This Week in Poker: Trickett, Leatherman and Mob Rule
A lot of things happened this week in poker. Some of them had nothing to do with Full Tilt Poker. Some just a little bit.
In this "Non-FTP" version of This Week in Poker, Amanda Leatherman and The Hendon Mob both sign new sponsorship deals, the Epic Poker League reveals its television debut and Sam Trickett takes the chip lead into poker's "other November Nine."
Sam Trickett Leads Partouche Poker Tour Main Event Final
The Partouche Poker Tour's Main Event has reached the final table.
After a grueling five days of action, Brit Sam Trickett leads the field heading into the final table.
Much like the WSOP Main Event, this final table will be played out in November with the final players returning on November 12th.
When the event began, 579 players took to the felt looking to take down the €1,000,000 top prize.
Vanessa Selbst took down this event in 2010 amid controversy when Ali Tekintamgac was disqualified from the final table for cheating.
Amanda Leatherman Joins Team Bodog
Bodog completed its trifecta of female pros earlier in the week when it signed media darling Amanda Leatherman to a sponsorship deal.
Leatherman said of the signing, "I am excited to have signed with Team Bodog and look forward to representing the Bodog brand and lifestyle."
"It is hard to believe that being part of a brand known for fun and exotic affairs can be considered work. I look forward to playing more poker for Bodog, especially in the upcoming November Punta Cana Poker Classic event, as well as representing Bodog at social events around the world.
"It's going to be fun."
Leatherman is well known by the online poker community for years from her coverage of the World Series of Poker, but casual fans will know her from her stints on the World Poker Tour and hosting the PokerStars Big Game.
She is also known for being the past girlfriend of both Daniel Negreanu and Joe Sebok.
Epic Poker League Episodes to Begin Airing October 7th
The Epic Poker League will begin airing episodes on Velocity network starting on October 7th at 10 p.m., followed by episodes kicking off on CBS on October 8th at 1 p.m.
Pat O'Brien will host the program along with former Poker After Dark host Ali Nejad.
Jeffrey Pollack, the EPL's Executive Chairman commented:
"Players and fans have been asking when they can tune-in to watch the Epic Poker League, so we're pleased to share our national telecast schedule for CBS and Velocity."
"Epic Poker offers an innovative take on America's favorite card game and our telecasts put an entirely new spotlight on many of the world's finest players."
Hendon Mob Secures New Sponsor
After cutting ties with Full Tilt Poker less than one week ago, the Hendon Mob website has acquired a new sponsor in Genting Poker.
Genting Poker is a UK poker site on the iPoker network.
According to the announcement on HendonMob.com, the partnership will cover both online poker tournaments and live tournaments.
The Hendon Mob is considered the premier source for up-to-date poker tournament results and player stats.
Many of poker's "unofficial" records are based on Hendon Mob stats, including the various All-Time Money Leader Lists.