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The Week That Was: Yong Speaks, Plus Wins For Middleton, Chidwick, Saffari and Hallam

The Week That Was: Yong Speaks, Plus Wins For Middleton, Chidwick, Saffari and Hallam 0001

Living a busy lifestyle that doesn't leave much room for browsing UK & Ireland PokerNews? Then fear not because The Week That Was is our weekly round up of the past seven days' biggest stories and most popular articles. As always, enjoy!

Tom Middleton's Run Continues

Tom "hitthehole" Middleton can do no wrong at the moment and must be loving life. A week after taking down the European Poker Tour (EPT) Barcelona Main Event, Leeds lad Middleton won an EPT London package and binked the Sunday 500, both at PokerStars.

Don't bother doing the lottery for the next few weeks, there's little point because Middleton (or Toby Lewis) is likely to have all six numbers anyway.

Read more about Middleton's latest wins, here.

Tony Hallam Wins GPS Stoke

The Genting Poker Series (GPS) is in its second season and shows no signs of slowing down. A total of 415 players turned out for the Stoke leg of the popular GPS but they were all outlasted by Tony Hallam who, after a heads-up deal with Jon Alley was reached, walked away with £34,360.

Read our recap of the GPS Stoke Main Event final table here.

Stephen Chidwick and Sebastian Saffari Win WCOOP Bracelets

Stephen Chidwick's reputation for being one of the best all round poker players in the world had extra weight added to it when he won the $320 buy-in Pot Limit Badugi WCOOP event. The victory has set Chidwick up for a legitimate shot at the WCOOP leaderboard title, which yields some fantastic prizes.

The 8-game mix WCOOP event attracted some of the best players in the world including our very own Sebastian Saffari. The Newcastle-based pro beat them all to the first place prize of $36,519. Winning the tournament meant more than the money to Saffari who finished second in the 10-game mix at the 2013 World Series of Poker.

Rob Yong Reveals He Will Quit Poker in Six Months

When we held an exclusive interview with Dusk Till Dawn supremo Rob Yong we had no idea that it would become one of the most popular articles of the year so far. In the interview, Yong revealed he could be leaving the poker world in six months. Interested to know why? Check out the PokerNews-exclusive article in its entirety.

Toby Lewis Tops All The Rankings

Tony Lewis is not only the top ranked online tournament player in the UK & Ireland but he's also no slouch in the live arena too judging by how he's at the top of the Global Poker Index, too.

Can he continue to hold onto the top berths of both rankings until the end of 2013 and perhaps beyond?

Give Us a Deal, Guv

Early last week we took a look at five British poker players who are, for reasons unfathomable to us, not yet signed to any poker site. Do you agree with our list of five Brits that are perfect for sponsorship deals but don't have one? Who would make your list?

Thank you for your continued support of UK & Ireland PokerNews. Here's to another seven days of great British and Irish stories.

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