TEN QUALIFIERS HUNT EXTRA $1 MILLION AT WPT AMNEVILLE €3200 + €300 MAIN EVENT STARTS ON TUESDAY

Oktober 29, 2010

Gibraltar – October 28th 2010 – Ten http://www.partypoker.com/ online qualifiers for the inaugural WPT Amneville (November 2nd – 6th) will be entitled to an extra $1 million payout if they win the €3200 + €300 Main Event that gets underway on Tuesday. The winner would be entitled to an extra $500,000, with the other nine online qualifiers who also made their way through to Amneville on a global package through PartyPoker.com getting to share the other $500,000 no matter where they finish!

At the WPT London Poker Classic Main Event super Swede Kristoffer Thorsson was eligible to the extra $1 million payout and finished fourth after a dominating performance. PartyPoker.com was saved from the payout on that occasion by eventual champion Jake Cody.

A PartyPoker.com spokesman said: “There were ten global package winners at the WPT London Poker Classic and Kristoffer Thorsson was a dominating force on the final table and certainly made us sweat. There are exactly the same number of players eligible at WPT Amneville. We’ve been on the phone to Jake Cody asking if he is coming and whether he can offer $1 million protection services! He certainly saved us last time round!”

WPT Amneville presented by http://www.partypoker.fr/ will be the first major event hosted at Seven Casino d’Amneville, a sparkling new casino complex located in the historic town in the north-east region of France and they already have hundreds of registrations and buy-ins paid for the €3200 + €300 Main Event. Just a short distance from Metz, Nancy and Luxembourg, Amneville is only 90 minutes from Paris by train and due to its border position is convenient for travel from Germany, Belgium and The Netherlands. For enquiries please email: wptenquiries@livingitlovingit.com.

On top of the first place cash prize, a WPT title, a championship bracelet and a permanent place in poker history as the first WPT Amneville Champion, the 2010 Main Event winner will receive a $25,500 entry into the WPT World Championship at Bellagio. Among those confirmed to take part include Bertrand ‘Elky’ Grospellier, Arnaud Mattern, Bruno Fitoussi, Guillaume Darcourt, Nicolas Levi, Ludovic Lacay, Roger Hairabaidan, Isabelle Mercier and many more.

Full details of the satellites and side events can be found at: http://www.worldpokertour.com/Shared/Tournaments/Seasons/Season_9/WPT_Amneville.aspx

INTO BATTLE ONCE MORE THIS NOVEMBER FORTUNE FAVOURS THE BRAVE AS THE COLOSSAL GLADIATOR RETURNS!

Oktober 26, 2010

Gibraltar – 26th October 2010 — Step into the arena as ‘The Gladiator’ returns to http://www.partypoker.com/ from the 1st – 30th November! For one month the online poker room becomes a coliseum – a player can earn up to $5,000 in cash and there are WPT LA Poker Classic seats up for grabs!

All a customer has to do is hit the minimum daily target of just 10 points for five days and they will claim a much-deserved entry into a $5,000 freeroll plus all players who earn a cash prize also get a seat in the $25k freeroll.

A PartyPoker.com spokesman said: “The more days you earn points on, the bigger your prize. There’s up to $5,000 in cash to be won but one big change in this run of the promotion is that anyone who wins a cash prize will also claim a seat in the $25,000 freeroll, providing even more chances to win – no matter what level of play.”

“There is a massive incentive for the most dedicated players. Earn 1,500 points every day for the full 30 days and secure a seat at the WPT LA Poker Classic worth $10,000.”

For more information see table below and http://www.partypoker.com/news/items/gladiator.html

Points to be earned each day Number of days target hit
5 10 15 20 25 30
10 $5,000
FR
$10,000
FR
$25,000
FR
$15 $20 -
20 $10,000
FR
$25,000
FR
$15 $35 $45 -
50 $25,000
FR
$25 $50 $90 $120 -
100 $25 $60 $120 $190 $250 -
200 $55 $140 $250 $400 $525 -
400 $125 $300 $550 $850 $1,100 -
800 $300 $700 $1,200 $1,750 $2,250 -
1,500 $600 $1,400 $2,250 $3,500 $5,000 *$10,000 WPT LA Poker Classic seat

Players don’t even have to earn points on consecutive days to be in with a shot at the colossal prizes: PartyPoker.com will just count up the number of days where they made the targets during the promotion.

