Here's a round up of the week's top poker news stories from India and across the world on the Weekly Turbo. Today we'll tell you about the LAPT's new stop, what Phil Hellmuth thinks about iGaming, and more.
Hellmuth Talks iGaming
According to a report published in the Washington Post recently, Phil Hellmuth commenting on Washington, D.C.'s foray into Internet poker, said there isn't much to entice the professional gambler.
“I still think that people are looking for a place to play poker and it wouldn’t be surprising if you had a lot more players than you think start playing,” he said. “It’s a nice test, sure, but I think there’s so few people [in D.C.], 600,000, that you might not achieve critical mass for players on the site under those conditions," Hellmuth told the Washington Post.
According to Hellmuth, the low-stakes game offerings would not be worth it for a professional player. D.C. Lottery's director Buddy Roogow had mentioned earlier this year that that wasn't the main concern. “We believe there’s a much larger component of social, recreational and casual players who will be interested in a lower-stakes platform," Roogow told the Associated Press.
Hellmuth believes that the only way the government could make money is by allowing the private poker market to flourish. “The states have to ask themselves, how are they going to make money? Are they going to invest millions in software, hire a bunch of people and end up in a situation where they don’t recoup their money for three or four years?” he said. “Or do they just start taxing it right away, and make decamillions from the start?”
Want more? WashingtonPost.com has it.
LAPT on its way to Colombia
According to a press release received by us earlier today, we can tell you that the next stop for the PokerStars Latin American Poker Tour is Medellin, Columbia. The event will take place from Oct. 12th-16th.
"The poker communities in Latin America are extraordinary. They are growing quickly and are extremely enthusiastic and passionate about playing in the tournaments. I hope that players from all over the world come to Medellin to compete and that they also take time to enjoy the scenery, culture and food of this fantastic destination," LAPT president David Carrion said.
LAPT Columbia will take place at the Allegre Casino (operated by Legendary Gaming) with the Main Event buy-in being COL$1,980,000. This Main Event will be called "the National Poker Championship."
“During the fourth season of the LAPT we have introduced Sao Paulo as a new destination, and now it is Medellin’s turn for a debut event. This decision was made so that we could have a National Championship in many different countries, and in turn find the best poker player in the region through the Player of the Year Award. These changes have been made because of the extensive feedback received last season and we are proud to deliver what players want," Carrion said.
Players can win entry online or through supersatellites at Allegre Casino.
Find out more at LAPT.com.
WCOOP Kicks Off Soon
The 2011 PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker is just around the corner and PokerStars wants to celebrate. Kicking off on Aug. 29, PokerStars will launch the Mega Satellites Week promotion. Two Mega Satellites will be held each day and 2,075 seats are up for grabs into 13 different events. That's $502,275 in value if you were counting. Here's a look at the Mega Satellite Week schedule:
|Date (All times ETD)||Time||Satellite||Sat TID||Event Target||Seats Gtd||$ Gtd|
|8/29||11:00||WCOOP-01 Sat: $22 NLHE [6-Max, 125 Seats Gtd]||432108416||1 - $215 NLHE, 6-Max||125||$26,875|
|8/29||14:00||WCOOP-03 Sat: $22 NLHE [125 Seats Gtd]||432109367||3 - $215 NLHE||125||$26,875|
|8/30||11:00||WCOOP-04 Sat: $33 PLO [75 Seats Gtd]||432123806||4 - $320 PLO||75||$24,000|
|8/30||14:00||WCOOP-06 Sat: $3.30+R NLHE [3x-Turbo, 100 Seats]||432138084||6 - $215 NLHE+R, Turbo||100||$21,500|
|8/31||06:00||WCOOP-10 Sat: $27 PLO [KO, 75 Seats Gtd]||432143873||10 - $265 PLO, KO||75||$19,875|
|8/31||11:00||WCOOP-11 Sat: $33 NLHE [Ante Up, 100 Seats Gtd]||432130483||11 - $320 NLHE, Ante Up||100||$32,000|
|9/1||06:00||WCOOP-13 Sat: $22 PLO H/L [75 Seats Gtd]||432110904||13 - $215 PLO H/L||75||$16,125|
|9/1||11:00||WCOOP-14 Sat: $27 NLHE [KO, 6-Max, 100 Seats Gtd]||432142474||14 - $265 NLHE, 6-Max, KO||100||$26,500|
|9/2||11:00||WCOOP-16 Sat: $22 PLO [6-Max, 75 Seats Gtd]||432112158||16 - $215 PLO, 6-Max||75||$16,125|
|9/2||17:00||WCOOP-18 Sat: $33 NLHE [100 Seats Gtd]||432139428||18 - $320 NLHE, 10-Min Lev||100||$32,000|
|9/3||10:00||WCOOP-19 Sat: $11 NL Hold'em [1,000 Seats Gtd]||432135556||19 - $109 NLHE||1000||$109,000|
|9/3||14:00||WCOOP-20 Sat: $22 FLHE [100 Seats Gtd]||432120912||20 - $215 FLHE||100||$21,500|
|9/3||16:30||WCOOP-62 Sat: $215 NLHE [25 Seats Gtd]||432140897||The Main||25||$130,000|
Speaking of PokerStars, the online poker giant recently announced it will take on the role as lead sponsor for next week's Poker in the Park in London at Hanover Square.
“We’re thrilled that PokerStars has come on board,” said festival organizer Michael Caselli. “Having the most popular poker room in the world on board is not only great for Poker in the Park, but shows how committed PokerStars is to the entire sport of poker.”
Read more at UK.PokerNews.com