Expect Bigger Prize Pools In The Next Online Super Series

(Press Release) San Jose, Costa Rica – November 30, 2015 – With 23 events now in the bag, the Online Super Series V (OSS V) is proving to be one of the most successful tournament series yet. With 20 of the 23 events seeing bigger than expected prize pools, online poker players across the United States and around the world are gearing up to make the $2.6 million online tournament series the biggest one in Americas Cardroom’s history.

“The OSS V is off to an incredible start and we’re really excited about the next seven days,” stated Americas Cardroom spokesperson Michael Harris. “We already witnessed a spectacular finish to Sunday’s $500,000 Guarantee, but there’s so much more to come, including a $1 million Guarantee this Sunday, December 6th. We can’t wait to see how things unfold at the tables.”

The OSS V kicked off on November 27th and features $2.6 million in guaranteed prize money, spread out over daily tournaments with big prize pools and buy-ins as low as just 27 cents. On Sunday night, OSS Event #18 featured a guaranteed prize pool of $500,000.

The big Sunday tournament concluded with a final table deal negotiated between RunTheKarma ($72,038), Rampage22 ($60,122), and x0JustingBieberx0 ($50,240). The three online poker players played it out, with an additional $10,000 earmarked for the eventual winner, which turned out to be Rampage22.

With 1,613 entries feeding $403,250 into the prize pool, the tournament ultimately saw an overlay of $96,750. However, most OSS V tournaments so far featured final prize pools that eclipsed the original guarantees, including: Event #1, whose $10k guarantee ballooned to $15,850; Event #12, whose $15k guarantee moved up to $21,600; and Event #16, whose $50k guarantee jumped to nearly $66,000.

The 10-day series continues with a full week of big tournaments for bankrolls of all sizes. Available tournament formats in this year’s Online Super Series include freeze-outs, re-entries, re-buys, and add-ons.

The OSS V resumes today (November 30th) with $37,000 in guaranteed prize money on the schedule. The series concludes on Sunday, December 6th with a $1,000,000 guaranteed tournament where $200,000 is earmarked for first place. Satellites for the OSS V are now live at Americas Cardroom.

Flyers, Islanders Renew Patrick Division Rivalry

They’ve done battle in the Patrick Division. They traded blows in the Atlantic. Now the Philadelphia Flyers and New York Islanders are in the Metropolitan Division, and their 40-year-old rivalry continues this Wednesday night (7:30 PM ET, NBCSN) in Brooklyn.

Philadelphia (7-9-5) is only four points behind the Islanders (10-8-3) in the Eastern Conference standings, but there’s a much larger gap in quality between the two teams. New York has a plus-6 goal differential, while Philadelphia is second-worst in the NHL at minus-22. The Flyers are tied for last in scoring with 38 goals after 21 games. They’re in the Bottom 10 in the league in goals against, shots against, power-play percentage and penalty-kill percentage.

The Flyers also have another injured player to worry about. Centre Sam Gagner suffered a cut above his eye after he landed on his face during Monday’s 3-2 overtime win over the Carolina Hurricanes (+115 away). Gagner is listed as questionable to face the Islanders; centres Ryan White (upper body) and RJ Umberger (foot) are already out for Philadelphia, as is defenseman Mark Streit (groin). Former first-round blueliner Thomas Hickey (lower body) is expected to miss the game for the Islanders.

Michigan, UConn Battle in the Bahamas

The Battle 4 Atlantis tips off on Wednesday in the Bahamas, and the marquee matchup of the day brings two college bluebloods together. Michigan takes on Connecticut, who has started the season 3-0.

The Wolverines were ranked 24th in the country before they lost 86-70 to Xavier at home on Saturday. They handled their first two games against Division-II Northern Michigan and Elon, but the Wolverines were outrebounded 47-29 by Xavier. However, Michigan has a star in senior G Caris LeVert, who scored 29 against Xavier and is averaging 19.3 points through the first three games.

