As a result, there were a few smaller stories that didn't quite get the attention they deserved.
Fortunately, we've compiled them below in our weekly Poker News in Brief feature.
This week, Tiffany Michelle and NASCAR get together for charity, the Chilipoker DeepStack Open is back, a Finn wins in London and a whole lot more.
Tiffany Michelle and NASCAR Stars to Host Charity Event
Black Ace Clothing is hosting a celebrity charity poker tournament March 3 with Tiffany Michelle and special NASCAR guests Kyle Petty and Ryan Newman.
Net proceeds from the event will go to Victory Junction, a camp that serves children with chronic medical conditions and serious illness.
The $250 plus $100 rebuys tournament will go off March 3 at the Hard Rock Casino. An autograph session for fans will also be held from 6:30– 7:15 p.m. PT.
Scheduled to appear at the tournament are a growing list of NASCAR stars, professional Poker Pros and Hollywood personalities including Layne Flack, Vanessa Rousso, David Williams, Antonio Esfandiari, Maria Ho, Penn Jillette, David Alen Grier, Dave Stewart, C Thomas Howell, Jennifer Cox, and Trishelle Cannatella.
APT Thrilla Set For Manila
The Asian Poker Tour Philippines 2011 is set to go off at the Resorts World Manila March 28 to Apr. 3.
The schedule will feature 11 events including the Heads Up Asian Championship, Head Hunter, High Rollers, Ladies of Poker, Battle of Teams, Greed, Pot-Limit Omaha Hi, 7-Handed, Deep Stack - Limit, NLH and PLO and the $2,700 APT Philippines main event.
Land-based and online poker qualifiers are running now.
For more information visit www.theasianpokertour.com
Macau Poker Cup Set To Break Records
The Macau Poker Cup will run Feb. 21-27 and all signs point towards another record-breaking week for PokerStars Macau at Casino Grand Lisboa.
The HKD $3,000,000 Guarantee Red Dragon main event is expected to crack the 321-player record set last year.
More than half of the first Day 1 flight seats are already filled by PokerStars qualifiers.
Chilipoker DeepStack Open
After a first season that saw almost 3,000 players compete across Europe and Morocco, the ChiliPoker DeepStack Open is back.
The buy-in remains €550 giving every type of player the opportunity to participate in an International circuit tournament at an affordable cost.
Plus, organizers have chosen its destinations acknowledging factors like low cost flights, negotiable hotel rates, cheaper side events, and low limit cash games.
This season will see stops in Costa Brava, Cannes, Marrakech, Paris, Malta, and Vienna.
Finn Wins Betfair Live! London
Finnish player Artuu Pitkakangas collected more than £7,000 in prize money and the Betfair Poker Live! London title this week.
The £250 two-day London based event was held at the new Fox Poker Club in London’s West End and drew 171 players from across Europe.
The next Betfair Poker Live! event takes place in Tallinn on April 15-17.