Phil Ivey – Winner of Monte Carlo Millions Tournament


Phil Ivey of bling2 won the Monte Carlo Millions Tournament at the famous Casino De Monte Carlo. He stood out in an invite-only field of 111 players and defeated Paul Jackson, after 20 minutes of heads-up play, collecting $1 million and the Championship Vase.

Ivey’s win marks the sixth final table appearance of the year for the five-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner, including a victory at the 2005 World Series of Poker $5,000 Pot-Limit Omaha tournament. In total, Ivey has taken home more than 2.7 million in tournament winnings for the year.

Melbourne’s Aussie Millions Tournament to be Televised by Fox Sports Net, in US

The 2006 Aussie Millions – Melbourne’s Crown Casino Poker Tournament will be filmed from January 15-19 and televised across the U.S. as a 10 part series. This will be done as per a deal with Fox Sports Net and the program will debut at 11 pm local US time, in March.

Crown Limited and Fox Sports Net (FSN), a division of the FOX Broadcasting Company and News Corp announced the partnership. The Aussie Millions, held annually at the Crown, has a purse of $5 million, and the 2006 Aussie Millions champion will pocket $US 1 million.

Virgin Poker Relaunched Amid Fanfair – Cashing in on Resources From Other Businesses and Sister Concers

Virgin Poker was relaunched this week. A poker party at Sir Richard Branson’s home in Holland Park. This internet room was a late entrant in internet gambling. But now it is cashing on the resources of Branson’s business empire for its success. Using the resources of sister companies within the Virgin group, Virgin Poker will try to add new value to its player’s experience. At the party, after the basic sales pitch had been made, champagne glasses were passed around. Along with the food, guests settled down in their allotted places, to play Texas Hold’em. From among about 50 players, the last man and woman standing, would win a weekend to Sir Richard’s new digs in Marrakech.

Although a relative tiddler in online poker world, Virgin Poker believes it will shake things up thanks to benefits available from the company’s other business. Players will be able to accumulate Virgin air miles and loyalty points that can be cashed in for Virgin products.

Vote on Video Poker on Hold Until Dec. 5

Latest developments on video poker is that the council for now is holding its cards instead of folding them. It will decide on the proposed ordinance regarding further restriction of the operation of gaming devices, in two weeks time. The council and the Mayor voted 5 to 2 on Monday, delaying the consideration till December. This decision came about after a local businessman approached them to reconsider the issue. At the work session before the meeting, the council was all set to adopt the ordinance. But after hearing Barlett’s plea, it was held off. Barlett has also questioned the legality of the council’s decision towards charging $500 annually, for a coin operated amusement machine. Councilman Grady Clemonts said that he could understand the problem and would look into it. Well then, the future of gaming machines as of now, is still in doubt.

The ordinance would restrict how far away the gaming devices – and any other coin-operated amusement machines- must be from residences and schools (750 feet) as well as libraries, churches and school bus stops (500 feet). Businesses that want to operate the machines would be required to obtain a license from the city.


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