For example, if a player earns 10 points every day for 10 days, take five days off and then earn 10 points on 10 more days of the promotion, there will be a $15 cash prize for earning 10 points on 20 days and entry into the $25,000 freeroll. Players can keep updated on how many points picked up so far in ‘The Gladiator’ by checking their PartyAccount. Points are not removed from player accounts following the promotion – they all count towards Palladium Lounge targets.

Only the bravest players will be rewarded so opt in from 1st November and rise to the challenge of The Gladiator.

*Cash alternative of $7,000 available

COUNTDOWN TO WPT AMNEVILLE CONTINUES – EVENTS START OCTOBER 29TH

Oktober 20, 2010

Gibraltar – October 20th 2010 – Online qualifiers for the inaugural WPT Amneville, presented by http://www.partypoker.fr/ have finished on PartyPoker.com but the excitement is still building towards the second WPT stop of the year in France at Seven Casino d’Amneville from November 2nd – 6th. This weekend marks the final online qualifiers on PartyPoker.fr, while organizers and players are already gearing up for the comprehensive series of land based side events and satellites that kick-off on the 29th October.

Full details of the satellites and side events can be found at: http://www.worldpokertour.com/Shared/Tournaments/Seasons/Season_9/WPT_Amneville.aspx

WPT Amneville will be the first major event hosted at Seven Casino d’Amneville, a sparkling new casino complex located in the historic town in the north-east region of France. Just a short distance from Metz, Nancy and Luxembourg, Amneville is only 90 minutes from Paris by train and due to its border position is convenient for travel from Germany, Belgium and The Netherlands. For enquiries please email: wptenquiries@livingitlovingit.com.

On top of the first place cash prize, a WPT title, a championship bracelet and a permanent place in poker history as the first WPT Amneville Champion, the 2010 Main Event winner will receive a $25,500 entry into the WPT World Championship at Bellagio. Among those confirmed to take part include Bertrand ‘Elky’ Grospellier, Arnaud Mattern, Bruno Fitoussi, WPT Bucharest winner Guillaume Darcourt, Nicolas Levi, Ludovic Lacay, Roger Hairabaidan, Isabelle Mercier and many more.

In addition to top-notch high stakes tournament action, there is plenty to do off the felt as the town is home to the world’s largest indoor ski slope, a golf course, a spa, cinemas and much more. Seven Casino d’Amneville has even arranged for a special concert by Jean Michel Jarre to take place alongside the event.

WORLD POKER TOUR® MARRAKECH, PRESENTED BY CHILIPOKER, RETURNS TO MOROCCO

Oktober 15, 2010

Organizers Build On Last Year’s Sell Out With Full Festival Programme

London – 14th October 2010 – The World Poker Tour® is delighted to announce the eagerly awaited return of the WPT Marrakech, presented by http://www.chilipoker.com/. The Main Event takes place from the 27th – 30th November 2010 at the idyllic Casino De Marrakech with the €4,250 buy-in + €750 fee also including deluxe accommodation, breakfast and a dinner buffet. Casino de Marrakech has been Morocco’s casino gem since 1952 and together with the Es Saadi Gardens & Resort’s Palace and Five Star Hotel offer players an amazing experience at a fantastic time of year in the famous tourist town.

Last year’s inaugural WPT Marrakech, presented by Chilipoker, was a huge success and a complete sell out with 416 runners from 32 different countries. Taking place right on Europe’s doorstep and convenient for traveling players, the event was the first major poker tournament to be held in North Africa. The tournament was won by France’s Christophe Savary, who took down a final table that also included Eoghan O’Dea, Ludovic Lacay and Benjamin Spindler to scoop €379,014 and a $25,500 seat to this year’s WPT Championship at Bellagio in Las Vegas.

In 2010, sponsors Chilipoker have added more spice and have made the WPT Main Event the centre piece of the Chilipoker Marrakech Festival, which kicks-off with a €500+€50 buy-in Deepstack Open on the 20th November. On top of the first place cash prize, a WPT title, a championship bracelet and a permanent place in poker history as a WPT Marrakech Champion, the 2010 Main Event winner will receive a $25,500 entry into the 2011 WPT World Championship at Bellagio in Las Vegas.

Alexandre Dreyfus, CEO of Chilipoker said: “Marrakech is a magic and relaxing place so we are delighted to be bringing the WPT back to the mystical town in November. We were so encouraged by turnout last year as well as the flawless organization and competitive hotel rates that in 2010 we have built the Chilipoker Marrakech Festival around the prestigious WPT event.”

