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UK & Ireland Year in Review: October 2012

October 2012

The month of October started off in a slow fashion but ended like a steam train. Can you remember what the top stories were?

A massive crowd of 818 players turned out for the D4 Events European Short-handed Poker Championships, but only 84 of them left Dublin with prize money to show for the efforts. One man who most certainly left the Emerald Isle with prize money was eventual champion Cyril Delaire, who walked away with €65,000. “Big” Mick Graydon was the sole Irishman on the six-handed final table; Graydon finished fourth.

It was not the best of World Series of Pokers for UK & Ireland’s players in 2012 and the European version was not kind to them either. Christopher Brammer looked set to take down the massive €10,450 WSOPE Main Event for over a million Euros , but he lost with {A-Clubs}{6-Hearts} to Stephanie Albertini’s {k-Hearts}{4-Hearts} then lost the rest of his stack with {A-Hearts}{J-Hearts} to the {K-Clubs}{10-Clubs} of Sergii Baranov. Brammer busted in fifth whilst Phil Hellmuth went on to win his 13th WSOP bracelet.

Meanwhile, back on home soil, Alex “Cambridge Alex” Goulder showed everyone else how to close out a tournament when he took down the Sky Poker Tour Six Max event at the Dusk Till Dawn club in Nottingham. Goulder took home £10,461.80 for his victory.

Jamie O’Connor helped himself to the £45,760 first place prize in the Grosvenor UK Poker Tour (GUKPT) Luton main event at the back-end of October, defeating a final table that was the home to the likes of Shaun Conning and Luke “Full Flush” Schwartz. Another winner was Tim Hartmann who left Dublin €100,000 richer thanks to his outright win in the 2012 Irish Winter Festival.

Keeping with the Irish boys and girls, Eoghan O’Dea picked up the top honors in the Irish Poker Awards. O’Dea was named Player of the Year at a ceremony at the Regency Hotel, Dublin. Other award winners included Jude Ainsworth, Jason Tompkins and Dara O’Kearney.

Jetting back off further afield, to South Africa, and we almost had us another World Poker Tour title. However, Jerome Bradpiece fell at the very last hurdle and he finished second to Dominik Nitsche. Bradpiece picked up $121,477 for his runner-up finish, while Nitsche added the second prong to the coveted live poker Triple Crown, having won his first WSOP bracelet earlier in the year.

Last but not least was the news that Zynga had partnered with Bwin.Party to offer real-money online poker in the UK. PokerNews believes it will be during the first half of 2013 that we see the first fruits of this partnership coming to light, but when they do it could potentially be a game-changer for the online poker world.

Tune in on Thursday for a recap of November's action!

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