GPI Awards, stars return to Full Tilt Poker and NBC HU action

  • Poker starts are coming back to FTP. NBC HU Championship Day 1 ended with 32 players remaining out of 64. there is a lot to play for so don't miss the action.

  • This week Global Poker Index awards took place where best of the best in poker world were recognized. Also, a certain poker player you might know is back to re-opened Full Tilt Poker so if you are itching for some high stakes action, it is the best day for you. But we will begin with latest updates from the NBC HU Championship.

    NBC Heads-Up Championship

    The long-awaited NBC National HU Championship has launched today. At the moment Day 1 is coming to the end that will see 32 out of 64 players advance to the next stage. Among the first ones to drop out we have Michael Mizrachi, Phil Laak, David Openheim, Erik Seidel and others.

    Among the winners we have Chris Moneymaker, Vanessa Rousso, Tom Dwan, Viktor Blom, Phil Hellmuth, Eugene Katchalov, Johnathan Duhamel, Doyle Brunson, etc. The action is just heating up loosing in later stages will be much more painful.

    Below we give you the latest updates from Las Vegas where in fact you will not see Daniel Negreanu. Even though he was invited, he had to cancel due to 'personal commitments'. He published a video yesterday explaining his thoughts:

    Pokernews on NBC National HU Clubs Championship bracket

    Pokernews on NBC National HU Hearts Championship bracket

    Pokernews on NBC National HU Diamonds Championship bracket

    Pokernews on NBC National HU Spades Championship bracket

    The remaining 32 players:

    Full Tilt Poker High Stakes Action

    Since the return of the famous Full Tilt Poker, poker players are anxious to seeing million of dollars being splashed again like in the old days. There was some action between three FTP sponsored poker pros Gus Hansen, Viktor Isildur Blom and Tom Dwan but there will be definitely much more with Phil Ivey coming back and now, one of the biggest online poker winners Patrik Antonius coming back, as well.

    The start, however, was not a very pleasant one as Antonius lost over $300.000 in the first sessions but he managed to win back and even make some profit that now exceeds $200.000. Still, he has to grind a lot to catch up to one of the year's biggest winners in the FTP - Viktor Blom who is so far up $3 million.

    GPI European Poker Awards

    We want to congratulate all the poker players in the GPI 100 Leaderboard as they have all proven to be the best in the poker world. Speaking of which, GPI European Poker Awards took place this week and you may be surprised by the results in some categories. But nevertheless, the event was a huge success and there are plenty of poker players that received their well-deserved recognition.

    GPI European Poker Awards:

    • Rookie of the Year: Ole Schemion
    • Best Tournament Performance of the Year: Davidi Kitai
    • Europe’s Leading Lady: Lucille Cailly
    • Internet Player of the Year: Jens Kyllönen
    • Poker Staff Person of the Year: Simon Trumper
    • Rob Gardner Memorial Award for Poker Personality of the Year: Kara Scott
    • Best Tournament of the Year: EPT Barcelona
    • GPI Player of the Year: Marvin Rettenmaier
    • Lifetime Achievement Award: Gus Hansen (presented by Jesse May)

    So much is going on in the poker world that it is even hard to put everything in one news post. Come back soon for more news from poker players. Also, you can follow us on Facebook and Twitter.