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The European Short Handed Poker Championship was one of many live poker tournaments to take place in Ireland last weekend. 656 players anted up for the €550 Main Event on Day 1. However, it was a newly implemented format, which allowed players who departed on the opening day to return for a second chance on Day 2 and that had a substantial bearing on the eventual outcome on Sunday.

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Bobby O'Donnell won the APAT Irish Amateur Poker Championships on Sunday after defeating a 61 runner field at Cork's Macau Sporting Club.

The added incentive of a PokerStars United Kingdom Poker Tour Main Event seat made for a frenetic final table but it was O'Donnell who locked up the £1,650 prize after besting Ken Burgess in heads-up play.

Keith Luxford had started the day with a narrow 10,000 chip lead and he extended that advantage after sending Don Roberts to the rail with a rare straight flush.

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Veteran poker pro Lee Nelson added another notable score to his decorated resume on Sunday after being crowned the latest PokerStars Australia New Zealand Poker Tour champion in Melbourne.

The Australian Poker Hall of Famer has earned over $2.5 million in the live arena during the last decade but his desire to succeed at the top of the game remains undiminished after besting a 310 runner field at the Crown Casino for a $156,550 jackpot.

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Ross Boatman impressed his new sponsors on Sunday after running deep for a final table finish in the £150 Genting Poker Players Championship at Birmingham's Star City Casino.

This result followed a mere three days after agreeing a deal with Genting Poker which will see him and his brother Barney, Joe Beevers and Ram Vaswani aka 'The Hendon Mob', represent the popular poker room in online and live tournaments following their recent departure from Full Tilt Poker.

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A busy weekend of live tournament action was rounded out in Dublin as elite poker players traveled to the Emerald Isle for the debut stop of the Betfair Live Poker Series.

Italy's Sadri Mokni, who enjoyed a deep run in the English Deepstack Poker Championship in Birmingham seven days ago, was on form for the second week in succession.

However, Mokni's quest for a breakthrough live tournament title ended in fourth place. The up and coming talent added a €2,390 sum to the $2,606 score he recorded at the Broadway Casino.

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5.  Nam Le– Prize money of $126,570
Nam Le earned fifth place in the tournament, taking home just over $125,000 for his efforts. The player, currently residing in California, has won over $6 million across his poker career so far.

4. Erik Seidel– Prize money of $184,100
Fourth placed Erik Seidel fell short in his second attempt to win an Epic champion’s ring, finishing fourth in this event.  With over $16 million already earned at the poker table, this tournament represents a good day’s work for this New Yorker.

3. Fabrice Soulier– Prize Money of $299,160

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The International Federation of Poker publicized two new tournaments which are set to grace the English capital later this year.

It has been reported the first Duplicate Poker Nations Cup will take place in London on November 17-18. The unique EDF Energy London Eye will play host to players from twelve different countries who will battle it out for the Championship Trophy and national bragging rights.

The picturesque setting is not the only unique aspect in the offing though as the tournament will also use the Duplicate Poker variant. The IFP believes this game type lends itself to a more absorbing competition.

What makes Duplicate Poker an exciting and different variation is that each table is dealt from an identical pack which results in players in the same seat at a different table playing with the same hand.

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Team PokerStars Pro Chris Moneymaker will host a $25,000 single table poker tournament next month in a newly built poker room of a Pennsylvania casino.

The highly anticipated event headed by the former World Series of Poker champion is set to get underway on Saturday, October 15 at the Presque Isle Downs and Casino.

“This event marks another significant gaming milestone for Erie and for Presque Isle Downs and Casino. As it's been since we've opened, every effort was made to fill the fifty additional jobs needed to run the poker room with the residents of Erie,” PIDC President and General Manager, Fred Buro said in a statement.

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The World Series of Poker Circuit Horseshoe Bossier City event came to a conclusion earlier this week as 475 runners battled it out for a $148,590 first prize in Louisiana.

Monday evening's final session saw only the leading ten return to the felt with Matt Newcombe the overwhelming chip leader. Newcombe amassed a 2 million chip stack over the first two days of action.

