The Week That Was: UB Signs Prahlad, Durrrr Challenge, PCA Super High Roller

Prahlad Friedman's signing with UB Poker is the biggest story so far in 2011.

Prahlad Friedman's signing with UB Poker is the biggest story so far in 2011.

On this edition of “The Week That Was” UB Poker signed their first player since the departure of Annie Duke and Phil Hellmuth, Tom Dwan and Daniel Cates met in the latest session of their Durrrr Challenge, and the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure got underway with a $100,000 buy-in “Super High Roller” event.

Prahlad Friedman signs with UB

After word had inadvertently leaked out the previous week, UB Poker officially announced the signing of their latest sponsored player, Prahlad Friedman. In an exclusive interview with BLUFF Friedman, the most high-profile player affected by the UB superuser scandal, talked extensively on a variety of topics including why he decided to be sponsored by an online site, after stating in the past he would never make accept a deal. He also responded to the negative reaction the poker community, led by Daniel Negreanu, to rumors of his signing over the past week. The interview also discusses his thoughts on his signing after the departure late last year of the two faces of UB, Annie Duke and Phil Hellmuth. As part of his deal, Friedman also mentions the charity element, which appears to be one of the main factors in his signing.

Dwan drops six figures in latest Durrrr Challenge

The latest session of the Durrrr Challenge on Full Tilt Poker between Daniel “Jungleman12″ Cates and Tom “Durrrr” Dwan was held Tuesday as the pair battled it out for nearly 3,000 hands. Cates held the lead through most of the challenge, finishing the session ahead by $319,103.50. The second Durrrr Challenge has now moved past the one-third mark with over 17,000 hands played as Cates holds a lead of over $822,000 over Dwan.

PokerStars Caribbean Adventure kicks off with $100,000 Super High Roller

The first major poker tournament series of 2011 kicked off on Thursday as the PCA commenced with 38 players participating in the $100,000 Super High Roller tournament. Tobias Reinkemeier emerged as chip leader at the end of day 1, but he would be eliminated late on day 2. Nick Schulman ended day 2 as chip leader as seven players remain at the final table, but only five make the money. Team PokerStars Pro Daniel Negreanu ended both days second in chips, needing a top-two finish to overtake Phil Ivey in the top spot on the all-time tournament earnings leaderboard. The rest of the final table consists of Humberto Brenes, Andrew Lichtenberger, Eugene Katchalov, Bryn Kenney and Sandor Denjan. The final table gets underway Saturday at 1pm with BLUFF’s Jess Welman on-site tweeting updates @bluffmagazine and daily recaps of the Super High Roller and Day 1a of the $10,000 Main Event, getting underway at 12pm.


Bill “CrazyHorse76″ Slaght was named BLUFF 2010 Online Player of the Year. On PokerStars, Isildur1 defeated Tony G in the second SuperStar Showdown, winning over $44,000 after the 2,500-hand session ended. Isildur1’s identity will be revealed at a press conference at the PCA Saturday evening. The debut of the WSOP Circuit at the Choctaw Casino in Durant, Oklahoma drew a field of over 900 for their first ring event. Season 7 of Poker After Dark debuted this week with a $100,000 SNG featuring Erick Lindgren, John Juanda, Huckleberry Seed, Tom Dwan, Phil Ivey and Phil Galfond. Want to know who wins? Watch online at The biggest tournament series in Australia, the Aussie Millions, holds their first event January 13.

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