San Jose, (PressExposure) August 18, 2008 -- The World Poker Tour has made headlines over the last week. The tournament series found a new home on Fox Sports Net for its seventh season and, just hours later, crowned the champion of its fourth Bellagio Cup, PocketFiver Mike âSirWattsâ Watson. At the center of the action on the WPT circuit is Mike Sexton, lead commentator alongside Hollywood heartthrob Vince Van Patten. They have been the voice of the World Poker Tour since it debuted in 2002. Sexton joins the PocketFives Podcast this week.
Sexton comments on his thoughts when he learned that GSN, which currently airs the sixth season of the World Poker Tour, elected not to pick up the exclusive rights to Season VII: I was happy about it because I didnât think that GSN was the right partner. I was continually bombarded with people asking me how to get GSN. They didnât have the money to market the show properly. I think that Fox Sports Net is the perfect fit and that the WPT is going to shine.
Meanwhile, two PocketFives.com members had six-figure cashes in major online poker tournaments this past week, as #4 ranked Alex âAJKHoosier1â Kamberis earned $135,000 for second place in the Full Tilt $1 Million Guaranteed flagship tournament. He was one card away from a dominant chip lead heads-up, but was ousted by a brutal river card. France's âShantaramâ won $141,700 for second place in the PokerStars Sunday Million and quickly became one of the top-ranked online tournament players in that country. âEisenhower1â of Sweden took down the PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up for over $97K and moved up to #31 in the online poker rankings Jason âJCarverâ Somerville won the PokerStars Sunday Second Chance for nearly $58K and âdippydoughâ won the Bodog $100K Guaranteed for the second time in four months.
Daniel âdjk123â Kelly reclaimed the #1 worldwide online ranking this week; Chris âmoorman1â Moorman climbed one spot to #2. Johan âbusto_soonâ Van Til of the Netherlands moved up two spots to #15, while James âP0KERPR033â Campbell, an UltimateBet Star Player, re-entered the top 20. âTomgus456â of Sweden won the Full Tilt $65K Guaranteed earlier in the week and is now ranked #26. Felipe âimprovedâ Montenegro of Costa Rica and âitssuitedâ had dual wins in the PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker $100 rebuy tournaments earlier in the week, and both entered the top 50 because of those scores. Scott âstsitronâ Sitron also won the Full Tilt Poker $65K Guaranteed; boosting him 21 spots to #59 worldwide. PocketFiver âgregiorâ of the United Kingdom is up 34 slots to #66 following his $85,800 first place score in the PokerStars $1K Super Tuesday.
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