Hansen wins in Ireland and more

  • This week UKIPT in Galway is ongoing and one of the biggest names in poker, Gus Hansen has just won an event.

  • Poker world is getting busier after a two rather calm weeks. While EPT Barcelona, WPT Cyprus still need a few weeks, FTP is sending their ambassadors to UKIPT Galway that kicked off recently. Their efforts are paying off with a first win for FTP.

    Congratulations to Gus Hansen who just bagged a win at UKIPT Galway.

    Full Tilt Poker doesn’t stop sending swarms of their players to represent them in UKIPT tour. Last week they introduced Martins Adeniya, Sinem Melin, Dermot Blain and Ben Jenkins, this week three more players were added to Full Tilt Poker Red Pros list including Jonathanas Karamalikis, Liamas O'Rourke and Tomas Grigg.

    But while they are yet to win, Full Tilt Poker Team Pro and UKIPT Ambassador Gus Hansen has bagged his first UKIPT win. It was Event #8 €1,000+€100 UK vs. Ireland Heads-Up Championship. Here Hansen started by representing UK but switched to Team Ireland during the semi-finals where officially all Ireland players were out. Who knows? Maybe the Luck of the Irish helped him yesterday.

    For two days of efforts Hansen added just over €16.000 to his bankroll after beating Dave Nicholson in the final 5 Leg (after 4 games there was a tie 2:2).

    Gus Hansen interview after the win:

    Congratulations to the Great Dane and we hope to see more before the UKIPT Galway ends.

    Happy birthday, Tom Dwan

    A youngster poker pro Tom Dwan that had a recent backlash with Daniel Negreanu, a day before yesterday celebrated his 26th birthday.

    9 years ago, his father gave Dwan $50 to put on online poker. All we can say now, very well played, sir. Tom Dwan alone knows how much money he exactly has, but being one of the pioneers in online poker he is certainly one of the wealthiest players in the world.

    Zynga is out of real-money gaming

    Many of us were very interested in Zynga Poker to enter real-money gaming starting from Nevada, U.S. After a year of negotiations, partnership with Mike Sexton’s Party Poker and millions invested, Zynga Poker has officially withdraw3n from the race.
    Even though it was never certain, poker players agreed that Zynga Poker to offer real money games would be very good for the industry. Unfortunately, after failing to reach the agreement in Nevada, Zynga has released an official statement:

    Zynga believes its biggest opportunity is to focus on free to play social games. While the Company continues to evaluate its real money gaming products in the United Kingdom test, Zynga is making the focused choice not to pursue a license for real money gaming in the United States. Zynga will continue to evaluate all of its priorities against the growing market opportunity in free, social gaming, including social casino offerings.

    So far, Nevada is still the only state with legal online poker games but it is very likely to change soon enough. 37 companies have applied for licenses in New Jersey, legislation also moving forward in New York, Delaware, Texas and California.

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