UK & Ireland Year in Review: September 2012
September was a very popular month for poker in the UK, with dozens of major tournaments taking place up and down the country. Who were the biggest winners? Keep reading to find out.
Although we said there were tournaments aplenty in the UK, it was Australia where one of our own had the first success of September. Sam Razavi was in Asia for his one-man wrecking spree of the continent and decided to fly over to Melbourne, Australia to play in the Asia Pacific Poker Tour (APPT) main event that was taking place there. Although he almost did not make it to Australia, the Poker Gods were shining down on him and he not only managed to make his flight, but went on to win APPT Melbourne for a cool $326,175!
Not a million miles away from Razavi was Sam Trickett who was competing in the inaugural Macau High Stakes Challenge; a $260,000 buy-in event! Trickett is somewhat of a high stakes specialist and his poker prowess showed through as he finished in seventh place for a cool $999,213 score! Trickett would later clean up at the British Poker Awards, which were held mid-September.
Closer to home, Nottingham to be exact, Sean Randall was busy winning the £500 Deepstack at the Dusk Till Dawn poker club. Randall was one of 910 players who packed into the DTD in the SUPERSIZED 500 Deepstack and buying into it was one of the best poker decisions he has ever made because he went on to become the tournament's champion. His prize? A bankroll-boosting £110,000!
Also winning at DTD was Sam Macdonald. The Sky Poker Tour Grand Final was hosted at the Nottingham-based club, but it was not a tournament that Macdonald was planing on competing in. Instead, Macdonald was going to play in the UKIPT Newcastle Main Event but he managed to miss his train to leave him at a loose-end.
Like the aforementioned Razavi, someone must have been looking out for Macdonald as he went on to best a 286-strong field to claim the title for himself! Macdonald chopped three-ways with Paul "Action" Jackson and James Howard to take home £16,572 in prize money and a great story to brag about!
The tournament that Macdonald should have been playing, the UKIPT Newcastle main event, itself attracted a bumper crowd. By the time registration closed, there were 623 players in the running for a slice of the £436,100 prize pool. The lion's share of this money finished up in the bankroll of Chris Ferguson — no, not that one — who left the North-East with £87,640. Former November Nine member Sam Holden finished in third spot.
Be sure to check back in here tomorrow for a look at October's action!