WPT Prague starting days complete; Caesars signs up for online poker
Prague chip leader Mikhail Mazunin
All three starting days are now complete in Prague, where 287 players are still battling it out to become the latest WPT champion. And Caesars has confirmed that it will be amongst the numerous companies who want to offer intra-state online poker when it becomes legal in America.
All three starting days of WPT Prague are now complete and it looks like this has been not only a well attended event, but one also packed with quality as numerous former WPT winners are back in the hunt for another title. Of the 179 entries on day 1b it was Mikhail Mazunin who finished as chip leader, becoming the first player past the 200k chips mark on 203,600.
On a busier day 1c when there were a further 273 entries, still nobody was able to better Mazunin’s effort despite some frantic poker towards the end of the day. Undeterred by busting out on day 1b, Kevin MacPhee put up the money for a second entry the next day and must be glad he did as he had a far more successful day 1c. He is right up there with the big stacks on 190,200 as he looks to add a WPT title to his EPT success from 2010.
So, with 287 players returning for play on day 2 the biggest stacks are as follows:
203,600 Mikhail Mazunin
197,200 Yannick Bonnet
193,800 Pasi Heinanen
191,800 Shannon Shorr
190,200 Kevin MacPhee
Caesars Ready For Online Poker
Following hot on the heels of the MGM group, who recently gained approval to run an online poker site in Nevada, Caesars Interactive Gaming has now also been given preliminary approval to start up an online operation by the Nevada Gaming Control Board. Caesars is now the owner of the rights to the World Series Of Poker and it has chosen to use WSOP branding when its internet poker games go live. WSOP branded sites have actually been operational for some time for European customers as a skin on the 888 Poker network, so it is no surprise that Caesars has confirmed that 888 Poker will be the software platform it intends to use when it adds a new room for American customers.
Officially there is still one final hearing on 20th December before the full license can be granted but it is widely expected that it is a foregone conclusion that Caesars will gain the approval they need. They would become the 17th company to be granted an interactive gaming license to offer online poker to the state of Nevada when games go live in 2013.