The CAPT Seefeld satellite winners are in Austria ready for the big game and I have to say, they sound pretty excited about the prospect of the main event with 1 hour blind levels and a 50k starting stack. Since the satellite winners have arrived, rhey have had an opprtunity to view the historical buildings and scenery. Perhaps they will be too busy enjoying themselves to play the game. All 3 of hte players were knocked out of the tournament - only one player almost made it to day 2 by 15 minutes. He was BB and a new player had recently joined the table at SB position. He flat called and BB decided to try and steal straight off with 78 off and raised to 12.5k. The SB insta-called and eventually knocked out the remaining player of the 3 satellite winners with pocket queens. I guess he was stitched up like a kipper!
The first of the Global Poker League teams have been released. Each team consists of one team manager, three pros (must be ranked in the top 1000 global rankings) and one wildcard which can be any player outside of hte top 1000 players. Here are the teams starting with the Manager, 3 pros and then the wildcard: Rome Emperors - Max Pescatori, Mustafa Kanit, Dario Sammartino, Timothy Adams, Walter Treccarichi. Montreal Nationals - Marc Andre Ladouceur, Mike McDonald, Martin Jacobsen, Pascal LeFrancois, Xuan Lui. New York Rounders - Bryn Kenney, Jason Mercier, Tom Marchese, Kevin MacPhee, Jason Wheeler. San Francisco Rush - Faraz Jaka, Phil Galfond, Tony Gregg, Kitty Kuo, Anton Wigg. Las Vegas Moneymakers - Chris Moneymaker, Anthony Zinno, Jonathan Duhamel, Jake Cody, Jonathan Little. Sao Paulo Metropolitans - Andre Akkari, Darren Elias, Byron Kaverman, Thiago Nishijima (Decato), Joao Pires Simao. London Royals - Liv Boeree, Igor Kurganov, Vanessa Selbst, Chris Moorman, Justin Bonomo. Moscow Wolverines - Anatoly Filatov, Dzmitry Urbanovich, Vlad Troyanovskiy, Andrey Pateychuk, Sergey Lebedev. Los Angeles Sunset - Maria Ho, Fedor Holz, Olivier Busquet, Eugene Katachalov, Chance Kornuth. Berlin Bears - Philipp Gruissem, Brian Rast, Sorel Mizzi, Dominik Nitsche, Jeff Gross.
Paris Aviators - Fabrice Soulier, Elky, Davidi Kitai, George Danzer, Mike Leah. Hong Kong Stars - Celina Lin, Weiyi Zhang, Raiden Kan, Dong Guo, Bryan Huang.
Maryland are set to change their home game laws. Players, in their own homes, will be allowed to play one game a week, only with known associates, with a max of $500 total cash on the table. Oh one other thing - you have to be 21 or over!