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CHAMPAGNE corks were popping at Dusk Till Dawn last night after its Grand Prix sold out - setting a new world record.

Owner Rob Yong had hoped to smash the UK attendance record for a live poker event and put his money where his mouth in by betting £20,000 he could do it.

Now, with a week to go before the start of the £40,000 Grand Prix, he can collect his winnings after every one of the 900 places was sold.

The £50 entry event, which is being televised, starts on October 29 at the award-winning Nottingham venue and finishes on October 31.

Congrats to Dusk Till Dawn and good luck to all those competing in what should be a cracking event.

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DUSK Till Dawn owner Rob Yong is aiming to break a poker world record next week - and save himself £20,000.

He is looking to attract the largest field for a UK poker tournament with the televised £40,000 Grand Prix.

The figure to beat is 848, set at the recent London EPT.

Rob is aiming for a capped field of 900 for the £50 entry event. But he candidly admits that will be tough to achieve - even though he has backed his record bid with £20,000 in bets.

He laughed: ''I think I have half the prize pool in bets, including £10,000 in one wager.

''We came up with the record breaking attempt before the London EPT, so before that we only had to beat 730 competitors.

''But we are now looking at signing up more than 848 poker players which is going to be very tough.''

Yet with just a week to go, one of the two starting days has already sold out its 450 places.

And with the usual last-minute rush for places expected, the world record could still be broken at the Nottingham club, named Best UK Card Room at the recent British Poker Awards.

Rob said: ''We wanted the buy-in to be accessible to all bankrolls, so for a modest £50, players will get a great structure with 10,000 chips and a 45 minute clock.

''With that in mind, the guaranteed £40,000 prize money means that this tournament is equivalent to a £500 entry tournament with 80 runners - so the value is simply amazing for our players.''

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ERIK Seidel has revealed his joy at being inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame with fellow legend Dan Harrington.

"I'm very honored and it's an extra bonus for me to be going in with Dan," said Seidel, 51.

"We have played together and have been great friends for my entire poker career. Both of us refined our games at the Mayfair Club in New York.

''I have such a high regard for the many members of the Poker Hall of Fame that I have played with over the years and it's a real privilege to be able to join them."

Seidel began his career on the tournament backgammon circuit and then moved on to become a stockbroker on Wall Street.

After the stock market crash in 1987, he found himself out of work and decided to turn to poker full-time.

Then, at the 1988 WSOP Main Event, he entered his first major tournament and finished runner-up to defending champ Johnny Chan - in a scene later immortalized in the classic movie Rounders.

Since then Seidel has won eight WSOP gold bracelets, banking more than $10 million in tournament poker earnings.

Harrington, 65, hails from Cambridge, Massachusetts and is known as "Action" Dan for his TIGHT table image.

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CIRCUS Casino in Birmingham stages the Genting Poker Player Championship next month - with £10,000 just added to the prize pool!

The Star City event runs over November 20 and 21 and will be hosted by West Midland poker legend, Mad Marty Wilson.

For a £150+£15 buy-in, players receive a minimum of 8,000 chips but that can be boosted up to 10,000 by qualifying online.

There are a host of satellite options including freerolls at GentingPoker.com, CircusPoker.com, ATRPokerClub.com and TGFPoker.com.

"Since June we have asked poker players up and down the country what they wanted in a UK tournament," said Gary Oakes, Product Manager at Genting Poker.

"The feedback was very clear. They told us they wanted a weekend event, affordable entry, lots of added money and a terrific location. So, we have gone out and created just that.

I'VE tried the £4,000 guaranteed £15-rebuy at Walsall Grosvenor Casino for the last couple of Wednesday nights - and have been mightily impressed with the set-up.

Great atmosphere and quality, friendly, players mean it is THE tournie of the week for me, especially with the guaranteed pot offering a 1st place of around £1,300.

It attracted around 60-plus players on each of the two weeks I tried my luck - with differing degrees of success.

Week one cost me £60 - three rebuys and an add-on - and I finished in the mid-30s. Pretty lame!

