After winning just a single bracelet at the 2012 World Series of Poker, the UK & Ireland poker news seemed to die down a little. However, there were still plenty of winners and lots to talk about in August.
The very fact Yucel Eminoglu has the nickname "Mad Turk" makes me smile, anyone who has a non-ironic "Mad" in their name is usually entertaining to watch at the felt Eminoglu is somewhat of a crazy horse and his unorthodox style of play paid dividends when he won the Genting Poker Series Stoke main event for a cool £38,000.
Eminoglu chopped three ways with Yui Chung and Simon Deadman. Read more about it here.
Around the same time Eminoglu was winning a year's salary from a £430 buy in tournament, Gamesys was preparing to launch the first real money gambling app for the social networking site, Facebook. Later in the year, Zynga would announce their intention to offer real money poker alongside their ultra-popular play money Zynga Poker. More on that later though!
Whilst the poker community was still getting over the excitement caused by PokerStars acquiring the assets of Full Tilt Poker, news broke that Viktor Blom was no longer a member of Team PokerStars Pro. Blom had only been a sponsored pro for 18 months when his deal came to an end. Many speculated as to why Blom and PokerStars parted company, but the real reason would soon come to light.
Rounding out August is a trio of tournament wins. Les Fenton was the man who slayed the GUKPT Goliath tournament; Fenton won £31,210 after outlasting a field almost 2,000 players in size!
During the same festival, Martyn Frey won the £1,070 GUKPT Coventry main event, a result that bagged him £36,610.
Carl Pilgrim ended August on a high note when he won the APAT European Championship Of Amateur Poker at the Dusk Till Dawn poker club in Nottingham — this win would come up again in December, so watch out for it!