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PokerStars Launches Televised High Stakes Poker Cash Game

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In the latest promotion from PokerStars, the world’s largest online poker site announced a televised cash game series dubbed the “Big Game.” The high-stakes ring game will air on Fox and PokerStars players can qualify for free.

Text found on the PokerStars Blog notes that despite the site’s constant hands-on approach to poker, “There was one thing that PokerStars hadn't done. It had yet to introduce its own high-stakes cash game that would be broadcast on TV.” The blinds in the newly announced poker television program will be $200/$400 with an ante of $100 and the series will boast a minimum buy-in of $100,000.

Qualifying for the “PokerStars Big Game” is open to PokerStars players from the United States and Canada through June 25th. Round 1 qualifiers run daily on the virtual felts of PokerStars. Any players who land in the top 200 in any of the Final Round qualifiers will be able to send PokerStars a casting video explaining why they’d make the perfect contestant for the high-stakes cash game show. Any qualifiers who make it on the program will be dubbed “Loose Cannons” and get to square off against some of the industry’s top pros armed with a $100,000 buy-in.

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Jeff Madsen, Lacey Jones Join Poker2Nite

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Jeff Madsen, Lacey Jones Join Poker2Nite

This week, the UB.com sponsored poker news show “Poker2Nite” welcomed two young guns, Full Tilt pro Jeff Madsen and Absolute Poker babe Lacey Jones. The series airs at 11:00pm ET on Wednesdays on Versus.

 

Last night’s episode opened with a recap of UB.com pro Brandon Cantu winning the Wynn Classic for $363,000. On who the top up-and-coming player in the game is, “Poker2Nite” host Joe Sebok commented, “It’s pretty hard to fault [Cantu] as a pick. He has two WSOP bracelets, a WPT win, and just picked up another win here.” However, Sebok added that he’d single out Vivek “Psyduck” Rajkumar, Jason Mercier, and Dan O’Brien as other notable young superstars.

Rumors of a David “Devilfish” Ulliott movie have been swirling in recent weeks, leading Sebok to observe, “There haven’t been a lot of good poker movies, but some might be coming.” Sebok elaborated that flicks covering the lives of Phil Hellmuth,Phil Ivey, and Amarillo Slim may be in the works. In the case of the latter, Academy Award winning actor Nicholas Cage was rumored to play the lead role.

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HSP 6, Ep 6: A New Crew Gets Comfortable

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High Stakes Poker Season 6, Episode 6: A New Crew Gets Comfortable

After a previous episode that felt more like the final table of a big tournament than a deep-stacked cash game, High Stakes Poker was back in familiar territory this week. Four of the eight players at the table were felted last week, but the pace was a little slower during episode six, as a new lineup took their time getting acclimated. It took a few commercial breaks for the action to get juicy, but the new group promises high drama for the rest of the season.

Cast: Phil Ivey, Tom "durrrr" Dwan, and Daniel Negreanu returned this week, while Patrik Antonius, Barry Greenstein, Andrew "Good2cu" Robl, Lex Veldhuis, and Dennis Phillips joined the party. Of course, the character that did the most talking was the $2.6 million on the table.

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Hansen's Struggles Continue

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Hansen's Struggles Continue

The recent frantic high-stakes cash-game action on Full Tilt Poker has subsided -- for now. The seven-figure swings that were prominent over the past few days fell back to the usual six-figure gains and losses with "Isildur1" and Brian Hastings laying relatively low after some previous turbulent sessions. Some other regulars, however, were still going at it as Gus Hansen, Tom "durrrr" Dwan, and Ilari "Ziigmund" Sahamies have been mixing it up.

Hansen's Slide Carries On

Gus Hansen is now flirting with the red zone after having been up nearly $3,000,000 earlier in the year. His recent downswing shows little sign of letting up,and he is down nearly $400,000 over the last few days. Key hands are failing to hold up for Hansen, like this one against Cole South.

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High Stakes Poker: durrrr and Ivey Face Off

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High Stakes Poker: durrrr and Ivey Face Off
The sixth episode of High Stakes Poker Season 6 featured insane action. Several players went broke, some of them left the table and some chose to stay. Meanwhile durrrr and Ivey went heads-up for a pot worth over $670k.

The first clash in the sixth episode occurred between Daniel Negreanu and Eli Elezra. The latter scooped what was left of Negreanu's initial stack, as the Canadian pro reached for another $200k buy-in.

Negreanu was also the first player who decided to stay at the table after having lost his initial buy-in. This turned out well for him, as he doubled up through Gus Hansen to get break-even thus far on the show.

Meanwhile, Tom "durrrr" Dwan challenged Dario Minieri - who was up to that point successfully pushing around players at the table with his timely bluffs. The Italian tried to win this pot with brute force as well, but durrrr snap-called him and sniped away his entire stack.

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