The Huskies are 18th in the country after an 83-58 rout of Furman. Senior forward Shonn Miller led the way with 18 points for the Huskies, who held Furman to 34.5% from the field. Senior point guard Sterling Gibbs tops the Huskies with 15.7 points per game.

These schools have met twice in the past, with the Huskies winning 69-61 in 2009, while Michigan won 68-63 the following year. The home team won in each game.

Knicks in Fine Form, Heat Feel Sick

Nobody’s laughing at the New York Knicks anymore. They’re one of the most profitable teams in the NBA through the first month of the regular season, and they’ll have a chance to add to their money pile this Thursday (7:30 PM ET, NBA-TV) when they host the Miami Heat.

The Knicks (8-7 SU, 10-5 ATS) are in Year Two of their rebuilding project under PBO Phil Jackson, and it looks like they landed a gem when they took power forward Kristaps Porzingis fourth overall in the 2015 NBA Draft. Porzingis is already playing like an All-Star, putting up 18.3 points and 12.2 rebounds per 36 minutes while hitting 34.1% of his 3-point attempts.

Miami (9-4 SU, 6-7 ATS) still has the better team at this point, but small forward Luol Deng is dealing with a hamstring issue, and both center Hassan Whiteside and power forward Amar’e Stoudemire have fallen ill. With power forward Chris Andersen (personal) not getting any minutes, the Heat could be too thin down low to deal with Porzingis. They’ll also be playing on zero days of rest after taking on the Detroit Pistons Wednesday night in Detroit, while the Knicks are visiting the Orlando Magic.

Merkur Games now Live on SkillOnNet Casinos

(Press Release) November 2015 – Popular slot games from Merkur, part of the Gauselmann Group a multi-billion business headquartered in Germany, were today released online by all SkillOnNet powered casinos.

The name Merkur is synonymous with great slots in Germany having dominated the land based casino sector for many years and the name has long been a guarantee for exciting casino games in Europe.

Commented SkillOnNet VIP Marketing Europe Kevin Cremer, “we are delighted to have released the Merkur games especially for our German speaking customers who will be familiar with these brilliant online slots. Loved for their great design and tons of innovative features Merkur slots are a great addition to our suite of popular slot games”

The Merkur slot games will feature prominently on SkillOnNet’s recently launched Schleswig Holstein regulated German casino DreuckGleuck.de. With its own TV show starting end of November and running for many months plus a huge TV campaign, DreuckGlueck will highlight the Merkur product on all its online and offline localized casino promotions.

Added Cremer, “we always look to use content that appeals in a home territory and this one couldn’t be a better fit. What better way to help a new casino on its way then to provide it with one of the best known ranges of slots in the German speaking market.”

Other well-known properties now featuring Merkur slots are SkillOnNet powerhouse casinos EUcasino, PlayMillion, Slotsmagic and MegaCasino.com

$2.6 Million on the Table in Americas Cardroom’s OSS V

(Press Release) San Jose, Costa Rica – November 19, 2015 – Forget about sleeping during the day after Thanksgiving. Poker players in the United States are going to want to practice their bluffing skills all day long in preparation for the OSS V. Americas Cardroom today announced the return of its Online Super Series. The fifth installment of the online tournament series features a $1 million Main Event, a total of 76 tournaments, and over $2.6 million in guarantees.

“Every time we host an Online Super Series, we announce that it’s our biggest one yet — and this time is no different,” stated Americas Cardroom spokesperson Michael Harris. “We’re heading into the holidays by throwing down $2.6 million in guaranteed prize money over 75 massive events. This will be epic.”

The 10-day tournament series kicks off on November 27th, the day after Thanksgiving, with over $60,000 in prize money guaranteed on the first day. It continues with an unprecedented $500,000 guaranteed tournament on Sunday, November 29th and is followed by a full week of big tournament action. Available tournament formats include knockouts, re-entries, re-buys, and add-ons.

The OSS V culminates with a $1,000,000 GTD Million Dollar Sunday event on December 6th, with $200,000 guaranteed for first place. Americas Cardroom has hosted multiple $1 million guaranteed events to great success, including several in September and October. The fall tournaments featured significant overlays, meaning players had the chance to conquer a large tournament with a smaller-than-normal field.

