UK & Ireland Year in Review: December 2012
We wrap up our review of 2012 with the antics from December, which happened to be one of the busiest months of the year.
Sam Grafton will remember December 2012 fondly for years to come because it was the month that he won the Grosvenor UK Poker Tour (GUKPT) Grand Final in London. This particular tournament features one of the toughest fields of the year but that did not stop Grafton outlasting everyone and getting his hands on the £102,700 champions prize.
Another player to take down a December title was the popular Sky Poker sponsored pro Julian Thew who bested a talented crowd of 188 players to take down the DTD 500 Deepstack in Nottingham.
Sticking with the Dusk Till Dawn club with the news that one of their regulars won the Caribbean Poker Party that was held in St. Kitts. Waheed Ashraf, better known to some as "Wadey," bested a final table that was the home to the likes of JP Kelly, Dan Murarui and Robert Yong to claim the $85,600 winner's cheque.
More winners now with the news that Elliott Panyi was crowned the Genting Poker Series Grand Final champion, a result that netted him over £75,000. Sadly, just days after Panyi's victory at the Fox Poker Club, Genting announced they were to close down the Fox Poker Club with immediate effect. The news was not well received as the majority of the Fox's staff were made redundant in the run up to Christmas. It is believed the club will re-open as a fully fledged casino.
Winner winner chicken dinner, you guessed it another British victory occurred in December, Matt Adams won the GSOP LIVE Prague main event held at the King's Casino inside the luxurious Corinthia Towers casino. Adams was joined on the final table by fellow Brit and our sole World Series of Poker bracelet winner of the year Craig McCorkell; who finished fourth. Adam picked up €106,200 for his efforts.
Whilst Adams was busy winning GSOP Prague, Ben Warrington was attempting to win the PokerStars European Poker Tour Prague main event at the opposite side of the city. Warrington's tournament came to an end with him in fourth place, a finish worth a bankroll-boosting €250,000. Popular Swede, Ramzi Jelassi went on to become the eventual champion.
During the Prague festivities, news broke that IveyPoker.com had signed up seven more pros to its already impressive roster. Among the seven were our very own John Eames and we wish him the very best of luck for 2013 and beyond. Eames is a regular in the biggest tournaments across Europe and it was only a matter of time before someone snapped him up.
We also discovered that a member of APAT had gotten into the festive spirit and was hosting a freeroll tournament for his fellow members. Carl Pilgrim won two APAT titles in 2012, both of which awarded him with a Genting Poker Series Main Event seat. Pilgrim is a very popular member of the vibrant APAT community and he wanted to give something back to that community and decided to put one of his seats up for grabs in exchange for raising money for charity. A fantastic gesture we are sure you will agree.
December was extremely busy for the bwin.party group; it seemed like a story came out bout them every week in the final month of the year. First we found out Co-CEO Jim Ryan had decided to retire, then the poker players from bwin's OnGame Network side of operations were migrated to the PartyGaming client, before PartyPoker unveiled their offering to the mobile poker market with the release of their Android app.
That concludes our recap of 2012, we hope you enjoyed it and good luck at making it into 2013's review!