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FIRST LEGAL U.S. ONLINE POKER SITE TOURNAMENT A SUCCESS (Update)
The first legal intrastate online poker site, Ultimate Poker in Nevada (see previous InfoPowa reports) launched its rather modest first tournament over last weekend, and reports that it was a success.
The $10,000 guaranteed Sunday event had a capped entry list of 200 players, which site officials said was fully subscribed 45 minutes before the start.
Since going live on April 30, there has been no downtime whatsoever, and demand to play in our first $10,000 Sunday Tournament exceeded our expectations, remarked Joe Versaci, Ultimate Gaming chief marketing officer. We ended up reaching our 200 player cap 45 minutes before the tournament opened.
Encouraged by the high demand, the limit for Ultimate Pokers next Sunday Tournament has doubled to a capacity of 400 players, doubling the potential prize pool to $20,000. The tournament features a $100 buy-in which gives players a deep starting stack of 10,000 chips whilst 15-minute levels provide hours of action-packed poker. Satellites run every day, with greater frequency on Sunday, and range from $1 to $20.
Players must be age 21 and over and in Nevada.
The winner of the first Ultimate Poker tourney was an amateur player resident in Nevada, Daniel Healey, who took home a first place prize of $4,173.
It is really exciting to be a part of history, winning the first tournament, Healey said. I have been keeping up with the news updates and poker blogs ever since Black Friday hit and was extremely excited to hear that legal online poker is here. I am excited to be living in Nevada and playing my favorite game.
NEW WORLD POKER TOUR CHAMP FOR CANADA
Poker pro takes the honours and $442,248 in prize money at the Canadian Spring Championship
Canadian poker pro Amir Babakhani crushed a six-handed final table this week to claim the title and the $442,248 main prize in the 2013 PartyPoker World Poker Tour Canadian Spring Championship.
The new champ also gets an automatic $25,000 entry in the WPT World Championship pokerfest at the Bellagio later this month.
Babakhani, holding 6.6 million in chips had a major advantage when he faced a final table that comprised Barry Kruger, Jason Duval, Tao Liang, Martin Leblanc and Jonathan Bardier.
Babakhani eliminated most of the final table to confront Barry Kruger in the heads up. Fighting a 2.5 to 1 chip advantage held by Babakhani, Kruger produced an impressive display for the following hour but then hit a cooler and was unable to prevail. His second-placing reward was worth $272,555.