While the OSS V features big guaranteed tournaments, the 10-day schedule is packed with small buy-in events, including many that run for $3 and under. What’s more, Americas Cardroom is running qualifiers to help players get into the big buy-in events for pennies on the dollar.

No.9 Michigan State at No. 3 Ohio State

The defending champs have had it easy up to this point. Now the No. 3 Ohio State Buckeyes (10-0 SU, 4-6 ATS) finish the regular season with back-to-back games against their toughest competition in the Big Ten East. Their season finale is next week in Ann Arbor against the No. 12 Michigan Wolverines; first, the Buckeyes will host the No. 9 Michigan State Spartans (9-1 SU, 3-7 ATS) this Saturday at The Horseshoe. Kick-off is at 3:30 PM ET on ABC.

Despite OSU’s soft schedule thus far, the Buckeyes are 13-point home faves at press time. That might be a bit generous. Michigan State has held its own at 3-1 SU and ATS over the past four games, with a major upset of the Wolverines (–7 at home) in Week 7, and a narrow 39-38 loss to the Nebraska Cornhuskers (+6 at home) in Week 10 after Nebraska scored two touchdowns in the last two minutes.

The main concern for Sparty fans will be the condition of QB Connor Cook’s right shoulder. He missed the second half of last week’s 24-7 win over the Maryland Terrapins (+15.5 away), but Cook says he’s good to go for Saturday.

Overvalued Cavs Host Bucks

The Cleveland Cavaliers have the best record in the Eastern Conference, but at 8-3 SU and 3-8 ATS, they’re also the least profitable team in the East. They’ll be coated in chalk once again this Thursday (8:00 PM ET, TNT) when they host the Milwaukee Bucks, who are off to a bumpy start at 5-6 SU and ATS.

The Cavaliers are starting this season without point guard Kyrie Irving (knee) and shooting guard Iman Shumpert (wrist), and while they’re a deeper team this year with the arrival of point guard Mo Williams, this still won’t be a complete Eastern contender until Irving and Shumpert make their expected returns in December.

Milwaukee has started the year with some key injuries as well, but there’s a chance that small forward Jabari Parker (foot) will make his season debut this Thursday. Parker is one of the future cornerstones of the Bucks, who tanked the 2013-14 season in order to draft Parker second overall out of Duke. Center John Henson is also back in action after missing four games with a sore Achilles tendon; Henson (22.8 PER) is one of the NBA’s more underrated players, especially now that he’s behind Greg Monroe (23.3 PER) on the depth chart.

Red Wings Host Capitals on Wednesday Night Rivalry

It might not be a rivalry in the traditional sense, but the Detroit Red Wings and Washington Capitals are two of the better teams in the Eastern Conference, and they’re featured in this week’s Wednesday Night Rivalry game (8:00 PM ET) on NBCSN. The Red Wings are third in the Atlantic Division at 9-8-1, while the Capitals are second in the Metropolitan at 11-4-1.

Injuries have taken some of the starch out of the Red Wings. Left wing Johan Franzen (concussion), centre Brad Richards (back) and defenseman Kyle Quincey (ankle) are all on injured reserve, while defenseman Brendan Smith (illness) and centre Landon Ferraro (lower body) both missed Monday’s 4-3 overtime victory over the Ottawa Senators (–115 at home).

The Capitals are relatively healthy, save for defenseman Brooks Orpik (lower body), and they’re fifth in the league in scoring at 3.06 goals per game, well ahead of Detroit in 25th place at 2.28 goals per game. Neither team has done particularly well at the other end of the ice, but thanks to Washington’s outstanding puck possession, the Caps are second in the NHL with just 25.2 shots allowed per game. Detroit ranks No. 27 overall at 31.2 shots per game.

No. 1 Tar Heels Host Upset-Minded Wofford

North Carolina is ranked No. 1 in the country after opening their campaign with two straight wins. They welcome the Wofford Terriers to Chapel Hill on Wednesday night.

