Tony G inks deal with Hall of Hands; APT kicks off 2013 with Asian Series Cebu; Isildur1 cools down

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tony g hall of hands apt cebu isildur1Lithuanian poker player and table-talker extraordinaire Tony G has signed a deal with Hall of Hands, bringing the poker world’s fastest talker into a setup where he can put his considerable skills to good use. In its attempt to become the number 1 destination for poker-hand reenactment, the social gaming company has been keen on trying to establish its unique brand of viral bragging and swagger to the poker-playing masses and what better way to do that than tying up one of the best trash talkers in the game.

It’s a great partnership for both parties; the Hall of Hands is getting a player who not only talks the talk, but also walks the walk like few others can. Talking about his new deal with the social gaming company, the always loquacious Tony G didn’t hold back, professing his excitement of being involved with Hall of Hands. “Hall of Hands is a great social product for a great social game,” he said. “Everyone wants to talk about poker. People are always telling me about the great hand they played last night. Now they can actually show me in a poker TV show. It’s also where I’m going to stick my big hands, so if people have comments, I want to hear them.”

The set-up is pretty straight-forward, too. All a player needs to do to enjoy the Hall of Hands system is to install the app, which then stays active in the background while they’re playing. Any time they win a significant hand, they can choose to have that specific hand be turned into a poker video within minutes, providing increased entertainment for all those poker players who haven’t seen a winning hand they didn’t want to brag about.

With the ability of players to be able to replay any hand as a poker TV show, with real-life actors, running commentary, hole-card cams and all that shabazz, the Hall of Hands experience is definitely a unique one. And they definitely picked the right ambassador for their trash-talking inspired program than Tony G, a man who probably started talking the second he came out of his momma’s womb.

Asian Poker Tour kicks off 2013 with APT Asian Series Cebu 2013

Hoping to ride the momentum of a successful 2012, the Asian Poker Tour is gearing up for what’s expected to be another eventful 2013 with the year’s first event: the APT Asian Series Cebu. Set to be staged at the Waterfront Hotel & Casino in Lahug, Cebu City from January 23 to 30, the APT Asian Series Cebu is now on its third year and is looking to continue the enormous success it has enjoyed since it was first held in 2011.

This year, the APT is expecting an even bigger field from both local and foreign players, all of whom are looking to get a head-start on this year’s APT Player of the Year race by being crowned the year’s first APT champion. As always, the event will be highlighted by a Php50,000 Main Event to go with eight satellite tournaments, the staple Add-On for Charity event, and a total of 14 side events, including the High Rollers, Head Hunter, Ladies of Poker, Deep Stacks, the Mix Max 10-6-4, and the latest addition to the line-up, the Mix Game Pot Limit – Hold’em and Omaha.

Viktor Blom’s hot streak runs into a wall

After starting the year of on a serious steamin’ roll, Viktor “Isildur1” Blom saw his run of dominance come to a halt after a weekend that saw him drop $1.7 million, including more than a million to Phil “OMGClayAiken” Galfond. HighStakesDB reported that Galfond picked off Blom for more than a million in a series of pot-limit Omaha games, taking over $400,000 in their first set, another $400,000 in their second, and just under 370,000 in their third. Apparently, that “sickest run of cards ever” tweet Blom sent out last week ended up jinxing him almost half of what he’s won this year. But hey, he’s still on the black for $2+ million so yeah we’re thinking that he isn’t too bummed about losing over $1 million to a buddy of his. After all, he can always invite Tom Dwan back to the tables.


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