UK & Ireland PokerNews Year in Review: April 2012
April 2012 was a very busy month, some might say it was full of the joys of spring. What were you doing in April this year?
Albert Sapiano got April off to an amazing start when he took down the Genting Poker Series London main event. Sapiano outlasted a talented field of 580 runners to become the inaugural GPS London champion. This is not the last time Sapiano will be mentioned in our end-of-year recap, so keep your eyes peeled.
Another player who had a winning April was James "Flushy" Dempsey, who won the first-ever iSeriesLIVE event in Dublin. The invite-only tournament saw Dempsey take on the likes of Phil Hellmuth, Dave "Devilfish" Ulliott, Tobias Reinkemeier and "Mad" Marvin Rettenmaier whilst the public watched at home. The format was unique in that the viewers could place bets on the action as it unfolded in front of them, something that is sure to be popular in 2013.
Keeping with the live poker theme, we give a mention to everyone's favourite Teeside export Mathew Frankland. Already one of the most feared online tournament specialists in the world, Frankland used his online prowess to bag himself a seat to the PartyPoker Premier League V, which was held in Vienna, Austria. Frankland made the most of his satellite ticket and made it through to the live final, where he busted out in seventh place for $65,000.
April is of course, the month that the ever-popular Irish Open takes place during. Over the years some of the biggest names in poker have visited the Emerald Isle in an attempt to win the Irish Open, something that was achieved by Kevin Vandersmissen. The Belgian had to navigate his way through a final table that was also the home to the likes of Andy Black, Steve Watts, and Sam Chartier before defeating Thomas Beer heads-up to scoop the massive €420,000 first place prize.
Midway through April, the Dusk Till Dawn poker club made a huge gamble when the decided to place a £1,000,000 guarantee on the prize pool of UKIPT Nottingham. With the buy-in set at £770, many thought Rob Yong — the DTD owner — and his management team had lost the plot, but it seems they were definitely in the know as the guarantee was not only met but beaten by over £137,000!
By the time registration had closed, 1,625 players had bought in and created a £1,137,500 prize pool! This was shared out among the top 207 finishers, with the eventual champion Robert Baguley walking away from the club with a colossal £210,400. Can the club pull off a similar stunt for the next edition of UKIPT Nottingham? We hope so!
Visitors to the popular Two Plus Two forums were greeted with an unlikely message in April, one that told them the entire site had been hacked and user details possibly compromised. Internet trolls from around the world did not know what to do with themselves and it became their Black Friday! Thankfully, the forums were restored quite quickly and normal service resumed.
Rounding off April, 2012 was the first indication that PokerStars may have been looking into acquiring the assets of the stricken giant Full Tilt Poker. Groupe Bernard Tapie officially pulled out of negotiations and name-dropped PokerStars in their statement. Many thought this to be a smoke and mirrors technique, but it would eventually run true.
Catch you fine people tomorrow for May's round-up!