The Terriers hail from the Southern Conference and are coming off an 83-74 loss at Missouri to open their season. Fletcher Magee came off the bench to drop 22 points for the Terriers while Justin Gordon added 19 points and six boards for Wofford, who shot just 38.2% from the field.

After routing Temple, the Tar Heels romped to a 92-65 win over Fairfield in their home opener. Nate Britt was the high man with 17 points off the bench while Brice Johnson had 16 points and 11 rebounds for the Tar Heels. UNC, who are without injured guard Marcus Paige, forced 19 turnovers while shooting 50% from the field. Britt was one of five Tar Heels in double figures, but UNC shot 18-of-32 from the foul line, so that needs to be improved.

This is the first time that these two schools have met in men’s basketball since 1926.

Basketball Star Shines at All Slots

It’s the Brightest New Star in the Online Casino

(Press Release) TA XBIEX, MALTA–(Marketwired – November 12, 2015) – For millions of players and fans around the world, November means basketball season is here. Every amateur and professional league has its own basketball star, but the brightest shining basketball star of them all appears to be the new Basketball Star online pokies game at All Slots Online Casino.

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The Basketball Star online pokies machine has five reels and 243 Ways to Win. It has colourful images of basketball stars dribbling, passing, shooting, and defending, as well as images of the basketball, the basketball shoes, the basketball court, and the championship gold medal. It has Rolling Reels that can award multiple consecutive wins. It has stacked Wild Symbols and it has Free Spins — up to 25 of them. It has the Wild Shot feature, which turns an entire reel — or even two entire reels — wild with a guaranteed win. It has exciting Basketball Arena background sounds and, of course, it has lots of real jackpots.

For basketball fans and for online slots fans alike, Basketball Star looks like a bright and sparkling addition to the online casino cosmos.

Breaking the Bank

Meanwhile, more exciting All Slots news has been provided by Lance of New South Wales, who has been literally breaking the All Slots bank. On consecutive days, Lance won jackpots of AU$ 192,000 and AU$ 240,000 at Break da Bank, the 3-reel online pokies game with five paylines and huge real money payouts for lucky winners like Lance.

Who Emerged From THE CAGE With Cash in latest poker fight?

(Press Release) San Jose, Costa Rica – November 12, 2015 – Another installment of The Cage is in the books and this week’s time-based cash game saw six winners walk away with over $4,000. TerryRash left The Cage with the top prize of $5,232, but second place winner pas2h0ff wasn’t far behind with $5,133. A total of 16 players walked away with a piece of the $46,000 prize pool. Great prizes to the top 5 and a great number of “in the money” players is getting to be the standard
“The great thing about The Cage is that we often end up with a lot of big winners and last night was no different,” stated Michael Harris, spokesperson for Americas Cardroom. “Looking at the top six or so finishers, you might as well assume that each and every one of them was the top winner. That’s how rewarding The Cage is and that’s why it’s so popular.”

The Cage is Americas Cardroom’s signature 4-hour game that combines the best of tournaments and cash games into one extraordinary event. The end goal of The Cage is to survive the four hours with chips still in hand.

Players who bought into The Cage last night for $1,050 were handed 1,000 in chips, with each chip having an actual cash value. Those who lost their chips were removed from The Cage with no opportunity to buy back in. Blinds and antes increased every hour and those who were left standing at the end of the four hours received cash for their remaining chip stack.

Last week, 10 players emerged from The Cage with more than $2,000. This week, we’re up to 11. The top winner in yesterday’s match was TerryRash, who emerged from The Cage with $5,232. Rounding out the top-5 were pas2h0ff ($5,133), ctraltdegen11 ($4,555), JammyJenny ($4,412) and BTCBlade ($4,245).

There’s another installment of The Cage scheduled for Wednesday, November 18th at 7pm ET. Players can register now for $1,000+50 or find a low buy-in satellite for much less.

