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The Italian poker player Luigi Shehadeh was very happy to win the 888Live Barcelona Open just before the World Series is set to begin.

Shehadeh is still very young in his poker career, but that did not stop him from winning the crown at the 888Live Barcelona event. This was the last big poker event to take place in Europe before the World Series and the Italian was happy to grab the 888Live trophy.

It looks like Shehadeh is at the peak of his poker form. It was just a month ago that overturned the challenge of 2500 players at the Campione Casino. Now, he has won the 888poker title at the Gran Casino de Barcelona. This is the 3rd festival of the 888Live Series and even though it was not the largest event of the series, it still had its wow moments.More Link

French-regulated client of PokerStars – PokerStars.fr declared previous week to their Austrian player base that it would no longer be serving poker players staying in the country starting at 10:00 AM (ET) on 1st March, 2016. The notification communicated Austrian poker players that a alteration in regulatory framework is the reason they would no longer be welcome to play on French PokerStars client.
Upon that news, poker players came to poker forums (that includes TwoPlusTwo) to talk about the news with the reasons this is taking place. The email subscribers got explanations that players could still utilize their StarsCoin balances to buy things in VIP Store as well as the site would convert tournament dollars and tickets into cash automatically.
Poker players pondered that the cause for the pullout might have related to a very recent contract announced between iPoker Network owner Playtech and Austrian Lotteries and Casinos Austria owner Win2Day, where the former would offer poker platform services to the latter might have been the reason of the bow out because of the timing. Even though Win2Day is presently the only online poker channel licensed in Austria under their gaming authority, this news appears to be just unrelated and coincidental. More Link

Poker veterans are normally underestimated though their chances of winning high-profile poke tournaments are very high. Gabriel W. “Gabe” Kaplan plunged into the World Series of Poker back in 1978 and is among the most eminent poker gurus especially after winning the Amarillo Slim Super Bowl of Poker in 1980.

This conferred him one of the most humongous bracelets to be awarded in the history of World Series of Poker. However, in the following five years, his reputation was further cemented as he final tabled at the Super Bowl Main Events twice. He also plays in other equally significant events, including the World Poker Tour and Poker After Dark.

In 2004, he placed 3rd in the WPT NL Texas Hold’em where he raked in $250,000. He also emerged 2nd in the 2005 WSOP $5,000 limit hold’em tournament for $222,515. He sufficed prominently again in the 2007 NBC Poker After Dark sailing through to the Queens and Kings where he defeated Kristy Gazes in a heads-up battle encounter. More Link