Poker School claims TJ for teacher

September 18, 2007 1:57 AM
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My good friend T.J. Cloutier was recently named as a contributor and consultant to PokerSchoolOnline.com.

This is a well-deserved honor for T.J. who is a member of the Poker Hall of Fame and the winner of six World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelets.

During his 51 years as a professional poker player, he has reached the final table during 39 WSOP events and was the winner at 59 other major tournaments.

As of this summer, Cloutier’s live tournament winnings exceed $8.7 million.

"Bringing new and talented poker players to the PSO team is fundamental to our online education strategy," said Tina Napolitano, vice president of PSO. "We want our PSO students to benefit from the best minds in the industry."

PSO is hosting a monthly "free-play" online poker event for all active members. Participants are eligible to win PSO Sponsorship Points for placing in the top 3 positions.

In addition, participants can interact with T.J. online as a player and instructor during the monthly events.

Harman rejoins PSO

Jennifer Harman has returned as a contributor of a poker strategy series. As most of you probably know, Jennifer is considered one of the world’s best players in tournaments and live action, having won two WSOP bracelets.

If you’re not familiar with PokerSchoolOnline.com, it is considered one of the better online poker schools. Established in 2001, PSO recreates the real world of poker, in an online environment allowing its members to learn all aspects of the game.

PSO provides instant access to the best instructors and professional contributors from around the poker world. Its learning resource material includes more than 3,000 elements and allows individual students to participate in live instruction, online chat, interactive user forums, member blogs, free-play ring games and tournaments.

Not restricted by international borders, PSO boasts a worldwide community of like-minded students and players with members from more than 40 countries.

WSOP Europe ups ante

As we noted last week, the World Series of Poker Europe was expected to attract a stellar field of poker players. We’ve just learned that one of the sponsors, Betfair.com, has added $57,000 to the $3,626,000 main event prize pool to ensure a $1 million pounds sterling first-place payday.

"Top prize in our European Main Event is now a cool $1 million pounds sterling," said WSOP Commissioner Jeffrey Pollack. "We have Betfair to thank for that."

Earlier this year the WSOP payout structure was flattened to ensure that more players finishing in the money would receive a higher percent of the prize pool than ever before. That structure would have resulted in a top prize of $943,010 pounds sterling for this week’s $10G buy-in for the No-Limit Hold’Em Championship had Betfair not added nearly $57,000 to the prize pool.

"Nearly all of the world’s top poker players entered the World Series of Poker Europe, making it one of the most competitive poker tournaments in European history," Pollack said. "Anyone who plays well enough to make it to the top 10 percent of the field deserves — and will get — an excellent return on their investment."

In addition to the $1 million pounds sterling top prize, second place in the WSOP Europe Main Event is worth $570,150, Third place prize is $381,910, followed by $257,020 (fourth), $191,860 (fifth), $152,040 (sixth), $114,030 (seventh), $85,070 (eighth) and $61,540 (ninth).

The remaining 27 finishers will receive from $41,630 to $27,150 pounds sterling, depending on their final position.

The final table of the WSOP Europe main event was scheduled to kick off on Sunday. We’ll have the results as they become available.

BINION’S TOURNEY

SCHEDULE

Monday, Sept. 24,
evening - Registration, orientation & reception

Tuesday, Sept. 25,

noon - Ladies Only event ($500 buy-in - $50 entry fee

Wednesday, Sept. 26,

9 am - Finals of Ladies event; noon - Dealers event ($1,000 buy-in, $100 entry fee)

Thursday, Sept. 27,

9 am - Finals of Dealers event; noon - Supervisors event ($1,500 buy-in - $150 entry fee)

Friday, Sept. 28,

9 am - Finals of Supervisors event; noon - Owners/Managers event ($2,000 buy-in - $200 entry fee)

Saturday, Sept. 29,

10 am - Finals of Owners/Managers event; 2 pm - Champagne Celebration & Awards