February is the home to Valentine’s Day, a day for loving, caring and being with your chosen partner. February was also a month that many poker players from our region loved, including Nicholas Crisp, Luke Schwartz and Jason Tompkins.
Nicholas Crisp started the month in fine fettle, when he took down the Dusk Till Dawn 500 Deepstack over the course of the weekend of Feb. 04. Crisp battled his way through 292 players – a huge crowd considering the horrific weather we were enduring – to pick up the £46,556.25 first place prize.
Joining Crisp in the winner’s circle was Ireland’s Jason Tompkins. Better known in online poker circles as “blaaaaaah666,” Tompkins is one of Ireland’s rising stars and is definitely one to watch out for during the coming year. In February 2012, Tompkins won the European Deepstacks High Roller after besting a final table that was the home to Dan Carter, John Eames and Max Silver among others.
Keeping with live poker and with Ireland, February also saw the PokerStars UKIPT Galway main event take place at the Radisson Hotel. A bumper crowd of 698 players bought in over the course of two starting flights, creating a prize pool of €476,765 in the process. Emmett Mullin, who defeated Ronan Gilligan heads-up to get his hands on the coveted UKIPT trophy and the €100,000 first place prize, eventually won the event; double UKIPT winner Nick Abou Risk was present at the final table.
Switching back to online poker now, and Luke Schwartz helped himself to a $68,815.71 score in February when he won the Sunday 500 on PokerStars. Schwartz is regarded as a cash game specialist but he showed he could mix it up with the best of tournament players after this performance. Schwartz outlasted a star-studded field of 860 runners on his way to victory, navigating his way through a final table that was also the home to Ben “jenbizzle” Jones, David Vamplew and his heads-up opponent Rob “Se7enTr3y” Akery.
Last but not least in our round up is the launch of the PokerStars Mobile App. Before PokerStars launched their Andriod and iOS friendly application, other online poker sites had released theirs into the wild with varying degrees of success. But when PokerStars entered the fray, they blew the opposition straight out of the water.
The app was almost a carbon copy of the desktop client and it allows players to play up to five tables at once, and features all of the Texas Hold’em and Omaha games you would find on the desktop client; it is perfect for those on the go or who prefer tablet PCs to traditional laptops.
That wraps up February, 2012. Make sure you tune in tomorrow for a roundup of March’s action.