The Women in Poker Hall of Fame (WiPHOF) has announced that Debbie Burkhead and Victoria Coren Mitchell have been elected to the Hall’s 2016 class. The two will be honored at a ceremony at the Gold Coast Casino in Las Vegas at11:00am on Wednesday, July 6th.
Burkhead has been a good poker player, as is evident by her nearly $200,000 in lifetime live tournament cashes, but her spot in the Hall of Fame is for her contributions to the game away from the felt. Before most of us even knew anything about poker, she wrote for PokerPages.com and was an editor for Poker Digest. She also wrote for the famed Poker Player Newspaper, authoring the column “Debbie Does Poker” for a decade. She eventually became National Sales Director for Poker Player Newspaper and co-founded Poker Player Cruises in 2010. And appropriately, Burkhead has been on the Board of Directors of the WiPHOF since 2008.
Coren Mitchell has been a very popular poker writer and poker television host for a number of years, but she first made her name at the tables. In 2006, she became the first female winner of a European Poker Tour (EPT) Main Event, when she won EPT London. She then became the first-ever two-time EPT winner, regardless of gender, when she won EPT San Remo in 2014.
On May 17th, Full Tilt’s player liquidity was merged into PokerStars, ending the separation of the two Amaya internet poker sites. Once bitter rivals, Full Tilt and PokerStars became part of the same family when Stars’ parent company agreed to purchase Full Tilt in 2012 as part of a settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice following the Black Friday indictments. That parent was then sold to Amaya in 2014.
Full Tilt’s brand will remain intact; the site still exists with the same logo, color scheme, and some of the promotions it had been running, such as The Deal. The software, though, is now PokerStars’. Those familiar with PokerStars will recognize the lobby setup. Though the tables still look like Full Tilt’s, avatars and all, Full Tilt is just a skin of PokerStars at this point. Players from both sites now sit at the same tables.
The Microgaming Poker Network (MPN) will finally get in the Lottery Sit-and-Go game this summer. On Joe Ingram’s podcast, MPN Head of Poker Alex Scott revealed that his network will launch Fish Party Sit-and-Go’s in July. Lottery Sit-and-Go’s are generally three-handed, ultra-turbo, short-stacked affairs in which players have a chance to win hundreds or thousands of times their buy-in based on a randomly-generated prize pool. They are quite popular with recreational players because of that shot at the big bucks plus the fact that they are usually completed fairly quickly.
Fish Party games will be similar to the offerings on other poker rooms and networks except that in Fish Party, the top jackpot is progressive, rather than a set figure. The max buy-in will be €50; Alex Scott estimates that the average progressive jackpot for this level will be more than €1 million.
“We’re taking what we know about slot games, how to make slot games exciting, and we’ve got a real, online slot game there, which spins and you read the pay tables and find out what you win…and it’s really exciting,” Scott said in the interview.
The Montreal Nationals got back on top in the Americas Conference as the Global Poker League completed its seventh week. Over in the Eurasia Conference, the Moscow Wolverines had a down week, but stayed in first place because the advantage they had built in the first month and a half.
Montreal had the best week in its conference, earning 15 points mostly thanks to Mike McDonald’s first and second place finishes in the Sit-and-Go rounds. Aside from Montreal, the rest of the teams were pretty event on the week, resulting in the only change in the standings being Montreal and New York swapping spots.
The Hong Kong Stars were the dominant team in the Eurasia Conference; Guo Dong finished second in both Sit-and-Go’s for 10 points, while Weiyi Zhang earned another six points in the heads-up portion. Every team moved closer to the first place Wolverines, as Moscow scored only five points on the week. What was 14 point lead for Moscow last week is now down eight.
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