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UK & Ireland Year in Review: June 2012

June 2012

Here we are at the halfway point of 2012, the month of June. Here is a selection of stories that caught our eye in June.

The World Series of Poker was in full swing by the time June was welcomed in and the UK & Irish poker community were looking forward to our heroes bringing back plenty of gold. However, it did not work out like that and we were left with a singular gold bracelet and a whole host of near misses.

One of the first players to fall at the final hurdle at a WSOP event was John Eames, who reached the final table of WSOP Event #3. The Southport-born pro entered the final table low on chips, managed to double up relatively early but then nothing seemed to go right for him and he busted out in eight spot.

Towards the end of June, the legendary British railbirds were finally rewarded for the singing, cheering, jeering and shoe bombs when Craig McCorkell won our first – and ultimately last – WSOP bracelet of 2012. McCorkell was joined on the final table by fellow Brit Roberto Romanello (he finished seventh); Joe Tehan; Athanasios Polychronopoulos and Antonio Esfandiari, but none of these names distracted him from his end goal and the young Brit went all the way.

Keeping with the WSOP and two stories of close calls for our boys in Las Vegas. First, Neil Channing came agonisingly close to a WSOP bracelet when he lost heads-up in Event #43 to Henry Lu. Fellow Brit Tom Alner amongst others joined Channing, who picked up a more than welcome $406,409 for his efforts, at the final table.

The WSOP Main Event aside, the tournament all pros would love to win is the $50,000 Poker Players Championship, and two of our players almost did just that. The event attracts some of the biggest and best names in the business and our boys were right in there with them. Stephen Chidwick busted out in sixth place ($253,497) whilst Luke Schwartz went two steps closer to glory and finished in fourth place ($406,736). Michael Mizrachi was the eventual winner.

Closer to home, the schedule for the Irish Winter Festival was released into the public domain and was well received by all. There were to be eight events played over the course of three days, with buy-ins ranging from €55 and increasing all the way to the €1,125 main event.

Elsewhere, Paul McTaggart and Adam Palethorpe showed that you do not have to fly halfway around the world in order to win huge sums of money in a poker tournament. At the start of the month, McTaggart chopped the Genting Poker Series Edinburgh main event with Paul "Action" Jackson to leave the Scottish capital with a bankroll boosting £32,685. Meanwhile, Palethorpe outlasted a field of 306 on to win the 500 Deepstack at the Dusk Till Dawn poker club in Nottingham. Palethorpe's prize was a cool £46,775.

That rounds out June, tune in tomorrow for an recap of July's action!

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