Weekly News and Rumors for October 16th

 

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In this week’s edition of News and Rumors, we have exciting promotional news from Full Tilt Poker, PokerStars, and Bodog.  We also have information about the new iMac’s specs and some frustrating news for Hold’em Manager users.

New iMac Specs Coming

AppleInsider.com stated that it received some unconfirmed specifications about a new iMac revision heading to stores soon.  The information stated that this next-generation iMac would be the first to offer Core i7 Clarksfield quad-core processors from Intel.  Also, a Blu-ray player will not be included with the new line of iMacs.

Win a Piece of Phil Ivey

Full Tilt Poker has started up its Piece of Ivey promotion, where players can win daily cash prizes and be entered into one of two freerolls.  The first freeroll is for 5% of Ivey, where nine players will play in a sit and go to stake their claim of a 5% share of whatever Ivey wins at the World Series of Poker (WSOP) Main Event final table.  The second freeroll is for 1% of Ivey and has a $50,000 prize pool, with the winner getting a 1% share of Ivey’s winnings at the final table.  Players earn entry by amassing tickets in ring games or tournaments.

Anti-Virus Programs Kill Hold’em Manager

Many Mac poker players run Boot Camp or Parallels to use Windows programs on their computers.  This allows them to run the popular hand history tracking tool Hold’em Manager, which is Windows-exclusive.  On Tuesday, October 14th, major anti-virus programs issued updates that make all “xenocode” components of a program rendered as a backdoor Trojan attack.  Clearly, this is not the case with Hold’em Manager, but the effect is that it disables the use of the Heads-Up Display (HUD).  The developers at Hold’em Manager are scrambling for a new fix and have told users in the meantime to sit tight or disable their anti-virus programs while playing.

PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Freeroll Fantasy

PokerStars has announced a promotion around the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure starting on October 17th.  On that day, there will be freerolls and $1.10 qualifiers for the chance to make the Freeroll Fantasy Main Event.  Players in that tournament will be vying for one of 27 PCA prize packages worth $15,100, which includes the $10,300 tournament buy-in at the Atlantis Resort.  The qualifiers wrap up on December 5th, with the Freeroll Main Event taking place on December 6th.

WSOP Final Table Betting Lines Open at Bodog

For all the degenerate Mac poker players out there, Bodog has betting lines for the WSOP Main Event available on its website.  As expected, Darvin Moon is a big favorite to win, with short-stack James Akenhead the long shot at 22:1.  There are many side bets available, including last-longer wagers between many of the competitors.

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