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POKER BRIEFS: Unibet goes Italian; LAPT 2011; PCA on ESPN; Rounders sequel

TAGs: LAPT, Ongame, PCA, Rounders, Unibet

poker-unibet-italy-lapt-pca-rounders-sequelIn June, Ongame and Unibet teamed up to tackle the newly regulated French market, and they must still be feeling the love, because they’re about to hook up again in Italy. Using the Ongame P5 Poker Engine, the new Unibet.it site will offer Italian poker fans Sit & Go, scheduled and multi-table poker tournaments, with cash games, casino and sports betting to come in 2011.

Out today is the 2011 schedule for the Latin American Poker Tour, which includes a new event in Bogota. There’s still no word on exactly when and where the Grand Final will go down, but here’s the events that we can confirm: Sao Paulo, Brazil (Feb. 16-20); Vina del Mar, Chile (March 17-20); Lima, Peru (April 12-17); Rosario, Argentina (June 1-5) and Bogota, Colombia (Aug. 3-7).

Sticking with sunny climes, the PokerStars Carribbean Adventure is set to kick off in the Bahamas on Jan. 7. Given the millions up for grabs, the tournament is already well established in the minds of poker players, and ESPN plans to tap into that following by broadcasting the final table (with hole cards) on a one-hour tape delay. ESPN 3 will start the coverage Sat., Jan. 15 at 5pm EST, then ESPN 2 will join in at 10pm.

Finally, a press release from Bob and Harvey Weinstein has provided poker geeks everywhere with the Best Christmas Ever™. The two film execs, who once controlled the mighty Miramax empire but have since struck out on their own, will partner with their former company to produce a sequel to Rounders, the movie that arguably did as much to popularize poker as Chris Moneymaker’s WSOP victory. While principal actors Matt Damon and Ed Norton haven’t yet been confirmed as reprising their roles, the two have independently mused on the notion over the years, so we guess it all depends on the quality of the script at this point. Still, I don’t think that’s an open invitation for wannabe poker screenwriters to start flooding Miramax’s email with unsolicited fan fiction.

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