Britain finally wins a WCOOP title, Killarney Festival attracting big names and more
[B]First WCOOP for Great Britain
Often the problem with reporting the results of a major online tournament is that you have no idea who the person is behind the username and avatar. But here at UK Pokernews we have learnt a lot more about the winner of WCOOP event number one, 'Shane147'. His real name is Shane Hellyer and he is the very first WCOOP champion to hail from Great Britain.
The 27 year old blade technician from the Isle of Wight took down over $200,000 for his win over the weekend. Ironically he had just bought himself a cheap second hand car and is already considering upgrading it with this big score. He beat 7217 other players in this $215 NL hold'em event and on top of the prize money he also receives a gold WCOOP bracelet.
This is a great coup for the UK, who have thus far made 48 final tables without ever securing a win. You can now see his final table replayed on the WCOOP highlight show on Pokerstars own TV webchannel.
"I tried not to think about the money when we got down to the final table, and that helped me be more aggressive than some of the other players" said a tired Hellyer after his 19 hour poker marathon. "It was pretty easy for me to nick blinds, and when I got a good hand, I got called." Hellyer, who has only been playing poker for two years, saw an early chip lead disappear midway through the final table, and he was briefly the short stack at the table when they were down to four players.
His moment of luck came when he won a big pot after hitting an ace on the river. "I was really harrying the other players, and I don t know if it was the right way to play, but I won in the end, didn't t I?"
Dusk Till Dawn 321 weekend now a ranking festival
The monthly 3-2-1 event held on the first Saturday of every month is now becoming a ranking festival, meaning that every time you make the final table in one of them you get ranking points that are added to your European player of the year ranking. The higher you place, the number of entrants and entry fee all influence the number of points you get.
It would be truly great to see the 3-2-1 weekends have a notable impact on the European rankings, though with the WSOPE, EPT and GUKPT grand finals all just round the corner, it probably won't be till next year until we see a difference. However, don't be surprised to see even more big names making an appearance in Nottingham if the player of the year race is tight.
Circus Casino Luton's 3rd Anniversary Poker Shield
We spotted a very good value tournament over in Luton at the end of the month that was announced this week. On the 27th and 28th of September this two day event is a £250+£25 deep stack event, with 15,000 starting chips and a 40 minute clock. Assuming at least 40 players enter (and they will because there is already a lot of interest for this event) first place will pay a minimum of £5000. The event takes place at the Circus Casino in Luton.
Phelps to sign up with Doyle?
Why is it that swimmers, footballers and Presidential candidates are currently the biggest movers and shakers in the poker world? Yet another poker association are being linked with Olympic swimming legend Michael Phelps, after it is being reported that he had dinner with Texas Dolly himself, Doyle Brunson in Las Vegas.
Now the poker world is discussing the possibility that Phelps may be the latest player to join the Doylesroom stable of pros. Doyle himself has not said anything of the sort, instead just saying on his blog what a nice kid and what a passionate poker player he was. Regardless of what happens, it seems a lock that Phelps will be seen playing in a major poker tournament sooner rather than later.
Big names confirmed for the Ladbrokes Poker Irish Poker Festival
Its less than a month away and some of the biggest names in Irish and European poker are getting ready to make their way to Killarney, Ireland for the Ladbrokes Poker Irish Poker Festival on October 3rd. WSOP Pot Limit Omaha champion Marty Smyth will be in attendance, as well as snooker legends Steve Davis and Mark Williams.
Racing presenter Matt Chapman is also confirmed for the event which is being filmed for a TV documentary. He admits he isn't going to being the favourite but looking forward to it regardless:
"I'm looking forward to the craic in Killarney, I love the people, I love the place, and I love the Guinness which is just as well as my poker skills, or lack of them, means I'm likely to be spending plenty of time in the players' lounge drinking it!"
You can still qualify for as little as $5 for the €550 ranking event at Ladbrokes Poker.