Spiderman Tobey Maguire wins at poker tournament

“Spiderman” actor Tobey Maguire, 28, has recently showed his professional skills playing poker at the Mirage Poker Showdown, which took place in Las Vegas. Star player competed with 281participants and finished 24th taking home a $10,000 prize. Azcentral.com reported on the larger sum of $16,201 and on the 15th place for Tobey.

According to Pokerpages.com, The Mirage Poker Showdown was due to the newest addition to the 15-tournament World Poker Tour series. The poker competition with the $10,200 buy-in boasted total money prize  more than $2.7 million. The winner was set to receive $1,024,574 amount advancing him to the WPT Championship at the end of the season in April 2005 at Bellagio.

The list of poker professional players included Phil Hellmuth, Annie Duke, Phil Ivey, Scotty Nguyen, Phil Laak and T.J. Cloutier. Other star persons were actors James Woods and Tobey Maguire, who won his seat in a super-satellite prior to the tournament.

The spectators were able to watch the event on TV covering the final table for the World Poker Tour series on Travel Channel. According to statistics, World Poker Tour draws a weekly television audience of approximately five million viewers.

The next stop on the tour will be The Bicycle Casino in Los Angeles, August 28-31

PokerStars.com holds $4 mln tournament

PokerStars.com, a Costa Rica-based online gambling operator, arranges the world’s largest online poker tournament this week at its website. The company announces that this year players will compete for a record $4 million in prize money.

According to Onlinecasinonews.com, the Online Poker World Championship, scheduled to be run until August 8th, will introduce twelve events leading to the final No Limit Hold’em tournament.

“Poker is one of the hottest trends in the world right now. Poker players from anywhere in the world can try their hand in PokerStars’ World Championship of Online Poker and leave with the largest cash prizes ever won online,” said Lee Jones, PokerStars Poker Room Manager, who is a renowned poker author as well.

Lee Jones added: “Since we offer satellites for these events for as little as $3, anyone has a chance to win. In fact, through our Frequent Player Point program, we’re giving away more than half a million dollars in free entries, so the next huge winner could get there for free.”

Players, who omitted the opportunity to qualify for free, may get $200 buy-ins for the early events, and $2,500 entry for the main Hold ’em event. The gambling company states that prize pools range from $100,000 to $1.2 million.

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