Grizzlies Out For Revenge on Warriors

Golden State’s title defense is off to a fantastic start. One of their early-season signature wins came November 2 at home when they crushed Memphis by 50 points. The Grizzlies should have revenge on their minds when they host the Warriors on Wednesday.

At one point in their last match, the Warriors were down by a point. They went on to out-score the Grizzlies 72-27 in the second and third quarters. Reigning MVP Stephen Curry dropped 30 points in 28 minutes for the Warriors, who out-rebounded the Grizzlies 65-44 and out-scored them 36-10 on the fast break. Golden State looks even better than the team that rolled to the NBA title last season, and they seem to be playing with a chip on their shoulder.

Memphis didn’t do themselves any favors last Monday, shooting 27.1% from the field in the franchise’s worst loss ever. Marc Gasol had 13 points and nine rebounds to lead the way for the Grizzlies. Making a statement against the champions would compensate for their slow start.

The Warriors are 7-3 SU and 6-4 ATS in their last 10 meetings with Memphis, who are 6-4 SU and 6-4 ATS in their last 10 at home against the Warriors.

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Jilted Mavs Seek Revenge Against Clippers

The Dallas Mavericks thought they had a free-agent deal with DeAndre Jordan. But the All-NBA Third Team centre got cold feet and went back to the Los Angeles Clippers instead. This Wednesday (8:00 PM ET, ESPN), fans at the AAC get their first chance to let Jordan know how they feel.

It’s been a difficult transition for the Mavs (3-3 SU and ATS). They had to scramble to put Plan B into effect during the offseason, trading a second-round pick to the Milwaukee Bucks for centre Zaza Pachulia, and signing free-agent point guard Deron Williams on the cheap to join shooting guard Wes Matthews in the backcourt. Pachulia and Williams have both played very well for the Mavs, but Matthews is still trying to shake off the effects of last year’s torn Achilles tendon.

Jordan, meanwhile, is off to another strong start for Los Angeles (5-2 SU, 3-4 ATS). He, Blake Griffin and Chris Paul are playing lights-out basketball, but new additions like Lance Stephenson and Paul Pierce have struggled. The Clippers have dropped the cash in four of their last five games since beating Dallas 104-88 as 12-point home favourites; Williams and Matthews did not play for the Mavs that day.

Punta Cana Poker Classic 2015 Reach New Participation Record

(Press Release) San Jose, Costa Rica – Nov 10, 2015 –This year’s sixth-annual Punta Cana Poker Classic is in the books with its biggest turnout ever. Luis Yepez, of Venezuela, was the overall winner, finishing atop of a record-high field of 567 players who combined for an $824,985 prize pool. Americas Cardroom is the flagship sponsor of the land-based poker tournament that took place at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in the Dominican Republic from November 2nd to 9th.

“This year’s event defied all expectations by blowing away the $500,000 posted guarantee by over $320,000,” stated Americas Cardroom’s spokesperson Michael Harris. “Players are turning to the Punta Cana Poker Classic because it offers a substantial prize pool poker tournament and a tropical beach vacation all in one.”

Yepez took home $156,000 for his first place win, after a deal was made. He came into the final table dead-last in chips and managed to navigate his way to this year’s championship by dispatching player after player in the final two days of play and holding on in a heads up battle versus Jaime Farriol.

After the first six players were eliminated at the final table, the remaining three cut a deal. The final table and winnings breakdown is as follows from first to ninth place: Yepez ($156,000); Farriol ($108,000); Gabriel Diaz ($105,000); Ari Engel ($41,250); Jose Tavarez ($33,000); Pablo Bravo ($24,750); Jose Luis Cases ($23,100); Antonio Rodriguez ($19,800) and Amos Ben ($16,500).

This year, Americas Cardroom qualified a total of 57 players via online satellites. The Beast and Sit & Crush weekly satellites were just $55 to enter or free for players who earned enough points in either of the weekly points races.

