This edition of The Week That Was features the Pokerstars Caribbean Adventure has a new Main Event winner and the announcement of a new professional poker league featuring a pair of big names holding major roles.
Galen makes Hall of Fame laydown, wins PCA Main Event
The final table of the Pokerstars Caribbean Adventure Main Event appeared a foregone conclusion that Chris Oliver would take down the first $10,000 tournament of 2011. Oliver started with over 40% of the chips, more than three times the total of second place Galen Hall. This held true to form as Oliver maintained his dominating stack while his rivals eliminated each other in an attempt to build a stack against the chip leader. Oliver would hold a 3-1 chip lead heads-up on Hall, and just a few hands into the battle it appeared Oliver would hold the rest of the chips. Hall had rivered a straight but Oliver turned his two pair into a full house and had check-raised all-in on Hall’s bet. After giving the hand several minutes of consideration, Hall decided not to call off his remaining chips to the surprise of those watching the action at the Atlantis Resort and those following online and watching at home. The rest of the match would go Gavin Hall’s way as he outplayed Oliver the rest of the way to take down the title and $2,300,000. Oliver would have to settle with second place winnings of $1,800,000 as four players earned seven-figure scores.
Duke and Pollack start new professional poker league
People wondering why Annie Duke would consider leaving UB Poker got an answer on Tuesday with the announcement that she was to be named commissioner for a new professional poker league that launches later this year. Joining Duke in the unnamed poker league is former World Series of Poker commissioner Jeffrey Pollack, who will serve as chairman. The field will consist of around 200 professional poker players, their eligibility based on a formula based on major titles won, tournament winnings and recent success. Four regular season tournaments, starting in August, will be held at the Palms Resort and Casino in Las Vegas with a $1,000,000 freeroll championship at the Palms January 2012. More details regarding television coverage, the invited players, etc. will be made available in the coming months.
The tournament trail continues to heat up across the globe in the very near future. The Aussie Millions held their own “super high roller” event Saturday afternoon in Melbourne. 38 players paid $100,000 AUD ($98,600 USD) for the Aussie Millions Challenge, matching the total number of players for the PCA 100k with few players playing both events. Their $10,000 AUD Main Event kicks off Sunday afternoon as BLUFF‘s Lance Bradley providing reports from both events over the coming days. A late addition to the Aussie Millions lineup is a $250,000 AUD winner-take-all SNG with the winner taking down a cool $2,000,000 AUD. Phil Ivey is one of the players who have already signed up (shocking, I know). A field of 600 is expected at the Choctaw Casino in Durant Oklahoma for the $1,500 World Series of Poker Main Event when action kicks off Saturday afternoon. The World Poker Tour holds their first main event of 2011 Sunday, the $10,000 Southern Poker Championship at the Beau Rivage in Biloxi, Mississippi. BLUFF‘s Jess Welman will be on location providing updates at the end of action each evening. The European Poker Tour heads back to Europe on January 25th with almost 1,000 players expected for the €5,000 + 300 Main Event in Deauville, France. The seventh season of High Stakes Poker will air Saturday nights starting February 26 on GSN. The longest tournament series next to the World Series of Poker, the LA Poker Classic at the Commerce Casino kicked off this week with a $335 no-limit hold’em event with a $1,000,000 guaranteed prize pool Over 50 tournaments are scheduled over the next six weeks, topped with a $10,000 Main Event taking place February 25. Congratulations to two members of the poker media having tournament success last weekend. Kristin “Change100″ Bihr won the PCA Ladies’ event for nearly $30,000 while Rob “veeRob” Perelman won the Heartland Poker Tour Main Event at the Red Rock Casino in Las Vegas for nearly $160,000.