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The Nightly Turbo: WSOP Europe Schedule, SuperStar Showdown Betting Odds, and More

Ike Haxton

Every now and again, it's more fun to watch the news than read it. In this edition of the Nightly Turbo, we've got some videos for your viewing pleasure, plus the betting odds for the upcoming PokerStars SuperStar Showdown, and more!

In Case You Missed It

Only 20 players survived Day 2 of the 2012 World Poker Tour Bay 101 Shooting Star Main Event. Former world champ Jonathan Duhamel had a healthy stack going into Day 3 and was eyeing his fifth six-figure score of 2012.

While most young poker pros make their living playing no-limit hold'em, 22-year-old Chris George is a mixed-game specialist. George joined the latest Strategy with Kristy podcast to talk about seven-card stud and razz strategy.

Sorel Mizzi and David "Doc" Sands joined the Top 10 of the Global Poker Index this week. Mickey Doft takes a look at the biggest movers and shakers on the GPI.

Las Vegas Monorail estimates that the closing of the Sahara cost it $800 million in lost business, forcing the company to proposed a bankruptcy exit plan. Read about that story and more in the latest Inside Gaming.

The PokerStars.net Asia Pacific Poker Tour returned to Seoul, South Korea, on Thursday. Find out which players made waves on Day 1a in our daily recap.

WSOP Going Back to Cannes

On Thursday, the World Series of Poker released the schedule for the 6th Annual World Series of Poker Europe in Cannes, France. The event will be held at the Casino Barrière de Cannes Croisette and the Hôtel Majestic Barrière from Sept. 21 through Oct. 4, 2012.

WSOP Europe will be offering seven bracelet events in 2012, kicking off with a €2,700 buy-in six-handed no-limit hold’em event starting on Friday, Sept. 21. As usual, the series will be headlined by the flagship €10,450 buy-in Main Event, won last year by New York poker pro Elio Fox for $1,927,660.

“We can’t wait to return to the Cote D’Azur in 2012,” said WSOP Vice President Ty Stewart. “We have moved up the schedule a couple of weeks to take better advantage of the great weather and all Cannes has to offer. Ask anyone who attended last year. This tournament is now a certified major championship and the experience is second to none. The media is already speculating on 1,000 players for the Main Event and we will be ready for them.”

For a look at the full schedule, check out the story at PokerNews.com.

Haxton Favored Against Blom

In case you missed it yesterday, Viktor "Isildur1" Blom will be facing Isaac "philivey2694" Haxton in the PokerStars SuperStar Showdown this Sunday at 1200 EST (1700 GMT). The high-stakes superstars will square off at four $100/200 no-limit hold'em tables for a 2,500-hand match, or until a player quits.

If you'd like to have a special rooting interest in the showdown, Matchbook.com is offering a special betting market on the match. As of press time, Haxton was favored at -136, a line that may come as a surprise to Blom followers. However, in their first match, Haxton defeated the Swede by $41,701, giving Blom one of his three losses in 11 SuperStar Showdown matches.

“Any time you have two of the best players in the world battling it out in a structured format, there will be loads of interest in betting on the match," said a Matchbook spokesperson. "Given Isildur’s form it seems crazy for him to be the underdog in this match. But money talks, and if anyone feels differently they will surely be accommodated."

The updated line can be found at Matchbook.com.

All In — The Movie Trailer

2012 seems to be the year of the poker documentary. While Ryan Firpo is busy in the BOOM editing room, All In — The Poker Movie is set to hit theaters in New York on March 23.

The movie focuses on the emergence of poker in the U.S. and its subsequent downfall after April 15, 2011. Among the people making appearances in the movie include Matt Damon, Daniel Negreanu, Barry Greenstein, Annie Duke, and even Howard Lederer and Chris Ferguson.

Before you get excited, the interviews with the FTP board members came way before Black Friday.

Here's a sneak peek:

Bwin.Party Applies for Nevada Gaming License

Bwin.party's return to the U.S. gaming market had been rumored for a while, but it seems the company has officially submitted an application to return to its old stomping ground. On Wednesday, Cardplayer reported that world's largest publicly traded online gambling company officially applied for a Nevada internet gaming license with the Nevada Gaming Control Board.

Last October, bwin.party joined forces with MGM Resorts International and Boyd Gaming in an "anticipatory" move for legalized online gambling in the U.S. Under the arrangement, PartyPoker will provide and maintain online poker software for both gaming companies, and bwin.party will own 65 percent of the new company. MGM will hold 25 percent ownership and Boyd will own 10 percent.

PokerNews reached out to bwin.party on Thursday but a spokesperson declined to comment. Read the story at PokerNews.com.

Aussie Millions Teaser

A promo teaser for the 2012 Aussie Millions television coverage was release on Thursday. As you'll see below, our very own Lynn Gilmartin, who was the hostess for the 2012 Aussie Millions, makes an appearance in the teaser, as does Tom Dwan, Phil Ivey, Daniel Negreanu and Patrik Antonius.


Your Own Rags to Riches Story

A dollar doesn't buy much these days. However, PRK has announced a new promo that gives players a chance to win a $4,500 World Series of Poker tournament package for just a buck.

The prize package includes entry to a $1,000 no-limit hold 'em event (Event #59), plus $1,500 for travel and spending money, six nights in a top Las Vegas hotel, and access to a range of VIP events.

“As ever we are once again rolling out packages in our own unique way," says PKR Marketing Director Simon Prodger. "The PKR WSOP Experience is all about hanging out at a host of cool events and having an amazing time as well as playing in a World Series event.”

Check out PKR.com for more information, and keep an eye on PokerNews.com because we're working on a promotion to give away one of these $4,500 packages!

Greeting From Korea!

Seoul disappeared from the PokerStars.net Asia Pacific Poker Tour schedule for a couple of years, so you better believe the PokerNews Live Reporting Team is there for the APPT event this week. Lynn Gilmartin took a tour around the city to find some of the best spots to visit.

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