Each package awarded this year was valued at $4,890 and included: the Main Event buy-in; 6 night accommodations at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana; ground transportation to/from Punta Cana International Airport (PUJ only); Welcome Party access; all-Inclusive premium food and beverage (24-hour room service included); a welcome gift bag; $1,500 Resort Credits to spend on spa, golf and tours at the hotel; and 24/7 VIP Support Line access.

“We qualified more players than ever this year and we have no doubt that number will grow in 2016,” continued Harris. “Where else can you parlay a $55 satellite into a life-changing score at an all-inclusive beach vacation?”

Online Super Series V

Americas Cardroom is now switching gears and focusing on its upcoming online tournament series which is again set to break records. The upcoming Online Super Series V is slated for November 27th to December 6th and will guarantee over $2.6 million across 76 events. The series is the US facing site’s biggest ever and includes a $1,000,000 Guaranteed Million Dollar Sunday Main Event.

Prizepool in the Punta Cana Poker Main Event Now Over $800,000

(Press Release) San Jose, Costa Rica – November 6, 2015 – Cards are flying at the Punta Cana Poker Classic as players in Day 2 look to stack their chips to the final table on Sunday. With $185,615 earmarked for first place, and with the luxury of re-entries now absent from the tournament, everyone on the tournament floor is extremely focused. A good number of pros took part in Day 1A and Day 1B of the Punta Cana Poker Classic Main Event you could see names like Faraz Jaka, Ari Engel and Evan Jarvis amongst others.

Day 2 kicks off with a final prize pool of $824,985, fed through 567 entries and re-entries on Day 1A and 1B. The total prize pool eclipses the $500,000 that was guaranteed at the start of the tournament by nearly $325,000. The first place winner will earn $185,615 and bragging rights as the 6th Punta Cana Poker Classic Main Event champion.

A number of notable pros took part in the first two flights of the Punta Cana Poker Classic Main Event, but not returning on Day 2 is Faraz Jaka, the world poker champion who made headlines in CNN’s Homeless Millionaire piece. However last year’s Main Event Champion, Ari Engel, returns to the tables with 40,000 in chips, well behind chip leader Dragan Pesic, who sits with 248,000 chips.

The Punta Cana Poker Classic continues to see return players, plus those who have conquered other Latin Poker Series events. Carter Gill, who won the $1 Million guaranteed LPS event in Panama back in 2014, is still in contention on Day 2. Poker pro Aaron Mermelstein enters Day 2 with 34,500 chips.

bartsimpsonscool69 defeats 33 other competitors in THE CAGE

(Press Release) San Jose, Costa Rica – November 5, 2015 – Fans of the television show The Simpsons have a smile on their face this morning as Americas Cardroom member ‘bartsimpsonscool69’ won the latest installment of THE CAGE on Wednesday night. After 4 hours of an epic battle, thirteen players were able to get a cash prize in this great promotion that combines the excitement of a cash game with the strategy of a high stakes poker tournament.
“We want to congratulate ‘bartsimpsonscool69’ on his triumph in The Cage and are just happy that he didn’t tell the other competitors to Eat My Shorts after the win” laughed Michael Harris, spokesperson for Americas Cardroom. “In all seriousness though, we’re glad to see another good turnout which proves members like the new lower buy-in format.”

The Cage is a 4-hour long cash game in tournament format that plays every Wednesday night (7pm ET) at US-facing online poker site, Americas Cardroom. It has a new lower buy-in of $1,000+50, allowing the opportunity for more players to fight their way to victory each week.

Last night, ‘bartsimpsonscool69’ emerged from The Cage with the most chips in hand, taking home $5,363 in the process. Members: kidduke102 ($4,513), LBJ23 ($4,085) and MrBe4n ($3,659) were next on the list, with 13 of the 34 total entrants finishing in the money.

Players can qualify directly into The Cage every Sunday night in The Beast (6pm ET) and Sit & Crush satellites (8pm ET). The buy-ins are $55 each or members can play for free by earning enough points in the weekly rake races. A total of 20 Cage entries are awarded each week via those satellites.