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The Partouche Poker Tour Main Event final table was finally set on Saturday evening in Cannes. Talented British pro Sam Trickett leads the way after a master-class in tournament poker on Day 5 at the Palm Beach Casino.

Trickett started the day with a below average 512,000 chips but a superb session on the French Riviera saw him more than quadruple that figure. The Nottingham native will return with a stack in excess of 2.6 million.

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Boxing star Manny Pacquiao has been honored with his own Asian Poker Tour event following an agreement announced late last week. The Manny Pacquiao World Poker Event, which will be an official APT accredited event, will play out in the Philippines later this year.

The 32 year-old is a huge icon in his native country following his staggering achievements in the ring. Pacquiao has won world titles in eight weight divisions during his career and is currently the number one pound for pound boxer in the world.

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The PokerStars Estrellas Poker Tour is destined for the hot island resort of Ibiza next. The island’s exciting Casino de Ibiza will welcome poker players from around the world for the first time on this popular summer tour. The €910 + €90 competition is due to start on the 21st of September and will be run over four days.

The World Poker Tour next travels to the Borgata Hotel Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey for the Borgata Poker Open. The competition has been running since the start of September but the Main Event gets underway on the 18th September and is set to run over six days. To join in the No Limit Hold’em action costs $3,300 + $200 and has a guaranteed prize pool of over $3 million.

During September, the World Poker Tour reaches the island holiday destination of Malta in Mediterranean and between the 20th and 24th an invasion of Italian poker players is expected to arrive. Along with the four-day Main Event throughout the week, the Casino at Portomaso has organized a number of other side events.

2011 November Niner Matt Giannetti began his preparations for the elite final table by producing an impressive display on Day 1b of the Partouche Poker Tour Main Event on Tuesday.

Giannetti is set to battle it out for a huge $8 million prize jackpot at the Rio in Las Vegas in two months’ time and his road to being a potential world champion began at Palm Beach Casino in Cannes this week.

“This is my first hands of No-Limit since the final table, so I’m going to be playing quite a few tournaments in the next month and a half or so, trying to get back to the No Limit tournament mode,” Giannetti revealed

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Dutchman, Joeri Zandvleit takes his second title in the UK and Ireland Poker Tour competition when he won the latest match in Dublin at the Ballsbridge Inn Hotel. Zandvleit found himself battling through a massive competition when 718 poker players made their way to Dublin to contest the UKIPT match. Those who entered the tournament paid a buy-in of €500 + €60 managed to generate a prize pool of €348,230 that was spread out amongst the top 89 players.

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Matthew Waxman from the United States took the title at the prestigious Aviation Club in Paris over the weekend, collecting the World Poker Tour and Grand Prix de Paris title in addition to €500,000 in cash and a seat at the $25k Bellagio tourney later in the year as well.

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Team PokerStars Pro Vanessa Selbst returned to a happy hunting ground on Monday as the €4 Million Guaranteed Partouche Poker Tour Main Event kicked off at the Palms Beach Casino in Cannes.

Selbst earned a career best $1.86 million jackpot when she triumphed in the prestigious event twelve months ago and the talented American lined up alongside 243 other runners to begin the defense of her title on Day 1a.

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Europe continues to be a hotbed of live tournament action and the Fox Poker Club was on hand at the weekend to host the latest FPC Main Event in London.

128 players made the journey to the English capital but it was Mohammed 'Truth' Haque who stole the show with an impressive breakthrough live tournament performance.

The 28 year-old has been a stalwart on the London circuit for some time but he finally fulfilled his promise earlier this week after outlasting a final table stacked with notable names.

Recent Grosvenor United Kingdom Poker Tour champion, Alan Mansbridge and former FPC Main Event winner Hakim Bouzroura featured during the final session but neither could prevent a dominant Haque from closing out a maiden live victory.

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Majorca, the holiday destination for thousands, will see a collection of professional poker players travelling to Calvia on Majorca in the Balearic Islands for the next thrilling installment of the Campeonato de Espana at the Gran Casino de Mallorca.