UK & Ireland Year in Review: November 2012
We have almost finished our recap of the previous 12 months poker action, here we take a look at the month of November.
November was welcomed by some very good news from the Full Tilt Poker camp as they opened their site up once again — albeit for play money only. Reports started to spread that non-US players were able to pair their Full Tilt Poker accounts with their PokerStars account and withdraw their balances. Much joy was had!
November was also the month that the inaugural UKIPT Online tournament took place. The UKIPT — now in its third season — had always been played as live poker but PokerStars decided to run an online leg this season. The online section of the tournament was paused once the final table was reached, then the final table was played out live just before the start of the UKIPT Bristol main event.
The UK's Chris Moorman went into the final table as the favourite, but he was pipped to the post by Wojtek Barzantny. Just a week later and Barzantny completed a spectacular double when he won the UKIPT Bristol main event, something we will probably never see again.
Other big stories from November included Dusk Till Dawn regular Basharat "Bash" Mahmood taking down the DTD 500 Deepstack. Having played with Mahmood I can say that he is a very nice guy who is a complete nutcase at the felt! It is no surprise that he won a major event in 2012 with his crazy style of play.
Talking of crazy, we have to mention that man Sam Razavi once again. Bored in his hotel room in between destroying Asian poker tournaments, Razavi decided to don a silk dressing gown and sing a ballad about a low pocket pair. Don't believe us? Then check out this article here!
We also have to mention the exploits of Hasmukh Khodiyara who managed to navigate his way through a massive crowd of 562 players to get his hands on the Genting Poker Series Sheffield main event title and the £50,000 first place prize that accompanied it!
Wrapping up November 2012 is two sponsorship related articles. First, we discovered Jake Cody and PKR had parted ways, whilst James "Flushy" Dempsey was snapped up by the yet-to-be-launched IveyPoker.com.
Be sure to tune into these pages tomorrow morning for our December review.