WPT’s Executive Tour Director Matt Savage will once again oversee the action as Tournament Director. “WPT Marrakech takes place in an amazing setting and if last year is anything to go by you can expect a loose aggressive field,” said Savage. “Casino de Marrakech is world renowned for its hospitality and WPT players can look forward to an experience unlike any other.”

Among those who took part last year included Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier, Arnaud Mattern, Bruno Fitoussi, Fabrice Soulier, Antony Lellouche, Antoine Saout, Huck Seed, Antonio Esfandiari, Tony G, Annette Obrestad, Scott Montgomery and Chilipoker pro Liz Lieu. The Hendon Mob’s Ross and Barny Boatman also made the trip to North Africa and finished in first and fourth-place in the high rollers event.


WPT FIVE DIAMOND ONLINE QUALIFIERS START THIS MONDAY LAST WEEKEND OF QUALIFERS FOR WPT AMNEVILLE ON PARTYPOKER.COM

Oktober 15, 2010

Gibraltar –13th October 2010 – Online qualifiers for December’s star studded WPT Doyle Brunson Five Diamond World Poker Classic at Bellagio, Las Vegas get underway at http://www.partypoker.com/ on Monday 18th October. The $14,000 package includes the $10,300 Main Event buy-in, $2,000 spending money, luxury accommodation and hospitality.

The main $700 + $50 online qualifier takes place every Sunday (starting Sunday 24th October) at 14.15 ET where one package will be awarded for every 20 players. As ever, there are a wide variety of ways to secure a place in this final satellite including freeroll options. Last year, Daniel Alaei scooped $1.4 million after taking down a final table that also included the likes of Scotty Nguyen, Josh Arieh and Shawn Buchanan.

A PartyPoker.com spokesman said: “The WPT Doyle Brunson Five Diamond Classic at Bellagio is among the most famous stops on the World Poker Tour. If you look at the previous winners of this world famous tournament it reads like a who’s who of poker. Nobody has won the event on a freeroll before but this year it is possible through PartyPoker.com’s qualifying structure.”

See: http://www.partypoker.com/news/items/wpt_five_diamond.html for more information.

ONY G: MORE TAILS FROM PRINCE ZASKO – CHECK OUT THIS VERY STRANGE CLIP! THREE VIPS WIN WPT FOXWOODS PACKAGES FOR JUST SUBMITTING A VIDEO

Oktober 13, 2010

Gibraltar –12th October 2010 – Tony G is back and is busy dog breeding, preparing audio options for his online Bike Ride and watching strange videos on the internet. Check out what PartyPoker.com’s Gladiator has seen and what he has to say at: http://www.partypoker.com/blog/tony-g/tony-g-mr-teeth-scares-the-hell-out-of-me.html

The three winners of the WPT Foxwoods YouTube VIP Challenge are 1) Floris 2) Ain’t got no roll and 3) EtniX. All received a WPT Foxwoods package for just submitting a video! See the winning entries at: http://www.partypoker.com/blog/youtube/wpt-foxwoods-youtube-vip-challenge.html

The popular Gladiator promotion is back in the arena in November. Anybody who wins a cash prize gets an entry into a $25,000 freeroll. See: http://www.partypoker.com/news/items/gladiator.html **

DOUBLE HOLD’EM AT PARTYPOKER.COM – MORE PLAYABLE HANDS = MORE ACTION!

Oktober 11, 2010

Gibraltar – 11th October 2010 — Double Hold’em has arrived at http://www.partypoker.com/! Double Hold’em was created by US company TableBrain Corp. and is online Texas Hold’em with a unique twist!

The players start their hands with three hole cards instead of two. Then, after the flop, they nominate one card to be the ‘point card’. This card plays alongside the other two cards, making two separate 2-card Hold’em hands. The player then automatically plays both through the river, finishing with whichever is the strongest! PartyPoker.com is offering Double Hold’em live – real money and play money options are available.

A spokesman for PartyPoker.com said: “We’re extremely excited to be offering Double Hold’em in Limit, Pot Limit and No Limit formats, and it’s live in right now in the cash game lobby. PartyPoker.com is the only place where you can play Double Hold’em online ”

E. Mark Gross, co-creator of Double Hold’em and CEO of TableBrain said: “Double Hold’em is a new form of poker set to change the game as you know it. It’s quickly learned, has the ease-of-play of regular Hold’em and has great action.  With more playable hands, Double Hold’em appeals to casual players and experts alike.  As with every great new game, players are developing and growing their game strategies, so the earlier you start playing, the more of an edge you’ll have!.”

