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The Week That Was: Tom Alner Wins in Macau, Toby Lewis Wins Big Online

Tom Alner: Champion

Here at UK & Ireland PokerNews, we appreciate that the majority of our readers are busy individuals who when not grinding away at the poker tables are following hectic work and family schedules. This means that they often miss the biggest and most interesting stories of the past seven days, but not any more.

The Week That Was article recaps all the most read stories on UK & Ireland PokerNews over the past seven days. A mini-recap of the action if you like. Enjoy!

Tom Alner Wins the Macau Poker Cup Red Dragon Main Event

News emanated over the weekend of a British player taking down the Macau Poker Cup Red Dragon Main Event for a cool HK$823000 after a four-way deal. Upon further investigation, we discovered that the Brit in question was Bristol-based pro Tom Alner.

Alner outlasted 644 opponents on his way to victory, a victory that bagged him the third largest live score of his career so far.

Read more about Alner's impressive win here.

Toby Lewis Wins FTOPS Event #35 for $253k!

Toby "810ofclubs" Lewis won his first FTOPS jersey after taking down Event #35 for a bankroll-boosting $253,063.21. Winning such a massive sum of money is impressive enough, but it is even more so when one considers Lewis' victory came while he was on holiday in Croatia! This story shows why online poker is so amazing; you can play for huge sums of money from almost anywhere in the world.

Check out our recap of Lewis' huge win here.

Football Legend Bryan Robson Talks Poker with Michelle Orpe

Michelle Orpe recently played in the PartyPoker Road to Old Trafford tournament (the one that Sam Trickett won) and although she did not make it into the money places, she did manage to grab an exclusive interview with the Manchester United and England legend Bryan Robson.

Want to read the interview? Click here then!

CVC Capital Partners Buy a Controlling Stake in Skrill

Online payment provider Skrill gained a new owner when CVC Captial Partners bought a 75% stake in it for a cool £511 million. Skrill, recently rebranded from moneybookers, will continue to operate as normal but now have even larger financial backing thanks to CVC having assets in the region of $46 billion. Must. Be. Nice.

Read more here.

An Interview With WSOP Main Event Finalist Jon Kalmar

Jon Kalmar finished fifth in the 2007 World Series of Poker Main Event for a score of $1,255,069 but has not been a regular on a global scale, preferring to ply his trade in UK events. Our friends at caught up with Kallmar at the recent UKIPT Galway festival and asked him, like they have to other well-known pros, "Where are they now?"

Check out the full interview here.

Jude Ainsworth Under Pressure From the UK's Stars

Jude Ainsworth is the UK & Ireland's number one ranked online poker tournament player, but that may not be a fact that is true for long. That is because Ainsworth is under immense pressure from a handful of the UK's best and most established online professionals, including Christopher Brammer, Chris Moorman and the aforementioned Toby Lewis.

Want to know who else is in the top 10 UK & Irish online poker tournament players? You know where to click!

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