Day 1B of Punta Cana Poker Classic Now Underway in Dominican Republic

(Press Release) San Jose, Costa Rica – November 5, 2015 – Action is now underway on the poker tournament floor of the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in the Dominican Republic as the 2015 Punta Cana Poker Classic resumed play today at 3pm local time. All players from yesterday that made it to Day 2 can take advantage of a dozen pools, a spectacular beach, a world-class golf course, and more. Day 1B continues all day, with those who survive joining the 84 players who made it through Day 1A.

“We saw 229 entries hit the tables yesterday and we’re hoping to see even more than that today,” stated Americas Cardroom spokesperson Michael Harris. “We’re expecting to eclipse our $500,000 guaranteed prize pool yet again in our re-entry tournament.”

Day 1A concluded with Shiva Kapavarapu leading the pack with 229,400 in chips. The 84 players who move on to Day 2 have today off, though there’s no shortage of things to do at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.

But the focus now is on what’s happening inside. And while cards are definitely hitting the felt and chips are most certainly being shoved, judging from the general atmosphere on the tournament floor, you might confuse the Punta Cana Poker Classic Main Event for something completely different upon first entering the tournament room.

Yesterday’s Main Event saw a beer pong game break out near the entrance of the casino floor with CNN’s Homeless Millionaire Faraz Jaka, the acclaimed multi-million dollar winning poker player. What’s more, at the entrance of the tournament floor, players can jump into a dunk tank for the chance to win a package for next year’s Punta Cana Poker Classic Main Event.

The Punta Cana Main Event isn’t the only tournament on the schedule today. At 6pm, players can jump into a $300 Turbo Survivor event. That tournament runs nightly, up until and including Saturday. It’s part of a packed schedule of events that includes big tournaments like the $3,000+200 High Roller Event and smaller tourneys like the $125+15 Ladies Event.

No. 2 LSU at No. 4 Alabama

Week 10 of the college football season is chock-full of important games, but none more important than Saturday’s SEC showdown (8:00 PM ET, CBS) between the No. 2 LSU Tigers and the No. 4 Alabama Crimson Tide. Alabama is a 6-point home favorite (–115) at press time.

The Tigers go into this matchup undefeated at 7-0 SU and 4-3 ATS, but while the AP poll has them two spots ahead of the Crimson Tide (7-1 SU, 3-5 ATS), the advanced stats suggest that Alabama is the better team, both on offense and defense. LSU might also be missing cornerback Tre’Davious White on Saturday; White hurt his knee two weeks ago and was said to be “gimpy” during Wednesday’s practice.

Both teams have had the bye week to prepare for Saturday’s contest, but Alabama will have home-field advantage at noisy Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, and the Tigers haven’t played on the road since Week 4, when they failed to cover in a 34-24 victory over the Syracuse Orange (+24). The Tide have also allowed just 2.6 yards per carry this year on the ground, which could spell trouble for LSU’s Heisman favorite, running back Leonard Fournette (–225).

Djokovic on the Prowl at Paris Masters

Novak Djokovic is the undisputed King of Tennis, and he’s back in action this week at the Paris Masters indoor hard-court tournament. The three-time and defending champion (2009, 2013, 2014) had a bye into the second round, then advanced to the third with Tuesday’s straight-sets win over Thomaz Bellucci. Next up: No. 14 seed and French native Gilles Simon (Thursday, 4:00 AM ET).

At press time, Djokovic is a heavy –2000 favorite to get past Simon (+900) and into the quarterfinals. Djokovic is also available at –1200 to win the first set, with Simon at +600. They’ve met 10 times in men’s singles action, with Djokovic winning each of their last nine matches after losing on the indoor courts of Marseilles back in 2008.

Among the other players advancing to the third round at press time were No. 4 Stan Wawrinka, plus 2012 champion and No. 8 seed David Ferrer. All the top men’s seeds are present for this prestigious Masters 1000 event, including No. 2 Andy Murray, No. 3 Roger Federer and No. 7 Rafael Nadal. Federer (2011) is the only member of that threesome to win the Paris Masters; Nadal fell to David Nalbandian in the 2007 finals.

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