carbon fibre MonoCell that forms the chassis of the MP4-12C and weighs in at a mere 80kg. Besides its amusingly slim line weight, this chassis is more rigid than anything else before it (ever) and so strong that it was re-used for three consecutive crash tests.
British built V8 with double variable valve timing and dry sump generating some 600bhp and 440 ft/lbs torque. The power is channelled to the rear wheels via a system they call SSG (seamless shift gearbox). This is effectively a 7-Speed, Twin Clutch, Twin Paddle shift box offering a number of options: normal, sport featuring a launch control - and winter modes.
each one adopting different steering effort, stability and throttle curve characteristics. Incredibly, the MP4-12C has built-in wheel and motion sensors that electronically adjust all of the four dampers to keep the car poised and flat whilst cornering and softening up the ride for straighter sections of road providing real versatility for the driver.
The technology within the suspension and steering system within the 12C is one of many astonishing aspects of this car for which McLaren should be applauded. They have demonstrated astonishing innovation and attention to detail in the design process, manufacture and delivery of the MP4-12C. Truly without such visionary organisations and the skill-set of their employees across the board of professions, progression within the automotive industry would likely be slow, bureaucratic and disengaging. Take for instance electro-hydraulic rack and pinion steering providing precision and feedback to the driver or ‘Brake Steer’, which selectively applies individual brakes to aid rapid turning; a concept pioneered in its Formula 1 cars. Another huge innovation is the suspension setup which comes with three different settings (Normal, Sport, High Performance),
THE FINAL WORD This McLaren looks set to annihilate its competitors in terms of a pure driving experience. It’s a Supercar for the real petrolheads, not the bright yellow Gallardo owners who sit in traffic jams all day in central London and have never been anywhere near full throttle. The MP4-12C is a real achievement and if it lives up to the legendary automotive achievements of McLaren thus far, will have heads shaking in Ferrari board rooms across Maranello! STATS Power 600bhp Engine British built 3.8 litre V8 Twin Turbo Torque 442 ft/lbs Top Speed 198 mph 0-60mph Sub 3seconds 0-124mph 200+mph
McLaren are keeping very quiet indeed about the power-plant lurking within the MP4-12C. You know what they say about assumption, however in this instance it is entirely reasonable to assume that the 3.8 litre V8 will be nothing short of spectacular. Twin turbo chargers force feed the lump which, despite McLaren’s long standing relationship with Mercedes, is not an adapted Merc unit, but a
SHAPE UP THIS SUMMER
Banish the Body’s Groundhog Day
With the sun shining and the summer in full swing, there isn’t a better time of the year to lose fat and shape up. But far from needing to spend hours on the treadmill, the approach of the Odyssey fitness team is the answer we’ve been waiting for. PICTURES JAMIE LEGON
e’ve all seen the covers of men’s fitness magazines where the guy on the front has a stomach that looks look like it’s been hand-crafted from a 10,000-year-old granite rock face. Yet sure enough we’re also told that we too can end up with a body like his if we merely follow the five simple steps offered inside.
So, much to our disappointment – and that of the fairer sex – after being lured into buying the magazine and reading the ‘Get Ripped In Ten Days’ plan, we remain no closer to possessing a stomach of rippled stone. And it’s down to two reasons: the first being that the simple steps for us to take are anything but simple; and the second being that when push comes to shove – or when push-up
comes to hours on the running machine – we simply don’t have the motivation. It’s little surprise then that when we see the next month’s cover of said magazine, there’s another muscle machine waiting to tell us how we too can get ripped, just like him. All we need to do is follow the five simple steps, or take the two-week challenge, or have liposuction, or whatever. It’s the Groundhog Day for our so-desired six packs. And it never stops. Well with it being an overdue belting hot summer, now is the time to finally take action. And it’s easier than you might think. GX have teamed up with the Odyssey fitness team to give you the lowdown on how to lose body fat and shape up quickly– every male’s dream – without having to put in the dreaded hours on the treadmill.
Published on Aug 3, 2010