Go Heads Up with Rafa Nadal, UK Championships Schedule, and More

Posted: February 3rd, 2014

bwin Eyes Premier LeagueThere has been no lack of online poker headlines over the first month of 2014, and last week saw some very interesting developments on a number of different fronts.

In this week’s look around the world of online poker we’ll fill you in on a variety of stories ranging from a possible sponsorship change for the Barclay’s Premier League; Rafa Nadal taking on the country of Spain in a poker match; and the recently revealed schedule for the UK Poker Championships that will be held at Dusk Till Dawn in February.

You’ll find the complete details for all of these stories and a whole lot more below.

The bWin Premier League?

The English Premier League is considered by many to be the most well-known sports league in the world, and whoever the official sponsor is (currently it’s Barclay’s) is going to see their brand recognition grow by leaps and bounds. 

But this recognition comes with a hefty price tag.

According to an article in the Telegraph.co.uk, that price (estimated to be £70 million per year in 2015) may be too much for Barclay’s, and the global banking power is apparently mulling over parting ways with the Premier League.

Barclay’s current deal with the Premier League expires in 2015 (and is costing the bank £40 million per year) and according to The Telegraph, Barclay’s has stated that they have seen “no value” come from their Premier League sponsorship.

If Barclay’s sponsorship of the Premier League does come to an end it could open the door for one of the major online gaming sites, like bwin to step and fill the sponsorship role. Of course, this could all be a ruse to keep the price down for Barclay’s, which has sponsored the Premier League since 2001, but this is definitely a story you’ll want to keep an eye on.

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Take a shot at Rafa Nadal exclusively at PokerStars

PokerStars is giving their Spanish players a chance to take on tennis legend Rafa Nadal with €3,000 on the line.

Don’t worry, this won’t be a bloodbath where Nadal runs you ragged on a tennis court and peppers your head with 100 mile an hour smashes.

You’ll actually have a chance to beat him, as the challenge will take place at a poker table - PokerStars Zoom Poker tables to be exact.

According to the PokerStars blog, on Friday night, Nadal will sit down at the micro-stakes Zoom tables for a single hour where anyone and everyone can take him on. Here is how the challenge works:

He will play for exactly an hour. If he wins money during the hour, PokerStars will donate €3,000 to charity. If he loses money, everyone who played against him will get a seat in a €3,000 freeroll.

Sign up for PokerStars $20 free bankroll offer and take a shot at Nadal this Friday night, or try the hundreds of different formats available at the world’s largest online poker room.

Sky Poker announces UK Poker Championships schedule

Sky Poker and the Dusk Till Dawn Casino have teamed up for a massive tournament series beginning on February 18, dubbed the UK Poker Championships.

There will be £800,000 in guaranteed prize-pools spread across the six events, including the Main Event which features a £500,000 guarantee. Here is a look at the schedule for the UK Poker Championships:

  • February 18: £150,000 guaranteed High Roller, £3,300 buy-in
  • February 19 and 20: £500,000 guaranteed Main Event, £1,100 buy-in (two starting flights)
  • February 20: £25,000 guaranteed Pot Limit Omaha, £550 buy-in
  • February 20: Heads Up (by arrangement), £550 buy-in
  • February 21 and 22: £100,000 guaranteed Six Max, £550 buy-in (two starting flights)
  • February 23: £25,000 guaranteed NL Holdem Turbo, £550 buy-in

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FTP remission payments coming by end of February

Good news for US players waiting for their Full Tilt Poker funds (you know, the funds that have been frozen since April 15, 2011) as the Garden City Group has announced the first batch of remission payments could be in the hands of FTP players by the end of February.

The first batch includes all confirmed, undisputed remission claims, which accounts for some $82 million of the estimated $150 million in frozen accounts.

You can find out more and get the latest updates by visiting the GCG’s official Full Tilt Poker website.

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