Undeterred, I tried again last week and this time managed my tiny 1,000 starting chips much better.

A couple of double-ups, a bit of outrageous luck when my pocket KKs flushed on a board that had given sets to TWO opponents, and I was in with a big chance.

But 11th place - just three places off pay day - was as far as I got. With blinds at a huge 1,500 and 3,000 and with just 14,000 in chips I pushed when everybody folded round to me in the small blind with 6 - 8 off.

Unfortunately, the BB woke up with AQ and I was sent home to bed with nothing for my five hours at the tables except the memory of some great table chat.

Registration for the tournie closes at 9.15pm tonight... I'm hoping it's third time lucky for me.


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PHIL Ivey will not be singing ''I Feel Good!'' - after being busted out of the PokerStars London EPT by Jamie Brown.

With less than 100 players left, the US legend shoved from the small blind for 100,000 with A-J, but his UK opponent woke up in the big blind with pocket kings.

Ivey was sent to the rail while Brown - no relation to the US soul star! - moved up to chip leader with more than one million chips.

Around 60 players now remain in the event, which has set a record for number of entries.

For regular chip updates and live blogging visit Pokerstarsblog.com


TEAM PokerStars are flying the flag for the company with SEVEN members in the Top 20 at the London EPT.

Spain's Juan Maceiras is number one in chips deep into Day Two at the PokerStars sponsored event.

But Alex Kravchenko, Kevin Eyster, Thomas Bichon, Alex Gomes, Daniel Negreanu, Joep van den Bijgaart and Joe Hachem are all on his tail, with only around 200 players left from the 848 who started.

Fellow PokerStars Team member Vicky Coren was out after running cold and tweeted about her final hand demise.

''Oh good,'' she told followers. ''A guy raised with 44, I moved in with 99, a player behind found aces. Today was SO doomed, I'm sort of laughing.''

The winner can expect a cool £900,000 payout after the record entry for an EPT.

For regular chip updates and live blogging visit Pokerstarsblog.com

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FORMER Aston Villa star Tony Cascarino is flying high among the early leaders of the record-breaking PokerStars EPT London.

The former soccer pro is sitting pretty in seventh place on 181,000 chips at the event which has attracted an astonishing 848 entries - boosting the first place prize to £900,000.

But by close of play just 235 players had survived for Day Two today, including top names like Phil Ivey, Daniel Negreanu and the UK's own Sam Trickett and Liv Boeree.

Italian Claudio Cecchi is leading the field on 237,500 chips, while USA Soheb Porbandarwala is on 218,600.

For regular chip updates and live blogging visit Pokerstarsblog.com

He may be one of the best cartoon characters of all time - but Fred Flintstone was a Yabba Dabba Donkey at poker.

He tries his luck on the felt In one classic episode where his prehistoric world collides with that of the futuristic Jetsons.

Fred disguises himself as a rich Texas oilman to try to win Wilma a luxury vacation during a card game against his quarry boss, Mr Slate - with Barney in a dress pretending to be his wife!

But Fred loses and the two families have to go camping instead.

In a genius twist, The Jetsons arrive in Bedrock after Elroy invents a time machine.

At first, both sets of characters mistake the other for aliens - until Fred and George eventually call out offering for peace.

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POKER babe LIV Boeree has spoken of her delight at becoming the newest member of Team PokerStars.

The Iron Maiden made world headlines after becoming EPT champion at San Remo, winning a cool £1 million.

Now she's signed the mega-bucks deal with EPT sponsors PokerStars - joining fellow team members including Dan Negreanu and Vicky Coren.

Liv, 26, said: "It's more of an honour than I can really describe. It's something I've been aspiring towards ever since I learned about the world of poker, and I am over the moon to be achieving such a huge personal goal!

"I hope to grow my game as far as possible by studying and playing as much as I can. I'll also hopefully get to use the wonderful resource of the other Team Pros some of the greatest poker minds in the game! Hopefully I'll use this to produce further results and make the Team proud!"

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