The Nightly Turbo: Tony G on the Jungleman Challenge, Poker Featured on CNN, and More

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The Nightly Turbo is bringing you the latest news from the world of poker as it happens. While we all continue to wait for further details regarding Full Tilt Poker and Groupe Bernard Tapie, the Nightly Turbo brings you a CNN story about online poker players, comments from pros about the Jungleman Challenge, and more.

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Online Poker in the Mainstream Media

On Monday, CNN Money ran a story about online poker in the U.S. and the players who relied on it as a source of income. According to the piece, about 8 percent of online poker players made their living from the game before Black Friday, and some have since moved outside the country to resume their careers.

Among the players featured in the story is 2010 World Series of Poker bracelet winner Shawn "jordankickz" Busse, who says in the interview that he considers the $60,000 stuck in his Full Tilt Poker account to be lost. Busse made more than $300,000 playing online poker in the past three to four years and used his winnings to pay for the necessities in his everyday life. He says getting the money in his Full Tilt account back would be a "nice bonus."

The interview with Busse likely came before last week's news that French investment firm Groupe Bernard Tapie had signed a deal with the Department of Justice to purchase Full Tilt Poker, allowing for the potential repayment of players all over the world. While some outlets, including CNN, initially jumped the gun by reporting that all aspects of the deal were finalized, the agreement still must be approved by FTP investors.

The full CNN story can be viewed here:

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Who Wants to Challenge Jungleman?

Dan "Jungleman" Cates issued a challenge to the world last month, but it doesn't appear as though anyone is willing to make the trip to Prague to face the online superstar.

The match on Dec. 6 would pit a challenger against Cates in a heads-up match at stakes of €200/€400 with a minimum buy-in of €100,000. Cates confidently offered the challenge to anyone who had the "nerve" to take him on but didn't offer an incentive like Tom Dwan did with the Durrrr Challenge.

Is the whole thing just a publicity stunt? Have a look at what Tony G. and some other well-known pros think:

Get more of Tony G's thoughts on the challenge in his blog at

Raul Mestre Wins IFP World Championship

Spain's Raul Mestre won the International Federation of Poker World Championship on Sunday, besting a field of 135 players to take home a prize of $250,000. Mestre began the final table as chip leader and went on to defeat the U.K.'s Victoria Coren heads-up for the title.

The event, dubbed "The Table" by the IFP, saw the field trim down to nine after more than 11 hours of play on Saturday. Three women advanced to the final table as Coren was joined by Australia's Marsha Waggoner and Germany's Sandra Naujoks. Coren was the only woman left standing after she eliminated Waggoner in fifth place, and the Team PokerStars Pro ground a short stack all the way to the heads-up match against Mestre. From there, the cards fell in the Spaniard's favor as he won a crucial flip with ace-jack against Coren's pocket fives to put the match out of reach.

The IFP World Championship event followed the inaugural IFP Nations Cup, which was featured as part of the London Mind Sports Festival earlier in the week. Naujoks, along with Tobias Reinkemeier, Sebastian Ruthenberg, Moritz Kranich, Hans Martin Vogl, and Tim Reese, formed the German team that won the unique event that was played in a format intended to minimize the luck involved in no-limit hold'em.

Here's a look at the final results of the IFP World Championship:

1Raul Mestre$250,000
2Victoria Coren$100,000
3Igor Trafane$50,000
4Slavko Tomic$25,000
5Marsha Waggoner$20,000
6Sandra Naujoks$17,500
7Takuo Serita$15,000
8Tim Reese$12,500
9Kinichi Nakata$10,000

Read more about the event at the IFP's website.

Celebrate History in Prague

If you happen to be in Prague during the European Poker Tour event next month, PokerStars is inviting all of its players to the Prague Hilton Hotel to celebrate its latest attempt at another Guinness World Record.

On Sunday, Dec. 4, players can meet up in a private room at the Hilton to participate in the momentous $1 tournament with a $50,000 guarantee. The tournament already has more than 60,000 entries with 13 days before the tournament begins and will try to best the current record of 149,196 players set in Dec. 2009.

PokerStars will provide food and drinks for the celebration and offer players the opportunity to play and mingle with several members of Team PokerStars. The tournament kicks off at 1230 EST (1530 BST).

Get more information at the PokerStars Blog.

PokerStars Unveils Macau Schedule

PokerStars Macau has announced the preliminary events calendar for 2012. The Asia poker season will launch with the Macau Poker Cup: Red Dragon from Feb. 18 through Feb. 26, and the series will culminate with a $HK100,000 Asia Championship of Poker (ACOP) Main Event with a $HK10,000,000 Guarantee.

"It's been an unbelievable year for the MPC Red Dragon series. We went from 300 players in 2010 to an average of 478 players in 2011 ... peaking with the February series at 509," said Danny McDonagh, PokerStars Director of Live Operations for Asia-Pacific, to the PokerStars Blog.

"With several exciting changes to our calendar next year, there's still something to be said about tradition. PokerStars Macau has always opened with the Macau Poker Cup where the Red Dragon has a massive following within the region."

The series will offer 10 events, one in each month from February through November. Official dates will be added in the coming months. Highlighting the 2012 calendar will be the MPC: Red Dragon series in February and July; the Macau Millions in March; and the Macau Poker Cup Championship in September. The 2011 Macau Millions marked the first ever tournament in Asia to break the thousand-entry barrier.

PokerStars Macau 2012 Schedule

*EventDateBuy In
MPC: Red DragonFeb. 18-26, 2012$HK11,000
Macau MillionsMarch 2012$HK2,200
ACOP: Platinum SeriesApril 2012$HK11,000
APPT MacauMay 2012$HK30,000
ACOP: Platinum SeriesJune 2012$HK5,500
MPC: Red DragonJuly 2012$HK11,000
ACOP: Platinum SeriesAugust 2012$HK5,500
Macau Poker Cup ChampionshipSept. 2012$HK20,000
ACOP: Platinum SeriesOct. 2012$HK5,500
ACOPNov. 2012$HK100,000 Main Event

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EPT Loutraki Recap

The European Poker Tour stop in Loutraki came to close on Sunday. In case you missed any of the action, PokerNews' Sarah Grant rewinds the week to take you every step of the way.

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