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UK & Ireland Year in Review: May 2012


We continue our review of the year 2012 in poker by focussing on the month of May.

Albert Sapiano, not content with taking down the Genting Poker Series London main event, went and won the Grosvenor UK Poker Tour (GUKPT) Thanet main event too! The £500 buy-in six-max affair may have only attracted 67 entrants, but Sapiano is not complaining because he picked up a GUKPT title and £10,720 in prize money.

Everyone’s favourite Welsh-Italian poker player picked up two awards at the end of Season 8 of the European poker Tour. Roberto Romanello may have narrowly missed out on the EPT Player of the Year, but he did walk away with the EPT Achievement of the Year and the player’s Choice award thanks in part to his thirteen cashes during Season 8.

Speaking of the EPT, our boys and girls put in some superb performances at the season-ending Grand Final, especially in the plethora of side events that were taking place there. The €5,000 Six-Max event saw Chris Brammer, Matt Perrins and Toby Lewis all reach the final table. Lewis finished second for €90,300, losing out to the seemingly unstoppable Dan Smith.

A little closer to home and Rank, the owners of the Grosvenor Casino brand, started the ball rolling to take over Gala Coral Group Limited. The price quoted was £205 million, but the move still has not gone through due to the monopolies and mergers committee fearing Rank would become too powerful and competition stifled in some areas.

May was ended on somewhat of a low when a social media battle between Sam Trickett and Andrew Feldman broke out from seemingly nowhere. The long-running saga seemed to suggest Feldman had refused to pay Trickett back a loan of some sort, but Trickett never really accused Feldman directly. It was all a bit of a mess really!

See you at the same time tomorrow for June's round-up!

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