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Poker News: TV star Trishelle does it again


Trishelle Cannatella might be better known for her career as an American reality television contestant, actress and Playboy model, but she is also an accomplished poker player.


Having finished third in last year’s WPT Invitational Tournament – winning $30,000 in the process – the 31-year-old is now “excited” to be hosting another Pro Bounty event of her own at AbsolutePoker.com.


The $15,000 guaranteed tournament will be held every Tuesday – and Trishelle says she is thrilled “that Absolute Poker is giving me another tournament to host” by adding to her $10K event.


The no limit hold’em game will be a $150 plus $12 buy-in event which starts at 16:00 ET, with players having the opportunity to defeat the well-liked pro every Tuesday in the company’s ‘Toe-to-Toe’ promotion.


Cannatella first found celebrity in MTV series The Real World: Las Vegas back in 2003. But the Louisiana native was unwavering in her determination to remain in the spotlight, and has effectively become a poker pro, model and actress.


The popular blonde, who has a broadcast journalism degree, should not be underestimated, however, having beaten an 80-strong field in a minor Caesar’s Palace tournament. She has also produced strong performances at the Celebrity Poker Showdown in 2005 and the WPT Celebrity Invitational three years ago.


She also made the final table at the recent Canada Poker Classic, which was held in Montreal, and has fashioned several successes in a variety of charity events in Las Vegas and Los Angeles.


While preparing for her latest jaunt in online poker, Cannatella – who goes by the handle Trishelle_C – said: “My 10K tournament has surpassed the guarantee every week and I’m hoping for the same success for this one. Come join me every Tuesday and, if you can’t get my bounty, at least stop by to say hello.”


If anyone can topple Cannatella, they will be rewarded with the Pro Bounty, which is a $215 entry to AbsolutePoker.com’s Sunday $200K guaranteed the following weekend.


Meanwhile, the Macau Poker Cup is scheduled to return to the Casino Grand Lisboa from May 28 to June 5.


The forthcoming PokerStars Macau series will include eight official tournaments over its nine days, with the Red Dragon main event again the highlight. The four-day, $1400 buy-in event will have a guaranteed prize pool of $385,000.


There are also new events, including a $640 KO Bounty tournament, a $770 no limit hold’em event, a $3850 high-rollers game, and a $513 two-member team challenge.


PokerStars members can take part in the Play With Team PokerStars freerolls to try to gain entry to the team tournament, where they will be joined by one of three Team PokerStars Asia pros – Celina Lin, Raymond Wu and Bryan Huang. The lucky winners will also be provided with $500 in cash and three nights’ stay at the Grand Lisboa Hotel.


The last Macau Poker Cup attracted 1579 entrants, with $1milion being won in prizes.


Finally, PokerStars is introducing yet another tournament to entice players into staying awake into the wee small hours.


The PokerStars Sunday Quarter Million is being re-launched as the Sunday Storm with a massive one-off $1million guaranteed prize pool on March 27. The following Sunday will see a regular guaranteed prize pool of $300,000.


The buy-in is $11, although there are also free qualifiers running every 60 minutes, and the newest real money players can also gain free entry – if they deposit at least $20 and key in bonus code STORM. Good luck.


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