Daily Rewind: Heads-up Zoom released, UKIPT 6-max, PT4 offering a free EPT seat

Today we bring speed to PokerStars' heads-up games, mark the start of UKIPT Nottingham and give away an EPT seat with PokerTracker 4.

Heads-Up Zoom released

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PokerStars finally unleashed its high octane heads-up games yesterday with a selection of No Limit and Fixed Limit Hold'em, as well as Pot Limit Omaha, Zoom tables.

Aside from adding another layer of action to the site, the main reason for introducing the games is to help eliminate bum hunting.

Because players are placed into a pool and subsequently shift opponents every hand, it will now be harder for players to block tables and wait for fish.

This latest innovation is being seen as the first step in PokerStars' mission to eradicate bum hunting from its games. Although unannounced, a number of indicators are pointing towards the introduction of a "forced to play" heads-up system in 2014.

However, for now, heads-up Zoom will be available at all limits ranging from $0.25/$0.50 to $25/$50.

UKIPT Nottingham bound

UKIPT Nottingham's week-long festival kicks off today and when the registration desks close a number of Europe's finest players will be competing in the tour's first 6-max Main Event.

Offering a £500,000 guarantee and commanding a £1,100 buy-in, the tournament has already attracted the support of Jake Cody, Liv Boeree (pictured left) and Vicky Coren who all plan to ante-up inside Dusk Till Dawn on one of the three starting days.

Last season Robert Baguley took down the Main Event and scooped £210,400, but this time around the organisers are expecting an even bigger top prize thanks to the new short-handed format. 

Win an EPT seat with PT4

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A free seat in San Remo
The European Poker Tour's official software sponsor, PokerTracker 4, has just released its latest major update.

Featuring a number of improvements, the playing aid will now give users the ability to benefit from two main innovations: tracking for PokerStars' heads-up Zoom and the ability to include bounties when performing ICM calculations in the hand replayer.

In addition to the new features, a host of updates and fixes are also available in version 4.10.6, including: HUD support for heads-up Zoom and improved import procedures.

The other announcement emanating from PT4's headquarters is that they will be giving away a free Main Event seat for EPT San Remo as well as €2,000 towards travel costs.

To be in with a chance of winning, all pokertracker.com free account holders need to do is download the software before March 2014.

For the full list of PT4 updates, click here.

Gus Hansen continued his extended downswing last night with another heavy loss. Just 24 hours after dropping more than $600,000, Gus found himself down by a further $365,928. That hit was more than enough to put him atop of the daily loss leaderboard and take his 2013 deficit to a depressing -$7,875,008.

In contrast to Gus's performance, Kyle 'KPR16' Ray managed to redress his recent loss with a $430,777 profit. Coming over the course of 1,140 hands, Kyle's haul was enough to put him just ahead of Germany's Niklas 'ragen' Heinecker ($411,398).

'Crazy Elior'$184,205
Gus Hansen

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Being heads-up for the WSOP Main Event title is the dream of every poker player, but for Peter Eastgate and Ivan Demidov it doesn't look like they found it that enjoyable.


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Daily Signoff

With UKIPT Nottingham getting underway today, we thought we'd look back at this classic fold from the tour's visit to Dublin in 2011.

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  • gadget51


    "Ffs, get on with it will you it's a fkn min raise, I'm missing 'I'm a Celebrity, Get me Out of Here!'"
  • Flashman1849


    What's happening to Gus Hansen in recent years - is he still considered a competent player at high stakes? He's a likeable guy, so I hope he is.
  • MJPerry


    I don't think he's ever been considered a competent player at high stakes.

    HSDB has been tracking results since May 2007 and he's never really been above $0 for any significant amount of time.
  • MJPerry


    Dan I feel like you have cropped off a vital part of this Liv Boeree picture.
  • autheking


    Gus Hansen is down about 12 million since Fulltilt reopen and 15 million lifetime according to highstakes DB. The real question is who is fuck is rolling him?
  • jimmertron


    Gus hansen is a typical aggrotard. Thinks he can push anyone off a hand. sure hes a decent bloke but all these aggro monkeys end up busto.