In a special blog post game creators E. Mark Gross and Zvi Lando give more background to their vision for Double Hold’em™. See: http://www.partypoker.com/blog/partypoker-software/double-holdem-pokers-time-has-come-again.html

The Double Hold’Em™ mark, game concepts and rule-set are the intellectual property of TableBrain Corp. and used under license. The patent-pending game is owned by TableBrain Corp. which holds rights under trademark, copyright, common-law, moral rights, artist’s rights, droit moral and other like laws. Rights in the game and its use may only be acquired through written agreement with TableBrain Corp.

About TableBrain

After successful careers in New York City’s high energy legal and financial worlds, longtime friends E. Mark Gross and Zvi Lando decided to pour their intelligence, expertise and creativity into the arena they love most: Poker. Together, their vision became TableBrain, which was founded in 2005. E. Mark and Zvi came up with Double Hold’emTM and many other poker innovations. Double Hold’em provides more playable hands, more action and more fun!

WORLD POKER TOUR® CELEBRATES SEVEN CASINO D’AMNEVILLE’S GRAND OPENING WITH FIRST MAJOR EVENT ON PROPERTY

Oktober 9, 2010

London – October 8th 2010 – The World Poker Tour® continues its global expansion with the inaugural WPT Amneville, presented by http://www.partypoker.fr/. The second WPT stop of the year in France, and the fifth international stop of the season, the Main Event takes place at Seven Casino d’Amneville from November 2nd – 6th.
WPT Amneville will be the first major event hosted at Seven Casino d’Amneville, a sparkling new casino complex located in the historic town in the north-east region of France. Just a short distance from Metz, Nancy and Luxembourg, Amneville is only 90 minutes from Paris by train and due to its border position is convenient for travel from Germany, Belgium and The Netherlands.

To help celebrate the debut of the WPT’s newest event, the grand prize is being sweetened. On top of the first place cash prize, a WPT title, a championship bracelet and a permanent place in poker history as the first WPT Amneville Champion, the 2010 Main Event winner will receive a $25,500 entry into the WPT World Championship at Bellagio. Among those confirmed to take part include Bertrand ‘Elky’ Grospellier, Arnaud Mattern, Bruno Fitoussi, WPT Bucharest winner Guillaume Darcourt, Nicolas Levi, Ludovic Lacay, Roger Hairabaidan, Isabelle Mercier and many more.

Christophe Schanne, General Manager of Seven Casino said: “The Seven Casino d’Amneville is located at the perfect crossroad for European players and we look forward to giving everybody a very warm welcome as our very first WPT event hits town. Land based satellites are up and running now.”

WPT President Adam Pliska said: “We are looking forward to our second French WPT stop this year. There is a real buzz about French poker at the moment – the Grand Prix de Paris at the Aviation Club was a big success while international players have found poker in France attractive and have flocked to events all over the country.”

In addition to top-notch high stakes tournament action, there is plenty to do off the felt as the town is home to the world’s largest indoor ski slope, a golf course, a spa, cinemas and much more. Seven Casino d’Amneville has even arranged for a special concert by Jean Michel Jarre to take place alongside the event.

For accommodation requirements please email: wptenquiries@livingitlovingit.com.

Online satellites for packages including buy-in, spending money and accommodation are currently running on PartyPoker, bwin, Everest and Betclic.

About Amneville Seven Casino

Amneville seven casino offers an entire range of games and sensations in exceptional surroundings that will delight both regular thrill seekers and occasional players. To provide the finest playing conditions, the Casino welcomes players to luxurious rooms with an atmosphere that enhances players’ concentration and gives them the feeling of experiencing something special. Seven Casino d’Amneville features 400 slot machines, Boule 2000, English roulette tables,10 tables of poker cash games, Blackjack and more.  For more information, visit http://www.amneville.com/en/divert.aspx. For more information on WPT Amneville, visit http://www.worldpokertour.com/, http://wptamneville.com/. For registration see http://inscription.wptamneville.com/

About World Poker Tour

World Poker Tour (WPT) is one of the most recognized names in internationally televised gaming and entertainment with brand presence in land-based tournaments, television, online and mobile.  Leading innovation in the sport of poker since 2002, WPT ignited the global poker boom with the creation of a unique television show based on a series of high stakes poker tournaments. WPT has filmed more than 350 hours of programming broadcast in over 150 countries and is current filming its all-new ninth season which will air on FSN. WPT also offers a unique online subscription and sweepstakes-based poker club, ClubWPT.com, which is available in 38 states across the U.S. Additionally, WPT participates in strategic brand license, partnership and sponsorship opportunities. WPT is a subsidiary of PartyGaming Plc.  For more information, visit http://www.worldpokertour.com. Become our friend on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/worldpokertour. Follow us on Twitter @wptnewsalerts.

LAST 24 HOURS OF WPT FOXWOODS VIP VIDEO CHALLENGE ONE WINNER CROWNED – TWO MORE PACKAGES TO BE AWARDED!

Oktober 7, 2010

Gibraltar – 7th October — There is just 24 hours left to run of the WPT Foxwoods VIP Video Challenge! PartyPoker.com is offering three $10,000 buy-ins plus accommodation for the top US event that takes place at the end of this month to the best three video submissions from Palladium VIP members.

A PartyPoker.com spokesman said: “There is still time for Palladium VIP’s to secure a package for WPT Foxwoods for just submitting a video. All they have to do is explain why they deserve the package!”

Floris is the first confirmed winner – with one down there are now two packages to give away. See: http://www.partypoker.com/blog/youtube/wpt-foxwoods-youtube-vip-challenge.html to witness the flair of Floris and other entries that have caught the eye so far.

Full instructions on how to enter this great value promotion can be found at http://www.partypoker.com/news/items/foxwoods_video_challenge.html

DRIVE THE DREAM? I WOULD IF I HAD A DRIVING LICENCE! 19 YEAR OLD POLE SCOOPS $150,000 ON A FREEROLL

Oktober 6, 2010

Gibraltar – 5th October 2010 – 19-year-old Marek Sosnowski is the proud winner of the ‘Drive the Dream’ promotion at  http://www.partypoker.com/! The cartography student from Krakow, Poland, mapped his path to victory and was in shock as it was announced that he had won a brand new 2010 Aston Martin DB9 Coupe on a complete freeroll after the nine handed live shootout at The Mint Casino in London on Saturday.

Sosnowski, who is due to take his driving licence next week, decided to take $150,000 instead of the dream car. “ This is madness, I don’t quite know what to do – I cannot believe I won this without investing a penny. I have my driving test next week so I thought it would be best to take the money! An Aston Martin is an amazing car but I was thinking I would get an Audi TT instead when I pass my test. I took my preparation for the event really seriously. I have been reading books and even hired myself a poker trainer. It has paid off and I couldn’t be more happy!”

Marek was cheered on from the rail by his girlfriend Anna as he took down the title in a field that featured players from six countries. The runner-up was the UK’s Bob Gipson, while all nine players who qualified were guaranteed a prize.

A PartyPoker.com spokesman said: “Hundreds of thousands of players took part in Drive the Dream and Marek was the deserved winner. The fact he won after qualifying through a freeroll is remarkable but his commitment to improving his game in the weeks before the final is commendable. It just goes to prove how important skill and learning elements are to the game of poker.”

Here are the final standings:

  1. Marek Sosnowski – Poland - 2010 Aston Martin DB9 Coupe
  2. Bob Gipson – UK - Lamborghini Extreme Driving Academy Package
  3. Gregor Wojtowicz – Germany - Ferrari Driving Experience Package
  4. Araujo Nunes – Brazil - Porsche Sport Driving School Package Donaldson
  5. Davide Altea – Italy - F1 Grand Prix Brazil Package (Sao Paulo)
  6. Michal Wawer – Poland - F1 Grand Prix Santander D’Italia Package (Monza)
  7. Rodney Jones – UK - US$4,000 Cash
  8. Christian Altrogge – Germany - US$3,000 Cash
  9. Rizwan Patel – UK - US$2,000 cash

For more information and pictures see: http://www.partypoker.com/blog/featured/polish-qualifier-drives-the-dream.html

Drive the Dream online freerolls ran on PartyPoker.com from April until Sunday September 12th. The lucky winners from the main satellites that were held every second Sunday of the month at 14.00 ET secured their place in the final. After a champagne reception, play started on Saturday at 7pm with 10,000 chips per player. The players spent two nights at the exclusive five-star Soho Hotel as part of their package.